Summer Information

1. Office Hours

The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 26th. Our secretary (Mrs. Spottock) and principal (Mr. Ritchie) will be busy preparing for a new school year and welcoming any parents/students who wish to stop by and say “hi”.

2. New Student Registration

School District 83’s New Student Registration Day is Tuesday, August 27. If you have recently moved to the Hillcrest area and have not yet registered, please do so on this day starting at 8:30am. To ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible please visit for more information about catchment areas and required documentation.

3. First Week of School

GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS will start school on Tuesday, September 3rd with an early dismissal at 11:07am.

  • RETURNING STUDENTS should line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. The 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.
  • NEW STUDENTS should should report to the office when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. From there they will be directed to Mrs. Menzies classroom for our new student orientation. 

On Wednesday, September 4th (maybe even Thursday), Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teacher(s). Class lists will be posted outside the front entrance of the school and on each classroom door when complete.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 4th. Kindergarten families will receive a welcoming letter over the summer with the unique Kindergarten Gradual Entry schedule for their class. Kindergarten are asked to contact the office if they do not receive this information by August 26.

3. 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). Below is a link to Hillcrest School Supply Fee schedule for 2019-2020.

LINK: Hillcrest School Fees 2019-2020

Have a wonderful summer, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the students’ smiling faces, in September!

Allison’s Art Auction

IMG_4869 A huge thank you to grade 4 student, Allison McNally, for the Art Auction Fundraiser she organized at the Westgate Public Market on June 7.  Allison presented Mr. Ritchie with a cheque for $501.50 today!  The funds Allison so generously donated will be spent on Art Supplies for the Art Program at Hillcrest Elementary. 

Week at a Glance – June 24, 2019

It’s here! The last Week at a Glance for the 2018/19 school year. We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday June 27 at 10:05am as you are picking up your child early and saying your goodbyes for the summer.

If any of your contact information is changing over the summer please be sure to let the office know before Friday June 28 as we will be sending out a Welcome Back Newsletter by email at the end of the summer.


Hillcrest PAC Newsletter

Attached is the PAC Newsletter that was sent home today.

LINK: PAC-News-2019-v01

All of the staff and students at Hillcrest would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the amazing work our parent volunteers do on a daily basis! Hillcrest is a very special place thanks to the dedication and commitment of our wonderful  parents and community members.

Battle of the Bands


Thank you to Mr. Roberts and our grade 4 and 5 classes for a radical afternoon of 80’s themed music during Battle of the Bands on Thursday! It was awesome to see so many students involved and having the courage to step out of their comfort zone in front of their peers. It was great to see so many students dressed up in their best 80’s outfits as well!

Solar Car Construction


Over the past couple of days the students in Mrs. Menzies class and Mrs. Gecse’s class got to build and race solar cars! A huge thank you to Mr. Caves (retired teacher), who not only spearheaded the project, but also planned and taught the lesson.  We would also like to thank Mr. Findlay (District Principal of Careers) and the SD83 Careers department for funding the purchase of the solar car kits.  All of the students involved had an absolute blast both constructing the cars and harnessing the power of the sun to race them.

District Track and Field Meet


Congratulations to all of our grade 4 & 5 students who participated in the District Track and Field Meet at Little Mountain Park on Tuesday June 4. Thank you to all of our grade 4&5 teacher coaches and especially to Mrs. Menzies for coordinating our team of 38 students to attend the meet.

Lost and Found

Our overflowing Lost and Found box has been emptied and is now lining the hall. It is our hope that these items can be returned to their original owner before the end of the school year. Please take a minute to watch the video above to see if you recognize anything. Any unclaimed items will be taken to the thrift store on the last day of school.

Mrs. Corbett’s Special Guest

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Thank you to Mr. Peter Jory (Superintendent of Schools/CEO – SD83) for taking the time to visit Mrs. Corbett’s Grade 2 class today.  The students were able to ask Mr. Jory lots of great questions about his job as Superintendent. They also tricked Mr. Jory into reading “The Book with No Pictures”, which resulted in many laughs for everyone involved.