click below to go to Hillcrest Elementary Typing Club
We have implemented a new district-wide library program.
It is web-based,
anyone can access the library catalogs anywhere with internet service
by using the link below
This is a list of available educational online game sites for kids accessible from within the districts network. If you have any good educational sites to add, please send them on to the Systems Administrator for addition.
Games and fun stuff:
Learn how just about anything works at:
Hillcrest Elementary School
1045 Bennett St
American Falls, ID 83211-1765
Phone. (208) 226-2391
Serves grades Kindergarten-through 3rd grade.
The Board of Trustees of the American Falls School District invites you to attend their Citizen's Input Meeting to gather input, ideas, and suggestions for the current and future building needs of the School District.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 3rd
WHERE: Band Room - Intermediate School
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
For more information call 226-5173
Messages for students should be held at a minimum. If you have an important message for your student, please call before 2:00 p.m. (12:00 on Wednesdays). If you need to talk to your child's teacher, we will be happy to take a message or they will return your call. Thank you for your understanding.
PARENTS and GRANDPARENTS........
for the 2015-2016 school year will be $2.40 per lunch for students and $3.65 per lunch for adults. Milk may be purchased for $.35.
Congratulations to our PTO officers
2015-2016:Alyssa Kendall------------- President
Trista Schmitt---------------Vice President
Neisha Richardson -------Art Moms
Jessalee Smith ----------- Box Tops
Our PTO is the BEST and we appreciate EVERYTHING they do for Hillcrest.
Please join us for PTO meetings the first Tuesdays of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.
SERVICE AT HILLCREST
Hillcrest is joining a new telephone text service that will send you a text in case of an emergency at Hillcrest. This would include getting a message due to weather or other emergency event. You can sign up by completing the following steps:
SEND MESSAGE: @hcalert
*note- Once signed up you can opt out at any time
2015-16 Hillcrest Music Concerts
3rd Grade Musical- Friday, October 23
1st Grade Winter Concert - Friday, December 11
2nd Grade Multicultural Concert-Friday, January 22
3rd Grade Balinese Gamelan - Friday, April 15
Physical education department:
Adventure in the Jungle -
Jump Rope for Heart - February 8th-12th, 2016, during P.E. Classes
School is Back in Session
It is that time of year again and by following some simple safety tips
we can all make sure children are safe.
• Slow down. • Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones, always expect the unexpected.
• Be alert for children walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.
• Watch for children on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.
• Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off.
• Do not start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.
• When you approach a school bus picking up a child, it is the law to stop. When the flashing lights come on and the red stop sign extends that means STOP.
Drivers (If you drive your child to school.):
• Allow yourself enough time to get to school and then to work. Leave earlier to avoid the potential “to speed” getting to your destination on time
• Make sure that your child is in their safety seat or restrained properly when you are taking them to school. Every person in the vehicle must buckle up.
• Pay extra attention at crosswalks. Take an extra look to be sure that no students are crossing.
• Obey all signs, safety patrol and officers in your school zone. They are there to make the drop-offs and pick-ups run smoother.
• Drop children off as close to school as possible. If possible, avoid the need for children to cross the street.
• Follow all posted speed limits. Parents:
• Does your child ride a bicycle to school? Remember: State law requires anyone under the age of sixteen to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. It is not just the law--it is a good idea for everyone.
• Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by buses on the right.
• Make sure they leave home on time so that they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.
• Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may be caught in the handrail or door of the school bus as they are exiting.
• Warn children that if they drop something near the bus they should never ever pick it up. Instead, they should tell the bus driver and follow the driver's directions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the bus pulls away from the stop.
• Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.
• If you decide to meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street.
PLEASE READ.... If using the drop-off area in front of the school, do the following:
STOP at the CURB, DROP-OFF SAFELY and GO!!
No lingering in the drop-off area.
We have over a hundred cars needing to drop students off each day. We simply can't allow cars to remain in the drop-off zone waiting for the bell to ring or for students to get ready. If you need more time or want to walk you child to their door or classroom, park across the street or up the hill from the drop-off zone. With everyone's cooperation, we will maintain a safe and efficient drop off area for our students!
THANK YOU FOR HELPING!
BOX TOPS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT HILLCREST......MONEY RAISED WILL BE USED TO FUND OUR END-OF-THE-YEAR CELEBRATION, ALONG WITH OTHER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THAT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE IF NOT FOR YOUR HELP. THANK YOU TO ALL OF THOSE PARENTS, STUDENTS, GRANDPARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT TAKE THE TIME TO CUT OUT AND SEND BOX TOPS WITH OUR STUDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WITH YOUR SUPPORT, HILLCREST STUDENTS REAP THE REWARDS; THINGS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THEM.
Thanks to the following local merchants for supporting our Box Tops program
Students who earn AR awards are posted in the
office window. Follow the Beaver Tracks!! Also,
students' names can be found here on the website
under "Accelerated Reader/AR Awards for Little
Beavers". Names will be updated monthly.
Check it out!!
PhD Awards --- Prepared...Here....Daily.
