Important Dates

Academic School Term Important Dates (others to be announced)

Popcorn/Pickle Day on Designated Events 
School Store Wednesday's
Grade-level fundraisers  
PTO Events
Walk-to-School Friday's

*Check with your school and/or teacher for other important dates or the office for further details

We welcome you to Hillrise Elementary & a brand new and successful school year...we are so glad you are with us!

2017 - 2018 Academic School Year
(subject to change)

***For other district dates, changes, calendars, & activities please check:

Students remember to study, read, and practice your math skills daily during any time off...

It will pay off to practice your academic skills daily during your breaks!

Tentative Dates Subject to Adjustment and Change

Students remember to study, read, and practice your math skills daily during any time off!

It will pay off to practice your academic skills daily during your breaks...

2017-2018 Current School Year:  (at Hillrise we follow a 6-Day schedule in order to provide the best services to all students.  We provide Music, PE, Counselor, Library, STEM, and Art.)


8. March, 2018

March 2: Parent Conference Week Concludes.  No School Friday March 2.

March 8: PTO Meeting

March 10-11: Barnes & Noble Book Fair - come see us!

March 13-16: SBA Science Testing 4th Grade

March 15: Author Visit (4th/5th) Mr. Obert Skye, bestselling American children's writer known for the Leven Thumps series, the Pillage trilogy, and The Creature from My Closet series. He is also the author of Witherwood Reform School and Beyond Foo.

March 15: Dairy Tasting - Cooking with Kids Tasting Activity

March 16: Seussical 2nd Grade

March 19-23: Spring Break - No Classes

March 30: Spring Holiday - No School

9. April, 2018

April 2: Spring Holiday - No School

April 4: Elementary Report Cards

April 5: Science Fair / Invention Convention

April 10: Color Run (Jog-a-Thon) Fundraiser

April 16: PARCC Window Opens

April 19: Las Cruces Water Festival 4th Grade

April 22: Earth Day

April 24: Illustrator Visit

10. May, 2018

May 4: Spring Fling & Talent Show

May 7: Hillrise Book Fair Week

May 9: Dona Ana County AG Days 4th Grade Farm & Ranch

May 18: Hillrise Annual Olympics Day

May 25: Kinder End of Year Celebration Graduation 9:00am

May 25: Semester Ends - Early Release

Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer break....and students remember to study, read, write,

and practice math skills daily during any time off!

It will pay off to practice your academic skills daily during your break...


