Hillcrest Elementary School
Serves grades Kindergarten-through 3rd grade.
Tina Fehringer, Principal
1045 Bennett St - American Falls, ID 83211-1765 - Phone. (208) 226-2391
- 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.
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
Hillcrest Elementary School principal Tina Fehringer poses with a class of first graders at the school.
She was recently recognized by the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals as the 2017
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 2016-2017 school year will be $2.50 per lunch for students and $3.75 per lunch for adults. Milk may be purchased for $.35.
Congratulations to our PTO officers
Shelly Schutte - President
Alicia Chroninger - Vice-President
Krisanne Grigg - Secretary
Angela Mortenson - Treasurer
Cassie Radtke - Assistant
Jesalee Smith - Box Tops
Our PTO is the BEST and we appreciate EVERYTHING they do for Hillcrest.
Please join us for the next PTO meeting on Thursday, March 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 in the school cafeteria.
Here's what's happening at Hillcrest and your PTO:
T-shirts were given to all students just before Christmas break, purchased with PTO funds.
New blinds in the kindergarten wing were hung over Christmas break, pruchased with PTO funds.
BINGO NIGHT was a huge success with 133 in attendance.
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
Physical education department:
Tuesday, May 23rd
We are in need of parent volunteers to run our reading celebration stations on Tuesday, May 23rd. If you would like to volunteer, contact Kristin Pollard at email@example.com or call Hillcrest. Thank you!!
A.M. Kindergarten 8:30-9:30
1st Grade 9:45-10:45
2nd Grade 11:00 - 12:00
P.M. Kindergarten 12:15-1:15
3rd Grade 1:30-2:30
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
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!!
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
"Royal Reading Kingdom"
Check out Back to School Newsletter -- click on red NEWSLETTER button
on the left of this page
April 13 - Spring Pictures/Class Pictures
April 19 - Family Reading Night - "Reading Under the Stars" - 6:00 - 7:00....Drop by and pick out a new book to read over the summer. We will have a wide range of brand new books to choose from. The gym will be our "READING UNDER THE STARS" area. If you choose, come enjoy the stars, with tents and picnic blankets for families to sit on to enjoy their new book. For a yummy treat, kids will be given s'more kits to take home.
Week of April 24 - IRI Testing this week
April 26 - Kindergarten Orientation for the 2017-2018 school year - 6:00 - 7:00
Week of May 1 - ISAT Testing
Week of May 8 - ISAT Testing
May 12 - Last day for library -- all books must be turned in to the media center by today
May 18 - Kindergarten Program for Parents, 10:15 and 2:15
May 23 - Reading Celebration!!!!!!!! Mrs. Pollard is asking for volunteers to help!! If you could run a station, please call the school. Check the specific time schedule under the P.E. Department on this web page.
Field Trips -- check the "End of the Year Activities" tab for class field trips and activities
article courtesy - Power County Press
The Top 10 Fundraising Students for Jump Rope for Heart are:
Jennifer Alvarez, Wyatt McKenna, Marissa Huse, Daeton Poulson, Jaiven Farley, RayAnna Schmitt, Michael Schmitt, Madison Schutte, Ali Clinger, Renee Juarez-Cedillo, Cooper Anderson, and Nicholas Tirado. Students raised $5238.56 this year, with Mr. Blauer's 3rd grade class raising over $500!! Congratulations to all of our students for helping make this annual fundraiser a success and to the American Falls community for their support and generous donations.
Our annual Walk-A-Thon was once again a huge success with approximately 580 in attendance!!! We raised over $7,500 for our school. The top fund raising students that raised over $100 each were treated to a pizza party on November 13th. Those students included: Ketziah Martinez, Marley Anderson, Charlie Chamberlin, Alaira Kress, Reyden Fousek, Dailylnne Scherer, Hailynn Workman, Skylar Smith, Kylie Hansen, Carlson Allen, Konner Kendall, Ali Clinger, Madison Schutte, Cutler Kelsey, Arianna Soltero, Ryker Radtke, Halle Smith, Kinlee Sanchez, Beau Lusk, Konnor Walker, Yareli Carrillo, Cooper Chroninger, Michael Schmitt, Nicolas Tirado, Kimber Palazzo, Kayden Nulph, Lucas Hartley, Italie Giesbrecht, RayAnna Schmitt, Rafael Nieto, Adley Selga, Mckenna Schute, Jhett Burgeeister, Andre Montelongo and Makenna Torres. Great Job!!
The class that raised the most money was treated to a doughnut party!! That class was Mrs. Morgan's morning kindergarten!!!
The winner of the Kindle Fire (picked randomly from the top fund raisers) was Marley Anderson........Congratulations!!!!
Thank you to the American Falls community for supporting Hillcrest students!!!!
Hillcrest PTO would like to say thank you to all the parents, teachers, and businesses that made this year's Walk-a-thon a huge success!! Thank you to the following: AFEA for selling hotdogs, NAPA for donating the water bottles, DJ Todd from Enviroscape, AF Cheerleaders for passing out water bottles and walking with students, Bruce Hauber for judging the costume contest, Amalgamated sugar for donating cotton candy sugar and AF Police Department. Our CRAZY Coupons were donated by Deleta, Outer Limits, The Flower Girl, AF Vision, The Ranch, Impression and Design, Falls Grill & Chill, NAPA, Rockland Pharmacy, Ken's, Jill Gehring Counseling, and Power County Hospital.
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!