Hillcrest Elementary School

April 9, 2021

Dear Parents,

We were fortunate this week to welcome back many students while enjoying the beautiful weather. Hopefully the kids were able to share some positive experiences as the final marking period of the year is underway.

There is a lot of important information below about PSSA and some other events coming up at Hillcrest. Look for an email from me next week highlighting some additional PSSA details as we prepare to start testing on April 20th


Have a great weekend,


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Below is information regarding the assessments that will be administered in late April and early May. The assessments will be in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades three through six. We will also administer the PSSA in Science to students in grade four. Students will take the assessments electronically, but they are not permitted to take the PSSA at home. All students, including our 100% Virtual students, must take the assessments in school as the Pennsylvania Department of Education is not permitting students to take the PSSA from home.

The PSSA will be administered on the following dates:

· April 20th, 21st, and 22nd – English Language Arts (grades 3-6)

· April 26th and 27th – Mathematics (grades 3-6)

· May 3rd and 4th – Science (grade 4)

As with any type of assessment, the staff and I ask for your ongoing support of the children. Along with parents, the teachers have been preparing the children for PSSA testing with every lesson and activity that has been facilitated since the beginning of the school year. The staff and I will continue to maintain an appropriate test-taking environment in which we will modify schedules and provide opportunities for the children to get their blood flowing with some light physical activity before each test. We ask that parents support the children by having them get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast before school, and come to school in comfortable clothing.

In addition, although it is not always possible, it is best to avoid having children take make-up tests. Therefore, it is helpful to schedule necessary appointments outside the testing times and have your child present at school each day on time. If any student arrives to school after the 9:30 a.m. test start time, students will need to make up the missed assessment on another day. We know that the children will be successful when they give their best effort, and the staff and I appreciate your support.


Friday, April 16: PJ Day! Today is National Wear Your PJs to Work Day!

Friday, April 23: It’s baseball season! Wear some fan gear that represents a team you watch, play for or love!

Friday, April 30: Celebrate Hillcrest! Dress in your Hillcrest Gear or blue and orange, our school colors!

Please see below for our daily specials color rotation schedule throughout Marking Period 4

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Important Parking Lot Safety Reminders...

We have seen a major increase in car riders this year, especially this month. We expect that number to grow once the fourth marking period begins on April 6th. We would like you to drop off and pick up the children “roller coaster style”. One entire row of vehicles should load and unload children at the same time. Please do not go around other vehicles unless directed to do so by a staff member as that may put another person in a dangerous position.. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

Council Rock is now accepting kindergarten registrations! We can't wait to meet our new Hillcrest Tigers in Fall 2021!


Thanks to a federal program for COVID-19 relief, EVERY student in Council Rock is eligible to receive 7 days of FREE meals. In fact, when your child orders/picks up a nutritionally balanced and safely prepared/packaged free lunch, you help Council Rock receive funding that supports our lunch program and budget!

Wednesday Seven-Day Meal Pack Pick Up Details

Former Richboro Middle/Sloan Center: 7am-noon

Holland Middle: 4 PM - 7 PM

Please contact the cafeteria manager at HCECafeteria@crsd.org if you have any questions.

Click HERE to add to your child's lunch account

If you would like your child to purchase snacks or additional menu items, you may add to your child's lunch account using this button. Please note, you do not need to add to this account to take advantage of the free lunch program for all students.

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Click HERE to visit our Guidance Counselor's Office

Use the link above to access a calming corner resource. You will find four different activities to try to help relax your mind.


Having trouble managing your school day? Struggling with emotions and feelings related to COVID? You’re not, but you know someone who is? Don’t do it alone! Let’s work through it together! We want to help! Please contact your school principal, counselor, teacher, or another trusted adult in the school so we can talk.


Please be advised that based on the revised PA Department of Health's face-covering order put into effect on November 18, 2020, all staff and students must wear face coverings while on school district property or riding school buses. A plastic face shield may NOT be worn in place of a face-covering unless wearing a face covering is not possible. Families should contact their building principal if their child must wear a plastic face shield due to an inability to wear a face covering. Staff should contact their supervisor for the same circumstance.

From the Governor’s November 17, 2020, Face Covering Order

“Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. A “face covering” may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care personnel.

“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised there is currently not enough evidence to determine how much protection a face shield provides to individuals around the person wearing the face shield, because of gaps where respiratory droplets may escape. The CDC does state, however, that face shields may still be an option in situations where wearing a cloth face covering is not otherwise feasible.

Click HERE for CRSD Reopening Hub

By clicking the button above, you can access information regarding our Health and Safety Plan, COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard and more!

