Hillcrest Elementary School

June 4, 2021

Dear HCE Families,

Kindly take a moment to read several important announcements below:

  • As per the School Board approval on Thursday evening, face masks will be optional for students and staff in school beginning Friday, June 4, 2021, at 6 AM. This includes bus riding and school activities. I spoke to each class today about kindness and respecting others' decisions.
  • The forecast for the weather next week includes some very hot days. I will inform you about plans for an early dismissal the evening before it’s planned. If you do not receive an email from me, then school will open for a full day. Please be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle to keep them healthy and hydrated.
  • Information about Chromebook collection for virtual students is below.

Have a great weekend,


Last Day of School for Students (First through Sixth) 12:15 Dismissal– Friday, June 11th

Last Day of School for AM Kindergarten Students – Friday, June 11th

Last Day of School for PM Kindergarten Students – Thursday, June 10th

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Have you heard the news? In early April, the Council Rock School District's School Board APPROVED the RENOVATION PROJECT for Hillcrest Elementary School. Hillcrest will be relocated to Richboro Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year while construction is under way...same kids, same staff....just a new home while ours gets a renovation. We are already busy packing and can't wait for this exciting adventure! Please join us for a Zoom Meeting to learn all the details of this renovation plan...details are below.

The District will be holding a special ZOOM meeting for Hillcrest families on Monday, June 7th at 7:00pm to highlight our school's renovation project that is set to take place throughout the 2021-22 school year. Mr. Vacca will send out a zoom link in an email that afternoon which will enable you to join the presentation if interested.

ROARing about our "PAW"some kids!

We are excited to celebrate the amazing efforts of our students who exemplify what our ROAR Rules encourage: Respect for All, Obey Safety Rules, Act Responsibly and Ready to Learn. Please help us congratulate the following students who have been honored these past two weeks. They have all earned a place on our Hillcrest Wheel. We would like to give a special thanks to our PTO who has helped support our rewards!

⭐Victor Boyd ⭐Allegra Pizzini ⭐ Millie Colella ⭐ ⭐Paige Colella⭐

⭐Liam Sheehy ⭐ Daniel Cadenelli ⭐ Kylie Lonergan ⭐ Liam Ross ⭐

⭐Iva Patel ⭐Martin Marano ⭐ Emma Becker ⭐Laura Syrgabaev ⭐

⭐Liam Hughes ⭐Samuel McCaffery ⭐Harrison Englert ⭐Brennan Stitz

⭐Madelyn Martin ⭐John Grigorenko ⭐Chase Nagle ⭐Gabe Altomari

⭐Vlad Psyuk ⭐Jacob Schwartz ⭐

Chromebook Collection for Virtual Students

We will be collecting Chromebooks and other school items from our virtual-only students in the front lobby on Friday, June 11 from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Please contact Mr. Vacca directly if this time presents a conflict in your schedule.

Important Message from our School Nurses....

Please see the medical form sent from Mrs. Tentilucci, school nurse, regarding picking up your child(ren)'s medication before the end of the school year. Please refer to that email for important information regarding getting your child's medication from the school nurse's office before school closes for summer. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Grant...

Dear Band Parents,

I am pleased to share with you the 2021 Combined Elementary Virtual Spring Band Concert. You should be proud of your child’s accomplishments. This was an incredibly difficult year with so much virtual learning, and the children did not let that deter them from making beautiful music! Kudos to all!

You will find the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SaySivLWFnM

Please feel free to share this link with all your family and friends. My fellow colleagues and I are very proud of all the elementary students who contributed to this musical project. All did an amazing job! Enjoy!

I wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer. I look forward to seeing my upcoming sixth graders next Sept. I wish all of my graduating sixth graders the best of luck in seventh grade. Keep making music!

Musically yours,

Debbie Grant

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Summer Reading Incentive ...Please See Details from Mrs. Goppold Below!

Once School Ends...

This fun summer program provides an opportunity for elementary students across the district to keep their reading skills strong over the summer and receive a reward for their work. Five local businesses across the district have partnered with Council Rock to provide rewards for student reading. The local businesses participating this year are:

Rita’s in Village Shires Shopping Center, Holland

O-Wow-Cow in Carousel Village at Indian Walk, Wrightstown

Nothing Bundt Cakes in Village at Newtown Shopping Center, Newtown

Dairy Queen on Second Street Pike, Richboro

Wendy’s in Village at Newtown Shopping Center, Newtown

1st Day of School Supplies Kit!!!

From the PTO


I know it is hard to think about next school year as this school year is just winding down, but now is the time to order your 1st Day School Supplies Kit!

Our school has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to provide you the exact supplies we are asking your child to have for the start of the school year. Of course, you can shop to get these supplies on your own or you can click the link below to eliminate the hassle and aggravation of back to school shopping.

