Hillcrest Family Newsletter

November 15th, 2019

Principal's Note - Discourse

We are always trying to get better at serving all students and families.

Last newsletter, I mentioned a little bit about the work we are doing to improve teaching and learning here at Hillcrest. This week, I'd like to give a little more detail about what we mean by discourse in the classroom.

We know that our brains are wired to learn from each other. Gone are the days where learners would sit idly while a teacher explained everything information for students to memorize. Today's learners are asked to think critically, create arguments and justifications and apply learning in new and novel ways.

One of the tools teachers use to insure all students are thinking and connecting ideas is discourse. Discourse is the academic talk between students where teachers can check in to make sure everyone is understanding and stretching their thinking.

Teachers think carefully about the prompting and questioning they use in each lesson as well as think about the grouping of students to make discourse most productive. Growing this discourse is a goal for all of our teachers across our school. Knowing that student led discourse, with teachers supporting students in growing the understanding, is a high leverage practice we are all focusing on this year.

Art News!!

We look forward to seeing you at the grades 4 & 5 art show November 21st during the music concert! Students have been working on independent pieces inspired by the theme of "HOPE" They cannot wait to share their creations and are welcome to bring their piece home that evening if it is more convenient for you.


In the art room all students have the opportunity to use a variety of materials that are sometimes messier than others. I have a large supply of smocks that are washed often, however this is your friendly reminder that if you'd like your child to wear their own smock please write their name on an oversized shirt and place it in a plastic bag they can keep on their hook outside their classroom for art days:)

Winter Weather and Winter Clothes

With our first arctic blast of the school year, we want to remind everyone that we go outside for recess anytime the temperature (and wind chill) register above zero. The fresh air and fun in the snow is good getting our minds ready to learn.

Having the right winter outerwear and gear is important for all students. Boots, snowpants and coats should be worn every day so playing in the snow is comfortable. When purchasing gloves, look for gloves that are waterproof or dry quickly. When students wear wet gloves outside, fingers can get very cold. Please make sure your child's name is written in all of the individual pieces of gear.

If you need any help in getting equipment for your child, please let someone in the office know. Also, remind your child to check the lost and found FREQUENTLY for lost items.

4th and 5th Grade Concert - November 21st

This is a friendly reminder about our annual fourth and fifth grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Building Hope” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:30 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 fourth and fifth grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it! HERE is a note from Mrs. Runingen with additional reminders.

Hope Center Coat Drive

Brownie Troop 10484 of Hillcrest Elementary is collecting new and gently used coats for men, women and children from November 1st - November 26th (bins are located near door #2 and the gym). All collected donations will be delivered to the Hope Center and distributed to those in need within the Waukesha community to ensure that everyone can be warm this winter.

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

Whether you’ve skied before or want to try something brand new, now is your chance to

hit the slopes. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest

students and alumni (K4-adult) 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 super discounted rate.

More information can be found HERE.

Middle School Information Night

If your child will be attending Horning Middle School next year or if you are considering the Flight Academy for your middle school experience, please see THIS FLYER for more information.

4K Pizza Party with Santa

WHO: Current and future 4K Families Welcome

WHERE: White Rock Campus Parking behind building, in parking lot (enter door 5) 1150 White Rock Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

WHY: Come eat, take pictures with Santa, dance, and enroll your child for the 2020/2021 school year.

Flyer in English Spanish

November Dates

Tuesday, November 19th - PTO Culver's Night 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 20th - PTO Monthly Meeting, 6:15 PM

Thursday, November 21st - 4th and 5th Grade Concert

Tuesday, November 26th - PTO Water Park Family Fun Night, 4:00 - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

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!