Week in Review!

Fri, May 22 12:57pm

Happy Friday, Hillcrest! Hoping you all are well. Here are a few highlights from the week as well as an amazing musical performance! Check it out!   Highlights: https://youtu.be/JpIilje8XlI   Hillcres ... [More]

Aeries registration help

Wed, May 20 9:25am

Dear Hillcrest Families, The videos below provide help  on registering your students in Aeries.  Thank you to the staff at MLA (another OUSD school) who created and shared these materials:   English V ... [More]

Family Survey-Share Your Voice: How Should Our Schools Come Back from COVID-19

Mon, May 18 1:48pm

"Share Your Voice: How Should Our Schools Come Back from COVID-19?   There are so many choices ahead for our district about how to safely open schools and serve students and families. Oakland parents, ... [More]

Our Last Morning Circle of the Year!

Mon, May 18 10:03am

Hi Everyone!   It's been a pleasure to go through such a unique with you all. I think we have done a great job staying connected to our community and huddling in even closer together when things feel ... [More]

Important dates: TOMORROW at 9AM- AT sign-ups + Thursday, 5/21 - Community Mtg with Circle Up

Thu, May 14 8:02pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, Here are a couple important dates:   TOMORROW (Fri., 5/15) at 9AM - AT sign-ups begin.  Please see this link for important information on how to enroll.  Note that application ... [More]

Student Registration for 2020-21

Mon, May 11 7:35pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, Student registration for 2020-21 will begin soon.  Registration for current students will be via Aeries, and registration for new students will be via SchoolMint.  You should ... [More]

Revised Morning Circle

Mon, May 11 11:43am

Hi Everyone!    The morning message should be available for everyone to listen. Please let me know if there is any other problems :)    Morning Circle 

5/11 Morning Circle Presentation!

Mon, May 11 10:17am

Happy Monday Hillcrest Community!    I hope you all enjoyed the 3 day weekend and feel refreshed. Here is your Monday Morning Circle. There is a lot of awesome information.  5/11 Morning Circle   Enjo ... [More]

Tell Me Something Good - Family Edition w/Special Announcement

Fri, May 8 8:30pm

  Check out the video below to see how Hillcrest students spend time with their family and to see my special announcement.   https://youtu.be/pULd8K11gqo  

May 8 week in review

Fri, May 8 7:42pm

Happy Friday, Hillcrest! Below you will find the week in review video. Have a great weekend!   https://youtu.be/bAHDeobOOd0

Optional Oakland Science & Engineering Fair!

Wed, May 6 4:46pm

Dear Hillcrest Families,   Two days ago, OUSD announced plans for the first virtual Science & Engineering Fair!  While completely optional, this is a great opportunity for families to get creative wit ... [More]

Please take this OUSD survey about Enrollment

Tue, May 5 7:31pm

Please read this message from OUSD:   Hello Oakland Unified Community, Do you have thoughts about enrollment? Do you want your voice heard? Do you want to help influence how the District determines wh ... [More]

May the 4th Morning Circle

Mon, May 4 9:22am

Great Morning Hillcrest!    I hope you all are doing well this gorgeous Monday morning. This week begins the last month of school as unusual as the last couple of months have been.  We have an awesome ... [More]

May the 4th be with you - We’ve transformed Scratch Day into Scratch Month!

Mon, May 4 8:38am

Scratch Month is a Global Celebration of Scratch!   This year, MIT has transformed Scratch Day into Scratch Month! The Scratch Team has organized a series of online Scratch activities throughout the m ... [More]

Week in Review - May 1

Fri, May 1 3:08pm

Happy Friday, Hillcrest!!   Here is your week in review video: https://youtu.be/RN4umUIlXQk   and "Tell Me Something Good" with Mr. Rodriguez!  https://youtu.be/nsbNIUpxb8s   Have an awesome weekend! 

