February 28, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

Here’s a quick look at what’s inside this week’s issue:
• Hillside Talent Show is tonight at 6:30pm
• School is Closed Friday, March 1st for Staff Professional Development
• Fireball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Until March 1st
• Fireball Donations Needed-Monetary and Auction Items
• Hillside School Tour Guides Needed for March 5th
• District Elementary Math Night Moved to March 12th

This Thursday is Hillside's Student Talent Show! The show starts at 6:30 pm and will feature over 30 amazing acts comprised of singers, dancers and dance groups, musicians, magicians, poets, and comedy skits. Come enjoy a free evening out and cheer on all of the students participating in this year's Hillside Talent Show!

Students and staff are having a blast celebrating Read Across America week. We continue the fun on Monday with Pajama Day! Students can dress in pajamas and bring a small stuffed animal.

Fireball is a fantastic fundraiser that happens once every three years to benefit Hillside and Nishuane elementary schools. This year’s event is at the fabulous The Grove in Cedar Grove. Check out the venue here: The Grove

Early Bird Ticket Sales will run from 2/18 through 3/1 ONLY.
Early bird tickets are $90.00 each. Starting on March 2nd the price will be $125.00 per ticket. The early bird discount is an AMAZING deal! Don't miss out!!

Purchase your tickets at fireball.givesmart.com
**Please note- tickets purchased through this link require a credit card. If you need to pay via check or cash, please contact ptapres@nishuanepta.org

Family donations are the heart and soul of our FIREBALL fundraising. Over the years, generous donations from Hillside and Nishuane families have included monetary gifts as well as a myriad of items for our auction & raffle. The last FIREBALL raised $60,000 for Nishuane and Hillside! The funds were used to improve classroom libraries, upgrade auditorium equipment and fund other high-impact items in our schools. And this year we want to raise even more!

Monetary Donations

A financial gift is the most direct way to support FIREBALL. Family donations of $100 or more include listing in our event program. If you give $500 or more, your family will receive free event tickets and also be recognized on signage and in our social media marketing.

And, if your company matches charitable donations, your financial gift to FIREBALL could double!

Auction & Raffle Items

We are looking for unique and fun auction & raffle items. So, put on your thinking cap…
• I know a celebrity and I can ask him/her for…..
• I have a vacation home and I could donate a …..long stay
• I am willing to provide …hours of my professional service
• I am a professional musician, dancer, artist and could donate lessons, etc.
• I can get tickets to …..(Broadway show, TV show, sports game, concert, etc.)
• I will encourage other Hillside/Nishuane parents
• Other? Get creative!

To donate an item, service or event experience to the FIREBALL, please submit item information directly on the Fireball website (under "Donate Now" section) or email Justin Taylor at ptapres@nishuanepta.org

HILLSIDE TOURS ARE NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm!!!
Come out and show your Hillside spirit! Give a school tour to incoming Hillside families or help greet families as they come to visit Hillside. Montclair's annual School Open House Tours are only successful with lots of volunteers to help keep the tours organized and moving. If you don't want to give a tour, please come help with check-in and to greet families!
Being a tour guide is easy! We will provide you with all the facts and figures you need to show families around our very special school. You can also share your own anecdotes on why Hillside is so important to you. The time commitment is small and the impact is huge! Come share your love of Hillside with prospective families! Sign up here!
All pertinent information will be provided to our guides and there will be an optional pop-in training meeting on MONDAY, MARCH 4th from 9:30-10:30am.

District K-5 Math Night is now Tue, March 12th at MHS George Innes Annex Cafeteria- Parking and entrance in the back of the building off of North Fullerton. The presentation runs from 6-7pm followed by an open Q & A session from 7-8pm. Parents and caregivers with get an overview of Math at the Elementary School Level including:
• Overview of K-12 programming,
• 6th grade math placement process,
• Elementary curriculum overview,
• Textbook adoption review,
• How to help your child succeed in Math!
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Goforth, Director of STEM, 973-509-4038 or jgoforth@montclair.k12.nj.us

March Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
March 1: District Closed for Staff Professional Development
March 1: FireBall Early Bird Ticket Price Expires
March 5: Hillside Tours
March 8: Hillside PTA/SATp Meeting
March 12: District K-5 Math Night 6pm
March 14: Hillside Play Production for Families
March 20: Cycle Three Begins
March 28: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 29: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mr. Thomas Adamo
Acting Assistant Principal
Hillside Elementary School
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