👟iRun4Life Fitness App

iRun4Life is launching a new, fun, free iRun4Life Fitness App specifically designed for elementary school children. The iRun4Life Fitness App is free and can be downloaded on all Apple and Android devices- simply search in the app store for “iRun4Life.”

Key Features of the iRun4Life Fitness App for kids include:

1. Running & Fitness – 4 weeks of training with Warm Up videos, weekly Running Tasks, Cool Down Videos, and Extra Workout videos that are fun and all kid friendly. There is a stopwatch to help you time your runs as well. Videos will be updated monthly.

2. Log your Miles – Children can log their miles onto our iRun4Life portal directly from the app. Simply log in with a parent email address and child’s first name.

3. Yoga & Dance – Fun kid friendly yoga and dance videos that can be done at home with your friends and family. Videos will be updated monthly.

4. Healthy Recipes – Delicious kid focused recipes for Snacks, Meals, and Desserts that are easy to make and cook with your family. Includes gluten free and vegetarian options too. Recipes will be updated monthly.

💻Digital Citizenship

At the following LINK, you can find an excellent short video regarding digital citizenship. This term refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level. Thus, this is such an important topic for our students. Take a moment to view it with your children.

💻 Chromebook Issues???

Effective Monday , October 26th, we would like parents/students to start using our help desk system. The link is this one: https://crsdstudent.sherpadesk.com

The system will allow students/parents (student ID is required to submit a ticket) to submit a ticket for help. It will also allow them to see the status of existing tickets.

The first time you use the system, you will need to setup an account. This will require a unique email address, the location where the student attends school (this is a required field), your first and last name, a phone number where you can be reached (if additional/different contact information/preferences are desired, that can be included in the body of the request), the type of issue (called class on the form - this is also required), the student ID (this is required), a subject or brief description of the issue, and then the details about the issue.

To see the status of a ticket that was submitted, you can click on that option, login with your email address and password (set during account creation).

IT will continue to monitor the chromesupport email address but will refer parents/students to the ticketing system if you have an issue or problem that needs to be resolved.

The two biggest advantages to this system are that the ticket will go directly to a technician, and the parent/student will be able to see the status of the tickets they have entered.

Forgotten Items???

All forgotten items should be dropped off in the Main Lobby. Once you enter the building look for the metal cart (see below) by the Main Office doors. Write your child's name and the Homeroom Teacher's name on the item. Our Office Staff checks the cart often and delivers all items to the classroom in a timely manner.

As a reminder: You must wear a MASK when you enter the building.

🌟Important Reminders🌟

🌟Children arriving to HCE after 9:10 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent and escorted to the office to sign in before entering their classroom.

🌟Please charge your Chromebook or device each night so it is ready to go for the next school day.


We are asking that parents place your yellow placards in your passenger side window during car rider pick-up. This will allow staff to see your names easier. See example..

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Online Book Check-Out for 100% Virtual Students

Online book checkout will be available from the Hillcrest Library for 100% Virtual Students only. Hybrid Students have the opportunity to check out books in person during their Library Specials rotation.

If you are a 100% virtual student and you choose to check out a book, we will have contactless Book Pick Up and Book Drop Off available daily from 9:30-2:30 in the Hillcrest lobby. To take advantage, please email our library assistant Mrs. Gassmann at colleen.gassmann@crsd.org with day & time you plan to arrive at school to manage your books.

Instructions for checking out a book through our book catalog (Destiny) are available in every Google Classroom. We can’t wait to get some awesome books into your students’ hands!

Please email Mrs. Gassmann with any questions!


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a disease capable of rapidly spreading to other persons with whom you come in contact. If you have been infected, you are capable of exposing other people to COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild, such as a cough. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Early symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose. Given that COVID-19 is a threat to the public’s health, staff members are asked to perform the following self-symptom assessment prior to entering school. Similarly, guardians are asked to conduct symptom assessment of children each morning prior to the students entering school.

Symptom assessment: Does your child have any of the following?

Fever (body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.0 degrees Celsius)?

Cough? Shortness of breath? New loss of/altered taste or smell? Fatigue? Chills? Body aches? Sore throat? Headache? Diarrhea? Nausea/vomiting? Runny nose?

If you answered yes and do not have another explanation for that symptom (e.g., allergies), please remain home until symptoms improve or medical documentation for alternative diagnosis is provided and notify the school nurse of the reason for remaining at home. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your primary care physician and/or school nurse.

Thank you for helping to keep our entire Council Rock community healthy and safe!

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Hillcrest Elementary School

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