4/27 Morning Circle

Sun, Apr 26 10:40pm

Good Morning Hillcrest Community!    This week, we have a short but great virtual morning circle! Listen to this week's message from Ms. McCormick. Ms. Alia is providing tools and shares a great resou ... [More]

Week in Review 4.24.20

Fri, Apr 24 4:46pm

Hello Hillcrest Family!!   Hope you all had a wonderful week. Check out the Week in Review video below as well as a YouTube video Ms. McCormick sent out for Earth Day!!   https://youtu.be/kjejxNvHo2U ... [More]

Class Photos

Thu, Apr 23 9:33am

Dear Hillcrest Families, If you ordered class photos and selected free delivery to the school, we will distribute the photos once we’re safely able to do so.   Thanks

Morning Circle!!

Sun, Apr 19 10:51pm

Good Morning Hillcrest!    This week we have an exceptional morning circle presentation!   Please enjoy watching VERY special guests, messages from some of our staff, and other great news. We hope it ... [More]

4.17 Week In Review!

Fri, Apr 17 4:32pm

Happy Friday, Hillcrest!!! We are doing the Week in Review a bit differently this week. Click the link below to get started! Have an awesome weekend!!   https://youtu.be/aFrXBA_gySI   Time for Puzzles ... [More]

Monday Morning Circle 4.13

Mon, Apr 13 8:30am

Happy Monday Hillcrest Family!   Here is the link to enjoy today's morning circle: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cJ6C9H1pIhWmPFL72LDqQu6wUgOYoGi1EghFAk3h-VI/edit?usp=sharing   Be well!  

Hillcrest Community

Sat, Apr 11 8:18am

Dear Hillcrest Community,   I want to thank each of you for your amazing partnership as we transition to learning and teaching from home. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present our local community ... [More]

Highlights of the Week!

Fri, Apr 10 8:22am

Happy Friday Hillcrest Family!   Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Here are a few highlights from this week:   https://youtu.be/1tAKaqgrmRE   Have a great weekend and we will see you Monday! 

Readathon logs due soon

Thu, Apr 9 3:30pm

Please read this message from Readathon chairs Carrie Markowski and Jessica Brasch:   The Hillcrest Readathon, which began on 3/20, ended on 4/8 ... congratulations to all our participants for your 20 ... [More]

Morning Circle Slide Show 4/6

Mon, Apr 6 12:43pm

Hi all! We adjusted the sharing settings so I hope you all are able to view today’s morning circle. Have an awesome week! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16bY694na5LfITH7DZS6uw8ry10leAQ2Psk1EgL ... [More]


Sun, Apr 5 12:09pm

Dear Hillcrest Community,   The  Hillcrest staff and I have been working hard to determine the best ways to support our school community.   New this week from OUSD  is that we are now able to  introdu ... [More]

Message from Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell

Sat, Apr 4 11:59am

Please sign up HERE if you aren’t receiving these messages directly.  ======================  Español | العربية | 中文 | 文言 | Tiếng Việt | ភាសាខ្មែរ     Saturday, April 4, 2020     Greeting a family at ... [More]

Please complete this VERY BRIEF form

Fri, Apr 3 9:23am

Dear Hillcrest Families, To assess technology needs for supporting distance learning, OUSD has asked that we compile the information requested in this form.   Your email address will not be shared, bu ... [More]

Ways to help Oakland students and families

Thu, Apr 2 2:59pm

Information from Sondra Aguilera, OUSD Chief Academic Officer:   OUSD’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (facilitated by the Oakland Public Education Fund) is focused on feeding students and families, ens ... [More]

Spring Break Connection

Mon, Mar 30 8:06am

Good Morning Hillcrest! The awesome Jess Nelson created a video with contributions from the staff for you all! It is meant to lift your spirits and create a connection! Use this time off to recharge a ... [More]

Hillcrest Families

Sat, Mar 28 10:41am

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa    Hello Hillcrest Families,    This has been a surreal two weeks, and we now know that we will continue w ... [More]

Hospital Gowns

Wed, Mar 25 12:21pm

Please read this important message from Hillcrest parent Danielle Goyne:   Hello Hillcrest Community,    My neighbor (and alumni Hillcrest parent) works at Children’s Hospital of Oakland.  They, like ... [More]

