October 30, 2020
It was a spooky but productive week here at Hill-Roberts. We saw some incredible school spirit all week and over 300 Parent-Teacher conferences took place on Wednesday and Thursday. The school-family partnership is essential in ensuring our students have the best possible chance of making significant academic gains. From all of the staff here at HRES, we want to thank you all for how much support you've provided us and your children.
As a reminder, Tuesday (Election Day) is a Professional Development Day for staff and a non-school day for students. All students have the day off. This means Cohort B students will NOT attend school that day there will NOT be morning or afternoon meetings with teachers. School will resume Wednesday morning with regularly scheduled Google Meets at 9:00 AM.
Lastly, a great suggestion that was made in the Howler Survey a few weeks ago was to add the weekly CREST award winners to each week's Howler. Below, you will see the list of this week's winners and we will have their photos included in next week's newsletter.
Mr. Rich, Principal
Evelyn Silva Art Gallery
Important Message Regarding Google Hangouts
Hello Hill-Roberts families,
It has recently come to my attention that some students have started using the Gmail Chat/Google Hangouts feature to instant message other students. I want to make parents aware that there is a chat/instant message feature and that if they are using their school account (@attleborops.net) their conversations should be staying school appropriate. There are settings that you can access to either sign your child out of Hangouts, or change the notification settings so it does not distract your student when they are accessing their gmail. Click on their name under “Chat” at the bottom left corner once in gmail to change settings.
In past years, students would’ve reviewed online safety, cyberbullying, and making good choices online. I’ve attached some videos below that you can watch and discuss with your students. There are quite a few so maybe make it a point to watch one a week, or every few days. It is so important, especially during this time of heavy technology use, to be aware of what your students are doing online, and checking in that they are using it appropriately. It can be very difficult for elementary aged students to understand the repercussions of their actions online, so having open conversations with your children about these topics is necessary!
Please check CommonSenseMedia.org for more internet safety information for families. Click on the “Parents Need to Know” tab at the top to get information specific to your child's age. You can also check recommended age levels for video games, apps, websites, books and movies.
Thank you so much for all of your support!
Instructional Technology Coach
Hill-Roberts Elementary School
Fall Fun at HRES
This Week in Music
The music article this week will include some activities from last week, and some from this week, since we have just switched up our Specials classes this past Monday.
Kindergarteners and first graders had the opportunity to play rhythm sticks last week to either the macro beat or the micro beat. Ask your kindergartener or first grader to explain the difference, (hint, slow or fast!).
The pictures of third and fourth graders are of them playing a game called “Ali Baba”. The concept of the game is to incorporate rhythmic chant and four-part body percussion. The game gives students a chance to reinforce rhythmic patterns, to be creative, and to have the opportunity to get up and move!
-Mrs. Giannetti, Music Teacher
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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 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 10/26 (photos to follow next week!):
K: Luke Newman
Gr. 1: Jasiah Catri
Gr. 2: Preston Verdoia
Gr. 3: Anthony Princiotto
Gr. 4: Mahmoud Kaba
Upcoming Important Dates
November 11: No school - Veterans Day
November 17: Picture re-takes - Cohort B/AVA (more info to follow)
November 19: Picture re-takes - Cohort A/AVA (more info to follow)