Hillcrest Family Newsletter

April 12th, 2019

Celebrations of Learning - April 16th

We are looking forward to seeing all of our families on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 PM for our Celebrations of Learning. These Student-Led Conferences are an opportunity for our learners to showcase their learning from this school year. Your participation in these conferences is so appreciated. Having parents recognize and validate the hard work students have put into their portfolios and presentations builds their self-efficacy and impacts their identity as a learner. It is always fun to see the big smiles on students as they walk away from these conferences! Thank you for taking the time to attend.

Optimist Swim Meet - Hillcrest's Awesome Team

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who made up the Hillcrest Swim Team at the Optimist Swim Meet last Saturday. What a great job everyone did! We would also like to thank our coaches - Stacy Blank and Lyndsy DiNardo - for leading the way and organizing the team. A special shout out to Jodi Ehlen for all of her support to the team as well.


Here is a list of our participants and awards won:


3rd Grade

Chloe Greenwood

Ava Heltmach

Samantha Landry

Morgan Sheridan

Bria Woodring

Chase DiNardo: 4th place, plunge; 4th place 100 freestyle relay

Alexander Plestina: 1st place overall, diving; 5th place overall, 50 freestyle ; 4th place 100 freestyle relay

Cameron Novonty: heat winner, 25 freestyle ; 7th overall, 25 backstroke ; 4th place 100 freestyle relay

Deandre Ehlen: 4th place 100 freestyle relay

Devin Goll: 7th place plunge

Brayden Quiones



4th Grade

Jaycee Jordan: 6th place, plunge

Nina Kennedy: 5th place 100 freestyle relay

Melany Bentfield: 4th overall, 25 backstroke ; 5th place 100 freestyle relay

Leighton Thomas: 8th overall, 25 backstroke ; 5th place 100 freestyle relay

Layne Clavette: 6th overall, 50 freestyle ; 5th place 100 freestyle relay



5th Grade

Emily Krueck

Dominic Goll

Dakota Steltman: 4th overall, 25 breaststroke; 5th overall, 50 freestyle

Kylie Heltmach: 7th place plunge

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE DUE THURSDAY!

Yearbook orders are due this coming Thursday, April 18th. If you need an additional order envelope, please call or email Mrs. Perez. Yearbooks will be distributed on one of the last days of school to students who ordered one.
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Hillcrest Garden Club

The beautiful garden beds built last summer for our GE Day are going to be put to good us. Check out the details here: Hillcrest Community Garden

Elementary Counselor's April Newsletter

April Parent Newsletter

*What is growth mindset?

*Why is it so valuable for school and life?

*How can positive, growth mindset self-talk help us to take on challenges?

*Read-alouds

*Growth Mindset Phrases

Important Dates

April 16th from 4:00-7:30 - Celebrations of Learning - Details shared by classroom teachers

April 16th - 5:00-8:00 - Culver's Night

April 17th - 6:15 - PTO Meeting

April 18th - Early Release - K-5 dismissal at 1:40PM

April 19th - No School

April 26th - Spring Family Dance

May 1st - PTO Budget Meeting

Playworks is Coming to Hillcrest

In April, Playworks.org will be working with the students and staff at Hillcrest for a Recess Reboot! This opportunity has been given to us through funds from our school district as a way to help make recess safer and more FUN for all students. More information will be coming soon, but until then, take a look at their website if you are interested in more information.

Hillcrest Elementary School - Attendance 262-970-1816

Growing Community

Growing Curiosity

Growing Learners


We take pride in our history, our inclusive community and our collective sense of wonder!

Concert Videos

Did you miss the 2nd and 3rd grade concerts? Click HERE for a video of the amazing student performance on February 6th.


HERE is the link for the 4th and 5th grade concert from December 11th.

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.