We have found students who have everything we ask for on the 1st Day of school have a more confident transition. The order deadline is July 1st to purchase the supplies for next year. Click any of the links in this email to see all of the kits available for Hillcrest Elementary!


Your PTO

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Vaccination Clinic Information for Students 12+

Dr. Damsker has advised that all Bucks County Health Department vaccine clinics are now accepting individuals ages 12+.

You may learn more about the Bucks County Health Department vaccine clinic locations, hours, and procedures on the Bucks County Health Department website:


Hillcrest Pretzel Day is BACK!!!!!

Where: Philly Pretzel Factory's new location at 741 Second Street Pike in Richboro!

When: Today, May 5th and every Wednesday for the rest of the school year!

9:00am - 5:00pm

Be sure to mention Hillcrest when you order!!


A-Z Countdown Spirit Days are HERE!

It is hard to believe the next spirit day we will share will begin our final days of the 2020-2021 school year. This year is something to celebrate for sure! Our students and teachers have learned and taught in far greater capacities than ever imagined. All finding reasons to smile and laugh together, each and every day and that, when we look back, is what we will remember most. Please help us celebrate this amazing year by counting down together in these fun, spirited ways!
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Champions Before and After School Programs

Please click the button to learn more.


The Council Rock Art Department is excited to share the first ever "Color For the Kids, Coloring Book Sale"! The CR South National Art Honor Society created a coloring book that is being sold exclusively online through Blurb.

The cost of the book is $10. With the purchase of each book, $5 will be donated to children in long term care facilities at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Please help CR South’s NAHS make a difference for kids at CHOP one coloring book at a time! Use this link to learn more:


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Please see below for our daily specials color rotation schedule throughout Marking Period 4

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Important Parking Lot Safety Reminders...

We have seen a major increase in car riders this year, especially this month. We expect that number to grow once the fourth marking period begins on April 6th. We would like you to drop off and pick up the children “roller coaster style”. One entire row of vehicles should load and unload children at the same time. Please do not go around other vehicles unless directed to do so by a staff member as that may put another person in a dangerous position.. Thank you for your cooperation.

Bus Safety Reminders....

The children who ride the bus have been doing well all year with their efforts to keep themselves and others safe on the way to and from school. However, I'm passing along reminders to parents to reinforce with their children regarding two areas that could use improvement to help maintain each child's safety.

First, masks must be worn at all times. This is outlined in the district's Health and Safety Plan, and it is a requirement if a child would like to ride the bus. Second, children should refrain from eating any food on the bus. Sometimes, students may be running late and want to eat breakfast on the bus. However, this creates such a hazardous situation in case there was ever an issue with a child choking. In addition, eating would require a mask to be removed and students are not always six feet apart while riding the bus.

Kindly take a moment to review these safety expectations with your child. At school, we remind students that they are responsible for themselves, but they need to take care of others. Thank you.

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

Council Rock is now accepting kindergarten registrations! We can't wait to meet our new Hillcrest Tigers in Fall 2021!


Thanks to a federal program for COVID-19 relief, EVERY student in Council Rock is eligible to receive 7 days of FREE meals. In fact, when your child orders/picks up a nutritionally balanced and safely prepared/packaged free lunch, you help Council Rock receive funding that supports our lunch program and budget!

Wednesday Seven-Day Meal Pack Pick Up Details

Former Richboro Middle/Sloan Center: 7am-noon

Holland Middle: 4 PM - 7 PM

Please contact the cafeteria manager at HCECafeteria@crsd.org if you have any questions.

Click HERE to add to your child's lunch account

If you would like your child to purchase snacks or additional menu items, you may add to your child's lunch account using this button. Please note, you do not need to add to this account to take advantage of the free lunch program for all students.

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Click HERE to visit our Guidance Counselor's Office

Use the link above to access a calming corner resource. You will find four different activities to try to help relax your mind.


Having trouble managing your school day? Struggling with emotions and feelings related to COVID? You’re not, but you know someone who is? Don’t do it alone! Let’s work through it together! We want to help! Please contact your school principal, counselor, teacher, or another trusted adult in the school so we can talk.


Please be advised that based on the revised PA Department of Health's face-covering order put into effect on November 18, 2020, all staff and students must wear face coverings while on school district property or riding school buses. A plastic face shield may NOT be worn in place of a face-covering unless wearing a face covering is not possible. Families should contact their building principal if their child must wear a plastic face shield due to an inability to wear a face covering. Staff should contact their supervisor for the same circumstance.

From the Governor’s November 17, 2020, Face Covering Order

“Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. A “face covering” may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care personnel.

“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised there is currently not enough evidence to determine how much protection a face shield provides to individuals around the person wearing the face shield, because of gaps where respiratory droplets may escape. The CDC does state, however, that face shields may still be an option in situations where wearing a cloth face covering is not otherwise feasible.

