Husky Howler

December 9, 2022

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This Week's Note From Mr. Evan Chelman, Principal

Dear Hill-Roberts Families,

It's a busy time of year and many of us have full calendars! There are a couple of important events today, along with a task. First, report cards have been posted and you should've received an email about that. If you are struggling to login to ASPEN, call the office on Monday and we can help you reset your account. Today, your child's report card will show you how he or she is progressing toward individual standards. Teachers evaluate this progress through multiple assessments across the term. These assessments can be formal in the form of a quiz, test, essay, or project. More often than not though, teachers utilize frequent, formative assessments that could take the form of a question or two posed at the end of the lesson or an opportunity to read one-on-one with a child. Assessment is at the core of what we do as educators because it is used to inform and individualize our instruction to meet the needs of each student.

In "The Evaluation of My Dreams," Carol Ann Tomlinson writes "The word assess comes from the Latin root meaning "to sit beside."...For students, the most effective evaluation comes from someone who sits beside us and helps us grow." One of the ways you can partner with us in this effort is to take time tonight to celebrate your child's report card. Look to see what your child's strengths were this term and celebrate those successes. It will also be important to, at some point, discuss his/her challenges and areas for growth. You may want to ask questions like, what are your goals to improve in this area? How can I help you reach that goal? These are conversations we have in school with your children on a regular basis. We are confident that, working together, we can help your child reach his/her goals!

The task can be found in this Howler, last week's Howler, and in the Report Card email sent on Friday, the 9th. Please, while you're in ASPEN, follow the directions found below, and in the email, to check your information so the district can contact you in case of an emergency. Third, we have a new event tonight put on by the staff of HRES. See the flyers below!

Have a great weekend!


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APS is currently updating the mobile phone numbers on record so that we can send school cancellations and other urgent notices via text message. We ask that you update your contact information in Aspen using the workflow directions listed here: If you have multiple students, please complete the workflow for each one. Families who wish to have their child(ren) receive text messaging from the district/school, should provide student cell phone number(s) through this workflow as well.
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Some Friday Photos!

CREST Awards 11/7 - 12/2

Photos 11-7-22 through 12-2-22
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This Fall in Title I Literacy

We have had a great start with our Title I reading groups at Hill-Roberts this fall! Ms. Nager is back for another year on our team and has been enjoying seeing new and familiar faces. We are so excited to work with our students on foundational reading skills and help encourage excited and enthusiastic readers in the classroom and at home.

At home with your child, you can help build their reading skills by reading with them for at least 20 minutes a day. It is wonderful for your child to hear you read, so take turns each reading a page. Stop periodically and ask your child a question or to share your own thoughts on the book. Help them read, but don’t feel like you need to correct every mistake or explain every new word. Reading should be fun and a great opportunity to bond and enjoy each other!

We are very busy at HRES! In grades 1 and 2, we are using a program called SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words) and focusing on foundational skills. We start each class blending and segmenting words into sounds. We then review letter sounds and decode words that we will find in our story that day. Next, it is onto sight words! We practice these by reading them, spelling them and reading them again. Our students are amazing at using these sight words in descriptive sentences. We finish the group with a story that puts all of our skills to good use! It is amazing how excited our students are to join us every day for some extra reading time.

In grade 3, we continue practicing our foundational skills, but also work on fluency and comprehension. We have read several Nate the Great mysteries by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat and Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger. Students are building background knowledge, learning new vocabulary and answering tough questions about what they read. Here’s to many more interesting stories to come this year!

In grade 4, we also work on fluency and comprehension. We have read several Battle of the Book titles already- The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron and Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher. Students are laughing as they learn and practicing their reading skills each day! What an amazing group of students we have!

Literacy NIght was a blast in November! We had over two hundred and fifty people join us for bingo, games and family fun. The read-alouds with Mr. Chelman and Mrs. Skeffington were a big hit and every child left having enjoyed a snack and a book. We thank the PTO for donating the snacks and can’t wait to get together again as a school and celebrate learning together! Take a look at the pictures below!

We hope that all students at Hill-Roberts are finding books and stories that they love, that make them think, that make them feel and that make them laugh.

Mrs. Morrison and Ms. Nager

Title I Literacy


With 408 cars passing by HRES on Friday evening, staff and family of staff were inundated with smiles and wishes of happy times ahead! We made new friends from the other schools who shouted, "Thacher says, 'hi!" etc. Perhaps this is the first....annual!?!?
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HRES Grade-4 Chorus

Dear Grade Four Families,

We are two weeks away from our first concert and the students and I are getting very excited to perform for you. Here are a few details for that evening-

Who: Grade Four students and families

When: Monday, December 19, 6:30 PM

Where: Hill-Roberts Auditorium

  • doors open at 6:00 PM
  • singers will leave coats and jackets with their families
  • singers report to Grade Four classrooms, families proceed to auditorium
  • while there is no dress code for this event students should not wear high-heeled shoes (safety on the stage) or anything that will be too warm such as sweaters or jackets
  • the concert will begin promptly at 6:30 and be finished by 7:10

Please reach out if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you at the performance.


Stephanie Torres, Music Specialist

All APS Community Fliers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s fliers, including information from throughout Attleboro please visit the Welcome Center webpage or click "community" ABOVE.
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Amazon Smile!

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Are you a regular Amazon shopper? (us TOO!)

Your holiday shopping (and year round purchases!) can earn Hill Roberts PTO funds for FREE!

Simply go to and...

1) login to your Amazon account

2) click "select your charity" and choose Hill Roberts Elementary School PTO Inc

3) Every time you shop, Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase amount to us!

Yearbook Photos!

Did you take photos of your kids on the First Day of School? On school Spirit Days? At Bingo for Books? At the Race for Education? When you pick up takeout on one of our Restaurant Nights? On random days at the bus stop like we do? Well we need those PICS FOR THE YEARBOOK! Send them to so we can include them in the 2022-2023 yearbook! We are also looking for photos from last spring’s Someone Special Dance to include this year!

ATTENTION 4th grade families: keep an eye out for our Yearbook Cover Contest coming soon…
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Save the Date!

12/12 – Restaurant Night at Chipotle

12/13 - Next General PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in person or via Zoom


Meeting ID: 878 8368 6781

Passcode: HUSKY

Upcoming Important Information & Dates

December 9: Term 1 Report Cards Posted in ASPEN

December 9: Winter Wonderland Lights: Elementary Event (see flyer above)

No School December 23 - January 2