Purdys and Winter Flower Pick-up

Our Purdys and Winter Flower orders are arriving this week! Parents can pick up their orders by going to the exterior door of multi-purpose room during the following times.


8:00-8:15 & 5:00-5:30


8:00-8:15 & 5:00-5:30

The multi-purpose room is the same room our breakfast program runs out of and is located at the NE corner of the parking lot.

Harambee Student 2020

Dear Parent/Students,

For several years now, the staff at Hillcrest have sponsored 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. The cost to send one boarding student to school for a year is $600.

Many students choose to honour staff at Christmas with a small gift of appreciation. Instead of a personal gift, please consider a different way of showing how much you care by sending a card to your teacher with a small donation to Harambee.

Attached is a letter with more information about this special tradition.

Snow and Sliding at Hillcrest

SLIDESHOW: Pictures from our first snow day.

With our early snowfall this year it is a good time to review some of our expectations with respect to snow and sliding at Hillcrest.

“Snow is for BUILDING and SLIDING only” – The expectation is no throwing of snow. Not at a tree, not in a tire, not on the playground etc. Hillcrest students seem to be pretty respectful of this.

“If you did not make it, you may not break it” – The expectation is that students respect what others build. This is the same expectation we have for forts.

Sliding on Snow Pants – There are a number of little slopes around the grounds that students like to slide on. As long as they are safe they will remain open. If they become unsafe, they will be closed off. For safety reasons students sliding are expected to…

  • wear snowpants
  • slide feet first
  • wait until the hill is clear (one at a time)
  • move to the side of the hill when finished

GT’ing on Harrison Hill – The only type of slider permitted at Hillcrest is a GT Snowracer. Kindergartens are not permitted to GT, only grade 1 through 5 students. GT’s are only to be used on Harrison Hill when it is open and an adult is there to supervise. GT’s come down one sled at a time with a safe gap between sleds. There may be two riders on a GT. No jumps, please. HELMETS are mandatory. Finally, GT’s are not permitted in school. They are neatly lined up against the wall outside classroom doors. They need to go home on a daily basis.

Virtual Book Fair

Dear families,

Mark your calendars! Our school will be hosting a Scholastic Virtual Book Fair from November 24th to December 7th.

The Virtual Book Fair is a fantastic way to continue to give our students access to the books they want to read.  You will be able to shop together from the comfort of home, selecting the books that inspire your readers.

All purchases will benefit our school, earning rewards that can be redeemed for books for Hillcrest’s library.

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:


Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

  • SAVE it to your browser
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books

Shipping is free for orders over $35. On Wednesdays (Nov. 25 and Dec. 2) from 6pm-8pm, shipping will be free for orders of any amount!

Happy reading!

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Reed at jreed@sd83.bc.ca.

Hillcrest Students Show Support for Community

On Wednesday November 18, Mrs. Menzies’ Grade 5 Class took to the streets to showed their support for organizations and businesses throughout our community who have been working hard to stay open during the pandemic. Little did they know just how much their actions would mean to people.

LINK to Salmon Arm Observer article: https://www.saobserver.net/community/young-students-brighten-up-day-for-downtown-salmon-arm-businesses/

Week at a Glance – Nov 12, 2020

Below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of Nov 9-13, 2020. A huge thank you to Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Menzies and all of our grade 4/5 students who participated in a very special Remembrance Day Presentation on Tuesday Nov 10. It was a wonderful tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom.

Don’t forget that Flower Orders are due on Friday Nov 13 and Hillcrest School Clothing orders are due on Monday Nov 16!

LINK: https://conta.cc/3lrOpYW

Week at a Glance – Nov 2, 2020

Thank you to Mrs. Menzies and our Grade 5 leadership students for organizing our Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Halloween Costume Contest last week. All of our students did an outstanding job with both their costumes and pumpkins. It was a wonderful display of school spirit with 150 entries in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Thank you as well to Kristy Cruikshank and our Hot Lunch volunteers for a very sucessful first hot lunch of the year. Below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of November 2, 2020.

LINK: Week at a Glance – Nov 2, 2020

Early Dismissal Day – Nov 19

Dear Parents:


Student/Parent/Teacher conferences provide an opportunity for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. Discussions will focus on the child’s strengths and stretches (areas for potential growth). The Student/Parent/Teacher learning team will work together to establish a goal(s) aimed to further the child’s academic and/or behavioral growth. Due to COVID-19, conferences will take place virtually this year (through Microsoft Teams) or over the phone.

The early dismissal day helps facilitate the time needed for these important conversations. Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey. 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.

Daycare pick-up and school bus pick-up will occur early on this day. If your child is riding the school bus, please expect them to be dropped off at their usual drop-off location approximately 3 hours 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.

Information on how to sign-up for a conference time and join the Teams Meeting 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 – Principal

Hillcrest School Clothing Order 2020

Order your Hillcrest School Clothing now! Our online store is open until noon on Monday November 16th. All clothing items will be in blue this year! There are sample sizes available in the office if you need to try something on. Please call the office at (250) 832-7195 first though.

To place your order go to:


Orders can also be placed by submitting a completed order form below.