Summer Reading Club

Dear Families,

Registration for the public library’s fantastic Summer Reading Club opens Monday, June 15th! Encourage your children to read throughout the summer by signing up online. This year’s Summer Reading Club is virtual, but kids can now borrow physical books again, earn real medals, and enter to win great prizes! Over 30 virtual presentations are offered — from special guests like Bubble Wonders to author visits to space exploration with the Royal Astronomical Society, and much more!
Happy reading!
Jennifer Reed
Teacher-Librarian
jreed@sd83.bc.ca

Alternate Schedule for June 22-25

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope you are doing well. Below is some very important information about the last two weeks of school.

1. Change in Status – Please remember to contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Ritchie by Thursday June 11 @ 2:00pm if you would like to change the status of your child’s attendance for next week.

2. Alternate Schedule for the Last Week – Given that there are only 3 full school days during the week of June 22-25 we will be adjusting our schedule for the week to ensure every student can attend for an equal amount of time. Home Learning Opportunities will still be provided for the week, however, due to our Whole Class Farewell Events on Wednesday June 24 and Thursday June 25, Teams meetings will not be scheduled.

Monday

June 22

Tuesday

June 23

Wednesday

June 24

Thursday

June 25

Friday

June 26

Group 1

(would usually attend on Mon/Tues)

Group 2

(would usually attend on Thurs/Fri)

Whole Class Farewell Events

(See Schedule)

Whole Class Farewell Events

(See Schedule)

Administrative Day

3. Whole Class Farewell Events – We are very excited to invite all students from each class to a Whole Class Farewell Event on Wednesday June 24 or Thursday June 25 according to the schedule below. Since the activities planned for these events will be taking place in the gym or outside, we can safely accommodate a full class of 20-28 students at one time. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child has not been attending school but would like to participate in the Whole Class Farewell Event planned for their class. As always, we completely respect the decision of families who may not want to participate in these events. Due to the complexity of our schedule it is very important that parents drop-off and pick-up their child at the designated locations within the windows provided. All students attending these events will still need to complete a Heath Check in the parking lot upon arrival.

Wednesday June 24

Division Drop-off Time

Parking Lot

Pick-up Time

Adventure Playground

Div 11 – Boyd 8:05-8:15 9:45-9:55
Div 12 – Morrison 8:30-8:40 10:10-10:20
Div 13 – Porter 8:55-9:05 10:35-10:45
Div 14 – Knipe 9:20-9:30 11:00-11:10
Div 5 – Smith 9:45-9:55 11:25-11:35
Div 6 – Housden 10:10-10:20 11:50-12:00
Div 7 – Larmand 10:35-10:45 12:15-12:25
Div 8 – Corbett 11:00-11:10 12:40-12:50
Div 9 – Meerza 11:25-11:35 1:05-1:15
Div 10 – Wessely 11:50-12:00 1:30-1:40

Thursday June 25

Division Drop-off Time

Parking Lot

Pick-up Time

Adventure Playground

Div 4 – Gecse 8:05-8:15 9:45-9:55
Div 3 – Boyce 8:30-8:40 10:10-10:20

Thursday June 25

Division Drop-off Time

Parking Lot

Pick-up Time

Parking Lot

Div 2 – Tyssen 9:20-9:30 11:35-11:45
Div 1 – Menzies 9:45-9:55 12:00-12:10

Thank you again for your cooperation and support as we try to bring some positive closure to a somewhat challenging end to the school year. Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gord Ritchie

Principal- Hillcrest Elementary School

Important Update for the Week of June 8-12

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Thank you again for your cooperation and support this week as we navigated our return to in-class instruction. As with any new experience we will continue to learn together and make efforts to improve some of the policies and procedures we have in place to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. Starting next week we would like to make the following changes.

1. Health Check Ticket students will now be able to come to school without a parent, as long as they bring a parent signed Health Check Ticket with them. Students still need to report directly to a Heath Check Station upon arrival though.  Ensuring all students coming to school are healthy is critical to the success of our restart plan.

Students who were at school on Friday received some blank Heath Check Tickets. Students coming to school on Monday will be getting their tickets then. If you don’t have a blank Heath Check Ticket at home please go to our website (https://hil.sd83.bc.ca) to print one off or copy it out on a blank piece of paper.

2. Pick-Up Times – We will be adjusted our staggered pick up times at the end of the day.

    • Parents can pick up students outside their classrooms between 2:00-2:07. 
    • Students taking the bus, walking or riding home will be dismissed at 2:07.

