Hillcrest Family Newsletter

April 5th, 2019

Optimist Swim Meet - This Saturday

Our Hillcrest Optimist Swim Team is participating in our city wide Swim Meet on Saturday, April 6th. Stop by the pool at South High School to catch part of the action!

Waukesha Sings - This Saturday

"Waukesha Sings" will present a concert on Saturday, April 6th at Waukesha West High School at 5:30 p.m. This concert will feature 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Hillcrest and from around the School District of Waukesha. The concert is free, and all are invited. If you have any questions about the concert, feel free to contact Mrs. Runingen. We hope to see you there!

Kindergarten/First Grade Concert - April 11th

This is a friendly reminder about our annual Kindergarten/first grade concert, which will be held in the Hillcrest Gym on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. All are invited, whether or not you have a student at Hillcrest! The title of our concert is “All about Animals” The dress rehearsal will be earlier in the day at 2:00 p.m. Parents or relatives who are not able to attend the evening concert are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal. HERE is additional information for 1st grade families.

FORWARD Testing

As you are probably aware, we will be administering the Forward Exam for all third, fourth and fifth grade students. This is a Department of Public Instruction requirement for all school districts. The tests are designed to obtain important information about each student’s achievement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts (only fourth grade students take the science and social studies tests). At Hillcrest, we will be administering the Forward Exam during the weeks of April 8th and April 15th. Please see the attached information for the complete schedule and additional information. Additionally, please read this letter from the School District of Waukesha in regards to the assessment and this brochure from the Wisconsin Department of Education.

"Step It Up" Fundraiser Update

Thank you to all families for putting so much effort into the "Step it up" fundraiser. Just to clarify the "Day of Awesomeness" - Every student (4K - 5th) at Hillcrest will be invited to the activities on the "Day of Awesomeness!" The kids that raise money will receive a few more perks that will blend in throughout the sessions. The "Day of Awesomeness" will take the place of "Olympic Day" and will be held on Thursday, June 6. Hillcrest will receive half of the proceeds from this fundraiser. We will donate some of the proceeds to the Macc Fund, to help fight childhood cancer, and use some money towards Hillcrest Wellness programs. If you have any further questions about the "Step it Up" fundraiser, please contact Mr. Kuhtz at bkuhtz@waukesha.k12.wi.us or by phone at (262) 970-2870. Thank you.

Important Dates

April 8th - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades begin Forward Exam

April 11th @ 6:30 - Kinder and 1st Grade Concert

April 16th from 4:00-7:30 - Celebrations of Learning - Details shared by classroom teachers

April 17th @ 6:15 - PTO Meeting

April 18th - Early Release - K-5 dismissal at 1:40PM

April 19th - No School

April 26th - Spring Family Dance

May 1st - PTO Budget Meeting

Playworks is Coming to Hillcrest

In April, Playworks.org will be working with the students and staff at Hillcrest for a Recess Reboot! This opportunity has been given to us through funds from our school district as a way to help make recess safer and more FUN for all students. More information will be coming soon, but until then, take a look at their website if you are interested in more information.

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.