Hillcrest School

Family Newsletter

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Spirit Day - October 30th

We will celebrate School Spirit Day on October 30th. Students may wear their Halloween costume to school or spirit gear for Hillcrest's Virtual Spirit Day Assembly. A few reminders regarding Halloween costumes:

  • Students choosing to dress up must wear their costumes to school. Students will not be able to change at school.

  • No weapons, swords or handheld accessories.
  • Halloween masks are not allowed. Students are required to wear CDC guideline masks as stated in our district's Reopening Plan.

Fall or Halloween activities will be embedded into our instructional day.

Counselor's Corner

Let’s Talk About Race, Equity and Inclusion / Hablemos sobre raza, equidad, e inclusión

This part of the newsletter will have a question or a topic for you to discuss with your child(ren). This can be done on the way to school, on the way to sports practice, before dinner, at bedtime, etc.

Included in each newsletter will be a “something to think about” question and a “something to talk about” question. The “something to think about question” is for you as a parent to reflect on for yourself. The “something to talk about” question is for you to discuss with your child. These exercises are meant to stimulate a conversation on race, equity and inclusion in America.

Parent Reflection Question: Consider your social network. Do you have a diverse group of friends or do you tend to associate with people who look like you? If you don’t have a diverse group of friends, why do you think this is so?

Question For Child: Why do you think some people don’t like people who look differently from them? For instance, some people don’t like others whose skin color is different than theirs or who have different religious beliefs or speak a different language.

Pregunta para reflexionar: Considere su red social. ¿Tiene un grupo de amigos diverso o suele relacionarse con personas con su mismo aspecto? Si no tiene un grupo de amigos diverso, ¿por qué cree que es?

Sexta pregunta para conversar con sus hijo/s: ¿Por qué crees que hay gente a la que no le gustan otras personas con aspecto diferente a ellos? Por ejemplo, hay personas a las que no les gustan otras que tienen color de piel diferente o que tienen creencias religiosas distintas o que hablan un idioma distinto al suyo.

Rutgers Reading Program

For families interested in additional reading support, Rutgers offers reading programs at each grade level.

October Lunch Menu

Special Area Classes

Special area classes begin on Monday! Our specials schedule is listed below. Lessons will be uploaded to Google Classroom for the entire week for students to access after school.

Monday - Art

Tuesday - Science

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - PE

Friday - Media

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Hillcrest HSA

Please take a moment to join the HSA Website! Create an account and select your child's teacher to become part of the directory.


Hillcrest Spirit Gear

Our new Hillcrest spirit gear shirts are here! If you are interesting in purchasing a shirt, please contact Kim Matras at portlandkiwi@optonline.net

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops earn money for the Hillcrest HSA! You can clip box tops on product such as General Mills cereal, Pillsbury, Ziploc, and more. Box Tops can be sent to school in a bag via your child's folder.

You can also download the Box Tops App and scan your receipt to earn credit for Hillcrest!

Shoprite For My School

Please register your Shop Rite card

to help raise funds for Hillcrest School!

Go to: https://shopriteformyschool.com. It's a quick and easy process!


Every time you shop at ANY of the Shutterfly brands through the link below, 13% of your purchase will be donated to Hillcrest school. Shop through this link:


Morning Arrival at Hillcrest

  • Morning drop off will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Front Circle.
  • Drop off will conclude at 8:50 when the buses begin arriving.
  • Cars arriving after 8:50 will have to wait until after the buses finish unloading.
  • We will utilize four doors for arrival so please pull forward. Staff members will be present to direct families during drop off. Cones will be located near each drop off door.
  • Students must exit the car on the right (curb side). Staff will not be able to assist the students from the car.
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Afternoon Dismissal

Afternoon Dismissal will begin at 12:40 p.m. Parking is available in the lower parking lot. Please walk up to the correct location and stand behind the outdoor cones. Kindergarten students will dismiss from the far door near the loading dock. Second grade students will dismiss from the double doors. Please leave promptly after picking up your child to ensure parking for other families. The playground will be off-limits during dismissal.

Pre School and First grade students will dismiss from their outdoor classroom door. Staff members will be present to assist families. Cones will be placed near classrooms doors and parents are asked to line up behind the cones. A school staff member will notify your child's teacher that you have arrived. Please do not approach your child's classroom prior to dismissal.

Please help us maintain a safe environment by observing social distancing protocols and wearing a mask during our dismissal process.

Students riding buses will begin dismissing at 12:50.

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