Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-Up

NOTE: The Winter Flowers Orders have been delayed due to Road Conditions/Closures. Only Purdy’s Chocolate Orders will be available for pick-up at this time.

Parents will be able to pick up their Purdy’s Chocolate Orders Monday Nov 29 from 5:00-6:00pm 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.

As the Multi-Purpose Room is also a classroom on Tuesday we are hoping most of our parents will be able to pick up their orders on Monday night. If you are not able to pick up your orders on Monday Nov 29, you can pick them up on Tuesday Nov 30 from 5:00-6:00pm.

Thank you so much for your support with this very successful fundraiser. 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

Before the Show

  • Dress for the weather by layering up! Audiance 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 in the Tire Walk Playground area so be sure to bring some cash.

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:// hil.sd83.bc.ca.

LINK: https://bit.ly/sftconferences


  • 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



Halloween Dress-Up Day

What a wonderful display of School Spirit on Friday Oct 29 for Halloween Dress-Up day. The costumes were amazing and it was so fun to see everyone getting into the spirit. With Halloween on a Sunday this year it is a great excuse to head out Trick or Treating early so that students are still able to get a good sleep before heading to school on Monday. Have a fantastic Hallween and don’t forget to STAY SAFE. Also, thank you for keeping Halloween candy out of your child’s lunches:)

Halloween Costume Day

As Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, students can choose to wear a Halloween Costume to school on Friday October 29. If you choose to wear a Halloween Costume please ensure you…

  1. Keep fake weapons (ie. swords, daggers, guns, etc.) at home and save them for Halloween night
  2. Keep blood and gore to a minimum – not too scary please
  3. Keep Halloween masks of any type at home and save them for Halloween night
  4. Choose a costume that is respectful of all individuals and cultures
  5. Choose a costume that will not interfere with learning

Students who do not want to wear a costume can show their school spirit by dressing in black and/or orange on this day!

As for Halloween candy, we believe in healthy eating at school. Therefore, we respectfully request that Halloween candy be consumed at home and not school. 

Thank you for your support!

Apple Order Pick-Up

Our Davidson Orchard Apples are arriving this week! Orders can be picked up according to the schedule below at the Multi-purpose Room door near the North East corner of our main parking lot.

Please wear a mask and remember social distancing when arriving at the door.

Pick-up Times:

Wednesday Oct 20 – 5:00 to 6:00pm

Thursday Oct 21 – 8:15 to 8:45am

Thursday Oct 21 – 5:00 to 5:30pm

Thank you for your support!

Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again! Our Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser is on now with orders due by Friday November 12.

We get up to 25% back in fundraising profit, and you get chocolates made in Canada with premium quality ingredients, and sustainable cocoa!

In an effort to go green this year, we will not be sending home paper catalogues with all of our students as the products can be viewed online through the website below. If you don’t have access to the internet or would still prefer a paper catalogue we do have a few available in the office.

To view the full catalogue and place your orders online, click on the direct link below to our Hillcrest Fundraising page. Orders will be available for pick-up on Thursday Dec 2 and Friday Dec 3. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

ORDER NOW: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1374902-87280.

New Route for Terry Fox Run

This year students in grades 3-5 tried out a new route for our Terry Fox run. They ventured out on the recently upgraded trail from 20th St SE to 10th Ave SE (below the powerlines). K-2 students ran our traditional Field/Harrison Hill loop at the school. As an added treat this year, each student received a delicious apple donated by DeMille’s Farm Market (THANK YOU DEMILLE’s!) when they finished their run. It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of positive energy and excitement in the air as we did our best to continue what Terry Fox started.

Thank you to Mrs. Kehl for all of her work organizing the run for us again this year. I would also like to thank Trustee VanBuskirk, our amazing parent volunteers, and our fantastic staff for making sure all of our students were successful and stayed on course. We will be announcing our fundraising total next week. Way to go Hillcrest!