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
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
Friday, April 15
What is Gamelan? Often translated as "Orchestra", Gamelan is an ensemble of instruments from Indonesia, typically Java or Bali. Ensembles can differ significantly, but would be often made up of a combination of metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, or even a vocalist.
Physical education department:
e 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
At the board meeting, the trustees unanimously passed a bond resolution for May 17th. The resolution calls for the current 5th grade building to be removed and a new school for grades 3,4, and 5 to be built with completion in 2018. The new building will use the current gym, cafeteria, and band room. Also, the current fourth grade and district office building would receive minor updates and continue to be used as the district office and community education
On a separate ballot, a gym for the high school will be voted on by our patrons to provide additional space for practice for high school students. Then the current gym at the Intermediate School would be available for the younger students.
The good news is that even if the patrons approve both the new school and the gym, taxes will actually decrease when the new bond takes effect in 2019.
We are hoping to give everyone on our staff the information and answer any questions so that you can represent the bond with the facts. We will be getting the facts sheets out as soon as possible.
We have had a very engaged public response these past few weeks as the board as hosted two meetings and heard and acted on the various suggestions and ideas. The proposals reflect wishes of these ideas. Thanks to all for your interest and hard work.
You are urged to look over the plans and tax information and contact any board member or Dr. Bolinger at 208-226-5173 or visit us at 827 Fort Hall Avenue.
Week of April 25 - IRI Testing for K-3 grades
May 2 through May 13 - ISAT Testing for 3rd grades
May 4 - Orientation for 2016-2017 Kindergarteners and their
parents - 6:00 - 7:00
May 24 - End of the Year Reading Activity - all grades
Field Trips and End of the Year Activities - see side bar for all May activities for students
Lunch switch: Thursday, April 28: Chicken Gravy, Mashed
Potatoes, Rolls, Broccoli,
Friday, April 29: Railroad Lasagna, Breadstick,
Pineapple Tidbits, Steamed
Congratulations to the following students who won the Lion's Club Essay
1st Prize: Eden Jensen (Mrs. Pratt's Class) $25 award
2nd Prize: Ryan Crump (Mrs. Pratt's Class) $15 award
3rd Prize: Payzlee Castorena (Mr. Stutzman) $10 award
1st Prize: Laila Cardona (Mr. Blauer) $25 award
2nd Prize: Joce Ledesma (Mr. Blauer) $15 award
3rd Prize: Abby Silva (Mr. Blauer) $10 award
Check out ISU's Summer Reading Skills Online Programs! These individualized programs includes engaging online instruction, independent reading, and a skilled and encouraging teacher for 4 year olds entering Kindergarten, to high school students. For more information or to register, call 1-800-903-0942.
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!!
The Top Five students will receive a $20 gift certificate to Outer Limits, courtesy of Power County Hospital District, and the top 6 through 10 students all receive an additional gift from the American Heart Association.
Congratulations!! Students can expect their Jump Rope for Heart Prizes to arrive some time in late March or early April.
Power County Hospital District has been a great partner the last 8 years with our JRFH event. The hospital donates money for a class Subway Sandwich party each year for the classroom that raises the most money. This year that honors goes to Mr. Blauer's 3rd grade class!! raising $975 -- Congratulations!!
As an added incentive this year, the students had a goal of $6,500 to raise for the American Heart Association. Our students achieved the goal by over $1000!! As a reward for their hard work, every class gets to erupt a soda/mentos geyser. The top ten students get their very own soda/mentos geyser to erupt. We plan on having all the geysers go off simultaneously so it will be quite exciting to watch. The incentive event will be held on April 6th.
Thank you American Falls for helping our students achieve and surpass our goal. Over the past 20 years, the community of American Falls has donated over $100,000 to the American Heart Association through our annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Thank you for helping to make our JRFH event so successful!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to the following students who won our
Media Center Coloring Contest
Tthey received a "groovy" tie-dyed t-shirt from our librarian, Mrs. Hoag:
Kindergarten: Logan Anglesey and Emma Beas-Flores
1st Grade: Ryker Nielsen and Lizbeth Tapia
2nd Grade: Brian Alvarez and Shaylee Taylor
3rd Grade: Soren Briggs and Marely Belmonte
Staff Winners: Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Kettl
PIGGY BANK BEAUTY CONTEST
Announcing the 6th annual PIGGY BANK BEAUTY CONTEST!! Sponsored by the Bank of Commerce and the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition. Information sheets will be sent home with students along with a coloring book. Any student in the 1st-4th grade is eligible to enter. Homemade Piggy Banks submitted should not be larger than 12x12x12 and must have a slot to receive change and money and do not have to be in a form of a pig. Piggy banks should be dropped off at our local American Falls Bank of Commerce the week of
Prizes will be awarded at each Bank of Commerce location.
1st Prize -$50 Cashier's check and a trophy
2nd Prize - trophy
3rd Prize - trophy
Every child entering a Piggy bank will receive a prize when picking up their piggy bank.
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.
WALK-A-THONOur 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!