December 25, 2020

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 12.23.2020


Dear Hillside Community,


It is with great pleasure that I present to you our Virtual Hillside Winter Showcase. There are three links for you to experience the talents of our wonderful students and teachers. I would like to extend a huge round of applause to the amazing Mr. Park, Mr. Poff, and Mr. Golinski!!! It will take more than remote learning to stunt our gifts and talents.


The Music Department presents Music in My Soul (composed by: Mike Strikland) and Amazing (composed by: Pinkzebra)

  • Performed by the students of 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and CI Chorus
  • Music Director and Video Editor: Mr. Sung-Hyuk Park
  • Video Link
  • Video Length: 21:25 minutes (10:45 minutes of students performing; 10:40 minutes of parent congratulations)

The Drama and Music Departments present Happiness – Scenes and song from the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

  • Performed by the students of Play Production 1
  • Director and Video Editor: Mr. John Poff
  • Music Director and Music Editor: Mr. Sung-Hyuk Park
  • Video Link 
  • Video Length: 8:46 minutes 

The Music Department presents Ode to Joy (composed by: Beethoven), Vinnie (composed by: Louis D’Amico), and Hillside Rocks

  • Performed by the students of a brass duet, Drums of Thunder, and The Hillside Band
  • Music Director and Video Editor: Christopher Golinski
  • Video Link
  • Video Length: 7:10 minutes



Extending Well Wishes:

Please join me in extending a huge SHOUT-OUT to Piedad Gutiérrez!!!!! Congratulations on your retirement. You have been in education for 42 years, here at Hillside for 17 years. You will be dearly missed. Le deseamos todo lo mejor!


Mr. Adamo and I, along with Mr. Sedita, Supervisor of World Languages & ESL, have been actively interviewing for Ms. Gutierrez’s replacement. We anticipate having an update for families upon our return from break. 


Hillside CARES (SATp committee):

In preparation for the holiday season Hillside CARES (SATp committee) provided gifts and meals to 88 Hillside families. Thank you all for your dedication to our school community, we’re in this together. A special thanks to Kari Brantner, Lisa Frankle, Amanda Hart, and Amanda Senior. And I would like to extend an above and beyond appreciation for Stacey Best, Ruthelyn Elkin, Phyllis Lowenthal, Simone Hayes, Mara Mazur, Zoe LaSalandra, Allison Silverstein, Jennifer Adubato, Colleen DOugherty, and Dana Rizzo.


Kwanzaa Festival - 12/19 - 12/31:

Celebrate culture, community and creative expression at NJPAC’s annual Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace!


This year’s virtual festival runs through December 31, featuring online programs inspired by the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith). Don’t miss out on any of the fun! Tune in for a panel discussion about storytelling with the elders, social justice or Black theater. Take an online class to explore West African dance, stepping, Zumba, drumming,  capoeira, Bebop Graffiti Arts or Afrobeats. Or stop by the community marketplace for some online shopping.


To Learn more about Kwanzaa, visit


Make A Wish:

Hillside Cares “Make-a-Wish” 2020 has officially wrapped! Because of your unbelievable efforts and generosity, we raised $3,000 and provided over 70 children with an assortment of much needed items: winter gear, including handmade hats, gloves, coats, special toys, books, art supplies, and gift cards, too. Neither the pandemic nor Snowmaggedon could keep us down! 


A big big big thank you to everyone who helped make wishes come true:

Stacey Best, Mara Mazur, Wayne Luhrs, Daryl Washington, Chair Zoe La Salandra, SATP, Hillside PTA, Allison Silverstein, Colleen Dougherty, Dana Rizzo, Hillside staff, Kimya Nilsen, Yarnia, The Montclair Knitting circle and the entire Hillside community!

Be well and Happy Holidays!


Cycle 2 Add/Drop Period:

The Cycle 2 aesthetics/CI Add/Drop period is currently open.It will remain open until Tuesday, January 5th. Please use the link to submit your add/drop request: Cycle 2 Add/Drop Form.


A Message from Ms. Scott:                                                                                                            

I hope everyone takes some time to put away the technology and unwind! May the joys of the holiday season be yours. Wishing you a relaxing winter break and a healthy, happy new year!!! 


Notes from Nurse Boyle:

Hello Hillside Families and Friends,

I hope you all enjoy the holidays and I wish you a happy healthy New Year!  Enjoy spending time with your families!  I will see you in 2021!


Important Dates:

Friday 12/25: Merry Christmas!

Saturday 12/26: Kwanzaa begins

Friday 1/1: Happy New Year!



As we close out the last school day of 2020, I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone in our Hillside Family a safe, joyful, and restful holiday and winter break. 


We thank you for your support and for sharing your children with us. We look forward to an AMAZING 2021 together!


Kind regards,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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