December 12, 2017

Hello Hillside. Welcome to the first snow of the season!

SCHEDULING REMINDER – CYCLE 2 STARTS THIS WEEK

Cycle 2 began on Monday. Per Dr. Anglin, paper copies were sent home Monday and schedules can be viewed in Genesis - Parent Access. All changes MUST be requested using the add/drop link on theHillside Homepage beginning on Thursday, Dec. 14.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH THIS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

We are once again acknowledging the wonderful, dedicated staff of Hillside by hosting a special lunch in their honor. We are seeking a few volunteers to help with setup and breakdown, as well as the donation of dessert items. Sign up here.

PIZZA PIZZA - SUPPORT THE HILLSIDE DRAMA PROGRAM THIS WEDNESDAY DEC. 13

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Nauna’s, 148 Valley Road, will donate 10 percent of all sales to the Hillside Drama Department. So eat in, take out or get a delivery anytime during the day or evening. Just mention you are a Hillside family.

ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT HILLSIDE: “Y-TIES” DANCE FUNDRAISER

Hillside School is selling “Y-Ties”! “Y-Ties” are curly elastic shoe and sneaker laces that never need tying!“Y-Ties” come in over 40 colors and school and team combinations – they are used by kids and adults, in all types of shoes, sneakers and boots! Children can also use team’s colors to tie up their sleeves and in their hair for very cool effects. “Y-Ties” Order Envelopes were sent home this week. Orders are due by FRIDAY, DEC. 15.

ZUMBA IS POPPING UP THIS THURSDAY DEC. 14 – SPOTS STILL OPEN

Zumba for kids is the perfect way to get your kids moving with fellow classmates and classic Zumba tunes! Debora Dagnino is a certified Zumba instructor and Montclair Mom who loves teaching Zumba to kids of all ages. This workshop is free of charge for all students and will take place in our dance studio from 3:45 to 4:45. Sign up here. All you need is comfortable clothing and energy!

CARING FOR HILLSIDE FAMILIES – PARTICIPATE IN MAKE-A-WISH GIFT GIVING

Thank you to all who have taken virtual or paper gift tags. Check out the list of items still needed. Remember to bring your wrapped gift to Stacey Best in the Main Office by Monday, Dec. 18 and attach the tag to the outside of the gift.

HILLSIDE CLASSROOM GIVING – CLARIFICATION OF POLICY

Every year Hillside families are so generous with classroom gifts, and the goal is to reward everyone fairly. To clarify: Classroom donations are pooled between switch classes and split at a rate of 80 % and 20%. The 80% will be evenly divided between the switch teachers, the 20% will be sent to the PTA by Friday, December 15 via Class Liaisons. The PTA will pool the monies and disburse them equally between all of the in-class support teachers and full-time paraprofessionals.

A second donation will be collected by the PTA to be dispersed among the Resource Room, Special Ed, Art, Science Lab, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Technology, Dance, Music and Literacy Center teachers. To contribute to this second collection, please send your donation in an envelope marked "PTA - Holiday Fund" by Friday, Dec. 15.

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR FIRST-EVER HILLSIDE FEBRUARY MOVE-A-THON

We're thrilled to announce a brand new event to warm up the cold in February! Families will get a chance to experience all kinds of physical activities while raising money for their school. From Parkour to Tae Kwan Do to Zumba and Yoga, we will partner with experts to get us moving. And did we mention a winter glow dance party? Sign up here to help with planning. Or sign up here to get more info about participating as a sponsor / class experience.

GET IN THE HILLSIDE SPIRIT - POP UPS COMING SOON

Save the date for Spirit Wear. We will have Pop Up shopping available Dec. 20- 22. Be on the lookout if you are in the building for class parties.

DECEMBER – JANUARY DATES

Dec. 13 Nauna’s Fundraiser, 148 Valley Road – Support the Drama Program
Dec. 14 Zumba Pop Up Workshop
Dec. 14 Add/Drop for Cycle 2 Forms Open
Dec. 15 Send in PTA Holiday Fund donation
Dec. 15 Deadline to order Y-Ties
Dec. 18 Bring Make a Wish wrapped gifts to the Main office
Dec. 20-22 Spirit Wear Pop Ups
Dec. 22 Early Dismissal
Dec. 25 Schools Closed – Winter Recess
Dec. 25 Drums of Thunder performs at the Eagles Game – in case you are in Philly for the holidays!
Jan. 2 Back to School in 2018
Jan. 4 Winter Explorers Registration Begins
Jan. 10 PTA Meeting 9:30-11 am, Library
Jan. 11 International Night 6 pm
Jan. 12 Explorers Registration Deadline
Jan. 12 MLK Assembly 10 am
Jan. 15 School Closed - Hillside Cares Volunteer Day
Jan. 16 School Closed - Staff Professional Development Day
Jan. 22 Hillside Explorers Winter Session Begins
Jan. 26 Talent Show 6 pm

You can sign up anytime on the PTA Website. You can also donate every time you purchase from Amazon by selecting the Hillside PTA as your smile choice. Learn more here on Amazon Smile.

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