Spring Hot Lunch Menus – Available Now!

The spring and summer hot lunch menu is available now!  A new option for your student at Panago is chicken bites; they come in a pack of five with optional dipping sauce.  These have been a hit at some other schools in the district.  Thanks for supporting the Hillcrest PAC!

HOT LUNCH DATES ORDER CLOSING DATES 
Friday, Jan 29/21 – Subway Sunday, Jan 24/21 
Friday, Feb 26/21 – Hungry Panda Sunday, Feb 21/21 
Friday, Apr 23/21 – Panago  *Thursday Apr 15/21 
Friday, May 28/21 – Subway Sunday, May 23/21 
Friday, Jun 18/21 – Panago *Thursday Jun 10/21 

**Hot lunch order is not available in March due to spring break.

CLICK HERE for more information on how to place your order online.

MDI Survey for Grade 5’s

Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 5, 

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 grade 5 parents on November 27th. The MDI is voluntary; your child can choose whether they would like to complete the questionnaire. 

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Jennifer Findlay 

District Principal 

jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca 

Winter Musical – “The Greatest Snowman”

It is with great pride we share the final version of our Winter Musical Production “The Greatest Snowman”. We embarked on a new adventure this year and attempted an online production with the help and leadership of Stephen Ingle from Single Shot Productions. Congratulations to all of our Grade 4&5 students on an outstanding performance and thank you to Stephen for the countless hours of editing required to create such a special keepsake for our actors.

Health Check Reminder

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas and a wonderful New Year! As we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021 with hope and optimism, I would like to thank everyone for keeping the Hillcrest community safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.

I am so proud of our students, teachers and parents for coming together to ensure students remained engaged in quality learning experiences over the past few months, despite the restrictions in place for eveyone’s safety.

A critical part of our COVID Safety Plan is completing the daily Health Check with your child. Please take some time to review the Health Check questions and the clear process (see below) to follow if your child is symptomatic before returning to school.

We look forward to welcoming all of our students back to class on Monday morning!

Sincerely,
Gord Ritchie – Principal

Review Health Check Process Now!

In case you missed it, below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of Jan 4, 2020.

LINK: https://conta.cc/358xwg1

Allison’s Art Auction Donation

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.

Week at a Glance – Dec 14, 2020

Photos: Div 8 – Volcanoes with Mrs. Verbeeton on her last day, Div 2 – Letters to loved ones, Div 2 – Pajama Day, Div 6 – Hillcrest Story Walk, Div 10 – Pajama Day

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!

LINK: https://conta.cc/3gIWNC0

MDI Survey for Grade 5’s

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: 

Jennifer Findlay 

District Principal 

jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca 

Scholastic Book Fair – Thank You!

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!

Festive Leadership Activities

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.