Thank You From The Office

Wed, Jun 5 1:47pm

Hello,   We would like to say thank you for showing us kindness and support these last few years. Here are our personal emails if you ever want to keep in contact or need any help.   Christina: christ ... [More]

Picnic - Found items + Lost sports equipment

Fri, May 31 12:49pm

Many thanks to Kira Gould and Beth Gousman for organizing yesterday's End-of-Year Picnic!  Please see their note below re: found and missing items. ------ Thank you to all those who were able to join ... [More]

REMINDER: End-of-Year Picnic is coming up!

Mon, May 27 7:16pm

When: Thursday, May 30, 5:00-8:00pm   Who: Hillcrest Community! Come socialize with school pals before summer kicks in!  Coach T (former PE instructor and Hillcrest friend) will lead games on site!   ... [More]

LAST CALL for Lost & Found!

Sun, May 26 4:36pm

Don't forget to stop by the Lost & Found this week!!  Everything will be donated to charity on Friday.   

Reminders for Next Week: No School Monday, Minimum Days Tues-Thurs, and Last Day of School is Thurs.

Fri, May 24 12:46pm

Don't forget that this coming Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day and there is no school.  Tuesday through Thursday of next week are all minimum days, and Thursday is the last day of school.  Enjoy the l ... [More]

Reminder! Open House Tonight (May 23rd) 6:30-7:30pm

Thu, May 23 8:54am

Don't forget to attend tonight's Open House from 6:30 -7:30pm.  Learn what your child has been up to all year, and see the next grade's classrooms and meet the teachers.  See you all there!  

Re-Enroll Your Student For Next Year

Tue, May 14 8:41am

Hello,  You should have received this email from OUSD.     Hello, Welcome to your OUSD online account for re-enrollment and registration for the 2019-2020 school year.   Please follow the steps below ... [More]

Bike to School Day is Tomorrow, Thursday, May 9th!

Wed, May 8 6:33pm

Hello, Hillcrest families! Bike to School Day is TOMORROW, Thursday, May 9th! Important info:  MEET-UP:  Meet Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Smith and Mr. Shogren at 8:05 at the Village Market tomorrow morning an ... [More]

OUSD District Science Fair TOMORROW, Wed, May 8th, 5-8pm @ Chabot Space & Science Center!

Tue, May 7 8:13am

Congratulations to our students who will represent Hillcrest in the OUSD District Science Fair. You are all invited to see our students projects on display at Chabot Space and Science Center. Over 30 ... [More]

PLEASE READ - Important message from Christina and Jessica

Mon, May 6 2:40pm

Dear Hillcrest Community,   It is with heavy hearts and excitement to share with you that both of us will be leaving OUSD and the Hillcrest community on May 31st, 2019. As you might know OUSD is reorg ... [More]

Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

Mon, May 6 1:04pm

Please don't forget to have your child bring in a flower(s) on Wednesday morning at drop off. There will be parents collecting the flowers in the hallway for each classroom. We still need a few food i ... [More]

Reminder! Science Festival This Thurs., May 2nd from 6-7:30 pm, Multipurpose Room

Mon, Apr 29 4:52pm

The Science Festival is this Thursday, May 2nd from 6-7:30pm in the MPR.  Please turn in your project display board to your homeroom teacher by Wednesday, May 1st.  All other parts of the display must ... [More]

TOMORROW: Lost & Found clean-up

Sun, Apr 28 10:49pm

It's that time again!  Make sure to stop by the Lost & Found racks this week as everything will be donated Friday (TOMORROW) afternoon. 

THURS & FRI: Pick up T-shirts and Lap Cards + Sign up to help

Tue, Apr 23 9:38pm

The Walkathon is just a few days away, and it'll be inspiring to watch our kids collectively walk thousands of laps for Hillcrest!  Save time that morning, and pick up lap cards and t-shirts in advanc ... [More]

Support Public Education - Attend May 22nd State Wide Rally

Wed, Apr 17 1:01pm

Dear Hillcrest Families,   The struggle to improve and protect public education nationally, in California, and for the children of Oakland continues. There are some local and state wide political acti ... [More]

No After-School Classes this week

Mon, Apr 15 6:08pm

Just a reminder that there are no after-school classes this week because of Missoula Children's Theatre rehearsals.  Please contact Niki Mehan with any questions.

