Hillcrest Family Newsletter

October 18th, 2019

Principal's Note - SAIL - School Improvement Process

We are always trying to get better at serving all students and families. We know that as communities and the world changes, we have a responsibility to make sure ALL students are moving on from Hillcrest ready to participate fully in their middle school experience.

We use a school improvement process called SAIL (Student Achievement in Learning) to drive our work. This process asks us to look at data, reflect on our current teaching practices and make improvements based on what we know about what makes the biggest difference for our learners. This is the process we have used for 5 years in determining what our next steps as a school.

We have had such a strong start as a staff in working on our goals this year. Our focus is growing our collaboration on culturally responsive teaching, growing our collaboration to plan instruction and growing the student discourse in our classrooms.

We will keep you posted and share more information throughout the year!

Afternoon Traffic Concerns

Thank you to everyone who is taking note of our traffic flow after school each day. We are doing our best to have all students dismissed a close to the bell as possible. After 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are brought outside, we will make our way over to the pick up/drop off lane. This lane is for students who are able to climb into cars independently. If you are picking up a student on the playground, please do not park at the end of the rows of parking or in the lanes of traffic.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with traffic after school each day next week. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mrs. Lincicum directly: flincicu@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Pets on the Playground

We are aware that there are dogs visiting our playground from neighboring homes and often leave behind their waste. I will be working on messaging neighbors to make them aware of our concern. We also ask that families do not bring their pets onto the playground while students are present.

Want to come over and play?

We are looking for volunteers who want to come and support our lunch recess with K-5 students. If you have any open days of the week from 11:45AM-12:25PM, we would LOVE to have you join us on the playground. While you're having fun, you get to wear a super stylish orange vest and show your kids how cool you are with a basketball! In all seriousness, our goal is to have as many students engaged in play, moving and having fun, as possible. Having parents and grandparents volunteer to help with a game always gets more students excited to try it out. If you are interested, please sign up through this Sign Up Genius form. We are looking especially for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. PS - If the orange vest is a deal-breaker...you don't have to wear it.

District Curriculum Council

We are looking for a Hillcrest representative to the School District of Waukesha's Curriculum Council. This team meets three times a year to review curriculum and our curriculum process for students across the district. If you are interested in serving on this committee on behalf of Hillcrest, please email Faith at flincicu@waukesha.k12.wi.us. *Faith is serving on this committee as well!

PTO Family Directory

PTO hosts a family directory that allows for families to share contact information as they desire. This is great for families to be able to connect with each other; to plan events, to help with pick up, etc. You have the option to be included in the directory, as well as what information you would like to share; address, phone number and/or email address.

*If you were included in the 2018-2019 directory, your child(ren)'s grade has been updated. Please open the document below to confirm you are in the directory and your information is correct.

*If you are new to Hillcrest OR would like to be added to the directory, please complete the directory add form by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Zeroth at nicolezeroth@gmail.com

PTO - Craft & Vendor Fair

Free Admissions: Come One, Come All!!! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to PTO's 2nd Annual Craft & Vendor Fair.

*Over 30 Crafters & Vendors - great timing for unique Holiday gifts

*Bake Sale & Concessions - proceeds to support our school

*Support our community: many crafts & vendors are Hillcrest families and supporters.

November 9th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

October Dates

Fall Family Conferences: October 24th and 29th

Early Release: October 30th - dismissal is at 1:40PM

No School - PD Day for Teachers: October 31st

No School/No Service Day: November 1st

Hillcrest Elementary School

Growing Community

Growing Curiosity

Growing Learners

We take pride in our history, our inclusive community and our collective sense of wonder!

School Hours

Start Time for 4K-5th Grade- 8:40AM - line up bell rings at 8:35AM

End Time for 4K - 11:25AM

End Time for 5K-5th Grade - 3:40PM

End Time for Early Release Days for 5K-5th Grade -1:40PM

Playground supervision begins at 8:20. Please do not drop your child off until our recess supervisors are on the playground.

*Please note - our clocks often run up to 5 minutes early. We consistently reset them but the time continues creep forward!