Online Book Club – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum, PhD

The HES PTA is pleased to facilitate a discussion about Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum, PhD, the latest selection of the HES Equity Committee. Please join us on Thursday, October 1 from 7-8:30 to discuss this “unusually sensitive” national bestseller. Using the Courageous Conversations protocol (,… Read More »

Fantastic resources for talking with kids about race!

Black Lives Matter has compiled an online library of books for kids. Click on individual book covers to link to that book being read aloud. Topics cover Activism and Advocacy, Self-Love and Empowerment, and Black History. There’s also a small section of Spanish-language titles! And for those who want an excellent breakdown of race as… Read More »

Community Equity Forum – August 3, 10 am

The HES PTA, in partnership with the HES administration, is pleased to offer our second virtual community forum, focusing on the voices of our Hillcrest Community. Our panel will be made up of parents, students, and faculty, and members will share their perspective of the Black Lives Matter chalk artwork and the impact of race… Read More »

Implicit Bias Training – September 1, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Hillcrest PTA is proud to offer our third summer equity forum, dealing with recognizing, understanding, and dismantling implicit bias. Bias is the inclination to judge without question. It is an automatic response from our brain that happens without our awareness, intention, or control. In this training, Dr. Sandra M. Quezada will provide participants with the… Read More »

Online Book Club – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The HES PTA is pleased to host a conversation about So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo! Please join us on Thursday, July 30th or August 6th, from 7-8:30 to discuss this New York Times bestseller and “user-friendly examination of race in America.”  Using the Courageous Conversations protocol (, we will work… Read More »

PTA Presentation- Anxiety

Dr. Nicole Gloff of The Maryland Centers for Psychiatry presented “Identifying and Helping Children with Anxiety” at the 1/15/20 PTA meeting. See the slides from the meeting here

STEM Night

On STEM night, volunteers create experiences for students that involve elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Families go from room to room and engage in activities throughout the evening.This year, STEM Night will be Friday, March 13 from 6-8 pm. Our committee is in need of volunteers to design and develop room activities, assist… Read More »

International Night

Represent your heritage with a table at International Night!  Do a craft, make some food, share your knowledge–this is a great way to meet more families at Hillcrest. Email Yvonne at to host a table at this year’s International Night.  

2019-2020 Kids’ Clubs!

Kids’ Clubs are a great way to let your child experience new activities after school. Check out the Kids’ Clubs for the Spring! This flyer provides information on our upcoming Kids Clubs offerings for Hillcrest students in grades 1-5. You will have the opportunity to select clubs using our online Club Selection form beginning January… Read More »

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