The Heron Nest

Hillcrest Family Newsletter | October 2021

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 1 | Impact Aid Forms Sent Home

Oct. 2 | Green Apple Day of Service | 9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Oct. 4 | Impact Aid Cards Due

Oct. 4- 8 | School Spirit Week

  • Oct 4 | Silly Socks & Crazy Hats Day
  • Oct 5 | Crazy Hair Day
  • Oct 6 | Favorite Book Character Day
  • Oct 7 | Rainbow Colors Day
  • Oct 8 | Pajama Day

Oct. 4-14 | Scholastic Book Fair | Hillcrest Gym

Oct. 11 | Parent-Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Notes From the Principal's Desk

Welcome to October at Hillcrest!

Our staff has been having such a wonderful time getting to know your kids these past few weeks! It is so great to be back together 5 days a week and see all our friends return from distance learning. Building relationships and creating classroom communities is the foundation of a successful year for your child. I am so proud of how our staff and students have been working together to create this foundation for the teaching and learning ahead of us!

We have some fantastic events happening at Hillcrest this month, including our Green Apple Day of Service, our Scholastic Book Fair, a School Spirit Week, and a Pumpkin Patch in our garden. Looks like October is going to be a "spooktacular" month for our Herons!

As always, thank you for your support as part of our education team!


Paula Seaman

Hillcrest Principal


Impact Aid Forms Due Monday Oct. 4

Today your child will bring home the 2021 Impact Aid Form. This form needs to be completed and returned to school on Monday, Oct. 4. It provides vital information for determining how much Impact Aid funding Oak Harbor Public Schools receives from the federal government. Last year, we received over $5 million from Impact Aid.

For help completing the form or to see samples of completed forms, please click here.

The Federal Impact Aid Law was passed to help make up for lost tax revenue to local districts due to non-taxable federal property in their boundaries. The amount of Impact Aid is determined by the number of students with parents who live or work on NAS Whidbey Island or other federal property, including Native American lands and schools on federal property (Crescent Harbor, HomeConnection, and Hand-in-Hand). About half of our students meet these criteria. To qualify for funding, we need a completed survey form for every student attending our district's schools,

Green Apple Day of Service


As a National Green Ribbon School and Washington State Green School, Hillcrest Elementary is committed to giving back and caring for our community. One way we do this is through the Green Apple Day of Service. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, as Hillcrest students, their families, and our staff join forces with the Garry Oak Society to plant more Garry Oaks in our very own Heron Grove. We will also be doing some clearing of the trails and possibly some cutting of overgrown blackberry patches.

Please bring work gloves, shovels, or other garden tools.

Green Apple Day of Service

Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 9-11am

1755 Crosby Road

Oak Harbor, WA

The Scholastic Book Fair Is Back!

Let's celebrate books! Please support our Fall Scholastic Book Fair by shopping before or after school during the following dates and times.

Oct. 4 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 5 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 6 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 7 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 8 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 11 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 12 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 13 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oct. 14 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

To visit the Scholastic Book Fair, please enter through the gym doors.

If you prefer shopping online, you can still support Hillcrest! Go to to visit our online virtual book fair store!

A Note from the Nurse

Please view the attestation chart to identify whether or not your child should attend school each day. Please check your student for symptoms every morning and do not send them to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms from this chart. We want to keep our students healthy and in-person learning this year. We need your help and cooperation to make this happen.

October Meals Menu

Due to supply chain issues and labor shortages with SODEXO, our menus may suddenly change based on our inventory. Please call our food service team at 360.279.5004 if you have any questions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Hillcrest is pleased to continue the implementation of a curriculum designed to address Social-Emotional Learning and Character Education. PurposeFull People is the K-5 introduction to the Character Strong program currently taught in grades 6-12. Each month students take part in a series of lessons and activities focusing on character traits including courage, perseverance, honesty, respect, gratitude, kindness, responsibility, cooperation, creativity, and October's focus on empathy.

Empathy: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

Empathy is a crucial skill for being in a community with others and a powerful skill to develop in personal and professional relationships. We are focusing on a few key pieces of Empathy: knowing how we feel (and having the language to describe those feelings!), understanding what others are feeling, and listening to others well so that we can connect in more meaningful ways! We will celebrate what makes us different and find the amazing things that bring us together.

Empathy K-2 Family Newsletter (English) | Spanish

Empathy 3-5 Family Newsletter (English) | Spanish

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Virtual Membership Drive

Would you like to have a say in Hillcrest PTA spending and activity decisions? Are you interested in supporting field trips and other unique learning opportunities for your child? Your paid membership gives you an easy way to do so and gives our PTA a stronger voice in our district. We strongly encourage and welcome you to join the Hillcrest PTA. Your support also entitles you to all the benefits and special discounts available through Washington State PTA. Our Virtual Membership Sign Up information can be found here.

Box Tops for Education

Earning cash for Hillcrest with Box Tops for Education just got easier and all you need is your smartphone. When you download the NEW and improved Box Tops app you’ll be able to scan your receipt, instantly identify Box Tops products, and automatically add cash to our earnings online!

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