Breakfast Club Open!

Our breakfast club is now open! We will be offering a “Grab and Go” style breakfast again this year. Students who are hungry can go to the exterior Multi-Purpose room door (near the North East corner of our parking lot) to pick up their breakfast. Students are asked to sanitize their hands before eating.

Below is our current menu:

  • Monday – Yogert, muffins, fruit and hardboiled eggs
  • Tuesday – Smoothies and bagels with fruit
  • Wednesday – Egg and cheese wraps with fruit
  • Thursday – Smoothies and bagels with fruit
  • Friday – Egg Mcmuffins with fruit

Thank you to all of our volunteers for ensuring this program can continue. A huge thank you as well to our Breakfast Program Coordinator, Kayla Vannieuwenhuizen, for organizing everything for us. We are still looking for some help on our spare list so if you think you might be able to fill in once in a while please contact Kayla at kaylavann88@gmail.com.

Apple Fundraiser

Our first PAC fundraiser of the year is on now!

Apple orders can be placed through our Hot Lunch and Fundraising program by following the instructions below. Orders must be placed by Sunday October 3, 2021.

Note: Every parent, new or old, must register their students and select their new classrooms for the year.

Instructions:

  1. Go to: http://hillcrest.schoollunchorders.net
  2. Select: “Click here to register” (Due to staff and class changes ALL students must register. ALL last year’s accounts have been deleted to ensure each student is assigned to their correct new class)
  3. Complete your (parent/caregiver) account information. Access code: HCHL
  4. Select “Students” then “Add New” and enter each student separately being sure to assign them to their correct class.
  5. Once all students have been added, return to the “Home” page and then select “Manage Orders”. Here is where you can place orders for students (or parents if you plan to volunteer and would like to order)

If you have any questions please contact kaylavann88@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!

Info for Kindy Families

School District No. 83 would like to extend a huge welcome to our Kindergarten families! During Gradual Entry, the Kindergarten team at each school is busy helping our K students learn about classroom routines and procedures, as well as helping them adjust to the new social and emotional realities of school. 

Here is some information for Kindergarten families about school health services provided by public health staff. Please contact Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca if you have any questions about school health services or the Kindergarten program, in general.

Letter from Interior Health for families of kindergarten students

Message to the Superintendent

To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Caregiver(s) of SD83 Students: 

I want to extend my thanks to you for the patience and understanding you have demonstrated over the first few days of school start up. The accounts being shared from our schools speak to the excitement and hope which exists among the students and staff.  

As a district we are grateful that many of the restrictions imposed during the last school year have been removed. However, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer have mandated masking among all Grade 4-12 students due to the prevalence of the Delta variant. The province has also requested that school districts cooperate with their local health regions to accommodate pop up vaccination clinics at some school sites for families and students who are 12 years of age and older.  

I would ask that you carefully read the documents we are sharing on behalf of Interior Health. As an educational organization we believe parents/guardians/caregivers play an important and necessary role in educating their child(ren). As a result, I ask that you take the time to discuss the topic of vaccination with your child(ren).  

We are grateful for you our stakeholders, as you are much needed partners in ensuring our schools remain open for face-to-face instruction.  We have high confidence in our school staffs along with members of the transportation, facilities and custodial team who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of your children while they are in our care.  

Wishing you and those you love health and wellness. 

Donna L. Kriger,
Superintendent of Schools

Letter from Interior Health

If the links don’t work in the letter please click on the following:

Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools

Interior Health Order

Clinic Dates and Times

To learn more about Mature Minor Consent

Class Placement Emails Sent

This is just a quick message to confirm that class placement emails for students in Grades 1-5 have now been sent. If the email did not arrive in your inbox please check your junk mail. If you still can’t find the class placement email there, please see one of our staff members on supervision in the morning as they will be able to help you and your child find their new class. See you in the morning!

Updated Safety Plan available

SD83’s Communicable Disease Safety Plan is now available. The purpose of this document is to provide School District No. 83 staff, parents, students, and visitors with important information that is required to help prevent communicable disease.

In meeting the Ministry of Education’s overarching principles for the COVID-19 response, School District No. 83 will be following these principles with respect to health and safety:

• All schools and facilities will adhere to the standards, guidelines, and direction from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafeBC.

• In collaboration with education partners, the Ministry may develop additional health and safety requirements for all schools to ensure consistency across the K-12 system. These additions will enhance, not duplicate, PHO and WorkSafeBC requirements.

