Hillcrest Family Newsletter

August 24th, 2021

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Open House Details

We are looking forward to hosting our open house on the playground this year! Since our building is a pretty tight space for so many people, we are inviting everyone to meet their teacher on the playground instead!

Each team will have a pop up shelter (provided by our fantastic PTO) around the edge of the blacktop behind the building. Please park and walk to the blacktop for the chance to meet your child's teachers and have some treats provided by the PTO. Our specialists and special education teachers will all be there as well as our office staff. Mrs. Perez is available if any 3rd - 5th grade families would like to purchase a binder.

Stop by anytime between 5:00 and 6:30. You are welcome to bring your child's school supplies as well. We will make sure everything is at your child's classroom and ready to go for the 1st day of school!

Traffic Changes - Please Note

We have a NEW traffic flow. Please take note of the diagram below showing the new directions that cars and busses will travel. We will be using these directions at Open House and all school days and events moving forward.


Remember:

IN at the Edges and OUT in the Middle

Your best route is to enter at the water tower entrance. Then, follow the driveway along the edge of the property and find a park spot. When you are done with your task at Hillcrest, exit out the center driveway.


This week, traffic signs are supposed to be installed and we will be adding our own signage. Please take your time and limit distractions ANY time you are entering our parking lot. Everyone is learning and everyone needs a little time and patience to learn safely.


One more item, be sure to use a crosswalk to access the building or playground from the parking lot.

Masks in School

Masks are optional for students and staff to wear this school year. Our school board voted in the spring to make mask wearing a personal decision for each family. We know that the topic of masks comes up in so many conversations in our community and we have a couple requests to help us support everyone at Hillcrest.

* Please talk to your child about what your decision is as a family for wearing a mask. At school, we will work to honor what you choose. This includes giving reminders to your child if you have asked them to wear a mask at school. You can communicate directly to your child's teacher if you have concerns that your child needs support in following your instructions during the school day.

* Please talk to your child about how other families may choose something different. Kids are curious and they communicate with each other in pretty direct ways. Your child's prompting to another child ("you don't have to wear a mask") or questioning ("why are you wearing a mask?") are not topics another child will need to address to anyone. Coaching your child to respect everyone's option, means treating the decision as a private matter.

* Please let your child know that we will take masks breaks throughout the day and outside time is a great time to get fresh air. During the class recess time and lunch recess time, most students take their masks off. This may be uncomfortable to your child and they may want to leave it on. Previewing your expectations with your child and sharing them with your child's teacher will help ease anxiety in these transitions.


Teachers take every opportunity to open windows to keep the air moving. We also use our outdoor classroom space and grassy areas for classroom activities. The sun works in our favor for disinfecting these spaces and learning outside is extra fun!

Meal Program Opportunities

As many of you are aware, our district is not participating in the federal free lunch for all program. If you have any concerns about purchasing school lunches for your child this year, PLEASE complete an application for Free and Reduced Lunch. These applications are available from the office or you may click here for it. The application should be completed as soon as you are able to cover the entire school year.


This year, every school is participating in the Blessings in a Backpack program. This program works with outside agencies to gather donations to purchase food for children and families for over the weekends. All families will receive a box of food for the weekend of September 17th. If you are not interested in getting the food every weekend, there is an opt out form to submit to our office. We will continue to get shipments of food but we won't send any home with your child. This is a wonderful opportunity to get some nutritious meals and snacks in your home that are easy to prepare.

Infinite Campus - Please Log On! - This section is repeated from the last newsletter:

Infinite Campus is a busy place right now...

-Annual Registration is completed each August. Please take a few minutes to update all of your child's information for the 21-22 school year. It is especially important that the contact information and emergency contact information is updated.

-Your child's schedule/teacher will be visible in IC beginning on Tuesday. At elementary, the schedule just includes your child's teacher's name. Please note, in 2nd-5th grades, there is switching of teachers that happens throughout the student day - IC will let you know the homeroom teacher.

-The link to pay fees is also in Infinite Campus. These can be paid online with a credit card or you can pay the office with a check.

Hillcrest School

We can't wait to celebrate 155 years of

Growing Community

Growing Curiosity and

Growing Learners!