Hillcrest Family Newsletter

March 19th, 2021

You Belong Here

Our hearts are with the families impacted by the recent events in Atlanta, Georgia. We know the impact is greater on our Asian American communities and we want all communities of color to know that we are always advocates against hate. We are allies in the work we must all do to denounce hate and build a community where everyone belongs.

We feel strongly that when we say "YOU belong here", we mean it, and we will work to ensure that everyone feels that sense of belonging.

But, hate does not belong here. Not in our schools, not in our community and not in our world.

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Sneak Peek at Building Updates!

Building Summer Updates

Before and After School Reminders

-Please do not drop students off before 8:30AM. Students should stay with their parents in their vehicles until the bell rings at 8:30. We do not have playground supervision before this time and we have many students waiting by the door before the bell rings.

-After school life hack - the quickest and easiest way to pick up your students after school is to park in the lot and walk to pick up your child. The drop off area should be used for when students are already waiting at the sidewalk. Parents should not leave their cars at the drop off area. If you park and walk, the lot eventually empties out a couple times before all students have left school grounds.

-Our playground is used by the Park and Rec program for after school paid supervision. Beginning at 3:50, you must be with your child if they are playing on the playground. We don't have general supervision after school and if your child isn't with the Park and Rec program, they need to be accompanied by an adult.

Forward Testing Schedule

This spring, we will be administering the Forward Exam for all third, fourth and fifth grade students who attend Hillcrest Face to Face as well as SDW virtual students who have Hillcrest as their homeschool. This is a Department of Public Instruction requirement for all public school districts in our state. The tests are designed to obtain important information about each student’s achievement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts (only fourth grade students take the science and social studies tests). One or more subtests will be administered daily during our testing period and it is very important that your son(s)/daughter(s) be at Hillcrest during their scheduled testing times. Students not in school on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window and it is generally best for the student to take the test with their class. Please see the attached document for days and times your child will be testing so you can plan accordingly. As you can see from the schedule, all virtual students will be tested here at Hillcrest on April 26th, 27th and 28th and additional information in regards to exact times and safety mitigations will be sent directly to each virtual family via email.

PTO Corner


Click to see what your PTO WOG Student of the Day Classroom Winner choose for 3/26 (Lauer's class will celebrate on 4/9). Some won't need to bring lunch next Friday and others have a dress up day so make sure to CLICK to find out if it's you.

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PTO JK Lee Program

PTO and JK LEE have partnered to offer an after school learning opportunity. This will be outside weather permitting; if inside it will be socially distanced.

Date: 4/20, 4/22, 4/27 & 4/29 from 3:50-5:00 PM.

Cost $20, cash, check or Venmo (@Hillcresthuskiepto)

Click HERE for details!

PTO Shoe Drive

The Hillcrest PTO has partnered with Soles4Souls Non-Profit Organization in order to conduct a shoe drive. This organization has done an excellent job in turning gently used shoes into an opportunity to provide for those who don’t have shoes, both locally and worldwide. Given the dire economic crisis this country and world has faced due to the ongoing health pandemic, resources like shoes are needed now more than ever.

There will be a gray bin by the Main Office to collect beginning March 10th and will be collected back up on April 12th. Please tie gently used shoes together, or place in a plastic bag and sent to school.

Thank you ahead of time for your support, and if you would like to know more about this organization, please feel free to ask me or log on to their website at Soles4Souls.org.

If you have a questions, please email hillcresthuskiepto@gmail.com.

Family Facebook Page

Click the blue button to be connected to the PTO sponsored family facebook page.

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