A Note from the Principal’s Desk – 3.25.2022
Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:
Science Day is quickly approaching – April 1, 2022! Next Friday, students will break from the usual Hillside schedule to dive into a day full of S.T.E.A.M. activities! Our day ends with the annual Maker Challenge – a chance for students to show off their S.T.E.A.M. skills in their favorite way!
The information for the Maker Challenge can be found in this Google Slide Show. This will show you options for the Maker Challenge and help your student decide which activity they would like to do in class next Friday. They have the opportunity to work individually or together (groups up to 3 – with students from their homeroom). This activity does involve pre-planning.
In the classroom, students will have access to pencils, scissors, glue sticks, construction paper, markers, colored pencils, etc. In addition, they will have their Chromebooks. If they need other supplies, we ask that you please send the items in by April 1st. Many activities can be done with items from around the house (string, dominos, paper towel tubes, etc). There is no need to go out and purchase anything. We’re looking forward to seeing what your child can Make!!!
Science Day is still in need of PAPER TOWEL (not toilet paper) tubes. Please bring items to Ms. Bartol.
School-wide News…Be in the Know
Cellphones & Smartwatches
I understand why students may need to bring them to school, however, all cellphones and Smartwatches must be turned off during the school day.
Add/Drop Period- Cycle 3
The Add/Drop period for cycle 3 will open on Monday, March 28th. An email will be sent to all families Monday morning with instructions and a link to a Google Form. Student schedules will be changed throughout the week. The Add/Drop Period will remain open until Friday, April 1st.
News from the PTA
Hillside Commemorative T-Shirt Pre Sale
We are so happy to announce Pre-order sales for our Hillside Commemorative T-shirts starting immediately!!! Thanks to an amazing team that helped put this all together and the Hillside students that created the artwork for the shirts these shirts are UNIQUE and ONE TIME ONLY Shirts.
Order them now so you don’t miss out!!! Visit our Memberhub Website to PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!
We have 2 style shirts for Pre-order:
- Short Sleeved White T-shirt – $25
- Raglan/Baseball Shirt with Black Sleeves – $30
ALL SIZES (Youth S-XL and Adult S-3XL) are available since this is a PRE-ORDER. DEADLINE TO ORDER SHIRTS IS FRIDAY April 8th. Any questions please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Explorers is HERE!
Mark your calendars!
**Scholarship requests are due no later than 3/31
**Registration to open on Thursday, 3/31 at 8pm
**Registration to close on Thursday, 4/7 at 8pm
**Classes to start on Monday 4/25
Our Course Catalog, with class descriptions and schedules, is now posted on the PTA site.
Come out THIS Saturday, March 26th & dine in for some yummy Smashburger! Hillside will receive 20% on all orders this day. Our goal is to reach at least $500! Let’s SMASH this goal Hillside & don’t forget to drop Hillside’s name at the checkout.
Hillside School Tours
The Hillside PTA will be leading two school tours for Montclair families on Thursday 4/28 at 6pm and 7pm. We are looking for a few tour guides that speak Spanish to help with the tours. If you can join us for either or both, please email us at email@example.com or just DM me. Let’s fully represent our community at the Hillside tours!!
We still need a few volunteers for Spring Cleaning next week to help find the children’s lost items.
Slots Open are:
03/29/2022 (Tue.) 3:00pm – 5:00pm – 1 person
03/30/2022 (Wed.) 2:00pm – 4:00pm – 2 people
03/31/2022 (Thu.) 2:00pm – 4:00pm – 2 people
If you are able to help, please sign up HERE.
Transition to Middle School Forum
Fifth grade parents, it’s that time! This Tuesday, March 29th, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Glenfield Middle School, join PTAC in a moderated town hall. We will have representatives from each of the three middle schools (on stage) answering questions from fifth grade parents (in the audience) about the transition to middle school. They have invited representatives from SEPAC from each of the middle schools to also join with PTA reps in order to answer any questions from the special needs community.
Please submit any questions you have for the panelist in advance by clicking the link below.
Hillside PTA Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee of the Hillside PTA invites all parents and caregivers to submit nominations to serve as officers on the Hillside PTA Executive Committee for the 2022-2023 term. There are 5 open Officer positions for the 2022/23 school year in the Hillside PTA. They are President, VP Events, VP Communications, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be considered for these positions. In addition to the executive board positions, there are myriad volunteer opportunities with the Hillside PTA. Please reach out if you’d like to serve as a committee chair. We will hold an information session on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
ZOOM link, click HERE Meeting ID: 786 1596 3689 Passcode: tVYv3v
FIREBALL 2022 INFO – JUNE 4th 2022 is PARTY TIME!!
Fireball 2022 – Early Bird Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st!
Set a reminder for next Friday – Early Bird tickets for Fireball go on sale starting Friday, April 1st!
Early bird tickets are $90/each (same price as 2019).
Purchase your tickets at fireball.givesmart.com
If you prefer to pay via check or cash, please contact email@example.com
Fireball 2022 – Seeking Silent Auction Donations
One of the most important activities is procuring silent auction items for the FIREBALL fundraiser. This is where we need your help! Our community’s task is to gather products, services or unique experiences that will hopefully attract multiple bids and a high auction price, so take advantage of your “six degrees of separation”. You never know who you may be connected to through your friends and family! Please complete this short form if your company/business or family can donate an item for the silent auction. We thank you in advance for supporting Hillside and this fundraising effort!
Fireball Volunteers Needed
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer!! We need your help to make Fireball 2022 a success. We are looking for a wide variety of volunteers to help out. Please review our Fireball Committee Sign Up Form and sign up if you can donate your time or talents.
Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)
I am here to support our Hillside families in any way I can. In addition to email firstname.lastname@example.org, I can be reached at 973.509.4200 x4297. Additionally, please ask your child to join Ms. Scott’s Google Classroom (class code jzelps7) where they will be able to access the I Need to See Ms. Scott Google form. Lastly, here is the In Need of Counseling Survey parents can use to let me know if your child could use my help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s social-emotional well-being.
Note from Nurse Boyle
Hello Hillside Families! Reminder for fifth grade parents and guardians. Your child needs to have the Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines to enter sixth grade. If your child had these vaccines please send me a copy and I will add them to their medical records.
The district does not accept home COVID tests for diagnosis. If your child is sent home and needs a Covid test it must be a lab test, either a rapid or PCR test done at a medical site. If you or a family want to get a Covid vaccine you can do so at the old Kmart in West Orange. Click HERE to schedule an appointment. You can go to the old Kmart Tuesdays through Fridays from 2PM-7PM for Covid testing and on Saturdays from 8AM-2PM. Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle
Wednesday 3/30 & Thursday 3/31: Early Dismissal 2:10PM/Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday 4/1: Science Day!!
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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