Hillcrest Elementary


Tina Fehringer, Principal 
Photo courtesy of Randy Jensen

1045 Bennett - American Falls, Idaho 83211 - phone: (208) 226-2391 - fax: (208) 226-2677


Hillcrest Elementary School Announces PRESCHOOL SCREENING
Sign-up Starts on Tuesday, September 2nd

The Preschool program at Hillcrest Elementary will be conducting screening for children with disabilities between the ages of 3 through 5 starting on Tuesday, September 2.  We are offering this screening under The Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004; preschool children with disabilities may apply for screening at their local elementary school.  If the child meets the IDEA criteria an appropriate placement and services will be decided upon through an Individual Education Plan team meeting.

The American Falls Preschool Program has 3 different settings at Hillcrest Elementary School.   Our Speech and Language program offers two options that are designed to address language or speech concerns through our preschool language only program or a speech preschool program. The third program works with children with disabilities in a classroom setting to focus on domains of child’s development to help each student to become ready for Kindergarten.  We also partner with Head Start for dual enrolled students.

For more information on the Preschool Education Program please contact Krista Warth, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School at (208) 226 – 2391 or Cliff Hart, Director of Special Education at (208) 226-5008.



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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




Online Games
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.

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Hillcrest Elementary School

 1045 Bennett St
 American Falls, ID  83211-1765   
 Phone. (208) 226-2391
Serves grades Kindergarten-through 3rd grade.
Hillcrest Elementary School provides extensive enrichment opportunities and investigations for all levels of learners. The faculty is highly qualified and works collaboratively to better meet the needs of Idaho's kids. 


Congratulations to our PTO officers for 2014-2015:
    Stephanie Beutler - President
    Trista Schmitt ---Vice President
Stephanie Beutler ----Secretary
     Neisha Richardson ------------ Art Moms
  
Jessalee Smith -------- Box Tops
     
Our PTO is the BEST and we appreciate EVERYTHING they do for Hillcrest.  The first PTO meeting of the year will be TUESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 9th at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.   Please join us for discussion on Title I - parent rights and programs, parent involvement/committee opportunities, highly qualified teacher disclosure, attendance policy and procedures, upcoming Hillcrest Walk-a-thon, and art mom's !!!!!



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!!
PLEASE,
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!
                        

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                                                Music Concerts  
                                              
3rd Grade Musical Revue - November 18
1st Grade Winter Concert - December 19
2nd Grade Cultural Concert - March 20
3rd Grade Gamelan - April 17
Kindergarten Concert -  May/TBA 

*Newsworthy Info*

Upcoming dates for our physical education department:
October 20-24 - Jungle Adventure
January 26-30 - Star Wars
February 9-13 - Jump Rope for Heart
March 2-6 - Quadball
May 26 - Rock 'n Roll Day



Our Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser was a whopping success!!!  Our goal this year was to raise $5000, and we exceeded that!!!  Our students, through the generosity of our wonderful community, raised a grand total of $6,537.60 for the American Heart Association.  We exceeded last years amount by over $1600.  Congratulations to the following students and classes: 
              
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART TOP 10 FUND RAISERS:
Barrett Ethington - $250
Griffin Pollard - $230
Avery Kent - $220
JT Obando - $200
Brady Chroniger - $165
Macy Winder and Aunnika Allen - $150
Emillee Lewis and Evan Moore - $125
Emma Fowler - $120
Raelynn Wilson - $110

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART TOP 10 CLASSES
Mrs. Shafer - $565
Mr. Blauer - $529
Mrs. Yelton - $528.50
Ms. Butikofer - $515
Ms. Tyler - $503
Mrs. Losee - $467
Mrs. Campbell - $455
Mrs. Nelson - $426
Mrs. Hoag - $406
Mrs. Raya - $405

Thanks to the Power County Hospital District for furnishing the top fundraising class (Mrs. Shafer's class) with a Subway Sandwich party.  The top 10 student fundraisers will receive an extra prize from the Power County Hospital District.
Over the past 20 years, the community of American Falls has donated over $90,000 to the American Heart Association through our annual event.  THANK YOU!!!
Mike Fabian graciously volunteered himself to be our incentive this year and he has been growing his hair and beard out since November.  Our top 10 students will get a chance to cut or shave part of Mike's hair at an assembly planed for March 12!
    

                                          ***IMPORTANT MESSAGE***

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. 



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.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ANNOUNCING THE 4th ANNUAL PIGGY BANK BEAUTY CONTEST
Sponsored by the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition and The Bank of Commerce

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.
Any student in the 1st - 4th grade in East Idaho is eligible.  Piggy banks are to be dropped off at any Bank of Commerce location during the week of February 24
through February 28.  Prizes will be award at each Bank of Commerce location.  1st Prize - $50 cashiers 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)  Information and a coloring book will be sent home with students.


    UPDATE:
Congratulations to Ederson Westcott for winning 3rd place for the Piggy Bank Beauty Contest.  He is in Mrs. Kettl's 3rd grade class.  Great job!!!!!  


  
   
              
                                       AR AWARDS
                          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!!



                           PARENTS and GRANDPARENTS........
                 Here at Hillcrest we encourage parent nvolvement. 
                 Volunteer opportunities include PTO and
                 volunteering in the classroom.
                Parents can also help ensure a more successful
                year for their child by reading with/to or listening
               to their child 15-20 minutes each day, practicing 
               with math facts, and looking for and going over 
               the weekly red folder with their child at home 
               each week.

                              PhD Awards

             PhD Awards --- Prepared...Here....Daily.  At the 
end of each trimester,
           Hillcrest Elementar
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. 


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!  




 

 































Hillcrest Theme 2014-2015
is
"READING ROCKS!!!!"
                                                                                    

Lunch prices for the 2014-2015 school year will be $2.30 per lunch for students and $3.55 per lunch for adults.   Milk may be purchased for $.35.  Lunches for September will be $48.30.

Upcoming events for Hillcrest

WELCOME BACK!!!

HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT SUMMER VACATION!!!!!!!

  Week of September 15th - AFHS Homecoming Week
          "A Hero's Homecoming" - Parade at 1:00
September 23-26 - Idaho Reading Indicator Testing,
                     Grades 1st through 3rd
October 1 - Walk-a-Thon
October 9-10 - Fall Break/No School
October 14 - Fall Picture Day

   *Announcing our annual  "ROCK" Walk-a-Thon*     Wednesday, October 1st -- More info to come!!  Mark
you calendars!!! 

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                      Perfect Attendance Incentive
Until November 7th, Hillcrest is planning a perfect attendance incentive.  All students who get perfect attendance (no tardies and no early release) during this time will be eligible for a small incentive prize and grand prize drawing.  
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Check out the PTO website!!!  

You'll find it on the left side of this page right under our 'lil Beaver!!

Thanks to the following local merchants for supporting our Box Tops program.....Tres Hermandos, Rockland Pharmacy, R & B's, Kens, Bingham Co-op,  Great Rift Transportation, Christiansen Implement, NAPA, Simplot,  Bank of Commerce, Les Schwab, Jacksons and ALCO. 

 

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 co

ntacts page.