Hillcrest Family Newsletter

March 1st, 2019

Italian Night is Coming!! March 8th 5:00 - 8:30 PM

Hillcrest's PTO Annual Fundraiser:

Dinner (Mama Mia's Italian Cuisine)

Raffles and Silent Auction

Bake Sale with Coffee

Games, Face Painting & Photo Booth


All are welcome to come (dinner is not required to be eaten)!


If you missed the dinner order deadline, contact Nicole Zeroth this weekend ONLY at nicolezeroth@gmail.com.

March Counseling Update

As we move into March, please feel free to stop into a monthly lesson to see the learning happening around SEL through our School Counseling Lessons. I'll be looking for feedback in the coming months around what you'd like to see next year with our School Counseling Model.


School Counselor's March Newsletter; Spanish March Newsletter

Newsletter Overview:

  • Mindfulness strategies are tools we can use to calm our bodies, manage difficult situations, and train our brains and attention.

  • Video: 4 Strategies for Mindful Parenting

  • Article: Mindfulness for Parents

    • 5 ways to be mindful throughout your day:

      • Listen to your child with full attention (focus on listening)

      • Accept your child (and yourself) without judgment in that moment.

      • Imagine your child’s feelings and match your response (pause before you react; gain understanding)

      • Show compassion for yourself and your child in that moment.

  • Article on mindfulness apps for kids and article on reducing stressful mornings.--

Important Dates

March 6th - End of Trimester 2

March 8th - PTO Italian Night!

March 15th - Report Cards in Infinite Campus

March 19th - Culver's Night

March 20th - PTO Meeting

March 25th-29th - Spring Break

Hockey Sticks at School

We have students who are brining their personal hockey sticks in to use during physical education class during our physical education unit. Please note, these should be used during phy ed class only. Students are asked to drop them off at the gym upon arrival and they should stay in the gym throughout the day. We don't have a safe, designated area for students to use the sticks on the playground during recess, so we are asking to not take them outside.

Optimist Swim Club - 3rd-5th Grade

Are you interested in joining Hillcrest's Optimist Swim Team? Any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader who would like to represent our school at the city wide swim meet on April 6th, is encouraged to sign up to join the team. Our very own educational assistants, Mrs. Stacy Blank and Mrs. Lyndsy DiNardo, will be coaching our team this year! Please see THIS VIDEO to learn more about being on the team, THIS DOCUMENT for information about practice times, and THIS PERMISSION SLIP when your child is ready to commit to the team.

Waukesha Sings!

On Saturday, April 6th, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Hillcrest and at elementary schools throughout the School District of Waukesha have a one day singing opportunity at Waukesha West High School. From 12 p.m. to 5:30, students will be rehearsing music together. Parents DO NOT need to stay with their student all day. However, you will want to return at 5:30 p.m. to hear the terrific concert! Please see the flyer displayed around school and attached in this newsletter. The website is rebrand.ly/waukesha-sings for more information and how to register your child for this event. Deadline is Friday, March 1st. Students MUST register in order to participate. The event is free our charge. Also, students CAN participate in both the optimist swim meet and the choir event! Please see Mrs. Runingen or email her at lruninge@waukesha.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.


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Afternoon Pick Up

We had reports of safety concerns in the parking lot during afternoon pick up. Your help in following our expectations makes sure ALL students leave safely.

Please remember:

1. Do not have your child go into the parking lot without being walked by an adult. If you do not want to leave your car, teach your child to wait at the Drop and Go sidewalk off of the playground. We do not want students entering the parking lot alone.

2. Only park in designated parking spots. If you are waiting for a stop in Drop and Go, please park in one of the designated spots in one of the two parking lots until a spot opens up. Do not fill up the no parking zones as this blocks pedestrian and school bus traffic.


We have over 300 students leaving our building at 3:40PM. It takes a few minutes to move all of those individuals and for all of the traffic to empty. Please give yourself plenty of time to make this transition safe for everyone.


Thank you for your help with this!

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Want to become a teacher?

Do you enjoy inspiring children, being creative, working with others, having fun, and continuously learning? Do you hold a Bachelor’s Degree? You can make a difference in the lives of others — become a teacher today! Schools are hiring now for positions this fall.

Attend CESA #1’s free open house to learn more about how to become an educator in a high-need area through a Wisconsin DPI-approved Educator Preparation Program or as a substitute teacher. More information can be found HERE.

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.