Husky Howler

January 8, 2021

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Dear Hill-Roberts Families,

After what was a trying week for many reasons both on a national and local level, I honestly don't have anything more eloquent to say than TGIF.

The School Committee will be meeting on Monday during which they'll discuss Attleboro's current conditions and decide whether to extend our remote period another two weeks or have us return to the hybrid model on Tuesday, January 19th. If you are interested in watching, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Television: DoubleACS, Channel 9 (local)
  • DoubleACS' Youtube Channel (hint: searching DoubleACS Attleboro School Committee Meeting is faster than scrolling through their listing)
  • Facebook Live: DoubleACS 15
  • Zoom (You must use this option is you wish to speak during Open Forum)

Warm regards,

Mr. Rich, Principal

Your children may not be here in person but they are in spirit...


We are aware that some families have used this remote period as an opportunity to travel out of state. For the safety of all of our students, families and staff, it is imperative that you adhere to the state's and Attleboro Public Schools' travel guidelines. You can click the buttons below to be taken to the full guidance but here is a summary:

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival unless they are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.


  • Quarantine for 14 days -OR - Produce a negative test result no sooner than 72 hours after your return.

Please turn in any negative test results to your building’s School Nurse.
While waiting for test results, your child must remain at home under quarantine and not return to school until a negative test can be produced or the 14-day quarantine has been completed

If you have traveled recently and have any questions or are unsure when your child is eligible to return to school (once we return to the hybrid model), please don't hesitate to reach out to our School Nurse, Mrs. Knight-Cloud.

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Remote Learning Tips

Remote Learning is hard. Here are some tricks to help make this a bit easier.

  • Create a visual schedule of what the day will look like. Personalize the schedule for each student.

  • Create a consistent location for learning.

  • Try to avoid having your student set up their learning space in their bedroom, but especially their bed. Bedrooms invoke a feeling of play or sleep. That is not the vibe they need to have while trying to learn. If the bedroom is the only quiet space available - set up a small distraction-free corner either on the floor with a writing table or at a desk.

  • Be sure your student has everything they need in this space to be successful - sharpened pencils, crayons, glue sticks, water bottle, computer charger to prevent the "hunt" for items they think they may need.

    • If you have more than one student working in the same space- use headphones - even if not on a google meet - have your student can listen to quiet music, white noise, or classical music to help limit external distractions.

    • Create a tri-fold workspace - click here for some ideas.

  • Use First - Then concept - "First do STMath, then you can take a 10-minute break."

  • Take screen breaks - go outside and run around, shoot some hoops, jump rope, go for a walk.

  • Remember this is new to students too - it's not the way we typically learn or teach. Patience is necessary on all fronts.

  • Praise their effort, not the outcome. If the work is hard and they continue to persevere - be sure to praise them.

  • Touch base with their teacher. Is there a struggle with something at home? Ask for some support from the teacher or other staff at school.

  • If it's really hard to concentrate at home - there are a few other options for "scholastic learning academies" in the area." Check out ABACUS, YMCA, Robbins Children's Program, Shannon O'Brien School of Dance.

This Week in PE

Hello parents and families!

After a long break, it was exciting to see our Hill-Roberts Huskies up and in action this week during Remote PE! In kindergarten, we focused more on our jumping skills and are learning how to jump rope! In grades 1-4 we learned about the importance of water in our bodies and the world, along with different ways to exercise and stay active while learning at home. If your Husky is in any of the following classes, they should be working in their Physical Education Google Classroom: Kubel, Bakalars, Camelo, Landry, Puccio, Scott, Amancio, Degrace, and Leddy(4th).

If your Husky is in these following classes they should be attending PE Live through Google Meet during their normal scheduled day: Dileo, Lindsay, Leddy(1st), Young, Dalpe, and Lombardy.

All Huskies have the opportunity to attend a LIVE remote session on Wednesdays for any special of their choice! If you have any questions about my Google Classroom or the Live Sessions please contact me through email at:

Ms. Andrade, PE Teacher

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HRES, please help us fill up our yearbook with fun and happy photos from this unique school year. We are specifically requesting pics of the following:

  • Snowstorm pics
  • First Day of School
  • Spirit Days

Please send to


Tuesday January 12th, 6:30PM. Zoom details to come.

Hill-Roberts CREST Winners

During the school day, (whether in-person or at-home) huskies who exhibit our core values of Caring, Respect, Excellence, Safety & Trust can earn a CREST ticket from any Hill-Roberts staff member (including the bus drivers!). Each student who earns a CREST Ticket has their name placed into a drawing to earn a weekly prize that is picked by Mrs. Cotsalas. Their name is called during the morning announcements and they get their photo taken with a CREST Certificate.

Congratulations to the following students for being our CREST winners for the week of 1/4:

K: Juleigh Mack-Chong

Demitrios Kosivas

Gr. 1: Quinn Shirley

Blake Desautel

Gr. 2: Madison Thorpe

Mason By

Gr. 3: Harry Gil Minaya

Marcio Romao

Gr. 4: Paityn McCabe

Daniel Landry

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Upcoming Important Information & Dates

Monday, January 11: School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 12: PTO Meeting (link to follow)

Wednesday, January 13: Neighbor's in Dialogue: Race and Education (see flyer above)

Monday, January 18: No School in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 15 - February 19: No School - Vacation