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Winter After School Enrichment Classes

Sign ups for Winter After School Enrichment Classes begin online Sunday Nov 10th and sign ups end on Wed Nov 27th at 5pm. The Winter Session lasts from Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 until Fri Feb 21st, 2020. Many more details including the 6crickets link and scholarship info can be found at the Enrichment > After School Classes navigation.

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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 Niki Mehan.


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.

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,