Wheelchairs at Hillcrest


Hillcrest students have been having a blast learning how to use the SD83 set of sport wheelchairs over the past few weeks.

Today, some of our classes were lucky enough to meet Lily Brook, a wheelchair athlete (and student at Jackson). Before playing a game of wheelchair basketball, Lily talked to our students about her experiences participating in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair boxing and sit skiing. We wish Lily the best of luck as she heads to Fort St. John next week to compete as a member of the Zone 2 (Kamloops) wheelchair basketball team in the BC Winter Games!

Having the wheelchairs at Hillcrest has been a fantastic experience for our students. A huge thank you goes out to Laura Paiement (SD83 Healthy Schools Coordinator) for bringing the wheelchairs to our district!

Draw Night at Silverbacks Game

Salmon Arm area schools have been participating in a Math Problem of the Week challenge over the past month. Basically, the more problems our students complete the better chance we have of winning!

SilverbacksIn support of this friendly competition the Salmon Arm Silverbacks are offering Free Admission to any student accompanied by a paying adult for their home game against West Kelowna on Wednesday Feb 12. Tickets can be purchased/picked up at the Silverbacks Box Office or from Maximum Edge. A draw will be made during the game to determine the winning school.


As a follow up to this event, the winning school will also be recognized during the Hometown Hockey Assembly at Shuswap Middle School on Friday March 6.  Congratulations to all of our Hillcrest students for their efforts and participation in the Math Problems of the Week over the past month.

LINK: https://conta.cc/374s9MX

Ready, Set, Learn

Ready, Set, Learn

A Ready, Set, Learn event will take place in every elementary school in the North Okanagan-Shuswap in February or March 2020.

  • Ready, Set, Learn is a free early learning event for families with children who are 3 to 5 years old and not yet attending Kindergarten
  • All families will receive free books and a kit of materials and resources to help support their child’s early learning experiences
  • All families are encouraged to pre-register for the event at their local school or contact Jennifer Findlay at 250-833-2095 or jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca for more information
  • The Ready Set Learn event at Hillcrest School will take place on Monday February 24 from 1:00-2:00pm in the Library.

To see the full schedule of Ready, Set, Learn events throughout the district please click on the link below. If you know of a child in the Hillcrest community who has not yet registered for Kindergarten next year please let them know that registration is open.

LINK: RSL Final Schedule 2020

Pirate Loppet


Congratulations to all of our Loppeteers for participating in the Pirate Loppet at Larch Hills on Friday. There were over 500 participants from across the district taking part this year! A huge thank you to Mrs. Wessely and Mrs. Corbett for organizing our team of students to attend.

Cracker Olympics


Students had a blast competing in our annual Cracker Olympics last week. Each of our students were assigned to one of four teams (Ravens, Hawks, Eagles and Ospreys) as they completed in the six events below.

  • Chariot Race
  • Wheelchair/Balloon Popping Relay
  • Human Caterpillar
  • Fly on the Wall
  • Tug-O-War
  • Snowball fight

There were lots of laughs and at the end of the day the teams ended up tied and all students received a coveted cracker as their prize!

Plaid to Read a Book Day


It was awesome to see so many students participating in “Plaid to Read a Book Day” as part of our Unplug and Play activities last week. It was also great to see many of our students trading books at our Take a Book/Leave a Book table outside of the library. Thank you to Mrs. Reed for organizing these events for us. Students, don’t forget to hand in your Unplug and Play passports to the office before Friday Feb 7.