Hillcrest Family Newsletter

May 10th, 2019

You didn't have to...

...but you sure did!

We can't tell you how much it means to have so many people reach out with notes, flowers, gifts and FOOD throughout this week. We feel LOVED and APPRECIATED and we are so grateful for you all.

Thank you to Angela Paap for her work to coordinate all of the staff appreciation pieces. Thank you to Jackie Boehringer to came back to help and her friend, ..., for volunteering as well. Jacqueline Pludeman, Andy Paap, Nicole Grisar and Nicole Zeroth all stepped in to help out in so many ways.

We had a whole team of volunteers who supervised the playground duty so the staff could eat lunch together and countless families who donated items throughout the week.

This year's meals were sponsored by: Goddess and the Baker, Einstein Bagels, Sendak’s, Target, Olive Garden, Café Hollander, Texas Road House.

We love what we do and it is because of you!

Hillcrest's Spring Social is Right Around the Corner!

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th for Hillcrest's annual Spring Social. Please click on below link for more information.


Book Fair: BoGO

The Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Hillcrest!

(Books-Posters-School Supplies)

Keep those readers stocked for the summer!

Shopping Dates

Tues 5/14: After School (3:40-4:40)

Weds 5/15: After School (3:40-4:40)

Thurs 5/16: Lunch Recess (11:20-12:40)

After School (3:40-4:40)

Science Fair/Ice Cream Social (6-8 pm)

Fri 5/17: Lunch Recess 11:20-12:40

NEW! This year: Scholastic e-Wallet! A digital payment option! Set up an account and have funds available for your child to shop with at the Book Fair (no cash or check being sent to school!) Find out more and/or set up your account here:


The Book Fair also needs help setting up, packing up and assisting shoppers. Check out the link below for volunteer opportunities!


4K Art in the Park

Come celebrate early childhood education in the City of Waukesha with the School District and collaborating partners. This festive event will showcase 4K artwork, free pizza and live polka music provided by The Mike Schneider Polka Band. HERE is the flyer with more details.

Tuesday May, 21st, 5:30-7:00 PM, Les Paul Performance Center, Cutler Park

Hillcrest 4th and 5th Grade Choir

Please mark your calendars for our 4th and 5th grade choir concert which will take place on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillcrest Gym. The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 9:15 a.m.

Hillcrest Choir Trip to the Caring Place

Our choir has been invited to sing for the residents at the Caring Place on Thursday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m. for our final visit of the school year. We will be taking a bus, and will be leaving school at 10:15 a.m. We should return by 11:15 a.m.

HERE is the link to the permission slip for Choir Members.

Backpack Coalition

The BackPack Coalition has helped students be prepared for the first day of school for over 20 years. Last year the Backpack Coalition gave away 4,916 filled backpacks for students from nine different school districts, including Waukesha.

Applications are now available to receive a free school backpack and school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. Many but not all items per the school’s supply list will be included. Students in the Waukesha School district that meet the qualification requirements (listed below) are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in getting a backpack for your child, applications are due by the last day of school. More information is linked HERE.

STEM for Girls Opportunity

Please see the attached FLYER.

Important Dates

May 13th - Weather Presentation for 1st-5th in gym @ 10AM

May 14th-May 17th - Scholastic BOGO Book Fair

May 14th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Make-up Day

May 14th - Culver’s Night 5-8PM

May 15th - PTO Meeting 6:15PM

May 16th - Hillcrest Choir to Hillcrest Cares 10:00-11:00AM

May 16th - Spring Social 6-8PM

May 21st - Hillcrest Choir Concert @ 6:30PM; Dress rehearsal @ 9:15AM

May 24th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to First Stage

May 27th - No School - Memorial Day

June 4th - Culver’s Night 5-8PM

June 5th - 5th Grade Completion Ceremony @ 6PM

June 10th - All School Picnic - 11:30-12:30PM

June 10th - Whole School Ice Cream Treat @ 1:30PM

June 10th - Sing-A-Long and 5th Grade Bell Ringing - @ 3:00PM

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.

April 11's Kinder and 1st grade concert can be viewed HERE.

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.