Week 17 - 1/21/22

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 1.21.2022

Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

We have congratulatory moments every day at Hillside! I would like to extend a special SHOUT-OUT to Talia Dinour, one of our fourth graders, for being featured in yesterday's Montclair Local ~ Montclair Kids News. Talia contributed an article entitled, Hillside School - 5 things kids can do to help the environment, be sure to check it out. Additionally, we would like to SHOUT-OUT Colleen Dougherty and Dierdre Brimingham, two of our positively wonderful parents, for supplying all Hillside Staff members and extended staff (bus drivers, bus aides, cafeteria workers)  with KN95 protective masks. All of your ongoing efforts are greatly appreciated by us all!

School-wide News...Be in the Know

Hillside Science Day 2022

We are approaching that time of year again...Science Day 2022!!! Our event will be held on April 1, 2022.  It will be a combination of in-school activities and virtual presentations. We are looking for several parents/relatives/friends/neighbors to serve on our Career Panel.  Each grade level will participate in a virtual panel discussion made up of 3 professionals in the science or engineering field. If you or someone you know would like to participate, please complete the Google Form by March 1, 2022.

Special Thanks

Congratulations to the Hillside PTA in collaboration with our Science Department on receiving a $1,000 National PTA STEM+ Families Science Festival Grant sponsored by Bayer Fund!!!

The grant will be used to expand our Science Day event to families.  More info to come in the next several weeks.  In the meantime, save the date...Science Day April 1, 2022.

Drama Department Fundraiser

Do you want a night off from cooking? How about a delicious, hot, mouthwatering pizza? Unsure who to order from? Have we got the place for you! How about ordering pizza next Friday, January 28th, from Little Pizza Heaven! By purchasing one of their delicious pizza pies, you will also be able to help support Hillside School’s amazing Drama Department. In addition, you will be helping a local small business as well! 

On Friday, January 28th, Little Pizza Heaven will donate 10% of the proceeds of any pizza ordered through this provided LINK. They are open from 12pm - 8pm and you can order on 1/28 or any time before then! They are a food truck located in the parking lot on Church Street between the UUC of Montclair and Blue Mercury. 

The Hillside School Drama Program is so very grateful for all your support!

PTA Happenings

Hillside & Nishuane Family Trivia Night

Join us this Saturday, January 22 @ 7:00pm for Family Trivia Night with Nishuane for some fun trivia about animals and movies about animals! Have the kids brush up on their animal knowledge and all of the Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Illumination movies about animals! We will use Kahoot (kahoot.it) for the trivia and the Zoom information will be sent/posted on Saturday afternoon. Please RSVP HERE

There will be **PRIZES for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes! ** 

The suggested donation is $5 (any donation value is appreciated), but donations are not required to participate - you can go directly to the RSVP formProceeds raised from the Trivia Night will go to both Nishuane and Hillside PTAs for school/classroom needs.


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].   


Hillside Talent Show

Last call for performers for the talent show! It's not too late to sign up if your child is still interested in being part of this year's virtual show! Just click here and once you fill out the form you will receive an email with all of the details!


Hillside T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! Where are our Hillside ARTISTS? We are still waiting for you to create the Hillside Commemorative t-shirt!  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.  Entries are due by January 24, 2022. 


PTA Membership Raffle

The Hillside PTA Membership Game is BACK! The first ten NEW members to join will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to the local business of their choice. 


Hillside PTA Membership - Join HERE


Hillside SEPAC Parent Liaison Group

Happy New Year from Hillside SEPAC! 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/


Here is the list of the upcoming SEPAC meeting beginning this month and into next:

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 HERE      Meeting ID: 823 1203 1673    Passcode: 868269


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 wellbeing.

Note from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families! Please note that the CDC changed it’s Covid isolation/quarantine guidelines for the general public.  Our guidelines for schools have not changed. Positive cases must isolate for 10 full days. If your child develops Covid like symptoms  please get them tested. Please do not send your child to school while waiting for test results. The health department does not accept home tests as a  definitive Covid diagnosis.  Please obtain a test from your child’s doctor or testing center. Please send me a copy of the test. If your child is not fully vaccinated and is exposed to a Covid positive person please contact me so I can review the quarantine procedure with you.  Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle

Important Dates:

Thursday 1/27/22: Early Dismissal 2:10PM

Friday 1/28/22: Talent Show 6:30PM

Kind regards,

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