Posts written by Matt Gousman

Readathon 2020

Thank you to all of our participants in the Readathon! We were so impressed with how many minutes you all were able to read and want to give a big shout out to Ms. Simmons’ class for having the most minutes read! Congratulations, readers!
We will be ordering our Readathon t-shirts soon and every participant who submitted the google form will receive one. We will update you when we know when the shirts will arrive and how we will get them to you. Please bear with us, as production and shipping times may be delayed.
Thank you so much to our sponsors Heidi Marchesotti, Neil Tuller with Adventure Time, Katy Anderson, Marcos Hernandez of Royal Painting, Han Martial Arts, Philippa Roberts, and Drs. Ikeda & Righellis Orthodontics! They really showed up for our school and we are so grateful.
Thank you again for taking part in this event and using your time at home to still show some Hillcrest spirit!
Carrie Markowski & Jessica Brasch – Readathon co-chairs

Spring After School Enrichment Classes

Sign ups for Spring After School Enrichment Classes began online Wed Feb 19th and end on Sat Feb 29th at 5pm. The Spring Session lasts from Mon Mar 2nd – Fri May 22nd, 2020. Many more details including the 6crickets link and scholarship info can be found at the Enrichment > After School Classes navigation.

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Feb 24-29, 2020

Missoula Children’s Theatre will be returning to Hillcrest at the end of February for a production of Johnny Appleseed. There will be auditions on Monday Feb 24, rehearsals all week, and two live shows on Saturday Feb 29. It is a whirlwind week of fun that is not to be missed! Additional information, including permission slips, can be found on the Missoula Children’s Theatre page.

Incoming Kindergarten Tour Dates

Tour Dates for incoming Kindergarten parents are on Nov 13, Nov 20, and Dec 4, 2019. Please note that the tours are for parents only – no children. More detailed information on times and how to call the Office to reserve a spot can be found in the navigation bar under About > Enrollment or click here.

Add The Hillcrest Calendar

Did you know you can easily add the Hillcrest public calendar to your personal device’s calendar? Never again miss a Minimum Day or Hillcrest event! The Hillcrest calendar can be added to many mobile phones by clicking HERE. The Hillcrest calendar can be added to your desktop computer calendar by clicking on the + sign on the lower right corner of the Hillcrest website calendar HERE. Note that YMMV depending on your device, software, and Google public calendar compatibility.

Family Party on the Yard: Pizza! Potluck! Games!

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Games Night — a community favorite — is back … and this year, we’re amping it up: it’s a pizza party and potluck, too! Join the fun on the Yard … plus dinner:
enjoy PTA-provided (free!) pizza (plus plates, utensils, napkins)
please bring a dish to share: 

grades K-3, bring salad, fruit, or other “side” dish
grades 4-8, bring a dessert

(no nuts, please; label gluten free)
Please bring beverages for your family: Reminder: alcohol is not allowed on school grounds.
Seating for eating will be limited; if you have littles, you may want to bring a blanket. Pizza is first-come-first-served. We will have some meat-free pizzas, but those with other food limitations may want to bring items that meet their family’s needs. 
Hillcrest friend Coach T will be back as our special guest to lead families in games like Four-Square, Duck Duck Goose, Tag and Switch! The whole family is invited.
Questions? Contact Kira Gould or Elizabeth Hollendoner

Purchase Swag – *Final Chance* – Fri Aug 23 Deadline

The Hillcrest Swag Drive is almost over – the deadline is this Friday! Kid and adult clothing, hats, tote bags, stickers, magnets and water bottles can be purchased online here. Note this will be the only clothing drive for the entire school year. Orders will be available for pick up at Hillcrest approximately 4 weeks after the Fri Aug 23, 2019 deadline and 100% of proceeds benefit the Hillcrest PTA. Questions? Email us. Go Cardinals!

Annual Giving Campaign

There’s still time for our Annual Giving Campaign! Please submit your donations as soon as possible to support one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. THANK YOU!

Fall After School Enrichment Classes

ASE Registration closes TODAY, Wed Aug. 28th at 5 PM!
MIDDLE SCHOOL Theatre now offers THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (instead of Shrek)! Calligraphy and Skateboarding also take 6th graders. If 7-8 graders are interested in these latter classes, please reach out to the provider.
This school year we have 3 sessions of approximately 10 weeks each and look forward to a successful year!
FALL: September 3-Friday, Nov 15 (~10 wks)
WINTER: Dec 2-Feb 21 (~10 wks)
SPRING: March 2-March 20, April 6-May 22 (~10 wks)
Fall Registration opens August 18th, for 10 days. Classes start after Labor Day, on Tues., Sept. 3rd. All signups must be done through 6crickets, even if a provider allows late registration. Signing up early in the registration window allows us wiggle room to modify classes if needed. Popular classes also fill up quickly too!
Signups are on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the waitlist carries over to the next session. So, no worries if you child doesn’t get in.
Notes: All ASE classes begin 5 minutes after the end of the school day, with 5 minutes travel time between classes. For halfdays, classes accordingly start at 1:25 pm. Due to several Monday holidays, we will have ASE classes on MONDAY, SEPT 23rd. The remainder of the week (Sept 24-27) there will be NO ASE classes.
New Providers: This year, we are excited that Ben Yates ( has made time in his busy schedule to bring pen-art to Hillcrest. His classes are extremely popular, and he has been working successfully with kids for years! Matt Mercer of Positive Youth Movement adds another outdoor activity to get our kids moving: Skateboarding. His classes at Chabot Elementary fill up fast, and we lucky to have him!

Sept 24-26: Parent Teacher Conferences (minimum day)
Sept. 27: Staff Development (no school)
Oct. 14 – Lincoln’s Birthday (no school)
Oct. 31 – Halloween parade (minimum day)
Nov. 18-22 – Minimum Days Nov 25-29 – Thanksgiving Break (no school)
Dec 23-Jan. 3 – Winter Holiday Break (no school)
Jan. 20 – MLK Holiday (no school)
Jan. 31 – Staff Development (no school)
Feb. 17 – President’s Day (no school)
Feb. 24-28 – Missoula Children’s Theatre
Mar 27 – Cesar Chavez (no school)
Mar 30-Apr. 3 – Spring Break
May 26 – 28, 2020


Can we get a new (fill in the blank) provider at Hillcrest? Providers must be approved OUSD vendors, which requires several administrative steps, insurance, background checks, etc. Once a vendor is OUSD approved, they must then go through additional administrative approvals, fingerprinting, and sign special contracts. This second step takes place in the summer. With limited classroom space at Hillcrest, even approved and returning providers are not guaranteed space. For more information, providers can check out OUSD’s Become a Mentor site.
We missed the registration window. Can we still sign up? Providers with space will often take students the first week of class, but you’ll still need to sign up via 6crickets by contacting the Provider. We encourage parents to signup early as it helps with rosters, organization, and A/T management.
How will the kids know where to go afterschool? Kindergartners are walked specially to their classrooms by Providers. Kids in 1st and up can check the roster given to their teachers, the Enrichment board in the main hall, the Hillcrest website, or
My child is enrolled in AT, how will they get back there after class? Providers are responsible for ensuring students enrolled in AT return there.
We signed up for a class but changed our mind, can we get a refund or credit? Providers set their own refund/credit policies, although within the registration window there is generally flexibility to add and drop classes.

Feedback, questions, concerns? Email the Enrichment Liaison.


Registration for the 2019-20 school year has been posted under the above navigation tab. Note in person Registration will take place on August 8 & 9, with New Family Orientation and the Kindergarten Social on Fri August 9. Please visit the Registration page for all details including times, forms and additional information.