ENTER NOW: Hound Dog Dash T-Shirt Design Contest

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: Thursday, March 23

The Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash is BACK and will take place on Friday, May 19 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 Thursday, March 23 to the front office, please note both “Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash T-Shirt Design Contest” and your name on the envelope.  This contest is only open to current sixth graders.

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

  • Please include the name of the event: Hillcrest Hound Dog Dash
  • Please include the year: 2023
  • Please use only black and white (no color)
  • Please no shading since hard to transfer to shirt (outline only)


ORDER NOW: Fun Lunches through May!

Fun Lunch is Back!
Twice/month on Thursdays
Orders now open for April – May 2023
Orders due two weeks before each Fun Lunch date – no exceptions.

Tired of making lunches? The PTA is here to help – Fun Lunch is back! This is an optional lunch service that is offered by the PTA. Simply order & pay for your child’s lunch online through our vendor, Boonli, and the meals will be delivered and distributed at lunch time. Click here for more information on the menu offerings and instructions for how to order lunch for your student!

Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship

$1,000 Scholarship for a Qualified High School Senior!
Applications open through Friday, March 3
Click here for the application

We are excited to announce that the Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship application window is open through Friday, March 3. One qualified recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship!

To qualify, a current high school senior must have attended Hillcrest for a minimum of three years, is graduating from an Illinois high school, and has already been accepted to a college, university, or vocational program. The link to apply has also been shared with both Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High Schools.

Please help us spread the word to any current high school seniors that are Hillcrest alumni about this scholarship! Good luck to all the applicants!

Hillcrest Variety Show

Registration Open January 9 – 27, 2023
Hillcrest Variety Show: Saturday, April 15
Click here for more details on the Variety Show & for registration information.
We need your help – click here to volunteer!

The Hillcrest Variety Show is a much-anticipated event every year that allows our Hound Dogs to show off their talents and creativity while building collaboration skills and camaraderie and helping them overcome any fears or nervousness about public speaking or performance in a safe and welcoming environment.

This is a BIG event that is so meaningful to many of our students. If you are interested in helping plan, please reach out!


Event Update: Thank you Hound Dogs for your generous support of this fundraising effort – we raised over $500 to support our PTA programming this year.

Order Now through February 9
Pick Up Days: February 13 / 14 / 15
Home Run Inn Darien (7521 Lemont Rd.)

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – heart-shaped pizza season – let’s raise some dough with our next dine out fundraiser! Order 14″ regular or 10″ heart-shaped take-n-bake pizzas, salads and/or cupcakes to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Home Run Inn will donate 30% of your pre-tax purchase to the Hillcrest PTA.

Game Night is Back & SOLD OUT!

Event Update: We raised over $35,000 to support field trips and provide additional resources for staff & students that help make Hillcrest such a wonderful place to be. Thanks to our Hound Dog community for their continued generosity & support!

Game Night 2022
Friday, November 4 from 6-10:30pm
American Legion at 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove

A can’t miss parents night out to help raise money for Hillcrest PTA programming that supports our students and staff all year long. Click here to learn more!

The proceeds from Game Night fund Hillcrest PTA programs, including Partners in Art, field trips, school-wide assemblies, the purchase of classroom supplies & technology, and much, much more! These additional programs enhance the student experience beyond the district funding and help make Hillcrest such a fantastic experience for our kids.