2. September, 2017
September 1: Please send back all Hurricane Harvey donations by this date.
September 2: PTO Family Movie Night
September 4: Labor Day Holiday - No School
September 6: Wednesday's 'Drawing Classes for Kids - Young Rembrandts Program' 2:45-3:45pm. 9/6 - 10/11/2017.  Ph # 915-234-2248.
September 7: PTO  Monthly Meeting 2:45pm.
September 8: Grade Level Breakfast - Kinder
September 8: All Lego Robotics Applications Due
September 9/10: Barnes & Noble Bookfair PTO Fundraiser Mesilla Valley Mall Code 12095303
September 29:  International Walk to School Day begins this Friday!
3. October, 2017
October 5: Fall School Picture Day
October 6: Parent Conferences Conclude  - No School Classes (per teacher schedule)
October 9: Prof Dev - No School Classes
October 17: End of first 9-weeks (Q1)
October 18: Lion's Club Vision & Hearing
October 20: Purple Out in honor of all cancer awareness.
October 23-27: Healthy Choices Week (aka Red Ribbon Week)
October 23: Crazy Socks Day
October 24: Crazy Hair Day
October 25: Inside Out Day
October 26: Superhero T-Shirt Day
October 26: Elementary Report Cards. Picture Make-up Day.
October 27: Picture Orders Due.  
October 27: Fall Festival/Basket Raffle 5:30-7:30pm (information went home)
4. November, 2017
November 2: PTO Meeting @ 2:30 in the lounge.
November 6: Chocolate Bar Fundraiser Begins (Assembly K-2 1:15pm / 3-5 1:45pm)
November 8: Thanksgiving Harvest Feast Lunch Grades K-2 (tickets available in the office/cafeteria for visitor purchase)
November 9: Career Day
November 10: Veteran's Day - No School
November 17: HRES English Spelling Bee 8:30am
November 20-24: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
5. December, 2017
December 1: Turn in all money for our PTO Chocolate Fundraiser and Unopened Chocolate Boxes.
December 7: PTO Meeting @ 2:30 in the lounge.
December 8: 4th Grade Music Performance 1:30pm
December 14: Holiday Luncheon Grades 3-5  - guests purchase tickets, check with the office.
December 20: Semester Ends - AM Classes Early Release
December 21-31: Winter Holiday - No School
6. January, 2018
January 1-7: Winter Holiday - No School
January 6 - February 1: Middle School Open House Visits for 5th Graders 5:00 - 7:30pm
January 8: Classes Resume - Welcome Back 
January 15: Dr. King Holiday - No School
January 16: Elementary Report Cards (return signed brown envelope)
January 17: 'Pennies for Patients' Kick-off Assembly K-2 1:30 / Gr 3-5 2:00
January 19: Crazy Sock & Hair Day for $1.00 Donation 'Pennies for Patients'
January 26: Crazy Hat Day for $1.00 Donation 'Pennies for Patients'
7. February, 2018
February 2: Pajama Day / Duct Tape Coach Dwake or Assistant Principal Armstrong for $1.00 Donation 'Pennies for Patients' fundraiser
February 6: Bond Election VOTE
February 8: STREAM Night (flyers sent home)
February 16: Sweetheart Dance $1.00 admission 6:00-7:30pm
February 19: President's Holiday - No School
February 28: Class Pictures (order forms home)

2016-2017 Previous School Year:

1. August, 2016

August 4: K-3+ Summer Program

August 11: Registration 

August 15: Classes Begin K-12

August 16: Kinder Classes Begin

August 16: Day 1 of specials classes.

August 17-19: Aggie Play and Razzle Dazzle information and forms went home.

August 17: Preschool Classes Begin
August 24: School Store Begins during lunch recess.

August 26: PTO Family Open House Night 5:00-7:00pm.   K-2 will meet in the cafeteria 5:00-5:30 while 3-5 meets in the classrooms, after we will swap. Please also join us in the courtyard at 6:00pm for refreshments.

2. September, 2016
September 5: Labor Day Holiday - No School
September: BOY Benchmark Assessments
September 8-30: Parent Conference Weeks
September 11: Patriot Day (09/11)
September 14: PTO Meeting
September 16: School Pictures
September 16: Cooking with Kids 'Drupe' Tasting Activity
September 16: Family Movie Night 5:30-7:30pm 'Zootopia'
September 22: No School - Staff Professional Development Day
September 23: Parent Conferences Conclude K-12: No School K-8

3. October, 2016
October: 'Wear Blue' World Day of Bullying Prevention
October: International Walk to School Day (7:30am)
October 7: Fall Break - No School
October 10: Fall Break (Columbus Day)  - No School
October 17: Pink Week 'Decorate Your School' & Bring In Your Donation Change All Week to Turn In.
October 18: Pink Week 'Wear Pink Socks'
October 18: End of 1st Quarter Grading Period
October 19: Pink Week 'Wear Pink Accesories Day & Education Fact Day'
October 20: Pink Week 'Create Something Pink Day' or Write a Letter to a Survivor Day
October 21: Hillrise Career Day
October 21: Pink Week 'Total Pink Out' Wear All Pink
October 22: Las Cruces HS -vs- Centennial HS Pink Game 7:00pm. Wear Pink and hear which schools won.
October 24: Picture Retake Day (forms went home)
October 24: Red Ribbon Week (delayed - will send daily activities see information)
October 27: Elementary Report Cards
October TBD: Award's Assembly per 9-weeks or each quarter depending on grade level (see your grade level schedule)
October 27-28: Cooking with Kids 'Grape & Raisin' Tasting Activity
October 28: PTO Fundraiser money and order forms due at the front office.
October 28: Fall Festival 5:30-7:30pm (see various flyers & information sent home regarding events/further details - or check with the office/teacher/PTO) - Basket Raffle Fundraiser Details Sent Home
  Wrist Bands on Sale $3.00 per person or $10.00 for a family of four purchased at the door or in advance from your child's teacher.
October 31: Red Ribbon Week: Heroes Don't Do Drugs! Wear you favorite Superhero shirt.  Check with the front office for updates regarding costumes or policy:  We received the latest word stating costumes are allowed on Halloween day following the same restrictions as the fall festival. We are still moving forward with our super hero theme on Monday.

