Week 9 - 11/12/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 11.12.2021


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:


On this Veterans Day the district honors and celebrates all veterans in all branches of the military for their courage, patriotism, valor and love of country and their fellow Americans. As we go about our daily lives, let us reflect on the freedoms we have today thanks to our veterans. May you find some time to not just express your gratitude, but keep in mind a quote from John F. Kennedy, “We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”


School-wide News...Be in the Know

Masks and Water Bottles:

Please make sure your child has extra masks in their backpack and is bringing a bottle of water to school daily. 


Acadience Reading Webinar:

The Montclair Public Schools, in partnership with the Montclair Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC), will host an Acadience Reading Webinar for all parents and caregivers in the district, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 pm. Acadience Reading is a standardized universal screening assessment whose measures are quick and easy to administer and most importantly, aid in the identification of students in need of intervention in the area of reading. Acadience Reading makes it easier to detect K–6 students who are at risk for early reading difficulties in order to provide timely instructional support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. Learn more about Acadience and how to log into the Webinar


School Lunch Codes

This week, students received their school lunch codes. These codes need to be entered each day for students getting school lunch. Please have your child practice memorizing this number at home so they can enter it quickly when on line for school lunch.


Into the Woods Parent Meeting

Greetings theatre parents and guardians!


Mr. Poff will be hosting a Parent Zoom Meeting for Hillside School’s  upcoming production of Into the Woods Jr. The meeting will provide a platform for any parents or guardians to ask any questions that they may have, and to clear up any confusion or misunderstandings there may be, about Hillside’s upcoming production. Should parents and guardians have any questions concerning the audition process, rehearsal process, as well as any other matters concerning Into the Woods Jr., then this meeting is for you.  The dates of the meeting are Tuesday, November 16th, Wednesday, November 17th, and Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 PM. Just click on the Zoom link below on one of the aforementioned days at 6:30 PM and Mr. Poff will let you into the meeting. Hope to see you there.


Zoom Link: https://mpsdnj.zoom.us/j/9052790505    Password: POFFDRAMA


*Please be advised that this meeting is not to discuss classroom academics. Should you have any questions that do not pertain to the school production, please send an email.

PTA Happenings

Hillside Clean Up & Gardening Day 11/14

Do you love to garden or just want to help to clean up Hillside? Join us this Sunday, November 14th from 9am-12noon. Sign-up here to volunteer.


Jason Didner, Live Performance

Please join the Hillside community for an online fundraiser featuring, Hillside Dad, Jason Didner LIVE in concert, Saturday, November 13th at 8pm. All proceeds will be donated to help Hillside recover from Storm Ida & COVID 19. This is a family event you do not want to miss!  www.livestreamercafe.com


Hillside PTA Meeting - 11/19 @ 9:30am, Zoom

All are invited to join our November PTA meeting with a very special guest, Ms. Graham! Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudOytrzIpHtLcOou4li5tKYVGWIAJSuHG


The PTA Executive Board will vote to nominate a VP of Events before the November meeting. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help in the following committees: 5th Grade Celebration, Hospitality and Nominating Committee(s).


PTA Nominating Committee

Per the Generic Local PTA Bylaws, effective July 1, 2021, all local PTAs must elect their Nominating Committee at a General Membership meeting by December 31. 2021.


Article VIII: Nominating[EO1]  Committee- Election and Duties, Section I

A Nominating Committee must be elected at a general membership meeting by the end of December. At least three members (must be an odd number) and one alternate shall be elected to the Nominating Committee. Any current member, excluding the current PTA president(s), is eligible to serve on the Nominating Committee. The committee shall elect its Chair. 


The Nominating Committee is charged with evaluating all possible nominees and choosing one qualified nominee for each officer position. The detailed duties of the Nominating Committee will be presented via Zoom training session in January and February of 2022.

Stay tuned for these dates and times! 


Hillside Swag 

Hillside Hoodies - PRE-SALE available from now till 11/30 on PTA Memberhub Site https://hillsidepta.memberhub.com/store/items/119364  ORDER THEM NOW TO GET THEM IN TIME FOR MOST HOLIDAYS! 


PTA Membership Raffle

Haven’t joined the Hillside PTA yet? It’s never too late to join! The first 10 new members to join will be entered into a raffle to win a Hillside t-shirt. PTA Member Hub - https://hillsidepta.memberhub.com/store


5th Grade Celebration Committee

The 5th Grade Celebration Committee needs your help. We need more volunteers to make the 2022 celebration one that our graduating 5th graders will never forget. Interested in helping out? Please email [email protected]


Thankful for Family Trivia Night

Join us on Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 pm for some family trivia fun! The trivia will be a mashup of "thankful" trivia topics and Thanksgiving trends. The trivia questions will be geared to our student population (K-5) but we will include some older sibling parent-focused questions so everyone can have some fun.


Please RSVP for Trivia Night by completing the short form. The suggested donation is $5 (any donation value is appreciated), but donations are not required to participate - you can go directly to the RSVP form. https://my.cheddarup.com/c/nish-hillside-thankful-trivia Proceeds raised from the November Trivia Night will go to both Nishuane and Hillside PTA for their Holiday Gift Drives and other needed purchases


Reflections Chair

Hillside, we are looking for a Reflections Chair for our school. If you are interested, please email [email protected]  The deadline to volunteer is December 1st!


Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)

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) where they will be able to access the I Need to See Ms. Scott Google form.  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! Exciting news, the Pfizer Covid vaccine has been approved for children ages 5-11. If your child has received the vaccine please send a screenshot to me at [email protected] I will add them to your child’s vaccine records. Fully vaccinated students will not have to quarantine related to exposure or travel unless they are sick.  A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.


If your child has medication please send it along with the medication form to me. Students must have the medication and forms at school in order to attend school trips.  Thanks in advance for your assistance! The Montclair Schools are only accepting PCR tests for students related to illness and quarantine as stated on the homepage.  Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates:

Monday 11/15: BOE Meeting 7:30PM

Thursday 11/18: Early Dismissal 2:10PM

Friday 11/19: PTA/ SATp Meeting 9:30AM



Kind regards,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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