Community Forum on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Fri, Jan 22 3:09pm

        With a new administration safely in place and a promise of better days---the words of Amanda Gorman underscore and amplify the importance of our journey together and our commitment to provide ... [More]

Spring Semester Pizza Mondays! Order Now!

Fri, Jan 22 2:08pm

Pizza Mondays are on again for the spring semester!  See attached for details.   Signup here:  http://hillcrestpta.org/pizza-mondays/   Signup deadline is Fri Feb 5 so don't delay!   Questions?  Pleas ... [More]

Reminder - TONIGHT - D1 Forum w/ School Board Member Sam Davis: Planning for a Safe Return to Schools in 2021

Thu, Jan 21 11:45am

*** You must pre-register for this event HERE in order to get the Zoom event link *** UPDATE from original message (below).  Agenda will include: - Dr. Emily Frank, pediatrician and teacher - a teache ... [More]

New Books and Other Resources in HC Library

Wed, Jan 20 11:32am

Hillcrest Library just added NEW books for the New Year. Find out what is new by looking at the Resource Lists in the library catalog. While you are there take a look at resources for Black History Mo ... [More]

Update: School Photos

Fri, Jan 8 7:59pm

Hi again, There was sufficient interest in school photos, and we are in the process of coordinating a Covid-safe, off-school-site, opt-in event for a school year photo shoot (individual shots only; no ... [More]

OUSD Reopening Info Session

Fri, Jan 8 7:40pm

*** Sent on behalf of Oakland Unified School District *** OUSD will be holding a "Reopening Info and Listening Session". There are three different session options (Jan 12, Jan 21, Jan 25), and all ses ... [More]

42nd Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Festival

Fri, Jan 8 2:46pm

Dear Hillcrest Families,   2021 marks the  42nd Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival in which schools at all grade levels across Oakland have an opportunity to o showcase studen ... [More]

Sun. Dec 13 - OEA North Oakland Schools Family Meeting re: crisis distance learning and safe return to in-person learning

Mon, Dec 7 12:20pm

UPDATE: Link to register (click HERE).  Apologies for inadvertently excluding link in the original announcement!  Thank you to all of the community members who alerted us to the miss. ---------------- ... [More]

Library Updates: Borrow Books Over Winter Break

Thu, Dec 3 9:35am

Hello Hillcrest Families:   Winter Break is coming. Put books on hold now to get them before the break. Books borrowed between today and  December 18 will be due in January.   Here are new curated boo ... [More]

From OUSD Superintendent: 2020-21 OUSD Proposed Reopening Plan Submitted to Alameda County

Tue, Dec 1 2:16pm

Please click on the below link to view today's message from OUSD superintendent, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, regarding OUSD's proposed reopening plan that was recently submitted to the Alameda County Offic ... [More]

Online Auction: Last Chance Sale Tomorrow at 8:30am!

Tue, Nov 17 2:06pm

Thanks SO much for your help in making Hillcrest’s online auction a success! We appreciate the time, energy, creativity and money you contributed, especially at a time when all of those are in short s ... [More]

Raise Your Paddle will stay open until 10pm!

Sun, Nov 15 7:58pm

Hi everyone,  A quick online auction update: We've heard from several of you that you'd like to be able to see which bids you win before allocating your Raise Your Paddle donation, so we've extended * ... [More]

ONLINE AUCTION ENDS TONIGHT AT 9PM!

Sun, Nov 15 1:04pm

Hillcrest’s online auction ends AT 9PM TONIGHT! Heads up: A few items have been added over the course of this week, including gift certificates to the SF Wine School and a Baby Yoda squishmallow! Ther ... [More]

Two days left to place your bids in the online auction!

Fri, Nov 13 1:33pm

There are only two days left in Hillcrest’s online auction!  Don't miss your chance to donate to this year's Raise Your Paddle cause and enter the raffle for the Pandemic Survival Kit (a value of over ... [More]

TONIGHT - Zachary's Dine-Out - Show flyer to earn 15% for Hillcrest!

Thu, Nov 12 5:28pm

Don't cook tonight... Eat pizza from Zachary's on College!  Show them this flyer (on phone is ok) when you pay and earn Hillcrest 15% of your pre-tax bill!  Call them at 510-655-6385.    

Online auction now open for bidding -- select items will sell out!

Mon, Nov 9 6:10pm

Hillcrest’s online auction is now open for bidding! Here’s what you need to know: The online auction can be found at: https://hillcrestauction2020.ggo.bid If you haven’t registered yet, here’s how to ... [More]

This Week in the HC Library

Mon, Nov 9 9:49am

Hello Hillcrest Families:   Here are this week's updates. No School this Wednesday. The library will NOT be open to pick up books. Regular hours Tuesday and Thursday. Library Office Hours continue eac ... [More]

Online auction now open for registration & preview!

Mon, Nov 9 8:05am

Time for (more) PANDEMONIUM! Hillcrest’s online auction is now open for registration and preview! Here’s how to check it out: Visit https://hillcrestauction2020.ggo.bid Click “Get Started” If you part ... [More]

Online auction opens tomorrow!

Sun, Nov 8 7:24pm

Guess what?! As if this week hasn’t brought enough excitement, our online auction opens tomorrow!  As a reminder, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year -- the funds we raise will pay for our belo ... [More]

OUSD Superintendent's Update on In-Person Learning

Thu, Nov 5 7:54pm

Please click HERE for an update regarding in-person learning from OUSD. Thank you.

Dear Hillcrest Families

Wed, Nov 4 11:57am

November 4, 2020   Dear Hillcrest Caregivers,   The day after the national election is fraught with uncertainty.  We can take comfort in knowing that we are a strong, caring community with a commitmen ... [More]

Please Welcome Teaching Artist Ms. Cook

Tue, Nov 3 7:53pm

Dear Hillcrest Community,   I have bittersweet news. Some of you are already aware that one of our second grade teachers is moving away, and Ms. McCormick has asked me to step in as the new second gra ... [More]

Kindness in a jar!

Mon, Nov 2 10:15am

*** Sent on behalf of the middle school *** The Middle School is raising funds again this holiday season to support a very special cause - the Oncology Holiday Gift Program. This year, we will support ... [More]

Virtual Halloween Parade TODAY!

Fri, Oct 30 8:27am

Happy Halloween Hillcrest!   Please see the information for today's Halloween Parade!   Virtual Halloween Parade Zoom Links:   12:00- 12:30 K-2 & Middle School Meeting ID: 818 6268 5123 Passcode: 1734 ... [More]

TONIGHT (7-8:30pm): Hillcrest Community Forum on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Wed, Oct 28 10:51pm

Sent on behalf of Rebecca Gitenstein and Gloria Bruce, PTA Chairs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Please join us tonight for the Hillcrest Community Forum on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Who shoul ... [More]

Last chance! Drop off wine donations tonight 6-6:30

Tue, Oct 27 3:11pm

Thank you, everyone, for all the generosity thus far that'll make our upcoming auction a success! If you're able and willing to donate a bottle of wine but haven't had a chance to do so yet, we'll be ... [More]

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]