Spreading Cheer: Hillcrest Holiday Lane

Check out the trees, one per grade, that are lighting up Jefferson Avenue! Students will make ornaments for their grade level trees together in class – keep an eye out for the decorations to come!

And don’t forget… the Hillcrest Giving Tree!

This year, our Giving Tree will support Operation Care Package – an organization that ships care packages to deployed troops throughout the world. Donation items in need are listed on tags on our Giving Tree. Please bring the item(s) to Hillcrest by Wednesday, December 15. There will be a bin in the Hillcrest vestibule for all donated items.

SIGN UP NOW: Hillcrest Holiday Shop

Click here to sign up for a student shopping time
We also need your help – click here to sign up to volunteer (parents & students 5th grade+)!

The Hillcrest Holiday Shop is back Friday, December 3 & Saturday, December 4 in the Hillcrest Elementary School Gym! We’ll have merchandise available for $1-$15 per item and volunteers to help your student shop within their budget and wrap the gifts after they check out so they can stay a surprise.

Want to learn more about this PTA-sponsored event? Click here for more information.

ORDER NOW: December Fun Lunch

Fun Lunch with Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Thursday, December 16
Orders Due by December 2

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!

We’re Back in the Classroom: Partners in Art

Click here to sign up for a Partners in Art classroom experience!

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

SHOP NOW: 2021 Hillcrest Virtual Book Fair

Support Our Library – Ordering Online is Easy
Click here to shop now through Sunday, Dec. 5

The 2021 Hillcrest Virtual Book Fair is now open! Funds raised through book fair sales go to support our awesome school library – help Mrs. Hesterman continue to add amazing resources for our students!

Order online and pickup your orders at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove. Donate books to your student’s classroom from teacher wish lists. View our flyer and check your student’s folder for their wish lists they’ll be creating in library the week of November 15.

Click here for more information on the Book Fair and instructions for placing your order.

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 minted.com 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.

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

Update: Thank you to the students who submitted entries, more information to come on recognition and awards!

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 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)

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the Girls’ Day Out Downtown Downers Grove event.  We are so excited to announce that Hillcrest came in 2nd place in the attendance competition!  The Hillcrest PTA will receive a check for $180.75 from our hall pass purchases as well as $100 in downtown DG gift certificates as a prize for our attendance!  Way to go Hound Dogs!!

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.