Supplies for healthcare providers

Fri, Mar 20 4:05pm

Please read this important message from Hillcrest parent Stephanie Santos:   Dear Neighbors and Friends. I hope you are doing well and surviving this new reality with the shelter in place mandate.  Th ... [More]

Urgent need for blood donations

Fri, Mar 20 9:41am

Please read this important message from Katie Maniatis, former Hillcrest parent:   Dear Hillcrest Community, I am a pediatric oncology nurse at UCSF Mission Bay and I wanted to share what we are going ... [More]

Hillcrest Families

Mon, Mar 16 7:23am

Good morning Hillcrest Families,   Below are the learning plans for all grade levels and subjects.  There is a sample daily schedule along with links to a host of learning platforms.  Teachers will be ... [More]

Hillcrest Community

Fri, Mar 13 1:21pm

As you are now all aware,  schools will be closing this afternoon at 6pm. Hillcrest teachers and staff are working to create education plans for all of our students.  We will send you a  link to the p ... [More]

Upcoming school closure

Fri, Mar 13 10:13am

Dear Hillcrest Families, OUSD just announced that our schools will be closed for the next 3 weeks to reduce coronavirus risks.  Let me know if you didn’t receive this communication, and I will forward ... [More]

3/12/20 OUSD coronavirus update

Thu, Mar 12 7:14pm

OUSD NEWSROOM   CORONAVIRUS UPDATE    Thursday, March 12, 2020   Dear OUSD Community:   The health and safety of OUSD students and employees is our top priority. Amid the current health concerns regar ... [More]

OUSD Coronavirus Update

Thu, Mar 12 10:03am

OUSD NEWSROOM   CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Dear OUSD Community, We are writing to share the latest information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). As this situation is developing ... [More]

Update on Hillcrest events in next 4 weeks

Thu, Mar 12 9:59am

Dear Hillcrest Families,   As OUSD continues to implement updated public health agency guidance regarding the coronavirus, we will communicate any resulting changes in events and procedures at Hillcre ... [More]

OUSD Coronavirus Community Update 3.4.2020

Thu, Mar 5 6:44am

  March 4, 2020 Dear Oakland Unified Community, We write today with another update about the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). This morning we participated in a regional call with the Alameda Coun ... [More]


Fri, Feb 28 9:52am

Hillcrest Community,   As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus ( ... [More]


Thu, Feb 27 9:43am

If you haven’t already done so, this is a reminder to complete the CHKS Survey for our community. This information is helpful for us to understand the overall health and wellness of our students and c ... [More]

Group Photo Day

Tue, Feb 25 11:27am

Group Photo Day will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020.  Order envelopes will be sent home with students starting today, Tuesday, February 25.  Order envelopes will be collected by the vendor on Pho ... [More]

Lost & Found to be cleared THIS FRIDAY

Mon, Feb 24 10:59am

The Lost and Found will be cleared this Friday, 2/28 after school. All items will be donated to charity. Please be sure to check for any lost items before 2/28. Thank you, Monika Stevens-Lost and Foun ... [More]

Reminder: Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions Are Monday!

Sat, Feb 22 10:15am

Don’t forget: Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions are on Monday after school! Information and permission slips are available at: http://hillcrestpta.org/missoula-childrens-theatre/.    During MCT we ... [More]

"Kids Night Out" Is On! This Friday, February 14th, 6:30-9pm

Mon, Feb 10 8:32pm

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Valentine's Day “Kids Night Out"! We are set to go this Friday, February 14th from 6:30-9 pm. If you haven’t yet signed up, now is the time! Drop your kids ... [More]

Important - “Kids Night Out” Needs You! - Friday, February 14th

Thu, Feb 6 9:39am

The upcoming Valentine's Day “Kids Night Out," currently scheduled for next Friday, February 14th from 6:30-9 pm, needs an increase in attendance to move forward as planned. If you are planning on sen ... [More]

Volunteers needed to open Nature Area during lunch time on Fridays - One last try

