Hillcrest School . . . Home of the HOUND DOGS
Principal: Mrs. Paula Thomas
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Brittany Cerny
Welcome to Hillcrest School! Hillcrest opened its doors on February 18, 1952 in response to the growth of Downers Grove after World War II. Over the years, the physical building has been expanded twice, first in 1957 and then in 1993. One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the Hillcrest community. The Hillcrest community consists of dedicated staff, involved parents and enthusiastic students. Please take a look around and come back soon!
Arrival and Departure ~ We welcome students to the playground in the morning before school begins. Students must not arrive before 8:10 A.M. as there is no supervision until then. Students will line up with their class and be led into the building to begin their school day. Parents and other adults are not allowed to enter the school through any side doors. after school, students are encouraged to promptly leave school premises. There is no supervision after school.
Parking and Traffic ~ We ask for your cooperation during student drop-off and pick-up times. There is no parking on either side of Jefferson between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. For safety purposes, do not let your children in or out of vehicles on the north side of Jefferson or east side of Dunham, forcing them to cross the street in between other cars and in the middle of the block. As parent role models, please encourage them to cross with one of our two crossing guards. The goal for the smoothest traffic line in a residential school area such as ours is safety and consistency. Please think: PULL UP ... DROP OFF ... DRIVE ON.
DO NOT ENTER THE SCHOOL DRIVEWAY, PARKING LOT, OR BUS TURNAROUND IN A VEHICLE OR ON FOOT FOR ANY REASON.
Visitors / Building Security ~ Enter school through the main doors on Jefferson. Ring the bell on the left and pull left door as you are buzzed in by someone in the office. Visit the office on the right to sign in and receive a Visitor Badge. Badge must be visible at all times while in the building. Upon leaving the building, visit the office again in order to sign out. Items such as forgotten lunches, musical instruments, homework and projects must be left in the school office. Students will retrieve the items or office staff will deliver them at a time that is least interruptive to learning.
Absences ~ Parents /caregivers must call the school office (630-719-5840) BEFORE 8:00 A.M. to report that a student will be absent or late. Voicemail is available between 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. and absences can be reported the preceding evening to avoid any possible line overload at the start of the school day. If the office is not notified of an absence or tardy, staff will call home as well as all emergency numbers provided on the student's emergency sheet until the student's absence has been verified. We MUST be sure that all students are safe, and that their whereabouts are known.
Medication ~ Medication is not administered to children by the school staff. If it is imperative that medicine be given during the school day, a Medication Permission and Instruction form must be completed by the parents and the physician authorizing the school to administer the medication. Only prescription medication may be administered to children by school staff.
Edible Treats ~ Due to the increased amount of students who suffer from allergies, edible treats (home made or store bought) are not allowed in celebration of birthdays. Goodie Bags containing other non-edible items may be given, or donating a book to the student's classroom library is another suggestion.