Week at a Glance – Jan 27, 2020

Below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of Jan 27, 2020. There is a lot going on this week so don’t forget to check out the calendar. In addition to the items mentioned in our Week at a Glance, we also have our monthly Zero-Waste lunch day on Wednesday Jan 29 and a Non-Instructional day coming up on Monday Feb 3.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our parents who have been helping tie skates and volunteering to assist with Cross Country skiing field trips over the past few weeks. See you at the PAC meeting on Monday Jan 27 @ 6:00pm!

LINK: https://conta.cc/36snYdt

Long Range Facilities Plan Public Session

Important planning/consultation sessions are taking place for the SD83 Board’s Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). As part of this consultation process the Board is hosting public sessions around the district.

On Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m. a public session will be held at the District Education Support Centre (DESC). An overview of the entire district will be presented, with discussion focussing on urban schools in the Salmon Arm area (Salmon Arm West, Hillcrest, South Broadview, Bastion, Shuswap, SAS Jackson, and SAS Sullivan).

Below are the options being considered for the Salmon Arm Zone.


Unplug and Play

Next week is Unplug and Play week! Hillcrest will be participating by hosting the following events.

  • Take a Book/Leave a Book (all week outside the the library)
  • Plaid to Read a Book Day (students are encouraged to dress in Plaid for a buddy reading activity following lunch on Wednesday Jan 29)
  • Family Fitness Night (Friday Jan 31 @ 6:45pm in the gym at Hillcrest). All families are welcome to attend! Thank you to our PAC for sponsoring this event.

In addition to the events at Hillcrest there are also dozen of events around the community. Please see the passport and poster below for more information.

LINK: Unplug and Play Passport 2020


Parking Lot Safety

Our parking lot can be challenging at the best of times, and with the extra snow this year it can be even more frustrating.  Lately we have noticed that several of our parking lot expectations are not being followed as closely as we would like. Below is a reminder of the expectations we have to ensure everyone’s safety and keep traffic flowing.

  1. At no times should vehicles be parked in the Kiss and Go lane. This includes times when the parking lot is not busy. As this area is also a Fire Lane it must remain open at all times.
  2. Vehicles should not enter the staff parking area. This is where our students line up for their buses.
  3. Pedestrians must stay on the sidewalks. Navigating our busy parking lot is made much more difficult if pedestrians are constantly walking through traffic. We will do our best to ensure sidewalks are clear and salted throughout the winter.
  4. Our entire parking lot is an idle free zone. In addition to wanting to prevent further pollution we also have “Young Lungs at Work”.
  5. Always leave 3 car lengths when parking near a crosswalk or an intersection. It is important that vehicles on the road can clearly see if students are getting ready to cross. This applies to the crossing walk across the field as well.

Finally, if you are parking in our parking lot, we also ask that you fill the parking lot by parking in the stalls furthest away from the entrance first as shown in the map below. This will ensure that empty stalls are easily visible.

Thank you for your cooperation by adhering to our parking lot expectations.

Parking Lot

Cold Weather Policy


With the extremely cold temperatures expected this week it is important that students dress for the weather when coming to school. Please see the image above for some guidelines with respect to dressing for the cold.

During very poor weather students will be permitted to play appropriately inside. Given the protection offered by our surrounding forests, when temperatures are in the range of -10 to -15 degrees at the school, students are typically expected to play outside as long as the windchill isn’t too bad. When the temperature drops below -15 degrees at the school there is a good chance students will have an indoor recess.  The decision whether or not to have an indoor recess rests with the principal and is based on a number of factors (ie. temperature at the school, windchill, shelters available, length of time outside, etc.).

If your child arrives at school before the bell, some teachers may choose to open their classroom doors a few minutes early on extreme cold weather days. If your child’s classroom door is not open, the multi-purpose room is alway open in the morning at 7:45am for both the breakfast program and as a quite place to take shelter from the cold.  Please note, if your child is “too ill” to play outside at lunch and recess, they should not be at school.  This policy is in place to protect the health of all students, staff and guests at Hillcrest.

Breakfast Program Volunteers Needed

happy breakfast

The Breakfast program is looking for volunteers. It is important we have parent help to continue the program so if you have some spare time in the mornings, it would be so appreciated. Currently we need help on the following days…

  • Tuesdays, alternating weeks staring January 14th. This is our grab and go day and very easy! Students line up outside the door for their food. There is minimal prep required.
  • Thursdays, alternating as well starting January 14th. This is our pancake day and a major hit so extra important we have the parent helpers!

Please email kaylavann88@gmail.com if you can assist in any way.