FSA assessment

 This is the time of year when our students in grades 4 & 7 begin participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). This annual provincial assessment, measures students’ academic skills and provides the district with a snapshot of students’ foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. All students in grades 4 & 7 are required by the Ministry of Education and Child Care to participate in the FSA. 

The results of the FSA serve as an important tool to support student learning in SD83 which will be particularly important as we continue to determine the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. The district also uses the assessment data to support the alignment of resources during our annual budget discussions. FSA data is not part of the formal student evaluation process and is not included in student report cards. 

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Rumours untrue

Recently there have been rumours about “cameras in student washrooms” that have generated some calls and emails to School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and some of its schools.

“I want to assure everyone that these rumours are untrue and unfounded,” states Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger. “SD83 is committed to student safety, privacy, well-being and learning. We are grateful for those concerned stakeholders who reached out to us from a place of positive intent.”

S83 is currently enjoying a school start up filled with renewed optimism and hope. “Our intention is to continue this positivity through the 2022-23 school year as we focus on keeping students first.”

Kriger asks that if parents do hear these types of rumours/information please take the time to check with your school principal to ensure the information is indeed accurate.

Fun Shirt Fri-yay!

We are having our first school spirit day this Friday Sept 16! On Friday, your child(ren) and staff may choose to wear a “fun” shirt. What’s a “fun” shirt? Really anything that they like is fun! Dinosaurs, sports teams, colourful designs and patterns, you name it!

One Week Away!

Welcome back to school (almost!). We hope you’ve been having a great summer. School starts in just one week – Wednesday Sept 7 – for students. Details about startup were emailed to families on August 31, 2022, but here is that information as well. Staff has been working hard to get things ready for your children, and we are all looking forward to a terrific year! Please click the link below.

Summer Information


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 Ms. Jodi Garries (New 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.

SUMMER HOURS – Monday August 29 – Friday September 2 (8:00am – 2:30pm)

REGULAR HOURS BEGIN – Tuesday Sept 6 (7:30am – 3:00pm)


New student registration will take place on Tuesday August 30st from 8:00am-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.


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.


The first day of school for Grade 1 – 5 students will be Wednesday, September 7. 

The office will be open on Tuesday September 6, however, there will be no school for students on this day.

When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:09am on Wednesday September 7, returning students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroomand 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.  This will be a full day for students so please make sure they come with a snack, lunch, and indoor shoes.  Students will be dismissed at 2:10pm.

Grade 1-5 parents should look for an email on the evening of Wednesday September 7. If we can finalize our class placements on Wednesday September 7, the email you receive will contain information about your child’s new teacher. If we are not able to finalize our class placements on Wednesday September 7, Grade 1-5 students should report to last year’s classroom again on Thursday September 8.

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

Year-End Newsletter

LINK: Hillcrest Newsletter – June 2022

Dear Hillcrest Families,                                                                                                                                   

Thank you for another fantastic school year and for sharing your children with us! We truly appreciate the opportunity to build memories, have fun, and learn with your incredible children. It was a pleasure to read our report cards last week as it was evident that all our students have worked extremely hard this year and have come so far with their learning.

The newsletter above contains some important information about end of year items and school start-up for Sept 2022. Please note, the first day of school next year for Grade 1-5 students will be on Wednesday Sept 7. Also, our daily bell schedule will be slightly different next year. The school day will begin at 8:13am and will finish at 2:10pm.  Families with students in Kindergarten should refer to the gradual entry schedule they received at our K-Orientation in planning for the first two weeks.

On a personal note, it has been an absolute honour to work in such an amazing school and community. Our students have such kind hearts and always come to school happy and ready to learn. Our parents are always so supportive and genuinely care about how their children are doing at school. Our staff care deeply for their students, are extremely skilled educators, and have a true passion for learning. I have learnt so much during my time at Hillcrest and I want to thank everyone for making my time at Hillcrest so memorable.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer filled with relaxation, fun, adventure, and lots of new memories with your family.


Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School

Parent and PAC THANK YOU!

Every year we look back with pride at the opportunities we were able to provide our students. This would not be possible without the support of our countless parent volunteers and amazing Parents Advisory Council.

This year our PAC organized a wonderful Spring Carnival, a Plug and Play Community Walk, and countless fundraisers (ie. Apples, Purdy’s Chocolates, Winter Flowers, Spring Flowers, Track and Field Concession etc.). They also coordinated our breakfast program, hot lunch program, a free soup hot lunch made from scratch in our Multi-purpose room, and two very special staff appreciation lunches.

Our PAC provided financial support for our skating program, dance program, and swimming program. They also provided funds for each division to help offset the costs of fieldtrips.

In addition to providing financial support for the programs mentioned above, funds raised by our PAC were used to purchase new benches for our school grounds and seven new Soundfield systems for our classrooms. The Soundfield systems purchased have been an excellent addition to our classrooms as they provide an improved learning environment for all students.

Thank you to the hundreds of parents who were able to help as volunteers (ie. Skating, Spring Carnival, Swimming, Hillcrest Hustle, Field Trips, Hot Lunch, Breakfast Program, Fundraisers, etc.) so that we could provide the best possible learning experience for our students. And a special thank you to our amazing PAC Executive for the countless hours they put in behind the scenes this year.

President:  Morgan Wilson     

Vice- President: Joanna Hamilton

Secretary:  Kayla Vanniewenhuizen

Treasurer: Chantelle Burgess

Breakfast Club Coordinator: Kayla Vanniewenhuizen

Hot Lunch Coordinator: Kristy Chruikshank

DPAC:  Fiona Flemming

We are so lucky to have such supportive families in our school community. Thank you for keeping the tradition alive!

Fun Day

There was lots of fun being had at our Hillcrest Fun Day this year! It was great opportunity for students to meet some new friends as their multi-age team rotated through the 10 different stations their teachers had set up for them. Thank you to our grade 5 leadership students who did a fantastic job of leading their teams through each of the activities!

Battle of the Bands

Hillcrest students were rocking out last Thursday during our annual Battle of the Bands. Thank you students from Div 1 – “Bryan’s Toes and the 69 Dancing Monkeys”, Div 2 – “Tyssen’s Tacos”, and Div 3 – “Butter Rolls” for an outstanding show! All three bands did an amazing job and should be super proud of their performances and the work they put in to perfecting their sets. Thank you also to Mr. Roberts for providing so many of our students with opportunities this year to work as a team, challenge themselves, and step out of their confort zones during our musical performances.

If you missed the show or would just like to watch it again, please click on the links below. There is also a link to the special Teacher performance that kicked off the show.

LINK: Div 1 – “Bryan’s Toes and the 69 Dancing Monkeys”

LINK: Div 2 – “Tyssen’s Tacos”

LINK: Div 3 – “Butter Rolls”

LINK: Teacher Band – “Full Moons”

Track and Field

Congratulations to all of our students who qualified for and participated in the District Track and Field Meet on June 7. Our team did very well with lots of personal best performances and some surprise finishes! Thank you to Mrs. Menzies for taking on the huge task of coaching and organizing all of our athletes to attend.


Our students had a blast swimming on each of their three Recreational Swim times this year. A huge thank you to all of our parents who volunteered to help in the pool with our grade K/1 classes. We couldn’t have done it without you!