2021-2022 OUSD Calendar, Reminder to sign up for ParentSquare

Wed, Jul 14 12:31pm

  Hi folks, Three things: (1) the playground was re-surfaced and lines re-painted, courtesy of the PTA - thank you everyone!  It looks fantastic and will be a welcome sight for the kids in August.  Bi ... [More]

Grades/report cards are posted in Aeries

Fri, Jun 4 3:58pm

Hi all, You can find your student's grades/report cards in Aeries now.   Grades K-5 Log into Aeries on a laptop/desktop (for some, the app is being glitchy and isn't showing grades) In the lefthand ve ... [More]

Free eBooks All Summer Long

Fri, May 28 10:52am

OUSD's digital library will be available this summer. Students can borrow as many books as they want to read. To access: 1. log-in to the student's Google account. (student ousd.org email address, stu ... [More]

8th grade graduation video! (and car parade reminder)

Thu, May 27 3:47pm

Hi all, Let's give a HUGE shout out to our beloved 8th graders who graduated from Hillcrest today.  Please take a moment (13 minutes actually) and watch this awesomely-produced video showcasing our 8t ... [More]

Change to Walkathon prize pickup location & time

Thu, May 27 10:34am

Hi everyone,   The Walkathon prizes will be outside the Kindergarten doors (on the Marguerite side) starting today at 4:30pm ... please come at your convenience to get one for your student if they par ... [More]

Hillcrest News 5-25-21

Tue, May 25 8:31pm

Hi Everyone, Click here to read this weeks Hillcrest Newsletter.    Thanks!   https://mailchi.mp/0a322f996d5c/hillcrestnews-5016477  

Walkathon Prize Pick Up Time!

Tue, May 25 2:37pm

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   The Walkathon prizes will be available for pick up tomorrow and Thursday from school. If your child participated in the Walkathon, (regardless of step/lap/day totals or whet ... [More]

Minimum Days

Mon, May 24 2:19pm

Hello Hillcrest Families,   Just a reminder that today-- Monday, May 24th was the last in person day for Cohort A.  Tomorrow--Tuesday, May 25th will be the last day in person day for Cohort B.   Wedne ... [More]

Returning Library Books and Materials

Fri, May 21 10:16am

Hello HC Families, All library books are now due. Books like to hide under beds, couches, and behind bookshelves-- also the backseat of the car. All books belonging to the school will be stamped “Hill ... [More]

Volunteer to be a buddy family :D

Fri, May 21 10:13am

  Hi!  Hillcrest will be welcoming new families for the 2021-2022 school year (mostly kindergarten), and we are looking for volunteers for our Buddy Family program.  Our goal is to match each new inco ... [More]

Walkathon Raffle Winners!

Thu, May 20 10:09am

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   Thank you to all of our participants! Every student who participated, regardless of lap or step totals, will be receiving a small prize... stay tuned to Konstella for upcomi ... [More]

Hillcrest Yellow Pages

Tue, May 18 6:32pm

Read the latest Hillcrest Yellow Pages here! https://mailchi.mp/c0ffd933d825/hillcrestnews-5015253?e=5827bf6410

Book Giveaway

Mon, May 17 10:35am

Hello HC Families, The library is making room for new books. Discarded library books will be given away to all comers after school on Tuesday 5/18 and 5/25 and Thursday 5/20. In the big yard. Enter vi ... [More]

Info Update: Last call to be counted for the Walkathon!

Wed, May 12 11:07am

Please Read for Important Info!   If you haven't, please submit the very short & simple  Google Form   You do not need to have participated in fundraising or to know how many laps, steps, or exact day ... [More]

Hillcrest Newsletter May 11, 2021

Tue, May 11 7:43pm

Hi Everyone, Please click here for this weeks newsletter and the link is included below as well.    https://mailchi.mp/650e3c1af346/hillcrestnews-5014017

Adventure Time Before/After Care for 2021-2022

Mon, May 10 9:36am

Adventure Time has published an announcement (click HERE) about enrollment for before/after-care for the 2021-2022 school year.  Thank you, Neda  

Walkathon headcount needed - super quick & easy!

