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Adopt a Staff Member for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation WeekTeacher Appreciation Week 2019 is arriving soon (5/6-10) and we need your help to show our 83 member strong staff our gratitude. Please sign up to adopt a staff member (or two)!

Details: During TAW, you decide how to show your appreciation for your adopted staff member. Some examples: student artwork, cards, school supplies, yummy food, flowers, lunch, gift cards. Please limit spending to $25.

Upcoming Assemblies for Students

Black DiamondWe were excited to be able to reschedule this assembly from a 2018 snow day. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather! Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater will be coming to Hillcrest on Monday, February 4 with their spirit-rousing musical, Black Diamond, about the “other” major league.

This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. The all-star lineup of heroes includes Moses “Fleet” Walker, who became the game’s first black pro in the 1880s; Andrew “Rube” Foster, hailed as the father of black baseball; power hitter Josh “Spitfire” Gibson; athlete-philosopher Satchel Paige; and young Jackie Robinson, who first integrated the major leagues. You’ll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history-and American history, too!

Monday, March 4, 2019
Sineadh Fada: Spórt – Traditional Irish Music & Dance

Irish DancingHillcrest is gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with Sineadh Fada’s performance of Spórt. Dancer/musician Shannon Dunne and musical collaborators, including multi-instrumentalist Alex Boatright, present an engaging, interactive performance showcasing traditional Irish music and dance. The artists will introduce old style percussive and social dances, traditional “sing-along” songs, and Irish tunes on instruments like concertina, harp, and fiddle.

Students will learn what it means to be a traditional musician/dancer, and experience a wide array of instruments, singing, and dancing through the stories of how Shannon and her friends learned, and continue to learn, within the tradition.

Upcoming PTA Meetings on January 10th and 16th

Hillcrest PTA has two meetings coming up…

PTA MeetingsOn Thursday, January 10th from 6 to 8 pm, the PTA is hosting a meeting at Banneker Recreation Center (27 Main Avenue, Catonsville). The presentation for this meeting will be provided by HES and will focus on supporting parents, particularly those of ELL students, in the success of their children. All families are welcome. Dinner and child care will be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Mrs. Capka at

Schoology questions?

During the Jan. 16 PTA meeting, Eric Sloan will deliver an informational session on Schoology.

Topics include:

  • Basic access
  • Mobile access
  • Switching between students / schools
  • Gradebook access
  • Student account information

Here is a link to the single question survey to help Mr. Sloan prepare.

Please plan on joining us at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Hillcrest cafeteria. Childcare will be available.

Attention Shoppers! Sign Up for the Giant A+ School Rewards Program

Giant A+ rewards programHillcrest is once again participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards program. If you have not participated in the past, please consider registering today. The program runs from October to March. To date, 186 Hillcrest families have registered and earned $1,206.17 for the school. To enroll, go to

  • Sign in to your account (or register for an account) to link your Giant Card to your school.
  • You may select up to two (2) schools.
  • Selected school(s) earn money from your qualified purchases during the program period.
  • If you need assistance, Call Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1.

Join a Club!

Hillcrest Spring ClubsChess, creative writing, coding, drama, musical theater, science, art, yoga, environmental club… are among the choices for after school clubs this winter/spring.

Registration begins today (Jan. 9) and ends Jan. 16. See the list of clubs and registration form here.


Upcoming Events
  • Nov. 16: Grandparents Day + International Night
  • Nov. 19: Gobble Gobble Go
  • Dec. 21: Ugly Sweater Day
  • Jan. 16: PTA meeting
  • Jan. 24: Crazy hat, crazy hair day
  • Feb. 3: Throwback Thursday (wear clothes from your favorite decade)
  • Feb. 20: PTA meeting
  • March 2: Hedigepalooza
  • March 28: O’s opening day (wear your Orioles fan clothes)
  • April 3: PTA meeting
  • April 25: Find a new friend day (wear clothes to match your new friend)
  • May 15: PTA meeting
  • May 24: USA day (wear patriotic apparel)
  • June 13: Hawaiian shirt day

Ask Your Student about Science Assemblies…

Mr. Bond's Science Guys

On Wednesday, November 28, grades K-3 will experience The Science Guys “Fizz, Pop, Boom” assembly where they’ll talk all about states of matter, matter transitions words (sublimation, evaporation, condensation), and air pressure.  This show will be filled with sound effects, optical illusions, tornado simulations, and more!

On Thursday, November 29, grades 4-5 will start their day with a “Hair-Raising Science Show” all about electricity, magnetism, and currents.  They’ll get to create human circuits, open and closed, parallel and series. They’ll also talk about whether common items are conductors or insulators.  This is sure to be a hair-raising experience!  

Dinner at McDonald’s Tonight Cancelled!

Update: Cancelled due to inclement weather

Please join us on Nov. 15
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

@ McDonald’s on Frederick Road

Grab dinner, dessert or coffee and mingle with friends. + Volunteers will hand out NO HOMEWORK PASSES

A portion of the proceeds are donated to HES PTA.

Spirit Night