Husky Howler

February 12, 2021

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Dear Hill-Roberts Families,

Despite the weather's best efforts to disrupt our pooled testing program, we have now been able to test both cohorts and are happy to have had both come back with no positive pools at Hill-Roberts.

As a reminder, Hill-Roberts will be piloting the pooled testing program with our first-grade students beginning the Monday we return from break.

In order for this program to be successful, we need to have as high a participation rate as possible. As it currently stands, we have 119 out of a possible 287 students participating (with 8 families replying, "no"). However, 160 families have still not responded to the consent form.

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

This Week in Music

Dear Hill-Roberts Families:

4th grade has been playing a variation of a game from last year called “Where is Alpine hiding?” Last year we would sing tonal patterns with the syllables Do-Mi-Sol and La. Due to Covid restrictions, we cannot safely sing in school. So the 4th graders have learned to audiate, thinking a musical pattern in their head, much like they have learned to read literature in their heads. Instead of singing, we have played the patterns on the barred instruments; xylophones and metallophones. The idea of the game is to figure out where the tonal pattern ends. I tell them where it begins, and they have several opportunities to figure out where the pattern ends.

Kindergarten students played maracas and hand drums for the first time to a song/story called “The Animal Boogie”. Kindergarten students who I am not seeing in person have been introduced to their first singing music game, which they are of course singing at home, with some help from my grandson AJ.

I look forward to the time when we can play singing games safely in Music class.

-Mrs. Giannetti, Music 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 still need pictures of your learner for our yearbook pages! Some ideas:

  • Snowstorm pics
  • First Day of School
  • Spirit Days
  • Remote Learning/ AVA
  • Sports Participation
  • Learning with Pets
  • Sibling Support

For every 5 photos you submit to, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a Hill-Roberts T-shirt OR Mask (your choice).


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

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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 2/8:

K: Elias Ellsworth

Aiden Peck

Gr. 1: Ethan By

Zoe McCabe

Gr. 2: Jocelyn Blanchard

Persephone Garner

Gr. 3: Ty Kingsley

Madeline Poore

Gr. 4: Angelo Ferreira

Julia Todaro

CREST Winners from Last Week

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Upcoming Important Information & Dates

February 15 - February 19: No School - Vacation

February 22 & 23: Pajama/Cozy Day & Gr. 1 Begins Pooled Testing

February 24: Neighbors in Dialogue (see flyer above)

March 4: Kindergarten Information Night (more info to follow)

March 5: Term 2 Ends

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