Week 5 - 10/7/22

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 10.7.22


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October, on October 10 this year, to honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities. The first seed of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was planted at a U.N. international conference on discrimination in 1977. The first state to recognize the day was South Dakota in 1989. Berkeley, California, and Santa Cruz followed suit.

Although the day was still considered Columbus Day up to 1937, many people began calling it Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate the rich culture and the lives of the Native American people.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates, recognizes, and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of the Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world. Their way of life and culture carries wisdom and valuable insights into how we can live life more sustainably. Indigenous Peoples' Weekend 2022 - Montclair Art Museum

SATp News


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.


Or do you just want to learn a little more about what we do? Please join us virtually on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30pm for our first committee meeting, click HERE to join the meeting.

Community News

NJPAC: Scholarship & Financial Aid for Student Artist! Classes Begin Oct 8th

Jazz for Teens & Band Together are Back In-Person!

Register today to reserve your space and instrument!

Band Together 10AM – 2PM

Beginner to intermediate students learn how to play woodwinds, brass, or percussion during group lessons, and perform together in a final concert.

Ages: 10 – 16

*Tuition: $75 for full year including instrument rental

Location: Arts High School, Newark, NJ

Jazz for Teens 10AM – 5PM

This comprehensive and sequential jazz education program develops well-rounded young performers through access to life-changing experiences.

Ages: 14 – 18

*Tuition: $650 per semester $1,100 per year

Location: Arts Education Building of NJPAC (Rector street)

**Financial aid is available! No student is turned away for financial needs.**

Registration Link https://www.njpac.org/arts-education/students/

PTA News


Tonight is the Night! The Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place tonight- 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 dance lessons by Arthur Murray and music by Ms Periera & the Latin Fusion Band. Along with 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. See you there!


A devastating fire displaced one of our Hillside families. Luckily no one was injured, but they can't recover any of their personal belongings right now. Parents of Hillside have set up this GoFundMe to help provide financial relief during this difficult time. If you’re able to support, please click the link below. 




Hillside’s epic costumed party, Boogie Bash is just weeks away on Friday, Oct. 28 from 7-9 p.m. But don’t delay, advanced tickets for $10 and $20 are only on sale from now until Friday, Oct. 21. After that you’ll have to wait to purchase tickets at the door – for more. 

There will be food, games, a costume contest and the ever-popular Haunted Hallway, if you dare. 

This spooktacular event needs plenty of volunteers and donations to make it a success. Sign up for the many opportunities to lend a hand



Vote Yes to #RebuildMontclairSchools 

Montclair school buildings need urgent building repairs estimated at $187.7M Hillside School is expected to receive more than $25M if voters agree to fund the referendum.

The urgent need for repairs can only get worse, and cost more. To avoid an even higher and unpredictable tax increase, and for schools to meet basic 21st century educational and building code standards, #RebuildMontclairSchools by voting Yes to “Approve the Bond Proposal” on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Check out this handy guide to the referendum here.

For a breakdown of how much each school will receive, click here

For a line by line breakdown of the repairs, read this guide



Help us meet our goal of 200 Hillside PTA members. If you join the PTA during the month of October, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win Hillside Spirit Wear. 

Choose an individual membership for $12 or a family membership for $20. Your financial contribution helps support the many activities and programs we sponsor throughout the year. To join the PTA, click here .


Show your love for Hillside School with great spirit wear options for children and adults.  All sizes of youth and adult t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available. Order online here.


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


Give the gift of warmth this winter! Our coat drive begins Monday, Oct. 17. Please consider donating a new/ gently used adult, kid or infant coat. All coats received will be donated to the Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit. They will give the coats to local families in need. Last year we received 173 donations- this year our goal is 190 coats.

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 Counseling and 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

10/10: School Closed/Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10/12: Bike Walk to School Day

Kind regards,


Dr. Samanthaa Anglin

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2024 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.