Week 1 - 9/10/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 9.10.2021


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:


We Will Always Remember - Patriot Day, is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the 2,977 killed in the 2001 September 11 attacks. On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al- Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into thetowers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.


On that day, we promised to never forget. This year we recognize the 20th anniversary. Please take some time out of your day to reflect on the events of the 9/11 attacks and to honor the civilians and first responders who lost their lives during this tragic event. We are and exist among families who were and will forever be affected by the events of that day. The loss of life and the continued struggles for the first responders will never be forgotten. Hillside sends our deepest condolences to those affected.


4th & 5th Grade Aesthetic Classes:

  • On Monday, 9/13 we will begin our traditional three day A-DAY & B-DAY rotation. 
    • Mon., 9/13 - Wed., 9/15: A-DAY aesthetic classes
    • Fri., 9/17: B-DAY aesthetic classes


3rd Grade Aesthetic Rotation:

The 3rd grade rotation schedule for related arts is attached.  This schedule is based on your child’s homeroom teacher as listed on Genesis.  Please note the following:

  • Your child will have 2 related arts courses a day- one during period 3 and one during period 7.
  • Be sure to take note of the dates at the top of the chart. Homerooms will rotate to different courses every 3 days.
  • You will see that for some related arts courses, the homeroom will be split into two groups.  This is indicated by Group 1 and Group 2 on the chart.  Your child’s homeroom teacher will alert you as to which group your child is a part of.
  • The schedule was created to reflect the first few weeks of Cycle 1. 
  • To help keep this organized, I recommend printing the chart, finding your child’s homeroom teacher, highlighting the row, and hanging it on a refrigerator or bulletin board.
  • Please view the rotation here: 3rd Grade Related Arts Rotation-Parents 2021-22.pdf


School-wide News:


Hillside Elementary School PTA: Join and stay connected through the Hillside PTA! Visit the Hillside PTA’s website at https://montclairpta.org/hillside/, where you can apply for membership, shop for spirit wear and find other key contacts and information. And make sure you join the Hillside PTA's Facebook group "Hillside Elementary School - Montclair, NJ". You can also contact Hillside PTA Co-Presidents Yvette Frazier and Betty Shvetz with any questions at [email protected] Make sure you “opt-in” through Genesis to receive PTA e-blasts. Our first PTA/SATp meeting of the year will be on Friday 9/24 @ 9:30am.


Message from the Hillside School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp):

WHO we are & WHAT we’re about: We are a group of dedicated Hillside Parents, Teachers, Administrators and Community Members, taking action together to execute the School Improvement Plan for ALL students.


Initiatives: The work we do is everywhere & all inclusive. Current initiatives include, but are not limited to:


- Social Justice

- Cyber-awareness

- Health & Wellness: bike/walk to school day, field day

- Hillside Cares: coat drive, food drives, MLK Jr. day of service, Make-A-Wish

- Safety, Climate & Culture Team (Pandemic Response Team)

- Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

- Curriculum Work: Spelling Bee, MakerSpace, Science Day, Family Coding Night


SATp Contact Information: Dee Thompson, SATp Chair, [email protected]

Stacie Hawes, SATp Co-Chair, [email protected] 


Call for Class Liaisons

Attention Hillside grownups. We are looking for 1-3 volunteers per class to sign up to serve as class liaisons. Our teachers keep this train running, but they can't do it alone. Please consider supporting our Hillside community by volunteering for class liaison. 


Use the form below to express your interest and we'll be in touch. 




Shoes for Scholarships

Turn your gently used sneakers & athletic shoes into scholarships for Montclair students!  The Kiwanis Club of Montclair is collecting gently used athletic shoes & sneakers — NO tears or holes — NO metal cleats — NO street shoes, sandals, high heels, loafers, or dress shoes. ALL SIZES ACCEPTED! Please tie donated sneakers/athletic shoes together to keep as a pair.


Hillside please leave your gently used sneakers and shoes in the bin outside Door K


Hillside SATp & Social Justice Committee

The Hillside SATp & Social Justice Committee are looking forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15!  The term Hispanic means "related to, characteristic of, or derived from the Spanish language or from Spanish-speaking populations."  As part of our school-wide activities, we are inviting families to share some stories about their Hispanic Heritage through a FlipGrid Project.   


We will be collecting short videos on FlipGrid, featuring Hillside Families, celebrating the diversity and richness of our Hispanic community members.  Do you, your family or your ancestors speak Spanish?  Would you like to tell your classmates about different foods you eat to remind you of your family's roots?  Do you have art or clothes in your house that tell a story about your Hispanic Heritage?  Does your family celebrate certain holidays or traditions to stay connected to your Hispanic Heritage?  We would love to hear your story!


If you are interested in learning more, please contact HSJ at [email protected]

Important Dates:

Monday 9/13: Virtual New Parent Orientation 6:30PM *Meeting link will be forwarded on Monday.

Thursday 9/16: District Closed Yom Kippur



Kind regards,



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