May 15, 2018

Hello Hillside. Welcome to our busy season! So many events and so much to do in a short amount of time. Please read on and mark your calendars, sign up to volunteer and consider becoming active on the PTA next year. And remember it is time to “Toast our Teachers” so see the link below if you want to host.

SHOUT OUTS

Thanks to Barbie Casasus for organizing the Cyber Awareness Forum and to Leslie Wade for leading the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. And thank you to those who contributed to the lunch: Roz Miller Choice, Zoe La Salandra and Susan Gardner for help with set up and breakdown, and to Trente Miller, Birgit Anderson, Tessa Vining, Chio Vazquez, Hester Farabee and Timea Dancs for donating sweet treats.

PTA AND EXECUTIVE BOARD OPENINGS - WE NEED YOU!

Want to help the PTA for the 2018-2019 school year? Because we need you! The PTA is responsible for much of the fundraising and family communication for Hillside. We also host great activities like Boogie Bash, the Book Fair & Field Day. We provide financial support Science Day and the play, as well as stipends for every teacher. We work closely with the administrators, students and teachers to make each school year at Hillside the very best it can be. Next year is a FIREBALL year, which means we will have a big benefit to raise community and funds for the school. Identifying community goals and providing focus for this project is instrumental for Hillside. Please feel free to nominate yourself or another person you may think is a great fit for the job! Exec Board positions available include:

President - Serves as general organizer in chief, working closely with the administrators, board and committees, and also represents Montclair on the PTA Council.

Vice President - Focus on events, membership, strategy and communication.

Secretary - Focuses on communication for the board as well as recording the minutes.

Additionally, some of our biggest committees are listed on this form as well. Thanks for helping out Hillside!

The Hillside bylaws are up for review. We will be voting on accepting them at the June 6 meeting. See them here.

SHOW SCHOOL SPIRIT AND SUPPORT THE PTA WITH A MEAL AT CHIPOTLE MAY 14 – 4 TO 8 PM

Get your Guac on! Come in to the Chipotle at 235 Prospect Ave in West Orange on Tuesday, May 15th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring or show the flyer (posted on Facebook) or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds are donated to Hillside.

FIELD DAY IS FRIDAY, JUNE 1 AND WE NEED YOUR HELP

On your mark, get set... it's Hillside's Annual Field Day. Students from each grade will have a fun-filled day of activities, including Tug-O-war, Barton Relay, and Basketball, Running of the Bases, Scooters, and an obstacle course. Get ready, wear sunscreen and volunteer here.

FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES HEADING TO GLENFIELD – UPCOMING PTA MEETING JUNE 11 9:30 AM

Get a jump on your transition to Middle School and learn more about what to expect and get questions answered. Hear Principal Dr. Joseph Putrino give an overview of a ‘Day in the Life of a Glenfielder’ and deliver his Year-in-Review. Learn what the PTA/SATp is planning for next year, and what it's going to take to make it happen. Meeting will be held at Glenfield, 25 Maple Avenue, School Library (first floor).

Questions? Contact the Glenfield PTA President and the SATp Chair - Tessie Thomas.

IT’S MAY SO GET READY FOR MAYFAIR AT NISHUANE – SATURDAY, MAY 19 11- 4

Mayfair is Nishuane's annual fair and largest community building event and there are activities for all ages, including rides for kids, an inflatable obstacle course, arts & crafts, live music and performances from our favorite student and local bands. There are delicious food and treats from area restaurants and a chance to win some special prizes through our fabulous raffle and silent auction! Come support Nishuane and the community.

HILLSIDE ART EXHIBITION THROUGH MAY 19 – MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY

See a sampling of artwork by Hillside students in grades 3-5 at the Montclair Public Library, Main Branch, 50 South Fullerton Avenue. The art exhibit can be viewed on the children’s floor anytime during library hours.

SUPERINTENDENT LISTENING SESSION TONIGHT, MONDAY MAY 14 – BULLOCK LIBRARY 7 pm

Newly-appointed Superintendent Johnson is holding her firstof five “Listening and Learning” Sessions on May 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Bullock School Library. Questions for discussion include: What areas of existing excellence would you like enhanced? What are your hopes/dreams for the district? Specifically, what do you envision the district should do better to serve our students? What internal and/or external partnerships would you like to see further developed as we strive to better serve our students?