Please communicate with your child and/or their teacher how they will be getting home so they can be ready to go on time.  It is still important for all students and families to leave school grounds immediately after pick-up.

3. Drop-Off Times–  Our staggered Drop-Off times will be adjusted slightly as our Heath check stations are running quite smoothly.  As much as possible, students with a last name starting with…

    • A-M should be dropped-off from 7:50-8:00
    • N-Z should be dropped-off from 8:00-8:10

Students should not walk or be dropped off at the school site before 7:50am.

4. New Students – if your child will be coming to school for the first time this week please be sure to thoroughly review the Hillcrest School Restart Parent Letter document with your child.

Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School

Hillcrest Restart Plan

Dear Hillcrest Families,

The staff at Hillcrest have been working very hard over the past few weeks preparing for some of our students to return to part-time in-class learning starting on June 1.  We understand this is a family decision and respect your choice during this unusual time. In order to maintain a safe and healthy learning and working environment we will be implementing a variety of new procedures.

Attached is a summary of some of the procedures that you and your child need to be aware of before returning to school. For the health and safety of all members of our community it is critical that you review the information in this document thoroughly and contact the school  at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns.

LINK: Hillcrest School Restart Parent Letter – Questions and Procedures

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these uncharted waters.  If you would like extensive details about the safety protocols in place, please visit our website to view the complete SD83 Restart Safety Plan.

Sincerely,

Gord Ritchie

(Principal)

Trolls are Out!

Trolls

Heads up Hillcrest and Ranchero…Mrs. Meerza and Mrs. Major took part in the annual “release the trolls” spring placement session up at South Canoe. All of the trolls made by Ranchero and Hillcrest students are now ready to be visited.

Day or Mourning

mourning_header

On Tuesday April 28 the flags at Hillcrest Elementary School will be flown at half mast in recognition of the National Day of Mourning. This day commemorates workers who have been killed or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

District Music Challenge

music

Join other Canadian children in song with professional vocal coach Jasmine Denham in this CBC Project Inside Voices.  It’s easy to participate.  Simply go to the website below and watch the latest video that will guide your family through the project.  Each week a new video will be added to move you along.  Be sure to be extra-creative and CBC may just decide to broadcast your video if you choose to share it.

https://www.cbc.ca/music/events/canadian-music-class-challenge/challenge-your-kids-to-raise-their-inside-voices-in-song-1.5531690

Video 1 (April 17): Vocal Warm-up

Video 2 (April 24): The Craft of Singing

Video 3 (May 1): Learn the Song

Video 4 (May 8): Record and Share Your Song

May 13: Upload your project

At the end of the project you will have the option to upload to social media using the hashtags #CBCMusicclass and #cbckids.  Remember that you will need your parent’s permission to share any of your work online.

Please feel free to send your project to our Music Teacher here at school as well!

COVID-19 School Supply Pick-up

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Our teachers have thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with families this week. Thank you for making these calls such a positive experience for them and for the overwhelming show of support as we navigate these uncharted waters. Below is a link to an important letter regarding our plans to have a family member come to school on Monday April 6 or Tuesday April 7 next week to pick up your child’s personal belonging/school supplies. Please read it carefully and contact the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns. 

LINK: COVID-19 School Supply Pick-up

Sincerely, 

Gord Ritchie

(Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School)

 

Teacher Phone Calls

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope this email finds you well and staying healthy. On behalf of all our staff I would like to send our thoughts and best wishes to each of our Hillcrest Families in these challenging times. As communicated through the SD83 emails you have received, beginning this morning teachers will be reaching out by phone to each of our families.  Please note, due to a new phone system we are using the call will most likely show up as coming from an unlisted number with NO CALLER ID.

Our goal is to contact each family as soon as possible, however, there are some factors that can make this task challenging for us. Firstly, our district has a limited number of phone lines available, as a result, it is not possible for every teacher in the district to make calls at the same time. To help ensure phone lines will be available a calling schedule has been developed. Most phone calls from Hillcrest will be taking place according to the following schedule. Please try to be available during these times if possible.

  • Tuesday: 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday: 8:00-10:00 and 2:00-4:00
  • Thursday: 12:00-2:00
  • Friday: 10:00-12:00

Finally, in order to contact each of our families as soon as possible you may be contact by a different staff member than you child’s teacher. This does not mean that your child’s classroom teacher doesn’t want to talk to you or won’t be reaching out to eventually, we are just being as efficient as possible with our limited calling windows and resources available. In fact, teachers were very disappointed that they may not be the first one to contact each of their students.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate our new reality. The support we have received from our community so far has been amazing. 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

Parent contacts