Professor Wow!

Hillcrest had a very special guest this afternoon as students gathered in the gym for our second cultural performance of the year. Professor Wow! used his mind-boggling circus skills to reveal the invisible forces that are right under our noses. With his expert juggling and balancing skills, plus help from audience volunteers, Professor Wow! helped us learn about Newton’s three laws of motion and so much more. 

Kindergarten Orientation 2022/2023

We are very getting very excited to welcome all of our new 2022/2023 Kindergarten students to Hillcrest! To help ensure a smooth transition to Kindergarten, new Kindergarten students and parents are invited to participate in our Kindergarten Orientation. Below are some details about this event.

Date: Wednesday June 1, 2022

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Location: Meet in the Kindergarten Playground behind the Gym

RSVP: Please contact the school by phone (250) 832-7195 or by email at to confirm that you have received this email and if you plan to attend.

This event provides families with an opportunity to meet our Kindergarten team while participating in a variety of play-based learning activities.

The following staff will be involved in this event: Kindergarten Teachers; Learning Resource Teacher; Librarian; Public Health Nurse; SD83 Early Learning Coordinator; Literacy Support Teacher; Speech and Language Pathologist; and Principal.

Families in attendance will also receive a gift bag with some learning resources that you can use at home over the summer in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall!

Don’t forget to RSVP and please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

Scholastic Book Fair – Time to Shop!

Dear families,

It’s here! Our school’s Scholastic Book Fairhas begun! If your child would like to shop at the Book Fair, please send money or a cheque on their regular library day this week. Or, visit the Book Fair with your child at one of the following times:

  • Mon., May 16:   2:20 – 3:15 pm
  • Tues., May 17:   7:45 – 8:08 am & 2:15 – 3:15 pm (Parents are welcome to come at 1:45 pm.)
  • Wed., May 18:   7:45 – 8:08 am, 2:15 – 3:15 pm & 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Thurs., May 19: 7:45 – 8:08 am & 2:15 – 3:15 pm (Parents are welcome to come at 1:45 pm.)
  • Fri., May 20:      7:45 – 8:08 am

And don’t forget! Even if you can’t join us in the school, you can visit our Virtual Book Fair Extension on the same dates: Orders will be shipped free of charge to our school.

Remember, all purchases–in-person and online–benefit our library. Thank you for supporting this important fundraiser!

Happy reading!

Jennifer Reed


Little Mountain Stomp 2022

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Little Mountain Stomp District Cross Country race on Tuesday May 3! It was awesome to see so many personal best performances by our Hillcrest runners. Lots of positive energy and smiles as well. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and to Mrs. Smith and Ms. Larmand for organizing our huge team of 95 runners to attend!

Talent Show

Thank you to all our students who rose to the challenge of participating in either their music class or school talent show this year! It has been so much fun watching students share their talents with their peers, and the school, over the past few weeks. The school wide Talent Show, which was the culminating event for the classroom shows, took place last Friday and was a phenominal display of talent! All of our students who participated in this series of shows should be extremely proud of the work they put into preparing for their show. Thank you also to Mr. Roberts for providing another great opportunity for our students to shine!

Spring Flower Order Pick-Up

Our Spring Flower Orders have arrived a day early are will be available for pick-up today (Monday May 2) from 5:00-6:00pm. To pick-up your flower order go to the exterior door of the multi-purpose room near the North East corner of the parking lot. If you aren’t able to make it tonight, the Spring Flower Orders will also be available for pick-up from 5:00-6:00pm on Tuesday May 3, and Wednesday May 4.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in this fundraiser and a huge thank you to our PAC for everything they do for our school and community!

Earth Day Clean-Up

In recognition of Earth Day, Hillcrest students participated in a School Yard Clean-Up on Friday April 22! Thanks to the hard work of our students and the pride they took in the work completed, our school grounds look amazing! Fantastic job Hillcrest!

Swimming Permission Forms

It’s that time of year again! We are currently in the planning stages for our Swimming Program which begins on May 24. To assist us with our planning, parents are asked to complete the online permission form below for each child by Tuesday April 26.

LINK to Swimming Permission Form:

Description of Activities:

All students will be participating in three recreational swims. Qualified lifeguards will be on the pool deck during the sessions. We are unable to participate in swim lessons, facilitated by swim instructors, due to a staffing shortage at the pool this year. 

Group 1 – Tuesdays (May 24, May 31, June 7)

9:00-9:45 – Div 11 (Boyd) & Div 12 (Kehl)
9:45-10:30 – Div 2 (Tyssen) & Div 4 (Gecse)
10:30-11:15 – Div 10 (Corbett) & Div 9 (Meerza)

Group 2 – Thursdays (May 26, June 2, June 9)
9:00-9:45 – Div 3 (Craig Smith) & Div 1 (Menzies)
9:45-10:30 – Div 13 (Porter) & Div 6 (Housden)
10:30-11:15 – Div 5 (Morgan Smith) & Div 7 (Larmand)
11:15-12:00 – Div 8 (Boyce) & Div 14 (Sudbury)

Volunteers Needed:

The pool requires a ratio of one adult for every two children 5 or 6 years old. As a result, we will need many parent volunteer in our Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.

Div 10 – Corbett

Div 11 – Boyd
Div 12 – Kehl
Div 13 – Porter
Div 14 – Sudbury/Knipe

If you can volunteer as a swimming supervisor please indicate your availability when filling out the permission form.

Note: Criminal Record Checks are not required for parents acting as swimming supervisors in the pool. However, Criminal Record Checks are required for any parent helping supervise in the change rooms. 

Other Information:

Students should come to the pool with swimsuits on below their clothing. Students will also need to bring a towel and plastic bag to put their wet clothes in after they are done swimming. 

As always, thank you for your support and please feel free to contact the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns. 


Gord Ritchie

Principal – Hillcrest Elementary School

Save the Date – Scholastic Book Fair!

Dear families,

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! This is a great opportunity to share books with your family while supporting our library. Up to sixty percent of sales can be used to buy new, engaging library books for our students to read!

 So save the date! Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place from May 16-20.

And for parents, friends and family who can’t join us in the school, be sure to join us online with our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Our online shop–with free shipping!–will also be open from May 16-20. You can view a selection of the books you’ll find here:

Watch for more details leading up to our Scholastic Book Fair!

Happy Reading!

Jennifer Reed