Hillcrest Family Newsletter

March 26th, 2021

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Hillcrest Reading Challenge

Our schoolwide reading challenge begin today, on Friday, March 26th. The challenge rungs through April 6th. Your child should have will received the handout for students on this week. Students are to turn in their completed punch cards by April 7th.

Move Forward - WEF Wellness Campaign

As many of you know, our annual Walk, Run & Wellness event has been held each spring for the last 10 years. This year, in the spirit of moving on from a crazy last 12 months, we present you with a MONTH LONG wellness program that kicks off THIS SUNDAY, March 28th and runs through April 24th appropriately named MOVE FORWARD. Why the change? We decided we needed to do something different, and we decided that this year was the perfect year to do it. Rather than a single day event that came with a price tag to participants, we have moved to a (mostly) virtual platform with some fun twists and some competition built in too! Visit our event landing page for complete event information.

Construction News

Construction on our building updates will begin over spring break. We will keep you posted on what this may mean for pick up and drop off everyday. Please stay tuned so we are able to communicate out changes as they happen. Over break, our library will be painted and our staff space will be prepped for construction.
Sneak Peek at Building Updates!

Forward Testing Schedule

This spring, we will be administering the Forward Exam for all third, fourth and fifth grade students who attend Hillcrest Face to Face as well as SDW virtual students who have Hillcrest as their homeschool. This is a Department of Public Instruction requirement for all public school districts in our state. The tests are designed to obtain important information about each student’s achievement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts (only fourth grade students take the science and social studies tests). One or more subtests will be administered daily during our testing period and it is very important that your son(s)/daughter(s) be at Hillcrest during their scheduled testing times. Students not in school on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window and it is generally best for the student to take the test with their class. Please see the attached document for days and times your child will be testing so you can plan accordingly. As you can see from the schedule, all virtual students will be tested here at Hillcrest on April 26th, 27th and 28th and additional information in regards to exact times and safety mitigations will be sent directly to each virtual family via email.

PTO Corner

5th Grade End of Year Celebration and Staff Appreciation Committees

The Staff Appreciation and 5th Grade End of Year Celebration committees will be meeting virtually on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00pm. All family are welcome to attend to support the PTO in this work. If you have any questions about the meeting or the committees, please contact the PTO at hillcresthuskiepto@gmail.com.

Click here for the link to this virtual meeting.

PTO JK Lee Program

PTO and JK LEE have partnered to offer an after school learning opportunity. This will be outside weather permitting; if inside it will be socially distanced.


Date: 4/20, 4/22, 4/27 & 4/29 from 3:50-5:00 PM.

Cost $20, cash, check or Venmo (@Hillcresthuskiepto)


Click HERE for details!

PTO Shoe Drive

The Hillcrest PTO has partnered with Soles4Souls Non-Profit Organization in order to conduct a shoe drive. This organization has done an excellent job in turning gently used shoes into an opportunity to provide for those who don’t have shoes, both locally and worldwide. Given the dire economic crisis this country and world has faced due to the ongoing health pandemic, resources like shoes are needed now more than ever.


There will be a gray bin by the Main Office to collect beginning March 10th and will be collected back up on April 12th. Please tie gently used shoes together, or place in a plastic bag and sent to school.


Thank you ahead of time for your support, and if you would like to know more about this organization, please feel free to ask me or log on to their website at Soles4Souls.org.


If you have a questions, please email hillcresthuskiepto@gmail.com.

Family Facebook Page

Click the blue button to be connected to the PTO sponsored family facebook page.

March PTO Meeting Recap

Recording of the PTO meeting is found HERE

See the agenda to see topics (and order they were discussed) HERE