Week 14 - November 29, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!  Here’s what you need to know for next week.

Hillside Cares Annual “Make-A-Wish Come True” Program
Minted.com Fundraiser Now 20% Discount
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
Holiday Knitting Dec 4th
Spirit Wear Black Friday Event
Hillside Annual Appeal

HILLSIDE CARES ANNUAL “MAKE-A-WISH COME TRUE” PROGRAM KICKS OFF
Please make the holidays a little brighter for children in need within our own school community by participating in the Hillside Cares Make-a-Wish Come True Program. This is an annual tradition at our school and we need your generous support to make some wishes come true.  To participate, click here to sign up for the items you would like to purchase and donate. Items must be returned to the main office no later than Dec. 13th. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks payable to Hillside PTA can be sent in an envelope labeled Make-A-Wish in your child’s backpack. A flyer went home in backpacks with more detailed information and gift tags for labeling your gifts. Have questions? Please contact: Kimya, Sashy, or Zoe.

SHOP MINTED TO BENEFIT HILLSIDE
Don't forget - Minted.com has INCREASED the savings from 15% to 20% and extended the fundraiser from November 30 to December 31! So while you are doing your Black Friday shopping, don't forget to shop Minted.com for your customized holiday cards, New Year's cards or family or teacher gifts! Plus, Minted offers FREE custom envelopes & FREE recipient addressing. Use the special code at checkout FUNDRAISEHILLSIDES and get 20% off and 15% of your order is donated back to Hillside School!

AMAZON SMILE MAKES A GREAT GIFT TO HILLSIDE
Every purchase you make this holiday season could benefit Hillside! It’s as easy as clicking a button! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Hillside every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Hillside PTA. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com and select Hillside School PTA as your charitable organization. Your existing Amazon account is all you need to get started! New to AmazonSmile? Follow these instructions to set up your account.

HOLIDAY KNITTING FOR MAKE-A-WISH (HOLIDAY GIVING)
Please join us for a fun gathering of Nishuane & Hillside parents/friends who knit, crochet or want to learn (or just keep us company). This informal event will take place on Wednesday, December 4th from 6 to 9 pm at Yarnia (147 Valley Road). Yarn has been donated for those wanting to make hats for the holiday gift drives.  Please RSVP via this Sign Up Genius. Can’t make this event? Pop into Yarnia to pick up a free skein of yarn to make a hat(s). Drop off hats by December 14th. Use the Sign Up Genius link above to pledge the number of hats you will make.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL AT THE HILLSIDE ONLINE STORE
Not sure what to get your child for the holidays? How about Hillside Spirit Wear! Shop now online for Hillside spirit wear and receive 20% off! With this Black Friday shopping code you will receive 20% off your total purchase! This offer is valid from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday Nov. 30th at Midnight. Just use the code BF19 and shop away! Note: This is a great time to order items for the holidays! The online holiday order deadline is December 6th to have your custom product by the week of 12/23/19.  Shop now!

GIVE TO HILLSIDE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Your contributions to the Hillside PTA help in so many ways, such as support for student field trips, stipends for our teachers to support the costs of learning activities, and Explorers scholarships and holiday meals for low-income families. None of this would happen without the generous support of the Hillside community. Please consider the Hillside PTA as you plan your year-end giving, and don't forget to ask your employer about corporate matching programs for charitable donations. Donate to the Hillside Annual Appeal here!

COAT DRIVE EXCEEDS GOALS
Hillside rocks! To kick off this Giving season, our generous community collected 121 winter coats for Jersey Cares 24th Annual Coat Drive. Each year, Jersey Cares distributes coats to adults and children in-need and we couldn’t be prouder that we helped with this important effort. Thank you! The Hillside Cares and SATp committee hope you and yours have a wonderful Fall holiday and break

A WORD FROM MS SCOTT
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
-William Arthur Ward

This month's character education lesson was about gratitude. I shared with the children that while it's wonderful to celebrate the holiday Thanksgiving, it's equally as important to actually practice the act of thanks giving. We talked about the special people in our lives whose hard work we benefit from. People like Mr. Richie who gets to Hillside early in the morning to make sure the building is ready to receive us. People like their teachers who went to college, studied hard, paid tuition, and work daily to think of lesson plans and activities that will make learning fun and meaningful for them. People like parents/caregivers who work hard to make sure they have food, clothing, shelter, blankets to keep them warm at night and loving, supportive, encouraging words to help them live up to their full potential. We ended the lesson by creating a Thanks Giving message they will deliver to someone special.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
-Sabra Scott

November/December Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Nov 27: Early Dismissal at 2:10pm
Nov 28-29: School Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 4: Holiday Knitting for Make a Wish 6-9pm
Dec 4-6: Early dismissal at 2:10pm for parent/teacher conferences
Dec 12: PTA/SATp meeting 6:30pm.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Dr. Samanthaa Anglin, Ed.D.
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