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Welcome to Hillcrest Elementary School

Thanks for stopping by the Internet home of Hillcrest Elementary School! We are part of the Gill-Montague Regional School District located in the New England town of Montague, Massachusetts. Montague enjoys a rich colonial and industrial history, featuring historic mills and rich farmland. Our school and our dedicated teachers and staff serve a student body of pre-kindergarten through first grade students. We invite you to get to know us better and learn more about the enriching and fun experiences all of our young students take part in each day at Hillcrest.

We invite you to explore the pages of our online home to learn more about our school as well as the exciting news and upcoming events that keep our students busy and happy and striving for excellence.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Hillcrest Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Our entire Hillcrest staff is excited to welcome you and your family to our school for another year filled with new friendships, new challenges, and new discoveries. Here at Hillcrest, we are dedicated to helping young children build social connections and establish positive relationships with their classmates and their teachers. We also hope that Hillcrest families will build connections with one another through school-based events like our All School Meeting, Friends of Hillcrest gatherings, and even through those quick conversations at daily arrival and dismissal times. Your strong connection to our Hillcrest community is very important to your child’s success in school and we are committed to partnering with you to ensure your child’s ongoing progress throughout the school year.  
In addition to welcoming new students and families, I am excited to introduce some new staff members. In our health office, we will have a new school nurse, Ms. Francis Liri. In technology we will be joined by Ms. Stacy Batallus. We will also be joined by Mr. Ruben Baker-Dekater as a new special education paraprofessional. And, with the addition of a fourth first grade classroom, Ms. Lauren Casey will make the shift from kindergarten teacher to first grade teacher. All of these staff members bring experience and enthusiasm to the Hillcrest community!
The official first day of school in the Gill-Montague Regional School District is Thursday, August 30. At Hillcrest, August 30 marks the first day of school for our first grade students. For kindergarten and preschool students, Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 are Getting to Know You Conference Days. These days are set aside for each preschool and kindergarten family to meet with their child’s teacher for a thirty-minute individualized session. If you are a preschool or kindergarten family, you will receive a separate letter indicating your conference time on August 30 or 31.
On Tuesday, September 4, we will welcome our preschool and kindergarten students for their first day of school. September 4 is also Massachusetts primary election day, and voting for precincts 3 and 4 will take place here at Hillcrest. It may be very busy here on September 4, but with some careful planning and some added security measures in place, we’ll be ready!  
Because voting takes place in our all-purpose room, our morning routines will be a bit different than usual. These changes will primarily impact our kindergarten students, so your child’s teacher will be sure to explain these changes during your Getting to Know You Conference. 
Also on September 4, I invite all Hillcrest families to join me in the Griswold Street courtyard at 8:40 a.m. for coffee and conversation. This is the perfect opportunity to build some new connections to share your ideas for the upcoming school year and to simply celebrate the first day of school! 
Included with this letter is a copy of the 2018-2019 school year calendar. You may also want to make special note of the following important HIllcrest dates:
  • Thursday, August 23 -  First Grade Meet and Greet
  • Thursday, August 30 - First Day for First Graders
  • Thursday, August 30 - Conferences for Kindergarten & Preschool
  • Friday, August 31 - Conferences for Kindergarten & Preschool
  • Tuesday, September 4 - First Day for Kindergarten & Preschool
  • September 4, 5, 6 - Half Day for Kindergarten & Preschool
  • Friday, September 7 - Full Days for Kindergarten Begin
If you have any questions about the opening days of the school year, please call us at school at 413-863-9526 and Mrs. Prokowich, our administrative assistant, will be happy to help you. You may also e-mail me. And, you can check for updates here on our site and our school Facebook page. We’re all looking forward to seeing you and your child here at Hillcrest very soon!
Sincerely Yours,

Sarah Burstein

Sarah Burstein, Principal