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									                         4421 Greentree Tce. Victoria, BC V8N 3S9 Ph: 250-477-7273 Fax: 250-477-8400
                               E-Mail: hillcrest@sd61.bc.ca Web Site: http://www.sd61.bc.ca

                   November 5, 2009 This Newsletter is brought to you by: _____________________________


   DATES TO NOTE:
                                Monday, November 9          PAC Meeting 7:00 in the library
    Character Builders
                                Tuesday, November 10        Remembrance Day Assembly 10:40 am
                                Wednesday, November 11      Remembrance Day SCHOOL NOT IN SESSION
      For November              Tuesday, November 17        Photo Retakes
                                Friday, November 20         Family Entertainment Night – Dance! 6:30 pm

Responsibility                  Tuesday, November 24        Sexual Health Parent Information Night

     When you have read this newsletter, please return a small piece of paper with your child(ren)’s name(s)
             and Division number(s) and a parent signature on it to the office for a draw on Nov. 12th.
                  Or, as a greener option, you can email the information to twiggins@sd61.bc.ca
Mrs. Shaw’s Message
We are already through the first two months of school, with only 6 weeks left until the Winter
Break! Where does the time go?? November is reporting season, so teachers are completing units
and talking to their students about their learning, assessment and goal-setting. Please continue to
support your children by providing nutritional breakfasts and lunches, having them get enough
sleep and building home structures that allow for routine completion of homework, daily reading
and meaningful conversations about their learning.

         With Remembrance Day coming, we have an opportunity to reflect upon the wonderful life we are able to
         enjoy here in Canada. At the Remembrance Day Assembly on Nov. 10 we will talk about how children
         can make a difference by living in peace and harmony; we hope you will be able to join us. Please be
         reminded that we are collecting poppy money for the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee so we
         encourage children to bring in their loonies and toonies.

Terry Fox and the Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraising
Congratulations to all of our students and families who helped to raise money for these two very important causes.
Once again Hillcrest has done a phenomenal job and close to $3000.00 was raised! Congratulations to these
students for raising the following amounts: Ashton P. $240.00, Kaitlin F. $230.00, Grace P. $220.00, Phillip S.
$190.00, Marielle A. $150.00 and Carter K. $130.00! All of these students have received a commemorative Terry
Fox t-shirt for their efforts. Mr. Blackmore and Ms. Richardson each received over $400.00 towards their personal
goals of $2500.00 so that they can take part in the ride from Victoria to Seattle next June. If you would like to
contribute to their fundraising efforts visit their websites at http://www.conquercancer.ca/index.html and click on
the BC tab, then the ‘Donate Now’ tab and search the participants for their names. So far they have reached over
30% of their goal. We are very proud of our Hillcrest Stars!
          We will be remembering...
          On Tuesday, November 10th we will be hosting our annual Remembrance Day Assembly in the gym at
          10:40 am. Mrs. Seale has been working with the Choir, the Grade Ones, and Divisions 4 who will be
          performing at the assembly and the Term 1 Leadership team who have been given the choice to either be
          a reader or an assistant at the assembly. We are asking that the students from these divisions/groups, the
          Sound Crew members and the selected wreath bearers please wear a light colored shirt with a dark
          colored pant or skirt on Tuesday, November 10th.

Strings Concert
A packed gym at Mt. Doug High School was WOW-ed by the awesome performance of over
400 strings-players, including Hillcrest’s Gr. 5 First-Years last Wednesday night! The First-
Year Strings players performed 4 ‘solo’ numbers, and joined in with the combined orchestras
for 2 pieces. We are most impressed with the skill level of the group, particularly during the
very difficult piece “Ode to Joy”. Congratulations to all the players, and to Mrs. Barbara
Eadie, our most dedicated (and excellent!) Strings teacher here at Hillcrest! Well done!

                        The Shady Mile
                        Out-of-School-Care Manager Deb Simpson organized a magical
                        event in our back forest after Halloween! Families brought in their
                        jack-o-lanterns and the candles were lit between 6-7:30 pm on Mon.
                        & Tues. evening. Everyone was invited to walk through the forest to
                        enjoy the ‘after-glow’ of Halloween! Thanks, Deb, for organizing
                        this, it was great fun!

