September Updates

September 16, 2022

Hilltop Elementary School

1st -6th Grade Curriculum Night for Parents & Guardians: Thursday, Sept. 22nd

The purpose of Curriculum Night is to give parents and guardians information about what the school year will look like for your child this year. Teachers will share information about the curriculum, class routines, grade level standards and things to look forward to for your child's (or children's) grade level. We may also have some questions for you, so we can better get to know information about your family!

This event is for parents and guardians. Students should only attend if you do not have any child care options and prefer to attend in person. We know it might be challenging if you have two students that have that have sessions at the same time. If that happens, please connect with the teacher that you didn't get to see.

If you need an interpreter, please call Michelle Howell at 425-431-7604. We will also reach out to any family that has requested interpreters during the registration process.

We want to give families options of how to attend.

In-Person Option:

6:00-6:30: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade (in your child's classroom)

6:35-6:55: PTSA Meeting for All Families in the Gym

7:00-7:30: 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade (in your child's classroom)

Zoom Option:

6:00-6:30: 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade on Zoom (Teachers will communicate their Zoom link.)

6:35-6:55: PTSA Meeting Zoom Coverage (Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 811 4509 3810

Passcode: 124256)

7:00-7:30: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade on Zoom (Teachers will communicate their Zoom link.)

See you on Thursday!

Note: Kindergarten families learned about the school year during Jump Start and Family Connection Meetings, so there is no Kindergarten Curriculum Night.


Curious about the number of COVID cases at Hilltop? Check out the district's dashboard where you can track cases at Hilltop. This week, we've had four known COVID19 cases on campus. If there is a positive case in your child's classroom, then an email will be sent directly to you about the exposure.

School Picture Day

Mark your calendar--- Individual Pictures will be taken on Monday, September 26th.

Order forms were sent home this week. Please make sure to send them on Monday, if you have not already done so.

PTSA Spirt Wear Sale

Show your Husky pride with shirts or sweatshirts displaying the "Husky way" logo.

The sale will run until 9/23/2022 and there are two ways to order!

1) Please keep an eye out for the order form flyer that will be sent home with your child next week.

2) Head to the website with link below or return the form, with cash or check, back to the school (*please do not do both!)


Items will be delivered to your child's class near the end of October.

Our Diverse Community

In September, the Edmonds School District honors the history and traditions of the Hispanic culture. At Hilltop, almost 15% of our students are Hispanic. We want to make sure that our students see themselves and their heritage represented in the books we share at school. Our Equity Team is gathering books and resources to be shared in our classrooms and library this month.

If your family has something to share about your heritage or culture, please don't hesitate to let your child's teacher know.

Building School Community with a Whole School Art Project!

Thursday, September 15th was International Dot Day!

Based on the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, all students will created their own dot that shows courage, creativity and encouragement of others. These dots are displayed on the library windows. Thank you to Deborah Fournier for making this a special part of the first weeks of library!

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Sign Ups for 2022-23

1) Don't wait to fill out your volunteer form and vaccination status on the Edmonds Schools Safe Visitor form. for the 2022-23 school year. Note: You need to repeat this process each school year.

2) In 2-3 weeks after completing the form, watch for an approval email.

3) After you get the approval email, you can offer to be a volunteer for your child's classroom, the library, or the office. This approval process is also needed to volunteer for PTSA events, field trips or field day.

We can help families who need translated versions of the form. Call or visit the Hilltop office.

Wanted: School Picture Day Volunteers

If you have already been approved to volunteer this year, please consider helping the camera crew with Picture Day on September 26 . Please email as they coordinating our volunteers for this event.

Sign up to be an Art Docent for your child’s classroom!

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The Hilltop Art Docent program is starting up again!

An Art Docent is a volunteer who leads discussions and art projects about famous artists in the classroom.

We need at least one volunteer from each classroom to be an Art Docent. The job includes:

  • Coordinating the day and time for art lessons with the classroom teacher.

  • Leading/co-leading 4 one hour art presentations.

    • Training will be available where you will make the projects yourself and review the Power point presentations.

    • All projects and Power points presentations will be provided.

  • Assisting with set up and take down of Open House Art Show.

  • No previous art experience necessary!

  • Be sure you have completed the on the Edmonds Schools Volunteer form. for the 2022-23 school year.

If interested or for specific questions please contact:

Jennifer Blackstone -


We Want EVERY Family to Join our PTSA!

Our PTSA enriches every child's experience at Hilltop. We encourage every family to become a member by visiting the Hilltop PTSA website. PTSA also has many opportunities to volunteer to plan special events for our school community, but their is no volunteering required to become a member. We just appreciate your support!


The fall session starts on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Move 60! is intentionally designed to be a recreational opportunity, to help students experience exercise and activity in a fun and engaging way, with the goal of instilling healthy movement habits for lifelong health.


3:15-4:15 pm

Meets in the gym after school, most of the session will occur outside.

Register here.

Frequently asked questions.

Sign Up to Run or Walk in the Edmonds Schools Foundation 5K!

Join Principal Somoza On October 1st! We want a lot of Hilltop Huskies on our team!

Your registration benefits Hilltop Elementary if you sign up to be part of the Hilltop Huskies Team. Sign up here:

Things to Remember

School Lunch & Breakfast Information

This year, school meals will only be free if your family qualifies. Each school year families who think they might qualify for FREE meals need to complete a new application.

We have to all get use to lunches not being free for most families. Plan ahead, and add money to your child's lunch account. There is no fee to make payments online and you can add money to your student's account anytime. Money in your account now rolls over into the next school year as long as your student stays in the Edmonds School District.

Breakfast Price: $1.50

Lunch Price: $3.00

Milk Only: $ 0.60

Food Service Menus are located on the district's website, under Families, then Menus.

If your child eats breakfast at school, have them arrive at 8:20, please. Breakfast is served in the gym.

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Planning for the School Year

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sept 12 - First Day of Kindergarten
  • Sept 9 - PTSA Back to School BYO Picnic at Hilltop 5:00- 7:00 PM
  • Sept 22 - Curriculum Night: In-Person and Zoom Options
  • Sept 23 - Early Release
  • Sept 26 - Picture Day
  • Oct 1 - ESD Foundation 5K

Early Release, No School and Vacation Calendar

Be sure to plan any school year vacations around the school calendar. Students should only miss school if they are ill.

Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23-25

Winter Break: Dec. 19 - Jan. 2

President's Day Break: Feb 20 - 21

Spring Break: April 3-7

2022-2023 Family Calendar - English
Calendario Escolar 2022-2023 para la Familia - Spanish


Contact Us:

Main Office: 425-431-7604

Attendance Voice Mail: 425-431-7600 (Call anytime, day or night!)

General Office Email:

Principal Melissa Somoza:
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