Letter to Our Families

Dear Parents/Caregivers:

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Hillside Elementary School. It is a school filled with a wonderful staff and many opportunities for children to discover a spectrum of learning. We are all so excited to welcome you to a new school year! As the school year begins, we are really looking forward to partnering with you to ensure the development and achievement of all of our students.

My educational philosophy is that learning should not just be vertical, merely building up from one concept to another. It is necessary for students to make the connection that what they learn in one place can actually be connected to other learning. Horizontal learning, as it is termed, helps students to realize that you do not learn subjects of disciplines in isolation. This approach to learning helps students to think logically, use prior knowledge and experiences, and develop organizational and critical thinking.

In this handbook and in communications throughout the year, you will learn more about important ways that you can support your child’s learning. Please ensure that your child attends school daily, arrives on time, completes assignments and projects, and is ready to learn! At home, please encourage your child to tell you about their academic and social experiences at school and please make sure your child reads daily! Above all please be sure that your child knows your expectations for and your belief in them.

Hillside will continue to strive and improve the performance of all our children and maximize the abilities of each student. You, our parents, are critical in making sure that your child is prepared to succeed in school. This partnership and support from both school and home are critical. As the school year begins, we are really looking forward to partnering with you to ensure the development and achievement of all of our students. We share a great responsibility for our children’s success!

Please join us at our Hillside Back-to-School Night (BTSN), which is scheduled for September 28th at 7:00pm. On this night, we will share important information regarding instruction and ways for you to be involved in your child’s educational lives. Your child’s classroom and related arts teachers will also share important information regarding class activities, procedures, and curriculum.

Our entire staff wishes everyone a wonderful school year and welcomes you to discover the goodness of Hillside School. Please make sure you read this handbook; it has very important and necessary information. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 973-509-4200.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Samanthaa Lennon Anglin

Principal

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