Hillcrest Elementary School

Weekly News-3.17.23

Safety Reminder for Visitors

As we continue to review and tweak our safety protocols we wanted to send a friendly reminder to visitors regarding procedures when entering the building. If you are entering the building for whatever reason; please DO NOT open the door or hold the door for another visitor.

We have important safety protocol that our office staff follows when visitors enter our building. This includes vetting those that enter the building. While we understand that this is a KIND gesture, when visitors open the door or hold the door for others entering the building; this does not allow HCE staff to follow through with the safety protocol that we have in place.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter!


Today was a great day! Many students and staff were covered in a sea of green attire and accessories. We even got a visit from our beloved leprechaun, Mrs. Longstreet. She greeted students this morning with our Kindness Crew and visited a few classrooms throughout the morning. Primary grades searched high and low, with NO LUCK, to find the leprechaun that tore their rooms upside down. Even with the confetti trail, tiny green footprints & the traps created in STEAM class this week they were still unable to locate that trickster. Better LUCK next year!


Congratulations to 2 Hillcrest students for being honored through the Art Department at Thursday's School Board Meeting. Jordyn Schwartz' (former HCE student) artwork is featured in the Gallery at the Rock display, and Kayla Metz' (4th grader) artwork is hanging in the Chancellor Center.

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Big news in the library!

We have two upcoming events that will be tons of fun for our students!

First, the Scholastic Book Fair will be here March 20th to 24th with favorites from the series I Survived, Babysitter’s Club, Dog Man & Cat Kid and much more! Students will attend the fair during their regularly scheduled library time, and a Family Shopping Night will be held on Tuesday March 21st from 4:30 pm to 7pm.

Online shopping will be active beginning March 20th. As always, when sending money for shopping, please take TAX into consideration. If a book costs $9.99 and the shopper has $10, they will be unable to make their purchase because they will not have enough money for the cost of the book plus tax.

If desired, you have the option to set up an e-wallet for cash-free shopping for your student; set-up of e-wallets is available as of February 27th and goes until March 24th and can be found at our book fair homepage.

Secondly, we are hosting author Jonathan Stutzman and illustrator Heather Fox on Monday April 3rd, and they will present to grades K-4. This husband/wife team has published some picture books that Hillcrest students have grown to love this year, including “Llama Unleashes the Alpaca-lypse” and “Don’t Feed the Coos.” They will also be doing a book signing for our readers, and order forms went home last week. Order forms are due by March 8th and checks should be made payable to the Newtown Bookshop.

Music Update

As many of you know, Mrs. Bishop and her husband are expecting a baby girl any day. Her last day @ HCE was yesterday. She will be out for the rest of the school year. Wishing Mrs. Bishop and baby all the best!

Please join me in welcoming Miss Michelle Schuman to the music team. Miss Schuman worked in a variety of music positions in nearby school districts prior to coming to Hillcrest as our building sub. During her time as building sub, Miss Schuman has gotten to know our students and staff very well. She's also had many opportunities to work with Mrs. Bishop. Michelle is excited about this opportunity and getting to work with our wonderful students.

Welcome Dalton Johnson- Student Teacher

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We were so excited to see so many ROAR TICKET WINNERS come to the main office to Sign the Celebrity Book and Join the Principal's 100 Club. Each student selected a numbered paw and found their place on the P100 Board for a chance to win the Mystery Motivator.

The following children earned ROAR tickets for their exemplary work related to following our ROAR Rules. Congratulations!

🐾Michael Elko 🐾Emma Becker 🐾Juliana Hamill 🐾Eiva Avizienis

🐾Gregory Allakhverdov 🐾Arya Chantry 🐾Noelle Potash 🐾Allesandro Nilli

🐾Victoria Conolly 🐾Riley Christodoulou 🐾Zach Van Sant 🐾Allie Pytlewski

🐾Andrew Vorgity 🐾Milana Kis 🐾Kole Grady 🐾Giullana Hahuscih 🐾Jax Blair


There were patterns, patterns everywhere in Math Challenge #11. I hope you were successful at finding the patterns dealing with objects, numbers, letters, and even a mix of them all!

