Hillcrest Family Newsletter

February 8th, 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!

Important Dates for February

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

Art News

It's Doodle4Google time! Students are learning about Google's annual contest in art class. If your child comes home with a Doodle4Google drawing please help them fill out the top of the form and sign if you agree to having it submitted and I will mail them in this March. Find out more by clicking this link HERE


Students in grades 4 & 5 have started art portfolios using the adobe app Spark Post. This new platform will make a nice transition to middle school where students are already learning to use the app!


Thank you to the 2nd and 3rd graders for their beautiful work creating our flock mural outside the gym coordinating with the music concert theme Wings To Fly. Students were inspired by muralist and video artist in residence Kelsey Montague. If you took photos at the concert please share them with us by tagging me on instagram @art.with.ms.bye using the hashtag #whatliftsyouschools & tag @KelseyMontague:)

~Ms. Bye

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

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.