Hillcrest Family Newsletter

February 16th, 2018

This Week at Hillcrest

Wednesday was a day filled with designing, creating, building and celebrating our Hillcrest community! On Science and Engineering Day our school was filled to capacity with Flight students who were excited to share their design challenges with Hillcrest students. That afternoon, families arrived for classroom Heart Fest celebrations. We are so thankful for all of the individuals who worked to make February 14th such a special experience for our school!


It is a reminder of how important it is for all of us to stay connected to school and close to our students. Our work as a school is to make sure all students understand that each individual is an essential part of our community and our students are cared for by many people!

Next Week at Hillcrest

Thursday, February 22nd is an early release day for all students in the School District of Waukesha. Students will be dismissed at 1:40 on Thursday. Please note, if you plan to use the YMCA for after school care, you must register for that day separately. HERE is a flyer with information for families interested in using Y Care for that afternoon.

Young Rembrandts will not run on the Early Release Day.

There is no school on Friday, February 23rd.

The January Read-a-thon Winner is...

...Mrs. Schiefelbein's class! Congratulations kindergarteners! Keep reading, everyone!

Culver's Night for Hillcrest PTO - Tues, Feb 20th

Hillcrest's next Culver's Night is Tuesday, February 20th 5:00-8:00PM. The flavor of the day is Really Reese's and there will be plenty of fun with Hillcrest families!

4th and 5th Grade Concert - Wed, Feb 21st

Our annual fourth and fifth grade concert will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Wednesday February 21st at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Movie Songs!” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:00 a.m. Parents or relatives who are not able to attend the evening concert are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal. It is important that all fourth and fifth grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it! More details for families can be found HERE.

Hillcrest Night at Country Springs - Thurs, Feb 22nd

Join your classmates and friends for a fun family night out!

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 4-9 pm


Proceeds from all Wristband sales support the Hillcrest PTO, and you must purchase through this offer for the special Hillcrest Price of $13 per person. This is a $7 savings off the regular price.


Use this Flyer to pre-order wristbands. A print copy of this flyer went home with students this week. Orders are due on Monday, February 19th!

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

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

Optimist Swim Meet - 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

There is still time to join the Hillcrest Husky Swim Team. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families should review the information linked below and return the permission slip to school to secure your spot to represent our school at the city-wide meet on March 17th.


Permission Slip to Participate - Due before the 1st practice

Practice Dates and Times

Swim Meet Order of Events

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.

SDW Focus Group - Monday Evening!

Families are invited to the second Community Focus Group Meeting on Monday, February 19.

The second in a series of focus groups hosted by the School District of Waukesha will take place on Monday, February 19, at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria at Horning Middle School, 2000 Wolf Road. All district families are invited to attend. No RSVP is necessary. Child care will be provided, as well as a Spanish interpreter.

Additional Information

Radon Testing at Hillcrest

Please see the attached letter regarding radon testing at Hillcrest that will be conducted over the next three months.

Waukesha North High School Music Group

The Cat's Pajamas Vocal Group FLYER performing Thursday, March 1st at North High School.

Hillcrest Elementary School

Hillcrest takes pride in our history, our inclusive community and our collective sense of wonder!
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