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Thank you to all who participated in our MLK Day of Service this week

Special shout out to Traci Smith who worked so hard on the program for the day, as well as organizing last week's hip hop assembly with the PTA Assembly team. You all did an amazing job and gave our students two events they won't forget!

Hillside's School Action Team and MFEE are excited to announce a special viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience on Thursday, February 13th from 7-9pm, in the Hillside School Auditorium. It is free and open to all parents, caregivers, and students in the district but is recommended for students in 5th grade and above. 

Please RSVP to the following link by Wednesday, February 12th. Doors will open at 6:45pm, and the movie will start promptly at 7. Reservations are first-come, first-served. RSVP HERE
As a follow-up to the original Screenagers, Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER examines the science behind teens emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Immediately following the film, there will be small group break-out discussions. For more information on the film, see the trailer here.
The screening has been made possible by a generous grant from the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. In case of inclement weather, the film will be shown at the same time on Tuesday, February 18th. Also, save the date for a district middle school media literacy panel on the evening of Tuesday, March 24th. More details to come.

Please join SEPAC for their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 7:00-9:00pm at Nishuane Elementary School (Library). This meeting will feature a presentation by Erica Zupkus, Clinical Support Specialist (Life Management Department) with the ARC of Essex County. Erica will provide an overview of services offered by the ARC, such as navigating registration for PerformCare and transition services offered to families whose children as they approach 21.

Pasta Donations! The kindergarten classes are celebrating the Strega Nona stories and collecting boxes of pasta for the local food pantry. Pasta can be brought to one of our kindergarten classrooms until Jan 31 when the kindergarten classes celebrate with a pasta party. 

Box Tops are coming back!
We are revamping the program a bit but collection bins are currently in the main office. Please feel free to drop off your box tops (labeled with your child's name and homeroom) and look out for details on the new and improved program. 

The birthday book program is looking for help with donations of new books. Are you in the publishing industry (or know someone who is) and might be able to get discounted new books for the program? If so, please contact Jen Bonnell ( or Joanna Desmond-Stein ( Also when purchasing books for gifts this holidays, consider buying an extra book for the birthday book program!

Here are some upcoming important dates to add to your calendar: 
February 17: NO SCHOOL
February 17: Family Skating Event at Clary Anderson Arena (Details to come!) 
March 6: NO SCHOOL
March 13: International Night, 6-8pm
March 25: Author event with actor and writer Maulik Pancholy, author of The Best At It! 
As always, please feel free to email us at with any thoughts or questions. 
All our best, 
Christine, Alex, Liz, Patty and Vicki: Your 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board





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