Week at a Glance – Oct 19, 2020

Photos: Div 10 Superman Pose (Fine Motor Boot Camp)
& Div 1 Applied Design Skills (Catapult Challenge)

Below is our Week at a Glance for the week of Oct 19, 2020. Hot Lunches, Interim Reports, Halloween, Provincial Pro-D Day and our upcoming PAC meeting are some of the items featured this week. Thank you to Kristy Cruikshank for organizing our hot lunch program again this year! Be sure to get your orders in by Sunday Oct 25.

LINK: Week at a Glance – Oct 19, 2020

Halloween at Hillcrest

As Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, students can choose to wear a Halloween Costume to school on Friday October 30. If you choose to wear a Halloween Costume please ensure you…

  1. Keep fake weapons at home
  2. Keep blood and gore to a minimum – not too scary please
  3. Only wear a mask in your classroom when permitted by your teacher
  4. Choose a costume that is respectful of all individuals and cultures
  5. Choose a costume that will not interfere with your learning

Students who do not want to wear a costume can show their school spirit by dressing in black and/or orange on this day!

As for Halloween Candy, we respectfully request that Halloween candy be consumed at home and not school. 

Unfortunately, there will be no Monster March this year due to COVID restrictions. In it’s place, Mrs. Menzies and her grade 5 leadership students will be hosting a Pumpkin Decorating (not carving) Contest on Thursday Oct 29 and a Costume Contest on Friday Oct 20. We will be sure to take lots of pictures!

New Terry Fox Run Record

Congratulations Hillcrest! Our Terry Fox Run Donations of $930.75 this year set a new school record! Thank you to all of our students for their fundraising efforts and for their participation in the run. Thank you also to Mrs. Kehl for coordinating the Terry Fox Run activities for us this year.

Updated – Daily Health Check

SD83 has recently adopted the new BCCDC Daily Health Check. The new checklist clearly identifies the key symptoms that have be found to be related to COVID-19. It also outlines a clear process to follow if/when your child displays one or more of the symptoms. Staying home when sick is critical to ensuring we all remain safe and healthy.


1. Key Symptoms of IllnessDo you have any of the following symptoms?YesNo
Cough or worsening chronic cough
Shortness of breath
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Nausea and vomiting
2. International TravelHave you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?
2. Confirmed ContactAre you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), YOUR CHILD SHOULD NOT ATTEND SCHOOL.

If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.

If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 811 or a
primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID19.


After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school?
If a COVID-19 test has been recommended as part of a health assessment, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with.

If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.

For more information, please go to https://sd83.bc.ca/2020/10/09/school-district-no-83-adopts-the-new-daily-health-check-list/.

Below is a printer friendly version of the Heath Check Form.

Kindy registration opens on Tuesday

 SD83 Kindergarten Registration 2021-22 

To Parents/Caregivers, 

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your child to North Okanagan School District No. 83! Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to the Kindergarten registration process this year: 

1. Kindergarten registration will open at 9am on Tuesday, October 13th and remain open for the rest of the school year. 

2. You may choose to register in-person at the school or online. 

3. Registering in-person: Please phone the school and make an appointment to come in and complete the paperwork, as only one family at a time can be in the school office area. 

4. Registering online: Please email the school to request the online registration link. 

5. You will need to register at your child’s catchment school (based on your physical address) or specialty school (Bastion – Early French Immersion or South Canoe – Outdoor Learning). To access our catchment school locator tool or find out more information about our specialty schools, Click Here

6. Any parents/caregivers requesting a cross-boundary consideration will need to follow these steps:

a. Register at their catchment school (in-person or online) 

b. Complete a cross boundary request form 

c. Have the form signed by the catchment school’s principal 

d. Take the form to the principal of the requested school (for cross-boundary consideration in the spring) 

7. All Kindergarten registrations completed on Tuesday, October 13th are treated as “equal”, so there is no need for line-ups on that day. Registrations received after October 13th, will be date/time stamped and treated on a first come, first served basis. This information will be used to determine placement IF catchment area schools or programs are full. Students with siblings already registered in a Program of Choice (French Immersion or Outdoor Learning) will be given priority if there is limited space.

If you have any questions about the Kindergarten registration process, please contact: Jennifer Findlay, District Principal, at jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca 

Newsletter, Fees & Permission Forms

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We have had a wonderful start and it has been an absolute pleasure seeing the smiling faces of our students again as they settle into our new school routines. There has been a great deal of additional learning and planning that went into our start up this year. Thank you everyone (Staff, Parents and Students) for your patience, understanding and support.

Below is a link to the paper newsletter that was sent home on Friday September 25, 2020. I apologize in advance for it’s length, however, there is always lots of information to share at the beginning of the year.

At the end of this newsletter there are two important documents regarding our start-up Permission Forms and School Fees. Please try to have these items completed by Wednesday September 30, 2020.

Have a fantastic weekend and please feel free to contact the school at (250) 832-7195 at any time if you have a question or concern.


Gord Ritchie

Terry Fox Run

Hillcrest Elementary is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s – Marathon of Hope. Our Terry Fox Run will occur during the week of Oct 5-9th. Each class will choose a day to perform their run at school. Please help show your support by donating to:


Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under our school name!

Students can also bring money donations to be placed in the donation can in each classroom. As in previous years, our school goal will be to “Fill the Jar” in front of the office with the classroom donations. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy. This will be the 27th year Hillcrest has participated in the Terry Fox Run!