• Psychological safety measures and trauma-informed practice will be valued and implemented alongside physical health and safety measures.

• Effective communication with all community partners, parents, caregivers, students, unions, and employees is an essential aspect of successfully implementing these guidelines.

Read complete plan here

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back to School

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope this email finds you well and that you were all able to enjoy some quality family time this summer, despite the smoke and fires in our area. I was extremely proud of our students, staff, and entire community last year for ensuring that quality learning continued with minimal disruptions or distractions. I have no doubt that we will be just as successful this year. The staff at Hillcrest have been busy getting their classrooms set up and ensuring we are well prepared to welcome students back to school. We can’t wait to see all our students’ smiling faces again next week!!!

Below is some important information about our school start-up.

1. Year End Slide Show 2020-2021 – Below is a link to the year-end slide show that was shared with students on the last day of school in June. I thought I sent this link by email in July, but I have been told it was not received. Hopefully you will enjoy the opportunity to look back on some of the highlights from last year as you get ready for a new school year to begin!

LINK: https://youtu.be/fJ1k7lSg_5s

2. SD83 Return to School Plan – I know that we were all hoping COVID 19 would be in our rear-view mirror by now, however, that is not the case. Below is a link to a summary of the steps SD83 has taken to ensure safety and wellbeing remain a priority this school year. Please review this information thoroughly as a family to ensure everyone if familiar with our plan.

LINK: https://hil.sd83.bc.ca/2021/08/31/its-almost-time-for-school/

3. Health Checks and Masks – Last year our community did an amazing job of ensuring students and staff stayed home if they were sick. This is one of the most important strategies in keeping our community safe and ensuring school can continue as normal as possible.  Parents will be required to complete a daily Health Check with their child again this year. The easiest way to complete the Health Check and get answers to your questions is by using the K-12 Health Check Website or K-12 Health Check App. Masks will also be required again this year for all staff, visitors, and students in grades 4 and 5. Masks are encouraged for students in grades K-3.

4. First Day of School – Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 7.  When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:08am, returning students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom and new students will report to the office for an orientation. Students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered. Students will be dismissed at 11:16 am on Tuesday, September 7. 

Assuming we are able to finalize our class placements on Tuesday September 7, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their new classrooms on Wednesday, September 8. Parents will be notified who their child’s new teacher is by email on Tuesday evening. Students will report to the outside door of their new classroom at 8:08am on Wednesday September 8.

Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8.  Information about Kindergarten Gradual Entry was sent home in June at our Kindergarten Gift Bag event. If you did not receive this info please click on the link below. A follow up email will also be sent by the end of the week to inform parents which group their child is in on the first day.

LINK: Welcome to Kindergarten Letter – Sept 2021

5. New Bell Schedule – In order to meet the ministry required minutes of instruction this year we have had to extend our school day by 2min. As a result, classes will begin at 8:12am this year and students will be dismissed at 2:16pm.

LINK: Bell Schedule 2021-2022

6. School Supplies – Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles). A School Supply Fee Letter will be sent home as part of a newsletter during the first week.

7. Breakfast Program and Safe Arrival VolunteersWe are excited to share that the Breakfast Program will be operating again this year with a “Grab and Go” style breakfast. Please email kaylavann88@gmail.com if you can help. We are also looking for volunteers for our Safe Arrival Program. Please email cspottoc@sd83.bc.ca if you can help.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the SD83 Newsline Welcome Back to School email that should have arrived in your inbox today. Have a wonderful long weekend with your families and please don’t hesitate to call the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elenmentary School


It’s almost time for school

SD83 staff are eager to welcome our students and their families back for the 2021-22 school year. While much has changed in our province over the past year, SD83 remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff and school communities by providing safe learning and working environments.

“I am personally very excited to join SD83 as Superintendent. I know that as we enter into a new year of learning, our district remains committed to our mission of engaging all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success,” comments Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger.

“Though COVID-19 is still posing challenges for all of us, we remain focussed on the possibilities and opportunities that the 2021-22 school year holds. As we have done throughout the pandemic, our schools will continue to adhere to the Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) guidance. Our plan will be updated and changed based on regional requirements from Interior Health, the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education.”

Registration for those brand new to SD83 takes place today (please also ensure you register your child for the school bus if you live in a bus route area at 250-832-9415). The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7. School will be dismissed three hours earlier than usual on this first day.

