Husky Howler

January 22, 2021

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Dear Hill-Roberts Families,

It was wonderful to have everyone back in the building this week. I have two quick but important pieces of information to share:

1. Per the Superintendent's update that was sent via Remind earlier this afternoon, the start date of our pooled testing program has been pushed back to Monday, February 1st. Please click to read the full District Update. If you did not receive this message via Remind, please email me:, and we'll figure out why. Also, our 2nd through 4th-grade teachers have previewed the testing process with their classes over the last two days to prepare students who are participating and help ease any anxiety they may have. You can view that HRES Training Video by clicking the link or viewing it below. Teachers facilitated discussion around the science behind our pooled testing program and made connections to the safety precautions they're following at home and school. Feedback from teachers was positive and all students, whether they're participating or not, were engaged in the discussion.

  • As a reminder, you can change your decision as to whether you allow your child(ren) to participate by following the same process you did originally in Aspen and recording your new answer there.

2. We know many families like to plan ahead when it comes to holidays and in that vein, we wanted to announce early that due to ongoing concerns surrounding Covid-19, we will not be allowing students to exchange Valentine cards or gifts as we normally would.

Warm regards,

Mr. Rich, Principal

Nasal Swab Self Collection Demonstration
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Tips for Remote Learning

There is nothing more irritating than technology that doesn’t work! Over that past several months, both students and parents have been reporting that they have been experiencing some glitches while using either Lexia or St Math at home.

So, before you become beyond frustrated, we have put together a list of suggestions that we have received from Tech Assist Desks from both Lexia and ST Math that may help clear up some of these issues.

  • If the students are on computers, they might also try clearing the cache in the browser. They can use the following steps to clear cache in Chrome:

    • Click the Chrome menu (The icon is in the top-right corner, and will look like three horizontal lines (or 3 vertical dots) if Chrome is updated, or like a green arrow if Chrome needs updating). In the pull-down menu, select More tools > Clear browsing data, which will open a pop-up tab. In the dialog box, check the box next to "Cached images and files" and choose "the beginning of time" from the pull-down menu. Uncheck the other options if you do not wish to clear their data. Click "Clear data" at the bottom of the dialog box.

    • Video explaining how to clear the cache.

    • Here is another link to show how to clear your browser's cache:

  • If the student uses a laptop, iPad, or Android tablet, have them move close to the wireless source (WiFi router). Check for signal strength before logging in to their ST Math/Lexia program.

  • Close all other open tabs/apps. Ideally only the tab with ST Math or Lexia should be open.

  • Make sure the student doesn't have the resolution zoomed in our out – the view should be set at 100%.

  • Have the student use Lexia/ST Math when no one else is using the WiFi for activities that use a lot of WiFi bandwidth, such as streaming TV or movies, or video conferencing.

  • If there is another device available, have the student try a different device.

For ST Math specifically:

If these suggestions still do not fix the problem(s) you are experiencing, please use Technology Help Form to let us know you need help. Please be sure to include the type of device you are using and the problem you are experiencing. We will do our best to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.
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From the HRES Library

It was great seeing everyone back in the library! There were some special awards given out for some exceptional reading.

Kara M (4th) read the Wings of Fire series and took all the accelerated reader quizzes!

Colin P (4th) read the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series and took all the accelerated reader quizzes!

Annabelle N (2nd) earned her paw print pin!

Julia D (2nd) earned her ribbon pin - that's #2 for Julia!

We also had a Shout Out Award for Mia S (3rd). Mia assisted a teacher in translating some work for a fellow student. We are so proud of you, Mia.

Mrs. Cotsalas, Paraprofessional Librarian

This Week in Art

Dear Hill-Roberts families,

Our Husky artists have been easing back into the swing of things with some fun winter-themed art!

Kindergarten artists observed artwork created by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses! She began painting folk art landscapes at the age of 78. Students then created winter villages inspired by her paintings.

First and second-grade artists read the book, 'Bear Has a Story to Tell' by Philip C. Stead. They used line, shape, and pattern as elements of art to draw bears wearing winter sweaters!

Third-grade artists read the book, 'Snowmen at Night' by Caralyn Buehner and studied the colors and shades in the illustrations. They used value and form as the elements of art to create their snowmen at night!

Fourth-grade artists started out with the book, 'Hot Chocolate Weather' by Elizabeth Castro. They used value, form, and pattern as the elements of art to create their hot chocolate drawings!

We are now in Section 2 of Term 2. The following classes have art in person: Amancio, Leddy (4th), Puccio, Landry, Scott, DeGrace, Camelo, and Bakalars.

The following classes have weekly art assignments in Google Classroom: Dalpe, Young,

Leddy (1st), Kubel, Lombardy, Laprade, Lindsay, and DiLeo.

Keep up the great work, Huskies!

Ms. DeOrsey, Visual Arts Teacher

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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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Tuesday, February 9th, 6:30 PM. Zoom details to come.

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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 1/18:

K: Callie Gardner

Jace Matta

Gr. 1: Joseph Allard

Ryan Marsland

Gr. 2: Nicholas Chisholm

Aleigha Wenzel

Gr. 3: Kendall Tracewski

Gr. 4: Camren Sullivan-Burgo

Upcoming Important Information & Dates

February 1: Begin pooled testing program

February 9: PTO Meeting

February 15 - February 19: No School - Vacation