The Heron Nest

Hillcrest Family Newsletter | March 2023

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Mar. 3-10: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Book Fair Spirit Dress-Up Days
  • Mar. 6: Pajama Day
  • Mar. 7: Twin/Triplet Day
  • Mar. 8: Career Day
  • Mar. 9: Rainbow Colors Day
  • Mar. 10: Sports Day

Mar. 13-17: Classified Staff Recognition Week

Mar. 14: PTA Meeting | 3:45 PM | HCE Library

Mar. 15: Yearbook Sales Begin

Mar. 16: Class Picture Day

Mar. 17: Slime the Principal | HCE Playground | 2:45 PM

Mar. 20: NO SCHOOL For Students | Teacher Work Day

Mar. 24: Student Store

Mar. 30: 2nd Grade Field Trip | Imagine Children's Museum

From the principal's desk

Greetings Hillcrest Families!

It's hard to believe March is already here and we're nearly two-thirds of the way through another Hillcrest school year! We are celebrating two of my favorite things this month: the joy of reading and our amazing classified staff members.

As a former reading teacher, I am always excited for opportunities to celebrate reading! This week was Read Across America Week and next week is our Spring Scholastic Book Fair. This is a great time to purchase books for kids to read over spring break and maybe even squirrel a few away for summer vacation. Don't forget to take a look at our book-themed dress-up days set for all next week. I can't wait to see the cuteness and creativity of our student and staff outfits!

I would also like to recognize the incredibly dedicated Hillcrest classified staff and the work they do to support and care for our students each and every day. I appreciate the high level of support and immeasurable level of compassion and empathy our classified staff shares with our students. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to our paraeducators, our office and library staff, our custodial staff, our food service staff, our nursing support staff, and our transportation staff. These are people who love working with children and their work is making a difference in children's time at school. I encourage you to reach out and thank a classified staff member for their service to our students.

As always, I continue to thank Hillcrest families for partnering with us to support our students, staff, school, and community.


Paula Seaman

Hillcrest: A Building of Relationships


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Find a "Sweet " Book at our Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair is underway! Students and families are invited to visit the Candyland-themed shelves now through March 10. All purchases from the Book Fair benefit Hillcrest Elementary by providing books for classrooms, books for our library, and funding for monthly sets of Scholastic News Magazine for every classroom!

Book Fair Hours

Mar. 6 | 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Mar. 7 | 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Mar. 8 | 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Mar. 9 | 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Mar. 10 | 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Book Fair Dress-Up Days

  • Mar. 6: Pajama Day
  • Mar. 7: Twin/Triplet Day
  • Mar. 8: Career Day
  • Mar. 9: Rainbow Colors Day
  • Mar. 10: Sports Day

Safe and Cash-Free Option w/ eWallet

Consider signing up for an eWallet! This secure and cash-free payment option can be set up ahead of your child's visit to the Book Fair. Check out the video below or visit HCE Scholastic Wallet to learn more!

Online Shopping Available

Can't make it to the Book Fair in person but still want to get books and support Hillcrest? Our online Book Fair offers FREE shipping on orders of $25.00 or more. Visit the Hillcrest Scholastic Book Fair Website to get started!
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Spring Picture Day is Almost Here!

Group and Individual Photos Available for Pre-Order

O'Connor Photography will be at our school on Thursday, March 16 to take class photos. All students will be photographed in the class group photo.

Each student also has the opportunity to be photographed for a spring portrait. Only students who pre-order an individual photo package will be photographed for these spring portraits. To order a class photo or individual spring photo, click the link below.

You can also purchase by visiting the O'Connor Photography website at:

If you have any questions or need assistance please give their studio a call at 1-800-993-4929.

Pacific Science Center Visits HCE

Check out the video for highlights!
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It's Going to to Get Messy!

Green gooey globs of liquid fun are on the calendar for Mar. 17 when students who met or exceeded PTA fundraising goals will get to dump slime all over Ms. Seaman as the entire student body looks on! Appropriately enough, this event is scheduled for St. Patrick's Day and we're certain Ms. Seaman will have a little mischief to share as well!
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Upcoming OHPS Forum to Focus on School safety

Oak Harbor Public Schools will be hosting a School Safety Community Forum with the Oak Harbor Police Department on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 PM. Information about school safety planning, collaboration with law enforcement, and ongoing efforts to keep students and staff safe in our schools will be significant topics of conversation during the evening. We are actively seeking further topic requests and questions from the community. Please take a moment to submit a question or comment via this Google Form. We hope to see you for this informative evening hosted at the Administrative Service Center Board Room.
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Ms. Trueman Shares Two Amazing Programs for Kids and Families!

I am so pleased to announce that Hillcrest is participating in the High Trek Adventures 2023 Read 4 Adventure Program during the month of March! We have partnered with High Trek Adventures and Game On NW to promote the joy of reading and the importance of family-friendly outdoor activities as alternatives to screen time! By simply logging 8 hours of reading this month, your child can earn a $40.00 voucher to High Trek Adventures. This provides two hours of ziplines, ropes courses, rock wall climbing, laser tag, and more at their Everett location! Click here for more details and to print your reading log! Please contact me at if you have any questions.

I am equally excited to share an amazing program for our future Herons! The Whidbey Island Community Foundation has partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a

book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income. Every child under the age of 5 receives a free book each month and the books are based on the child's birth year so they continue to receive age-appropriate books during these critical developmental years. You can see a list of all the books your child will get in the mail over the years here and register for the Imagination Library here.

Our March Spotlight Bookshelves feature a variety of colorful and inspiring stories in honor of Women's History Month. I look forward to sharing some of these titles with your child's class this month!

Happy Reading!

Ms. Trueman

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March PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Scholastic Book Fair March 6-13

The Book Fair is underway and we could still use a few more volunteers. You can earn $10.00 in Scholastic Bucks for each shift you fill. Please consider signing up here.

Classified Appreciation Lunch March 15

Let's show our classified staff how much they are loved!! This year we are doing a taco bar in the staff lounge for classified staff appreciation week! We would need enough of each item to feed approximately 35-40 staff members. Please consider signing up here.

Slime the Principal March 17

Here's a fun volunteer opportunity. Help make the slime and then help kids slime Principal Seaman! Please consider signing up here.

Student Store March 24

Two shifts are available to help our Herons shop at the student store. Do mornings or afternoons work better for you? Please consider signing up here.

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March Focus: Cooperation

Through our PurposeFull People curriculum, students participate in monthly lessons and activities focusing on character traits, including courage, respect, responsibility, gratitude, perseverance, empathy, honesty, creativity, and March's focus on cooperation.

Check out these Family Connection Newsletters for more details on how you can develop and support cooperation in your child:


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Honesty Award Winners

Congratulations to our February Purposefull People Students of the Month! Our month-long focus was on HONESTY and these students were nominated by their classmates for their efforts "in being truthful in what you say and do". Last week this group was treated to a Purposefull People Principal's Pizza Party and awarded certificates honoring their commitment to honesty. Way to go, Herons!
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March Meal Menu

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