Library Updates

Mon, Oct 26 10:36am

Library Info for the Week of October 26:   The library catalog will be down for maintenance  on Thursday afternoon/evening. There are new book lists ready for browsing: Read Aloud Chapter Books, Read ... [More]

PG & E

Sun, Oct 25 11:17am

Dear Hillcrest Families   PG & E has tentatively listed  Hillcrest as one of the areas that might be affected by the upcoming PG&E power shutdown starting this evening and lasting through Monday. Here ... [More]

NEW DATE Added (Nov 1) - Mini-Photo Sessions Fundraiser

Sat, Oct 24 12:41pm

Due to overwhelming response from our mini-photo session fundraiser, we added a second date -  Sunday, November 1.  Get your holiday family photos, refresh that LinkedIn headshot, etc.  For details an ... [More]

Spirit Week

Thu, Oct 22 8:23pm

Happy Halloween and Spirit Week Hillcrest Community!   Next week is Spirit Week for students, teachers, and (parents/guardians). The idea is to provide some fun for kids while also building community. ... [More]

Join us Oct. 29 for a Community Forum on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thu, Oct 22 2:05pm

We have just begun our tenure as your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion representatives on the PTA, and we would love to offer a space for the community to gather and connect on these critical issues b ... [More]

Drop off wine TONIGHT 6-6:30 in front of the school!

Mon, Oct 19 4:16pm

We'll be outside Hillcrest tonight from 6-6:30 collecting any bottles of wine you'd like to donate for our upcoming online auction. No matter the kind -- affordable, pricey, special occasion, or every ... [More]

Share your condolences with Peter Canton's family

Sun, Oct 18 7:09pm

Dear Hillcrest Community, An online memorial space has been set up for students, parents, staff, Hillcrest alumni, and other friends to share their memories of Peter Canton and condolences with Peter' ... [More]

Afternoon Sessions ADDED -- Oct 25 Mini-Photo Sessions to benefit Hillcrest Elementary - Book today!

Fri, Oct 16 12:13pm

Due to demand, we have been able to add six afternoon sessions for Sunday, October 25, from 2:30pm-5:30pm.  If you missed booking a morning session, book your afternoon mini-photo session now!  All pr ... [More]

Wine & party donations needed by October 26th for online auction!

Thu, Oct 15 2:09pm

Welcome to PANDEMONIUM!  Hillcrest’s annual Benefit and Auction is typically our largest fundraiser of the year, providing critical funds for staff salaries, school supplies and more. Given this crazy ... [More]

Tonight @7:30pm: School Board Candidate Forum

Wed, Oct 14 6:15pm

Hear directly from candidates running to represent Hillcrest’s district on the OUSD school board. They will focus on elementary education and the current environment. Hosted by District 1 elementary s ... [More]

Reminder - Crepevine Dine Out

Wed, Oct 14 5:46pm

Reminder - Get dinner at Crepevine tonight on College, mention Hillcrest, and the school earns a percentage of your meal! Thank you!

New Books and How to Find Them, HC Library

Wed, Oct 14 3:32pm

Hillcrest Library just added the first set of NEW books since the shutdown. Find out what is new by looking at the Resource Lists in the library catalog.   Other browsable lists of engaging, entertain ... [More]

Crepevine Dine Out tomorrow!

Tue, Oct 13 8:47am

Come out and support Hillcrest this Wednesday, October 14th for our second dine out fundraiser of the year at Crepevine (5600 College Ave). 10% of Hillcrest sales will be donated and Crepevine will ma ... [More]

Updating your Chromebook Operating System and Adjusting Mic volume

Mon, Oct 12 11:10pm

Hello Hillcrest Community, We have been having issues with Chromebooks and some very nice distance leads throughout the district have put together various ways to fix some of the common issues with Ch ... [More]

A message from Maria McCormick

Mon, Oct 12 4:14pm

Dear Hillcrest Community,  It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Peter Canton, Noah Canton’s younger brother.  Peter passed away unexpectedly on Saturday.  He had been a belove ... [More]

Hillcrest Apparel/Gear/Swag orders ready for pick up

Fri, Oct 9 10:28pm

Hillcrest Apparel/Gear/Swag Pick Up Great news - our stuff has arrived! All orders will be available for pick up this coming Tuesday, Oct 13 from 5-7pm on the sidewalk in front of school. Please wear ... [More]

Tonight (6-6:45) - PTA Association meeting

Thu, Oct 8 1:12pm

Hello Hillcrest Community, The PTA will hold its first of three Association meetings tonight from 6-6:45pm via Zoom.  Meeting details are: Meeting ID: 510 446 4847 Password: Hillcrest Agenda: Welcome ... [More]

Last chance- Art Kit Pick-Up Options through the weekend

Thu, Oct 8 12:40pm

Hi Everyone!   Anytime "Porch" Pickup: -There are school supply, paint, and art kits on the "porch" outside the kindergarten room in the front of the school. Boxes are out there through the weekend.   ... [More]

Online Meal Application

Thu, Oct 1 11:59am

Hello Hillcrest Families - OUSD asks each family to complete an online Meal Application, regardless of participation or qualification.  Please access and complete the online application on the OUSD we ... [More]

Librarian to the rescue! Art kits available at Library

Thu, Oct 1 7:31am

Mr. Pabst has volunteered to pass out art kits today from 9-10:30! A big thank you to Mr. Pabst!   Come on by if you were scheduled for art kits: Thursday, October 1 Last names I-P- 9-10:30am   Friday ... [More]

New Resources at HC Library

Mon, Sep 28 2:21pm

Hello HC Families, The library is up and running. You can pick up books held online on the following fixed schedule. Tuesdays noon to 1pm AND 3 to 3:30pm Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30am AND noon to 1pm Thur ... [More]

Pizza MONDAYS Fundraiser - Now for the Whole School!