            Olympic Excitement!
            As the Olympic excitement builds in the province, three Hillcrest students have had personal
            involvement to add to their memory books! Grade 4 student Lillian L, as a member of the Victoria
            Children’s Choir, had the opportunity to sing the song “The Light” at the Torch Ceremony at the
            Legislature on October 30th. On October 31st Connor T’s Dad ran the torch in Sooke for 300 m with
            Connor at his side; Mr. T brought the torch to school for students to see on Tuesday. As well, on
            November 5th, Jack S’s Dad will take a turn at running the Olympic torch through Yellowknife, NWT,
            with Jack cheering him on! Jack will be able to bring his Dad’s torch to school on Friday to show his
            Gr. 3 classmates, with many tales to tell!

Safer School Travel
We continue to have issues with the school parking lot, particularly after school. Once again, may we remind you
that no vehicle should be left unattended in the drop-off zone; if you are walking in to pick up your child, you
need to find a parking space in a designated area. Please do not park on the school side of Greentree Tce; this is
a no parking zone between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. By keeping the school side of the street clear we avoid
congestion during our peak drop-off and pick-up times. In order to avoid these high traffic times you could
consider dropping off your child a little earlier (supervision is provided after 8:33am) and picking up a few minutes
later in the afternoon. Drivers please be aware that we have an increasing number of students biking, skateboarding
and ‘scootering’ to school. Please watch for these ‘young riders / drivers’ as you enter and exit the parking lot.

                  Hillcrest’s Waste Management Program
                  Hillcrest is thrilled to be included in the upcoming roll-out of SD #61’s new Waste Management System.
                  At the end of November we will receive all the equipment necessary to fully dispose of all our waste in an
                  environmentally-friendly way. We will then be able to separate organic waste, paper towels, soft plastics,
                  foil-lined packaging, hard plastics, tin, glass, refundables, etc. and have it disposed of via the District’s
                  Waste Management System. This will be a learning process for us all, but we are very keen and excited
                  to be on board and doing our part for the environment! You will hear much more about this from your
                  children, so stay tuned!
Halloween Clean-Up
Thanks again to the great group of parents and children who came out on November 1 to clean up from Halloween
night. Not much to actually clean up, but it was a beautiful morning!

Spelling Club
Spelling Club has now started and we have many interested students busily working away on building up their
spelling skills. Thanks to Ms. Richardson and Mrs. Ottenbreit for sponsoring the club.

Picture Retakes – November 17th
If you are planning to have your child’s picture retaken on Tuesday, November 17th, then you
must return the complete photo package to the school on that day. Students will give this
package to the photographer when they get their picture retaken.

If your child missed the original picture day and you would like to order one of the packages,
please pick up an order form in the office. Students must give the order form, including
payment, to the photographer when they get their picture taken.

Afternoon kindergarten families please note that the picture retakes are scheduled for 9:00 AM so if you are
planning to have your child’s picture redone or they missed the first picture date, you will have to make
arrangements to bring them to school at that time.

            Gr. 4 & 5 SnowPass
            Here’s an exciting opportunity for all Gr. 4 & 5 students. The Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass Program was
            developed to encourage kids and their families to participate in skiing and snowboarding. Valid for the
            entire 2009/10 season, the program offers up to three free days of skiing/snowboarding to children born
            in 1999 or 2000 in the province or region where the child lives. Visit www.snowpass.ca


Soccer News
For the past number of weeks we have had the Gr. 4/5 girls and boys soccer team practicing at lunch
with Ms. Mullen, Mrs. Kirkpatrick and student teacher Ms. Rawnsley. All players have worked hard
to improve their skills, conditioning and team play and the coaches have been very impressed with
their efforts. Next Thursday, November 12th, the season will conclude with a soccer jamboree here
at Hillcrest, with our players being joined by the Margaret Jenkins and Frank Hobbs soccer teams.
To wind up the season, the ever-popular staff/student soccer match will be held on Monday,
November 16th!! A very special thank you to the wonderful coaches, Ms.Mullen, Mrs. Kirkpatrick
and Ms. Rawnsley for all their hard work and dedication to the soccer team this season!

News From The Library
Red Cedar starts next week for students in Grade 4 and 5. Look forward to reading the Red Cedar blog!

Please find time to visit our website of the month www.gvpl.ca from home. Choose the 'Kids and Teens' menu and
then move into Tumblebooks. Here you will find interactive audiobooks for kids, teens & ESL Learners.