Math Challenge #12 is now ready to be solved. Be sure to go to mathinaction.org or to Hillcrest’s homepage to find the problems for this week!

And, when you finish your challenge, enter your answers into the Math Challenge Google Form!

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Gardner at mgardner@crsd.org.

Happy Mathing!

Summer Academy Registration is Open

2023 CR Summer Academy Registration for academic programs is now underway. The registration window will remain open until Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Please do not delay in registering your student, as our programs fill up quickly. This link provides general Summer Academy information for families of those students who recently received invitations for participation.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 24th- HCE Library Book Fair

Thursday, April 6th-Monday, April 10th- Spring Break

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Art Show T-Shirt Orders

The CR Art Show is just around the corner! We will be celebrating our student artists at Council Rock High School South, May 19-20. To order an art show t-shirt, click HERE! Please reach out to Ms. McGinn with any questions. samantha.mcginn@crsd.org



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As a reminder, adult supervision does not begin at Hillcrest until 8:50AM. To that point, we are requesting that walkers arrive closer to 9AM. This will allow walkers to enter the building upon arrival, rather than waiting outside the school when arriving before 8:50AM.


As a reminder, supervision does not begin until 8:50AM. To that point we are requesting that all students remain in their cars until you see the adult on duty exit the building at 8:50AM.

Please do not drop off students in front of the building when there is no adult supervision present. This is a major safety issue because there is a continuous movement of vehicles in front the building during this time. Even a few minutes early can be detrimental during this busy time.

Recess - Cold Weather

When there are cold conditions outside, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside weather. Unless the weather is extreme (rain or excessive cold, 22 degrees or below), children will have recess outside.

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PSSAs 2023

For your planning, below are the dates that we will administer the PSSA’s for the 22-23 school year. As attendance is state mandated for these assessments, family trips will not be approved during these testing windows. Please plan accordingly.

Assessment Dates /Grade(s)

English Language Arts-April 24-28, 2023 Grades 3-6

Mathematics- May 1- 5, 2023 Grades 3-6

Science - May 1- 5, 2022 Grade 4

Important Notice-If you have decided to opt your child out of this assessment; please hold-off on sending any opt-out letters to me now. There will be more information regarding the specifics of this assessment including the criteria for opting-out closer to the testing window.

We are now accepting 2023-2024 Registrations

Online Registration: The Council Rock School District utilizes a secure online portal for a parent(s) to enroll their child(ren). Please ensure you have all required documents ready before starting the enrollment process below. The application functions best in the Chrome browser on a desktop or laptop. Please be aware that June 1st is the deadline to guarantee placement in home school.

Your child is NOT registered until all documents have been received, reviewed by central registration, and the final registration document has been signed by the parent.


All questions regarding student lunch accounts should be sent to the Chartwells staff at www.HCECafeteria@CRSD.org. Click on the below link to preview the monthly menu and nutritional information.


Attached is the form to be completed for Family Educational Trips. Handwritten letters are accepted, however this form is preferred. Please be sure to submit the form/letter at least ten (10) days prior to your trip, for approval. Please contact Debbie Kunzig, attendance clerk, at dkunzig@crsd.org if you have questions regarding this process.

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1st Friday=HCE Spirit Days

The first Friday of the month is Hillcrest spirit day! Our spirit wear store is always open! You can order HERE.

You can still order pretzels for Wed snack for the rest of the school year!

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Join us at the Fab Lab Center for an Open House designed to highlight all of the camp themes being offered over the 9 weeks of 2023 Summer Camp.
Come by, check it out, and get registered to win a free week of camp!

Sunday, March 5, 2023

OPEN HOUSE from 2:00 - 4:00pm

And don’t miss out on the savings of Early Bird Registration

Save $50 and register by 11:59pm on March 5, 2023!

Multi-week and sibling discounts also available.

QUESTIONS? Email: FabLab@BucksIU.org


Students 1st Always!