Hillcrest Family Newsletter

February 1st, 2019

Help Us Grow!

We are looking for feedback from YOU about your family's experience at Hillcrest School. Please take some time between now and February 17th to respond to THIS survey. After that time, we will use the data to develop an action plan for areas of improvement. We are always looking for ways to improve our school and your input is such an important part of that process. Thank you!

Science and Engineering Day - February 14th

It's that time of year again, when we have the opportunity to welcome students from the FLIGHT Academy into our school. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have planned design challenges that our students will participate in on Thursday, February 14. The Hillcrest students will be choosing their own schedule of events for this day.

We could use your help in collecting the supplies that we need for the design challenges. Please see the Sign-Up Genius link for a list of supplies.

There are also some items that we are asking our families to collect. Please try to save the items listed below and send them into school:

- Cardboard - various sizes and weights


-Bottle caps


We need all supplies to be delivered to Hillcrest by Tuesday, February 5th, so we can sort them before the big day.

Thank you so much for your help. The students really love this special day!

Mrs. Konieczka and Mr. Polowy

School Counselor February Update

Please share our Counseling Newsletter with your families and staff.

This month's theme is diversity appreciation:

Taking the time to understand someone else can help us develop empathy, conflict resolution strategies, and problem solving skills. The newsletter includes a link to activities that you can do at home with your child as well as read-aloud book recommendations around expanding ones world-view.

February Counseling Newsletter;

Spanish February Newsletter

Missing Ring!

A Hillcrest parent lost a very valuable and sentimental ring either on the playground or in school this morning (Friday, February 1st). Please be on the look out for it and if you do find it, please return it to the school office at Hillcrest. Thank you!

Important Dates for February

February 5th at 6:30PM - 2nd and 3rd Grade Concert

February 8th at 6:00PM - PTO Movie Night

February 14th - Science and Engineering Day!

February 14th - Classroom Heart Fests

February 19th - Culver's Night

February 19th at 6:15PM - PTO Meeting

March 1st - Early Release Day - Dismissal at 1:40PM

March 8th - PTO Italian Night

Run Play Run is Back!

Dan Anderson is looking for students who are excited to play and have fun after school! If you are interested in the Run Play Run program, please see the attached flyers below. Signed waivers are needed to participate. Participants in the Park and Rec Cool School program are welcome to sign up as well.

K-3 Information

K-3 Waiver

4-5 Information

4-5 Waiver

2nd and 3rd Grade Concert - February 5th

This is a friendly reminder about our annual second and third grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Wings to Fly.” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 2:45 p.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 second and third grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it!

For more information, please click HERE. A printed copy of this document will come home next week.

4th Grade Recorder Club

During the months of February and March, your student will be learning to play the recorder. Starting in early February, I will teach the basics of the recorder during our regular music classes. This will take about 4 to 5 music meetings. Then, starting in mid to late February, I will be offering a recorder club to the students who would like to further develop their skills on the recorder. This will be an optional activity provided during lunch recesses on Mondays and Wednesdays for approximately four to six weeks. Students will be invited to the music room after lunch to continue to learn and practice recorders.

If your 4th grader is interested in joining the club, please see the attached information.

4K Enrollment Window Still Open!

Enrollment for 4K Lottery opens December 1, 2018, and closes on February 8, 2019. THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR 4K.

To be included in the SDW 4K Enrollment Lottery, please complete these steps:

Please go to the enrollment office located at 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186, and

provide them with following documentation:

1. Original birth certificate

2. Two different proofs of residency (please see pg. 3 for approved documents)

3. Immunization Records

On February 8, 2019, the School District of Waukesha will hold a 4K Enrollment Lottery at 2:00

PM, at the District Administration Offices, Room 108 (Lindholm, 222 Maple Ave, Waukesha,

53186). Notifications of placement, based on the lottery pull for 4K will be sent through US

Mail on or around February 15, 2019.

Hillcrest Elementary School - Attendance 262-970-1816

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!

Safe Arrival - Available Now!

Hillcrest is now fully up and running with the district's new attendance reporting system, Safe Arrival. Safe Arrival allows you to report an absence or appointment at any time from your phone. Our attendance line is still available for reporting absences but we encourage you to give Safe Arrival a try. We know you will find it to be an easy to use system that is available at times that work for YOU!

1) By far the easiest way to interact with the new system is by downloading the app on your phone and signing up for an account.

2) If you are not an app user and prefer to use your computer signup and login at https://go.schoolmessenger.com/

3) The phone option is still available by calling the attendance line at school. There will be a menu there to transfer your call into the new system. You may however, want to use the direct number 1-866-490-7371. By dialing direct from a phone that is registered with the district, the system should recognize the number you are calling from and be able to quickly identify your children and allow you to confirm their absence.