Below is a link to our Week at a Glance for the week of Sept 23-27, 2019. Please note that our Meet the Teacher night schedule for this week has been moved to next Wednesday Oct 2, 2019. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Orange shirt day is an opportunity for Indigenous people, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Orange Shirt Day at Hillcrest is on Monday September 30th. If your child does not have an orange shirt, anything orange if fine (ie. an orange ribbon taped to their shirt).
Our annual Terry Fox run will be taking place on Friday Sept 27th this year. This will be the 26th year Hillcrest has participated in the Terry Fox Run! Donations can be brought to school and placed in the big glass jar outside the office starting on Sept 16. You can also donate online by going to http://www.terryfox.ca/HillcrestElementary
Our school wide run will be starting at 1:00pm on the back field.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we have decided to postpone our Meet the Teacher Night until Wednesday October 2, 2019. We look forward to seeing you at Hillcrest from 5:30pm-7:00pm on this evening. Don’t forget to pick up your pizza and water on the parking lot side of the school before starting your tour. A huge thank you to our PAC for organizing the pizza for us again!
Monday September 23, 2019 is school photo day! Don’t forget to dress in your favourite clothes and put on your best smile:)
Don’t forget to place your Hot Lunch orders online by Sunday September 22, 2019. Our first Hot Lunch of the year is Subway on Friday September 27, 2019. Please see the attachment below for instructions on how to order.
ATTACHMENT: Hot Lunch Registration Guide
Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for a fantastic first week back at school. Please find attached the Newsletter that was sent home on Friday as well as instructions on how to complete the beginning of the year online forms and our school fee letter. If you would like to pay your fees online this year we have also attached some detailed instructions on how to do that.
The first days of school are often tough for both young children and parents. Anxiety Canada and the UBC Anxiety Projects Lab teamed up to produce this entertaining 3 minute short animation showing you how to support your child in making an easier transition to kindergarten.
Dear Hillcrest Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer full of unforgettable adventures and quality family time. The staff at Hillcrest have been very busy over the past few weeks making sure everything is just perfect for the first day of school. We are extremely excited to welcome all of our new and returning students back to school next week! Below is some important information about the first few days of school.
TUESDAY SEPT 3, 2019
GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS will start school on Tuesday, September 3rd with an early dismissal at 11:07am.
- RETURNING STUDENTS should line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. The students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.
- NEW STUDENTS should report to the office when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. From there they will be directed to Mrs. Menzies classroom for our new student orientation.
Buses will be running early as well on this day, picking up students shortly after our 11:07am dismissal.
WEDNESDAY SEPT 4, 2019
On Tuesday evening (Sept 3), parents will be sent an email to inform you who your child’s teacher will be. Class lists will not be posted at the school on Tuesday evening as has traditional been done. This change in practice is in response to the new Freedom of Information and Privacy Office laws.
GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS should line up at the exterior door of their new classroom when the welcoming bell rings at 8:08am. Teacher’s names will be posted on their classroom door or window so that parents can help their child find the correct classroom. If you do not receive an email on Tuesday evening notifying you who your child’s teacher will be, please check in with the office on Wednesday morning.
KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 4th. Kindergarten families should have received a welcoming letter over the summer with the unique Kindergarten Gradual Entry schedule for their class. Kindergarten parents are asked to contact the office before Wednesday if they did not receive this information over the summer.
Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles). A School Supply Fee letter will be sent home as part of a newsletter during the first week.
Have a wonderful long weekend! We are looking forward to seeing all of our students’ smiling faces next week!
A huge thank you to grade 4 student, Allison McNally, for the Art Auction Fundraiser she organized at the Westgate Public Market on June 7. Allison presented Mr. Ritchie with a cheque for $501.50 today! The funds Allison so generously donated will be spent on Art Supplies for the Art Program at Hillcrest Elementary.
It’s here! The last Week at a Glance for the 2018/19 school year. We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday June 27 at 10:05am as you are picking up your child early and saying your goodbyes for the summer.
If any of your contact information is changing over the summer please be sure to let the office know before Friday June 28 as we will be sending out a Welcome Back Newsletter by email at the end of the summer.