Hillcrest Elementary School

April 24, 2020

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We Thank You For Your Patience...The Links are Now Active...

We wanted to introduce a way for you to see some familiar faces from our school and also get a little Language Arts going on before bedtime! Coming soon, there will be TWO versions of "Goodnight Hillcrest!" available for your listening and viewing pleasure. One link will have our own HCE staff reading a variety of picture books, and one will have chapter books where you can click on one chapter to listen to at a time. The first chapter book that is available will be Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. We have had a lot of fun making videos of books and we hope that you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them!

Please note that you MUST sign in under your child's CRSD Credentials.

Please contact Mrs. Gassmann at Colleen.Gassmann@crsd.org if you have questions or problems accessing this link.

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Get ready for a scavenger hunt. Math Challenge #14 requires you to discover all of the hidden numbers!

Try as many problems as you can throughout the week – maybe even make it a family activity!

Next Friday, May 1st, head back to the Math Challenge website to see which problems you solved correctly. If you did not have one correct, are you able to figure out how to correctly solve it?

Happy Mathing!

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

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Free & Reduced Lunch

To apply for free lunch during the COVID-19 school closure, you may:

You will only need to submit one application per household, even if your children attend more than one school in Council Rock School District. Eligibility determination is made using federal income eligibility guidelines and applicants will be informed of a decision within two business days of submission.

Throughout the duration of the COVID-19 school closure, Council Rock School District is offering a “grab and go” food service. If your family qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, you will be given instructions as to how to access these meals when you are notified your child is eligible.

For questions, please email kmoody@crsd.org

Got pictures? Please send snapshots of your children in their Distance Learning Settings. Send pictures directly to your child's homeroom teacher or Special Area teacher. We hope to share these pictures on our websites, through HCE social media and in our listservs. This is one easy way for us to stay connected.

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Attendance During Distance Learning

While Council Rock students are engaged in Distance Learning, the following procedures will be implemented to track student attendance:

  • Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, students/families will be responsible for recording their attendance each day.
  • ALL teachers will be provided with a link to post in their Google Classroom for students to be able to access.
    • Students will click the link ONCE per day to record their attendance for that day.
    • Students are NOT required to record their attendance for each class.
  • Attendance secretaries will email the link community-wide every day at the start of each school day, since some of you may not be directly in your child's Google classroom.
  • If a student is absent, parents/guardians can reply to the attendance secretary reporting the absence. Those who do not fill out the Form will be marked absent; excused absences should be emailed to the attendance secretary.
  • Each school day, students and/or parents will access the link to the Attendance Form, and enter a valid email address (students are encouraged to use their school address), and their student ID number.
    • Attendance is being recorded from 12:00AM to 11:59PM on a school day. Students and parents CANNOT record attendance in advance - this must be completed each day.
    • Parents/guardians of multiple CR children MUST complete this Form once for each of their students; students CANNOT be combined into a single record.
    • The Attendance Form needs to be completed once each day in order for a student’s presence in Distance Learning days to be recorded; however, no issues will occur if a student and/ or a parent records the attendance several times.
  • If students do not know their student ID number, families can log into HAC, click the registration icon, click the demographic tab, and in the top left corner is the student ID.

Here is the link that will be provided by the HCE Attendance Secretary and the homeroom teachers:


Yesterday, Dr Fraser sent out an email to the community about our continued focus on Student Wellness in CRSD. Starting today and Every Friday for the remainder of the school year, students will have a WIN Day (WHAT I NEED). As a result, there will be no NEW LEARNING/ASSIGNMENTS from classroom teachers on Fridays.

Fridays can be used as:

  • Catch up Days
  • Exploratory Days---work on something that interests you! (w/your parent's permission of course!)
  • Enrichment Days (perhaps you can go back to your classroom assignments and complete some of those optional activities that you may have skipped during the week)
  • Visit those Special Area sites that you just haven't gotten around to yet
  • Work with your teacher in an area that you might be having difficulty
  • Work with specialist/counselor in an area that you might need support
  • Visit the Student Wellness Website that will feature activities and learning opportunities on health & wellness (physical, mental, social)- Emails with the new link for new activities will be sent out every Thursday.

(This list is not exhaustive...but simply ideas for those WIN Fridays!)

Problem with Technology?

Contact your child's homeroom teacher first. The teacher may be able to resolve the issue or find an alternative way to complete an assignment. If the issue is with regard to a Council Rock Chromebook being broken or not working, please send an email to chromesupport@crsd.org.

Support from Our School Guidance Counselor

During our distance learning, there may still be times in which students may need the support of our guidance counselor, Dr. Sandberg. She is available during this time to help students and their families.