April 30, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 4.30.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


Every problem might not have a solution right now, but don’t forget that every solution was once a problem. 

Our Pandemic Response Team is composed of administration, parents, teachers, office staff, and other school personnel. This team was confronted with the problem of student isolation and how could we as a school facilitate more social opportunities. The team is excited to announce that Hillside kicked off our Peer Socialization Groups last week! Currently we are offering 15+ different kinds of groups that range from Minecraft, Among Us, Nerf Battle, Pet Lovers to Cooking and Hiking. Both in person and virtual groups are being offered and overseen by older peers in the Middle and High School. These groups allow our students to meet up with other students and talk about stuff they love. They are fostering friendships and excitement! CHEERS to this team for working hard to implement solutions!!!!!


Here are a few lessons to be learned and experiences to be had for our students this month, Asian American - Pacific Islander Heritage Month


Hybrid In-Person Reminders:

Hybrid In-person Rotation Calendar

  1. Mounties - Bulldogs Calendar
  2. https://hillside.montclair.k12.nj.us/calendar


School-wide Mentions:


5/3/21-5/7/21 B2 Week/Bulldog Wednesday


Picture Day!

Picture Day is here! All Mounties will have their pictures taken during the school day on May 25. All Bulldogs will have their pictures taken during the school day on May 27. 


All completely Virtual Students will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken. Please use the attached Sign Up Genius to sign up your VIRTUAL ONLY child. Virtual Student Picture Day Sign Up


Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedules

Please view the updated schedules by grade level:

3rd Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule

4th Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule

5th Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule


Hillside Peer Socialization Clubs - Last call to sign up!

The Hillside Peer Socialization Clubs have started this week. We only have a few open spots. If you’re planning to sign up, please do so ASAP.

 We developed these clubs in response to parent demand for increased opportunities for peer socializations, including virtual and outdoor, in-person options. The club topics were developed based on surveys of our students performed by their homeroom teachers. There are space limitations on the clubs, we only have a few spots left.




Nishuane vs. Hillside vs. Glenfield Family Trivia Night - 5/1 @ 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 936 9850 7191

Passcode: SnapFinger


Avengers Assemble! Use The Force and join us on Saturday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm to show us how well you know Star Wars and Marvel trivia!

We will use Zoom and Kahoot for the trivia. Please RSVP for Trivia Night by completing the short form on CheddarUp. We are requesting donations (suggested donation is $5 but any donation value is appreciated), but donations are not required to participate - you can go directly to the RSVP form. Proceeds raised from the Trivia Night will be split between the participating PTAs for end of year activities and moving up/graduation ceremonies. Costumes optional!


Here is the link to CheddarUp - https://family-trivia-night-starwarsmarvel.cheddarup.com


Hillside Bookfair 5/8 - 5/15

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  As you may know, we postponed our traditional bookfair this fall in hopes that we could do an in-person this spring.  The time has come and we are thrilled to be able to hold our first ever OUTDOOR bookfair from Saturday, May, 8th until Saturday, May 15th.  We will offer before and after school shopping hours as well as weekend hours this year but we are limited by volunteers so please sign up to help and if we fill up these time slots, we can expand!  We will also offer a remote option but are still figuring out the details.  Volunteers are needed to roll out the cases and set up for the day, manage the register, and work with our virtual shoppers to get their orders.  Thank you so much for any help you can give.  This is traditionally one of our biggest fundraisers and we are hopeful that even with limited hours, families will still shop and kids will get books to love!  If you have any questions or you can volunteer at a time when there are already 3 ppl signed up or time not listed, please e-mail Diane Tehranian at dnoerpel@hotmail.com.




Sat May 8th - 10-2pm

Mon May 10th - 1-2pm (Mountie)

Tue May 11th - 8:30-9:30 (Mountie)

Wed May 12th - 5:30-7 or 7:30pm (Evening)

Thur May 13th - 1-2pm (Bulldog)

Fri May 14th - 8:30-9:30 (Bulldog)

Saturday May 15th 10-2pm - Rain Date is Sunday the 16th.



PTA Membership: https://hillsidepta.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships. Join us.

Hillside Spirit Wear and Gear: https://hillsidepta.new.memberhub.store/store

PTA website: montclairpta.org/hillside/

PTA Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/2527911263932164/

PTA Email: ptapres@hillsidepta.org


A Message from Ms. Scott

Need to See Ms. Scott Form


A Message from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

I hope our return to school has been a great experience for all my little friends.  My new saying is “I can’t wait to see your eyeballs!”I have really enjoyed seeing the students!  Even if it is just eyeballs!

Parents when you fill out the Covid student form if there are any concerns checked off I will call you.  We can figure out when your child can return to school together. Parents and guardians, if you are sending a note to the teacher about your child not feeling well can you please copy me on it.  This way we are all on the same page. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

If you are a new student to the Montclair School District I need your physicals. I need physicals and vaccines even during remote learning. Here is the link for themedication forms

My phone number is (973) 509-4200 ext 4192.  My email address is rboyle@montclair.k12.nj.us

Have a wonderful weekend! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates

Saturday 5/1: AAPI Heritage Month begins

Wednesday 5/5: Happy Cinco De Mayo!!




Warm Regards,


Samanthaa Anglin

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