Fri, May 7 2:40pm

Please click the following link to submit your student's name and grade level if they participated in the Walkathon.   Walkathon Form   We really need this final participant log for prizes and the raf ... [More]

Please read - May schedule

Wed, May 5 3:32pm

Per last evening's Hillcrest News, please note the following schedule changes in May. Mon., May 10: NO SCHOOL (OUSD Wellness Day) Mon., May 24: Last In-Person Day for Cohort A Tues., May 25: Last In-P ... [More]

Hillcrest Yellow Pages

Tue, May 4 6:57pm

Read the latest Hillcrest news https://mailchi.mp/efcd90666c36/hillcrestnews-5012693?e=5827bf6410

Action Needed: Walkathon participants - submit this Google form for prizes!

Tue, May 4 1:40pm

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   Hillcrest, you did it! Thank you to the incredible showing of participation for this year's walkathon! Please submit the following Google form to help us track participation ... [More]

Last Day of the Walkathon!

Mon, May 3 12:01pm

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   Today is the last day of the Walkathon! Hillcrest kids have gone above and beyond meeting this challenge and working to achieve their movement goals over the past two weeks. ... [More]

Last Day to Borrow from HC Library-- 5/13

Mon, May 3 10:22am

Hello Hillcrest Families, Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of library services this school year. I look forward to seeing your students-- and the dozens of parent volunteers--  inside the ... [More]

Tonight, 6-7pm - PTA Association meeting

Thu, Apr 29 8:47am

Good morning, We invite you to join us for our final PTA Association meeting of the school year.  Below are the agenda and Zoom details.   Thank you,  Neda ------------------------------------- Agenda ... [More]

Walkathon Check In - Keep it up, Hillcrest!

Wed, Apr 28 2:17pm

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   The Walkathon is more than half way over and we are SO proud of these kids who are increasing their movement everyday and working hard to achieve their goals. What a beautif ... [More]

Hillcrest Newsletter 4-27-21

Tue, Apr 27 6:40pm

Please click here for this weeks Hillcrest Newsletter!

LAST CALL/Deadline extended - Sign for School Picture Day by 1PM tomorrow (Monday)

Sun, Apr 25 5:45pm

There are still some spots available tomorrow afternoon for students to get their school picture taken by MugsyClicks.  Sign up for your 10-minute window HERE by 1PM tomorrow/Monday.  No walk-ins will ... [More]

Walkathon Updates!

Thu, Apr 22 9:22am

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   Wow! We are so encouraged to see so much participation throughout the grade levels and to hear from students who are meeting the challenge head on! Way to go, Hillcrest! Her ... [More]

Volunteers needed for remaining 5 weeks of school - Check In Process

Wed, Apr 21 8:38pm

Hillcrest will continue to need volunteers for the next five weeks (remainder of 20-21 school year) to assist with the student check-in process.  Days/Times needed are Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri from 12:1 ... [More]

Hillcrest Yellow Pages

Tue, Apr 20 8:07pm

https://mailchi.mp/16d462b4760a/hillcrestnews-5009749?e=5827bf6410 Get up to date with the latest school news in the Hillcrest Yellow Pages.

Walkathon Starts Today!

Mon, Apr 19 8:38am

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021   The Hillcrest Walkathon has officially begun! Let’s get moving! Between 4/19-5/3 we want to encourage kids to get their steps in, increase their movement, and work towards t ... [More]

VOLUNTEERS still needed for student check-in for first week of Hillcrest Reopening

Fri, Apr 16 1:43pm

We are still looking for a few more volunteers, particularly for Tuesday (12:15-1pm).  More volunteers would be incredibly appreciated!  Click HERE to sign up. Thank you so much to those who have alre ... [More]

Return to School Information

Fri, Apr 16 9:47am

Hello Hillcrest Families,   I will transitioning school messaging through Parent Square.  During this transition , I will post on both platforms--Parent Square and Konstella.  When we begin the 2021-2 ... [More]

New Library Schedule

Thu, Apr 15 1:43pm

Hello Hillcrest Families, Here is the library schedule for hybrid learning. Teachers will include this information on your child's Seesaw or Google Classroom. All zoom links will remain the same. 4th ... [More]

Hillcrest News April 13, 2021

Tue, Apr 13 8:33pm

Here is this weeks Hillcrest Newsletter

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (next week) - Student Check-In (12:15-1pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

