Hillcrest Family Newsletter

January 18th, 2019

Important Dates for January

Jan 21st and Jan 22nd - No School - Teacher Professional Development Days

Jan 25th - PTO Minute to Win it Game Night

Jan 31st - PTO Blaze Pizza Night (must bring flyer below)

School Starts at 8:40

Don't forget...school begins at 8:40AM. The bell rings for entry into the building at 8:35 and students head right to their hooks to hang up coats before heading to classrooms. All students should be in their classrooms, ready to learn at that time. Supervision on the playground is provided beginning at 8:20. Please plan on dropping your students off in time to enter the building with their class at 8:35.

Optimist Swim Club Volunteer

Hillcrest has always been a participant in the Waukesha Optimist Club's annual Swim Meet. This meet, held at Waukesha South High School's Pool on April 6th is an event for 3rd through 5th graders a cross the Waukesha area. We are looking for a coach who would be willing to organize and coach the team this year. There are three district wide practice times at South's Pool, covered by a certified lifeguard, already set up by the district. The coach would help students sign up for meet events, supervise and give feedback during practices and manage the students during the swim meet. This is a PAID position with a stipend available from the school district. If you are interested in coaching, please reach out to Tanya Perez in the office.

2nd and 3rd Grade Concert - February 5th

This is a friendly reminder about our annual second and third grade concert which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “Wings to Fly.” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 2:45 p.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 second and third grade students attend the evening concert. You will not want to miss it!

For more information, please click HERE. A printed copy of this document will come home next week.

Hillcrest Choir - Spring Semester Application

The Hillcrest Choir will resume morning practices on Tuesday, January 29th. Any fourth or fifth graders who are not currently part of choir may join at this time. Please return the THIS signed form to Mrs. Runingen by the first rehearsal on the 29th. Current choir members DO NOT need to fill out another form.

4th Grade Recorder Club

During the months of February and March, your student will be learning to play the recorder. Starting in early February, I will teach the basics of the recorder during our regular music classes. This will take about 4 to 5 music meetings. Then, starting in mid to late February, I will be offering a recorder club to the students who would like to further develop their skills on the recorder. This will be an optional activity provided during lunch recesses on Mondays and Wednesdays for approximately four to six weeks. Students will be invited to the music room after lunch to continue to learn and practice recorders.

If your 4th grader is interested in joining the club, please see the attached information.

4K Enrollment Window Still Open!

Enrollment for 4K Lottery opens December 1, 2018, and closes on February 1, 2019.


To be included in the SDW 4K Enrollment Lottery, please complete these steps:

Please go to the enrollment office located at 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186, and

provide them with following documentation:

1. Original birth certificate

2. Two different proofs of residency (please see pg. 3 for approved documents)

3. Immunization Records


On February 8, 2019, the School District of Waukesha will hold a 4K Enrollment Lottery at 2:00

PM, at the District Administration Offices, Room 108 (Lindholm, 222 Maple Ave, Waukesha,

53186). Notifications of placement, based on the lottery pull for 4K will be sent through US

Mail on or around February 15, 2019.

Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year again! Our Winter Conferences are scheduled by teachers on an "as needed" basis. If your teacher has any concerns regarding your child's progress, they will connect with you regarding a day and time for a parent/teacher conference. These conferences will take place during the month of January or December.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s teacher. There is no need to wait for the teacher to reach out to you. Your child's teacher is more than willing to sit down and have a face to face conversation or even a phone call conference.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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!

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.