Winter Flowers/Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-Up

NOTE: The Winter Flowers Orders have arrived and can be picked up from 4:30-6:00pm in the Multi-Purpose room on Wednesday December 1.

Parents will be able to pick up their Purdy’s Chocolate Orders and Winter Flower Orders on Wednesay Dec 1 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Multi-Purpose Room Door. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in the North East corner of our parking lot closest to the Adventure Playground.

There will be an alternative pick-up time on Thursday Dec 2 from 5:00-5:30pm at the Multi-Purpose Room Door.

Thank you so much for your support with these very successful fundraisers. Thank you also to our amazing PAC for organizing everything for us.

Outdoor Winter Show – The Ugly Sweater

Mr. Roberts, staff, and students in Divisions 1-9 have been working hard on a Hillcrest original Outdoor Winter Show entitled “The Ugly Sweater”. COVID presented several challenges for us again this year as it was difficult to plan for a show when we did not know what would be allowed in terms of capacity limits etc. Thank you to Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Menzies for their creativity in writing such an amazing script and for not giving up. Unfortunately, due to the capacity limits in place at the time of planning, not every class will be participating, however, we were able to include twice as many students as last year. There will be two evening performances for parents of students in Divisions 1-9 to watch.


Wednesday Dec 8 @ 6:30pmThursday Dec 9 @ 6:30pm
Div 2 – Ms. A Tyssen
Div 3 – Mr. C Smith
Div 6 – Ms. S Housden
Div 8 – Ms. N Boyce
Div 9 – Ms. T Meerza
Div 1 – Ms. T Menzies
Div 4 – Ms. L Gecse
Div 5 – Ms. M Smith
Div 7 – Ms. Larmand

COVID Protocals

  • Please be respectful of others personal space while at the show and practice social distancing as much as possible.
  • As these are outdoor events, Proof of Vaccination and Masks are not required.
  • Extended family is also welcome to attend.

Before the Show

  • Dress for the weather by layering up! Audience members should be prepared to stand outside and walk between scenes for 45min-60min in whatever weather comes our way.
  • Students are to report to their classroom through their regular outside classroom door @ 6:15pm.
  • Parents should report to the Tire Walk Playground to wait for the show to begin after dropping of their child.
  • There will be no seating. Taller individuals are encouraged to watch from the back of the crowd.
  • Please do not arrive too early, as it may be cold waiting outside.
  • Parking can be difficult to find during these performances. Please be respectful of our neighbors and ensure no driveways are being blocked.

Food Bank Donations

  • Families are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food. There will be a collection box in the Tire Walk Playground area for our local Second Harvest Food Bank.

Hot Chocolate/Popcorn Sales

  • Our wonderful PAC will be selling Hot Chocolate and Popcorn by donation so please be sure to bring some cash.
  • Families will need to bring their own mugs for the hot chocolate this year as we aim to reduce our impact on the environment.
  • All proceeds from these sales will go to our music program.

After the Show

  • Students will return to their classroom following the performance.
  • Parents should pick up their child from the outside classroom door.

We look forward to seeing you on the scheduled night for your child’s performance!

CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge 2021

Congratulation to our grade 5 students on an outstanding performance for the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge this year! There were a few unexpected delays caused by COVID, however, our team pulled through “Safe and Sound”. A huge thank you to Mr. Roberts for his creative vision and to Mrs. Menzies for her hard work behind the scenes!

We made a “Car-Tune”! Our project this year is created entirely in-house, and is student driven (literally in a big red cardboard VW!) We are presenting our version of Safe and Sound as an inclusive vision of friendship, with a folksy twist inspired by the stylings of Hawksley Workman.

Mr. Roberts

Hillcrest Clothing Order 2021

Order your Hillcrest School Clothing now! Our online store will only be open for a short time to ensure orders arrive before Winter Vacation. Orders are due by 11:59am on Wednesday November 24, 2021.

All clothing options will be available in both grey and blue colours this year. There are sample sizes available in the office if you would like to try something on.

To place your order go to…

Orders can also be placed by bringing the completed order form below (with payment) to the office.

Orders will be delived to Hillcrest for pick-up by Friday December 17th, 2021.

Student/Family/Teacher Conferences

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Our first formal report of the year is our Student/Family/Teacher Conferences on Thursday November 18, 2021. The majority of these conferences will take place on November 18; however, teachers may choose to open up conference times on other days next week if they don’t feel they can complete all of the conferences in one day. Due to COVID-19 the conferences will take place virtually (through Microsoft Teams) or over the phone if parents don’t have access to the internet. The purpose of this conference will be to focus on your child’s learning goal(s), and to ensure a plan is in place to help them meet these goals. As this is a formal report, it is important for each student to attend their conference with the support of at least one family member.  

Early Dismissal

On Thursday November 18, 2021students will be dismissed at 11:16am to facilitate the conferences so please ensure that you have made arrangements for your children.  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.

Booking your Conference

The link below will take you to a Microsoft Booking page where you can book a conference time with your child’s teacher.  This link is also available on our school website at https://



  • There are only enough time slots for one conference per child, so please coordinate which family member will book the conference.
  • If your child is in Mrs. Carla Wessley’s class please book your conference with Mrs. Natasha Boyce as she will be your child’s teacher starting on Tuesday Nov 9.

To complete your conference booking:  

  1. Select the name of your child’s teacher from the Staff drop down menu.
  2. Click on an available date on the Calendar.
  3. Select a time from the options available.
  4. Fill out the required fields in the form with your personal information.
  5. Click on the “Book” button to confirm.

You should receive a booking confirmation email and/or text with a link to join your Microsoft Teams Meeting.

CLICK HERE  to watch a video tutorial on how to join the meeting using the link provided. You can also test out the link ahead of time to ensure it works for you. On the day of your meeting please join your meeting a few minutes early so that it can begin on time.

If you have any questions about how to book your conference time, please contact the school at (250) 832-7195. You can also contact your child’s teacher directly if none of the times available will work for you. Thank you for your support by ensuring that you book your conference time online as soon as possible!

Scholastic Book Fair – CANCELLED


Dear families,

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! This is a great opportunity to share books with your family or purchase gifts while supporting our library. Up to sixty percent of sales can be used to buy new, engaging library books for our students to read!

So save the date! Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place from December 6-9.

And for parents, friends and family who can’t join us in the school, be sure to join us online with our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Our online shop–with free shipping!–will be open from November 29 – December 9. You can view a selection of the books you’ll find here:

Watch for more details leading up to our Scholastic Book Fair!

Happy Reading!

Jennifer Reed


Class to continue to self-isolate

Interior Health has notified School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) that the class at Hillcrest Elementary that was self-isolating should continue to do so until Tuesday, Nov. 9, rather than the original date of Nov. 5.

The extension is necessary because there has been another confirmed positive case of COVID-19, with the person at the school on Oct. 29.

This class is currently learning from home and will continue to do so until the isolation period is over.

When there is an exposure, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever/chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. Most people experience only mild disease.A small number of people may experience a more moderate to severe illness requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our students, staff and schools are safe. Please use all the layers of protection available to you.