Breakfast Club Open!

Our breakfast club is now open! We will be offering a “Grab and Go” style breakfast again this year. Students who are hungry can go to the exterior Multi-Purpose room door (near the North East corner of our parking lot) to pick up their breakfast. Students are asked to sanitize their hands before eating.

Below is our current menu:

  • Monday – Yogert, muffins, fruit and hardboiled eggs
  • Tuesday – Smoothies and bagels with fruit
  • Wednesday – Egg and cheese wraps with fruit
  • Thursday – Smoothies and bagels with fruit
  • Friday – Egg Mcmuffins with fruit

Thank you to all of our volunteers for ensuring this program can continue. A huge thank you as well to our Breakfast Program Coordinator, Kayla Vannieuwenhuizen, for organizing everything for us. We are still looking for some help on our spare list so if you think you might be able to fill in once in a while please contact Kayla at kaylavann88@gmail.com.

Apple Fundraiser

Our first PAC fundraiser of the year is on now!

Apple orders can be placed through our Hot Lunch and Fundraising program by following the instructions below. Orders must be placed by Sunday October 3, 2021.

Note: Every parent, new or old, must register their students and select their new classrooms for the year.

Instructions:

  1. Go to: http://hillcrest.schoollunchorders.net
  2. Select: “Click here to register” (Due to staff and class changes ALL students must register. ALL last year’s accounts have been deleted to ensure each student is assigned to their correct new class)
  3. Complete your (parent/caregiver) account information. Access code: HCHL
  4. Select “Students” then “Add New” and enter each student separately being sure to assign them to their correct class.
  5. Once all students have been added, return to the “Home” page and then select “Manage Orders”. Here is where you can place orders for students (or parents if you plan to volunteer and would like to order)

If you have any questions please contact kaylavann88@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!

Class Placement Emails Sent

This is just a quick message to confirm that class placement emails for students in Grades 1-5 have now been sent. If the email did not arrive in your inbox please check your junk mail. If you still can’t find the class placement email there, please see one of our staff members on supervision in the morning as they will be able to help you and your child find their new class. See you in the morning!

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back to School

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope this email finds you well and that you were all able to enjoy some quality family time this summer, despite the smoke and fires in our area. I was extremely proud of our students, staff, and entire community last year for ensuring that quality learning continued with minimal disruptions or distractions. I have no doubt that we will be just as successful this year. The staff at Hillcrest have been busy getting their classrooms set up and ensuring we are well prepared to welcome students back to school. We can’t wait to see all our students’ smiling faces again next week!!!

Below is some important information about our school start-up.

1. Year End Slide Show 2020-2021 – Below is a link to the year-end slide show that was shared with students on the last day of school in June. I thought I sent this link by email in July, but I have been told it was not received. Hopefully you will enjoy the opportunity to look back on some of the highlights from last year as you get ready for a new school year to begin!

LINK: https://youtu.be/fJ1k7lSg_5s

2. SD83 Return to School Plan – I know that we were all hoping COVID 19 would be in our rear-view mirror by now, however, that is not the case. Below is a link to a summary of the steps SD83 has taken to ensure safety and wellbeing remain a priority this school year. Please review this information thoroughly as a family to ensure everyone if familiar with our plan.

LINK: https://hil.sd83.bc.ca/2021/08/31/its-almost-time-for-school/

3. Health Checks and Masks – Last year our community did an amazing job of ensuring students and staff stayed home if they were sick. This is one of the most important strategies in keeping our community safe and ensuring school can continue as normal as possible.  Parents will be required to complete a daily Health Check with their child again this year. The easiest way to complete the Health Check and get answers to your questions is by using the K-12 Health Check Website or K-12 Health Check App. Masks will also be required again this year for all staff, visitors, and students in grades 4 and 5. Masks are encouraged for students in grades K-3.

4. First Day of School – Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 7.  When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:08am, returning students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom and new students will report to the office for an orientation. Students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered. Students will be dismissed at 11:16 am on Tuesday, September 7. 

