Earth Day Clean-Up

In recognition of Earth Day, Hillcrest students participated in a School Yard Clean-Up on Friday April 22! Thanks to the hard work of our students and the pride they took in the work completed, our school grounds look amazing! Fantastic job Hillcrest!

Swimming Permission Forms

It’s that time of year again! We are currently in the planning stages for our Swimming Program which begins on May 24. To assist us with our planning, parents are asked to complete the online permission form below for each child by Tuesday April 26.

LINK to Swimming Permission Form:

Description of Activities:

All students will be participating in three recreational swims. Qualified lifeguards will be on the pool deck during the sessions. We are unable to participate in swim lessons, facilitated by swim instructors, due to a staffing shortage at the pool this year. 

Group 1 – Tuesdays (May 24, May 31, June 7)

9:00-9:45 – Div 11 (Boyd) & Div 12 (Kehl)
9:45-10:30 – Div 2 (Tyssen) & Div 4 (Gecse)
10:30-11:15 – Div 10 (Corbett) & Div 9 (Meerza)

Group 2 – Thursdays (May 26, June 2, June 9)
9:00-9:45 – Div 3 (Craig Smith) & Div 1 (Menzies)
9:45-10:30 – Div 13 (Porter) & Div 6 (Housden)
10:30-11:15 – Div 5 (Morgan Smith) & Div 7 (Larmand)
11:15-12:00 – Div 8 (Boyce) & Div 14 (Sudbury)

Volunteers Needed:

The pool requires a ratio of one adult for every two children 5 or 6 years old. As a result, we will need many parent volunteer in our Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.

Div 10 – Corbett

Div 11 – Boyd
Div 12 – Kehl
Div 13 – Porter
Div 14 – Sudbury/Knipe

If you can volunteer as a swimming supervisor please indicate your availability when filling out the permission form.

Note: Criminal Record Checks are not required for parents acting as swimming supervisors in the pool. However, Criminal Record Checks are required for any parent helping supervise in the change rooms. 

Other Information:

Students should come to the pool with swimsuits on below their clothing. Students will also need to bring a towel and plastic bag to put their wet clothes in after they are done swimming. 

As always, thank you for your support and please feel free to contact the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns. 


Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School

Save the Date – Scholastic Book Fair!

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 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 May 16-20.

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 also be open from May 16-20. 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


Roots & Blues Fundraiser

We are excited to announce that the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society has provided Hillcrest Elementary with an amazing fundraising opportunity!

By using the Promo Code below you will recieve a $30 discount on the purchase of ROOTS and BLUES Festival August 19-21, 2022 ADULT passes.


The price is $190 for an ADULT ticket, with this special code, you will receive a $30 discount off each ADULT ticket. All other tickets are at regular price, children 12 and under are FREE. To purchase your ticket go to and enter the promo code in the applicable box. 

Hillcrest Elementary School will receive a $30 donation for each ADULT pass you purchase!

This promo code is VALID from now until 50 Adult passes are sold OR until May 20, 2022, whichever comes first.

Need help with your tickets?

Visit for help and information.

Grade 5 Basketball

Thank you to all of our grade 5’s who came out for basketball this year. There was no official league due to COVID, however, the students who came out still showed a great deal of improvement thanks to their hard work and amazing coaches (Mrs. Menzies and Mr. Smith)!

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back from Spring Break on Monday, April 4! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Just a reminder that when we all come back to school that the mask mandate has ended. SD83 is a “mask friendly” school district. You can wear a mask if you choose.

Please continue with the daily health checks and stay home if you are ill. Also, regular hand washing and sanitizing should continue. For those who choose to wear a mask, medical grade masks continue to be available for students and staff.

If you really enjoyed your time off don’t fear, there are two more school holidays on the horizon. Good Friday is on April 15 and Easter Monday is April 18.

Important federal information for those who travelled internationally over Spring Break

If you and your family travelled outside Canada over Spring Break there are important federal requirements to be aware of. This includes that for 14 days following entry into Canada, travellers must:

Some federal rules after entering Canada are different from the provincial or territorial rules. In this case, you must follow the stricter rules.

For more information: Federal requirements for out of country travellers