Mon, Apr 12 6:03pm

(Click HERE to sign up.) Hi!  We are requesting 10 adult volunteers per day to help out next week with our Return-to-School check in process.  Days/Times needed are Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri from 12:15pm ... [More]

Student Photo Day (SIGN UP REQUIRED) - April 26 (3-5:30pm)

Mon, Apr 12 1:51pm

What: School Picture Day with Mugsyclicks  (SIGN UP REQUIRED; no walk-ins) When: Monday April 26, 3:00-5:30pm  Where: Hillcrest Playground (enter through the gate on Mandalay)  How: Click HERE to sign ... [More]

TONIGHT (6-7pm): Hillcrest 'Return to School' Info Session

Mon, Apr 12 1:39pm

Reminder that there is a Return to School info session for Hillcrest families this evening, 6-7pm.  The meeting link is below.  Thank you! Meeting link: Zoom Link  If you are unable to make tonight's ... [More]

One Week Until The Walkathon!

Mon, Apr 12 1:18pm

Hi Hillcrest Community!   The Walkathon kicks off next Monday, 4/19! The event will take place from 4/19-5/3. Students should have a daily step goal in mind and can use the printable step log (attache ... [More]

Dear Hillcrest Families,

Sat, Apr 10 9:10am

    I hope that you are having a joyful Spring Break.   Preparations to return to campus will affect schedules on Thursday 4/15 and Friday 4/16. Teachers will be preparing classrooms for students to r ... [More]

TONIGHT (5-6pm): Return to School info session with Principal McCormick

Wed, Mar 31 12:35pm

Reminder that there is a Return to School info session for Hillcrest families this evening, 5-6pm.  The meeting link is below.  Thank you! Meeting link: Zoom Link  ---------------------- If you are un ... [More]

Hillcrest Playground CLOSED during Spring Break (April 5-9)

Wed, Mar 31 12:26pm

Please note that the Hillcrest playground will be closed during Spring Break (April 5-9). Thank you.

Hillcrest Yellow Pages

Tue, Mar 30 6:07pm

Please check out the Hillcrest Yellow pages for some important info! https://mailchi.mp/4f4b63926d77/hillcrestnews-5005997?e=5827bf6410

Reminder - Dine Out at Itani Ramen or Nikkei Sushi today through Wednesday!

Mon, Mar 29 7:58am

Hello Hillcrest Community,   Remember to come out and support Hillcrest for our 6th dine out at Itani Raman/Nikkei Sushi (1736 Telegraph Ave) between Monday, 3/29 through Wednesday, 3/31.  20% of sale ... [More]

Come Color & Show Some Love!

Fri, Mar 26 11:42am

In light of Alia Dolan's deeply important message to the community last night, we want to give the kids (and grown-ups!) an opportunity to show their love and appreciation for our Hillcrest teachers a ... [More]

Letter to the Community from Alia Dolan

Thu, Mar 25 8:24pm

*** Sent on behalf of Alia Dolan *** Dear Hillcrest Community, It is with deep concern, and sincere empathy, that I reach out to you all and urge every one of us to connect with the kindest version of ... [More]

Update on Reopening Hillcrest

Wed, Mar 24 7:06pm

Dear Community Members,   I am writing to let you know that Hillcrest is preparing for a limited reopening on March 30th, and all K-6 students and priority 7th and 8th grade students will be welcomed ... [More]

TONIGHT (6-7:30pm): OUSD Reopening Info Session (district-wide)

Tue, Mar 23 12:29pm

What:  OUSD is holding a district-wide information session on the upcoming reopening plans.   When: TONIGHT (Tues, 3/23), 6-7:30pm Where:  Zoom Webinar: https://ousd.zoom.us/j/86756823117 Youtube Live ... [More]

Volunteers still needed for Thurs. (Mar 25), 3-5pm

Tue, Mar 23 9:35am

Hillcrest still needs 5-10 more volunteers for this coming Thursday, March 25, 3-5pm.  Sign up HERE.  Here's what the campus needs help with: Move outdoor furniture from the checkerboard area to the a ... [More]

OUSD: OEA Passes Agreement. Our Next Steps Together

Sat, Mar 20 8:59pm

*** Forwarded from OUSD Superintendent, Kyla Johnson-Trammell*** Dear Oakland Unified Community, We are excited to announce that the Oakland Education Association (OEA), the teachers’ union, has infor ... [More]

