Season’s Greetings

Wishing all of our families a wonderful Winter Break!


As the calendar year comes to an end, we look back with gratitude for the amazing students, staff, and parents that contribute to the caring learning community here at Hillcrest Elementary.
Thank you to all of our Parent Volunteers for your continued support with the Breakfast Program, the Safe Arrival Program, our Hot Lunch Program, Field Trips and the many different fundraisers and events that take place throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing everyone return on January 7, 2019, rested, relaxed and ready to learn.


  • Food Drive – Thursday Dec 20, 2018 is the last day to drop off Food or Donations for our annual food drive.
  • Harambee – if you were wishing to honor staff with a small gift of appreciation, don’t forget to consider sending a card to your teacher with a small donation to Harambee instead. For more information on Harambee please click here.


Dec 19th, 2018

Dear Students and Parents:

Many of you choose to honour staff at Christmas with a small gift of appreciation which is gratefully received and brings warm moments to our classrooms.

We would like to continue the direction we set for several years by giving students and parents a different way of showing how much you care.  For some years, the staff at Hillcrest has sponsored two students in Kenya, Africa, through the Canadian Harambee Education Society.  CHES was started by Canadians to help girls in Africa who have no opportunity to attend school.  Headquarters are located in New Westminster, BC.  The cost to send one boarding student to school for a year is $600.  The program continues to be in need of help.

Over the years, your response has been so encouraging we will continue to sponsor a student.  Our current student, Millicent Atsieno, would not be going to school without our support!

Instead of a personal gift, consider sending a card to your teacher with a small donation. If you are writing a cheque, please make it payable to “Hillcrest School” (one cheque will be sent to CHES from the school).  One option would be for the student to make a card if they feel the need to make it more personal to their teacher!  ALL donations to CHES go directly to educating a student, as the organization has its own fundraisers to administer their program.

** We hope everyone has a lovely Holiday Season! **

Winter Concert Update

Mr. Roberts, teachers, staff and students are working hard on this year’s performance. Your child will participate in both an afternoon and an evening concert according to the schedule below.

Wednesday Dec 12 Thursday Dec 13
Div 2 – Ms. Tyssen/Mrs. Matuga

Div 4 – Mrs. Gecse

Div 6 – Mrs. Housden/Mrs. Kehl

Div 9 – Mrs. Meerza

Div 10 – Mrs. Mueller

Div 12 – Ms. Morrison

Div 14 – Mrs. Knipe

Div 1 – Mrs. Menzies

Div 3 – Mrs. Wentworth

Div 5 – Ms. Smith

Div 7 – Ms. Larmand/Ms. Atkins

Div 8 – Mrs. Corbett

Div 11 – Mrs. Boyd

Div 13 – Mrs. Porter

School doors will open at 6:10pm on the night of the concert. Students are to access their regular outside classroom door. Parents come through the main front doors of the gym – the front doors will be open at 6:10pm (parents may leave your boots on in the gym). There will be no reserve seating. Please do not arrive too early, as it may be cold waiting outside. Parking is difficult on concert nights, so we encourage any relatives/friends who are able to attend the afternoon concert to do so.

“How to train your Reindeer (to fly)” will run from 1:00 to 1:45 in the afternoon and 6:30 to 7:15 in the evening. Your child will be on stage for the entire concert, and will return to their classroom following the performance, where they can be picked up. Please be sure to pick up your child before heading to the book fair.

Donations of non-perishable food will be collected during the week prior to the concert and at the concert door for those who wish to donate. Also, the PAC will be selling tickets for the “Best Seats in the House” before the evening performances. The money collected from this fundraiser will be used to support our music program. We look forward to seeing you at your child’s concert(s)!

Skating Program Permission Forms


Our Skating Program will begin on Friday January 11, 2019 and run on the following dates.

Grade 1-3 Students

  • Friday Jan 11
  • Friday Jan 18 and
  • Tuesday Jan 29

Grade 4-5 Students

  • Tuesday Jan 15 and
  • Tuesday Jan 22

Grade 1-3 students will be participating in three 45-minute skating sessions. Each session will include a 30-minute lesson followed by a 15-minute Free Skate. Grade 4-5 students will be participating in two 60min skating sessions. In each session students may choose to skate on one sheet of ice or play hockey on the other sheet of ice. HELMETS AND GLOVES ARE COMPULSORY! 

Please click on the link below to complete the online permission form by FRIDAY DECEMBER 7, 2018

Link to Parent Information Letter: Hillcrest Skating Parent Letter – January 2019

Link to Permission Form: