Hillcrest Family Newsletter

November 16th, 2018

Next Week's Schedule

Just a reminder, there is no school next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This is our district's Thanksgiving break and the building will be closed those three days. If you are traveling during the break, we hope you have a safe trip and we will see everyone on Monday, November 26th.

There will be no newsletter emailed home next week because of the short week.

Pajama Day and Read-In

Students are invited to wear pajamas or comfy clothes to school on Tuesday, November 20th. This all school Pajama Day will be celebrated with a Read-In in the afternoon. We are looking forward to a cozy day of getting lost in our books and we have a storyteller coming to cap off the end of the day with all student in the gym at 3:00PM.

WI State School Report Cards

As many of you are already aware, the WI State School Report Cards were released this week. We are proud to say Hillcrest Significantly Exceeds Expectations! Please see the attached Hillcrest Letter for additional information and to find the link to this year's report card.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Now that the weather has turned snowy, it's a good time to take a look at our drop off and pick up procedures. Please review THIS document to make sure you are moving through our lot safely and helping everyone get where they need to safely.

*Please note, the drop off area is for quick drop offs and pick ups only. Adults should not need to leave their cars and children should be able to enter the car independently for you to use this area.

*The circle drive is for bus and daycare van pick up only. There are a couple handicapped parking spots that should only be used by people with special needs.

Thank you for your help with this!

December Food Drive

We will have an all school food drive during the first week of December. We are connecting this to our fourth and fifth grader’s concert on December 11th. The theme of the concert is “This Big, Beautiful World.” We will collect non-perishable food items during the week of Dec. 3rd through the 7th. We have a list of suggested food items, but you can bring any items, or also bring a monetary donation. Here are the suggested food items:

December 3rd: Macaroni and cheese

December 4th: Cereal or any breakfast item (pancake mix, waffle mix, etc.)

December 5th: Canned fruit

December 6th: beans: refried, baked, or chili

December 7th: your favorite!

We are also inviting guests to bring a canned item or monetary donation to the concert on Dec. 11th, if they wish. All of the items will be picked up by the Waukesha Food Pantry on Dec. 12th.

We are giving you this list in advance so that you can begin collecting items for our December food drive. Thank you in advance for your participation, and for caring for those in need in our community!

4th and 5th Grade Choir Concert

our annual fourth and fifth grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Tuesday December 11th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “This Big Beautiful World” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:15 a.m. Please see the attached letter for morning information.

Choir Visits the Caring Place

The Choir will be performing at the Caring Place in December. If your child is in the 4th/5th grade choir, please click on this LINK for more information.

PTO's Holiday Staff Gift Program

If you are thinking of getting a gift for a teacher or staff member this holiday season look no further; Hillcrest PTO has a program to help: Hillcrest's Holiday Staff Gift Program.

The staff gift program allows you to give money towards purchasing gift cards for any staff member at any amount. Then the money is combined to purchase larger amount gift card through our scrip program for the staff members.

For information on how this works, please click this link. For an order form with a full list of staff members click here. Hard copies of this will be sent home!

For any questions, please contact:

Nicole Zeroth


(262) 364-9866

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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. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest students and alumni (K-12) and their families and friends. Join 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 huge discounted rate. See attachment for details! Last year we have over 25 people and they all have a blast, from ages 3 to 63!

If you want more information please email Marnia Schatzman at mlbraml@yahoo.com or see THIS FLYER.

Important Dates for November

Nov 18th - PTO Spirit Wear Orders Due

Nov 20th - Pajama/Comfy Clothes Day

Nov 20th - PTO Country Springs Night

Nov 21st-Nov23rd - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Hillcrest Elementary School - Attendance 262-970-1816

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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!

Safe Arrival - Available Now!

Hillcrest is now fully up and running with the district's new attendance reporting system, Safe Arrival. Safe Arrival allows you to report an absence or appointment at any time from your phone. Our attendance line is still available for reporting absences but we encourage you to give Safe Arrival a try. We know you will find it to be an easy to use system that is available at times that work for YOU!

1) By far the easiest way to interact with the new system is by downloading the app on your phone and signing up for an account.

2) If you are not an app user and prefer to use your computer signup and login at https://go.schoolmessenger.com/

3) The phone option is still available by calling the attendance line at school. There will be a menu there to transfer your call into the new system. You may however, want to use the direct number 1-866-490-7371. By dialing direct from a phone that is registered with the district, the system should recognize the number you are calling from and be able to quickly identify your children and allow you to confirm their absence.