Thurs, Mar 25, 3-5pm - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED @ Hillcrest to move furniture and spruce up campus

Fri, Mar 19 7:13pm

*** If you cannot volunteer but have a dolly we can borrow, please email me at nedabee@gmail.com. *** Hillcrest needs 10-15 volunteers for this coming Thursday, March 25, 3-5pm.  Sign up HERE.  Here's ... [More]

Mon., Mar. 22 - Playground closed to general public to allow for First Grade Play Sessions Make-Up

Fri, Mar 19 6:28pm

The Hillcrest playground will be closed to the general community this coming Monday afternoon, March 22, in order to allow for First Grade to have their rescheduled play sessions that were canceled Ma ... [More]

Walkstarter glitch resolved!

Wed, Mar 17 1:31pm

Thanks for your patience... it seems the glitch has been resolved - we’ve tested several times to confirm. :) -Carrie Markowski

Walkstarter donation glitch

Wed, Mar 17 11:53am

Hi everyone! It’s come to my attention that there is an issue with processing donations on Walkstarter. I’ve contacted the developer and hope to have the problem resolved ASAP. I will send a notificat ... [More]

Hillcrest News March 16th

Tue, Mar 16 7:15pm

Hi Everyone, Here is a link to the Hillcrest News for this week, March 16th. There is a lot of information, so please read when you get a chance. Thanks!   https://mailchi.mp/da0afaaf6e86/hillcrestnew ... [More]

Thurs., Mar. 18 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help build student desks

Mon, Mar 15 10:32pm

There are 84 unassembled student desks at Hillcrest.  We are looking for volunteers who can bring their cordless (or corded) drills and screwdrivers on Thursday afternoon to help put them together.   ... [More]

OUSD and the Oakland Education Association Reach Tentative Agreement to Bring Students and Teachers back to Campus Starting March 30

Mon, Mar 15 3:21pm

*** OUSD Press Release from today. *** OUSD and the Oakland Education Association Reach Tentative Agreement to Bring Students and Teachers back to Campus Starting March 30 Oakland, CA -- The Oakland U ... [More]

Walkathon 2021: Pedometer pick-up at the Hillcrest Library!

Mon, Mar 15 9:04am

Hi everyone!   We are so excited to see so many families getting ready to participate in this year's Walkathon! Thank you to everyone who has already picked up their pedometers and even started their ... [More]

PLEASE READ - Action Requested by EOD Thurs., March 18 - Test your access to OUSD Daily COVID-19 Health Screening Form in ParentSquare

Sun, Mar 14 7:04pm

Hillcrest families, When students return to campus for in-person instruction, each family must complete an OUSD COVID-19 Health Screening form on a daily basis for all of their students.  OUSD will be ... [More]

Digital Safety in a Digital World

Fri, Mar 12 9:18am

   The Chabot Elementary PTA Presents... Digital Safety in a Digital World Tuesday, March 16 at 7:30 pm   See HERE for Zoom link   Join Kelleth Chinn, OUSD’s Coordinator of  Instructional Technology, ... [More]

Walkathon Pedometer pick-up - schedule change!

Thu, Mar 11 12:10pm

Thank you to all the people who showed up yesterday to pick up their pedometers for the Walkathon! Additional pick-up times are:   Today, 3/11  4:30-5:30pm (in the front of the school, along Marguerit ... [More]

Hillcrest Walkathon 2021 - Registration is now OPEN!

Tue, Mar 9 10:26am

  Hillcrest Walkathon 2021 - Keep Going, Keep Growing!   Registration is now open! Please check out the attached Walkathon Info PDF for all the information you need to get your student ready for the W ... [More]

Hillcrest Playground

Fri, Mar 5 7:42am

REOPENING PLAY AREAS   Dear School Community,   We are pleased to announce the phased reopening of Oakland Unified School District play areas. Hillcrest’s playground and nature area will be open Monda ... [More]

Re-opening Schools - Message from OUSD Board of Education & OUSD "Roadmap to Safely Reopening"

Wed, Feb 24 10:32pm

Below is a message from the OUSD Board of Education regarding the Board's intent regarding the re-opening of schools.  Re-opening continues to be subject to site readiness and labor negotiations.   Ad ... [More]

