Week 14 - 12/23/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 12.23.2021

Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

As we conclude 2021, and reset for the winter break, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Hillside Elementary School an amazing place to be. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most importantly, our students. From the classroom to your living room and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion, commitment, and a willingness to make decisions that may be hard in the present but will have a positive and lasting influence in the future for all. Hillside teachers and staff, of course, are such a critical part of all we hope to accomplish on behalf of our Hillside scholars. I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding, and joyous job of all. Parents, thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift. I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful, and resilient students. Often, they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think. Most of all, they make us better. In the spirit of this season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school. As we enjoy the upcoming time off, it is my fervent wish that each of you receives and returns the seasonal bounty of blessings and good tidings that make these days truly special. It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as the proud principal of Hillside School. Indeed, my career as a public-school educator has afforded me vast, varied and richly rewarding opportunities to teach and to learn from young people. Of course, I believe the faces of our children best express the true meaning of this holiday season. They radiate a sense of unbridled enthusiasm, untainted hope and unabashed joy for life and the opportunities that await them. To the teachers, parents, and friends of the Hillside community, please have a safe and joyous winter break.

Thank you Hillside Families for your generous donations for our teachers and staff!

Thank you Hillside PTA for organizing and distributing such generous gifts to each and every Hillside Staff Member!

You are very much appreciated!

School-wide News...Be in the Know

SATp Announcements

SATp Presents Hillside Skate Date: An Evening of Togetherness (March 2022 Fundraiser)

Clary Anderson Ice Arena Family Skating Event

○ CheddarUp Link for ticket purchase to go out when we return from winter recess

○ Proceeds from event will support funding for SATp activities & events such as Juneteenth, Hispanic Heritage Month, AAPI celebratory events, First Day of School Celebrations, Newly created SATp events and activities

Hillside SEPAC  Parent Liaison Group

For those wondering, SEPAC stands for Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. As stated last week, our mission is to support students who are in need of special education and related services and promote the inclusion of all Hillside students.  If you have special education issues, concerns or disability focused topics you would like the Hillside SEPAC group to explore, please email us at [email protected] You can also follow SEPAC at (3) Montclair SEPAC | Facebook or check out SEPAC's website at https://montclairpta.org/sepac/

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SEPAC Parent/Caregiver Support Meetings this year. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year! Here is the list of the upcoming SEPAC meeting beginning in January:


Jan. 31, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Tentative topic - Self Care for Parents and Caregivers

Feb. 28, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Tentative topic - Assistive Technology Presentation


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 823 1203 1673    Passcode: 868269

PTA Happenings

PTA Winter Bingo

PTA WINTER BINGO coming soon! All Students will Receive a BINGO Sheet in their backpacks to be completed and returned on January 3, 2022.


Hillside T-Shirt Design Contest

Where are our Hillside ARTISTS??? All students are  invited to create art that may be featured on our 2021-2022 Hillside Commemorative T-Shirts. Students will then choose the sixteen winning pieces of art. The chosen T-shirts will be on sale in February.   A letter will be placed in your students backpack today. Entries are due by January 14, 2022. We cannot wait to see what our students create!


PTA General Meeting 1/7 @ 9:30am

All are invited to join the first PTA meeting of the new year on January 7th at 9:30am.  Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Registration Link


Holiday Hoodies

Holiday hoodies are IN! If you preordered a Hillside hoodie, you will be contacted by Betty Shvetz about pick up or delivery as soon as possible.


2021-2022 Committee Volunteers Needed

Hillside Social Justice: We are currently looking for a volunteer to possibly work alongside Jenn DiLullo this year to take on her role as Parent Administrator in 2022. If you’re interested or would like more information, contact [email protected]


Have a safe and restful winter break. Happy Holidays Hillside from your PTA!

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, I will be starting new groups in January. Please use the In Need of Counseling Survey to let me know if your child would benefit from being in a group. 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, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday break!  Please stay safe and healthy over the holiday break! If you are or a  family member are not feeling well over the break please monitor for signs and symptoms of Covid.  If you are not sure if it is Covid contact your medical provider, stay home and rest. I will see you in 2022!

Nurse Boyle

Important Dates:

Winter Break!!!

Monday1/3: Welcome Back

Wednesday 1/5: BOE Meeting 7:30PM

Friday 1/7: PTA/SATp Meeting 9:30AM

Kind regards,

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