‘RED NOSE DAY’ SUPPORT TO FIGHT CHILD POVERTY

Hillside is supporting ‘Red Nose’ Day on May 24, a global initiative to fight child poverty. To date, the initiative has raised $100 million and reached more than 8 million children through various organizations and programs. One of the charities we can help is the Covenant House, a network of shelters for homeless youth, which has a shelter in our community. Additionally, funds will be donated to the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of America, Feeding America, and several other organizations that help those who are living in poverty.

Our Red Nose Day project kicked off May 9. Keep your eyes peeled for art going up at Hillside. We’ll be raising awareness and funds through Red Nose Day on May 24th when students and teachers are asked to wear red. Red noses will be available for sale on May 23rd and 24th and students can wear them on May 24th in school.

TIME TO TOAST OUR TEACHERS – MESSAGE FROM THE MFEE

It's time to Toast our Teachers while raising critical funds to support teacher grants that fuel classroom innovation. At Hillside, your Toast donations fund everything from boosting the revamped Science Day, alternative seating like standing desks that increase student focus, and additional resources to support the arts. MFEE Toasts are family-hosted parties that take place from the end of May to the end of June every school year. Honor a Teacher Today.

GET INVOLVED WITH DISTRICT SEPAC (SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL)

The current leadership of SEPAC is stepping down from their positions. All parents are encouraged to consider a role for the 2018-19 school year. Does your child receive any additional support in school or out? SEPAC is the place to convene if you have a child receiving any one of Speech/Language therapy, Occupational Therapy, Reading support, behavioral support etc. SEPAC meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding inclusive education, diagnoses, social justice, BOE actions to name a few. Please reach out for more information.

LAST FEW WEEKS TO COLLECT FOR BOX TOPS!

Clip your Box Tops and raise money for Hillside! Send your Box Tops in between now and the end of school and label them with the homeroom teacher or Room number. Remember, each clipped Box Top means 10 cents for us and it adds up so each one counts. Last year, we raised $1,000. So start clipping!

GOT WATER?

Spring has finally sprung and it's a perfect time to get a Hillside School branded water bottle. They are $20 and are stainless steel to keep water cold during the warm school days. Email the PTA and we will provide you with the necessary form.

VISIT THE NEW HILLSIDE EAGLES ONLINE STORE AND SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT

​We are delighted to promote our new Spirit Wear e-Commerce site. You can purchase all Hillside Spirit Wear for adults and kids in a variety of colors and styles. Orders are shipped directly to you. Check it out here.

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES FOR 3RD GRADE THIS WEEK - May 14 – May18

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) dates are below. Dr. Anglin reminds everyone to make sure your child has a good night’s sleep, eats breakfast and gets to school on time.

MAY- JUNE DATES

May 14 Superintendent Listening Session - Bullock School, 7 -8:30 pm
May 14- 19 Hillside Student Art Exhibit – Montclair Public Library, Main Branch
May 15 Chipotle Fundraiser 4 to 8 pm, West Orange, 235 Prospect Avenue
May 19

Buzz Aldrin Innovation Faire on Hillside Grounds

Mayfair at Nishuane School from 11 to 4 – Open to the community

May 23 Spring Concert 6:30 pm
May 24 Rising Third Grader Transition Picnic 6 pm
May 28 Schools Closed for Memorial Day
May 29 Superintendent Listening Session, Glenfield Library, 7 – 8:30 pm
June 1 Hillside Field Day!
June 3 Superintendent Listening Session, Central Office 2nd Flr., 2 – 3:30 pm
June 4 Superintendent Listening Session, Bradford School Library, 7 – 8:30 pm
June 6 PTA Meeting 9:30-11 am Library
June 6 Dance Show 6:30 pm
June 11

Glenfield PTA Meeting 9:30 am

Superintendent Listening Session -Montclair High School LGI, 7 – 8:30 pm

June 15 Fifth Grade Picnic
June 20 Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony 10 am – Early Dismissal
June 21 Last Day of School – Early Dismissal

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