A Letter from Principal Newton!

Thank you for a wonderful first semester of learning at Hill School.  This month in our Social Emotional Learning lessons, we are focused on compassion and developing friendships.  With our students we discuss ways to grow our friendships and develop lasting ties with each other.  When difficulties and conflict arise, we teach the students how to manage the conflict and strategies to use to solve the problem.  It is important that our students continue to learn to make multiple friendships while in elementary school.  This Spring we will continue to focus on SEL strategies, and will also work with parents on how SEL strategies can be implemented in the home setting.  Stay tuned to the eNews for more information on these opportunities for parents.

One way we show compassion during this time of the year is by giving to others.   We are grateful for those in our school community who help those in need through our Hill Families Helping Hill Families Program.  Many thanks to our counselors and parents who organized the donations to support our families during the holidays.  Our fifth graders also led our campus this semester in the Legacy of Giving food and clothing drive.  Hill students donated 2100 pounds of food, and 288 coats, which were disbursed at the Legacy of Giving Day of Service last week.  Through our PTA, we have also started a Weekend Backpack Program, to help families in need with food over the weekend.  Many thanks to all of our students and families who are caring for others and supporting these wonderful programs.

We are pleased that the City has installed crosswalk safety signs around Hill school.  Hopefully, these signs will be a good reminder to drivers to follow all safety laws and slow down while driving by Hill School.  Thank you to all of our parents who continue to be vigilent and safety minded when on campus.

In the Spring Semester we will begin the process of looking towards the 2018-2019 school year.  Tuition Pre-K registration will begin in January, and registration will be available on the AISD website, as well as in the Hill Office.

May your family have a restful Winter Holiday Break.  I’ll be staying in the Austin area, but will look for Hill Dillos everywhere I go!  Dillo Cheers for now!!