Hillcrest Elementary

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  • Dine & Donate


    August 2023 to be determined



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    Cenar & Donar


    Agosto de 2023, ser determinado  

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  • PTO

    We are looking for volunteers to help with our fun school events.  You can pick your level of involvement.  Below are some of the events coming up that we are looking for volunteers for.  All events are subject to change due to Covid 19.  

    Hawkathon (every Wednesday after school during the fall and spring)

    Fall Fling (It's our Hillcrest version of a carnival and needs lots of adult volunteers to make it run)

    Parent/ Teacher Conference Meals (PTO provides a meal and snacks for staff during fall and spring conferences)

    Class parties (Hillcrest has a fall, winter and spring party.  We ask parents to help supply snacks for those parties and also look for grade level representatives)

    Hawk Walk (our spring fundraiser is a walk a thon)

    There are so many ways you can get involved!  For more information, please contact Ann Dominguez.  


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  • Polka Dot Owl With Calendar - Clip Art School Calendar Transparent PNG -  611x472 - Free Download on NicePNGUpcoming PTO Events

    7/18 PTO planning meeting 5:30 - 7:30, childcare provided.  

    8/14 Popsicles on the playground


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  • Free Birthday Balloons Clipart | Birthday balloons clipart, Balloon clipart,  Birthday balloons 


    Important dates: 

    8/14 Parent Teacher Conferences

    8/16 Kindergarten First Day (noon dismissal)

    8/17 First Day of School for everyone (full day)




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    School Supply Sale

    If you would like to buy school supplies through Hillcrest, you will be able to do so during parent-teacher conferences on 8/14 and the popsicles on the playground event that evening.  This is not required, just a service we offer our families.  


    Venta de los útiles escolares

    Si desea comprar útiles escolares
    a través de Hillcrest se podrá
    hacerlo durante las conferencias
    entre padres y maestros el 14 de
    agosto y el evento de paletas
    heladas en el patio de recreo esa
    noche. Esto no es obligatorio, es
    solo un servicio que ofrecemos a
    nuestras familias.

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    Fechas importantes:

    8/14 Conferencia de padre y maestro

    8/16 Primer día de escuela para kinder (salida a las 12)

    8/17 Primer día de escuela para todos (horario normal)



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  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    1045 Hilltop Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    Phone: (785) 832-5720
    Fax: (785) 596-6565
    Proud Principal: Sarah Kruse
    Sarah Kruse
    Admin. Assistant: 
    Michelle Hindman
    Attendance Secretary:
    Ann Dominguez
    Pat Wittry
    Parent Involvement Facilitator:
    Shannon Berquist

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
    School Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:45 AM - 3:50 PM 
    8:45 AM - 2:20 PM
    Half Day Dismissal
    12 pm

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    KSDE verifies this district has attained the highest level of achievement in providing services to children with disabilities


  • Morning Hours 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Afternoon Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:40 PM - 6:00 PM Wednesday 1:15 PM - 6 PM Boys and Girls Club

    Morning Hours
    7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Afternoon Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    3:50 PM - 6:00 PM
    2:20 PM - 6:00 PM
    Hillcrest Elementary
    Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas (BGCLK)
    (785) 393-0620
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  • Howie        

     Greetings from Hillcrest Elementary to you and your family!

    We wanted to take a moment to say “Hello!” We miss you when you are not here, and we are looking forward to the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

    We hope to visit with you soon to see if you are needing anything from us or if we can assist you in any way. You can always call us at 785-832-5720 if there is anything you need or if you have any questions for us.

    Our plans for the 2023-2024 school year are coming together, and we are excited for and very much looking forward to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 16th for kindergartners and Thursday, August 17th for all of our students.  In continued partnership with our Hillcrest students, staff, and families, we will continue to focus on several areas during this upcoming school year.

    • Social and Emotional Supports: We know that establishing and continuing to strengthen our trusting relationships with students and families is a critical and foundational step to helping our students learn. We will continue to be mindful of and act upon the social and emotional needs of students, staff, and families.

    • Attendance and Engagement: We will continue to be committed to working closely with students and families, and we want our schools to continue to be places where students and staff have fun, thrive, and look forward to learning each day.

    • Communication with Families: We enjoy sharing our successes with families, and we want to hear from you as well regarding your thoughts about successes and challenges. 

    • Curriculum and Instruction: We will continue to plan fun and exciting instruction for each subject area using Kansas Standards. Working together as partners, we can absolutely minimize and/or eliminate any negative impact that the pandemic may have had on student learning.

    • Evaluation of Learning: We will continue to gather reasonable amounts of data and information about your child(ren) through observations, questioning techniques, and discussions, along with more formal assessments or tests. Combined, this information will continue to tell us what your child(ren) knows and is able to do as well as how much they are growing and achieving.

    On behalf of Hillcrest, we miss you and we look forward to seeing you soon. Please continue to have a great summer and please let us know if there is anything that you need or if you have any questions.


    Sarah Kruse