Hillcrest Family Newsletter

November 8th, 2019

PTO - Craft & Vendor Fair

Free Admissions: Come One, Come All!!! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to PTO's 2nd Annual Craft & Vendor Fair.

Handmade jewelry, home made honey, holiday crafts, handmade greeting cards, crafty unique teacher gifts, hand painted ornaments, hand made lotion/soaps, glass creations, handwritten decor, wreaths, and so many other crafts to shop!

Paparazzi, Doterra, Usborne Books, Tastefully Simple, Color Street, LuLaRoe, and many other vendors!!

*Over 30 Crafters & Vendors - great timing for unique Holiday gifts

*Bake Sale & Concessions - proceeds to support our school

*Support our community: many crafts & vendors are Hillcrest families and supporters.

November 9th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Consider helping by either giving an hour or so of your time by signing up HERE OR baking an item for the bake sale by signing up HERE

Winter Weather and Winter Clothes

With our first arctic blast of the school year, we want to remind everyone that we go outside for recess anytime the temperature (and wind chill) register above zero. The fresh air and fun in the snow is good getting our minds ready to learn.

Having the right winter outerwear and gear is important for all students. Boots, snowpants and coats should be worn every day so playing in the snow is comfortable. When purchasing gloves, look for gloves that are waterproof or dry quickly. When students wear wet gloves outside, fingers can get very cold. Please make sure your child's name is written in all of the individual pieces of gear.

If you need any help in getting equipment for your child, please let someone in the office know. Also, remind your child to check the lost and found FREQUENTLY for lost items.

Principal's Note - Professional Learning Communities

We are always trying to get better at serving all students and families.

Last newsletter, I mentioned a little bit about the work we are doing to improve teaching and learning here at Hillcrest. This week, I'd like to give a little more detail about what we mean by PLCs - Professional Learning Communities.

Twice a month, all teachers come together to review student data and plan instruction to meet the needs the data is showing us we have. This allows for collaboration between grade levels and it provides an opportunity for teachers to have more minds thinking through how we can meet student needs. These PLC meetings help ensure that our instruction is targeted and effective. We measure our growth based on how many students show proficiency in the skill we are focusing on.

We spend time looking at literacy and math data but we also take time to look at data related to belonging, emotional well-being and social skills. We know success requires us to look at children as a whole human being, capable of so much and naturally wired to learn!

4th and 5th Grade Concert - November 21st

This is a friendly reminder about our annual fourth and fifth grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Building Hope” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:30 a.m. Parents or relatives who are not able to attend the evening concert are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal. It is important that all fourth and fifth grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it! HERE is a note from Mrs. Runingen with additional reminders.

Middle School Information Night

If your child will be attending Horning Middle School next year or if you are considering the Flight Academy for your middle school experience, please see THIS FLYER for more information.

Hope Center Coat Drive

Brownie Troop 10484 of Hillcrest Elementary is collecting new and gently used coats for men, women and children from November 1st - November 26th (bins are located near door #2 and the gym). All collected donations will be delivered to the Hope Center and distributed to those in need within the Waukesha community to ensure that everyone can be warm this winter.

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

Whether you’ve skied before or want to try something brand new, now is your chance to

hit the slopes. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest

students and alumni (K4-adult) and their families and friends. Join the club 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 super discounted rate.

More information can be found HERE.

PTO Scrip Orders

What Is Scrip?

Organization members produce revenue by making regular household purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip. When you purchase scrip, you’re purchasing gift certificates and cards that are used just like cash while make money for our Hillcrest PTO, which provides funding each year for every classroom!

Order forms found by clicking the words "Order forms" will be sent home on Monday


online ordering is available now at:


Hillcrest's enrollment code for new members is FD5A9L5F1LL55

PTO Family Directory

The password to open the directory is listed under the spreadsheet; but for your reference it is Hillcrest2019

*Directory opens on computers (and a few VERY updated phones).

*If you are new to Hillcrest OR would like to be added to the directory, please complete the directory add form by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Zeroth at nicolezeroth@gmail.com

November Dates

Thursday, November 21st - 4th and 5th Grade Concert

Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Hillcrest Elementary School

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!