Hillcrest Family Newsletter

January 5th, 2018

Next Week at Hillcrest

On Monday (January 8th) morning, coffee with the principal will be held in the library. This is an opportunity for families to give input on topics that will be discussed at the next Site Council meeting. If you any thoughts on traffic patterns for drop off and pick up, or if you want to contribute to the conversation about growing our Hillcrest identity in the community, join Mrs. Lincicum in the library at 8:20AM for a quick cup of coffee.


The January PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 10th at 6:15 PM in the library. All families are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other parents and learn about how you can support the important work that the PTO does for students and teachers throughout the year. HERE is a link to this week's agenda.

Choir with 4th and 5th Graders

Is your 4th or 5th grader interested in joining choir for the second half of the year?Mrs. Runingen is excited to get started with choir again. Additional information and the agreement for new members is linked HERE.

Read-A-Thon Calendar for January

Keep reading! The minutes are adding up and students are doing a fantastic job at reading at home. The January calendar is linked HERE and students should return completed calendars to school at the end of the month.

Lunch Account Balances

Did you know you can get automatic notifications when your child's lunch account falls below a certain dollar amount? The notification can be set up in Infinite Campus and you can find out how to set this up HERE. Please note these balance alerts are NOT push notifications and you must log in to Infinite Campus to see the alerts. If you are having a problem accessing or logging on to your IC account, please contact the office.

Cold Weather Information

Just a few reminders regarding our procedures for cold weather.


  • The school district only cancels school when there is a Winter Weather Warning. This cancelation happens by 5:00 AM and we would send a message home via School Messenger. This information is also available through the local TV networks.
  • When the wind chill drops below zero degrees, students come directly in the school building through Door #2 (the bell door) and line up inside in the morning, rather than on the playground. Please continue to follow the traffic flow plan outlined HERE for safe drop off areas.
  • When the wind chill drops below zero degrees, as a school, we hold recess indoors. Please continue to send your child's winter gear to school even on these cold days. There are times that the temperature may rise above zero and we would take students outside for recess. Also, fresh air and sunshine are important to learning and growing. If students have been cooped up inside for multiple days in a row, teachers may have students bundle up for a brief walk around the playground, even if the temp is around zero. The National Weather Service Windchill chart indicates that certain temperatures below zero are still safe for up to 30 minutes and a quick walk around the playground can do wonders for a student's focus.
  • Boots and snow pants are required for playing in the snow on the grassy areas of the playground. If a student does not have their boots or snow pants they will be asked to play on the blacktop which is cleared of snow. This is to make sure the afternoon is not spent in wet pants and shoes. If your child needs snow gear, please reach out and we can connect you with some supplies.
  • Students should not pick up and throw snow on the playground. Thank you for helping your child understand these expectations.

FLIGHT Academy

The application period for FLIGHT Academy is closing soon! If your current 5th grader is interested in attending the FLIGHT Academy at Horning Middle School during the 2018-2019 school year, see the attached FLYER for additional information on the application process and a See It Live opportunity.

Important Information for Parents

Please click HERE to learn of rights and protections for families needing support with living situations.

Hillcrest Elementary School

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