What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

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Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Take basic steps to keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68.

Infections with enteroviruses are usually common in the United States during summer and fall. This year, beginning in mid-August, states started seeing more children in hospitals with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Since then, CDC and states have been doing more testing, and have found that EV-D68 is making people sick in almost all states. Most of the cases have been among children. EV-D68 is not new, but it hasn’t been as common in the past. While this has been a big year for EV-D68 infections, CDC expects the number of cases to taper off by late fall.

Children are at higher risk for EV-D68

Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68. That’s because they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have immunity (protection) built up to fight the disease. If your child has asthma, he or she may be at greater risk for severe respiratory illness from EV-D68.

Know the signs of symptoms of EV-D68

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Call your child’s doctor if he or she is having difficulty breathing, if you feel you are unable to control symptoms, or if symptoms are getting worse. If your child develops severe illness, he or she may need to be hospitalized.

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Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
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Children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68 infection.

Help protect your family from EV-D68

To help avoid catching and spreading EV-D68, parents and children should always follow basic steps to stay healthy.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy. See Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school.

EV-D68 treatment

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. Talk to your child’s doctor about the best way to control his or her symptoms.

If your child has asthma

Children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68 infection. Therefore, if your child has asthma, take some steps to prepare in case he or she catches EV-D68. CDC recommends you do the following to help maintain control of your child’s asthma during this time:

  • Discuss and update your child’s asthma action plan with his or her doctor.
  • Make sure your child takes his or her prescribed asthma medications as directed, especially long-term control medication(s).
  • Make sure your child knows to keep asthma reliever medication with him or her or has access to it at all times.
  • Get your child a flu vaccine, since flu and other respiratory infections can trigger an asthma attack. See Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions
  • If your child develops new or worsening asthma symptoms, follow the steps of his or her asthma action plan. If symptoms do not go away, call your child’s doctor right away.
  • Make sure caregiver(s) and/or teacher(s) are aware of the child’s condition, and that they know how to help if the child experiences any symptoms related to asthma.
  • Call your child’s doctor if he or she is having difficulty breathing, if you feel you are unable to control symptoms, or if symptoms are getting worse.

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Tribute to Bridges – Fifth Grade Unit of Study

Fremont-BridgeOur Fifth Graders have been studying a bridge unit that incorporates physics, design, and a bit about Portland history (known to many as Bridgetown, USA).  Please enjoy this beautiful, entrancing poem written by Hallinan Fifth Grader, Jenna Whipple.  It was just too special to keep to ourselves.

Crown Jewels of the City

Standing tall, you rule the watery kingdom while your towers stand guard,

protecting your ravishing city.

Your comely pillars gleam above the whirlpool of river traffic,

passing along the thick brushstrokes of blue.

Gallantly, you sway on the passages of wind,

torn to shreds by the angry, whistling storm booming with thunder.

Seemingly stern, but in truth you’re as gentle towards the light-filled city

as a mother is to her gurgling child.

You watch the silvery tram glide toward the water,

as if on the back of a soaring eagle screaming a warning to its prey.

Withstanding pressure during the bustling day,

your exceptional power awes everyone.

You stand wisely like an owl,

watching the sunrise, the sunset, and the stars twinkling like diamond teardrops.

Arching high, your cables gleam,

like creamy, ivory stones set in a city with jade forests and a golden sun.

Singing with joy, you solemnly carry out your duties, day after day,

with the pride of a student doing well on her test.

As you stand shimmering in the moonlight,

you flicker and glow like a constellation in the starry night sky.

By Jenna Whipple

Book Fair – Books for Donation


During the week of the Book Fair, please drop off new and gently used books into the designated boxes in the Hallinan foyer.

Hallinan Book Fair, November 3-7


Hello Hallinan families!

