Hillcrest Elementary School

WEEKLY NEWS--February 21, 2020

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Art Goes to School will be visiting Hillcrest during the week of February 24th. They will visit every art classes during this week with a focus on art appreciation.

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On Wednesday, March 4th, a dental hygienist from Newtown Dentistry for Kids will be coming to visit KAM and first grade classrooms for a fun, interactive presentation to review dental hygiene utilizing interactive puppets & songs. Children will role play with puppets, taking turns being the dentist. The goal is to convey the message that regular dental visits are fun & important for your dental health!

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As part of the yearly health curriculum 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will be receiving instruction on personal growth and development during the week of April 13th. Boys’ classes will be taught by the physical education teacher Mr. Donohoe and the girls’ classes will be taught by the school nurse Mrs. Tentilucci. 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers sent letters home today regarding the topic. I encourage you to read the letter in its entirety. It's also attached for your reference. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher or Mrs. Tentilucci, school nurse, with any questions or concerns.

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2020 CRSD Summer Academic and STEM Academy The Council Rock School District will be holding summer school, offering a variety of academic programs for students entering grades K-8. Programs run between July 6th and July 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert Francis, Director of Summer Programs (rfrancis@crsd.org).

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Field Day 2020- Friday, May 29th

Field Day Rain Date- Monday, June 1st

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Yay!!! Math Challenge #10 is all about palindromes…WOW!!!! Simply print out this week’s challenge, complete as many problems as possible, and hand in to Mrs. Gardner (C-4) by FRIDAY, February 28th. (See the attached document for more information.)

Happy Mathing! Questions? Please contact Mrs. Gardner at mgardner@crsd.org

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Over the past month, we have seen an increase in the number of students with SMART watches. Our district has a policy addressing electronic devices to maintain an educational environment that is safe and secure for students and staff. This policy clearly outlines what is considered an electronic device. SMART watches fall into this category. We do not permit students to have these electronic devices during school. As with cell phones, they may be kept in backpacks. Please be aware that the school will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. If worn to school, students will be asked to put their SMART watches into their backpacks. Note: Any watch that has the capability of being used as a phone will fall into this category.

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iRun4life is returning for another fun year at Hillcrest Elementary!! Training will be held on Wednesdays immediately after school until 4:45. Open to grades 2-6 (K and 1 with a parent volunteer). Registration is open 2/5/20-3/15/20. Please note there is both an online as well as a paper registration (attached) Any questions contact: carynmoran@hotmail.com

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Kindergarten and NEW first grade student registration for 2020-21 will take place on March 11th (6 PM-8 PM) and March 13th (1:30- 3:30 PM) at HCE.

After March 13th, parents must contact Central Registration (215-944-1091) for registration appointments.


If your child has been ill, please allow adequate recovery time so that your child does not re-introduce illness at school by returning too early. Please also consider the fact that some children are very fatigued during illness recovery and do need a little extra time at home. Children who have had diarrhea or have been vomiting should remain home for 24 hours symptom-free before returning to school.

We ask that children be free of fever for 24 hours, with NO Tylenol or Motrin during the 24 hours, before returning to school. If unsure, please call the health office to discuss your child’s care.

We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

For your planning, below are the dates that we will administer the PSSA’s for the 19-20 school year. As attendance is state mandated for these assessments, family trips will not be approved during these testing windows. Please plan accordingly.

Assessment Dates /Grade(s)

English Language Arts-April 20-24, 2020 Grades 3-6

Mathematics- April 27-May 1, 2020 Grades 3-6

Science - April 27-May 1, 2020 Grade 4

Make-ups- April 27-May 1, 2020 Grade 4

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Formerly Known As the E-Friday Folder...

Recently, the Hillcrest E Friday Folder was eliminated due to the creation of a District E-Friday Folder. This website will be used for District and Community Events.

At times, school specific community events will be located in this listserv. Flyers only for HCE families will be included in this Community News Section (i.e. Young Rembrandts & Hello Languages). All other community flyers/event announcements, etc; can be found on the District E-Folder Folder. Click on the button below to visit the District E- Friday Folder.

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Registration information is now posted for the spring session of the Council Rock Community Aquatics Program at www.crsd.org/aquatics. Important upcoming dates include: Children’s Swimming Lessons registration will begin on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for CR Residents. The spring session of the Council Rock Community Aquatics Program includes children’s swimming lessons, adult lap swimming, adult beginner swim lessons, lifeguarding classes, and competitive swimming and diving clinics.