Hillcrest Family Newsletter

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Celebrations of Excellence - 2nd - 5th Grade: Wednesday, February 28th 4:00 - 7:30PM

You are invited! Family members of 2nd through 5th grade students are invited to join us next Wednesday for student-led Celebrations of Excellence and Learning. Each student will have an opportunity to share what they have learned so far this school year. Please see details from your child's homeroom teacher regarding the specific place and time for your child's celebration. We look forward to seeing you!

A Message from Mrs. Runingen for 4th Graders

During the end of February and the month of March the fourth graders will be learning how to play the soprano recorder. The recorder is a Renaissance instrument, dating back to the early 1500’s. Study of the recorder reinforces important musical concepts such as note reading, rhythm, manual dexterity, and playing in an ensemble. I will provide recorders for the students to use in the classroom. They will not be able to take these home. If you would like to purchase an instrument for them, you may order one online or purchase one at White House of Music in Waukesha. A plastic soprano recorder costs about $7.00. Please mark their recorder with their name and put it in a bag. They can leave it in their backpack so they always have it when needed for music. They may begin bringing their recorders to school starting February 26th. Contact Mrs. Runingen should you have any questions about the recorders.

Relaunching Bus Expectations

We are relaunching bus expectations with all students this week. On Thursday, all Kindergarten through 5th grade students practiced these expectations on an actual bus. Next week, we will follow up with students who were absent and with our 4K students. Please take some time to review these expectations with your child. We want all of our bus rides to be "Safe for All"!

Forward Exam - Week of April 16th

Hillcrest School participates with the rest of the School District of Waukesha and school districts across the state in our state's FORWARD testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Our Hillcrest testing window for this year will be during the week of April 16th; with make-up testing scheduled for the following week (April 23rd). Additional details will come home soon.

Italian Night Volunteers

Your help makes Italian Night a success! In order to make Italian Night successful we need many sets of hands. Please consider volunteering for a shift to help make this night successful for families & staff. Sign up yourself, your family or anyone you know who needs volunteer hours (great for high school students). Click the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4ba5a729a7f94-2018

Italian Night Baskets

We are slowly getting items to create classroom baskets for our Italian Night in March. Some of the kids favorite items to bid on may be one of these baskets so please consider sending in a themed item to help create these wonderful baskets. Each grade levels basket themes and ideas are listed below.


4K​ ​&​ ​Kindergarten​ ​ -​ ​​ ​​ ​Imagination​ ​Station

*​Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils, Glitter Glue, Stickers, Stencils, Paints, Craft Kits, Washi Tape, Stamps​ ​and​ ​Ink,​ ​Paper​ ​Pads,​ ​Construction​ ​Paper,​ ​Chenille​ ​Stems,​ ​Pom-Poms. *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​to​ ​Michaels,​ ​Hobby​ ​Lobby,​ ​Learning​ ​Shop,​ ​etc.


1st​ ​Grade​ ​​ ​- ​The​ ​Toy​ ​Box

*​Legos, Nerf, Barbie, Star Wars, American Girl, Transformers, Super Heros, Hello Kitty, Shopkins, Dress-Up​ ​Costumes,​ ​Blocks,​ ​Pretend​ ​Play. *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​to​ ​Target,​ ​Toys-R-Us,​ ​Learning​ ​Express,​ ​Game​ ​Stop,​ ​etc.


2nd​ ​Grade​ -​​ ​​ ​​Book​ ​Bag

*​Books!Books!Books!​ ​Fiction,​ ​Non-Fiction,​ ​Sticker​ ​Books,​ ​Activity/Puzzle​ ​Books,​ ​Bookmarks,​ ​Book​ ​Lights. *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​to​ ​Barnes​ ​&​ ​Noble,​ ​Half​ ​Price​ ​Books,​ ​Amazon,​ ​etc.


3rd​ ​Grade​ ​​ ​​-​ ​Rainy​ ​Days​ ​Just​ ​Got​ ​Better

*​Movies,​ ​Puzzles,​ ​Board​ ​Games,​ ​Hot​ ​Cocoa,​ ​Coffee,​ ​Tea,​ ​Mugs,​ ​Cozy​ ​Blankets,​ ​Snacks. *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​for​ ​Movie​ ​Tickets,​ ​Netflix,​ ​Pizza​ ​Place,​ ​Monkey​ ​Joes,​ ​etc.


4th​ ​Grade​ ​​- ​​​​ ​Family​ ​Fun​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Great​ ​Outdoors

*​Beach Bag, Towels, Beach Blanket, Cooler, Kite, Water Balloons, Sidewalk Chalk, Outdoor Sports​ ​Balls/Games​ ​(Football,​ ​Frisbee,​ ​Bean​ ​Bags). *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​to​ ​Zoo,​ ​Ice​ ​Cream​ ​Shop,​ ​WI​ ​Park​ ​Passes,​ ​etc.


5th​ ​Grade​ ​​ -​​ ​​ ​All​ ​Things​ ​WI​ ​Sports​ ​Teams

*​Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers! Apparel, Trading Cards, Duffle Bag, Sports Bottle, Bobbleheads, Mascots,​ ​Caps,​ ​Posters. *Gift​ ​Cards​ ​to​ ​Dick’s,​ ​Dunham’s,​ ​Sporting​ ​Event,​ ​etc.



Thank​ ​you​ ​so much for ​your support and help making this a successful night!



If you have any questions please contact:

Nikki​ ​Hoch​ ​at​ ​nikki.hoch@sbcglobal.net​ ​or Nicole Grisar at ngrisar123@gmail.com

Hillcrest Elementary School

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