Skating Program


Online permission forms for our skating program will be arriving by email in the next few days. Please do your best to complete the online permission forms ASAP. Our skating program starts the first week after we return from Winter Break. If there are any parents interested in helping fit students with skates during the first week of December please email or call the office at (250) 832-7195.

LINK: Hillcrest Skating Parent Letter – January 2020

“Release the Rhythm” Cultural Performance

activitymore-2EAF6778-3E58-47D8-BB2C-F1AA33C5DD0FDaniel Duggan from Rhythm Resource was at Hillcrest on Friday November 8, 2019 to help us “Release our Rhythm”! His show invited the whole audience to participate right from the start as we embarked on a percussive journey around the world to discover how other cultures and communities use rhythm to build community and in turn build the community of the school. It was an energetic, interactive, tapping, clapping, drumming experience that brought a message of Diversity, Unity and Synergy.

Remembrance Day Assembly


On Thursday November 7, 2019, Hillcrest students took some time to remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women who fought for our country and for peace in the world. Thank you to all of our students for being such a courteous audience during our Remembrance Day Assembly and a special thank you to those students who participated in the assembly.  A huge thank you also goes out to Mrs. Menzies and Mr. Roberts for all the work they did to plan the assembly and ensure that our students were well prepared to take the lead.

Parent Helper Larch Hills Ski Session

Larch Hills Nordic Society –  Free Parent Helper Ski Session!

Who? Parents, guardians, grandparents, CEAs, Teachers… any adult who anticipates joining a group of kids on the cross country trails but would like the opportunity to become more familiar with cross country skiing and a few of the beginner trails at Larch Hills.

What is this? Community volunteers will lead a ski session so that adults who would like to support a cross-country skiing field trip can feel more comfortable doing this.

When and where? December 14, 9:30-noon (December 21 is a back-up date if there is not enough snow on Dec. 14). Meet at the Larch Hills Chalet.

What do I need to bring? Wear layers of warm clothing (including tuque and mitts) that can be removed as needed. Coffee and cookies provided, please bring a mug. XC rental equipment and boots will be provided FREE from Skookum Ski and Cycle.

How do I sign up for this fantastic community opportunity? Please contact Pat Hutchins at 250.832.7242 or by email at Please provide your height and shoe size (please indicate if this is a Men’s or Women’s size) so that XC gear can be reserved ahead of time for you, as well as email/phone number (so that we can contact you if the session is postponed).

Please pick up your Free rental gear at Skookum Ski and Cycle on the Friday prior to the ski day, Friday Dec 13 (or Fri Dec 20 if the event is postponed).

Deadline to sign up: December 2nd

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents:

The BC Ministry of Education and School District No.  83 are continuing to develop curriculum and reporting documents that better meet the needs of families.  Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey.

Part of this change involves increased opportunities for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. As a result, for the third year in a row elementary schools in SD83 have scheduled an early dismissal day to facilitate Student/Parent/Teacher conferences.

On Thursday November 21, 2019, students at Hillcrest will be dismissed at 11:24am so that Student/Parent/Teacher conferences can take place.

Daycare pick-up and school bus pick-up will take place at this time. If your child is riding the school bus, please expect them to be dropped off at their usual drop-off location approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes early. If you usually meet your child at the drop-off location, please arrive 5-10 minutes early just in case the bus is a bit early.

These conferences will provide an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to discuss the child’s areas of strength, areas where development is needed, as well as set learning goals for the child’s continued academic and behavioral growth. Research indicates that this method of reporting was found to be more meaningful and informative for teachers, parents, and students. We also know that community-building and establishing strong relationships between home and school are what promotes learning in the most fundamental way.

Please note, an information letter explaining how to sign-up online for a Student/Parent/Teacher conference time slot will be sent home soon. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office. We look forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child’s progress and set goals for the remainder of the school year.


Gord Ritchie


ATTACHMENT: Early Dismissal Letter Nov 2019

Halloween at Hillcrest


It was wonderful to see so many staff and students dressed up on Thursday for Halloween. What a great way to show your school spirit! Thank you Mrs. Menzies and Mr. Roberts for a very fun assembly at the end of our annual Monster March in the morning. Thank you also go out to our leadership students for hosting a grade 3,4 and 5 dance at lunch!

Zero Waste Lunch Day

Congratulations to everyone at Hillcrest on your wonderful effort during our Zero-Waste Lunch last Wednesday!  We were very impressed with so many staff and students who had zero waste in their lunch!  There were some fantastic examples of waste-free lunch kits, containers, thermoses, water bottles and reusable wraps that many students already use regularly.

Although there were still a few wrappers and waste products at school that day, it was really cool to see students and teachers thinking about how those items might be re-used or what would be the most responsible way to dispose of those items.


One class kept track of all of their waste items over the course of the full day discussed ways the items could be reduced and the best ways to dispose of those items; for example: orange peel (compost), yogurt or apple sauce container (recycling – thoroughly washed), juice box (return for money).

Overall, the day was a great success that helped all of us to think about what we can do to cut down on food waste.   At the end of the day, the Green Team collected the waste items from all classrooms including garbage and recycling.  The total weight of all waste items collected that day day was just over 1lb!  We feel that this was pretty good for our first attempt at a zero waste lunch in a school of 317 students and 40 staff!

We look forward to more waste-free challenges and other “Green Team” initiatives in the near future!