December 18, 2020
Dear Hill-Roberts Families,
In case you missed Supt. Sawyer's email this afternoon, last evening, our School Committee voted unanimously (9-0) to move us to the full-remote model starting January 4th, continuing through January 15th. We will remain in the hybrid model next week and we look forward to seeing our Cohort A/C students in-person on Monday and Cohort B/C students in-person on Tuesday. I cannot overemphasize the importance of sending your children to school on their in-person days next week as teachers will be sending home materials that may be needed over the remote period.
During their January 11th meeting, they will reevaluate conditions and decide whether to keep us in the remote model for an additional two weeks or have us return to the hybrid model on 1/19. Click this link to view the meeting in its entirety.
As Supt. Sawyer stated last night, even if the committee votes to have us return to hybrid after 1/15, there's a strong chance that the schools will be in a position where due to daily staffing or building conditions, we may have to close for a short period of time without much notice, much like we nearly had to do a few weeks ago. I remain optimistic that we'll be able to continue to manage these situations but I'd be remiss if I didn't advise you all to have contingency plans for childcare for the time period between now and February break.
As next week is a short week due to the holiday, this will be the final Howler of 2020. However, you'll still receive communication with more information about what to expect for the remote period. That will come once we have all the details ironed out.
While this may seem like a step backward to many, I can’t help but think the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to come into focus. I wish you all a relaxing break. I hope you're able to enjoy your time together as a family.
Mr. Rich, Principal
This Week in Health
We have been working extremely hard in Health class. Your Huskies have been taking risks and have started learning Public Speaking and using CREST (caring about what the speaker is sharing, respectful full body listening, showing excellence by gaining self-confidence, the speaker has a safe space to share information and the listeners are giving them a safe space to learn from the speaker and the speaker trusts the listeners to show CREST). All have been very excited to share how they have been keeping their bodies and minds safe and healthy every week.
Your Huskies have also been studying "The Power of Yet".....I can't do this....YET; I am still learning......I am not good at this.....YET; I am still learning. The Power of Yet has been a great learning opportunity for your Huskies to learn more challenging Yoga Poses and feel confident in practicing in a group and encouraging each other. From the pictures, you can see that your Huskies are challenging themselves and are excited to try new things in Health class.
In yoga we are taking risks with more difficult poses that are testing your Huskies balance, strength, and focus. If you ask they can show you their Warrior III Airplane, Crow and Flying Crow. They are really enjoying the challenges!
We are still learning ways to keep ourselves safe and healthy both in body and mind. Kindergarteners and first graders are working on Healthy Choices and Healthy Food Choices. Second, third and fourth graders are starting to learn how to create nutritious meals with the Five Food Groups.
Finally, your Huskies are discussing different healthy activities to do as the weather gets colder and how we can still be active when the weather is cold or rainy, or snowy. We do still try to get outside even if it is for just a short part of class so please keep dressing your husky in weather-appropriate clothing on the days they have Health Class!
MASK PICK-UP THIS WEEKEND!
If you have ordered a HRES mask, drive up/ pick up is still on for this weekend! Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th, 10am – 11am. Please drive up to the front entrance, stay in your car and roll down your window and we will bring your order to you. Thank you!
MASKS STILL AVAILABLE! YOUTH AND ADULT!
We have a limited quantity of Hill-Roberts masks available in two sizes, Youth and Adult. Please visit this link to order, and arrange pick-up before the holidays!
SUPPORT OUR PTO WHEN YOU SHOP AMAZON!
Did you know that when you shop Amazon, at any time of the year, you can earn FREE money for Hill-Roberts PTO with every purchase? It’s so easy – set it once, then shop and earn! Follow the instructions below!
SAVE THE DATE 12/23! AND YOUR APPETITE!
YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED!
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 HRYBpics@gmail.com
NEXT PTO MEETING
Tuesday January 12th, 6:30PM. Zoom details to come.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE HOLIDAY BREAK!
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 12/14 (photos to follow next week!):
K: Skylar Padula
Gr. 1: Brooklyn Adams
Gr. 2: Michael DellaGrotta
Gr. 3: Kylie Ernst
Gr. 4: Hannah McLellan