Hillcrest Elementary School
September 10, 2021
Hello HCE families,
Talk about a whirlwind start to the school year thanks to tropical storm Ida. I hope that you all have recovered from her impact. On another note, it was awesome to see our classrooms and hallways filled with eager and excited children ready to take on the joys and challenges of a new year. There are so many great opportunities in store for this school year.
Please read the information below in its ENTIRETY. There is important information regarding emergency contact updates, family educational trips, emergency drills, upcoming calendar events, etc. Additionally, there are some attachments that correspond with the information included in this email.
Enjoy the weekend!
NEW DATE FOR PRIMARY BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Our Postponed Back-to-School Night will be held on Monday, September 20th for Grades 1, 2, 3.
Classroom Presentations Begin at 7 PM
Visit Special Area Teachers from 7:45 PM- 8:15PM- Instructional Support, Instrumental Strings, Speech, Literacy Support, PE, Art, Nurse, Guidance
Please note that Back to School Night is an overview of the “day in the life” of your child. This evening is not a good time to discuss individual concerns about your child with the teacher. Private appointments can be scheduled, with the teacher, should you need to discuss individual concerns.
If your child is an infrequent car-rider, please be sure to store this placard in a safe place for those random times when you will be picking up your child.
Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you still need a placard.
Here are a few reminders about the arrival and dismissal of students:
- Parents are encouraged to double check bus pick-up and drop-off times on the Home Access Center over the weekend, as changes may occur with pick-up and/or drop-off times.
- Please be patient with our transportation department. It usually takes about two weeks to finalize bus routes. If you have any questions or concerns after the first couple few weeks of school, please contact the Council Rock Transportation Department at 215-944-1010.
- Typically on the first few days of school, dismissal can take a few extra minutes. It is really helpful when parents review the plan with their children regarding how they are going home (bus rider, car rider, Champions, etc.).
- Please do not drop your children off at school in the morning before 8:50 a.m. as there is no adult supervision available until that time.
- During arrival and dismissal, children who are car riders should always exit on the passenger side of the vehicle to entirely avoid incoming traffic. In addition, parents are not permitted to pass another vehicle while children are attempting to exit.
Below is a map of our parking lot. There may be adjustments to our procedures once we see everything goes.
Blue Lines= Buses Only & Late Drop off after 9:10 AM
Green Lines= AM/PM Car Rider Drop Off/Pick Up Only
Yellow Lines= Parent Car Rider Exit
Aerial View of PARKING LOT/Car Rider Route- Green Lines to Enter...Yellow Lines to Exit
We also practice Lock Down Drills for an inside & outside threat and Shelter-In-Place. Lock Down Drills are designed to protect our children in the event an intruder enters the building (inside threat), dangerous incidents in the surrounding neighborhood or intruder on our school grounds (outside threat). Safe Shelter is designed to protect our children from weather related emergencies. Teachers review these procedures with students at the beginning of the year.
IMPORTANT ELECTRONIC FORMS THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BY PARENTS THIS WEEK...
HANDBOOK PARENT SIGNATURE FORMS
Attached is the electronic Handbook Parent Signature Form. We ask that you read or review the Parent/Student Handbook and the Code of Conduct (links included) .
After you read this information with your child(ren), please complete this electronic form. The form is meant to be completed as a family; so you DO NOT need to complete separate forms if you have multiple children.
Chrome Book Update
Chrome Books will be distributed to every student next week during their assigned library class. As students bring them home, we ask that you simply charge the device and send back to school on the next day. Teachers are excited to get back to pencil and paper instruction; but there will be times when chrome books will be used during the school day.
Many parents have already completed the Chrome Book User Agreement form. We ask that you complete the attached agreement if you haven't already done so. Unfortunately, Students will not receive a Chrome Book if we don't have a completed form.
MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
We (HCE) will notify parents via Blackboard Messenger should a bus experience delays in leaving Hillcrest after 4:00 PM. However, most delays take place once the bus has departed Hillcrest. We notify parents of these delays via Blackboard Messenger as soon as we are made aware of the delay within the community.
Please see below paragraph regarding AM Bus Delays.
AM BUS DELAYS
Entry into the Building
In order to gain access to the Front Office of our building, the following will occur:
School visitors will push an audio intercom button located at our front door entry area.
School visitors will use the front entry audio intercom system to communicate their identity and purpose of visit with a Front Office staff member
Front Office staff member will confirm visitor identity using the new system’s camera feature and permit Front Office access
Once in the Front Office, visitors will sign in as a building guest, show ID, and complete the Raptor identification process to receive a visitor tag. Please always be prepared to show ID.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL TRIPS
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. Please note that snacks will not be served during the 1st few weeks of school.
As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we want to inform you of our policies regarding attendance. You can read the district attendance guidelines by clicking on this button.
- Thursday, September 16th - No School for Students
- Thursday, September 30th - Picture Day