To report an absence, please call the 24-Hour Attendance Hotline at 847-838-8181. Please do not call my school phone number to report an absence because it does not ring during the school day and I may not get the message in time.
If you are planning to pick up your child from school, please send a note with your child in the morning that includes your child’s first and last name as well as the teacher’s name and the date. Including this information assists the office staff in recording the information. If you forget to send a note in the morning, you can call Hillcrest’s main office at 847-838-8001 to let the office staff know that you are going to pick up your child from school. Then they will inform me of the transportation change.
Please help your child bring a fruit or vegetable snack every day. You can find ideas for snacks on the Hillcrest Health office webpage. This should be something that your child can eat in approximately 10 minutes. Please send snacks that are healthy and easy for your child to open, eat, and clean up independently. We try to encourage children to use reusable containers to promote our “Green” philosophy here at Hillcrest. We don't have a set "snack time." Students in my class can choose when they'd like to eat their snack throughout the day as long as they are sitting at their desk.
Please send lunch money to school on Monday mornings to be credited to your child’s account. When your child’s account balance is low, the office staff will send home a reminder note with a blue lunch money envelope. Please make sure the lunch money envelope is labeled with your child’s first and last name as well as the teacher’s name. You can also pay your lunch account online. Please contact Hillcrest’s office 847-838-8001 with any questions regarding lunch.
Take Home Folders
Your child’s Take Home Folder serves as an important link between home and school. On the left side of the folder, you will find your child’s monthly behavior calendar that will travel back and forth to school in the folder. On the right side, you will find school newsletters, homework, announcements, school work, lunch money envelopes, and so forth. It is your child’s responsibility to bring the folder home and back to school the next day. There may be some nights your child will not have any papers to bring home, but we want to keep your child in the routine of bringing the folder home and returning it to school each day. Please take the time to review the contents of the folder with your child each day. This daily routine can serve as a springboard for discussions about your child’s day at school.
Inside your child’s Take Home Folder you will find a monthly calendar. Each day your child will color the box either green (Excellent job!), yellow (Warning, stop and think!), or red (STOP!). The color indicates your child’s behavior for that day. If your child receives a yellow or red for the day, an additional note will come home explaining the reason for the color change and will need to be signed and returned. These procedures will be gone over in full during the Curriculum Night.