December 19, 2017

Hello Hillside. Wishing everyone a happy and a healthy holiday and great start to 2018. Help us celebrate Hillside Spirit Week as we gear up for the winter break. Remember: Friday is early dismissal.

HILLSIDE SPIRT WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday: Pajama Day - (no slippers/proper footwear required)

Wednesday: Hawaiian Day/Favorite Summer Outfit (no swimwear, wear shirts and proper footwear)

Thursday: Silly Sweater Day

Friday: Hillside Pride Day

GET IN THE HILLSIDE SPIRIT - POP UP SHOPPING WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Get into the spirit with pop up shopping! Join us Wednesday, 11:30-12:30, Thursday 11:30-2:30 and Friday 1:30 - 2:00.

GIFTS FOR MAKE-A-WISH

Remember to bring your wrapped gift to Stacey Best in the Main Office by Monday, Dec. 18 and attach the tag to the outside of the gift. If you cannot wrap, deliver the gift in a bag with the tag inside.

REMINDER: SHOWING APPRECIATION FOR OUR TEACHERS

Every year Hillside families are so generous with classroom gifts, and the goal is to reward everyone fairly. To clarify: Classroom donations are pooled between switch classes and split at a rate of 80 % and 20%. The 80% will be evenly divided between the switch teachers, the 20% will be sent to the PTA and disbursed equally between all of the in-class support teachers and full-time paraprofessionals. A second donation will be collected by the PTA to be dispersed among the Resource Room, Special Ed, Art, Science Lab, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Technology, Dance, Music and Literacy Center teachers. To contribute to this second collection, please send your donation in an envelope marked "PTA - Holiday Fund" by Tuesday at noon to the main office.

SHOUT OUT

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make last week’s Teacher Appreciation Lunch a success: Leslie Wade, Beth Larson, Amy Uhlfelder, Alice Hurley, Eyana Carballo, Chio Vazquez, Claudia Hirsch, Alicyn Gay, LaNa Jules-Jones, Oxana Shevchuk, Linda Kow.

GOVERNOR’S EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR PROGRAM

Per Dr. Anglin: Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form and returning it to the building principal by the specified deadline. Administrators, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to participate. Please reach out to Dr. Anglin if you would like to nominate someone.

WINTER EXPLORERS CATALOG AVAILABLE

Our Winter 2018 Explorers Catalog, coming home right after the break, is now available for preview here. Online registration is open Jan. 4 at 8 pm through Jan. 12 at 8 am. Classes start week of Jan. 22. Please note that Scholarship Request forms should be turned in by 1/10. If you have questions contact explorershillside@gmail.com.

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR FIRST-EVER HILLSIDE FEBRUARY MOVE-A-THON

We're thrilled to announce a brand new event to warm up the cold in February! Families will get a chance to experience all kinds of physical activities while raising money for their school. From Parkour to Tae Kwan Do to Zumba and Yoga, we will partner with experts to get us moving. And did we mention a winter glow dance party? Sign up here to help with planning. Or sign up here to get more info about participating as a sponsor / class experience.

GOT EXTRA WRAPPING RIBBON? DONATE TO HILLSIDE FOR ART PROJECT

Please save your fabric ribbons this season! Hillside parents can use it for a special outdoor art installation project planned for the Spring. Stay tuned for more information about how to donate the ribbon.

DECEMBER – JANUARY DATES

Dec. 18 Bring Make a Wish wrapped gifts to the Main office (unwrapped in a bag with tag)
Dec. 20-22 Spirit Wear Pop Ups
Dec. 22 Early Dismissal
Dec. 25 Schools Closed – Winter Recess
Dec. 25 Drums of Thunder performs at the Eagles Game – in case you are in Philly for the holidays!
Jan. 2 Back to School in 2018
Jan. 4 Winter Explorers Registration Begins
Jan. 10 PTA Meeting 9:30-11 am, Library
Jan 10 Explorers Scholarship Request deadline
Jan. 11 International Night 6 pm
Jan. 12 Explorers Registration Deadline
Jan. 12 MLK Assembly 10 am
Jan. 15 School Closed - Hillside Cares Volunteer Day
Jan. 16 School Closed - Staff Professional Development Day
Jan. 22 Hillside Explorers Winter Session Begins
Jan. 26 Talent Show 6 pm

Questions? Email the PTA.

SUPPORT THE PTA

You can sign up anytime on the PTA Website. You can also donate every time you purchase from Amazon by selecting the Hillside PTA as your smile choice. Learn more here on Amazon Smile.

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