Husky Howler

November 6, 2020

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Dear Hill-Roberts Families,


Governor Baker's new guidance went into effect at 12:01 this morning. The new mask order requires everyone who is out in public to wear a mask:


"Except as provided in Section 2, all persons in Massachusetts over the age of 5 years old are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in a public location, whether indoors and outdoors."


Section 2 lists the exceptions to specific circumstances. Exception 2.d. states:


"Where applicable sector-specific COVID-19 safety rules issued by the Department of Public Health, the Department of Labor Standards, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Early Education and Care or by any other agency authorized by Executive Order to issue such rules permit the removal of face coverings in specific circumstances, such as while eating and drinking in restaurants, receiving dental care, or swimming."


This exemption allows us to continue to have mask breaks for students throughout the day as well as to allow outdoor classes to run without masks, as long as they are more than 6' apart. To view the entire order, please visit: Revised Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public


Also, please join me in thanking Mrs. Quirk, one of our lunch/recess monitors for the past six years, as she is stepping down from her role as of next Friday. We will need someone to fill her shoes. If you are interested, please visit the Attleboro Schools' Human Resource's Page to apply. The hours are 11:00 - 1:15. It's a great opportunity for someone who is free during these hours and looking to pick up a little extra cash. If you have any other questions about it, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.


Sincerely,

Mr. Rich, Principal

Answers to Your Questions About COVID-19 and the 2020-21 School Year

In recognition that families have a lot of questions about teaching and learning, safety, and well-being as students return to school (in-person or remotely) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has created a FAQ page to address those concerns and shed light on some of the supports available. They asked medical, education, and community-based experts to help answer common questions. Click on a question below to watch a short video reply. To view these questions and answers please visit: Answers to Your Questions About COVID-19 and the 2020-21 School Year
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Annual Flu vaccinations had been added to the list of required childhood vaccinations. Check with your pediatrician to schedule yours now. The flu vaccine can also be administered by a pharmacist for children 3 and up. This is new within the last few weeks. Please contact your pharmacist to see if you need to make an appointment, and what their procedure is. Some pharmacies also offer a small incentive to get your shot with them.

Please send in proof of your student's vaccination, you can even take a photo of it and email it to me.

Important Reminder:

“The State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that influenza immunization is required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child-care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new 2020-21 school year vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • All students are required to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided.
  • Please send in written documentation to the Hill Roberts School Nurse as soon as your child has received their flu shot. If you have not already done so, please take this time to make an appointment for your child’s flu shot.
  • If your child requires a medical or religious exemption, please provide the documentation to the School Nurse. Also exempt are K-12 students who are homeschooled.
  • Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Sherri Knight-Cloud, BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

This Week in Art

Hill-Roberts Families,


Kindergarten artists did a wonderful job drawing themselves as the King or Queen of kindergarten! This project was inspired by the book titled, 'The King of Kindergarten,' by Derrick D. Barnes. These kindergarteners learned how to trace a crown, draw their facial features, and even create a background to show space in their art!


First-grade artists used their sketchbooks to review and draw different lines they learned from last year. They read the book titled, 'Lines that Wiggle,' by Candace Whitman and created monster collages using those lines!


Second-grade artists read the book 'Iggy Peck, Architect,' by Andrea Beaty and learned about architects and architecture. They observed images of different kinds of birdhouses and then used their imaginations to design their own birdhouse!


Third-grade artists learned about Zendoodles, the art of drawing designs using structured patterns, and how to calm their minds when they may be feeling anxious or upset. Check out the video of them listening to calming music during this mindful exercise!


Fourth-grade artists observed images of landscapes and learned about foreground, middle-ground, and background. They brainstormed different types of land to include in their artwork, and then filled their landscapes in with different types of lines!


-Ms. DeOrsey, Visual Arts Teacher

Art Class 11/5/20
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Check out Mrs. Leach's website for a wealth of resources regarding mental health and self-care for students and families alike. Click the header above or: Mrs. Leach's Corner
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Having computer/device issues? Please do not send the device into school with your child or bring it here yourself. If you send the Chromebook in, we have to quarantine it for 24 hours before handling it. For this reason, we want to try to help you fix as many issues as we can without it coming into the school. Otherwise, your child will be without the device for at least a day, if not more.


If you are having issues with either a device or software, please use our new Help Desk form: Technology Help Desk

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 their teacher. 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 11/2 (photos to follow next week!):


K: Aleigha Wild

Paige Silva


Gr. 1: Callen Phillips

Penelope Boyaj


Gr. 2: Grace Morrison

Sergio Bosos


Gr. 3: Olivia Majkut

Gemma Jacobs


Gr. 4: Shane Ouellette

Samantha DeMoranville

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Upcoming Important Dates

November 9-10: Red, White and Blue Spirit Day in honor of Veteran's Day

November 10: PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 6:30 PM: Visit the Hunter Husky Facebook page for more details.

November 11: No school - Veterans' Day

November 17: Picture re-takes - Cohort B/AVA (10:00 AM- 11:00 AM) - specifics for the day will

be sent to AVA families

November 19: Picture re-takes - Cohort A/AVA (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM) - specifics for the day will

be sent to AVA families

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