At the end of each trimester, Hillcrest Elementary acknowledges those students that have perfect attendance and have received 3 or less tardies during that trimester. We award the students with a fun prize(s) and a certificate. The first trimester will end on November 20th. All students K through 3rd grade are eligible. We encourage regular attendance at school for a child to succeed in school. We understand that children are absent due to illness or an emergency. In that case, please notify the school and if appropriate bring in a doctor's note.
Make Every Day Count Boost School Attendance
To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk, according to BoostUp.org, a national dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically
Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s
January 12, 19, 26 & February 2, 9 16, 2016 (Tuesdays) - Love and Logic Class
Classes will be from 6:00 to 7;30 p.m. at the American Falls Intermediate School
Babysitting will be provided. The cost is $10.00, which covers the cost of the book. This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!! Please register for your upcoming Parenting the Love and Logic Way by calling Hillcrest Elementary at 226-2391, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register at the first class.
January 27 - Fingerprinting for Kindergarten and New Students
January 28 - 3rd grade students to Reader's Theater in Pocatello
January 29 - 2nd grade students to Reader's Theater in Pocatello
February 3 - Citizen's Input meeting at the Intermediate School Band Room 7:00 p.m.
concerning upcoming bond election for facility improvements
February 10 - "Shrek the Musical" at the High School - put on by WTMS students
February 8-12 - Jump Rope for Heart during P.E. classes
February 10 - FAMILY BINGO NIGHT at 6:00 p.m. (Hillcrest) More information to
February 12 - Valentine's Day will be celebrated - See below for delivery information
Notes will be sent home to parents for individual class party information.
February 15 - President's Day observed.....NO SCHOOL
February 18 - Lion's Club Patriotism Essays due....this year's theme is "Who is your Favorite American Patriot and Why". Cash prizes for the top 3 winners in each grade.
February 24 - FAMILY MATH CARNIVAL from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hillcrest
Jump Rope for Heart --- Kick off assembly on January 14th at 1:00. The goal this year for Hillcrest'sl fundraising is $6,500. We have never set it this high, but the past two years Hillcrest students have raised $6,000 +. The actual jump roping will be during PE block the week of February 8th-12th. Letters/envelopes will be sent home with the students the week of January 11th. Hillcrest students will be collecting donations up until Friday, February 26. If the students meet their goal this year, each class gets to set off a fountain made from Coca Cola and Mentos at the same time!! Thanks for all your support!!
VALENTINE'S INFORMATION - We are asking parents to help us out by keeping individual Valentine's gifts at home and not sending deliveries to school. We will have a good time at school celebrating Valentine's Day and families can follow up with a family celebration at home. Thank you for the consideration and helping us make this a fun day for everyone at Hillcrest.
This summer you helped us read nearly 1.4 million minutes. Thanks to this effort, we got one step closer to beating the summer slide. Thanks for reading throughout the summer.
REMEMBER, the 2015-16 BOOK IT! Program starts on October 1st.
Visit bookitprogram.com for more information.
Our annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser was a HUGE success!! We exceeded our goal to meet last years amount, raising over $8,000!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to our awesome PTO for sponsoring this family fun event. Money raised will be used for playground upgrades, the Art Mom program, Foster Grandparent program, and other items that Hillcrest students would not be able to enjoy if not for the generous support of our community. A special thank you to Idaho Power for generously donating the scooter for the grand prize. Each student who raised any amount of money earned a prize.
Following is the list of students that collected $100 or more and got to attend a pizza party and have their name entered into a drawing for the scooter: Citlali Hernandez, Nicholas Hamilton, Marisa, Huse, Italie Giesbrecht, Samanta Torres, Emmie Wilinson, Jaiven Farley, Kinley Barclay, Michael Schmitt, Konner Kendall, Adley Selga, Ryker Radtke, Porter WIlliams, Madison Shutte, Logan Nichols, Arianna Soltero, Londyn Kendall, Arianna Encinas, Kinlee Sanchez, Cooper Chroninger, Brady Chroninger, Kiara Crosland, Katherine Elgan, Kayden Nulph, Kimber Palazzo, Jimmy Kendall, Ali Clinger, RayAnna Schmitt, Kami Batterton, Mckenna Schutte, Benson Taylor, Alaini Silva, Kourtney Ralphs, Jhett Burgemeister, Averee Nelson, Garrett Wegner, Ashton Morris, and Lynzee Olson.
The winner of the scooter was Jaiven Farley!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations everyone!!!!!! And good job!
Hillcrest Focus for Continued School Improvement
COMMON CORE/COMMON CARE
Check out the PTO website!!! (See link at top, left hand side of this website)
The PTO provides art projects for students in 1st-3rd grade.
Moms (or Dads!) can volunteer to teach these art projects to their child's class.
There are only four projects for the entire school year.
The first project is done in Sept. or Oct, the second in Nov. or Dec., the third in Jan or Feb, and the last one in Mar. or Apr.
We provide the project and all the materials for the art project.
You job is simply to show-up and have fun volunteering in your child's classroom while completing the project!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact one of the head Art Mom's on the contacts page.
Burger King is offering a program called "100%
Scholarship Club" for all first through sixth
grade students. When your student receives a
100% on any test and has it signed by their
teacher, they can bring it into to any Burger King
and receive a FREE small hamburger!