Save money AND raise money with Minted & Hillcrest PTA!

you save 20%
minted donates 15%

This holiday season, we’re partnering with Minted to help us fundraise. Shop holiday cards and gifts on using our unique promo code:


You will save 20% on your purchase and Minted will donate 15% to the Hillcrest PTA. Feel free to share this code with friends & family!

Offer expires 12/31/21. Please reach out to Katie Wojciechowski with any questions.

ORDER NOW: Fun Lunch is Back!

Fun Lunch is Back!
Thursday, November 18
Orders Due by November 4

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

Calling all Hound Dog Dancers, Writers, Artists & More!

National PTA Reflections
Submissions Due: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 to the school office

Explore the arts & express yourself! We know our Hound Dogs are talented and we want to celebrate and recognize all of our students through this national PTA program. Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May.

Find out more about how to participate in the 2021-2022 program!

VOLUNTEER: Help support Hillcrest staff & students!

Click here to sign-up today!

The Hillcrest PTA has a number of opportunities to get involved so grab a friend and sign-up to co-chair now! Don’t miss your chance to make an impact and be a part of these rewarding programs!

Available opportunities include:

  • Room Ambassador in your child’s classroom
  • Fundraising Committee Chair positions to manage vital efforts to raise funds that support academic programming (Dine Out Fundraisers, Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash)
  • Academic Committee Chair positions to provide support to Hillcrest staff and enrich student experiences (K-2 Field Trips, PTA Scholarship, Reading Incentive Programs, School Supply Kits)
  • Social Event Committee Chair positions that plan the fun social programs the Hillcrest community looks forward to (Bingo Night, Variety Show, Holiday Shop)

It takes a village – we hope you will be a part of ours!

Downtown DG: Girls’ Day Out (Thursday, Sept. 30)

Thursday, September 30

Print out a hall pass and go shop or eat downtown! Click here for passes & more information on how to help raise funds for the Hillcrest PTA while supporting our local downtown businesses!

Howlin’ in the Park (Friday, Sept. 24)

Event Update: We had 78 families register to attend this fun outdoor event and together, we helped raise approximately $2,700 for the Hillcrest PTA. As always, thanks so much for your support!

Howlin’ in the Park
Friday, September 24 from 5:30-10pm
Downers Grove Swim & Racquet Club
Registration Fee: $20 per family
Click here to for more details!

We’re excited to get an outdoor fundraising event on the calendar before the cooler weather sets in! Please join us in helping to raise funds that ensure we can continue operating our student programs as we navigate the pandemic.

Just as important as raising funds, we’ll be having fun! In addition to the screening of Hotel Transylvania, you can register for adult and/or child bags tournaments, purchase pizza and snacks, and catch up with your Hillcrest friends and family.

Howlin’ in the Park will take place outdoors. Masks are optional and appropriate social distancing is expected.

Questions? Please reach out to Katie Wojciechowski.


FUNDRAISING UPDATE: We met our Charleston Wrap Goal, selling over $20,000 worth of product and raising over $7,600 for Hillcrest, thank you Hound Dogs!! Congrats to our top sellers:

Nevaeh Latoria (6th Grade) – Electric Scooter Winner
Eden Stava (6th Grade) – $50 Mojo’s Gift Card Winner
Ainslie Suva (5th Grade) – Charleston Wrap Product Winner
Henry Sevcik (2nd Grade)
Amelia Litterst (5th Grade)
Emma Menet (3rd Grade)
Hunter Kania (1st Grade)
Emmett Sevcik (K)
Ryan Minium (5th Grade)
Logan Newman (6th Grade)

Please note, you can continue to buy through Charleston Wrap and raise money for Hillcrest throughout the year but the student sales contest period has closed.

Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, Sept. 9 – Monday, Oct. 4
Click here to register with Organization ID: 11126
Please reach out to Katie Suva with any questions.

Hillcrest Hound Dog Challenge: Get every student to sell at least 1 item!
We’re so close to our goal that we extended the sale – if everyone sells just one more item, we’ll get there but we need your help!

With over 2,500 gift ideas, it’s time to stock up on all of your gift wrap needs and begin crossing items off of your holiday shopping list, all while supporting the Hillcrest PTA! The funds raised through this campaign will support Academic Programs like school assemblies, field trips & in-class experiences.

After you register (Org. ID: 11126), you’ll be free to shop online and send invitations to friends & family via email, text or social media to participate (online orders will ship directly to the purchaser).

And don’t forget – each year, we award prizes to our top sellers. Check out this year’s prizes below and get started today!

Hillcrest Kindness Rock Garden: Have Some Fun!

Let’s keep the Hillcrest Kindness Rock Garden vibrant!

The rock garden, fondly dedicated in memory of Hillcrest student Allison Manning, is located west of the main entrance (Door #1) and has endured some weathering since being installed in Fall 2020. We are asking each Hound Dog to use their Hillcrest grade level color to add some freshly painted rocks to our Hillcrest Kindness Rock Garden. Click here to find out your student’s grade level color.

Hillcrest Fest is Back!

Hillcrest Fest 2021
Friday, August 27
5:30pm – 7:00pm

We’re so excited to kick off the school year with this fun event sponsored by the Hillcrest PTA at the Hillcrest Playground. Click here for more information on the planned festivities (did someone say hot dogs and ice cream?) and find out how you can volunteer to help out!

Please reach out to Hillcrest Fest Committee Chairs Lisa Kolavennu, Laura McGreal or Heidi Renner with any questions.