Week 4 - 9/30/22

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 9.30.22


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

I have a VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE regarding student safety. 

  • At no time are parents permitted to enter the Staff Parking lot with their cars between the times of 8:30am – 4:30pm.
    • Hillside students mustbe dropped off on St. Lukes Place, the established Student Drop-Off Zone. 
    • Drop-off is on the east-side of the street.
    • STOP dropping your children off on the opposite side of the street. They should never be encouraged by an adult to run across the street, they should always cross at a crosswalk.
    • St. Lukes Place is a DROP & GO Area – Parents should not get out of their vehicles. We have a few car poolers, please park outside of the Drop & Go Area.

School-wide News

Week of Respect

Next week schools across NJ will kick off Bullying Prevention Month by celebrating a Week of Respect. Each day next week Hillside School will highlight respect by starting the day with a quote about respect and an activity to highlight ways we show respect to ourselves and others. 

On Monday we will kick off the Week of Respect by showing respect for self. Show others you are comfortable with who you are by wearing pajamas or cozy sweats to school.

Daily Theme & Attire

MONDAY (10/3) Respect Yourself: Be comfortable with who you are! Wear your pajamas or cozy sweats!

TUESDAY (10/4)  Respect our Diverse Community: Let’s celebrate diversity and throw kindness around like confetti!!! Wear as many different colors as you can!

THURSDAY (10/6) Respect our “Hillside Family” Connection: Together Everyone Achieves More! Wear something from your favorite sports team (i.e. jersey, t-shirt, socks, etc.)

FRIDAY (10/7) Respect our School: Show your school spirit!  Wear your Hillside Gear or school colors!

SATp News


Or do you just want to learn a little more about what we do? Please join us virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30pm for our first committee meeting. MEETING LINK


Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place on Friday, Oct. 7 from 5:30pm - 7pm. Please make sure you are on time for a celebration jam packed with a host of activities and performances. There will be a performance by Drums of Thunder (DOT), dance lessons by Arthur Murray and music by Ms Periera & the Latin Fusion Band. There will be food and baked goods for purchase. All baked good proceeds will be donated to Taller Salud a Puerto Rica supporting communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. Please make sure to RSVP by 10/5. Click HERE to RSVP. Click HERE to volunteer at the event!

A celebração da Herança Hispânica acontecerá no dia 7 de Outubro (sexta-feira), das 17:30 às 19h. Certifique-se de chegar a tempo para uma celebração repleta de atividades e apresentações. 

Teremos a apresentação de "Drums of Thunder" (DOT), aulas de dança de Arthur Murray e música de Ms Periera & the Latin Fusion Band. 

Haverá comida e produtos de panificação para compra e todos os rendimentos de produtos assados, serão doados para a Taller Salud, uma comunidade de apoio a Puerto Rico após o furacão Fiona. 

Por favor, certifique-se de Responder até 05/10.

Link para Responder https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BADA82DA6FC1-hispaniclatino1

Link para voluntariar-se ao evento https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BADA82DA6FC1-hispanic


La Celebración de la Herencia Hispana se llevará a cabo el viernes 7 de octubre de 5:30 p. m. a 7 p m. Por favor llegue a tiempo, esta celebración sera una  repleta de actividades y espectáculos. Habrá una presentación por el grupo escolar Drums of Thunder (DOT), lecciones de baile de Arthur Murray y música en vivo de La Sra. Periera & su banda Latin Fusion. Habrá comida y productos horneados para comprar. Todas las ganancias de la repostería se donarán al Taller Salud de Puerto Rico, cual está ayudando a la comunidad después del huracán Fiona.  Asegúrese de confirmar su asistencia antes del 10/5.


Enlace para RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BADA82DA6FC1-hispaniclatin

Enlace para ser voluntario en el evento: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BADA82DA6FC1-hispano


Grab your sneakers, your bike + chain and a friend. Hillside School will host Bike/Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. It’s a great chance to encourage kids to be more active and promote the benefits of creating more safe routes to schools. 

We’ll meet up at 8:20 a.m. at Whole Foods or Porter Park and head to the Hillside front lawn. 

A few volunteers are needed to make the event a success.  Sign up to be a bike/walk captain or help with the snack table here.

PTA News


Are you ready to have a spooky-good time? Mark your calendars for the return of Hillside's Boogie Bash, Friday Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s all you need to know about this epic

annual school event. 

What is it? Boogie Bash is a fundraiser with a haunted hallway, dance party, games, costume

contest, and food for sale. For years, it was a highly popular annual Hillside event with a strong

history, with the last estimated attendance around 400 people.

Where is it? Boogie Bash takes place on the ground floor of Hillside School. Enter and be prepared for tricks and treats.

How do I get in? Tickets will soon be available for pre-purchase. A limited number of tickets will

be available at the door.

Who can attend? This party is designed for Hillside 3rd-5th graders and may be scary for some children. Please use your discretion in determining whether this party is appropriate for your child. Please note this is NOT a drop off event. Grownups must stay.

How can I help? We need a ton of help. Look for a SignUp Genius for volunteers needed the day of the event.

What’s next? Stay tuned for further communication via your child’s school folder, this email blast, WhatsApp chats, and the Hillside page on Facebook. Email [email protected] with



Help keep your class in the loop by signing up to be a class liaison. Most classes are covered but we still have a few vacancies. 

Harris, Gorcica, DesLonde/Solo and Matthews 

Sign up to be the parent coordinator or a liaison for your classroom using this form


We’ll hold a virtual info session for liaisons on Thursday Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]


Is your porch or door front stacked with Amazon boxes? Good news. Hillside School can also benefit each time you click “Add to Cart.” Just designate the Hillside School PTA as your charity through Amazon Smile and we’ll get .5% of the purchase as a donation. 


Just set it and forget it. There’s no extra cost and you’ll still pay the same prices. To sign up, visit smile.amazon.com

Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)

Hello Hillside Families!!!! It’s been wonderful getting into classrooms to do my first lesson of the year with the children. This month we learned about Growth Mindset (aka Flexible Thinking). The children did a wonderful job of creating concept maps for 7 keywords associated with Growth Mindset- risks, mistakes, courage, creativity, persistence, effort, and success.The concept maps are now hanging in each of the classrooms as a reminder of how to move forward when our minds get stuck. Here is a Growth Mindset Parent Page  in case you’d like to continue practicing flexible thinking at home. 

As always, I am here to support our Hillside families in any way I can. Here are the links to the In Need of Counselingand Counseling Consent Form to use if you believe your child could use my help, individually or in a small group.  I can also be reached via email ([email protected]) or phone (973.509.4200 x14811). Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s social-emotional well being. Have a great weekend! 😊

Notes from the Nurse

Hello Hillside Families and Friends! 

If your child has any type of surgery please send a note from the doctor so they are clear to return to school.  They cannot return without a doctor’s note.  If your child needs crutches a note from the doctor must be sent to the nurse prior to your child’s return.  Please contact me with any questions.

I can be reached at 973-509-4200 press 2 or [email protected] Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle

Important Dates

10/3-10/7:Week of Respect

Wednesday 10/5: District Closed in observance of Yom Kippur

Friday 10/7: Hispanic Heritage Event 6PM

Kind regards,


Dr. Samanthaa Anglin

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