Hillcrest Elementary School

Welcome to the 2021- 2022 School Year!

August 9, 2021

Dear Hillcrest Families,

As I look forward to the first day of school on August 26th, I wish I could offer you a clear picture of what the year will bring.  However, it seems that we will once again begin the school year with some degree of uncertainty about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our daily school routines and procedures.  You will soon receive an update from GMRSD Superintendent, Brian Beck, with details about safety measures and Covid-19 protocols. No matter what, I am confident we will continue to focus on creating a warm, welcoming and safe learning environment for our entire school community.  We know that we can do this successfully when we all bring flexibility, creativity and compassion to school each day! 

In terms of curriculum, we are ready to embark on Year Three of implementation of the Bridges Mathematics program in preschool through grade one.  Additionally, we are now in Year Two of implementation of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program in those grades as well.  And, we will begin Year One of implementation of the Wit & Wisdom ELA program in kindergarten and first grade this year.  We are excited about these robust and engaging programs and we are looking forward to seeing their positive impact on teaching and learning in our classrooms! 

As far as the Back to School logistics, here are some key points that you may want to mark on your calendar:

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Orientation takes place on Thursday, August 26th and Friday, August 27th.  Mrs. Prokowich, Hillcrest Administrative Assistant, will call each preschool and kindergarten family to set up your orientation visit. 

  • The first day of classes for our First Graders is Thursday, August 26th.

  • The first day of classes for our Preschool and Kindergarten students is Tuesday, August 31st. Preschool and Kindergarten will have half days from August 31st through September 7th. The first full day of school  for our Kindergarten students and our 4 year-old preschoolers will be Wednesday, September 8th.  

  • The school day for first grade and kindergarten students begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:15.  For our four year-old preschoolers, the school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:00. For our three year-old preschoolers, the school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 11:30. 

As we move closer to the first days of school, please reach out to me and Mrs. Prokowich, Hillcrest Administrative Assistant ,with any questions you may have. You can reach me at 413-863-7400 or at sarah.burstein@gmrsd.org.  You can reach Mrs. Prokowich at 413-863-9526 or at mprokowich@gmrsd.org. Please be sure to check our school website (www.gmrsd.org/hillcrest-elementary-school)  and our school Facebook page for ongoing updates.  We look forward to hearing from you and we are so excited to begin the school year with your family!

Sincerely yours,
Sarah Burstein