Hillcrest Family Newsletter
August 31st, 2021
Happy First Day! See you Tomorrow at 8:30AM!
Traffic Changes - Please Note
IN at the Edges and OUT in the Middle
Your best route is to enter at the water tower entrance. Then, follow the driveway along the edge of the property and find a park spot. When you are done with your task at Hillcrest, exit out the center driveway.
We are still waiting for our signage to be installed. Please take your time and limit distractions ANY time you are entering our parking lot. Everyone is learning and everyone needs a little time and patience to learn safely.
One more item, be sure to use a crosswalk to access the building or playground from the parking lot.
Drop Off Procedures
The line up spots will be for the first day only. Beginning on Day 2, students will enter the building and go directly to their classrooms.We will be teaching students to enter in the doors they will enter in starting on day 2. 4K, K, 1st and 2nd will go in Door #2 and 3rd, 4th and 5th will go in Door #3.
If your child rides a bus, there will be adults helping them get off the bus and directing them to the playground to line up with the rest of their class.
On the first day, we will have staff ready to line up at 8:25. For the rest of the year, we do not have staff on the playground so children should NOT be dropped off until 8:30AM. There is a bell that rings and you will see staff members beginning at 8:30. After the first day, students will go directly in the building to their classroom to meet their teacher.
The Drop Off/Pick Up Zone
-This zone is meant for a quick drop off so parents DO NOT leave their cars. If you would like to visit the playground with your child, please use the parking lot and crosswalk.
Pick Up Procedures
Here is how this looks from inside and outside the building.
Kinder students will exit door #2 and go to the playground for parent pick up at 3:37. We do a direct hand off to adults who are picking up.
1st grade students will exit door #2 and go to the playground for parent pick up at 3:39.
Buses will be called when they arrive at door #1 at the end of the day beginning at 3:38. We have adults checking students off while they board the bus and making sure they are all wearing masks.
The bell rings at 3:40 to dismiss parent pick up students in grades 2-5. This is also the time Cool School students will go to the Cool School room.
Be sure to communicate any attendance needs through Safe Arrival. The office will follow up on students who are marked absent by their teacher with phone calls beginning at 9:00 for any family we haven't heard from.
Masks in School
* Please talk to your child about what your decision is as a family for wearing a mask. At school, we will work to honor what you choose. This includes giving reminders to your child if you have asked them to wear a mask at school. You can communicate directly to your child's teacher if you have concerns that your child needs support in following your instructions during the school day.
* Please talk to your child about how other families may choose something different. Kids are curious and they communicate with each other in pretty direct ways. Your child's prompting to another child ("you don't have to wear a mask") or questioning ("why are you wearing a mask?") are not topics another child will need to address to anyone. Coaching your child to respect everyone's option, means treating the decision as a private matter.
* Please let your child know that we will take masks breaks throughout the day and outside time is a great time to get fresh air. During the class recess time and lunch recess time, most students take their masks off. This may be uncomfortable to your child and they may want to leave it on. Previewing your expectations with your child and sharing them with your child's teacher will help ease anxiety in these transitions.
Teachers take every opportunity to open windows to keep the air moving. We also use our outdoor classroom space and grassy areas for classroom activities. The sun works in our favor for disinfecting these spaces and learning outside is extra fun!
Meal Program -School Lunch - Update from Board Meeting
Lunch menus are being updated by Aramark and they will post them on the district website once they have adjusted the meal choices.