Click HERE for CRSD Reopening Hub

By clicking the button above, you can access information regarding our Health and Safety Plan, COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard and more!

👟iRun4Life Fitness App

iRun4Life is launching a new, fun, free iRun4Life Fitness App specifically designed for elementary school children. The iRun4Life Fitness App is free and can be downloaded on all Apple and Android devices- simply search in the app store for “iRun4Life.”

Key Features of the iRun4Life Fitness App for kids include:

1. Running & Fitness – 4 weeks of training with Warm Up videos, weekly Running Tasks, Cool Down Videos, and Extra Workout videos that are fun and all kid friendly. There is a stopwatch to help you time your runs as well. Videos will be updated monthly.

2. Log your Miles – Children can log their miles onto our iRun4Life portal directly from the app. Simply log in with a parent email address and child’s first name.

3. Yoga & Dance – Fun kid friendly yoga and dance videos that can be done at home with your friends and family. Videos will be updated monthly.

4. Healthy Recipes – Delicious kid focused recipes for Snacks, Meals, and Desserts that are easy to make and cook with your family. Includes gluten free and vegetarian options too. Recipes will be updated monthly.

💻Digital Citizenship

At the following LINK, you can find an excellent short video regarding digital citizenship. This term refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level. Thus, this is such an important topic for our students. Take a moment to view it with your children.

💻 Chromebook Issues???

Effective Monday , October 26th, we would like parents/students to start using our help desk system. The link is this one: https://crsdstudent.sherpadesk.com

The system will allow students/parents (student ID is required to submit a ticket) to submit a ticket for help. It will also allow them to see the status of existing tickets.

The first time you use the system, you will need to setup an account. This will require a unique email address, the location where the student attends school (this is a required field), your first and last name, a phone number where you can be reached (if additional/different contact information/preferences are desired, that can be included in the body of the request), the type of issue (called class on the form - this is also required), the student ID (this is required), a subject or brief description of the issue, and then the details about the issue.

To see the status of a ticket that was submitted, you can click on that option, login with your email address and password (set during account creation).

IT will continue to monitor the chromesupport email address but will refer parents/students to the ticketing system if you have an issue or problem that needs to be resolved.

The two biggest advantages to this system are that the ticket will go directly to a technician, and the parent/student will be able to see the status of the tickets they have entered.

Forgotten Items???

All forgotten items should be dropped off in the Main Lobby. Once you enter the building look for the metal cart (see below) by the Main Office doors. Write your child's name and the Homeroom Teacher's name on the item. Our Office Staff checks the cart often and delivers all items to the classroom in a timely manner.

As a reminder: You must wear a MASK when you enter the building.

🌟Important Reminders🌟

🌟Children arriving to HCE after 9:10 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent and escorted to the office to sign in before entering their classroom.

🌟Please charge your Chromebook or device each night so it is ready to go for the next school day.


We are asking that parents place your yellow placards in your passenger side window during car rider pick-up. This will allow staff to see your names easier. See example..

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Online Book Check-Out for 100% Virtual Students

Online book checkout will be available from the Hillcrest Library for 100% Virtual Students only. Hybrid Students have the opportunity to check out books in person during their Library Specials rotation.

If you are a 100% virtual student and you choose to check out a book, we will have contactless Book Pick Up and Book Drop Off available daily from 9:30-2:30 in the Hillcrest lobby. To take advantage, please email our library assistant Mrs. Gassmann at colleen.gassmann@crsd.org with day & time you plan to arrive at school to manage your books.

Instructions for checking out a book through our book catalog (Destiny) are available in every Google Classroom. We can’t wait to get some awesome books into your students’ hands!

Please email Mrs. Gassmann with any questions!


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a disease capable of rapidly spreading to other persons with whom you come in contact. If you have been infected, you are capable of exposing other people to COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild, such as a cough. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Early symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose. Given that COVID-19 is a threat to the public’s health, staff members are asked to perform the following self-symptom assessment prior to entering school. Similarly, guardians are asked to conduct symptom assessment of children each morning prior to the students entering school.

Symptom assessment: Does your child have any of the following?

Fever (body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.0 degrees Celsius)?

Cough? Shortness of breath? New loss of/altered taste or smell? Fatigue? Chills? Body aches? Sore throat? Headache? Diarrhea? Nausea/vomiting? Runny nose?

If you answered yes and do not have another explanation for that symptom (e.g., allergies), please remain home until symptoms improve or medical documentation for alternative diagnosis is provided and notify the school nurse of the reason for remaining at home. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your primary care physician and/or school nurse.

Thank you for helping to keep our entire Council Rock community healthy and safe!

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Hillcrest Elementary School

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