 Book Fair will be here Monday, November 3 – Friday, Nov 7.  It is our library’s only fundraiser.  Every dollar spent directly supports our kids accessibility to great books to read!!  You can also show your support by signing up to volunteer, opportunities start Thursday, October 30th!!
Volunteers are needed for set up & take down, staffing registers, Grandparents and Special Friends Day and Donut Day! Sign up here:
Book Fair shopping hours
Monday – Weds 8:30 – 5
Thurs 8:30 – 2:30 (early release day)
Friday 7:30 – 3:30
Activities for the week include:
Classroom readers Mon – Fri
Take time to read a story in your child’s classroom. The designated volunteer link will be available soon. Check the PTO site for updates.
After School Readers Mon – Thurs
Join us at 3:30 (Thurs @ 1:30) in the library for a snack and a story read by some of our talented staff. Enter our raffle to win a poster!
Grandparents and Special Friends Day Wednesday Nov 5
Dr. Deboy gives a thoughtful presentation to our guests while they enjoy our hospitality, followed by classroom activities and book fair shopping.  Home baked or store bought treats are needed, as well as staffing the event with helpers, please sign up!  Detailed grade schedules will be sent home or communicated through your classroom.
Thursday 11/6 is early release @ 1:20. Book fair will close at 2:30
Donut Day Friday Nov 7th 7:30 – 9 a.m. 
For our hardworking parents, this is your pre-commute chance to pop in and support us while we treat you to coffee and donuts! What a way to kick off your TGIF!!
Please note that children cannot be left at school unsupervised before 8:55. Please plan to register with extended care if necessary.
Classroom Wish Lists
Posted in the library all week if you’d like to purchase a book to contribute to your child’s classroom library. Books are hand selected by each teacher.
Charitable Giving
Donations of gently used or new books for underprivileged children will be coordinated by our H.O.P.E.S. team. Stay tuned for details.
Online Shopping 10/25 – 11/14
Want to support our fair but you’re far away? Is there a book you wanted that wasn’t on the shelves?  Online shopping is available 10/25 – 11/14. The address is http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hallinan.  Please note this is a service provided by Scholastic and our book fair staff does not maintain this site.

Jog-A-Thon Success

2014-10-09 10.35.15-1A bright, beautiful day greeted our Jog-A-Thon last week, and the students loved running in the sunshine! Please remember to turn in all pledge sheets or finish up donations online.

Pledge sheets and pledges are due at school October 21st.  We are looking forward to announcing our winners!


  • The student who gathers the MOST pledges wins personalized Nike ID Shoes!
  • The student who gathers the MOST money wins personalized Nike ID Shoes!
  • The class from each level that runs the most laps wins popsicle party!
  • Silly Socks Spirit Fun: no contest this year, just lots of silly fun!
  • Every student who returns a pledge sheet by OCTOBER 21th is eligible to win a prize (one name per class will be drawn)!

Contact Lindsay McGrath (email) or at 503-860-2239 for questions.

Halloween at Hallinan – Please Review!

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Halloween is an exciting day in an elementary school, but it can also be disruptive. In order to emphasize the fun and minimize the chaos, please observe the following guidelines as you prepare at home.

Students may choose to wear regular school clothes, fall colors or simple Halloween costumes on Thursday, October 31st.

Please follow these guidelines to minimize disruption and maximize the fun:

  • Costumes are worn to school and throughout the day. Teachers cannot be responsible for putting on, taking off, or managing costumes. One suggestion is to have your child wear part of their costume to school, and save the big production for the evening.
  • Costumes should be appropriate for all regular school activities like quiet work times, recess, and P.E. Please be aware of the activities your child will be doing, and know that their costume may come back soiled or damaged.
  • Costumes should not include accessories such as gun, knives, swords, pitchforks or other any items that make them scary, gory, or violent. No masks. Please pay careful attention to the appropriateness of the costume for the school environment.
  • Minimal make up is allowed, but students are not to bring any makeup items to school for application. No full face makeup or colored hair spray, as it will often come off on clothing, costumes, school supplies, food, and school furniture. If the makeup is creating a problem, your child may be asked to wash it off.

The guidelines mentioned above may seem overly restrictive to some parents, but please understand that they are designed to protect the safety of your children and their costumes, while assuring the opportunity for fun in the school setting. We want the children to have a great time AND have a productive day at school. Thanks so much for your assistance!