Here is a brief summary of our return to school plan. The complete plan will be posted on the SD83 website later this week.

Parents/guardians play an essential role in supporting our schools by keeping their children home when sick. Before leaving home, staff, students and visitors should monitor for any symptoms daily using the B.C. Health Check (the health check and app for your smart phone can be found here).

Summer Information

Office Hours

The office will be open during the summer as per the schedule below.  Please call (250) 832-7195 during these times if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with Mr. Ritchie (Principal). If you did not pick up your report card in June or you would just like to stop by and say “hi” please feel free to pop in as well.

Monday August 30 – Friday September 3 (8:00am – 2:00pm)

Tuesday Sept 7  (8:00am – 3:00pm) – Regular Hours Begin

New Registrations

New student registration will take place on Tuesday August 31st from 9:00am-2:30pm. Please bring the following documents with you when registering your child.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Care Card
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residency (ie. a hydro bill, rental agreement etc. with your name and address on it)

If you cannot make it in to register during this time, please contact the school by phone at (250) 832-7195 or by email at hil@sd83.bc.ca.

First Day of School

Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 7.  When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:08am, returning students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom and new students will report to the office for an orrientation. Students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.  Students will be dismissed at 11:16 am on Tuesday, September 7. 

Assuming we are able to finalize our class placements on Tuesday September 7, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their new classrooms on Wednesday, September 8. Parents will be notified who their child’s new teacher is by email on Tuesday evening. Students will report to the outside door of their new classroom at 8:08am on Wednesday September 8.

Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8.  Information about Kindergarten Gradual Entry was sent home in June at our Kindergarten Gift Bag event. There will also be a follow-up email sent to parents during the first week of September.

School Supplies

Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles). A School Supply Fee Letter will be sent home as part of a newsletter during the first week.

If you have any questions, please give us a call.  Have a wonderful summer!

Year draws to a close

Welcome to the final few days! It has been quite a journey this school year.

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan would like to extend his thanks to parents for their graciousness and understanding as the District has navigated its way through the tremendous challenges that the pandemic showered on the school year.

Just a reminder that Thursday, June 24th is the final day of school for our students. Students will be dismissed, and buses will be running, four hours earlier than usual.

“As the year draws to a close I’d like to say another special congratulations to our graduates, the Class of 2021. You have persevered and accomplished a great deal. Best of luck with your future endeavours.”

“I’d also like to say farewell to our retiring staff, and to the three District leaders who are moving on to new challenges. Thank you for your dedication to SD83 and the students we serve.”

“Also, a warm welcome to Donna Kriger, who will be joining our district in August as the new Superintendent/CEO of Schools, and to Mishel Quaal, the new District Principal of Indigenous Education.”

He noted that as planning continues for the 2021-2022 school year, they are optimistic that school will look very much like what we remember pre-pandemic. More information about what things will look like in the fall will be shared via the District website and social media in August.

He added that if you are looking for some summer time games and activities to help your children practice their literacy and math skills over the summer, SD83 staff have put together some activities for children from kindergarten to grade eight. Go to the drop-down menu entitled Parents and Students and look for Summer Learning Opportunities.

Also, there is a new K-3 Indigenous Summer Reading Boost Program, developed in BC and entitled Joyful Literacy, to support teachers and parents who want to help prevent their young learners of Indigenous ancestry from experiencing more reading loss when schools are closed for the summer break. This home-based and research-based program is comprised of 10 videos that teach parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K-3) . Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, and read-aloud strategies. These videos and information can be found on the SD83 Indigenous Education webpage at https://ie.sd83.bc.ca/

Have a wonderful summer!

Battle of the Bands

Congratulations to all of our grade 4 and 5 classes on an awesome show last Friday during Battle of the Bands! It was wonderful to see so many of our students getting the chance to step out of their comfort zones and come together as a team as they performed live for their peers. Below are the links to the videos of each performance for your viewing pleasure.

Div 5 (Mrs. Smith) – https://youtu.be/0NPqCpuGxFU

Div 4 (Mrs. Gecse) – https://youtu.be/rkv75rt7KlM

Div 3 (Mr. Smith) – https://youtu.be/Fz9cJlU2aRg

Div 2 (Ms. Tyssen/Matuga). – https://youtu.be/uf9ZmBiabwo

Div 1 (Mrs. Menzies) – https://youtu.be/QhEW2vVaXEs