Hillcrest STEAM Academy Newsletter

January 2020

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A Note from the Office...

Happy New Year! We are very excited to start this year off with our students. While the break was nice and we were able to recharge, we certainly missed the students.

Take a quick look through the January Newsletter for important information and happenings at Hillcrest STEAM Academy.

Wishing you well,

-Hillcrest STEAM Academy Staff

Mark Your Calendars

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student during the 2020-2021 school year?

Do you know someone who is looking to enroll at HSA? Here is important information you need to know.

Applications are accepted from February 14 - March 16.

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Enrollment Details

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RESCHEDULED: Concert and Ukulele Performance

The concert at Hillcrest STEAM Academy originally scheduled for December 15, 2019 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. The event will occur at Hillcrest STEAM Academy. The concert call and performance times will remain the same. 3rd graders, 4th graders, and ukulele club members will be asked to report to the library by 5:45 pm for their performance at 6:00 pm. 5th grade CHOIR members will report to the library at 6:15 pm for their performance at 6:30 pm. The concert dress is also the same: nice clothing or winter attire. I'm excited that we get to have this rescheduled, you are all in for a treat!

Please contact Mrs. Judd if you have any questions. She can be reached at jjudd@bsd124.org.


Mrs. Judd

Changing Seasons

As the weather is changing quickly, please remember to send your child to school in a coat, hat, and gloves. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. The students will not be allowed to stay in during colder temperatures unless there is a note from the doctor specifying that your child cannot go outside for recess due to medical reasons. We want to help every student stay healthy, and wearing a coat is an easy way to accomplish this. We will not take the students outside if there is thunder, lightening, or heavy precipitation.

Please remember that if your child is sick to notify the office. You can email us at hillcrest@bsd124.org or call the school at (816) 348-1130. Our office hours are from 8:40-4:40. You can call outside of those hours and leave a voicemail to notify us of your child’s absence.

PTA Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm

Hillcrest STEAM Academy

We will meet in the library.

Emphasizing the Importance of Goal Setting

As a new year begins, many of you may have set goals you want to achieve for 2020. Goal setting with your children is also a way you can support their education and boost their confidence. Setting achievable goals with your child is a great motivator, especially when they see success! Teachers here at Hillcrest have students set learning goals for Math and Communication Arts, so many students are familiar with setting goals. Make sure to ask your child about some of the goals they are working on here at school and discuss what goals they can set at home!

Some Tips for Goal Setting at Home

  • Talk about the goals you have set for yourself and how you achieved them, or how you are working on achieving your goals.

  • Explain to your child what a realistic short or long-term goal is and why it is important. Assist your child with developing a goal. Agree on a reasonable timeframe for achieving the goal.

  • Display the goal in a place where you can refer to it often. If the goal can be measured each day or week, you could even make a chart and award a star for each day/week it is achieved.

Important Dates in January


9 - PTA Meeting

14 - Musical Performance

20 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

30 - Papa John's Night

Our Mission

The mission of Hillcrest STEAM Academy, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by

  • a culture of independence and collaboration

  • a global outlook based on a foundation of character

  • a focus on problem solving and critical thinking

  • real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.