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

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:

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!


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.

Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser

Don’t miss out on your Purdys Chocolate Order this year! Orders will be accepted until Friday October 30th in the office or online.

Order Online by going to:

1. Login or Create a New Account.

2. Join Customer #16260

3. Select the Shop Online tab in the menu.


4. Please use the “Online Order Form” not the Marketplace method to place your order. The Online Order Form is the only place you can enter your student’s name & teacher/division so we know which classroom your order will belong to!

REMINDER – We need to know:
• First & Last Name of person placing the order
• Your Phone Number
• Additional Info: Student name/teacher/division

5. Pay for your orders by credit card.

6. Invite other people (via email) to support Hillcrest.

All orders will be delivered to Hillcrest and orders will be arrive the week of November 30th. Pick up times and location TBA.

Traditional order forms w/payment (payable to Hillcrest PAC) will be accepted. Please fill out your child’s name, phone number and class.

Contact Anitra Worton if you have any questions-

Apple Order Pick-Up

Dear Hillcrest Families, 

Apples will be arriving tomorrow! If you ordered apples as part of our Apple Fundraiser through Davidson Orchards they will be available for pick-up on…

  • Wednesday October 21st from 4:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Thursday October 22nd from 8:00am to 8:30am and 5:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Friday October 23rd from 8:00am to 8:30am.

Please pick up your order directly from the Multi-Purpose Room door at the north end of the parking lot. We do not have cold storage for the apples so please arrange to have them picked up ASAP. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support. 

– Your Hillcrest PAC