• Hillcrest parent working to crowdfund inclusive playground

    Peg Chaidez, a parent of three Hillcrest students, shared with the District 58 Board of Education May 12 her proposal to crowdfund an inclusive, accessible playground at the school. Her youngest son uses a wheelchair, and after his wheels got stuck in the playground wood chips on his first day of school, she promised him she would try to find a way to make a difference.
    “We are trying to build a community at Hillcrest for students of all abilities and grade levels,” Chaidez said.


    The playground would feature a recycled rubber surface, double-wide ramps and connected structures so everyone can be included. The plans also include a relaxation station for quiet reflection or reading, and also a wheelchair swing.

    “My son has always wanted to fly, and now he will have that opportunity in his wheelchair,” Chaidez said.
    The playground will benefit not just students at the school, but all of Downers Grove and the surrounding communities, Chaidez said. The cost for the full playground and installation is $450,000. Chaidez plans to raise all of the funds online through a crowd-funding platform and funnel the money through the school’s PTA. A factory-certified installation crew will be hired to ensure the playground is compliant and safe, and community volunteers may be called upon to assist.
    Controller James Popernik said the plan is to have the proposal on the June board agenda for approval.
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  • What's Happening at Hillcrest? 
    6/16:  Summer Math Club beings 
    8/1:  Office hours resume - 8:00AM-4:00PM
    8/11:  Summer Math Club ends
    8/21:  Hillcrest Fest @ 6:00PM - 7:30PM
    8/25:  First Full Day of School
    9/1:  Labor Day - No School 
    9/4:  Curriculum Night @  6:00PM - 7:30 PM
    9/11:  Camp Edwards Parent Meeting @ 6:30 @ Hillcrest
    9/18:  Teacher Inservice - No Student Attendance
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  • Quick link: MAP testing information
    K-8 students throughout District 58 will be participating in the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment program. Click here for additional information on MAP in District 58.
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Hillcest students and staff participate in Down Syndrome Awareness Day! 
Everyone wore different socks to show that we are all different ... and that's okay! 
Down Syndrome Awareness Day Students and staff wore different socks to show that everyone is different!


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Hillcrest School . . . Home of the HOUND DOGS paws
paws 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!

paw bullet  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.
paw bullet  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.  
PAW BULLET  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.
paw bullet  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.
paw bullet  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.
paw bullet  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. 

District Resources

Principal: Paula Thomas
Assistant Principal: Brittany Cerny
Secretary: Lisa Reinhart
Clerk: Kathy Pawlicki 
Address: 1435 Jefferson Ave.
Phone: (630) 719-5840
School hours: 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.