Hilltop Elementary School
12250 24th Avenue South Burien, WA 98168

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August Family Newsletter

August Family Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Throughout the month of August, Hilltop staff have been preparing classrooms, engaging in learning, and preparing for students to arrive. There is joy in the air as we prepare. Now, we are just days away from students arriving, and we can’t wait to see you!

After a couple of years with unexpected turns, we are hopeful that some aspects may feel a bit more “normal this year”. However, we have learned to be prepared for changes, and to focus on the joy of learning, being a community.

Many Thanks-

Corbin Busby,

Family Connections

To kick-off the school year, our teachers are excited to connect with each family individually to learn more about your child, your hopes and dreams for your child, and how Hilltop can support your child and family. Teachers will be scheduling these meetings before September 30.

COVID Safety Updates

During the 2022-2023, masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors.

Currently, there are no restrictions on student spacing in the classroom or while eating, so students will no longer have 6 feet of distance while eating.

We continue to ask you to keep students home from school if they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Arrival & Dismissal

If students are eating breakfast, they can arrive on campus at 8:20. If they are not eating breakfast, students can arrive at 8:25. To promote the safety of students, we ask that students not arrive before this time.

When you are dropping off your child in the morning or picking up in the afternoon, we ask that you park in a parking spot if you will get out of the car. Please do NOT park in the carpool lane, so that we can maintain a flow of traffic, and make arrival and dismissal smoother and safer for everyone.

Free Lunch & Breakfast

During the 2022-2023 school year Highline Public Schools will continue to offer all students school meals at no cost. Breakfast and lunch will be served every school day. 

Though Highline will offer all students meals at no cost in the 2022-2023 school year, we are still encouraging families to complete an income survey to determine if additional fees are waived such as extracurricular, ASB cards, etc.  To learn more, click here.

First Day of School  

1st Grade to 5th Grade

September 1


September 7


September 12

No Uniforms

Hilltop has ended our uniform policy, and students at Hilltop Elementary are no longer expected to wear uniforms. Our dress code expectations are in alignment with the Highline School District’s policy that states, “Students are reminded that their appearance significantly affects the way others respond to them. Matters of dress are primarily the responsibility of students and their families. Students dress shall not be regulated except when there is a reasonable expectation that a health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student’s dress or appearance, damage to the school property shall result from the student’s dress, and/or the students dress or appearance shall create a substantial disruption of the educational process and/or learning environment at school.

Students at Hilltop will be expected to dress in a way that allows them to participate in all learning activities.

Back to School BBQ

On September 22, we will host a back-to-school BBQ to connect as a community, build new relationships, and learn about Hilltop’s dual language program. We invite families to attend and to bring a food item to share with the community.

If you are in a band or a performance group that would like to entertain at our Back to School BBQ, let us know!

Our NEW Hilltop Staff Members

For the 2022-2023 school year, we will be welcoming a few new faces to the Hilltop Community.

Jinna Lee is joining Hilltop as our new assistant principal. Prior to joining Hilltop, Jinna was an assistant principal, an instructional coach, and a classroom teacher in the Kent School District.

Israel Martinez will be a PE teacher, and he is joining us from Southern Heights Elementary.

Emily Ely will be a new special education teacher. Last year, she taught in the state of Nebraska.