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

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 & to register!

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.


Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, Sept. 9 – Thursday, Sept. 30
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!

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.

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.