Hillcrest Elementary School
Save the Date-Picture Day
Over the last few days parents have reached out about the discrepancy in the dates for Picture Day. Unbeknownst to us, Lifetouch changed the date over the summer from October 10th to October 13th.
NEW Date: 10-13-2023
Be on the look out for picture day informational flyers to come home closer to the date.
Our ROAR STORE IS UP AND RUNNING!
HILLCREST IS ROARING ABOUT “PAWS”ITIVE BEHAVIOR
WOW!!!!!! We were so excited to see so many ROAR TICKET WINNERS come to the main office to Sign the Celebrity Book over the last 2 weeks. Parents, we hope that you celebrated at home as well!
The following children earned ROAR tickets for their exemplary work related to following our ROAR Rules. Congratulations!
🐾Lillianna Voorhees 🐾Nora Lombardi 🐾Owen Frey 🐾 John Lynch🐾 Madison Baron
🐾Patrick McMenamin 🐾Isaac Sokol 🐾Amira Anarkulova 🐾Graham Hubler (2)
🐾Caden Smyth 🐾Behruz Tirkachboev 🐾Jax Blair 🐾Leela Fontanilla 🐾Michael White
🐾Audrey Priore 🐾CJ Heimer 🐾Matthew Vitiuk 🐾Elizabeth Dowling🐾Michael Elko
🐾Ivanna Korniienko 🐾William O'Keefe 🐾Addie Handfinger 🐾Darien Daynorowycz
🐾Emma Henry 🐾Bailey Murray 🐾🐾Kenny Wagner 🐾Kendell Carr 🐾Elliott Ross
🐾Ava Ray 🐾Jake Hlat 🐾Elise Clark 🐾Logan Day 🐾 Michael Lombardo 🐾Quinn Groves 🐾Zack Van Sant 🐾Ethan Daley 🐾Ben Van Sant 🐾McKenna Schram 🐾 Amelia Hamill
🐾Emma Sweeney 🐾Karleigh Brodsky 🐾Ollie Sykes 🐾Angela Pane 🐾Jack Duffey
🐾Jordyn Longergan 🐾Lorenzo Hanascin🐾Brianna Mendez 🐾James Priore
🐾Jake Rider 🐾Jillian O'Connor 🐾Daniel Cadenelli 🐾Noelle Potash 🐾Noah Robovetsky 🐾Chase Gordan (2) 🐾Reese Witmer 🐾Braden Busby 🐾Roman Kusznir 🐾Kieran Riley
We had so many ROAR TICKET WINNERS that we already have a Mystery Motivator!!!!
🐾Reese Witmer 🐾William O'Keefe 🐾 McKenna Schram 🐾Nora Lombardi
🐾Logan Day 🐾Chase Gordon 🐾Owen Frey 🐾Graham Hubler 🐾Karleigh Brodsky
These Lucky Winners visited our ROAR STORE to select their prize!
Congratulations to Ms. Metz, Mrs. Schneider and Mrs. Jones-Tate for winning the teacher Mystery Motivator raffle this week. (It was a fair and square drawing...LOL!)
In addition to reviewing our ROAR RULES in the classroom , cafeteria & bus, we have been reviewing what those rules look like on the playground. This week, 3rd graders helped to make a HOW-TO Video for some of our playground equipment. We are excited that the new year allows us to be proactive early in the school year with some of those past problem areas.
A HUGE SHOUT-OUT to the many 3rd grade students who assisted in the making of our video They were so excited to be a part of this process.
Scholastic Book Fair
New year, new books! The Scholastic Book Fair will be hosted at Hillcrest the week of September 18-22nd. Your child(ren) will visit the Book Fair during their Library special. We will also have extended hours so families can shop on Wednesday, September 20th from 4-7pm. Can't make it? No worries—you can shop online from September 18 until October 1st. All proceeds will be used to support sustaining and building our library collection here at Hillcrest.
REMINDER: We are looking for 100% return on our parent signature forms. Please complete this if you haven't already done so!
Attached is the Parent/Student Handbook and an electronic Handbook Signature Form. We ask that you read or review the Parent/Student Handbook (link included) . There are specific areas that would benefit a review at the start of the school year.
After you read this information with your child(ren), please complete this electronic form. The form is meant to be completed as a family; so you DO NOT need to complete separate forms if you have multiple children.
HILLCREST IS ROARING ABOUT “PAWS”ITIVE BEHAVIOR
Hillcrest Elementary School is excited to announce the Principal’s 100 Club. The program is a positive behavior support system that rewards students who follow our ROAR rules. ROAR tickets are frequently given out to students demonstrating the ROAR Rules, which provides acknowledgement to the student about his/her behavior and gives that student an opportunity to earn additional rewards.
Students who are “caught” following the school-wide ROAR rules are given a ROAR Ticket that is redeemed in the main office for a spot in the Celebrity Book and a placement on the Principal’s 100 Club board. Parents will be notified, if your child receives a ROAR Ticket. Also, students will be given their ROAR Ticket to take home to “brag” to their family.
Parents, Please Be Sure To Celebrate at Home as well!
The program is similar to BINGO in that the board has numbered squares where students place their name in a square that coincides with a randomly drawn numbered chip. Once an entire row of 10 is filled those students whose names appear in those boxes in the winning row will receive the Principal’s Mystery Motivator reward.