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions (TOMORROW 3 to 5pm)

Sun, Apr 14 6:00pm

Sorry for the additional email regarding Missoula Children's Theatre's Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs auditions, which are TOMORROW, Monday, 4/15 from 3 - 5pm in the MPR.  We need a minimum of 50 perfo ... [More]

THIS SUNDAY- Campus Beautification + BikeMobile

Fri, Apr 12 4:34pm

Dear Hillcrest families, Please join us this Sunday, 4/14 from 1 - 3pm for our Campus Beautification Day.  Even if you can just stop by for part of the time, every contribution helps.  At the same tim ... [More]

PERMISSION SLIPS: Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions (MONDAY 3 to 5pm)

Fri, Apr 12 4:34pm

If your child is interested in auditioning for Missoula Children's Theatre this Monday, April 15th from 3 to 5pm in the MPR, they will need a permission slip.  If you haven't submitted a permission sl ... [More]

TOMORROW: Music Night! 6:00 at Holy Names Auditorium

Tue, Apr 9 11:21am

TOMORROW (Wednesday) from 6 - 7:30pm:  Come to Hillcrest's Music Night at the Holy Names High School Auditorium, just steps away from Hillcrest at 4660 Harbord Drive)! All K-5 classes, led by Music Di ... [More]

NEXT MONDAY: Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions (3 to 5pm in the MPR)

Mon, Apr 8 10:59am

Information sheets and permission slips for Missoula Children's Theatre will go home in backpacks and be available in the office after school tomorrow (Tuesday). All students are welcome to audition!  ... [More]

Lost & Found to be cleared TOMORROW (Friday) at 3:00pm

Thu, Mar 21 7:29am

Raincoats and sweatshirts and lunch boxes, oh my! The Lost and Found is overflowing!  The racks will be cleared out for Spring Break, so be sure to stop by this week.  All items will be donated TOMORR ... [More]

TONIGHT: Family Art Night! 6 - 7:30 pm

Wed, Mar 20 3:15pm

TONIGHT from 6 - 7:30pm:  Come to Hillcrest Family Art Night to make art with your kiddos and celebrate the amazing work they have created this year with Ms. Ronley and Ms. Trockle. Middle school art ... [More]

Spring After-School Enrichment

Mon, Mar 18 1:14pm

Spring After-School Enrichment is Here!  Classes Run: Tuesday, April 2 - Friday, May 24th No classes:  April 14-18 for Missoula Children's Theatre   Registration Begins: This Thursday, March 21 at 9 a ... [More]

Post-strike Letter to Hillcrest Families

Fri, Mar 8 3:43pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, Please read the attached letter from your Hillcrest teachers. Thank you,  

School resumes TOMORROW - contract agreement ratified

Sun, Mar 3 8:10pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, OEA has ratified the contract agreement, and school will resume TOMORROW, Monday, March 4th. We look forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow! Principal McCormick and ... [More]

OEA Strike Settlement Vote postponed

Sat, Mar 2 10:39am

The OEA (teachers union) vote to ratify the contract agreement has been postponed to Sunday. We will let you know when there is confirmed information on when teachers will be back at school.

Teachers' Strike Ends!

Fri, Mar 1 2:25pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, OUSD and OEA have reached an agreement, and the strike has ended!  For more information, please read this OUSD press release. 

Hillcrest Science Festival - May 2, 2019 (6-7:30 p.m.)

Tue, Feb 26 2:37pm

Calling all students (all grades)! Please participate in the Hillcrest Science Festival on Thursday, May 2, 2019. It will be held in the Multipurpose Room from 6:00-7:30 p.m.   Our theme this year is: ... [More]

March with Teachers! 02/26/19

Tue, Feb 26 10:12am

Hello All!   If you are interested the teachers will be marching today.   You will: Meet at Verdese Carter Park (98th & Bancroft) at 11:30am. You will then march 2.2 miles to Roots International Acade ... [More]

No picket line this afternoon (Tuesday)

Tue, Feb 26 9:42am

There will be no picket line at Hillcrest this afternoon (Tuesday). Thanks so much to all of you who volunteered to bring snacks and walk the picket line - just wanted you to know that this afternoon ... [More]

Additional resources for families during the strike

Mon, Feb 25 4:59pm

Dear Hillcrest families, Thank you to everyone who has added information to our family resources document!  Several additions have been made since it was first published, so please take a look if you ... [More]

A Message From The Teachers

Mon, Feb 25 10:50am

Hello wonderful families! The teachers would like to thank you and your continuous support during the strike. We will not be returning at the end of the day for the afternoon picket. We will see you a ... [More]

Resources for families during the strike

Thu, Feb 21 3:55pm

Dear Hillcrest families, If you choose to keep your children out of school during the upcoming teachers' strike (scheduled to begin this Thursday, February 21st), here are some potential resources:   ... [More]

Strike announcement

Sun, Feb 17 8:57am

Dear Hillcrest families, OEA has announced that they will strike starting this Thursday, February 21st. During the strike, the school and AT will be open. After-school enrichment classes will be cance ... [More]