Please come in to the library to visit our ant farm. The primary grades will be studying the fascinating facts of these
interesting insects.
                                                  Parent’s Corner




WOW! WOW! WOW! We exceeded all previous records with our first fundraiser of the year – Entertainment
Coupon Books – with a whopping $5551 in profit!! Our Families certainly did ‘go bananas’ and with so many
more families participating we made almost 5 times what we did last year. Congrats to Kaylee J., Dylan & Lucas
J., Riley & Sam C.L., Calista B.U. and Natali S. for being the tops in sales with 13-18 books sold by each family
respectively– fun prizes were awarded at today’s assembly. If your family bought a book remember to register on-
line for extra deals and coupons that are updated year round including vacation cities. Well done to all!

CCRP Magazine Subscriptions will be tallied today. Late orders may be submitted all year round through the
web – www.ccrp.ca using our school code BC1777. Thank you to all who participated in this as well and for those
who purchased subscriptions as gifts - there are nice post cards available at the office to send to your recipient
letting them know a gift will be heading their way around Christmas – the company does not do this on your behalf
anymore to save on paper. Profits will be announced in the next newsletter and prizes will be given to Div. 13 –
Mrs. Ottenbriet’s AM Kindy class for turning in the most subscriptions and to the following students who were the
tops in individual sales: Christopher Y., Kaylee J., Roman & Marino D., Domenic & Nathaniel W. Way to go!

By Nov. 13 please return any orders for our Holiday Helpers campaign companies
      Norcard – offering wrapping paper/cards/calendars/note pads (45% profit!)
      Marigold Nurseries & Hilltop Greenhouses – potted poinsettias and planters (40% profit)
      Level Ground Trading – Fair Trade Coffee: beans or ground inc. Christmas blend (40% profit)
If you have not received your order package and would like to participate please let your teacher know right
away – all unused forms should be returned as well.

Our HIP HOP Dance is fast approaching (Friday Nov. 20) and a ticket order form will be sent home early next
week. We will feature music from all eras of Hip Hop –from old school MC Hammer and Michael Jackson to
current top 40 artists like Pit Bull and The Black Eyed Peas that all are ‘funky,’ ‘sweet’ and have ‘swagger’ – no
idea what that means? Well, come on out to have trained dancers show you the moves and generate some heat
during this cold November – there will be door prizes and best freestyle awards! Hip Hop style clothes are more
than encouraged but of course respectable taste needs to be maintained. ☺ Due to capacity regulations with the
gym, tickets need to be purchased in advance to ensure your attendance and for your convenience pizza may be pre-
purchased as well: there will be 4 varieties of Hot House pizza available that night for your dinner and water, juice
and coffee will be available for purchase as well. Ahhhh Yaaaaa!

A Silent Auction and Shopping Fair will once again be a part of our annual Holiday Gift Fair on Friday Dec. 4,
2009. We love to support our parents who own or operate their own businesses by showcasing them at the fair
either through a vendor table or donated prize to the auction. A poster will be displayed in the school thanking each
contributing business as well as your name listed in our bi-weekly newsletter and any advertising you provide will
be next to your donation on the auction table. To sign up or if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate
to call Lisa Woo 250-477-9891. Thank you for your support!
                                               Community News

Fall Reading Buddies
For children in Grade 2 to 4. Program sessions run Saturday afternoons till December 5 at the following libraries:
Emily Carr Branch 250-475-6100
Juan de Fuca Branch 250-391-0653
Nellie McClung Branch 250-477-7111
More information and application forms are available at www.gvpl.ca and at any branch.

Parenting Without Power Struggles
This weekly program offers parents practical problem solving ideas to prepare for the transition from preteen to
teen and support from other parents that really understand. Please contact the Parent Services Coordinator at 250-
474-6468 or the website at www.bgcvic.org.

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                                 Newsletter Return Draw
                             Congratulations to the winners of the last newsletter draw:
                                     Fiona R in Div. 6 and Jacob R. in Div. 5.

                                Each family got to pick a prize from the prize basket!




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 When you have read this newsletter, please return a small piece of paper with your child(ren)’s name(s)
       and Division number(s) and a parent signature on it to the office for a draw on Nov. 12th.
             Or, a greener option, you can email the information to twiggins@sd61.bc.ca

								
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