4. November, 2016
November TBD: Box Top Drive Contest ended (start saving for the next contest coming soon).
November 1: Red Ribbon Week: Team Up Against Drugs! Wear a team jersey.
November 2: Red Ribbon Week: The Future for me is Drug Free! Dress as your future career.
November 3: Red Ribbon Week: It's Crazy to do Drugs! Wear your hair in a crazy way.
November 4: Red Ribbon Week: Follow your dreams, don't do drugs! Wear pajamas to school.
November 6: Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. (Fall Back) Sunday, November 6, 2016 (DST more information).
November 8: Election Day No School
November 11: PTO Family Game Night (postponed cancelled)
November 14-18: Scholastic Book Fair
November 14: Secretary Hanna Skandera school visit
November 14-15: NMPED ESSA Community Meetings in Las Cruces (
November 16: PTO Meeting @ 2:45pm
November 18: Holiday Luncheon K-1-2 (details in office - guest tickets $)
November 18: National Substitute Teachers Appreciation Day
November 23-24-25: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
November 29: Blessing Bag Donations Due
November 30: Cooking with Kids 'Pear' Tasting Activity

5. December, 2016
December TBD: EnrichTheKids, Inc. Holiday Party (check with the after school program for details and tickets)
December TBD: 2nd Grade Music Performance
(details home from Music)
December 2: Cooking with Kids 'Pear Tasting' Activity
December 7: Around the World Yo-Yo Entertainment "School is Cool" (see flyer / Order Form that went home - yoyos available for sale in the office for 5 days after the assembly)
December 8: 4th Grade Music Performance 1:30pm
December 9: Gr 3-4-5 Holiday Luncheon (tickets $ at the front office)
December 10: NM 'Operation Kidsafe Regional Child Safety Day' (flyers went home with details)
December 14: PTO meeting
December 15: English Spelling Bee 8:45am

December 15: 4th Grade Mythology Dress-up Unit
December 16: 1st Grade Music Performance 1:30pm (details home from Music)
December 16: Pajama Donations Due
December TBD: Kinder Christmas program 9am
(details home from Music)
December 20: Grading period Ends K-12
December 20: Full Day (not an early release half day)

December 21 - 31: Winter Holiday - No School

6. January, 2017
January 1 - 8: Winter Holiday - No School
January 9: Classes Begin K-12 New Semester Q3
January 10: Aggie Play starts back and they will be having a guest speaker Thursday.
January 11: White Sands Middle School (No Magnet) Open House 4:30pm
January 13: Assembly 1:40pm Gr K-2, 2:00pm Gr 3-5.
January 16: ML King Holiday - No School
January 17: Q2 Elementary Report Cards (sign, send back brown report card envelope)
January 18: Mesilla Valley (No Magnet) Leadership Academy Open House 5:30pm
January 19: Picacho Middle School Open House 6:00pm
January 18: PTO Meeting 2:45pm
January 20: Cooking with Kids 'Root Vegetable' Tasting Activity
January 20: First Semester Award's Assembly Cafeteria - 4th 8:15-9:00am, 2nd 9:00-9:45am, 1st 9:45-10:30am, 3rd 1:30-2:15pm. Check with the front office or your teacher for more information.
January 23: Mesa Middle School (No Magnet) Open House 5:30pm
January 24: Vista Middle School (Music Technology Magnet) Open House 5:30pm
January 25: Lynn Middle School (Engineering, Visual Arts, Multi-Media Magnets) Open House 5:30pm
January 26:  HIT Meeting
January 30: Camino Real Middle School (No Magnet) Open House 5:30pm
January 31: Sierra Middle School (Film & Broadcast, Science Magnets) Leadership Academy Open House 5:30pm