Power outage

Thu, Feb 14 12:05pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, We are currently experiencing a power outage at school. Our students are safe, and we are very thankful for all the classroom windows. We do not have internet access, but our ... [More]

This Sunday - Campus Beautification + Playground Access Meeting

Thu, Feb 7 8:23pm

Dear Hillcrest families, Please join us this Sunday, 2/10 from 9:30 - noon for our Campus Beautification Day.  Even if you can just stop by for part of the time, every contribution helps.  Immediately ... [More]

"A Guide for Parents and Guardians -- Preparing for Possible Teacher Strike"

Thu, Feb 7 4:11pm

Dear Families: Oakland Parents United, a group formed by parents of Oakland students during our 2014/2015 Contract Negotiations, has published the following guide for families in the event of a teache ... [More]

Parent Information Meeting on Teacher Contract Negotiation - 2/7/19

Thu, Jan 31 3:12pm

Dear Hillcrest Families   Negotiations between OUSD and the teacher's union (OEA) is at an impasse. "Fact Finding" documents have been submitted to a panel for review. In the next few weeks, the "Fact ... [More]

Teacher Contract Negotiation-Parent information meeting

Thu, Jan 24 8:07am

Dear Hillcrest Families   Negotiations between OUSD and the teacher's union (OEA) is at an impasse. "Fact Finding" documents have been submitted to a panel for review. In the next few weeks, the "Fact ... [More]

Phones not working - Please email

Mon, Jan 14 8:34am

Hello,   It seems there is an issue with our office phone - possibly due to an outage.    Please email: or   If you nee ... [More]

Teacher Contract Negotiations - Possible Strike

Fri, Jan 11 12:45pm

Dear Hillcrest Community, The most recent teacher's contract expired in June 2017.  After 1-1/2 years of negotiations for a new contract, they have reached an impasse and are currently in mediation.  ... [More]

Lost & Found will be cleared out TOMORROW (Friday)

Thu, Dec 20 4:10pm

Please remember to stop by the Lost & Found this week as everything will be cleared out for Winter Break this Friday after school!  We have adult items, too - any missing a leather jacket?  Check Hill ... [More]

Kids' Night Out Postponed

Tue, Dec 11 4:05pm

Please take note that Kids' Night Out, scheduled to take place this Friday, December 14th, is being postponed.  A new date is to be determined.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment th ... [More]

Campus Security

Fri, Nov 30 12:42pm

Dear Hillcrest community, We want to inform you that over the weekends there has been repeated vandalism, underage drinking, and other unwanted activity occurring on our campus. This repeated activity ... [More]

After-School Enrichment Registration starts TOMORROW

Mon, Nov 26 1:03pm

Winter Enrichment is Here! Registration Begins: Tuesday, November 27 at 5 pm Classes: Monday, December 3 – Friday, March 22 (no classes Dec 17-Jan 4)   Check out the offerings, and sign up your studen ... [More]

Kindness in a jar! - Oncology Holiday Gift Program

Sun, Nov 25 9:36pm

*Gifts-in-a-Jar will be available at Morning Circle tomorrow, 11/26/18* The Middle School is raising funds this holiday season to support a very special cause - the Oncology Holiday Gift Program. We w ... [More]

UPDATE: Photos

Thu, Nov 15 3:55pm

Hello! I am so sorry for the constant emails but we have resolved the issues.   Please follow the link - type in Hillcrest   Then proceed with the ... [More]

Photo Order Forms Sent Home

Thu, Nov 15 2:57pm

Hello!   Today we sent out photo order forms for K-5 (It was a crazy day so I couldn't get it out to MS). When we tried to test out the website, it was not currently working. We are working with Hot S ... [More]

School is CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16

Thu, Nov 15 2:19pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, Because of worsening air quality, OUSD has announced that all schools and offices will be CLOSED tomorrow (Friday, 11/16). See below for the full text of OUSD’s message ——- Gr ... [More]

Community Service Drives THIS WEEK: Help the Homeless + Kindness in a Jar

Wed, Nov 14 4:31pm

We have two community service drives taking place THIS WEEK, with one final day when we return from break on November 26th.  Please consider supporting these worthy causes:   Hamilton Families - "Help ... [More]

Photo Order Forms

Wed, Nov 14 3:28pm

Hello,   We have been receiving a lot of phone calls about photo order forms so we wanted to give an update.   We have been waiting for the photographers to upload the pictures and have been given the ... [More]

After School Classes

Wed, Nov 14 9:22am

Just a reminder after school classes ended last week for the current term and will not happen this week. If you received an email from your provider stating that classes will be going on this week, yo ... [More]

Auction: Last Chance Items and Photos Now Available!