Sun, Sep 27 9:02pm

Pizza MONDAYS - Time to Order for Fall Semester Available to ALL Grades!!!   10 Sessions – Each Monday 10/5 – 12/14 In the wake of our “new normal” Red Boy Pizza has partnered with us to continue our ... [More]

Reminder: No school tomorrow, 9/25 - OUSD Professional Development Day

Thu, Sep 24 9:34am

Reminder that there will be no classes / meetings for students tomorrow (Friday, 9/25) as the day is an OUSD Professional Development Day for teachers and staff. ------end of message------

Art Kit Distribution starts next week!

Thu, Sep 24 9:29am

Hello Hillcrest Community,   Art Kit Distribution starts next week!   Please come to the Nature Area gate on Mandalay, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. Bring a tote bag for art supply "ext ... [More]

Dine Out - Star Pizza - TONIGHT

Wed, Sep 23 7:44am

Hi Hillcrest families, Our first dine out fundraiser for the year is tonight. Location: The Star, 3425 Grand Avenue 10% of sales go to the school. This is a great way to support us and a community bus ... [More]

Art Supply List (for those who opted out of kits)

Fri, Sep 18 3:13pm

A few parents have asked for a recommended supply list for those who prefer to buy their own supplies. These are as equivalent to what I purchased for the school (budget conscious) as I could find. If ... [More]

Art Update- Art Kits and MOCHA Porch Talk 5

Fri, Sep 18 12:49pm

Hi Everyone!   It's been great seeing all the art on padlet (password studiotime) and seesaw.  We have such a creative community. Feel free to check the padlet to see the great work and share positive ... [More]

Survey-- New Library Schedule

Wed, Sep 16 11:01am

Hello Hillcrest Families, We need to make some minor adjustments to the times people can pick up books from the library. Alameda County Department of Public Health requires a custodian be on site when ... [More]

New Library Pick Up Schedule

Mon, Sep 14 8:54am

Hello Hillcrest Library Users, Unfortunately, OUSD is requiring Hillcrest campus be closed and empty of staff by 3:30pm every day. This means a change to the library book exchange schedule.  Below is ... [More]

Hillcrest Library Open For Business

Tue, Sep 8 10:20am

Do you want to read a book? Do you want your child to read a book?   Yes, an actual print book!   The library is open for online borrowing and outside pick up of books.   Book delivery is available to ... [More]

Last Day - Giving Campaign

Mon, Sep 7 9:32am

*** Sent on behalf of Liz DeLuca and Migi Lee, Giving Campaign & PTA Membership Co-Chairs" Hello Hillcrest Community, Today is the last official day of the Giving Campaign.  Thank you so much to all w ... [More]

Social Emotional Learning, Anti-Racism and Restorative Justice Groups Start This Week!

Sun, Aug 30 10:49am

Dear Hillcrest Community,   Welcome back to this unique school year! My hope is that we are all finding ways to manage the multiple competing priorities and stressors we are experiencing during this c ... [More]

Konstella Notification Change

Fri, Aug 28 3:40pm

Hi everyone,   Please note the below change to chat notifications behavior that Konstella has just made.  If you like receiving individual emails for each chat message in addition to phone notificatio ... [More]

Art Update

Fri, Aug 28 11:34am

Dear Hillcrest Community, Thank you to all of those families who joined for asynchronous classes through YouTube and workbook use, or those who joined through scheduled zooms! Our Young artists are do ... [More]

Annual Giving Campaign Update - Only 12 days left to donate!

Thu, Aug 27 5:58pm

*** Sent on behalf of Liz DeLuca and Migi Lee, Giving Campaign & PTA Membership Co-Chairs" Hello Hillcrest Community, A HUGE thank you to all who have contributed to the PTA Giving Campaign so far.  I ... [More]

Hillcrest Library is Open

Mon, Aug 24 10:06am

Hello Hillcrest School Community!   The Hillcrest Virtual Library is open for searching, browsing, and borrowing books. You can pick up reserved books from the “on the yard” low contact check out. Ret ... [More]

Possible Zoom Outages

Mon, Aug 24 8:37am

Good morning, Zoom is reporting a partial outage across the U.S. If you are experiencing technical issues with Zoom, please:  1) Notify your teacher via Konstella or email that your child was unable t ... [More]

K-8 Art Update- customize your School and Art Supply Kit from the PTA by Wed.8/26

Fri, Aug 21 7:38pm

  Hi Hillcrest Community,   I'm looking forward to starting classes with your young artists and makers in the coming week. To get things kicked off, please customize your School and Art Supply Kit fro ... [More]

LAST DAY to order Hillcrest Apparel and Gear

Thu, Aug 20 3:56pm

Tomorrow is the deadline to order Hillcrest Apparel & Gear.  Available are youth and adult t-shirts, kid-size face masks, hats, hoodies, car magnets, tote bags, water bottles, and more!   All items ca ... [More]

Survey-- Library Book Pick Up

Tue, Aug 18 11:25am

Hello Hillcrest Families:   Mr. Pabst is creating a plan for students to request online and pick up from school library books.   The plan includes: Community members register themselves for the Online ... [More]

Hillcrest Library During Distance Learning

Mon, Aug 17 2:24pm

Hello Hillcrest Community: The Library is preparing an online checkout and low-contact pickup system for use during distance learning. This system will be similar to what is being done by Oakland Publ ... [More]

Updates (continued)

Fri, Aug 7 7:35pm

Hello Hillcrest, Please see below for a few additional updates following Maria's earlier Konstella communication. There will be no Monday morning circle this coming Monday, August 10. The PTA now has ... [More]