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Welcome to Ecole Hillcrest Elementary School
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Welcome to Ecole Hillcrest Elementary School!

There are many things happening at Hillcrest, and I continue to marvel at how students and staff manage to accomplish so much and make it look so easy!  Many hands make light work, and I think the spirit of teamwork that thrives in this school and this community allows for great things to happen!
There are many opportunities ahead of us this year.  We are all learners together and it is such a privilege to learn with your children.
Please feel free to contact me at any time during the school year, and  I look forward to working with all students, staff, parents and community members this year!

Donna Farrow, Principal

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”~ – Carol Dweck

School Climate Survey
Every two years, the Ministry of Education asks for feedback from students (grades 4-12), parents, and teachers regarding bullying and harassment.  The survey opens April 24th, and you can access it at the following link:
The access code for parents is:

How to Help your Child at School
The power of YET
Studies show that students who have a growth mindset - those that see that with hard work and practice they can improve - have more confidence and put forth a consistent effort. When your child tells you that they can't do something, finish the sentence for them by saying "You can't do it yet". Help them to see that with practice and effort, they can work towards achieving their goals.

Parents are often asking how they can support their child's learning.  Here are some helpful tips:
  • Show an interest.
  • Make every day an opportunity to learn.
  • Encourage your child to investigate, discover and imagine.
  • Work and play together.
  • Read with your child.
  • Help them find math everywhere
Excerpts from the "Parent Tool Kit"

We are focusing on inquiry-based learning at school, and the suggestions above help students to view the world as a place of wonder and see themselves as active participants in the process of learning and discovering.  It's an exciting place to be!

Parent Lending Library

The School Council has purchased some books for a Parents' Lending Library.  The books are located in the conference room across from the office, on the top shelf of the bookcase.  The list of these resources can be found on this website under the SCC icon.  Feel free to browse the books and borrow any that you might find relevant.

Litterless Lunches

Parents are asked to remember to send litterless lunches with their children.  We are trying to do our part to be environmentally friendly consumers.  Any garbage accumulated with the lunches will be sent home.
Our motto  is:
“We can make a difference when we work together; we make this difference by showing respect to one another and respect to the environment.   We truly work best when we work together."

Talk to Your Child About Their Day!

Parents often lament that when they ask their child what they did today, the answer is NOTHING.  Here are suggestions for prompts that you can use with your child:
What was the best part about your day or what you are most proud of doing?
What was the most challenging part of your day?
What did you do to help someone or to make their day better?

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We are very excited to announce that we will be offering parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events, in the near future.

For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payments during the school year soon.

You can register for your online payment account now. Click on the image below to get started.
Click here to register or login.

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