Hillcrest Elementary

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School Hours


Kindergarten:   8:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. 
1st to 6th Grades:  8:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. 

  *Wednesday:  School ends at 1:35 p.m.  



General Rules


  • Students will show respect to all adults and each other.
  • Students will not bring weapon or dangerous objects to school.
  • Students will not fight.
  • Students will not chew gum or eat food on the playground.
  • Students will use bathrooms appropriately.
  • Students have to pay for lost or damaged books and equipment.
  • Students may not bring radios, electronic games, or other toys to school.
  • Students may not bring skates, skateboards, scooters, or wheeled shoes to school.
  • Students will stay off playground equipment and grass when wet and stay away from puddles.



  It is important for students to understand that breaking a rule will automatically be followed by a consequence.  Our goal is not to punish, but to emphasize the fact that we all must live together, and those who disregard rules will be dealt with firmly.

 Students who deliberately dirty the cafeteria, or deface school property will be asked to clean or fix it themselves or pay for the damage.  This may requires staying after school. Food throwing may result in loss of cafeteria privileges. Students behaving inappropriately on the playground may be required to spend time in a time-out area, to do in-school community service, and to meet with parents and the principal.  Students and/or the teacher may write a note to the parents stating which rule was broken.  Students acting inappropriately or breaking rules will be removed from the activity and/or may lose privileges. Students may be sent home or excluded from school if their actions interfere with others' safety and/or right to learn.


Before School


 Students may come to the Hillcrest Elementary School campus at 8:00 a.m. if they eat breakfast in the cafeteria.  Breakfast is served until 8:15 a.m.  Students who choose not to eat at school, need to report to the cafeteria until their bell rings for them to attend class: 8:17 a.m. for grades K through 6th.  Students may not stay on the unsupervised playground areas before school. 

Students in grades 4-6 who ride their bicycles to school, must walk their bicycle on campus to the designated lock-up area.  All students who ride bicycles must wear a helmet. 


After School 

Students will egress from their classrooms at 2:35p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  On Wednesdays, early release days, students will egress the classrooms at 1:35p.m. Teachers will walk students to their respective campus exit:  Pepper Street Ramp, Orange Avenue Wall, 88-Steps Back Gate, WoodCraft Rangers (Cafeteria), Student Success (Room 12 & 13), and Chinese School (Rooms 5 & 6).  Please note that it takes time for 500+ elementary school students to egress the Hillcrest campus.  Parents who provide automobile pick-up are highly encouraged to park the car on the street and walk to the Pepper Street Ramp, Orange Avenue Wall, or 88-Steps Back Gate to pick up your child.  If your child walks, instruct him/her to go straight home after school.  If you do not pick up your child, please make sure he/she walks with another child and goes straight home after school.  All students must use the cross-walk when crossing the street.  





Students are expected to attend school every day, unless they are ill. When returning to school after an absence, students are to bring a note that includes the following information:

  •   Student's full name
  •   Date(s) of absence
  •   Reason for absence
  •   Parent Signature
  •   Doctor's note (if required for readmission to school)

  A personal phone call to the office (626) 307-3371 by the parent, regarding the absence, will be accepted in place of a note.  If a student is absent three or more days, parents should call the school office.  Homework should be requested through the school office.



Students are expected to be at school on time.  School starts at 8:20 a.m. for grades K--6.  Students who arrive after the above times must go to the office for a tardy pass.


  • Parent conference with teacher
  • Parent conference with principal
  • Parent conference with District Personnel
  • School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

Student Release  


 Doctor and dental appointments should be scheduled for after school.  If it is necessary for a student to leave during school hours, parents must go to the school office to sign a release form.  Students will not be released from the classroom without a copy of the signed release form.  Students will not be released to persons not listed on the emergency card.  Students should return to school after the appointment, if possible. 



When visiting the school, parents, guardians, and community members must check in at the school office.  If you would like a conference, a date and time should be arranged with the classroom teacher.


 Uniform Policy

Hillcrest Elementary School will maintain the Garvey School District Mandatory Uniform Policy.  The school uniform is as follows:

  • Boys:  proper fitting navy blue pants or shorts with white, light blue, or navy blue polo shirt, closed toe shoes.
  • Girls:  proper fitting, navy blue pants, skorts, skirts, or jumper with a white, light blue, or navy blue polo shirt, closed toe shoes.
  • Shorts must be proper fitting, mid-thigh in length and may not extend beyond the knee.
  • Jackets must be proper fitting, with no writing on the front or back of the jacket.
  • Sweaters, cardigans, and sweatshirts must be proper fitting and without logos.



Homework Policy


Homework is an important resource in helping students to learn and should be included in their educational program.  The purpose of homework is to maintain skills learned in the classroom, extend and enrich knowledge, to help develop good study skills, and to create and stimulate interest.

The suggested average time for homework is:

  K-3:  20 to 40 minutes daily + 20 minutes of reading

  4-6:  40 to 60 minutes daily + 30 minutes of reading 



Awards and Recognition


  Students will be recognized each trimester for their academic achievement at an Awards Assembly.  Teachers will also recognize a "Student of the Month" each month.  The student of that month will receive a ribbon and certificate at the monthly assembly. 




The Garvey School District is a Smoke Free/ Drug Free district.  There will be no smoking and no drugs permitted on any campus.