Hillcrest Family Newsletter

December 7th, 2018

4th and 5th Grade Music Concert

Our annual fourth and fifth grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Tuesday December 11th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “This Big Beautiful World” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:15 a.m. Please see the attached letter for morning information.
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Such Generosity! The Food Pantry Food Drive runs until the 4th/5th grade concert on December 11th.

Vision Screening is coming to Hillcrest!

On December 10, 2018, volunteers from the Waukesha Lion’s Club will be coming to Hillcrest to screen students in 4K, 2nd, 4th grade and referrals for vision problems from classroom teachers. Please encourage your child to wear his/her glasses/contacts on the screening day. All screeners have been certified by Prevent Blindness and are Lion’s Club Members. They will be using new equipment called Plus Optix that is able to detect possible problems within the eye. Screening takes less than 1 minute per child and is done by having the child look into a box that resembles a camera from a few feet away. Most children report that it is much like having a picture taken. You will receive information about your child’s results in the event your child failed the screening. Please call the school health room if you have any questions or concerns.

Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year again! Our Winter Conferences are scheduled by teachers on an "as needed" basis. If your teacher has any concerns regarding your child's progress, they will connect with you regarding a day and time for a parent/teacher conference. These conferences will take place during the month of January or December.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s teacher. There is no need to wait for the teacher to reach out to you. Your child's teacher is more than willing to sit down and have a face to face conversation or even a phone call conference.

We look forward to connecting with you!

iPads Charged and Ready

Please make sure your child's iPad and charged and ready every day for school. Our 3rd -5th graders bring the iPads home every evening for homework purposes. Checking to make sure the iPad is charged for the next day is very helpful for students to start the day prepared.
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Hillcrest Family Directory

This is another chance to gain access to the directory by filling out this form!

This form will be used, by PTO, to gather directory information for the Hillcrest community. By filling out this form, you agree to have the contact information you chose to be shared with other Hillcrest families. Every entry will have student name, parent/guardian name and grade. Families may choose which contact information is shared (addresses, emails, phone numbers). All entries made by Friday, December 21st will go live by January 1st.

Enrollment Period Open December 1st

Do you know of any families who would be interested in attending Hillcrest?

Do you know of any potential 4K families who may join us next year?

Do you have any time open tomorrow?

The School District of Waukesha's open enrollment period is open beginning tomorrow. The open enrollment process is for any family who lives outside of our attendance area and would like to attend Hillcrest next year. Students who are currently attending Hillcrest do not need to complete this process for K-5th grade but younger siblings who are not currently attending do need to complete process. ALL potential 4K students for the 2019-2020 school year, from inside and outside of our attendance area, must register during this enrollment period; before Friday, February 1st at 4:30PM.

Enrollment Message from the School District of Waukesha

School Choice

The School Choice/Inter-District Transfer application period will open on December 1, 2018, at 8:00 am and will run through 4:30 pm on January 11, 2019. If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete a school choice application. The application can be found online at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Email confirmations that we received the application will be made upon submission of the electronic application. Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met. If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 11th.

Secondary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around January 17, 2019. If your student is approved, the letter of commitment will need to be signed and returned to the Enrollment Office by January 28th.

Elementary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around March 8, 2019. If your student is approved, you will need to sign a letter of commitment by the date listed in the letter to hold

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Elección de Escuela

El período de solicitud para la Elección de Escuela/Transferencia Dentro del Distrito comenzará el 1⁰ de diciembre de 2018, a las 8:00 am y terminará el 11 de enero de 2019 a las 4:30 pm. Si está considerando asistir a una escuela dentro del distrito que no es la escuela de su vecindario, debe completar la solicitud de elección de escuela. Puede encontrar la solicitud en línea en https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Se enviarán correos electrónicos de confirmación que recibimos la solicitud después que la solicitud electrónica sea enviada. En cumplimiento con la Política de la Junta del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha ag6152, el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha puede negar una transferencia dentro del distrito hasta que todas las obligaciones financieras hayan sido pagadas.

Si su hijo tiene tarifas pendientes, por favor páguelas por completo antes del 11 de enero de 2019.

Los avisos secundarios de si la solicitud fue aprobada/negada se enviarán por correo a los hogares aproximadamente el 17 de enero de 2019. Si la solicitud de su estudiante es aprobada, usted necesitará firmar y regresar la carta de compromiso a la Oficina de Matriculaciones antes del 28 de enero de 2019.

Los avisos para la Escuela Primaria serán enviados por correo aproximadamente el 8 de marzo de 2019. Si su estudiante es aprobado, necesitará firmar y regresar una carta de compromiso antes de la fecha que aparece en la carta para mantener el espacio de su hijo.

Want to ski or snowboard this year? Join the club!

Whether you’ve skied before or not, now is your chance to hit the slopes. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest students and alumni (K-12) and their families and friends. Join and you’ll ski or snowboard at Little Switzerland four times this winter, plus you can take lessons and rent equipment if needed, all at a huge discounted rate. See attachment for details! Last year we have over 25 people and they all have a blast, from ages 3 to 63!

If you want more information please email Marnia Schatzman at mlbraml@yahoo.com or see THIS FLYER.

Important Dates for December

Dec 7th - PTO Movie Night in Hillcrest Gym - 6:00 PM

Dec 11th - 4th and 5th Grade Concert - 6:30 PM

Dec 24th-Jan 1st - Winter Break

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.