Hillcrest Family Newsletter

December 21st, 2018

Have a Wonderful Break!

Thank you so much to all of you who have reached out to wish us a Happy Holidays. We are so fortunate to have a generous community that supports the work with do with students every day. This time of year always offers us the opportunity to experience and express gratitude for the time, energy and positivity that pulls us all together.

Thank you to families for being such strong first teachers to your children. The love, care, and experiences you provide build a curiosity in your children that they bring to school, ready to learn.

Thank you to our Hillcrest PTO and the PTO board for all of the events planned to build community and fundraise for our school. Our classroom teachers appreciate the generous support you provide to each of them to enhance the learning environment and the learning experiences for ALL of our students.

The Hillcrest Staff wishes you all a very Happy Holidays. May your break be filled with family, friends, rest and lots of good reading!

Important Dates for January

Jan 2nd - First Day Back After Break

Jan 15th - PTO Culver's Night for Hillcrest

Jan 16th - PTO Meeting

Jan 21st and Jan 22nd - No School - Teacher Professional Development Days

Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year again! Our Winter Conferences are scheduled by teachers on an "as needed" basis. If your teacher has any concerns regarding your child's progress, they will connect with you regarding a day and time for a parent/teacher conference. These conferences will take place during the month of January or December.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s teacher. There is no need to wait for the teacher to reach out to you. Your child's teacher is more than willing to sit down and have a face to face conversation or even a phone call conference.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Hillcrest Counseling News

This month's focus is on emotional regulation and conflict resolution. Newsletter includes:

*Calming strategies


*articles on helping kids deal with conflict & emotional regulation

*read-alouds for parents at home

*app recommendation for calming

January Parent Newsletter,

Spanish January Parent Newsletter

Enrollment Period Open December 1st

Do you know of any families who would be interested in attending Hillcrest?

Do you know of any potential 4K families who may join us next year?

Do you have any time open tomorrow?

The School District of Waukesha's open enrollment period is open beginning tomorrow. The open enrollment process is for any family who lives outside of our attendance area and would like to attend Hillcrest next year. Students who are currently attending Hillcrest do not need to complete this process for K-5th grade but younger siblings who are not currently attending do need to complete process. ALL potential 4K students for the 2019-2020 school year, from inside and outside of our attendance area, must register during this enrollment period; before Friday, February 1st at 4:30PM.

Enrollment Message from the School District of Waukesha

School Choice

The School Choice/Inter-District Transfer application period will open on December 1, 2018, at 8:00 am and will run through 4:30 pm on January 11, 2019. If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete a school choice application. The application can be found online at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Email confirmations that we received the application will be made upon submission of the electronic application. Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met. If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 11th.

Secondary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around January 17, 2019. If your student is approved, the letter of commitment will need to be signed and returned to the Enrollment Office by January 28th.

Elementary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around March 8, 2019. If your student is approved, you will need to sign a letter of commitment by the date listed in the letter to hold

your child’s seat

Elección de Escuela

El período de solicitud para la Elección de Escuela/Transferencia Dentro del Distrito comenzará el 1⁰ de diciembre de 2018, a las 8:00 am y terminará el 11 de enero de 2019 a las 4:30 pm. Si está considerando asistir a una escuela dentro del distrito que no es la escuela de su vecindario, debe completar la solicitud de elección de escuela. Puede encontrar la solicitud en línea en https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Se enviarán correos electrónicos de confirmación que recibimos la solicitud después que la solicitud electrónica sea enviada. En cumplimiento con la Política de la Junta del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha ag6152, el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha puede negar una transferencia dentro del distrito hasta que todas las obligaciones financieras hayan sido pagadas.

Si su hijo tiene tarifas pendientes, por favor páguelas por completo antes del 11 de enero de 2019.

Los avisos secundarios de si la solicitud fue aprobada/negada se enviarán por correo a los hogares aproximadamente el 17 de enero de 2019. Si la solicitud de su estudiante es aprobada, usted necesitará firmar y regresar la carta de compromiso a la Oficina de Matriculaciones antes del 28 de enero de 2019.

Los avisos para la Escuela Primaria serán enviados por correo aproximadamente el 8 de marzo de 2019. Si su estudiante es aprobado, necesitará firmar y regresar una carta de compromiso antes de la fecha que aparece en la carta para mantener el espacio de su hijo.

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

Whether you’ve skied before or not, now is your chance to hit the slopes. This is a Ski & Snowboard Club open to all Hillcrest students and alumni (K-12) and their families and friends. Join 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 huge discounted rate. See attachment for details! Last year we have over 25 people and they all have a blast, from ages 3 to 63!

If you want more information please email Marnia Schatzman at mlbraml@yahoo.com or see THIS FLYER.

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!

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.