Hillcrest Elementary School

Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 School Year!





August 15, 2022

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 school year!  I am looking forward to getting back together with our returning students and families and to meeting lots of new members of our Hillcrest community!  Back to school is a time filled with lots of energy and anticipation – some of us jump right in with gusto and others have a hard time saying goodbye to summer.  Wherever your child fits along that back to school pathway, we’ll be ready to welcome them and to support the transition from summer to fall.  

Just as we’ll be welcoming new students and families, we’ll also have some new faces among our staff.  Veronica Hirst, who has been a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest for several years, has moved into a new role at Hillcrest as a Math Interventionist.  Ms. Hirst brings considerable mathematics expertise to this new position.  She will be working with kindergarten and first grade students and teachers to support mathematics instruction.  In Kindergarten, Michaela Kelly is joining us as a new Kindergarten teacher.  Ms. Kelly has recently completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts. She pursued her teaching internships at Sunderland Elementary and Leverett Elementary and she is very excited to join our Kindergarten Team! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding some new paraprofessional staff to our school community and I’ll be sure to introduce them via an upcoming edition of the weekly Friday News.  

If you have a kindergarten or preschool student, it’s essential that your child attends their Orientation Meeting prior to the first day of classes. This orientation meeting is a very important component of the preschool and kindergarten programs. You will soon receive a phone call from Hillcrest Administrative Assistant, Mary Prokowich, to set up this meeting. In addition, all Hillcrest families should take note of the following important dates: 

  • The first day of school for First Graders is Thursday, September 1st.

  • Orientation meetings for Kindergarten and Preschool students will be held on Thursday, September 1st, Friday, September 2nd and Tuesday, September 6th.

  • The first day of school for Kindergarten and Preschool students is Thursday, September 8th.  September 8th - 14th are half-days for all Preschool and Kindergarten students.

  • The first full day of Kindergarten and Preschool is September 15th.

Are you wondering about the basic logistics of the school day?  Please see the “Getting to School” document on our homepage for more details.  Kindergarten and first grade students who live more than 1.5 miles from school are eligible to ride the school bus. Bus routes will be posted on the Kuzmeskus website at www.travelkuz.com

Please feel free to call us at school at 413-863-9526 with any questions. You may also send me an email at sarah.burstein@gmrsd.org.  I am always happy to hear from you!

Sincerely yours,

Sarah Burstein

Principal, Hillcrest Elementary School

Early Childhood Coordinator, GMRSD