Hillcrest Elementary School

Welcome to the 2020- 2021 School Year!


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  While almost nothing about this upcoming school year will be predictable, I can assure you that I will consistently stay focused on building strong connections within the Hillcrest community.  This year, more than ever, we will need to create and maintain strong home-school relationships.  Whether our students are learning here at school or in a remote setting, we are dedicated to getting to know each child well and to providing them with the tools they need to become confident learners, compassionate classmates and active members of the community.  At Hillcrest, we are home to the youngest learners in the school district, with some of our students joining us at age three. Working with the youngest students offers us a unique opportunity to engage our students and their families in a long-term relationship centered on academic, social and emotional growth.  We want to connect with you early in your child’s school career and work together to help you and your child meet their goals.  


As this school year unfolds, we will likely be met with new challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we all navigate this “new normal”, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or suggestions.  You can reach me via email at sarah.burstein@gmrsd.org or via telephone at 413-863-7400.  I want to hear from you!  Maintaining strong communication is critical during this pandemic and there are several ways that I will reach out to Hillcrest families throughout the coming weeks and the entire school year.  Please be on the lookout for emails from me and from the Superintendent for details about the Return to School Plans, updated schedules, or special events. (Keep in mind that all-school or all-district emails may land in your Spam or Clutter folders. ) You will also want to be in the habit of checking the district and school websites and Facebook pages.  Please see www.gmrsd.org and www.gmrsd.org/hillcrest-elementary-school for website updates. You will find weekly newsletters from me posted each Friday during the school year on our website and on Facebook.  Since we will begin our school year remotely, you will soon receive information about picking up a Chromebook for your child here at school.  


Please know that creating a safe and welcoming school environment is the top priority as we move into this school year.  A healthy school requires a strong commitment on the part of many different people -- school committee members, administrators, educators, students, families, and community members. I am grateful for the time and energy that so many have contributed to launching our school year and I look forward to our continued partnership.

Sarah Burstein