The rewards could range from a free snack, visit to the ROAR STORE, store gift cards or movie tickets. Upon completion of a cycle, usually about four weeks, the board will be wiped clean and the process will start again. The intended result of the Principal’s 100 Club is increased positive behavior, public acknowledgment for following the school-wide ROAR rules and reduced office discipline referrals.
A student’s behavioral/social success within school can have a strong correlation with their academic success and love of learning. We encourage you to ask your child about the ROAR tickets and Principal’s 100 Club. We also believe it is very important to help your child get excited and be proud of their social/behavioral accomplishments, as well as all of their academic accomplishments.
Last spring students were asked to complete a brief survey about the Principal's 100 Club and what prizes they wanted. During this time we also asked them for feedback about the program.
Here's what we learned:
Top 5 Mystery Motivator Requests
5. FOOD GIFT CARD
4. FREE SNACK IN CAFETERIA
3. TIGGER’S CHAIR
2. STORE GIFT CARD
1. ROAR STORE
ALSO, the overarching feedback was that students wanted the opportunity to win more prizes.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES TO THE P100 CLUB AS A RESULT OF OUR SURVEY AND STUDENT FEEDBACK:
1. Every student that earns a ROAR TICKET will receive a small INSTANT PRIZE in the Main Office (prizes will vary).
2. We are bringing back Tigger's Chair (Tigger's Chair will be an option in the ROAR STORE, and students can select the chair as their Mystery Motivator Prize).
3. Every student that earns a ROAR TICKET will sign their autograph in the celebrity book; but this year they will also sign their autograph to the P100 bulletin board. This way when a mystery motivator wins and the board is cleared, the autographs will remain on the bulletin board ALL YEAR LONG!
It's been a great start with Transportation this week!
Transportation will notify parents via Blackboard Messenger should a bus experience delays in leaving Hillcrest after 4:00 PM. Some delays may take place once the bus has departed Hillcrest. Transportation will also notify parents of these delays via Blackboard Messenger as soon as they are made aware of the delay within the community.
Dismissal will begin at 3:40 PM for 1st through 6th grade and PM Kindergarten students. All parents who are picking up their children should remain in the car line that outlines the parking lot. (SEE ATTACHMENT) Again, staff will be available to assist your child to your car. PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REMAIN IN THEIR CARS DURING THIS TIME.
Two placards were provided to every family on BTSN. Placards must be displayed in full view for staff to see, when you or your designee are picking up students as car-riders. If your child is an infrequent car-rider, please be sure to store this placard in a safe place for those random times when you will be picking up your child.
Within the first 60 days of school, we must conduct emergency drills within our building. These drills help us practice what we should do in the event of an emergency. Fire Drills are practiced monthly. During the months of September & October, we also practice A.L.I.C.E. Drills for an inside & outside threat and Shelter-In-Place.
A.L.I.C.E. Drills are designed to protect our children in the event an intruder enters the building (inside threat), dangerous incidents in the surrounding neighborhood or intruder on our school grounds (outside threat). Safe Shelter is designed to protect our children from weather related emergencies.
Teachers will review these procedures with students this month.
If you should report to the school during these drills you will not be able to enter the building. A sign will be posted on the outside door to communicate that we are conducting a drill. Most drills are fairly brief. We thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding during this time.
All questions regarding student lunch accounts should be sent to the Chartwells staff at www.HCECafeteria@CRSD.org. Click on the below link to preview the monthly menu and nutritional information.
IMPORTANT ELECTRONIC FORMS THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BY PARENTS THIS WEEK...
In addition to the demographic and emergency information, parents should also locate the Publicity Exclusion section in Home Access Center (HAC), if you DO NOT want your child photographed during the school year. You do not need to make changes if your child can be photographed/video-taped during the school year.
MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION...
For parents and other visitors, entry into our school buildings will require the production of a driver’s license or other form of photo identification. This identification will be used in conjunction with our access system (RAPTOR) to validate identification before a visitor enters the school building. Once the driver’s license is scanned, the system will print out a badge that includes the name and picture of the visitor, destination and the date/time of the visit. Visitors who do not present their driver’s license/identification will not gain entry into the building.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL TRIPS-
Attached is the form to be completed for Family Educational Trips. Handwritten letters are accepted, however this form is preferred. Please be sure to submit the form/letter at least ten (10) days prior to your trip, for approval. Please contact Debbie Kunzig, attendance clerk, at email@example.com if you have questions regarding this process.
- Wednesday, September 20th- PTO Welcome Back Picnic @ 5:30 PM
- Monday, September 25th- No School for Students (Yom Kippur)
- Tuesday, September 26th- 1st PTO Meeting
STEAM Saturdays offer a few hours of interactive activities sure to engage and create tons of smiles. Select from any of the 6 - or all of them - and share in the fun!
DISCOUNTS available until 9-30-23 – find out more/register: www.BucksIU.org/FabLab/Events
Parents, we are always looking for support and assistance with our Mystery Motivator prizes. If you are willing OR know of a vendor or organization that would be willing to contribute to our Mystery Motivator prizes please contact the Main Office. In the past we asked for prizes to be in sets of 10. Now that our ROAR STORE is open and student's get to choose their prize (unless the prize is an activity with a staff member); we will take any number of prize(s) that you are willing to donate.
(EXAMPLES OF PRIZES---STUDENT FRIENDLY GIFT CARDS, SPORTS BALLS, FIDGETS, POP-ITS, ETC.)
We are also always looking for BIG PRIZES. These prizes will be given out during special raffles, etc. throughout the year. For example, in the past, we have given out electronic tablets to kids during our holiday raffle.