Assuming we are able to finalize our class placements on Tuesday September 7, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their new classrooms on Wednesday, September 8. Parents will be notified who their child’s new teacher is by email on Tuesday evening. Students will report to the outside door of their new classroom at 8:08am on Wednesday September 8.

Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8.  Information about Kindergarten Gradual Entry was sent home in June at our Kindergarten Gift Bag event. If you did not receive this info please click on the link below. A follow up email will also be sent by the end of the week to inform parents which group their child is in on the first day.

LINK: Welcome to Kindergarten Letter – Sept 2021

5. New Bell Schedule – In order to meet the ministry required minutes of instruction this year we have had to extend our school day by 2min. As a result, classes will begin at 8:12am this year and students will be dismissed at 2:16pm.

LINK: Bell Schedule 2021-2022

6. School Supplies – Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles). A School Supply Fee Letter will be sent home as part of a newsletter during the first week.

7. Breakfast Program and Safe Arrival VolunteersWe are excited to share that the Breakfast Program will be operating again this year with a “Grab and Go” style breakfast. Please email kaylavann88@gmail.com if you can help. We are also looking for volunteers for our Safe Arrival Program. Please email cspottoc@sd83.bc.ca if you can help.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the SD83 Newsline Welcome Back to School email that should have arrived in your inbox today. Have a wonderful long weekend with your families and please don’t hesitate to call the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elenmentary School


Summer Information

Office Hours

The office will be open during the summer as per the schedule below.  Please call (250) 832-7195 during these times if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with Mr. Ritchie (Principal). If you did not pick up your report card in June or you would just like to stop by and say “hi” please feel free to pop in as well.

Monday August 30 – Friday September 3 (8:00am – 2:00pm)

Tuesday Sept 7  (8:00am – 3:00pm) – Regular Hours Begin

New Registrations

New student registration will take place on Tuesday August 31st from 9:00am-2:30pm. Please bring the following documents with you when registering your child.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Care Card
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residency (ie. a hydro bill, rental agreement etc. with your name and address on it)

If you cannot make it in to register during this time, please contact the school by phone at (250) 832-7195 or by email at hil@sd83.bc.ca.

First Day of School

Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 7.  When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:08am, returning students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom and new students will report to the office for an orrientation. Students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.  Students will be dismissed at 11:16 am on Tuesday, September 7. 

Assuming we are able to finalize our class placements on Tuesday September 7, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their new classrooms on Wednesday, September 8. Parents will be notified who their child’s new teacher is by email on Tuesday evening. Students will report to the outside door of their new classroom at 8:08am on Wednesday September 8.

Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8.  Information about Kindergarten Gradual Entry was sent home in June at our Kindergarten Gift Bag event. There will also be a follow-up email sent to parents during the first week of September.

School Supplies

Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles). A School Supply Fee Letter will be sent home as part of a newsletter during the first week.

If you have any questions, please give us a call.  Have a wonderful summer!

Battle of the Bands

Congratulations to all of our grade 4 and 5 classes on an awesome show last Friday during Battle of the Bands! It was wonderful to see so many of our students getting the chance to step out of their comfort zones and come together as a team as they performed live for their peers. Below are the links to the videos of each performance for your viewing pleasure.

Div 5 (Mrs. Smith) – https://youtu.be/0NPqCpuGxFU

Div 4 (Mrs. Gecse) – https://youtu.be/rkv75rt7KlM

Div 3 (Mr. Smith) – https://youtu.be/Fz9cJlU2aRg

Div 2 (Ms. Tyssen/Matuga). – https://youtu.be/uf9ZmBiabwo

Div 1 (Mrs. Menzies) – https://youtu.be/QhEW2vVaXEs

Orange Shirt Day – Monday May 31

In light of the news last week regarding the remains of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School, schools across the province and beyond will be holding an “Orange Shirt Day” tomorrow (Monday May 31, 2021). Join us in wearing something orange as we support all Residential School survivors and remember those that didn’t survive, their families, and the greater community during this difficult time.

