Golden Hill Principal’s Corner

August 2020

Dear Students and families of Golden Hill,

Can you believe we are already in August? September is right around the corner. Here are a few things I know about our return to school:

We will wear masks:

You may be greeted with a hidden smile, and we will find fun ways to say ‘Hello’ like winking, waving, dancing or even dabbing.

We will be social distancing ourselves from others:

We may not be side by side but we will find innovative ways to collaborate, play and learn from one another whether in the classroom or online. Our learning will still be done together.

We will have some students learning at school and some will be learning remotely from home.

We are all Spartans whether in person or online. No matter who or where they are, we will be inclusive to everyone. We care about each and every one of you no matter where you may be.

Our school community is still one.

We will learn many new procedures and routines to keep us safe at school.

We will be understanding of mistakes, encouraging each other and giving everyone including teachers, students and families time to learn.

Our school is better when we support each other.

We will need to be adaptable as our plans may change.

We don’t know exactly what this year may bring. We will make decisions together with student safety and wellbeing at the forefront.

Our students are our why!

Please remember to reach out if you have any questions. Be well!


Debbi Lisack


June 2020

Dear Golden Hill Elementary Families,

As we wrap up a historical school year we know student learning, safety, creativity, and character-building is a team effort. We also know the challenges associated with COVID-19 continue to be very real.

The past few months were a reminder of the many, many incredible people who make Golden Hill such a special place to work and learn—even from a distance. I’m incredibly proud of the collaboration, resiliency, innovation, and most importantly, empathy, demonstrated by our students, staff, and families this year, especially since leaving the school on March 12.

I’ve been watching the unfolding of current events around our nation with a heavy heart and determination as an educator, a mom and a leader to do better. The headlines and images have been particularly painful. This proves to me why our focus on EMPATHY and KINDNESS through teaching, modeling, and practicing are more important than ever.  I continue to find myself thinking about two main questions:

  • How do we better teach our students to practice empathy, compassion, and love?
  • How do we better teach our students to listen and practice conflict resolution with peace and mindfulness?

Discovering the answers to these questions is going to take a team effort. I invite all of us to go on our learning journey together, with hope for a better future. My hope is that, together, we continue to follow these paths as we support our students and the entire Florida Union Free School community.

We all have a lot of questions about the fall. As of June 12, I don’t have a lot of answers regarding logistics, yet. But, I do know the following to be true:

  • Our team is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone.
  • Our team cares SO much about our students and families.
  • Our team is creative, dedicated, and passionate about helping kids while working collaboratively with one another.
  • Our team will do everything we can to teach and support your child based on the guidelines presented to us.

Important dates:

  • June 15 – Student belongings pickup
  • June 17 – Grade 5 Bus Parade Celebration
  • June 18 – Virtual Field Day

Be safe!

Debbi Lisack

Note about Yearbooks: Due to COVID-19, Lifetouch experienced government-mandated shut-downs that reduced their capacity for printing yearbooks. While the Golden Hill yearbooks are in production, they will not arrive before school is over. While this is extremely disappointing, you can be assured that everyone who ordered a yearbook will receive one. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.


February 2020

Hello everyone!  February is here already! We are now in our 6th month of school!

We’ve been busy at Golden Hill Elementary! Some of our recent and upcoming experiences include:

  • Bring a Friend to Lunch for Grade 2 – our cafeteria was packed with happy students & families. It continues to be awesome to see!
  • Harvest Day with ShopRite – Some great foods introduced to students.
  • We celebrated World Read Aloud Day with numerous authors. Our students were so lucky to hear real authors describe their books and read to them.
  • We are celebrating Kindness Week with many activities supporting being kind.
  • We are celebrating 100 days of School. Can you believe 100 days already?
  • Our PE teachers are supporting Jump Rope for the Heart/Kids Heart Challenge with rope-jumping exercises in PE classes. They teach our students that any form of movement that works your muscles and uses more energy than resting is so important for heart health! Nurse Lysack loves this!
  • TREP$ marketplace is coming soon, as well as our Science Symposium.   Come out to support our students. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! Stay healthy!

Debbi Lisack

January 2020

Happy New Year to all of our families at Golden Hill!

Isn’t it hard to believe that 2020 is here? May everyone have new hopes, aspirations and resolutions for the coming year!

Some highlights of our busy December were:

  • The Village Tree Lighting was especially brightened by the beautiful singing of our second-grade carolers!
  • Our Golden Hill Winter Concert offered splendid musical and choral entertainment.
  • Our very First Dance Party Fun event brought out tons of laughs and some serious dance moves!

When we provide opportunities for all our students, we awaken and empower them to pursue passions they might not have known existed.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! We are looking forward to a fantastic 2020 year!

Debbi Lisack

November-December 2019

Hello everyone! We cannot believe that December is here!  

Thank you to everyone—students, families and friends—who helped us make November a fantastic fall month here at Golden Hill! Our November highlight  was witnessing the cutting down of the tree for Rockefeller Center. We were so excited to be able to participate!  

The kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast and Show was beautiful! Under Mrs. Risedorph’s tutelage, along with the support of our kindergarten teachers, our K-students put on an amazing show. They sang their little hearts out!  

We look forward to more events in December which include:

  • Dec. 3: Bring a Friend to Lunch 
  • Dec. 6: Snack & Chat with Principal and PTA 
  • Dec. 6: Village Tree Lighting at 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: Annual Winter Concert
  • Dec. 14: PTA Cocoa & Cookies 

To everyone in our school community, and from all of us here at Golden Hill, have a beautiful and peaceful holiday season with family and friends!  

Remember Winter Recess starts on Monday, Dec. 23.  Students return to school on Monday, January 6. We will see you in the New Year 2020!

Debbi Lisack

October 2019

Students interact with nutritionist as they try a new food. Principal Lisack stand behind them taking a photo with her phone. It’s Autumn on Golden Hill! We have learned a lot about our school life and expectations, and enjoyed many of the season’s activities, with many more to go.

Our friends with the Florida Fire District rolled out another great day of fire safety and prevention education and we hosted our monthly Harvest Day exposing students to new, healthy foods. We’re now in the midst of celebrating Spirit Week and grade 5 will Bring a Friend to Lunch this Friday.  Next, we are looking forward to Red Ribbon Week, the PTA Trunk or Treat, Parent-Teacher Conferences,  and the PTA Book Fair.

Great things I’ve seen at Golden Hill in recent weeks:

  • Students book shopping, Flashlight Fridays, Apple tastings
  • Lots of reading all around, in every class
  • Read-Aloud events with great picture-book themes
  • Menu Math in grade 5
  • Students giving a great effort during MAP testing
  • Students doing visual math
  • Abstract art creations
  • Nursery rhymes coming alive
  • Math in art class
  • Grade 1 butterfly release
  • Greek Mythology coming alive in grade 4 ELA
  • Lots of students and staff smiling
  • Great phone calls with students’ families
  • Great positive postcards sent home.
  • We were all busy, engaged, and having fun in learning!

Debbi Lisack