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Hillcrest Family Newsletter | May 2023

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May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9: Last Day to Order Yearbooks

May 10: National School Nurse Day

May 12: Hillcrest Family Carnival | 5:30 PM -7:30 PM

May 16 &18: 3rd & 4th Grade Smarter Balanced Math Testing

May 22: 4th Grade Field Trip to Padilla Bay (Steimer & Walker)

May 23: 4th Grade Field Trip to Padilla Bay (Bowen & McLeod)

May 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Ft. Casey (Ackerman & Jaques)

May 26: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Ft. Casey (Adams & Fikse)

May 29: Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL

From the Principal's Desk

Here we go, Heron families!

We only have six more weeks together this school year, and it is always a busy and fun-filled time. This month alone, we have state testing, field trips, and our School Carnival! We have more field trips, our annual P.E. field day, the Kindy-500, a 4th-grade graduation walk, and a big school dance in June! Be sure to stay informed by following us on Facebook, reading school/classroom newsletters, and checking those backpacks for important notes from your child's teacher.

Speaking of your child's teacher, I want to wish our Hillcrest teachers and other certificated staff a very happy Teacher Appreciation Week! It is a privilege to work with this incredibly caring and talented group of professionals including our K-4 classroom teachers, our music, art, PE, and library specialists, and all of our dedicated educational staff associates. I appreciate all they do to educate and build relationships with our kids, not just this week, but every week.

As always, thank you Hillcrest families for partnering with us to support our students, staff, school, and community.


Paula Seaman

#HeronStrong #OneOakHarbor

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The Hillcrest PTA Spring Family Carnival returns! Join us this Friday, May 12 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for a fun-filled family event night! Games, food, fun, and entertainment await!

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The deadline for ordering your 2022- 23 Hillcrest Yearbook is here! Yearbooks are $20.00 and will be delivered to student classrooms during the last week of school.

  • Online orders with a credit card payment end today (May 9, 8:59 PM). If your child is not going to be here during the last week of school, please select the ship-to-home option.
  • Yearbook Order Link
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Important Info for 4th Grade Families from Oak Harbor Intermediate:

Oak Harbor Intermediate is excited to welcome you to our annual 4th Grade Family BBQ and Information Night on Tuesday, May 16 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Our team has prepared a wonderful evening for your future Panther to get them excited about what awaits them for 5th grade.

Please mark your calendar and come join us! Our team is excited to meet you and your child during this night full of fun and food! Below you will find a list of our activities and times during the event.

Free BBQ Dinner | Covered Basketball Courts

Our team will have food ready by 5 p.m. and will be serving for the entire hour. Please bring your whole family!

Art Show | OHI Cafeteria

Our talented students are going to showcase their works of art under the direction of our incredible art teacher, Mr. Ackerman. These works of art may be found in the OHI cafeteria from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM.

Flag Team Performance | Front Entrance/Upper Courtyard

Our flag team will have two performances, one at 5 p.m. at the front entrance of the school and another at the upper courtyard at 5:15 p.m.

OHI Mini Band Concert | Covered Basketball Courts

At 5:25 p.m., Dr. Judd will lead our band in a mini-concert at the covered basketball courts.

Choir Performance | Upper Courtyard

Mrs. Hall's Pitch Perfect Panthers will be performing a choir performance starting at 5:45 p.m. in the upper courtyard.

Pianist | Outside A

Our pianist will have a performance outside A-wing 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Skyward Training & Library Walk | Library

In our school’s library, our fabulous librarian, Alice Mikos will be offering tours of the library and Skyward Training for families.

Physical Education | Gymnasium

Our physical education teachers will be available to answer your questions!

School Resource Office | Campus
Officer Adamson will be walking around campus answering all of your questions about her role and responsibilities at our schools.

Informational Booths | Lower Courtyard/Covered Area

Our team of teachers and specialists will be available to provide an in-depth look at all of the wonderful resources our school has to offer. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

We look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Did you miss getting your Heron swag in earlier this year? Do you need a t-shirt or sweatshirt to wear on Hillcrest's School Spirit Day Fridays? Looking for the perfect gift for your Hillcrest Heron? The Hillcrest Elementary School PTA Spirit Wear Store checks so many boxes!

  • Short-sleeve shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, outerwear, water bottles, and more!
  • Shop from the comfort of your home!
  • Support a local business!
  • Purchases support our PTA!

Order by May 15!

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Ahoy, Matey's! We Did IT! Books for Every Heron are on the WAY!

Batten down the hatches and get ready for the big delivery of books headed our way! The Books Are Fun Book Blast raised over $40,000 in contributions to cover the cost of 3,200 new books for the home libraries of all Hillcrest students! Every student at Hillcrest will receive at least five grade-level books to take home. Students who met their treasure map goals will receive ten books for their home library.

Our shipment will arrive during the first week of June when we will celebrate with a school-wide Book Blast Day! Check out the photo gallery of some of our contest winners and stay tuned tomorrow for announcements about who won the $100 shopping sprees as well as who will be named our Grand Prize winner of a $200 shopping spree!

Herons, you did an amazing job reaching out to friends, families, and local businesses to blow our Book Blast out of the water!

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May Focus: Creativity

Through our PurposeFull People curriculum, students participate in monthly lessons and activities focusing on character traits, including respect, responsibility, gratitude, perseverance, empathy, honesty, cooperation, courage, and May's focus on creativity.

Check out these Family Connection Newsletters for more details on how you can develop and support creativity in your child:


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Awarding Cooperation and Courage

Congratulations to our March Purposefull People Students of the Month! Our month-long focus was on COOPERATION and these students were nominated by their classmates for their efforts "in working together to reach shared goals". On the last day before Spring Break, this group was treated to a Purposefull People Principal's Pizza Party and awarded certificates honoring their commitment to cooperation. Way to go, Herons!
A second congratulations go to our April Purposefull People Students of the Month! Throughout April our students focused on COURAGE. These students were nominated by their classmates for their efforts "to choose what is helpful, right, or kind - even when it's hard or scary". These amazing kids got together for a Principal's Pizza Party and celebrated their commitment to courage. Way to go, Herons!

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