Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for a fantastic first week back at school. Please find attached the Newsletter that was sent home on Friday as well as instructions on how to complete the beginning of the year online forms and our school fee letter. If you would like to pay your fees online this year we have also attached some detailed instructions on how to do that.


  1. Hillcrest Newsletter – Sept 2019
  2. Online Permissions Form Instructions 2019-2020
  3. School Fees 2019-2020
  4. Parent Connect Online Payment Instructions

Welcome Back

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer full of unforgettable adventures and quality family time. The staff at Hillcrest have been very busy over the past few weeks making sure everything is just perfect for the first day of school. We are extremely excited to welcome all of our new and returning students back to school next week! Below is some important information about the first few days 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 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. 

Buses will be running early as well on this day, picking up students shortly after our 11:07am dismissal.


On Tuesday evening (Sept 3), parents will be sent an email to inform you who your child’s teacher will be. Class lists will not be posted at the school on Tuesday evening as has traditional been done. This change in practice is in response to the new Freedom of Information and Privacy Office laws.

GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS should line up at the exterior door of their new classroom when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. Teacher’s names will be posted on their classroom door or window so that parents can help their child find the correct classroom. If you do not receive an email on Tuesday evening notifying you who your child’s teacher will be, please check in with the office on Wednesday morning.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 4th. Kindergarten families should have received a welcoming letter over the summer with the unique Kindergarten Gradual Entry schedule for their class. Kindergarten parents are asked to contact the office before Wednesday if they did not receive this information over the summer.


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.

Have a wonderful long weekend! We are looking forward to seeing all of our students’ smiling faces next week!

Gord Ritchie


LINK: Welcome Back Letter – Parents

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.