Giving Day 2016: The ‘Giving Good’ Challenge

Hillhurst School has done a lot of giving in the last couple of years. Giving Day started in 2014 with the giving of second-hand gifts. Last year we focused on giving the gift of literacy. This year we are giving the best thing of all — ourselves!

The  “Giving Good” Challenge started on November 1 and runs until November 30.

What we are learning through this experience is that giving in this way is a real challenge.  With so much going on in our daily lives, with work, school, sports, clubs and family time, when do we have time to give?

And HOW do we give?  It just feels so hard.

That’s why we’ve called it a challenge.  Because starting new habits and extending outside of our regular zone is not always easy to do.

The good news is, if we practice with small acts of giving each and every day, at home and at school,  it becomes part of our routine, and suddenly it is not so challenging any more.  This is when we find that reaching out to the community, volunteering, and taking on bigger actions of activism no longer seem so intimidating.

We have lots of wonderful things piling up in our Giving Box, but we’ve got a long way to go.  So far, only a fraction of our students have found a way to give.  We want to encourage ALL students, ALL staff and ALL parents to get into the habit of giving acts of kindness on a daily basis, so that we can, as a school community, fill up our box and make an important and positive difference in our world.

Between now and November 30th, we challenge all staff, students and their parents to find 10 ways to give their time, talent, energy and kindness to another person, to our environment or to an organization.  It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to come from the heart.

Thank you for your amazing support of Giving Day 2016.  And keep on giving!

Giving Day Committee

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The Nest Egg: Cheque Writing Campaign

Hillhurst School Society’s annual Cheque Writing Campaign is underway. This campaign is a request to Hillhurst parents to make a single financial donation in lieu of multiple fundraising efforts throughout the year.

We encourage you to review the information package that comes home with your child and return your donation and form. We appreciate any amount you are able to give!

Donations are an important part of enhancing student learning at Hillhurst. This year the money will be used to help fund School Council initiatives such as: the Makerspace, the Artist in Residence program, a new project called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) that involves bringing in outside resources to further education, field trips and many other great student opportunities.

Donations may be made by cheque, cash, electronically via PayPal on the School Council website at or through the United Way. We are a registered charity and your donations are eligible for a tax credit.

We hope you can help. Our kids are worth it!

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Halloween Family Dance

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Hillhurst School will host a ‘Spooky Boogie’ Halloween Family Dance on Friday, October 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the gymnasium.

Wear a costume and bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening of dancing and fun — there will be a DJ and candy bar. Admission is free.

The fall dance is one of two held by the school each year, with the second event taking place in June.


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Welcome back to school!

To celebrate the start of the  2016-17 school year on Tuesday, September 6, the parent council welcomes new and returning parents to stop by the Welcome Hut for some coffee, treats and conversation starting at about 8:15 am. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other families. Hope to see you there!

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The Casino is Coming… and We Need You!

Hillhurst School has the opportunity to raise more than $65,000 at an upcoming casino, and we need your help to make it happen. The opportunity to volunteer at a casino comes around every 1½ to 2 years, and Hillhurst is scheduled for Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28. Over the two days, we need almost 40 volunteers to cover different shifts.

The effort is worth it. The School Council puts all of the proceeds towards extra resources and experiences that enrich learning for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. For example, casino funds can help pay for field trips, science kits, ukuleles, books, art supplies, soccer balls, skipping ropes, hip-hop instruction, Lego robotics, artist-in-residence programs, iPads, laptops, Smart boards, Makerspace materials and more. Simply put, the impact is amazing.

Volunteers don’t need any experience to volunteer for the Casino. We won’t be dealing cards or managing games, but doing behind-the-scenes work with assistance from advisors who are there to help. We know parents are busy — if you are unable to help, perhaps an aunt, uncle or grandparent is available. The shifts are daytime or evening, approximately 8 hours long. If you can help with just one shift, you alone raise approximately $2,000!

For more information, contact Janet, our Casino Coordinator, at 403-971-9316 or To sign up, go to and choose a time that works for you, then Janet will contact you with the details. We need to get most volunteers signed up now, so please call or email as soon as possible. Thanks!


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