Fri, Nov 9 4:06pm

Hello Hillcrest families,  If you missed the Benefit on Saturday or just didn't have time to bid on everything you wanted that night, now's your chance! Please see the attached TV Land Last Chance Cat ... [More]

Air Quality

Fri, Nov 9 8:07am

    Hillcrest Families   I know you join me in sending our best wishes and deepest condolences to the residents of Butte County whose lives have been permanently altered by the wildfires around their ... [More]

It's Auction Time! Hillcrest Studios Presents... TV LAND!

Thu, Nov 1 9:50pm

Hillcrest Studios Presents:  TV Land It's finally here -- the Hillcrest Benefit & Auction!!! This Saturday, November 3rd, at the Claremont Hotel & Resort   See below for a couple of NEW, EXCITING thin ... [More]

Hillcrest Community

Thu, Nov 1 6:07am

  As many of you may know, yesterday during our Halloween parade one of our students had a medical emergency.  I am happy to report this student was home last night and doing well.     In times like t ... [More]

‘One Warm Coat’ Drive – Final Week!

Tue, Oct 30 11:26am

Friendly reminder that the 'One Warm Coat' drive, organized by 5th Grade Hillcrest Girl Scouts, is in its final week.  Thank you to all who have donated so far!  If you still have coats to donate, ple ... [More]

Volunteers Needed for Benefit Day-Of Set Up

Tue, Oct 30 8:39am

Have you been looking for a way to help with benefit set up, but weren’t sure how?  Do you have 1-3 hours on Saturday morning, and a desire to help make a difference for our school? Then COME ON DOWN! ... [More]

Benefit Catalogs + Loading Zone

Mon, Oct 29 4:00pm

A couple notes for the first part of this week: Benefit catalogs will be sent home today or tomorrow - please check your child's backpack; there is one catalog per household, usually sent with the you ... [More]

Halloween Costumes + Parade

Thu, Oct 25 9:23am

Dear Hillcrest Families, Halloween is next Wednesday, and we'll have our traditional Halloween parade at 12:30 pm.  Room parents will provide information on any additional celebrations that your class ... [More]

‘One Warm Coat’ Drive: 10/22/18 – 11/2/18

Sun, Oct 21 10:11am

A coat drive to benefit the East Bay Agency for Children, organized by 5th Grade Hillcrest Girl Scouts through the 'One Warm Coat' program, will be held from 10/22/18 – 11/2/18.  A donation bin will b ... [More]

Community Updates

Fri, Oct 12 3:30pm

Benefit Today is the deadline for donations for Hillcrest’s largest fundraiser of the year.  I would like to ask that as you plan for the benefit, please keep in mind that the money raised at this eve ... [More]

Auciton Donations Needed - deadline is TOMORROW!

Thu, Oct 11 3:36pm

URGENT! TOMORROW (FRIDAY, OCT. 12) IS THE AUCTION DONATION DEADLINE!!! Donations are currently low across all grades and classrooms!!! Remember, this is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and signific ... [More]

Instant Wine Cellar collection tomorrow from 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Thu, Oct 4 3:23pm

Don't forget - the middle school sponsored "Instant wine cellar"  donations will be collected at drop off tomorrow from 8-8:30 a.m. - please bring in your bottle of wine for this auction item!!! The a ... [More]

Lost & Found will be cleared out this weekend!

Mon, Sep 24 3:31pm

The Lost and Found will be cleared out this weekend!  Please check the racks - even if you think nothing's been lost.      We'll do our best returning items to their owners.  Make sure your favorite j ... [More]

After-School Enrichment Classes start this week

Sun, Aug 26 8:08pm

After-school enrichment classes start this week!  Please check the PTA website or the Enrichments bulletin board in the main hall for classroom locations.   Questions?  Please contact Niki Mehan.

Final Day to Purchase Swag

Thu, Aug 23 5:08pm

This is the last reminder to purchase Hillcrest apparel and gear - the deadline is tomorrow Friday, Aug 24th. We have items for both Kids and Adults, but we are only ordering exactly what is purchased ... [More]

Pizza Fridays - Time to Order for Fall

Tue, Aug 21 9:15pm

Pizza Fridays - Time to Order for Fall For Grades 4-8 Fall 2018 Session: 15 weeks: September 7, 2018 – January 18, 2019, Fridays @ Lunch Middle School Courtyard   The Middle School invites students fr ... [More]

Classroom Assignments

Sat, Aug 11 4:08pm

Konstella has been updated to reflect 2018-19 classroom assignments.  Note that last-minute changes can occur, and a few new students could not be added yet.   When you log in via the web, you will se ... [More]

First Day Volunteer Sign-ups & Coffee

Fri, Aug 10 6:05pm

The first day of school is quickly approaching. Please be sure to stop by the tables on the playground at morning drop off to grab a cup of coffee and sign up for one of the various parent volunteer p ... [More]