7. February, 2017
February 1: Zia Middle School (No Magnet) Open House 5:30pm
February 2: Panda Express Fundraiser 11:00am - 8:00pm (Northrise/Rinconada only)
February 3: PTO Family Game Night
February: Hillrise Yearbook Sale continues until February 24th for pre-sale discount (see front office)
February: Box Top / Labels for Education Collection
February 7: School Board Election
February 8: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes begin ages 5-12 per registration.  Classes 2:45-3:45 pm on Wednesdays 2/8 - 3/15
February 15: Classroom Group Picture Day ('Lifetouch' per order forms returned)
February 16: Uno Dough Raiser Fundraiser 2102 Telshor Ct. 575-522-8866 (present orange form)
February 20: President's Holiday - No School
February 13-27: Parent Teacher Conferences (per teacher contact)
February 23: Cooking with Kids 'Vegetables That Are Actually Fruit' Tasting Activity
February 24: Color Run Kick-off Assembly
February 24: Last day for yearbook pre-sale at $15.00
February 27: Parent Teacher Conferences conclude K-12 No Classes
February TBD: Award's Assembly (check with the teacher or office for more details)

8. March, 2017
March 3: LCPS District Spelling Bee in El Paso for representatives!   Good Luck Arielle! 
March 7: SBA Science Assessments 4th Grade
March 8: Sonic Foothills Hillrise Fundraiser from 5-8pm. We receive a portions of sales.
March 10: Color Run Fundraiser
March 12: LAS CRUCES – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017. So Spring Forward!
March 13: Deadline for Yearbook Submissions
March 15: 3rd Quarter Grading Period Ends K-12
ch 15: All Color Run Fundraiser money is due by 10am.
March 15: PTO Meeting 2:45pm
March 20 - 24: Spring Break (same as NMSU)
March 28: Spring Picture Day - order forms went home
March 28: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Fundraiser 5-8pm on University
March 31: Cooking with Kids 'Water' Tasting Activity

9. April, 2017
April 3: Hillrise Elementary Report Cards
April 3-7: Scholastic Book Fair
April 4: PARCC  ELA Assessments Grades 3-5 begin
April 6: 5th Grade Science Fair / STREAM Night 5:00
April 7: Kinder Registration 8:30am-1:00pm.  Check with school office for what is needed.
April 11: PARCC  Math Assessments Grades 3-5 begin
April 13: City of Las Cruces Water Festival
April 14-17: Spring Holiday - No School
April 19: PTO Meeting
April 21: Spring Fling
April 26: Secretary Day
April 27: Volunteer Appreciation
April 27: Cooking with Kids 'Reduce Screen Time & Snack' Tasting Activity
April 28: Hillrise Olympics
April: PARCC  Assessment Make-ups 4/10, 4/24-27

10. May, 2017
May TBD: PTO Meeting
May: Cooking with Kids 'Teacher Grade Level' Tasting Activity
May 1: Panda Express PTO Fundraiser
May 2-5: Teachers Appreciation Week, Luncheon May 3, Cinco de Mayo May 5
May 6: School Nurses' Day
May 10: Chick-fil-A PTO Fundraiser
May 18-25: 2nd Semester Award's check with your teacher
My 20-21: Barnes & Noble Weekend Fundraiser
May 25: 5th Grade DARE Graduation 8:30am
May 26: School Year Ends Early Release 11:00am
May 29: Memorial Day Holiday
May 30: Staff Snow Day Make-up Only

May 26: 2016 - 2017 School / Semester Ends Early Release Half Day 11:00am
Check with the office for regarding any summer programs.