Hillcrest Island Happenings

September 23-Weekly Newsletter from the Island!

Week 5 September 19-23

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Principal Corner

We had an AWESOME Spirit Week! The staff and students truly showed off their school spirit! The students did a great job of following their ROARS, despite all the excitement!!

We hope you are all able to take part in the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Game this evening!

If there is anything we can do to help your students here at school, please reach out at jhelinski@almaschools.net

Important Upcoming Dates

No School/Half Days

October 3-Picture Re-Take

October 6 and 7-Parent Teacher Conferences

October 7 - Half Day (11:15 dismissal)

November 1 - NO SCHOOL

November 24-25 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

December 22-January 3 - NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

School Spirit Video

September 23, 2022


Click the link below for the 2022-2023 school calendar.

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Spirit Bags for HS Sports Teams

Our students and families have TONS of school spirit!! Each class “adopted” a high school sports team and made goodie bags for them for Spirit Week!!! Proud to be a PANTHER!!!

Picture Retake-Oct 3

Pictures and ID cards have been delivered to the students.

If your student was not there that day or would like a different picture taken, picture re-take day is October 3rd.

Also, the yearbook orders will be done a later date in the school year.

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PTC-Oct. 6 and 7

Teachers will be sending out a link with information about Parent Teacher Conferences and the opportunity to pick a time slot. They will take place in the evening on Thursday, October 6th, and in the afternoon on Friday, October 7th. This year we will be offering phone or in-person conferences.

Please take the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and hear all the great things they have been doing, and also areas way they may be able to continue to help and support your child!

Bookworms Launch

We have officially begun our new ELA program called Bookworms! Our classes have done a great job and we are excited to see their progress throughout the year! Each student will receive three different blocks of reading and writing instruction a day.
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Dance Performance at APA on Tuesday, September 20th

On Tuesday, we had an awesome trip to Alma College to watch a dance performance by APA. The students really enjoyed the dances and followed their ROARS! We know that for many of our students that this was their first experience at a performance like that! Many of the dancers were former Hillcrest student and even featured two of our current students!
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Panther Paws

In an effort to promote positive behavior, students earn Panther Paws when they are caught following their ROARS. They turn them into their classroom teacher and every Friday, each teacher pulls out one Panther Paw, and the winner is announced at the end of the day over the loud speaker. On Monday mornings, Panther Paw winners are able to pick a prize from the Panther Paw Prize Cart.
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Tropical T-Shirt Tuesdays and Panther Pride Fridays

Each week we encouarge our students to wear a "tropical" shirt of any kind on Tuesdays, and then all across the district, we encourage students and staff to wear black and orange or Panther gear on Panther Pride Fridays! Join in the fun!!

Transportation Changes

PLEASE make sure to call in any transportation changes before 1 pm. The end of the day is VERY hectic at an elementary school and it is important that we are aware of any changes before then. We also encourage you to send in a note on the day of a transportation change as well.

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Families: A medication authorization form must be filled out annually if your student requires medications to be distributed at school. Contact Ms. Snider in the office at 989-463-3113 if you are in need of a form.


Birthday celebrations are very special and exciting for students. Our district policy is for healthy snacks in school. We encourage healthy snacks or an alternative, such as pencils or erasers, for each student.

September Lunch Menu

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Staff Shout Out

We have an INCREDIBLE staff here at Hillcrest Island!!! Would you like to recognize any of them? Take a moment to fill out this form and recognize all the WONDERFUL things they do for our students!!

Hillcrest Staff Shout Out Form


Outside the office, each school has a rack with Community programs available for your child. Students are able to come down and pick up a form. The forms that are currently available:

  • His Kids at His Place
  • Ithaca Youth Cheerleading

APS K-12 Parent/Student Handbook

The new APS K-12 Parent/Student Handbook
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At Hillcrest, we talk about making good choices and using our ROARS!

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Make sure you get Seesaw login information you child's teacher. That is what teachers will be using for communication throughout the year!
Alma Public Schools Webpage

Make sure to stay up to date on all things APS!

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Hillcrest Island Happenings for the 2022-23 School Year

Here is a link to all the Hillcrest Space Station Happenings for the 2022-23 School Year.

Hillcrest Island Happenings for 2022-23