Husky Howler

February 5, 2021

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Dear Hill-Roberts Families,

We were very excited (and relieved!) to begin our pooled testing program this week. There was a lot of anxiety leading up to the day and I think most people, including myself, felt a sense of relief to have our first testing day under our belt. I'm pleased to report that overall, it went very smoothly and we're looking forward to getting our results soon. The company we are working with gave us a turnaround time of between 36 and 72 hours upon their receipt.

We are also excited to announce that Hill-Roberts will be piloting the pooled testing program for our younger students, starting with first-grade. A separate communication was sent to First-Grade families earlier today.

In order for this program to be successful, we need to have as high a participation rate as possible. If you have previously responded, "No" on the consent but wish to change your answer, you can follow the same steps (see below) and complete to consent form again. This is also true if you have previously responded, "Yes" on the consent but want to change your answer.

For more information please see the FAQ document that was created to answer questions surrounding the pooled testing program. The video below shows a first-grade and a fourth-grade Hill-Roberts student demonstrating the procedure.

Useful Links

Instructions for Completing the Informed Consent Workflow in Aspen

Instructions for Completing the Informed Consent Workflow in Aspen Using a Cellphone

Como dar el Consentimiento Informado Electrónico para la Prueba Colectiva de COVID-19

Warm regards,

Frank W. Rich, Principal

Nasal Swab Self Collection Demonstration
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This Week in PE

Hello Hill-Roberts Parents and Families!

In physical education class, our huskies have been learning about the history of the largest sporting event in the world, the Olympics! We have focused and learned about 2 winter sports so far - Curling and Ice Hockey. Students participated in our school's version of both events during their scheduled physical education time. All students have also been learning all about how important it is to exercise and get our bodies moving during at-home learning days! How does your family stay active while remote learning? Please share pictures, videos, and/or stories to

Google Classroom Reminder! Students in the following classes should be working in their Physical Education Google Classroom on their at-home learning days: Lombardy, Dalpe, Young, Laprade, Lindsay, Leddy (1st), and Dileo.

Sneaker Reminder! Students in the following classes should be trying to wear sneakers during their Physical Education Day at School: Degrace, Leddy (4th), Amancio, Scott, Puccio, Landry, Camelo, Kubel, Bakalars.

Thank you,

Katia Andrade

Physical Education

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Round of applause for our HRES 2020/2021 Yearbook cover contest winners!


If your student (either Hyrbid or AVA) did NOT get their school picture taken this year through Lifetouch, please send a picture of your child to so we can include them in the yearbook. **

Pictures should be:

  • Portrait orientation, waist up preferred
  • Student-centered in the image
  • Quiet background
  • When sending, please include student’s full name, grade, and teacher’s name.

Portrait Example

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We are still looking for fun and happy photos from this unique school year to include in our yearbook. We are specifically requesting pics of the following:

  • Snowstorm pics
  • First Day of School
  • Spirit Days
  • Remote Learning/ AVA

Please send to


We still have masks available in two sizes, Youth and SM/M. Please visit this link to order:

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Upcoming Events

NEXT PTO MEETING: Tuesday February 9th at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR: March 1-14, look for more information soon on the PTO Facebook Page!

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6:30pm


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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 2/1:

K: Amelia Blazek

Nolan Yau

Gr. 1: Emman Bibi

Colton Poore

Gr. 2: Gloria Abdelnour

Jack Weaver

Gr. 3: Gabriel Garber

Haylee Rebelo

Gr. 4: Molly Crosby

Madison Dolben

CREST Winners from Last Week

Upcoming Important Information & Dates

February 9: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 (login info above)

February 10th & 11th: Show your LOVE Spirit Days

February 15 - February 19: No School - Vacation

February 22: Hill-Roberts Gr. 1 Begins Pooled-Testing

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