SIGN UP: 2021-22 Volunteers Needed


Calling All Volunteers for the 2021-22 School Year
Click here to learn more & sign up

It takes a village and we hope you will be part of ours! We are looking for parent volunteers to help as committee chairs, committee planning members and day-of event volunteers for the 2021-22 school year. Please click here to see the opportunities and fill out the form if you are interested in helping us continue to raise funds and run the academic and social programs that help make Hillcrest so special. Positions are for one school year.

There are three different areas to choose from (but you don’t have to choose just one!):
  • Ways & Means (Fundraising) Committees
  • Social Committees
  • Academic Committees
The different volunteer opportunities include:
  • Committee Chairs: Lead all efforts and delegate responsibilities among committee members. Please note that many committees already have chairs, but we always welcome more helping hands! We hope to have some newer volunteers shadow the chairs to take over leadership in future years.
  • Committee Planning: Support the chair(s) with various duties leading up to an event.
  • Event VolunteersVolunteer the day of the event. Please note that some programs (Fun Lunch, Field Day, Partners in Art, Room Ambassadors) that require several volunteers will have a separate sign-up form that will go out at a later date.

Hillcrest Amazing Race: May 14-17

Event Update: CONGRATULATIONS to all of the race finishers and raffle winners (listed below, check your email for information on how to pick up your prize) – over 60 Hillcrest families participated in this fun-filled race.

Hillcrest Amazing Race
Friday May 14 at 3:00pm – Monday, May 17 at 8:00pm
Registration Fee: $40 per team

All Hillcrest families are invited to participate in the first-ever Hillcrest Amazing Race! Families (teams of 3-6 players, all ages) can register and complete a set of missions together. The Hillcrest Amazing Race will be open all weekend so teams can complete missions around busy schedules. All missions will be family-friendly, safe and FUN! Teams who complete all missions will be entered into a raffle to win AMAZING prizes!


  • The GooseChase app will be used to assign, track and complete missions. Missions will be physical challenges, check-ins at a local Downers Grove locations or puzzles & riddles. Teams may be asked to submit a photo or video via the GooseChase app to complete missions.  A link to download the GooseChase app for iPhone or Android will be provided (more info to follow).
  • Missions can be completed anytime between Friday, May 14 at 3pm through Monday, May 17 at 8pm.  Teams can do all missions at one time or a few missions at a time when convenient. All missions must be completed by Monday, May 17 at 8pm.
  • All teams that complete the Hillcrest Amazing Race will be entered into a raffle for AMAZING prizes! PLUS the top 5 fastest teams to complete all missions will automatically win a $25 gift card!
    • Congrats to the raffle winners!
      ⭐️Trampoline – The Madigan Family (Mad Runners)
      ⭐️Nintendo Switch – The Burnette Family (The Burnette Racers)
      ⭐️iPad – The Litterst Family (Team Autocorrect)
      ⭐️Electric Scooter – The Grams Family (The G Squad)
      ⭐️Electric Scooter – The Nastal Family (Mr. Shorts & Co.)
      ⭐️$100 Foxtail gift card – The Hirthe Family (FLAGS)
      ⭐️$100 Cadence Kitchen gift card – The Griseta-Urbina Family (Remote Potato Clan)
      ⭐️$100 Pierce Tavern gift card – The Frazier Family (Flying Penguins)
      ⭐️$100 Gia Mia gift card – The Navratil Family (Awesome Sauce)

      ⭐️$100 Bar Chido gift card – The Ambrose Family (The Superstars)

Please contact Marie Bucklar, Lindsey Burnette or Katie Wojciechowski.


Hillcrest Dance Party: Thursday, April 15

Hillcrest Dance Party with DJ Coach Josh
Thursday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00pm

Join us for a FREE dance party with on Zoom with DJ Coach Josh, sponsored by the Hillcrest PTA! All Hillcrest students, family & staff are invited – are you ready to dance? Don’t miss out!

Click here to sign up! You will receive the Zoom link via email on the day of the event.

ORDER NOW: Spring Spirit Wear!


The Hillcrest Elementary Spirit Wear online store has been updated with brand new items for spring. Support the Hillcrest PTA and add some Hounddog gear to your closet for the next school spirit day. Click here to purchase today! (password is “hounddogs”)

Hillcrest Trivia Night: Friday, March 12

Event Update: Thanks to all who participated, we were able to raise $1,300 to support PTA initiatives – we appreciate all of the Hillcrest school spirit!

Hillcrest Trivia Night
Friday, March 12 from 7:00-8:30pm
Registration Fee: $35 per family

Join us for the first Hillcrest Trivia Night! Register now to enjoy a fun-filled evening of friendly (virtual) competition with other Hillcrest families. Teams will battle to see who has the greatest trivia knowledge for prizes. All you need is a computer to participate from the comfort of your own home.

Open to all Hillcrest students, their families and Hillcrest teachers and staff! Registration is open until Monday, March 8.

Questions? Please contact Marie Bucklar, Lindsey Burnette or Katie Wojciechowski.

2021 Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship

Update: Congratulations to Downers Grove South senior Nick Schmidt-Bailey, the 2021 Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship recipient! We wish Nick the best of luck as he prepares to attend Seattle University where he plans to major in Civil Engineering with specifications in environmental sustainability.
2021 Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship
Application Deadline: Monday, March 1
$1,000 to a Qualifying High School Senior
We are excited to announce that the 2021 Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship application process is open and applicants are encouraged to apply before Monday, March 1, 2021. This is the third year that the Hillcrest PTA has offered a one-time, $1,000 scholarship to a qualifying senior.  To qualify, a senior must have attended Hillcrest Elementary School for a minimum of three years, must be graduating from an Illinois high school, and must have already been accepted to a college, university, or vocational program.  The link to apply has been shared with both Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High Schools.  Please help us spread the word about this scholarship to any current high school seniors that are Hillcrest alumni!  If you are a current senior and a Hillcrest alum, please click here to apply for the scholarship. Gook luck to all of the applicants and remember, the deadline to apply is Monday, March 1!