Fire Prevention Week a BLAST

Each of our 14 divisions had a “blast” this week participating in an interactive “Sounds of Fire” presentation by Hillcrest Parent and Salmon Arm Firefighter, Tyler Stevenson. A huge thank you to Tyler and the Salmon Arm Fire Department for creating such a great opportunity for our students.

If your child is interested, there is still time to participate in the Fire Prevention Poster & Video Costests as part of Fire Prevention Week. The deadline for submissions is October 22.

Terry Fox Run

It is with great pride that Hillcrest students participate in the Terry Fox – Marathon of Hope every year. This year our Terry Fox Run will take place on Friday Oct 8. Students will be encouraged to bring in cash donations all week starting on Monday Oct 4 to help us “Fill the Jar” in front of the office. Donations can also be made online by using the link below.

Fundraising Link: http://www.terryfox.ca/HillcrestElementary
Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under our school name!


Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy. This will be the 28th year Hillcrest has participated in the Terry Fox Run!

Orange Shirt Week

You should be very proud of our Hillcrest staff and students for doing a fantastic job this week of learning about and honouring the indigenous children who were taken from their homes and placed in residential school.

As part of our commitment to reconciliation we began our Secwepemc Flag Pole fundraising campaign this week with a coin drive. Our goal was to raise enough coins to stretch the length of the 30′ flag pole we plan to purchase. Together we brought in 46meters or 150′ of coins, which far exceeded our goal. The total raised so far is $434.10, not counting the additional 8m of coins just dropped off by Mrs. Smith’s class. Thank you to everyone who brought in coins and to Mrs. Menzies and her leadership students for doing all of the counting for us!

New Benches

You may have noticed that we have some new benches around our school yard. Thank you to our wonderful PAC for purchasing these for us and to our SD83 Operations department for getting them installed so quickly! They look amazing and are already seeing lots of use.

Fire Prevention Week and Contest

Fire Prevention Week will be taking place during the week of Oct 4-8. Thank you in advance to Salmon Arm firefighter and Hillcrest parent Tyler Stevenson who will be doing Fire Safety/Rescue Presentations will each of our 14 classes during this week!

Below is information on the Fire Prevention Poster & Video Costests if your child would like to participate. Deadline for submissions is October 22.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is just around the corner! As Orange Shirt Day is now the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation there will actually be no school on this day. Consequently, we will be asking students to wear Orange on Monday September 27 as we begin our “Orange Shirt Week” activities and come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope!


As part of Orange Shirt Week we will also be kicking off our Secwepemc Flag Pole fundraising with a Coin Drive! The goal will be to collect enough coins as a school to stretch the length of the 30′ flag pole we plan to purchase and raise along side our BC and Canada flags in the front of the school. Thank you for helping your child participate in these important events.

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