February 27, 2018

Hello Hillside. Last week we had fabulous Gymnastics and Dance performances. This week we say goodbye to February and hello to March and a look ahead to Spring, the third cycle, and many exciting events and activities. Many of these events require your support so please read on and sign up to participate where and when you can.

CORRECTION TO DATE FOR HILLSIDE PLAY IN MARCH (DAY AND EVENING SHOW)

Please note that the play will be performed on two dates, with a daytime performance on Wednesday, March 14 at 1:30 and an evening performance on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars to see the terrific show. Please note: Daytime show is for students only. Hillside families and friends are welcome Thursday evening.

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY – THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 2

In honor of celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday, wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to school. (Please wear proper footwear.) During 8th period everyone will celebrate by reading for 40 minutes in the hallway during D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read)!

BE A TOUR GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: SHARE HILLSIDE SPIRIT

We need your support. Give a tour to incoming families and share what you love about school. Tours will be 10 am on March 5th and 6th and on March 6th at 7 pm. An orientation will be scheduled. Sign up here to volunteer. Any questions, contact Corrine Smithen by email. Fifth grade families who want to tour the middle schools, schedules are here.

SCIENTISTS NEEDED FOR CAREER PANEL FOR NEW SCIENCE DAY

As part of our inaugural ‘Science Day’ on April 20, students will hear from a variety of people who have a science or engineering career. We need your help recruiting science and engineering professionals who represent a diverse workforce. Some examples include: wildlife biologists, chemical engineers, food chemists, astronomers, doctors, nurses, civil engineers, physicists, etc. If you or someone you know would be an ideal candidate for the career panel, please complete the form sent home or contact us here.

FIFTH GRADE PICNIC: PLANNING UNDERWAY

In keeping with the annual tradition, there is a celebratory picnic for fifth grade students in June and we need your help planning so we can send our kids into the future in proper Hillside style! We're looking for help with planning and volunteers to be there on the day of the picnic. Event is Friday June 15th at 11 am with a rain date of Monday June 19. Sign up here.

HELP HILLSIDE EARN MFEE FUNDS – DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) is our town's local education fund that supports every student in every classroom. Over the past two years,Hillside has received $13,000 in MFEE grantsto enrich learning for all of our students. With just a $25 donation to MFEE before February 28th, you not only support MFEE's work, but you also increase our chances of getting extra support for our school. Donate here.

NEW PARENT VOLUNTEER LUNCH AND RECESS PROGRAM

In an effort to offer more opportunities for students during this “free-social time” we have created a new Parent Volunteer Lunch/Recess Program. With additional adult supervision during our lunch/recess periods, we’ll then be able to add bonus opportunities and activities to the students’ school day. We are looking to fill 4 parent volunteer slots to work from 11:30am - 2:05pm. We encourage parent volunteers to sign-up for a minimum 4 days in the allotted time frame detailed in the Sign-up. You can sign up here. All volunteers will be vetted in advance.

FEBRUARY - MARCH DATES

Feb. 28 MFEE donation due
March 2 Read Across America – Wear Pajamas
March 5&6 Hillside Tours for Prospective Families
March 14 Hillside Play 1:30 (Students only)
March 15 Hillside Play 6:30 pm (Families welcome)
March 19 Third Cycle Begins
March 19 Middle School Tours Start for Fifth Grade Families (Monday – Thursday)
March 29 Schools Closed for Professional Day
March 30 Schools Closed for Good Friday
March 30 Spring Break – School resumes April 9

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