Earth Day Clean-Up

Thank to all of our students and staff who participated in our Earth Day School Yard Clean-Up. Our school grounds look amazing! It was also wonderful to hear all of the conversations teachers were having with their students throughout the week about the little things we can do on a daily basis to make a difference for our environment.

Basketball Finale

Thank you to all of our grade 5 students who participated in our modified basketball program this year. To ensure we stayed within our cohort structure this year, students were put on three seperate teams coached by Mrs. Menzies, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Ritchie/Ms. Tyssen. To wrap up the season, students participated in a year end tournament (within thier cohorts) the week before spring break. It has been amazing to see how much our students skills have improved over the past couple months despite their limited game experience. All students who participated indicated that they were excited about playing basketball again next year at SMS!

Report Cards

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Your child should have brought home their Term 2 Report Card today. The Term 2 report card provides information about your child’s academic, personal, and social development, including the progress they have made towards the goal(s) we set with them in November.  This report card reflects some of the grade specific Curricular Competencies (what students can do) and Content Standards (what students know) that your child has explored through their learning. Please take time to celebrate your child’s learning this term and talk about ways they can continue to grow. 

Attached to this email is a letter that helps explain our new report card format. Below you will also find a link to a fun video about the performance indicator scale that is used on our new report cards. Thank you to Mrs. Menzies for agreeing to share her “Report Card Story” with us!

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.  Once you and your child have reviewed the report card, please sign the front of the envelope, and return the envelope to your child’s teacher.

Sincerely, 

Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School

Pink Shirt Day

There was a sea of pink at Hillcrest today as we witnessed another amazing display of school spirit. Pink shirt day is a day where we celebrate kindness, tolerance and inclusion. A message that fits perfectly with our school motto “Where Everyone Belongs”, and is something we promote and practice daily in our school.

Winter Activities

Our season of winter fieldtrips is coming to a close. The above photos are from Mrs. Larmand’s Cross Country Skiing field trip and Mrs. Meerza’s Snow Shoeing Field Trip. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for helping provide such wonderful experiences for our students.

Wildlife Safety

As spring approaches it is common to see wildlife in the Hillcrest area. Over the weekend there were even reports of a cougar near Crystal Springs subdivision! Bear and Cougar attacks are uncommon, however, it is important that we take precautions and be prepared if we come across a wild animal. 

Please take some time to talk to your children about precautions to take when playing in your neighborhood and walking back and forth to school. Below are some basic safety guidlines. For more information please visit the following the Wildsafe BC website at https://wildsafebc.com/.

To DO

  • Walk in groups of 3 or more and make lots of noise.
  • If you carry food, it should be sealed up in your lunch kit and backpack.
  • Be alert, look around.
  • Use sidewalks along the road instead of shortcuts through forest or shrubby areas.
  • If you do see a bear/cougar, keep calm, make yourself looks as large as possible, back away slowly, speak in a loud low voice if the animal continues to approach.
  • If it is a bear you should avoid eye contact. If it is a cougar you should maintain eye contact.  
  • Please report any wild animal sightings to the school.

Do NOT

  • Do not walk alone.
  • Do not run away. Sudden movements may provoke an attack.
  • Do not carry or eat food on the way home.
  • Do not approach a bear, cougar or other wild animal, and do not leave out food for it.

Thanks for your help and support.

LINKS to Wildsafe BC Brochures

Lost and Found

Help! The Lost and Found bin at Hillcrest is overflowing! To make it easier to spot things you might recognize the items have been spread out in our main hallway for the next week. Please have your child collect any items you recognize in the video above ASAP. Unclaimed items will be taken to the Thrift Store on Feb 26, 2021.

Dancing with Smiles

Thank you to our coaches Kali, Gabriel, and Georgia from Just for Kicks Dance for an amazing dance program this year! Our students had a blast learning some new moves and working together on a class routine. With the support of our PAC, each class received four lessons in total over the course of four weeks.

Crazy Hair Day & Crazy for Kindness Bulletin Board

Our grade 5 leadership students are hosting a school wide CRAZY HAIR DAY on Friday Feb 19. Show your school spirit and join in the fun as we celebrate differences by getting a little crazy, with our hair that is.


Our leadership students will also visiting classroom this week to talk about a Crazy for Kindness bulletin board they are putting together in support of Pink Shirt Day. All students are encourage to contribute by binging their kindness hearts by Monday Feb 22.