Week 7 - October 11, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

Here’s a look at what’s in this week’s issue:
  • Hillside Spirit Wear Free Shipping Ends Oct 13th
  • Coat Drive Starts Oct 15th
  • Science Day Planning Meeting Oct 16th
  • Hillside PTA/SATp meeting Oct 17th 6:30pm
  • Hillside Panera Fundraiser Oct 18th
  • Boogie Bash and Hillside Cast of Characters Parade Oct 25th
  • Hillside 1st Annual Appeal Campaign
  • 3rd grade cycle 1 aesthetic
  • A word From Ms. Scott


Starting Tuesday, October 15 until November 22, please drop your CLEAN and GENTLY-USED infant, kids and adult WINTER coats in the collection bin in the Main Office. Last year, Hillside collected 57 coats for the Jersey Cares Coat Drive. This year’s goal is 75 coats! 

Please contact Trente Miller if you have questions.


It’s that time of year again to get your Hillside swag on! Hillside Spirit Wear can be purchased anytime, anywhere at our online store: www.hillsideeagles.com and this week Oct 1-13th is FREE SHIPPING WEEK.  All products will be shipped directly to the school the first week of November.


Would you like to take part in our 3rd annual Hillside Science Day this Spring? Science Day is an all-day event during the school day with STEM related activities, speakers and learning opportunities.  The Science Day Team is already making plans for another successful event! If you are interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities and lead roles, please attend our meeting on Wednesday, October 16th at 10:10-10:50 am in Ms. Bartol's classroom, Room 206. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Gina Fortt.


Give yourself a night off from cooking and take your family to Panera at 15 Bloomfield Avenue on Friday, October 18, from 4pm until 8pm. Bring the Hillside Panera flyer and a proceeds of all sales will go to the Hillside PTA!


Join us for a night of spooktacular fun at the annual Boogie Bash Oct 25th 7-9pm.  Hillside’s most popular event includes a live DJ, dancing, costume contest, games, prizes, Haunted Hallway, food, drinks and treats.  

Avoid the lines and buy tickets in advance!  General admission tickets before the event are $10.  We are now also offering a “Pay-One-Price Combo” ticket package for $20, which includes admission, an unlimited Haunted Hallway pass plus 1 slice of pizza and drink combo. Click here to buy tickets now. .

We need your help to make sure this year's event is a memorable one! The tasks are easy and include setting up the decorations & Haunted Hallway, selling tickets at the door, food & bake sales, costume contest, dance party.  We also need lots of food and baked good donations. Sign up here:


Join in the fun at the annual Hillside Cast of Characters Parade on Friday, Oct. 25th at 2:30pm. Every year our students show off their imagination and creativity as they dress up like their favorite characters and march around Hillside School. 

Costume Reminders:

Please dress your child so that their costume can be put on top of their clothing.
Please send costumes to school in a bag, DO NOT send your child to school dressed in their costume.
Absolutely no masks, (toy) weapons, and/or violent images will be allowed. 


  • Homeroom Parent/Caregiver Volunteers must sign-in at the Main Office at 1:45pm. Homeroom teachers will coordinate who the homeroom volunteers are.
  • Families should go directly to ST. LUKE’S PLACE for viewing. We are asking parents to line up on St. Luke’s Place as ALL grade-levels will parade down the sidewalk for you to marvel and cheer them on! 
  • Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you do not wish for your child to participate in this school activity.
  • After the parade, the only parents allowed to enter the building are the assigned Homeroom Parent/Caregiver Volunteers. All other parents will be invited to the front lawn for coffee and tea until dismissal time. 
  • If you are planning to pick-up your child at dismissal, and this is not your child’s regular dismissal procedure, then please remember to send a note to the homeroom teacher.
  • Children will NOT be able to be picked up early. All students will be dismissed at 3:35pm.
  • ALL 4th and 5th graders must be picked-up by a designee on the FRONT LAWN (Orange Rd.).
  • ALL 3rd graders must be picked-up by a designee at the cafeteria/wall-ball area (St. Lukes Place).


There is still time to participate in Hillside’s 1st Annual Appeal Campaign. The annual appeal dollars will go directly to the school and will have a great impact on what we can do this year.  No contribution is too small and every donation is greatly needed and appreciated.   Donate online here.  All contributions are confidential and will only be seen by the PTA Treasurer.  The Hillside PTA is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible and may be eligible for corporate matching programs.


We encourage all parents to join the Hillside PTA. Their goal is to support and advocate on behalf of our students in school and in the community. The PTA provides parent education and supports many school activities that strengthen the home‐school‐community partnership.  Join today!


Student aesthetic/CI eligibility letters will be sent home with students on Tuesday, October 15th.  Registration will open the morning of Wednesday, October 16th.  Please check Hillside’s website for the current Cycle 1 aesthetic and CI course offerings. 

Clearance for Crutches, Casts, Splints or Orthopedic Boots

If your child requires crutches, a cast, splint, or an orthopedic boot for an injury, be sure to complete the attached form.  It is district mandated.


October is bubbling over with activities as we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month through our character education theme of Respect with a focus on Anti-Bullying. 
This week we celebrated a Week of Respect (Oct. 7th -11th)! Each morning started with me playing a different musical selection about respect and then reading a quote or poem about how to demonstrate respect for ourselves and others. We also participated in a "special dress" day everyday. On Monday we highlighted respect by wearing neon or bright colors. On Tuesday we showed that “everyone counts” by wearing shirts with numbers on them. For picture day Thursday, we “socked it to bullying” with our crazy socks, and beamed with “school pride and a sense of unity” in our Hillside Spiritwear or blue on Friday. It was an AWESOME week! 
In addition to our Week of Respect activities, the classroom lessons specifically focused on anti-bullying. The students were read the following books:

3rd graders - My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig.
4th graders - Say Something by Peggy Moss
5th graders - Bully by Patricia Polacco
After the readings, all the children learned about the roles people play in a bullying situation- bully/accused, victim/target, and witnesses/bystanders. By grade level emphasis was placed on each of the following topics to connect it to the literature:

3rd grade - relational aggression within friendships
4th grade - the role of a bystander
5th grade - cyberbullying.
All of the lessons ended with information about our 4th Annual “Let’s Have a Voice” Poster Contest. The children are SO excited to get their ideas flowing and start work on their posters. All poster submissions are due Monday, October 28, 2019.
Sabra Scott

October Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Oct 14:  School Closed Columbus Day
Oct 15:  Coat Drive Starts
Oct 16:  Science Day Planning Meeting 10:10am
Oct 17: Hillside PTA/SATp meeting 6:30pm-7:30pm
Oct 18:  Hillside PTA Panera Fundraiser 4pm-8pm
Oct 25:  Hillside Cast of Characters Parade 2:30pm
Oct 25:  Boogie Bash 7-9pm

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Samanthaa Anglin
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