Posts written by Matt Gousman

Fall After School Enrichment Classes

Sign ups for Fall After School Enrichment classes begin online at 5pm on Sunday, August 18. The Fall class session runs from Sept 3 – Nov 15. Many more details including class offerings, scholarships, and a link to register using the 6crickets software can be found under the Enrichment > After School navigation or click here.

Purchase Swag – Fri Aug 23, 2019 Deadline

The Hillcrest Swag Drive has officially begun! 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!


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.

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.

End-of-Year Picnic

Where: Temescal Regional Park, Landvale Picnic Area, North Side (Broadway entrance)
When: Thursday, May 30, 5-8pm
Join us to socialize with school pals before summer kicks in. Coach T (former PE instructor and longtime Hillcrest friend) will lead games on site. This a free, all-family gathering, and it’s a potluck — plus, we have a taco cart that provides delicious Mexican food (for the first 500 people). Questions? Email Kira Gould.

Walkathon & Carnival – April 27, 2019

Hillcrest Walkathon 2019: We are Mighty! Be the Change!
Saturday April 27, 2019
9AM to 3PM
Kids have the power to change the world! What issues do you care about and how can you be MIGHTY to effect positive change in the world? The Hillcrest 2019 Walkathon is coming up & we are getting ready to show our MIGHTINESS by walking, volunteering & pledging to raise funds for important programs at our school! It’s our school’s last large fundraiser of the year & our annual Spring carnival!
Registration is now open so please begin talking with your kids about how many laps they will walk & who they should ask to sponsor them.  It’s their laps and hard work that will allow them to do things they love at Hillcrest like Art, Music, Information Technology, Library, Spanish and so much more.
Register your children for the Walkathon by visiting the Walkathon website.
The class with the most early registrations will win a fun Party! REGISTRATION GETS YOU A FREE T-SHIRT TOO! Parents MUST complete a permission slip & register children to walk in the Walkathon. The class with the most registration by April 8th wins a fun Party (party theme is tbd).
The Annual Walkathon T-Shirt Design Contest starts this week!
The contest sheet will be separately emailed to classes. Please have students work on their drawings at home and completed by May 4th. See the contest sheet for full details. Three winners will be chosen.
Be Mighty! Sign Up to Volunteer!
The Walkathon requires over 100 volunteers throughout the day to execute a successful event. Parents are asked to work only a two-hour shift to set up, take down, and operate various game or food booths at the carnival.
Please signup here to help. We literally cannot do it without to you! Questions, contact Sarah Shere.

Be Mighty! Lend the Walkathon your Equipment and Gear!
To offset costs of renting equipment, the Hillcrest community pools together its shade covers, Ice chests, etc., needed for the event. Please click here to lend gear now or contact Jessica Brasch. 
Be Mighty and Donate to the Walkathon Carnival Prize Booth! Kids and Parents, the Walkathon Prize Booth needs new or gently used prizes to supplement the items we have to purchase. We try to procure most of these prizes from donations from Hillcrest families and outside businesses to offset the costs of putting on the carnival. Donating toys and gifts is one way that we can recycle and reuse toys that may be perfectly wonderful but lying idle and unused and could be enjoyed by another child. These prizes are for kids who win tickets during the Walkathon Carnival.
We are looking for new and gently used toys, games, stuffed animals like the following items:
·       Cute Stuffies – any type/size, can be gently used but needs to be in great shape
·       Sports team gear – are you a parent with a connection to the Warriors, Giants, A’s, Raiders? These prizes are the most popular!
·       Tiny Toys like leftover from birthday gift bags (these will be used in the 1 and 2 ticket prize bins)
·       Unused toys like craft kits, duplicate lego sets, puzzles, and any other cool kid gifts that are collecting dust in your house
We’re gathering a wide range of prizes for kids across K-8th grades, so if you have something new or in great shape that you think another child would like, drop it in the bin located in the main entryway by the office. Note, please hold donations aside at your home until the strike is over and we are back in school. Please direct questions to Carrie Markowski. Thanks for helping the Walkathon reduce our carnival expenses and provide fun prizes!
Does Your Company Offer CORPORATE MATCHING?
A matching gift is a donation made by a corporation or foundation on behalf of an employee that matches that employee’s contribution to a nonprofit organization. This can double, triple, or even quadruple your contribution!  Following is a list of known Bay Area companies with matching programs. Please check the list to see if your company has a matching program. If your company is not on the list, check with your Human Resources department. Your company may be waiting to donate to our school!
Visit the Walkathon Website here.
Questions? Contact Sookie Bostelman,

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre play Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs will be held on Monday, April 15th from 3pm – 5pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. The weeklong rehearsals will culminate in two performances on Saturday, April 20th at 3pm and 5pm. More information about permission slips, rehearsal schedule, and more can be found here. Questions? Contact Dana Nichelini.

High School Information Night

for 6th & 7th graders and their families
Tuesday, April 9th, 7 – 8:30pm
Hillcrest Multipurpose Room
This is your chance for inside scoop on what the high schools are really like!
Join us to hear from Hillcrest alumni (and parents) about the choices they made for high school. Students will share about campus life, academics, and more. School administrators will also be on hand to talk about their schools and answer questions.
We’ve invited students and school reps from Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland Tech, Skyline, Bentley, Bishop O’Dowd, College Preparatory School, Head Royce, Holy Names High School, and St. Mary’s.
This event is especially suited for 7th grade students and families who will be making high school decisions in the coming months, but we encourage any interested students and families to join.
Questions? Contact Kira Gould.

Pizza Fridays Spring Session: 4 – 8 Grade

Sign up now for the Spring 2019 Pizza Fridays session before the Jan 29 deadline. The session lasts 15 weeks from Feb 1, 2019 until May 17, 2019 and is open to all 4th – 8th Graders. More details and sign up info can be found on the Pizza Friday page of the website. Questions? Contact Danielle Goyne.

Incoming Kindergarten Tour Dates

Tour Dates for incoming Kindergarten parents are on Nov 8, Nov 27, and Dec 4. 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.