Tue, Jan 28 11:06am

Dear Hillcrest Parents,   For the past few years we have been getting the nature open on Fridays by having a parent volunteer for an hour to be present during lunch time.  The kids, especially the you ... [More]

Lower Playground Update

Tue, Jan 28 9:47am

Please be advised that as of today, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, recent problems on the Lower Playground have been resolved and full access restored.  Lower gate will be open before school and at dismis ... [More]

Kids Night Out! - Friday, February 14th

Sun, Jan 26 9:55pm

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Valentine's Day “Kids Night Out" from 6:30-9 pm on Friday, February 14th. Your child won't want to miss it!  Drop them off for a fun evening of games, dinne ... [More]

Lower Planground

Thu, Jan 23 8:23am

Attention Hillcrest Community:  The plumbing problem with restrooms on the lower playground continues today, Thursday.  Lower gate will be locked and cones/caution tape designate which areas of playgr ... [More]

Lower Playground

Wed, Jan 22 12:59pm

Attention Parents:  The Lower Playground is subject to limited access as of today, Wednesday, January 22 due to plumbing problem in exterior restrooms.  Cones and caution tape have been set up to desi ... [More]

This Friday: Lost & Found to be cleared

Tue, Jan 7 7:39am

Due to the Winter Holidays the lost and found was not cleared at the end of December. Instead it will be cleared this Friday, 1/10 after school. All items will be donated to charity. Please be sure to ... [More]

Dear Hillcrest Families

Fri, Dec 13 3:41pm

  Please see attached letter.     In community, Maria McCormick  

Last Call for Hamilton Families Donations!

Wed, Dec 11 9:20pm

This is a final reminder that the Community Service Coordinators will be collecting all donations for Hamilton Families tomorrow morning and leaving school by 9am. Please drop off any donations you ha ... [More]

Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Holiday Toy Drive

Fri, Dec 6 11:20am

Happy Holidays Hillcrest Community - Please be advised that Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Holiday Toy Drive collection bin was delivered prior to Thanksgiving Break.  The container is located just ... [More]

This Friday: Lost & Found to be cleared

Wed, Dec 4 9:40am

Due to the holiday week the lost and found was not cleared at the end of November, instead it will be cleared this Friday, 12/6 after school.  All items will be donated to charity.  Please be sure to ... [More]

Last Chance Online Auction ends TODAY + Check-Out Tomorrow Morning!

Sun, Nov 17 9:15am

Hello Hillcrest families!  The Last Chance Online Auction ends TODAY! Don't miss out - items are available at low, buy-it-now prices until 6pm today. You may also purchase your child's class art proje ... [More]

Benefit Last Chance Catalog + Professional Photos

Mon, Nov 11 1:26pm

Hello Hillcrest families,  If you missed the Benefit this year or didn't have time to bid in the online auction, now's your chance! The Heroes and Villains Last Chance Catalog is now available here: h ... [More]

Online Bidding Ends Today at 9pm!

Fri, Nov 1 12:09pm

Hello, Hillcrest families! Just a friendly reminder that Online Bidding ENDS TODAY at 9PM**! Don't miss out! Hundreds of auction items are only available online this year (the shuttle bus ride to/from ... [More]

School Photos

Thu, Oct 31 3:49pm

Hello Parents, Photo proofs are ready!  You should have received an email from Mugsyclicks with an access code to view and order your child’s portrait.  You must create an account on Mugsyclicks.com t ... [More]

Lost & Found to be cleared THIS FRIDAY

Tue, Oct 29 1:29pm

The Lost and Found will be cleared this Friday, 11/1 after school.  All items will be donated to charity.  Please be sure to check for any lost items before 11/1.  Thank you, Monika Stevens - Lost and ... [More]


Mon, Oct 28 6:41pm

Hillcrest Families,   The power is on at Hillcrest, and school will resume tomorrow 10/29/19.  Thank you for your patience. 

Hillcrest CLOSED TOMORROW (Monday, 10/28)

Sun, Oct 27 5:54pm

Hillcrest Families, OUSD notified us that Tomorrow, Monday, October 28th, there is no school. We expect the school to reopen on Tuesday, but we will send out a confirmation message by Monday evening. ... [More]

Hillcrest Online Bidding is NOW LIVE!!

