Welcome to the Hillcrest Community School Initiative Web Page!
Hillcrest Community School Initiative (HCSI) offers a variety of programs and activities to
the students and families of Hillcrest Elementary School. The HCSI program is located in Room 2
at Hillcrest Elementary School.
Below is a list of programs that HCSI plans to offer this school year. If you are interested in enrolling your child into one of these programs, please contact the HCSI program for more information at
(914) 739-2284 x243
Mindfulness through Art
Students will explore mindfulness through creative activities designed to bring about a greater understanding of their thoughts and feelings. By practicing mindfulness and art, the group will help students develop skills for establishing emotional well-being.
November 2015 Dates
Mondays 3-4 pm
Knitting Group December 2015 Mondays 4-5pm
Students will learn the basics of knitting. This is a hands-on activity that is creative, relaxing and entertaining. Members learn to work together in a supportive environment. All skill levels welcome.
Flag Making Mondays & Wednesdays 4-5pm
Students will create their own flag using colors and pictures that have personal meanings. By creating a flag, students will be able to creatively communicate things that are important to them.
4th Grade Young Leaders of Tomorrow –Boys Group Mondays 4-5pm
4th grade boys will learn what it means to be a leader and develop leadership skills, self-esteem and positive decision making through creative and fun activities and discussions.
Photography Club Tuesdays 4-5pm
Photography club will introduce students to the art of photography. Students will be guided by a professional photographer and learn the fundamental skills of this art form.
4th Grade Daughters of Destiny- Girls Group Tuesdays 4-5pm
4th grade girls will learn to develop self-esteem, positive decision making, and healthy body image.
Cub Scout Starting in December
The Cub Scout program is a fun and educational experience concerned with values. The program provides a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities. Cub Scouting focuses on building character, teaching practical skills and developing a spirit of community service.
Girl Scouts Starting in December
Girls Scouts helps young girls to build self-confidence and character through fun and creative activities.
5th Grade Daughters of Destiny- Girls Group Wednesdays 4-5pm
5th grade girls will learn to develop self-esteem, positive decision making, and healthy body image.
5th Grade Young Leaders of Tomorrow –Boys Group Thursdays 4-5pm
5th grade boys will learn what it means to be a leader and develop leadership skills, self-esteem and positive decision making through creative and fun activities and discussions.
Improvisation Group Thursdays 4-5pm
Improvisation is a form of theater in which no script is used. Instead, the actors create the dialog and action themselves, as they perform. Actors and audience work together to create theater.
Book Club Thursdays 4-5pm
Students will meet once a week and discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacios, a story about a young boy born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Chess Club Thursdays 4-5pm
The Chess Club gives students an opportunity to learn the art of chess and play friendly games against their peers in a low-stress environment. Students of all levels are welcome.