DINE OUT FUNDRAISER: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dine Out Fundraiser: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Tuesday, May 17 – Sunday, May 23

The Nothing Bundt Cake location in Darien will be donating 20% of any purchase made between May 17 and May 23 to Hillcrest PTA. This includes any pre-orders for your summer or fall events!

This is a great opportunity to pre-order birthday, graduation, and holiday cakes and support the Hillcrest PTA. Drop in, call, or order online…  just mention Hillcrest Elementary School.

Nothing Bundt Cakes
7517 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL
(630) 541-8725

The Dash is Back!


Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash
1-Mile or 3-Mile Run/Walk
$20 per participant
Click here to register!
(note: registrations after April 30 are not guaranteed a t-shirt)

The Hound Dog Dash is back and *new* this year, we’ve added a sponsor a runner option in an effort to make this our biggest fundraiser of the school year! We’ll be timing the race and giving away medals to the top male and top female participants in each grade level as well as awarding popsicle and pizza parties to the classrooms who help us raise the most funds to support the Hillcrest PTA programs that benefit our families, students, faculty and staff!

If you’re still on the fence – our post-race food and entertainment at the Hillcrest playground will be a can’t-miss event: pizza, ice cream, DJ, face painters & a very special bubble show! Don’t delay, register today! For more information on how to register or sponsor the race, please click here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors that help make this event possible! There’s still time to become a sponsor, click here for more information.

May Fun Lunch x2!


Fun Lunch with Culver’s
Thursday, May 12
Orders Due by April 28

Fun Lunch with Al’s Pizzeria (formerly Skuddlebutts)
Thursday, May 26
Orders Due by May 12

Tired of making lunches? The PTA is here to help – Fun Lunch is back! After a long pause due to the pandemic, we are so thrilled to be able to offer Fun Lunch again to Hillcrest students. Click here for more information on the menu offerings and instructions for how to order lunch for your student!

Hillcrest Variety Show

Event Update: The PTA is very proud of all the Hollywood Hounds who participated in this year’s Variety Show – 26 acts in all. The audience was treated to a morning of entertainment: singing, dancing, instrumental performances, a puppet show, and a cooking demonstration! There were even appearances by a shark and a yellow submarine!

Saturday, April 30 at 10:00am (Doors Open at 9:30am)
Tivoli Theater
Adults: $5 | Students & Seniors: $3 | Kids 5 & Under: Free

After a two-year hiatus, we’re excited to bring back the Hillcrest Variety Show for all grades, K-6! Registration closed on February 11 and students have been hard at work on their acts.

Students and families of Hillcrest, you are all invited to join us for the show – don’t miss your chance to see students perform, sing, dance, tumble and act their hearts out!

Click here for more details on the event and a list of FAQs.

Hound Dog Dash T-Shirt Design Contest


Update: Congrats to 6th grader Paige Rook who won the design contest and will have their artwork (below) featured on all of the race day t-shirts!

6th Grade T-Shirt Design Contest – Hound Dog Dash
Your design could be on the front of the t-shirt that each runner wears during the race!
Deadline: Wednesday, March 23

The Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash is BACK and will take place on Friday, May 20 at
Hillcrest Elementary School. This event is open to all students and families. 

We need a design for the front of our t-shirt. Do you have a great idea? Submit your design by Wednesday, March 23 to the front office, please note “Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash T-Shirt Design Contest” on the envelope.  

Have fun. Get creative. Keep these rules in mind:

  • Please include the name of the event: Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash
  • Please include the year: 2022
  • Please use only black and white (no color)
  • Please no shading since hard to transfer to shirt (outline only)

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kelly Dussman.

We’re Back in the Classroom: Partners in Art

Click here to sign up for a Partners in Art classroom experience!
Volunteers Needed:
February: 1st (Flannery), 4th (Macdonald) and 6th (Murphy & Rowland)
March: 1st (both classes), 3rd (Peksa)

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get into your child’s classroom and have some fun!

Not sure what you’re signing up for? Read our FAQ.

We’ve got you covered with detailed presentation resources and project ideas + materials – look up your assigned artist here.

Still have questions? No problem, reach out to the PIA Committee Chairs & program gurus: Maria BrummelKatelyn Whoriskey or Rebecca Hardman

Hillcrest Amazing Race

Event Update: Over 40 Hillcrest families participated in the Hillcrest Amazing Race with 27 families completing all 20 missions. The raffle winners were announced in the Weekly Howl on Tuesday, February 1 and contacted directly with prize pickup instructions.

Friday, January 28 at 3pm to Sunday, January 30 at 10pm
Registration Fee: $40

The Hillcrest Amazing Race is back! We had over 50 families register to participate in this family-friendly event last spring. Don’t miss out on the Winter Edition of the Hillcrest Amazing Race!

Who: Teams of 3-6 players. Hillcrest Amazing Race is open to Hillcrest family members of all ages! Families will complete a set of missions together.

What: Download the GooseChase app and complete the assigned missions anytime between Friday, January 28 at 3pm to Sunday, January 30 at 10pm. As you complete a mission, track your progress in the GooseChase app. Teams can do all missions at one time or a few missions at a time when convenient. All missions must be completed by Sunday, January 30 at 10pm.

How: Missions and instructions will be in the GooseChase app. Missions will be physical challenges, checking-in at a local DG locations or solving a puzzle or riddle. Teams may be asked to submit a photo or video via the GooseChase app to complete missions. All missions will be family-friendly, COVID-safe and fun!

Why: Each team who completes all of the missions in the Hillcrest Amazing Race by Sunday, January 30 at 10pm will be entered into a raffle for amazing prizes. Raffle prizes include basketball hoop, hoverboard, snowboards, $100 Downtown Downers Grove gift card, $50 Giuliano’s gift card and much more!

Questions? Reach out to Marie Bucklar, Lindsey Burnette or Katie Wojciechowski.