Hillcrest Elementary School

WEEKLY NEWS--January 31, 2020

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HCE Kids Care Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 4th

During this meeting, we will be working on a friendship based activity - making lollipop messages for all of the students in the school.

Important dismissal reminder: Students will be dismissed from the front of the building promptly at 4:30 PM. Please make it a priority to discuss your child's dismissal plan before your child arrives at school. If your child is unaware of arrangements for pick up, they will automatically be sent home on the bus.

If you should have questions, please contact: kate.brennan@crsd.org.

We look forward to another fantastic meeting full of community service! Mrs. Brennan, Mrs. Hudak, Ms. McMaster, and Mr. Fernandez

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On Tuesday, February 11th, parents will be able to view their child’s Standards-Based Report Card, through our Home Access Center. The report cards will be open for viewing after 4:00 pm on this day. As always, teachers are available to meet or discuss should you have questions or concerns about the report card.

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School Start Times

On January 17th, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Fraser, sent out a comprehensive message discussing Council Rock’s school start times exploration efforts. In the case you missed it or wish to read it again, the letter is posted on Council Rock’s website in the “News and Announcements” section and also archived in the CR School Start Times Hub.

I want to draw your attention to an upcoming presentation mentioned in Dr. Fraser’s letter. On Wednesday, February 5th, nationally recognized expert on sleep health, Dr. Wendy Troxel, will present Snooze or Lose, Promoting Sleep Health in Adolescents at 7 P.M. in Newtown Middle School’s Auditorium. Dr. Fraser urged all Council Rock parents to come out for Dr. Troxel’s critically acclaimed presentation, and I want to personally invite you to attend.

Dr. Wendy Troxel is Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has been widely cited by the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and BBC. Dr. Troxel was also one of the featured sleep experts in the National Geographic “Sleepless in America” documentary and served on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Secondary School Start Times for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her TED talk on the impact of school start times on adolescent sleep has received more than 1.8 million views and is at the forefront of national and international conversations on this topic.

The topic of student sleep health is incredibly relevant right now, as the District prioritizes Student Wellness, and Dr. Troxel’s presentation is of value for parents of children of all ages. Please feel free to invite an out-of-district friend(s) to join you on February 5th, as Council Rock’s presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please carve out some time to review the content that’s been posted to Council Rock’s School Start Times Hub. (see Link Below) The hub will grow as the district dives deeper into its exploration of school start times, but there’s already a good amount of information that will help you familiarize yourself with this important topic.

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Kindergarten and NEW first grade student registration for 2020-21 will take place on March 11th (6 PM-8 PM) and March 13th (1:30- 3:30 PM) at HCE.

After March 13th, parents must contact Central Registration (215-944-1091) for registration appointments.


If your child has been ill, please allow adequate recovery time so that your child does not re-introduce illness at school by returning too early. Please also consider the fact that some children are very fatigued during illness recovery and do need a little extra time at home. Children who have had diarrhea or have been vomiting should remain home for 24 hours symptom-free before returning to school.

We ask that children be free of fever for 24 hours, with NO Tylenol or Motrin during the 24 hours, before returning to school. If unsure, please call the health office to discuss your child’s care.

We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

For your planning, below are the dates that we will administer the PSSA’s for the 19-20 school year. As attendance is state mandated for these assessments, family trips will not be approved during these testing windows. Please plan accordingly.

Assessment Dates /Grade(s)

English Language Arts-April 20-24, 2020 Grades 3-6

Mathematics- April 27-May 1, 2020 Grades 3-6

Science - April 27-May 1, 2020 Grade 4

Make-ups- April 27-May 1, 2020 Grade 4

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Formerly Known As the E-Friday Folder...

Recently, the Hillcrest E Friday Folder was eliminated due to the creation of a District E-Friday Folder. This website will be used for District and Community Events.

At times, school specific community events will be located in this listserv. Flyers only for HCE families will be included in this Community News Section (i.e. Young Rembrandts & Hello Languages). All other community flyers/event announcements, etc; can be found on the District E-Folder Folder. Click on the button below to visit the District E- Friday Folder.