Hillcrest Family Newsletter

December 6, 2019

Thank you to Milliport Sigma for bringing Curiosity Labs to Hillcrest Students!

Hillcrest Robotics Teams Competed in Mukwanogo!

Thank you to the team's sponsors for making or tournament experience extra fun: K's Cupcakes, Lettenberger Financial Group, Jet's Pizza, Northstar Powder Coating, and AJ Collectibles!

Thank you to our coaches and mentors for making our teams a possibility this year: Wyatt Webb, Lyndsy DiNardo, Holly Bentfield, Lon Plestina, Charles Carreros, and Sarah Quinones!

Thank you, also, to our fabulous parents and cheering squad for spending the day cheering on our teams!

See It Live Event

Have any friends considering Hillcrest at their Elementary School? Make sure they know about the district's enrollment event in the graphic below.

Also, there are times set up for tours and opportunities to see our classroom with students present. This See It Live Sign Up includes time slots that are available in the next two weeks.

For our 4th and 5th grade families thinking about middle school, these are great opportunities for you to learn more about your options as well.

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Attendance Letters

With the cold and flu season here, more and more families are receiving attendance letters after students reach the 5 and 10 missed school days mark, or at 10 tardies. We are required to send out these letters on a regular basis. They serve as a reminder to families of our district's attendance policy and to offer support if you are struggling with getting your child to school. The missed days do not include medically excused absences. If your child ever visits the doctor or has a note from the doctor, excusing them from school, bring that note to school and your child will be marked medically excused.

We know children get sick throughout the school year and there are guidelines for keeping them home. Thank you for helping to keep everyone at school whenever possible!

Ready to Help with PTO's Italian Night?

Italian Night, March 6th, is PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year. For those that may be new to Hillcrest it is a wonderful night full of games, prizes, baked goods, delicious food from Mama Mia’s, a large raffle and auction items. The money raised this evening helps to enhance our children’s education by allowing extra funds earned to go back into the classrooms and the school. If you are interested in learning more about this event and may like to help with planning and volunteering please join us for our first committee meeting - All are invited.


Each year we have a class project that is included in the silent auction. Returning committee members or new members that may have an idea for this project we would love to hear and decide on a project at our meeting. If you may have an idea, we are looking for something that will involve all the students in each class, will not take up much class time, have a low cost for supplies and daytime availability to be able to go into school and have student involvement. For those that come with an idea: please bring a picture of what your idea is, supplies needed, and any information on initial costs. Some prior projects included: platters with adorable fingerprint trees, a lovely picture frame with each student making a heart with hands, creative wind chimes, stylish wooden board with hand prints on the edge, a wonderful cookbook/mixes and a beautiful apron with each student’s hand prints. We can’t wait to hear your creative ideas


At our first meeting we will have updates on where we are so far, hopefully decide on a class project and look at what will be needed next.



We look forward to seeing you on December 11th in the media center at 6pm.


Kim Smith and Nicole Grisar

Safety in SDW

review your safety procedures, make sure that doors are not propped open (yes, I did have someone reach out today about a door propped open today), review your behavioral expectations with students and families, and remind students to say something when they see (or know) something

Want to ski or snowboard this year? Join the club!

Whether you’ve skied before or want to try something brand new, now is your chance to

hit the slopes. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest

students and alumni (K4-adult) and their families and friends. Join the club and

you’ll ski or snowboard at Little Switzerland four times this winter, plus you

can take lessons and rent equipment if needed, all at a super discounted rate.

More information can be found HERE.

A Note from Mrs. Runingen

Thank you to the choir for a great job singing at the Brookfield tree lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 4th and to all the families who attended! Our last choir rehearsal of 2019 will be on Tuesday, December 10th. We will have a small treat as a thank you for a job well done in 2019. Our choir will be visiting the Caring Place on Wednesday, Dec. 11th. Chaperones can meet in the music room at 10:10 that morning. We will return to school by approximately 11:30.


Choi rehearsals will resume on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 7:45 a.m. Any fourth or fifth graders who are currently not part of choir are welcome to join in January. Current members do not need to sign up again. Look for information regarding choir in early January 2020.


Mrs. Runingen is asking for pictures from any parents who are willing to share them from the November 21st concert or choir tree lighting. Please send them to lruninge@waukesha.k12.wi.us. Thank you!"

Middle School Information

If your child will be attending Horning Middle School next year or if you are considering the Flight Academy for your middle school experience, please see THIS FLYER for more information.

4K Pizza Party with Santa

WHO: Current and future 4K Families Welcome

WHERE: White Rock Campus Parking behind building, in parking lot (enter door 5) 1150 White Rock Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

WHY: Come eat, take pictures with Santa, dance, and enroll your child for the 2020/2021 school year.

Flyer in English Spanish

December Dates

Hillcrest Elementary School

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!