Hillcrest Family Newsletter

January 25th, 2019


We will continue to keep an eye on the weather in the next week. As it gets colder, we want to make sure that everyone knows that when temperatures drop below zero, we keep students indoors for recess. Otherwise, we send them outside to play. Warm mittens, hats and snow gear keep students warm and dry for the afternoon. There are a lot of items in our lost and found. If your child is missing something, stop by and take a look!

Science and Engineering Day - February 14th

It's that time of year again, when we have the opportunity to welcome students from the FLIGHT Academy into our school. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have planned design challenges that our students will participate in on Thursday, February 14. The Hillcrest students will be choosing their own schedule of events for this day.

We could use your help in collecting the supplies that we need for the design challenges. Please see the Sign-Up Genius link for a list of supplies.

There are also some items that we are asking our families to collect. Please try to save the items listed below and send them into school:

- Cardboard - various sizes and weights


-Bottle caps


We need all supplies to be delivered to Hillcrest by Friday, February 1 so we can sort them before the big day.

Thank you so much for your help. The students really love this special day!

Mrs. Konieczka and Mr. Polowy

Important Dates for January

Jan 25th - PTO Minute to Win it Game Night

Jan 31st - PTO Blaze Pizza Night (must bring flyer below)

Optimist Swim Club Volunteer

Hillcrest has always been a participant in the Waukesha Optimist Club's annual Swim Meet. This meet, held at Waukesha South High School's Pool on April 6th is an event for 3rd through 5th graders a cross the Waukesha area. We are looking for a coach who would be willing to organize and coach the team this year. There are three district wide practice times at South's Pool, covered by a certified lifeguard, already set up by the district. The coach would help students sign up for meet events, supervise and give feedback during practices and manage the students during the swim meet. This is a PAID position with a stipend available from the school district. If you are interested in coaching, please reach out to Tanya Perez in the office.

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

2nd and 3rd Grade Concert - February 5th

This is a friendly reminder about our annual second and third grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Wings to Fly.” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 2:45 p.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 second and third grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it!

For more information, please click HERE. A printed copy of this document will come home next week.

Hillcrest Choir - Spring Semester Application

The Hillcrest Choir will resume morning practices on Tuesday, January 29th. Any fourth or fifth graders who are not currently part of choir may join at this time. Please return the THIS signed form to Mrs. Runingen by the first rehearsal on the 29th. Current choir members DO NOT need to fill out another form.

4th Grade Recorder Club

During the months of February and March, your student will be learning to play the recorder. Starting in early February, I will teach the basics of the recorder during our regular music classes. This will take about 4 to 5 music meetings. Then, starting in mid to late February, I will be offering a recorder club to the students who would like to further develop their skills on the recorder. This will be an optional activity provided during lunch recesses on Mondays and Wednesdays for approximately four to six weeks. Students will be invited to the music room after lunch to continue to learn and practice recorders.

If your 4th grader is interested in joining the club, please see the attached information.

4K Enrollment Window Still Open!

Enrollment for 4K Lottery opens December 1, 2018, and closes on February 1, 2019.

To be included in the SDW 4K Enrollment Lottery, please complete these steps:

Please go to the enrollment office located at 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186, and

provide them with following documentation:

1. Original birth certificate

2. Two different proofs of residency (please see pg. 3 for approved documents)

3. Immunization Records

On February 8, 2019, the School District of Waukesha will hold a 4K Enrollment Lottery at 2:00

PM, at the District Administration Offices, Room 108 (Lindholm, 222 Maple Ave, Waukesha,

53186). Notifications of placement, based on the lottery pull for 4K will be sent through US

Mail on or around February 15, 2019.

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.