Hillcrest Family Newsletter

January 24, 2020

Principal's Note - Creativity

At our Waukesha ONE conference on Monday, we dove into teacher learning around creativity. Did you know that one of the top three essential skills employers screen for in new hires is Creativity? The workforce right now and the workforce of the future needs collaborative problem solvers who tackle complex projects and consider options that have never been dreamed of before. At our PD we asked ourselves how do we adjust our practice to support learners in building these skills.

Science and Engineering Day is just three weeks away and the entire day is devoted to creating solutions to problems using creative thinking! We use this day as a jumping off point to explore the design loop, collaborate within our school and with Flight Academy and to develop a mindset of iteration - coming back to rebuild, refine and rethink. Look for our sign up genius documents coming soon to share how you can support and extend this creative thinking.

Run Play Run

Run Play Run starts again on Tuesday, January 28th! It’s time to play!! We invite you to join your classmates for some games, exercise, challenging activities along with some nutritional snacks. The Run Play Run Program will focus on fun activities and games to encourage a love for being active as well as encourage students to try new challenges. We will focus on good sportsmanship and building self-confidence. Most importantly, this will be fun for all students. Click Here for the registration form and Click here for more information.

Yearbook Group Photos


Mortenson Photography will be at Hillcrest the morning of Thursday, February 20th to take candid and group photos for the yearbook. Any student who has participated in a Hillcrest group, including scouts, will have their group photo taken for the yearbook. If you would like your child to wear anything specific for this photo (for example, scout uniform or spirit wear) please have them wear it to school this day.


If your child did not have a yearbook photo taken earlier in the school year, they will also have their photo taken this day so they can be in the yearbook.


Yearbook orders will be sent home sometime in March.

4th and 5th Grade Hillcrest Choir

I would like to invite new choir students from fourth and fifth grades to be a part of the Hillcrest Elementary School Choir for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Choir is open to students from these grades who are willing to make a commitment to attend rehearsals on Tuesdays before school from 7:45 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. Students who are current members of choir do not have to register again. Our first rehearsal of 2020 will be on Tuesday, January 28th, beginning at 7:45 a.m. More information can be found HERE.

2nd and 3rd Grade Concert

This is a friendly reminder about our annual second and third grade concert which will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillcrest Gym. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “February’s Stars!” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:00 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 second and third grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it! Please have your students dress up for the evening concert. They should report to their homeroom at 6:20 p.m. on the evening of February 12th.

More info is available HERE.

4th Grade Recorder Club

During the months of February and March, your fourth grade student will be learning to play the recorder. Recorders are provided at school. These classroom recorders are disinfected and thoroughly cleaned between uses. However, your student WILL NOT be able to take these recorders home. If you would like your child to own a recorder, you may purchase a recorder and you have several possibilities in making this purchase.

HERE is the link to a letter with more information.

Box Tops for PTO

Thank you so much for all you do to support our school through the box tops program. There have been some important changes to the program. This flyer should help answer any questions you have, but you can also reach out to me at jen_0522@yahoo.com if you need clarification. Box tops is transitioning to a digital program and is now featuring "No More Clipping" labels on eligible products. MORE INFO HERE. Make sure you scan the receipt that those items were purchased on within 14 days of purchase through the app. We will not get credit any other way on those products. If you are unsure if you purchased box tops eligible items just scan your receipt to find out. The app will check for you and figure out how much credit you should get. During this transition, our school can still submit traditional "Box Tops Clips" with a valid expiration date for credit. These are still on many products in stores and I have seen expiration dates that go out to 2022. Keep watch for those so you can clip them and send them to school. I would also encourage you to scan the receipt for those items as well. We can get double credit (clipped and digital) on products that have the old box tops label. Thank you again for all you do to support the box tops program and Hillcrest!

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January Dates

No School - Staff Development - Monday, January 20th

PTO Minute to Win It Family Night, Friday, January 24th 6:30 -8:30 PM

No School - Staff Development - Monday January 27th

Winter Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thursday, January 30th

MOD Pizza Night - Thursday, January 30th 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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!