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

How to Help your Child at School
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!

We are all learners together and it is such a privilege to learn with your children. We  strive to provide rich educational  experiences that allow kids to stretch their thinking, explore new ideas, and construct knowledge in a safe and caring environment.  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

Meet Ms. Collett
Greetings Hillcrest friends and families!  I am thrilled to be the new Vice Principal and a grade 7/8 math teacher at such a dynamic and exciting school community.  I began my teaching career about 10 years ago and have experience with Kindergarten to Grade 8 (and no, I don’t have a favorite but love them all!). I also worked in a research position with a division of the Ministry of Education for almost 3 years. My family and I moved to Grey County and The Blue Mountains region this past August. I am the proud mother or 2 boys ages 15 and 19 who still keep me very busy! We are passionate about skiing, biking and trail running so we have found the perfect place to live and work! I look forward to getting to know more of you throughout the year and thank everyone for a very warm welcome. My belief is that learning never stops! My goal is to collaborate with all the stakeholders at Hillcrest as we support our students to achieve their individual potentials. My door is always open and I value questions and discussions that help support the Hillcrest tradition of high quality learning in a caring and safe environment for each of our students.  

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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