Hillcrest Family Newsletter

November 20th, 2020

Gratitude All Around

We have no school next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the long holiday weekend. While we all have so much to worry through this year, we can't help but be grateful for all we have.

We have families that cheer us on and work so hard to make sure their children are ready to learn.

We have students who are so eager to learn and are open to connections and new adventures here at school and virtually!

We have staff members who stop at NOTHING to meet the many new needs this year has brought us for each student.

We have a PTO that supports our entire community in reaching every student every day.

Thank you. I hope the next week is full of moments you are grateful for as well. I hope your family stays safe and healthy. And, I hope we all find time to rest and connect.


COVID-19 Updates

The SDW Student Services department sent an email to all families this afternoon with specific reminders for keeping students home from school when they have symptoms of COVID-19 and if there is a suspected COVID-19 case in your home. Please read through this entire document for additional information on how we can all work together to keep schools open. We are truly in a new situation with the high rate of COVID-19 in our county and the possibility of transmission is very high throughout our community.

If your child has been quarantined because of close contact, please communicate with our office so we can continue to track our building cases and switch your child to virtual for attendance coding. If your child is not quarantining or showing symptoms, please continue to send them to school for face to face instruction. Outside of illness and quarantine, all parents have 10 days that can be parent excused but we are not able to switch children to virtual without the quarantine or isolation notice from the COVID team.

Also, if your child is in a class that is quarantining, they are not allowed to attend events hosted in our building or sponsored by our school. We know families are looking ahead to gatherings in the upcoming weeks and the quarantine notices that have been shared by the county health department outline what is safe and not safe during a quarantine.

Report Card Letter

The end of the trimester is less than a month away and report cards will be available online on December 11th. Please take some time to read through THIS DOCUMENT that outlines what you will see on the elementary report card. Reach out if you have any questions!

PTO Corner

PTO Holidays at Hillcrest

Watch for the PTO's Holiday at Hillcrest packet, being sent home with your child. The packet includes:

A. Staff Holiday Gift Program (information HERE and order form HERE)

B. Discounted Tickets for Urban Air Adventure (information and order form HERE)

C. Discounted Tickets for Marcus Theaters (information and order form HERE)

D. Scrip Gift Card (information and order from HERE)

All PTO orders, not only provide options for families but they raise funds for the $550 classroom allotment provided to classroom teachers by PTO!

Purchase discounted tickets that can be used through 2021, gift cards for family (groceries, gas, etc.) OR ask your family & friends if they would like to purchase (saves them money too).

Additionally, provide Hillcrest staff with gift cards to their favorite places; staff choice the gift cards they would like which makes for the perfect Holiday gift and Thank you!

Contact PTO at hillcresthuskiepto@gmail.com with any questions!

PTO Needs Update

Holiday Gift Cards for Staff Members-

We are looking for someone to take over coordinating this program; along with Scrip. There will be training for to a new coordinator. Please contact Nicole Zeroth, nicolezeroth@gmail.com, if you are interested.

PTO Virtual Vendor Fair- Goes through November 22nd at 9pm!

The past two years, PTO held a Craft & Vendor Fair targeted at supporting Hillcrest families and our local community crafters and vendors. Many of these vendors support our Italian Night and/or are Hillcrest families.

This year the Vendor Fair is occurring, but it will be virtual. Find information and continue to support our local community. The event is shared with our Hillcrest Family Facebook Page and information can be found HERE. The event opens Nov 13 at 6 PM and closes Nov 22 at 9 PM.

Contact Kim Smith with any questions or to add to the event, ksmithpto@yahoo.com

A list of crafters & vendors include:

Handmade wooden bowls

Home grown spider plants

Lavender lemon boutique women's clothing

Color Street

Tastefully Simple


Homemade home decor

Zyia Active

Burn Bit BBQ seasonings

Refurbished furniture


Tulle Wreaths

Burned wood creations

Fabric Gnomes

PTO Shout Outs

Thank you to Nikki Hoch for leading the virtual book fair, to Andy Vossekuil for organizing Spiritwear, to Dave MacCudden for planning The Spring Waterpark and to Kim Smith for planning and leading the Virtual Vendor Fair! Many hands make for light work, THANK YOU for leading the way and especially for planning things in a new way!

Family Facebook Page

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

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

Whether you’ve skied before or not, now is your chance to hit the slopes, they are taking lots of Covid precautions and the best part is, it is an outdoor, distance friendly activity for these crazy times. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest students and alumni (K4-12) 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 deeply discounted rate.

Ski Dates - after school/evening

FRIDAY, January 29th

FRIDAY, February 5th

FRIDAY, February 12th

FRIDAY, February 19th

MAKE-UP DATE Friday, February 26th

Questions? For more information, please contact Marnia Schatzman at 414.324.0115 or mlbraml@yahoo.com and check out THIS attached document.


& Save over 70% on skiing this winter!

Upcoming Dates

November 2 - 15: PTO Virtual Book Fair

November 10: PTO Culver's Night 5:00 - 8:00 PM

November 11: PTO Virtual Meeting, 6:15PM

November 24: PTO Springs Water Park Fundraiser

November 25 - 27: No School

**All events are dependent on COVID-19 guidelines for gatherings. Events will be canceled or rescheduled if Face to Face events are not allowable.