Welcome to a New School Year!

August 25th, 2022

Hilltop Elementary School

Important Dates- Scroll Down for More Details and Important School Start Information!


  • Aug 27 Family Grounds Clean-Up: Bring tools to weed and beautify our school with mulch. (9:00-Noon)
  • Sept 1 - Teacher Assignments sent via email by 6:00 PM
  • Sept 6 - 1st-6th Grade Meet the Teacher and School Supply Drop Off 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Sept 7 - First Day of School Grades 1-6
  • Sept 7, 8, 9 Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings
  • Sept 12 - First Day of Kindergarten
  • Sept 9 - PTSA Back to School BYO Picnic at Hilltop 5:00- 7:00 PM

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PTSA Grounds Clean-up, Saturday 8/27 9:00 - 12:00

Bring your gloves and rakes and pull some weeds on Hilltop campus to get it ready for back to school! This is a great way to meet new families and to see familiar friends.


We'll also be spreading beauty bark, so if you have a wheelbarrow to use, please bring it.


PTSA will be providing donuts and coffee!

MEET THE TEACHER & SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP OFF

Join Us on Tuesday, September 6th!

1st-6th Grade Meet the Teacher and School Supply Drop Off

4:00-4:30 PM: Last Names A-G

4:30-5:00 PM : Last Names H-O

5:00-5:30 PM: Last Names P-Z

We know not all families can follow this schedule, but please do if you can. It will help to create some social distancing to make our staff and families feel comfortable. Parking will be available in the parking lot and in the holding lane for easy access.

PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR!

Bussing Information

If your child is eligible to ride the bus, you will receive an email a few days before the first day of school. You will not receive this information in the mail.


Busing information is also located in Skyward or parents can download Edulog


  • Skyward. Log into Family Access and select Busing on the far left column. If you need assistance logging into Family Access, please contact the school office at 425-431-7604.


  • Edulog Parent Portal App. You can see real time location of your students bus by downloading Edulog Parent Portal app. bit.ly/ESDEdulogParentPortal


Other transportation questions?

Contact Transportation at 425-431-7230 or routing@edmonds.wednet.edu

ParentSquare

Edmonds School District will use ParentSquare to communicate with parents/guardians. Depending on the situation, you will receive information the following ways:

  • Email

  • Text message

  • Recorded voice message

  • Push notifications via the ParentSquare app


Each parent/guardian should have received an email on Friday, Aug. 19, to activate a ParentSquare account. You can also visit parentsquare.com to sign in.


Here’s what you can expect with ParentSquare:

  • Receive messages from the school via email, text or app notification.

  • Schools will also use ParentSquare to send email, text and voice messages during emergency situations.

  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once with a daily digest at 6 p.m.

  • Communicate in your preferred language.


How to activate your account

  • Please click the link from your August 19th email invitation to activate your account.

  • Each parent/guardian needs their own ParentSquare account with their unique email address and mobile number so they receive notifications.

  • You can use ParentSquare on any device. Download the free mobile app for iOS or Android or use the desktop version at www.parentsquare.com.

  • Once your account is set up, the Help & Support question mark in the top right corner can answer most of your questions and this getting started video will help you get familiar with the tool.

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 being free for all 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

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.

School Supplies

https://hte.edmonds.wednet.edu/resourcess/supply-lists


If the costs of school supplies creates a financial burden for your family, we are happy to provide supplies for your child.


Note: If you pre-orders supplies in the spring from the PTSA, they will be waiting in your child's classroom.

COVID19 MITIGATION

Social distancing is no longer in place in our classrooms, and we are excited to do more small group teaching and having students pull up close together to focus their attention on the lesson. Desks will be close together, and more students will be eating and playing at the same time for lunch and recess. This makes the mitigations measures that are available really important as the levels of COVID changes across the school year. COVID19 vaccinations and wearing masks add another layer of protection for your child, if you choose to use these options.


We also have a few safety measures that will apply to all students:


  • There is no drinking fountain use. Plan on bringing a reusable water bottle to school each day, which can be refilled at school.
  • Students will still be required to stay home when they have COVID symptoms and to notify the school of a positive case. We will guide you through the required quarantine and isolation periods.
  • The school will communicate to you if your child has been exposed to COVID19 in the classroom, so you can be on the lookout for symptoms.
  • There are more specific guidelines of when a classroom is consider to have an outbreak, and when masks may be required by County Health in the weeks following an outbreak.


We will send out more details on these mitigation measures at the start of the school year.

SCHOOL HOURS for 2022-23

Arrival: 8:20-8:30 am

Students will line up outside their classroom door or outside unit door with their classmates. Walking families will continue to drop off their students at the family drop off areas located near the bike rack and near the bus zone. Drivers, please use the holding lane on Damson to enter the driveway. Pull forward to the "Green Zone" in front of the gym before allowing your child to exit your car. Remember there are only right hand turns allowed into and out of our parking lot during arrival and dismissal.


We encourage Kindergarten students to aim for an 8:30-8:35 arrival, so we can better help your child.


Breakfast in the Gym: 8:20-8:35 am


Students Enter Classrooms: 8:30 am

Kindergartener enter with their class line at 8:35 am.


Tardy Bell/Instruction Begins: 8:40 am


Dismissal from Classrooms: 3:10 pm

Walking families will continue to pick up their students at the family drop off areas located near the bike rack and near the bus zone. Drivers, please use the holding lane on Damson to enter the driveway. Pull forward to the "Green Zone" in front of the gym before allowing your child to enter your vehicle. Remember there are only right hand turns allowed into and out of our parking lot during arrival and dismissal.

ZOOM HILLTOP FAMILY ORIENTATION

FOR NEWish FAMILIES:

New to Hilltop this year or last year? Or do you just want a refresher on all things Hilltop? Join us for an informative Zoom session and have time to ask questions. We'll cover the schedule, arrival/dismissal process, and the things that make Hilltop special.


This is a repeat of information covered for our Kindergarten families during Jump Start.


Please contact the office if you need an interpreter.


Monday, August 29th @ 6:30-7:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/87191137865?pwd=bm9hSEFyZFVpOGtQcmFjek9CV3BUUT09 Meeting ID: 871 9113 7865 Passcode: 155103 One tap mobile +16468769923

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Planning for the School Year

Hilltop PTSA

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

Our PTSA enriches every child's experience at Hilltop. We encourage every family to become a member by visiting the Hilltop PTSA website. Your membership fee supports our students. PTSA also has many opportunities to volunteer to plan special events for our school community.

hilltopptsa.org

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BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PLANS

Please communicate with your child's teacher about how your child will get home. By car, bus, or walking. Check out Right at School's website to learn more about their program at Hilltop. Care is offered from 6:30-8:30am and 3:10- 6:00pm. Registration is required, no drop-ins.
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LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION SOON ABOUT THE WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL