Week 9 - October 25, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

Here’s a look at what’s in this week’s issue:

• Boogie Bash is TONIGHT Friday, Oct 25th at 7pm!
• Coat Drive Donations Needed
• SEPAC Meeting Oct 28th
• Scholastic Book Fair Nov 11-15
• Coin Challenge Kicks off Nov 1st
• Letter from the Phys Ed Deptartment
• A word from Ms. Scott
• 3rd grade cycle 1 Registration

Put on your dancing shoes! The annual Boogie Bash is finally here! You don’t want to miss Hillside’s most anticipated event featuring dinner food, spooky-baked treats, our famous Haunted Hallway, a not-to-be-missed dance party with Crazy Amy DJ Lady, and our annual Costume Contest. The festivities will happen tonight 7-9pm in the Hillside School Basement Hallways, Gym and Cafeteria.

Kids 3-18yo need a ticket and their accompanying adult gets in free! Advance ticket sales are no longer available. But you can still buy tickets at the door. General admission is $13 and Haunted Hallway Unlimited is $7.

There are a few volunteer spots open and food and baked goods donations are still needed.
Sign up here to take a Volunteer shift or two.
Sign up here to donate spooky baked goods, prepackaged snacks and beverages.

From now until November 22nd 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.

Please send in all unexpired box tops, especially those with an 11/1/19 expiration date, to the main office by Monday October 28! And, If you have a Box Top account, make sure Hillside is your designated school. Thank you!

The next meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council will be held on October 28th, 2019 from 7-8:30pm at Charles H. Bullock Elementary School. This meeting will feature a presentation by the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (https://spanadvocacy.org/) on the transition of students with disabilities/special needs from school to adult life. This presentation will provide strategies and resources to increase students’ outcomes for life after high school and will benefit families of children of all ages. Please register in advance of the meeting here.


The Hillside Scholastic Book Fair will open for business Monday, Nov. 11th and will be open until Friday, Nov. 15th. As in past years, the students will shop on their own during scheduled class periods and lunchtime. We need lots of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, for family night, our grandparent event and class visits. The sign up sheet will be available shortly.

Our 2nd annual Grandparents and Special Loved Ones Afternoon Tea is on Wed, Nov 13th 3:30-6:30pm. It’s a great opportunity for grandparents to shop for holiday gifts for their grandchildren. But you don’t have to be a grandparent or special loved one to attend. Everyone is welcome! So if you can’t make it Thursday night, come Wed! Light refreshments will be served.

We are excited to welcome the author J. A. White (Nightbooks and The Thickety Series) to our family night and book signing on Thursday, Nov 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. He will be reading an excerpt from his new novel Shadow School and signing books purchased at the book fair. Bring the whole family for a fun night of book shopping!

PAY ONLINE! No cash on hand for the book fair? No worries — Scholastic Book Fair is now offering eWallet as a secure, cash-free way for your child to shop at the fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Simply create an account and authorize a spending limit to have funds immediately available for your child to choose the books they wish for! Visit our book fair page to sign up

The Coin Challenge will officially start Friday, Nov 1st and will run through Nov.15th. Donate your loose change to Hillside and help purchase books for our school community. Every year Hillside classes compete to collect the most coins to help fund teachers' classroom wish lists. This year the class that collects the most coins will win a Game Day and Pizza Party! There will be one winning class in each grade. All the proceeds go to fund books for the Hillside community. To participate, you can send coins with your child in bags or other easily accessible containers. No bills please.


This month in health class we will be talking about screen time and how it decreases the students’ energy level, decreases school performance, and interferes with relationships with friends and family. They will learn the importance of choosing healthy, active alternatives to being glued to a screen. The students will have homework to monitor how many hours they actually spend on screens. The 2nd week the students will try to replace screen time with doing something active, even just drawing or reading a book. The students will write the healthier activities they did; exercise, play sports, or do something active for at least an hour a day.  Parents/Guardians/siblings can try and have a contest to see who has the least amount of screen time in a week.   Have fun!!
-Tracey Lever, Jason Kaplan, Trisha Kelly

ALL Anti-Bullying Posters for the annual "Let's Have a Voice" contest must be submitted to homeroom teachers by Monday, October 28, 2019. Please encourage your child to submit a poster. Every poster provides valuable information about how to keep Hillside a safe, bully-free space for the entire school community. Ideas for posters can be found on the instruction sheet that was sent home last week. Please ensure your child reads through all of the instructions prior to turning in their poster to make sure meets the requirements for submission into the contest.

The first meeting for Little Brother to Brother is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 28th right after school. Little Brother to Brother, is a community based program that offers all males in grades 4 & 5 a safe place where they can hear from others their age, talk about what is really going on in their lives and work together with mentors and peers to make choices that bring them closer to fulfilling their goals.

Little Brother to Brother is a wonderful program for our little guys to be involved in. If you haven't had a chance to look at the website or sign your child up please take a moment to do so. Additional information, as well as applications to join the program, can be found at teenmentoring.org.

Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Scott

Thank you, 3rd Grade Parents, for taking the time to register for Cycle 1 Aesthetic Classes. Please read the following updates below:
• Student schedules will be distributed on Monday, October 28th.
• Cycle 1 will start on Tuesday, October 29th. This is so students can start on the first B Day of the week and not Monday’s third A Day.
• Spanish 1 classes are cancelled for Cycle 1. Spanish 1 will be available for Cycles 2 and 3. Simple Machines has been cancelled for Cycle 1. Simple Machines will now be available for Cycle 2. We apologize any inconvenience.
• The Add/Drop Period for Cycle 1 will open on November 5th.

October/November Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Oct 25: Boogie Bash 7-9pm
Nov 1: Coin Challenge Kicks Off
Nov 7 &8: No School for Teacher’s Convention
Nov 11-15: Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 13: Book Fair Grandparents & Special Loved Ones Afternoon Tea 3:30pm-6pm
Nov 14: Book Fair Family Event and Book Signing 6:30pm-8:30pm

Have a great weekend!
Dr. Samanthaa Anglin
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