Hillcrest Elementary School

January 14, 2022

Message from our School Board of Directors

Dear CR School Community,

Dr. Robert Fraser has requested a temporary leave from his duties as Superintendent of the District and the Board has granted that request.

In the interim, Dr. Susan Elliott will serve as substitute Superintendent. The Board looks forward to Dr. Fraser's return to the District as soon as possible.

Ed Salamon, president, and Mike Thorwart, vice president, CR Board of School Directors

No School- Monday, January 17th

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr


The following children earned ROAR tickets for their exemplary work related to following our ROAR Rules. Congratulations!

šŸ¾Jack Lynch šŸ¾Quinn Groves šŸ¾Sam Frey šŸ¾Silvio Piccirillo

šŸ¾Paige ColellašŸ¾Aria Sokol šŸ¾Jake Smith šŸ¾Roman Kusznir

šŸ¾Matthew Lukas šŸ¾Grace EckeršŸ¾Preston Stebulis

šŸ¾Harrison EnglertšŸ¾Esther Kamalov šŸ¾Brielle Wallen

šŸ¾Landon JankiewiczšŸ¾Ellington Gotis šŸ¾Avah BrownšŸ¾Jess Rawicz

šŸ¾Ilona Grigorenko šŸ¾Kaelyn Carr šŸ¾Thomas WaxmanšŸ¾Logan HedrickšŸ¾Victor Boyd

šŸ¾Michael Levitsky šŸ¾Sam FreyšŸ¾Danny LynchšŸ¾Leanna SteingartšŸ¾Kyler Weldon

šŸ¾Ryan MoorešŸ¾Cullen DayšŸ¾Allison Temple šŸ¾Tori RahillšŸ¾Emily BashšŸ¾David Jacobson šŸ¾Olivia KopitkošŸ¾Giavanna Datillo šŸ¾Landon MacClayšŸ¾Joseph Druding

Congratulations to Jimmy Clark!

Congratulations to Jimmy Clark, 6th grader in Ms. McMasterā€™s homeroom. Jimmy won 1st prize for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Districtwide Essay Contest. This upcoming Monday, Jimmy will be honored at the MLK Day of Service hosted at Council Rock South. That morning, Jimmy will have an opportunity to read his winning essay to the volunteers. Jimmy will also receive a state proclamation by our state representative, Wendi Thomas.

Guidance News

As many of you know Dr. Sandberg, our beloved Guidance Counselor, will be taking a leave of absence starting on January 31st for the remainder of the school year. We have been working tirelessly to secure a replacement in her absence. We are pleased to announce that the Board has approved our Recommendation to Hire, Michaela Krugar. Michaela has hit the ground running and has already partnered with Dr. Sandberg on transition activities. Dr. Sandberg and Ms. Krugar will continue to partner to ensure a smooth transition for our school community over the next two weeks. Ms. Krugar is excited about this opportunity and eager to begin working with students, families and staff. Her official starting date is Thursday, January 27th.

Meet Ms. Krugar

Hello Hillcrest! My name is Michaela Krugar and I am looking forward to meeting the students, staff, and families at HCE! Given this opportunity I would like to share a little bit about my background and experience working with children. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bloomsburg University in 2016. Then I became a Therapeutic Support Staff member working with the special needs population for a little over 2 years in multiple school settings. I loved working in the school environment so I decided to continue my education and earned my Masters of Science in School Counseling at Holy Family University in 2021. This past year I have worked as a School Counselor for CORA Services to support students within non-public schools in the city of Philadelphia. I am eager to start working at Hillcrest Elementary to support their mission and continue to create a student community of life-long learners!

Michaela Krugar M.S.

Professional School Counselor

Fond Farewell Mrs. Liberatore

After over 30 years of service to Hillcrest, Mrs. Liberatore has retired. Mrs. Liberatore worked in the Main Office. We thank you for always going above and beyond to assist parents, students and faculty. We will miss you; but we are excited for you in this next chapter of your life!

Bittersweet Goodbye

Wishing Mrs. Donna Herman well on her new career endeavor. Mrs. Herman worked tirelessly in our cafeteria for many years. She will be moving to Maureen M. Welch for a full time position starting next week . We wish her the best! We will miss you!

Human Growth and Development

As part of the yearly health curriculum fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students receive instruction on human growth and development during the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Classes will be taught by the Physical Education teacher and the school nurse. We understand that these can be difficult conversations to have with your students, but they are of great importance to our childrenā€™s health. Additional resources for parents are provided in the letter (at the following LINK) the grade level topics if you are looking to further these conversations at home.

A huge THANK YOU to our PTO for purchasing Wish List Items for Teachers last Month. Pictured are books purchased for Mrs. Shortlidge's 2nd Grade Classroom!


Happy New Year! It is time for the first Math Challenge of 2022 ā€“ Math Challenge #7. This challenge is all about drawing models to solve problems. So, be sure to get those pencils ready to draw!

Math Challenge #7 is now ready to be solved. Be sure to go to mathinaction.org or to Hillcrestā€™s homepage to find the problems for this week!

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Gardner at mgardner@crsd.org.

Happy Mathing!

Monica Gardner

Elementary Math Specialist

Hillcrest Elementary School

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Click here for the Revised CRSD Health & Safety Plan

Click here to review the latest revisions made to the district Health and Safety Plan. Revisions were made on Thursday, January 6, 2022.


Be on the look out for more information about this event in the upcoming months!

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For your planning, below are the dates that we will administer the PSSAā€™s for the 21-22 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 25-29, 2022 Grades 3-6

Mathematics- May 2- 6, 2022 Grades 3-6

Science - May 2- 6, 2022 Grade 4


All Council Rock students in grades 1-8 are eligible to receive a free lunch if they so desire. A student receiving a free meal must choose at least 3 items for the lunch to be considered complete as per the Department of Child Nutrition regulations, one of which must be at least a half-cup serving of a fruit or vegetable. Anything less than this will be considered an a la carte purchase and must be paid for by the student.

Snack prices depend on the items. Snacks are now available for purchase during lunch.

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Calling all Young Artists!

IFAW is excited to announce a global youth art contest in partnership with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2022!

In coordination with World Wildlife Dayā€™s theme ā€œRecovering key species for ecosystem restorationā€, this yearā€™s art contest encourages artists to depict endangered and critically endangered wildlife within the habitats and ecosystems where they live.

We are seeking artwork from kids aged 4-18 and all contestants have until January 26, 2022, to submit their work. The winning entry will be presented at the WWD event on March 3rd, 2022.

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