Sat, Oct 26 10:07pm

Hello Hillcrest Heroes!  The 2019 Hillcrest (Online) Benefit & Auction has officially begun!  Click on this link to begin: https://hillcrestauction2019.ggo.bid/ Once you are on the Online Bidding page ... [More]

Potential power outage and school closure

Sat, Oct 26 12:02pm

Hillcrest Families, As many of you know, PG&E may turn off power to sections of Oakland.  Hillcrest is on the list of potential schools that may be affected by this event. OUSD will update communities ... [More]

*** Calling All Basketball Enthusiasts and Caring Community Members ***

Mon, Oct 21 6:56pm

Hello Hillcrest Parents and Community! The Athletic Department is in search of coaches for our boys and girls middle school basketball teams. This is an awesome opportunity to make lasting impressions ... [More]

Spirit Week & Halloween - costumes

Fri, Oct 18 11:54am

Dear Hillcrest Families, Spirit Week is next week (October 21 - 25th), and our traditional Halloween parade is the following Thursday, October 31st at 12:30 pm.  Room parents will provide information ... [More]

THURSDAY: Lost & Found to be cleared

Mon, Sep 23 2:00pm

I will be clearing the Lost and Found this Thursday, 9/26, afternoon.  All items will be donated to charity.  Please be sure to check for any missing items before then.  Remember, the Lost and Found i ... [More]

Reminder: ASE classes Monday ONLY this week

Sun, Sep 22 7:59pm

A friendly reminder that tomorrow, Monday Sept 23rd, there will be After-School Enrichment classes as normal. The remainder of the week there are NO ASE classes due to half days for parent-teacher con ... [More]

TOMORROW: Family Party on the Yard! (6 - 7:30pm)

Mon, Sep 16 5:56pm

Family Party on the Yard:  Pizza! Potluck! Games! When: TOMORROW - Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm   Enjoy family games led by Coach T and PTA-provided (free!) pizza, with big thanks to Red Boy Pizza ... [More]

TOMORROW: Lost & Found to be cleared

Tue, Sep 3 9:32pm

Hillcrest Lost and Found is located at the top of the ramp leading up from the area of the playground with the checker board.  The Lost and Found will be cleared for the first time this school year TO ... [More]

Meal Application & School Funding Form

Thu, Aug 29 10:35am

Hello Hillcrest Families - If you have not already done so, please complete an online meal application by following link below.  If you completed a paper version of the application please disregard th ... [More]

Lost & Found

Wed, Aug 28 1:07pm

Hillcrest Lost and Found is located at the top of the ramp leading up from the area of the playground with the checker board.  Near the end of each month items will be cleared away and donated to char ... [More]

Swag - Final Day To Order

Thu, Aug 22 2:37pm

Swag - Final Day To Order This is the final reminder to order Hillcrest Swag before tomorrow's deadline. It will be the only Apparel Drive this school year. Online orders can be placed at: https://squ ... [More]

Newsletter mailing list + Konstella directory

Tue, Aug 20 6:22pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, We want to ensure that everyone receives school communications and is able to connect with other members of our school community: 1) Yellow Pages (newsletter) - you should've ... [More]

Regular schedule begins today

Mon, Aug 19 8:19am

Dear Hillcrest Families, Just a reminder that the regular school schedule begins today: K-5 Regular School Day- 8:35 am- 2:50 pm (MTThF) K-5 Minimum School Day- 8:35 am-1:20 pm (W) 6-8 Regular School ... [More]

First Day Volunteer Sign-Ups & Coffee

Sun, Aug 11 8:41am

The first day of school is tomorrow! 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 volunteer positions. Parent i ... [More]

Class Assignments + Directory

Sat, Aug 10 7:44pm

Dear Hillcrest Families, Class assignments are available on Konstella. To find your class(es), click on “Directory,” then either search for your child’s name or browse the classrooms. If you are on a ... [More]