REMINDER for K-5 families - Please respond to OUSD 'Return to In-Person Learning' preference form

Mon, Feb 22 11:28am

*** Reminder for K-5 Hillcrest families ***  Please click on this link to indicate and submit your family's preference for returning to in-person learning at Hillcrest.  This data is critical to the d ... [More]

Dear Hillcrest Community:

Thu, Feb 18 6:16pm

    Warm wishes for Lunar New Year and Black History Month!   As we honor our diverse community, we also have sadness to hold in our hearts. Last week, members of our Asian American Pacific Islander ( ... [More]

District 1 Newsletter from Sam Davis (includes section on Planning for In-Person Instruction)

Wed, Feb 17 7:22pm

  Sam Davis, OUSD D1 School Board Director, has published his February newsletter which includes a section on "Planning for In-Person Instruction".   You can read the newsletter here.  To subscribe to ... [More]

District 1 Forum on Improving Enrollment in OUSD

Wed, Feb 17 7:13pm

*** Sent on behalf of Sam Davis, D1 OUSD School Board Director *** WHAT: District 1 Forum on Improving Enrollment in OUSD, hosted by Sam Davis WHEN: Thurs. Feb 25, 5:30-7pm WHERE: Register to get the ... [More]

Hello School Communities,

Tue, Feb 16 12:16pm

  We, the principals of Chabot, Crocker Highlands, Glenview, Hillcrest, Joaquin Miller, Montclair, Peralta, Redwood Heights, and Thornhill write to you today with a joint update.   First, we want to e ... [More]

Updated link - Sign-up form for DEI Steering and/or Working Committees

Fri, Feb 12 6:11pm

*** Sent on behalf of the Equity and Inclusion Leadership team. *** Re: Incorrect link in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion update published on Konstella earlier today The correct/active link to si ... [More]

Dear Community members:

Fri, Feb 12 3:12pm

  On behalf of the Equity & Inclusion leadership team, thanks for joining our diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) meeting last Thursday, and for expressing interest if you couldn’t make it.  We know t ... [More]

TONIGHT (6-7pm) PTA Association Meeting

Thu, Feb 11 11:50am

Please join us for the second PTA Association meeting of the school year.  We will be joined by OUSD District 1 School Board Director, Sam Davis, for the first half of the meeting for a facilitated Q& ... [More]

How do I find books my kid will love to read?

Thu, Feb 11 9:30am

The Hillcrest librarian has resources to help you and your student find great reads.   Look at the HC library catalog for curated resource lists. Directions here. Search for a book you like and browse ... [More]

Oratorical Festival

Fri, Feb 5 2:41pm

The theme this year is: Where Do We Go From Here?:  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -MLK   Hillcrest has a long tradition of being an active participant in this celebration, an ... [More]

Deadline Today: Hillcrest Pizza Mondays! Order Now!

Fri, Feb 5 10:30am

Today is the last day to submit your order.  Want kid's lunches for the week? Or a fun family pizza dinner?  Hillcrest's Pizza Mondays are on again for the Spring semester!  See attached for details. ... [More]

TONIGHT 6:30-8pm - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Community Meeting

Thu, Feb 4 5:21pm

Reminder to please join us tonight at 6:30pm for a virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) community meeting for the Hillcrest Community.   Topics will include: Provide updates on our DEI consul ... [More]

Q&A with D1 school board member, Sam Davis @ Hillcrest PTA Association Meeting - 2/11/21

Thu, Feb 4 10:12am

D1 school board member, Sam Davis, will be joining a portion of the Hillcrest PTA Association meeting next Thursday, February 11, 2021. The meeting is from 6-7pm; Zoom link to be published for Hillcre ... [More]

OUSD Update on Reopening (January 27, 2021)

Thu, Jan 28 1:56pm

Hi Hillcrest Community, Please click HERE for a January 27, 2021 update from OUSD on school reopening which includes a video (link) re: current progress on safety protocols and site readiness plans.   ... [More]

DINE OUT TONIGHT - Crepevine on College Ave

Tue, Jan 26 1:34pm

Show your love for Hillcrest and one of our benefit/auction sponsors -- Crepevine on College Ave! How? Order take out from Crepevine tonight Mention Hillcrest when you pay Crepevine donates a percenta ... [More]

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]


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]