February 20, 2018

Hello Hillside. Happy President’s Day. Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and the snow. A short week, but lots of activities!

SCIENCE DAY IS FRIDAY, APRIL 20: HELP RECRUIT FOR NEW CAREER PANEL

As part of this special day, 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.

READ TO SUCCEED – HAND IN YOUR FORMS BY THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

Hillside is participating in Read to Succeed sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before this Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and submits their Reading Log to their ELA teacher will be eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park, in Jackson, NJ. The Reading Logs along with additional information are being sent home.

SHOW YOUR HILLSIDE SPIRIT: BE A TOUR GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

Come out and show your Hillside spirit and pride! 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.

ATTENTION FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES – MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR SCHEDULE

School tour schedules are here! If you have a 5th grader, please note the feeder school for Hillside is Glenfield. There is information about how to make a change request, which you only need to do if your family is not choosing the feeder.

HELP HILLSIDE EARN MFEE FUNDS

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 a quest 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.

HILLSIDE BOX TOP COLLECTION STILL GOING STRONG – LAST DAY FRIDAY

One more week to send in your Box Top coupons in a zip-lock bag or an envelope labeled with the classroom number and teacher’s name and watch for new results next week. The class bringing in the most box tops will win a prize. More importantly, every box top adds 10 cents to the PTA funds. Last year we raised over $1,000!

SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE Q&A PUBLIC FORUM – FEB 26 AT 6:30 PM

The Board of Education will be announcing the three finalists for consideration as the next Superintendent of Montclair Public Schools at the February 20, 2018, Board meeting. Staff, students, administrators, parents and community members are invited to attend a “Superintendent Candidate Q&A Public Forum" at the Montclair High School Auditorium.

FEBRUARY - MARCH DATES

Feb. 15 & 16 Early Dismissal - Parent Conferences
Feb. 19 School Closed - President’s Day
Feb. 21

Gymnastics Show - 1:30 pm

Read to Succeed forms due

Feb. 22 Gymnastics Show – 6:30 pm
Feb. 23 Deadline for Box Tops
Feb. 26 Superintendent Q&A Public Forum, High School Auditorium
Feb. 28 MFEE donation due
March 14 Hillside Play 1:30 and 6:30 pm
March 19 Trimester Three Begins
March 29 Schools Closed for Professional Day
March 30 Schools Closed for Good Friday

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