Hillcrest Elementary Newsletter

August 2021

Principal Message

It's been a great first two weeks of school! We love seeing our smiling students - eager to learn and grow.

Please make sure your student brings a water bottle and a clean mask to school each day.

Thank you for sending your students to us - we are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

-Mrs. Rutherford

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  • September 6 - Labor Day/No School
  • September 14th - Girls on the Run first practice
  • September 16 - Back to School Night
  • September 30 - School Picture Day
  • October 15 - No School/Teacher Work Day
  • October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School for AM Kindergarten
  • October 21 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School for K - 6th Grade
  • October 22 - No School K - 6th Grade
  • November 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break/No School



Hillcrest's Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 5-6pm. This event is for adults only. If you have more than two children or can not make it that night you will be given access to the missed information from the classroom presentations - all families will be emailed a powerpoint which includes links to each classroom teacher's presentation as well as general school information.

4:55 -- Doors open and adults transition to the classroom. Don't forget your mask!

5:00-5:05 -- Greeting over intercom

5:05-5:25 -- 1st presentation

5:25-5:30 -- Transition to next classroom or leave

5:30-5:50 -- 2nd presentation

5:50-5:55 -- Parents leave

Parent Drop-off and Pick-up

Remember that Parent Drop-off in the morning is right in front of the main doors to the building. Please do not use the bus drop-off lane near the cafeteria.

Parent Pick-Up procedures are the same as last year. It has really helped to make sure our students, staff, and parents stay safe. Each student will be assigned a number and parents/guardians will have a vehicle tag with the same number. We will note your number when you drive up to the school and then escort your student to your vehicle once you reach the front of the line. If you have not yet filled out the Parent Pick-Up form, please do so. Thank you for your continued patience as we get back into the swing of things.

Picture Day... Coming Soon!

School picture day will be on Wednesday, September 30th!

You are able to order your child's school pictures several different ways.

  • ORDER ONLINE: Go to dorianstudio.com and search for Hillcrest elementary. Select the order button from the appropriate photo day, then complete your order.
  • ORDER USING PAPER PICTURE FORM: During the week of September 20th, your child will be given a paper picture form to bring home. You may order using this form. You will place your payment in the envelope and will need to send this form and payment back to school with your child on picture day.
  • ORDER BY PRINTING THE ATTACHED FORM: You may print the attached form that is below, fill it out, attach your payment and have your child bring it back to school with them on picture day.


In order to make sure we have your most current contact information, please take a few minutes to update your Infinite Campus account. If you do not have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal set up, email campus@boiseschools.org and request an account to be set up for you. School communication will be done through email and by phone, so it is important that we have updated information. Additionally, a 1 to 1 Device Responsible Use Agreement and Permission Form, insurance option, and health information will need to be collected. Directions are below:

Parent Annual Infinite Campus Update Instructions

Log into your Parent Portal account. If you do not know your username and password, please contact the Registrar or Administrative Assistant at your student’s school for help.

Once logged in, click on ‘More’ on the Index, then on ‘Annual Update’.

  • This will open a new tab listing the student’s information. Click ‘Begin’

Verify your address, contact information and emergency contacts.

Lastly, verify all of the information for your student including your technology authorizations. Technology Authorizations need to be updated every school year. This can be updated in the parent portal, or parents may fill out the paperwork (see below) and return it to the school.

Once all is saved successfully, submit the application.


Please visit our Counselor's Corner website by clicking the image above!

Operation School Bell: Every school year, the Assistance League of Boise, partners with Hillcrest Elementary to help parents/guardians that need assistance with getting school clothes for their school aged children. Please go to the link below to find more information.

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Parent / Student Handbook

Please click here to view our Parent/Student Handbook.

Girls on the Run

Hillcrest will be hosting a Girls on the Run team again this fall! This program is available to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls.

Girls on the Run is a Girl Empowerment After-School Program that includes:

  • Social & Emotional Researched Curriculum
  • Community Service Project
  • Creative & Fun Physical Activities
  • Healthy & Postitive Friendships

The season will start September 14th. Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:55-5:10. No Hillcrest student will be turned away for inability to pay! Reach out to Ms. Moore or Ms. Gudmundsen if you have questions.

For more information and registration. Click the button below.


Title 1 Notification


Federal law requires that each school district receiving Title I funds notify parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested. As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?
  • Is my child’s teacher teaching with a provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?
  • What is the college major of my child's teacher?
  • What degree or degrees does my child's teacher hold?
  • If there are instructional aides working with my child, what are their qualifications?
  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?

What is Title I? Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.

What does Title I money do for a school? Title I money is typically used to provide extra staff, materials or professional development for these schools. The program specifically supports reading and math.

How might Title I help my child? A child attending a Title I school in the Boise School District may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals work in class with guidance by highly qualified teachers. They might work with small groups of students or one on one with a child. Children also benefit from training teachers receive or curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money? The federal government measures a school's low income level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. If the school meets the target percentage Title I status is granted.

How is a child eligible for Title I services? All children attending a Title I school operating as a school wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I.


(Federal Law Requirement)

As a Title 1 school we are required by federal law to provide you with specific information in regards to our highly qualified staff at Hillcrest Elementary. Please read below and if you have any additional questions about this information please contact us.

As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?Is my child’s teacher teaching with provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?

  • Yes, all teachers at Hillcrest are licensed to teach the grades and subjects assigned.

What is the college major of my child’s teacher?

  • There are no teachers at Hillcrest currently teaching with a provisional license.

What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher hold?

  • All teachers at Hillcrest have a college degree. Please check with your child’s teachers if you are interested in the degrees they hold.

If there are instructional aids working with my child, what are their qualifications?

  • Hillcrest has Title One instructional aides this year. All have at least a high school diploma, 48 hours of college credits, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree, or successful completion of the ETS Paraprofessional Praxis test.

If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?

  • Yes, The Boise School District requires that every parent be notified in a timely manner if their child(ren) are taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To request the state qualifications for your child’s teacher or instructional aide, please contact: Laura Rutherford (laura.rutherford @boiseschools.org).

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