Week 5 - 10/8/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 10.8.2021


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:


Another great week for the books! We’re running like a well-oiled machine. Students are happily moving about the building attending CORE instructional classes and aesthetic classes. 


This is an ALL CALL for us to practice safe driving/road habits during arrival time. PLEASE!!!! Please stop doing K turns on St. Lukes Place. I know the extra two minutes it takes to drive around the corner is an inconvenience, however, the traffic jams and car clusters are dangerous for our students. Please drop your child off on the side of the street of the school, they should never be encouraged to jaywalk or cross in an area of a street other than a crosswalk. 


School-wide News...Be in the Know

3rd Grade Aesthetic Rotation- REVISED:

The 3rd grade rotation schedule for related arts has been revised. Please click the link below to see the schedule for the last few weeks of the rotation 3rd Grade Rotation for Parents REVISED 2021-22.pdf


3rd Grade CI/Aesthetic FAQ and Registration

As discussed on Back-To-School-Night, an FAQ with important CI and Aesthetic dates and information is now available. You can view it here as well as on our website. Additionally, information regarding aesthetics and CI programming can be found on page 12 of our Hillside Elementary School Handbook 21-22SYSY.


Registration for Cycle 1 Aesthetics will open on Friday, October 15th. You will receive an email Friday morning with a Google Form and instructions.


PTA Happenings

Please enjoy the October Hillside PTA Newsletter here ~ https://hillsidepta.memberhub.com/sends/1dcff978-01a5-410e-a7d3-1a231b96ac84/view/


 A special thank you to all the amazing parents for donating tents and their time to help put them up this past weekend to keep our kids dry!


Mark Your Calendar Now

This month we have loads of activities to celebrate the season! Mark your calendars now so that you’re in the know. Of course there will always be more information to come.


Cast of Characters Parade

Join in the fun at the annual Hillside Cast of Characters Parade on Oct. 29th 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 costume masks, (toy) weapons, and/or violent images will be allowed.


Hillside & Nishuane Movie Night on the Green

Friday, October 15, 2021 from 6:30pm-9:00pm

Purchase your family tickets today ~  https://my.cheddarup.com/c/nish-hillside-family-movie-night


Hillside Car Wash

Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Volunteers needed!! Sign up today: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4a622a6fa7-carwash


Trunk or Trick on the Hill

Friday, Oct 29, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

Volunteers needed to decorate their car trunks! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4a622a6fa7-trunk


Hillside SATp + Hillside Social Justice - First Meeting of the School Year

Wednesday October 13th

6:30 - 7pm SATp

7pm - 8pm SATp / Social Justice

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83189819626?pwd=cmhqbnQ2eVo3eEFFcGJXZkM3YThjUT09

Meeting ID: 831 8981 9626

Passcode: SATPHSJ


Dyslexia Awareness Month

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month the Montclair NAACP Education Committee Dyslexia Task Force is hosting a Dyslexia "SUPER POWER"- POSTER CONTEST.  The contest is open to Montclair students PK-12th grade.  Individual and group submissions are encouraged.  The deadline for entry is October 22, 2021.  Entries may be submitted to the school or organization office or photographed and emailed to [email protected] A representative from the Montclair NAACP Education Committee will make arrangements to pick up all entries. 


Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)

Hello Hillside Families! I have a lot to say today LOL so please keep reading for important information. 


“Lunch Bunch” groups will begin in October. Lunch bunch groups will take place during your child’s lunch/recess period so your child will miss their recess once per 6-day cycle or, for 3rd graders, one day per week. For example, a 4th or 5th grade student might have “Lunch Bunch” every 1st A Day or 3rd B Day, whereas a 3rd grader might have it every Wednesday. If you think your child would benefit from participating in a “Lunch Bunch” group please complete the In Need of Counseling Survey so I will have a better idea of their needs.


Throughout the rest of the school year I will occasionally be hosting live, virtual “Topic Tuesday” sessions for parents. These will be informational sessions about a specific topic and will run about 30-45 minutes. In addition to the live session, I will also include the link to the Google Slides in [my] Ms. Scott's Google Classroom  (class code jzelps7) and in the bulletin on the Friday after Topic Tuesday so all parents will have an opportunity to receive the information. While there will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions during “Topic Tuesday”, please note it will not be the appropriate time to ask questions about your child specifically. As the children know, confidentiality is a priority for me so all questions should be general. Personal questions/concerns should always be shared with me privately via email or phone call.


In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the first “Topic Tuesday” will be about Bullying. It will take place October 12, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. Please use the link below to join. Topic Tuesday- Bullying  (Passcode: SSCOTT)


As always, I am here to support our Hillside families in any way I can. In addition to email ([email protected]), I can be reached at 973.509.4200 x4297. Additionally please ask your child to join Ms. Scott's Google Classroom (class code jzelps7). They will be able to access the I Need to See Ms. Scott Google form there.  Lastly, here is the In Need of Counseling Survey parents can use to let me know if your child could use my help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s social-emotional well-being.


Note from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

I hope you are all doing well!  Please remember to give your child one or two extra masks.  Sometimes they break or get soiled during the course of the day.  Please contact me if you have any questions about illness in your home. The Montclair Schools are only accepting PCR Covid tests.The test must have the student’s name on it. Please make sure you email or fax me the PCR test. My email is [email protected]   .My fax number is 973-509-1882.

Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates:

Friday 10/11: School Closed for students; PD for staff

Friday 10/15: Movie Night on the Lawn 6:30PM



Kind regards,



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