December 5, 2017

Hope everyone is excited for the month of December. We have a jam-packed month ahead with lots of events to enjoy! And please note we have early dismissals this week for teacher conferences Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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

Thank you to all who have taken virtual or paper gift tags. And a big thanks to the talented knitters who contributed gorgeous, handmade hats to the drive. If anyone has finished hats, you can drop them off at Yarnias, 147 Valley Road. Check out the list of items still needed at Make a Wish Come True 2017.

HOLIDAY APPRECIATION FOR OUR TEACHERS AND HILLSIDE STAFF

In accordance with our gift giving guidelines, classroom donations are pooled between switch classes and then split up at a ratio of 80 to 20 percent – with 80 percent divided among the switch teachers and the 20 percent disbursed to in-class support teachers and full-time paraprofessionals. The PTA is accepting donations for the Resource Room, Special Ed, Art, Science Lab, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Technology and Literacy Center teachers. To contribute, send your donation in the backpack marked “PTA – Holiday Fund” by Dec. 15. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

SUPPORT THE HILLSIDE DRAMA PROGRAM WEDNESDAY DEC. 13

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Nauna’s will donate 10 percent of all sales to the Hillside Drama Department. Eat in, take out or get a delivery.

ZUMBA IS POPPING UP ON THURSDAY DEC. 14 IN OUR DANCE STUDIO

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. Sign ups will begin at 8:00 pm on Tuesday December 5th 3:45 to 4:45. Sign up here. All you need is comfortable clothing and energy!

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.

WINTER CONCERT SHOUT OUT

Thank you to everyone who participated in making the Winter Concert last week a success, from the talented staff, students, to the audience of family and friends and of course the behind the scenes volunteers and parent liaisons. You all make us proud to be part of Hillside.

DECEMBER – JANUARY DATES

Dec. 6-8 Early Dismissal – Teacher Conferences
Dec. 8 Trimester One Ends
Dec. 11 Nishuane and Hillside Family Code Night – Note: sign up is full
Dec. 11 Trimester Two Begins
Dec. 13 Nauna’s Fundraiser, 148 Valley Road – Support the Drama Program
Dec. 14 Zumba Pop Up Workshop
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

Questions? Email the PTA.

SUPPORT THE PTA

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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