A huge thank you goes out to Allison McNally, who presented Hillcrest with another generous donation last week for our Art Program. Over the past few years Allison has donated $880.25 to Hillcrest for the purchase for art supplies. The funds were raised as part of Allison’s annual Art Auction held at the West Gate Market. Allison was hoping to hold the auction last spring, however, due to COVID she was forced to postpone and modify the annual event. Allison currently attends Shuswap Middle School as a grade 6 student.
Below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of Dec 14, 2020. Thank you everyone who is participating in some of the Festive Leadership Activities our Grade 5’s have planned for us this week. Don’t forget to bring your donations for the Food Drive by Wednesday Dec 16!
Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 5 and 8,
Once again, School District No. 83 has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC to invite Grades 5 and 8 students to take part in completing the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.
In previous years, students in Grades 4 and 7 have completed the questionnaire but this year, our district will be inviting students in Grades 5 and 8, so there is not overlap with the Grade 4 and 7 FSA assessments.
The questionnaire will be administered between January 11th and March 5th, 2021 at your child’s school.
An informed passive consent letter was emailed to you in November. The MDI is voluntary; your child can choose whether they would like to complete the questionnaire.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair was a success! Thank you to all families, staff, and students who participated, supporting our school while enhancing home libraries.
Your purchases earned $351.80 in rewards that will be used to add new books to the Hillcrest library! Students are encouraged to suggest titles to Mrs. Reed.
Thank you again—and happy reading!
Our grade 5 students have been busy planning some fun activities for the last week of school!
You can take part in all or any of these activities! We look forward to your creativity!
-Grade 5 Leaders
A (non-edible) Gingerbread House Building Contest
Bring your own NON-EDIBLE Gingerbread House! That’s right, we don’t want to leave food in the hallway on display. So you could use:
Cardboard, craft supplies, pipe cleaners, pom poms, paint, lego, popiscle sticks, nature, buttons, gems/glittery things, clay, play dough etc.
Houses can begin coming in on Monday Dec 14! They will be judged on Wednesday Dec 16!
An Ornament Making Contest
Design and make your own ornament that we can display on the Hillcrest Tree by the office! You can use the same supplies as above! You may begin hanging your ornaments on the tree on Monday Dec 14. They will be judged on Wednesday Dec 16. Good luck and have fun!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
On Wednesday Dec 16, show your festive spirit by wearing your favourite Christmas sweater! Bright, bold, tacky, embellished – the more the merrier! Students will also be participating in games with their class – this may take may different forms so please wait for further information from your child’s teacher.
Our annual Food Drive has begun! Students are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or cash donations to their class collection containers. All items collected will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The last day to bring in items will be Wednesday Dec 16. Thank you to Mr. Smith’s class for coordinating our food drive this year.
In place of our annual winter concert our grade 4 and 5 students were making a movie last week under the dirction of Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Menzies, and local film maker Steven Ingle! Kudos to all of our students and staff on an outstanding team effort. We are hoping to share the video with the Hillcrest Community later next week!
Free shipping tonight (Wednesday, Dec 2) from 6-8 pm on all orders from the Virtual Book Fair! Books have been arriving quickly! All purchases earn rewards for new books for our library.
Our Purdys and Winter Flower orders are arriving this week! Parents can pick up their orders by going to the exterior door of multi-purpose room during the following times.
8:00-8:15 & 5:00-5:30
8:00-8:15 & 5:00-5:30
The multi-purpose room is the same room our breakfast program runs out of and is located at the NE corner of the parking lot.
For several years now, the staff at Hillcrest have sponsored students in Kenya, Africa, through the Canadian Harambee Education Society. CHES was started by Canadians to help girls in Africa who have no opportunity to attend school. The cost to send one boarding student to school for a year is $600.
Many students choose to honour staff at Christmas with a small gift of appreciation. Instead of a personal gift, please consider a different way of showing how much you care by sending a card to your teacher with a small donation to Harambee.
Attached is a letter with more information about this special tradition.
Thank you to everyone for a fantastic week of Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences last week. Connecting with families about their child’s goal is always a treat for staff. Below is our Week at a Glance for the week of Nov 23, 2020. Please note, our Virtual Book Fair begins on Tuesday this week. We also have a school wide Pajama Day planned for Thursday!
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.