Kindergarten Gift Bag Pick-up

We look forward to meeting all of our new Kindergarten students, and their parents, on Wednesday June 16 during our modified Kindergarten Orientation event. Parents can visit the information booth set up beside the Kindergarten Playground anytime between 1:00pm and 2:00pm on this day. Staff will be there to provide a gift bag for each of our new students and answer any questions you have.

Below is a link to the information sent to parents of new Kindergarten students on May 12, 2021. If you know of a family in your neighborhood with a Kindergarten aged child, please check with them to make sure they are registered and have received this information. Thank you for your help with ensuring all of our families are kept in the loop.

Swimming Schedule & Reminders

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Next week our modified swim program will begin. Each class will participate in two Recreational Swim times this year according to the schedule below. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who will be helping to supervise in classes that have students under the age of 7! If you are one of those volunteers, please be at the pool 10 min before your child’s scheduled swim time. 

On the days your child is scheduled to go swimming please remind them to…

  • Come to school with their swimsuit on under their clothing. This is not optional as students will be required to change on the pool deck before entering the pool.
  • Bring a towel and a plastic bag to put their wet swimsuit in. Students will be changing in the changerooms following their swim.
  • Bring a bag/backpack large enough to hold all of their clothing (including shoes) while they are swimming.
  • Dress for the weather, if they are in one of the classes walking to the pool.

Note: students who have opted out of swimming or do not have their swimsuit will be required to stay at school instead of going to the pool with their class. The pool does not allow any spectators at the moment.

K-5 Swimming Schedule – May 2021

Tuesday May 25Thursday May 27
9:00 (Walk Down & Back)Div 3 – C SmithDiv 4 – Gecse
9:45 (Walk Down & Back)Div 1 – MenziesDiv 5 – M Smith (*Bus Back?)
10:30 (Walk Down, Bus back)Div 8 – WesselyDiv 11 – Boyd (*Bus Down)
11:15 (Bus Down & Back)Div 12 – KehlDiv 13 – Porter
Tuesday June 1Thursday June 3
9:00 (Walk Down & Back)Div 2 – TyssenDiv 5 – M Smith
9:45 (Walk Down & Back)Div 6 – RushtonDiv 7 – Larmand
10:30 (Walk Down, Bus back)Div 10 – CorbettDiv 9 – Meerza
11:15 (Bus Down & Back)Div 14 – KnipeDiv 11 – Boyd
Tuesday June 8Thursday June 10
9:00 (Walk Down & Back)Div 3 – C SmithDiv 4 – Gecse
9:45 (Walk Down & Back)Div 1 – MenziesDiv 7 – Larmand
10:30 (Walk Down, Bus back)Div 8 – WesselyDiv 9 – Meerza
11:15 (Bus Down & Back)Div 12 – KehlDiv 13 – Porter
Tuesday June 15
9:00 (Walk Down & Back)Div 2 – Tyssen
9:45 (Walk Down & Back)Div 6 – Rushton
10:30 (Walk Down, Bus back)Div 10 – Corbett
11:15 (Bus Down & Back)Div 14 – Knipe

Thank you again for your support and please feel free to call the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School


Ms. Wentworth’s Children’s Library

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Wentworth’s Children’s Library is open for use by the children in our community!

The little book lending library pictured above has been installed near the main entrance of Hillcrest School. This library was created in memory of our dear teacher Ms. Wentworth, who loved books.

Please feel free to TAKE A BOOK. When you’re finished, share it with a friend or bring it back to the library for someone else to enjoy.

You can also GIVE A BOOK, by bringing an appropriate children’s book from home to share.

We hope this library inspires you to keep reading, as Ms. Wentworth has inspired so many of us!

Intramural Soccer

It has been worderful watching so many of our students participate in Intramural Soccer this year! We have 12 teams in total at the grade 3/4/5 level taking part. All of the games have been extremely close and the students participating have displayed excellent effort and sportsmanship throughout. Way to go Hillcrest!