Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:
Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing the attached nomination form template and return it to my attention by October 30, 2020.
Each candidate will be scored based on the criteria below:
Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, administrators and colleagues; and
Plays an active role in the community as well as the school.
4th & 5th Grade Aesthetic Classes:
Week of Monday, 10/12: B-day aesthetics for 4th & 5th graders
3rd Grade Aesthetic Rotation:
The 3rd grade rotation schedule for related arts is attached. This schedule is based on your child’s homeroom teacher as listed on Genesis. 3rd Grade Rotation for Parents 2020-21.pdf
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn more about how to be cyber secure and keep your kids safe online, especially now that they are learning remotely. Since the lockdown began, cyber experts have seen an increase in cyberattacks as hackers have taken advantage of more people working and learning virtually from home.
Here are a few basic tips for parents on how to keep your family’s devices safe and secure:
Create long and strong passwords for each home device and make sure your kids know not to share their passwords with friends or other acquaintances
Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all devices and accounts that offer it
Download the latest security software, web browser and operating system – it’s the best way to protect against viruses, malware and other cyber threats
You can find more information on passwords, MFA and software/system updates, as well as additional tips on how to stay safe online, at ConnectSafely.org.
Look for more tips on cybersecurity in upcoming newsletters.
Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)
Week of 10/12 – People Week. This final week of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will learn about Hispanic People Who Have Helped Shape the World. Students can research Hispanic legends and their lasting legacies. A great book to read is Juan Felipe Herrera’s Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. Feel free to share pictures or videos of your children in character as their Hispanic legend, answering these questions: What is your name? What country are you from? Why are you famous? Email pics and vids to firstname.lastname@example.org
1: Julia Alvarez – Dominican writer. How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. She is considered to be one of the most important and successful Latina-American writer of her generation.
2. Ellen Ochoa – Mexican-American NASA Astronaut – In 1993, she became the first Hispanic woman to go to space on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
3. Sonia Sotomayor – Puerto Rican – In 2009, she became the first Hispanic member of the US Supreme Court.
4. Lin Manuel Miranda – Puerto Rican – Composer, lyricist, actor, singer, rapper, producer, and playwright. He created and starred in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018. Hamilton earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book. For portraying the titular role, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks atop Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart in 2015; Billboard subsequently listed it as the eleventh-biggest album of the 2010s. The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number one on the Billboard 200.
5. Frida Kahlo – Mexican artist – she is regarded as a feminist icon for her creativity and political activism. She was the first Mexican artist to be featured in the Louvre. Mexico also declared her art a national cultural heritage, prohibiting their exports from the country.
Class Liaisons: A big thank you to all who have volunteered to be Class Liaisons for your Homeroom teacher. We are down to 1 class that still needs liaisons, Bostic’s Homeroom. If interested and especially if you are new to Hillside, please contact Obie Woodley at email@example.com . Include your child’s name and their homeroom teacher and Obie will be in touch with next steps.
Class parents/caregivers, please review and complete the attached form, if you would like to receive communications from your class Liaison. Participation is optional, if you opt out, you will NOT receive ANY communication about the class from the Class Liaisons.
The next PTA/SATp meeting will be on 10/15 at 6:30pm, via zoom:
Meeting ID: 862 0711 9299 Passcode: Az36UK
Are you a member of the Hillside Elementary School PTA? It’s easy, join us today! https://hillsidepta.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships.
Hillside Spirit Wear and Gear: https://hillsidepta.new.memberhub.store/store
PTA website: montclairpta.org/hillside/
PTA Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/2527911263932164/
PTA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 15th Curriculum Night *CANCELED*: After much deliberation we’ve decided to postpone Curriculum Night. We’re anticipating a date in November
A Message from Ms. Scott:
Thank you to all the families who have participated in the anonymous survey. Should you still wish to complete one the following link will direct you to it. Hillside Social-Emotional Survey This anonymous survey has four questions and will take you less than three minutes. The survey is designed to gather general information about ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) within our school, in an effort to help Hillside school better meet the social and emotional needs of our students. This is especially important during this phase of remote learning. More specifically, this survey will help us to identify the needs of the homerooms, which in turn will help me to program and provide social-emotional supports.
Here is the link and code for my Google classroom for anyone who would like to join.Ms. Scott’s Google Classroom. The class code is y5znwsx. Have a wonderful weekend! ~Ms. Scott
Notes from Nurse Boyle
Hello Hillside Families and Friends, A reminder that Montclair Schools has meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:30pm at MHS (Main Entrance), Northeast School (Back Parking Lot), Bullock School (Main Entrance) and Nishuane School (Back Parking Lot). This is a meal program that is free of charge to parents who have students in our schools.
Another great place to obtain groceries is the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair.It is located on 9 Label St. Montclair. This bag of groceries contains meat, produce, and fresh bread. Pick up is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30pm- 2:30pm and is available to any Montclair resident. Please bring a form of identification with you. Have a great weekend! ~Nurse Boyle
Monday, 10/12 – No School – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Staff Professional Development Day
Thursday, 10/15 – PTA/SATp Meeting 6:30PM
Thursday, 10/22 – Abbreviated Day/Curriculum Thursday
Have great weekend!
Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.
Hillside Elementary School ~ Gifted and Talented Magnet
54 Orange Rd., Montclair, NJ
Phone: (973) 509-4200
Fax: (973) 509-1448
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