January 22, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 1.22.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. By now you should have received Superintendent Dr. Pond’s Weekly Community Message No. 6, in which we were informed the Montclair Public Schools are unable to properly staff schools for in-person, hybrid teaching and learning on January 25, 2021. Elementary schools will not open to students as planned. All students in all grades will remain fully remote during this time, continuing to follow their original remote schedules. As a reminder, this is the schedule we were following prior to the week of January 18th (schedule attached for your reference). Students will participate in live, synchronous teaching and learning until personnel and staffing issues are resolved.


Facilities Update from Buildings and Grounds:

Upon entering the building, classrooms will be ready through mechanical ventilation, air purification, open windows and reduced class sizes. As per the most recent Ventilation Assessment Chart from Buildings and Grounds, the following rooms have been identified to have air purifiers and will have windows open six inches: 21, 23, 25, 125, 129, 130, 204, 225, and 229. We will continue to update the community as repairs are made to the ventilation systems.




The calendars in Genesis for Feb-June have not been updated yet for any of the schools. As long as the current rotation group (Mounties/Bulldogs/All Days/Virtual) for your child is indicated, then parents should disregard the calendar for now. 


Hybrid Requests

If a parent who selected remote now wishes to switch to hybrid in-person, then they must notify myself and Mrs. Mazur by February 26, 2021. Your child can then participate in hybrid instruction at the start of Cycle 3.



1/25/21-1/29/21 B Week 


Math Books

If you have not picked up your child’s Volume 2 math books please email Mrs. Mazur mmazur@montclair.k12.nj.us to set up a pick up time.


Spanish Teacher Update

We have recommended a candidate for hire and hope to communicate the board’s approval in the near future. There will be no live instruction until the week of February 1st.  There will be no asynchronous work posted next week. 


Hillside Talent Show

Virtual Rehearsals - 1/20-1/29at 4-6pm


The talent show team is looking for a volunteer to run the fundraiser campaign. For more information, to volunteer or if you have questions, please contact: LaNa Jones-Jules (lalajojul@gmail.com)  OR Denise Pignato (denisepignato@yahoo.com

Virtual Talent Show Time - 2/5 at 6:30pm


Nishuane/Hillside Trivia Night #2 - Saturday 1/30 @ 5pm

Join us Saturday, January 30 at 5:00 pm and continue the family fun playing trivia! The trivia questions will be geared to our student population (K-5) but we will include some older sibling/parent-focused questions so everyone can have some fun.

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. https://my.cheddarup.com/c/family-trivia-night-january2020

Restorative Justice Montclair Bookclub

Representatives from Restorative Justice Montclair is offering a virtual book club beginning in January on The Little Book of Restorative Justice In Education. This text serves as foundational reading with respect to restorative justice in the educational context. While unpacking the restorative justice philosophy, families will also have an opportunity to learn more about how restorative justice is being implemented throughout the district. We're excited to have our Montclair families join us in this endeavor.


Restorative Justice Bookclub Zoom info:


Meeting ID: 873 5215 0576  Passcode: LBRJE


Restorative Justice Bookclub dates:

Tuesday, January 5th 6pm - 7pm (Introduction and Chapter 1)

Tuesday, January 12th 6pm - 7pm (Chapter 2 and Chapter 3)

Tuesday, January 19th 6pm - 7pm (Chapter 4 and Chapter 5)

Tuesday, January, 26th 6pm - 7pm (Chapter 6 and Chapter 7)

Hillside Cares Week of Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

We had a wonderful turnout for the MLK week of service. We collected over 360 blessing bags with peace notes!  110 more than last year! Mrs Harris will be bringing the blessing bags to MESH. We packed 2 cars with food donations for Toni’s Kitchen. A big thank you to the Hillside school community and to all our wonderful volunteers who put this together: Mrs. Harris, Jodi and Tyrone Holmes, Anne Kilcullen, Sarah Jacobstein, Allison Silverstein 


Volunteer to share your experience about special education in Montclair!

The Montclair Public School district has hired Dr. Chris Tienken to do an audit of the special education programs in the schools.  We are looking for parents and caregivers of students who have IEPs to speak honestly and openly about their experiences.  Please share with families who may not be SEPAC members but are willing to share their experiences. Please respond to the attached form, and we will contact you. You can also respond to this email with any questions.


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:                                                                                                

If your children and/or you are having challenges managing stress and/or sadness, here are a few Healthy Coping Strategies and resources to help.


COPE Center is offering free workshops via Zoom to help parents/caregivers find ways to manage stress. The first workshop is this Sunday, January 10th. Additional information can be found on this flyer


The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is offering two support groups facilitated by registered Art Therapists where children and teens can chat, create and de-stress. All of the services are free. Additionally, they offer emotional support groups and individual sessions for adults as well. If you or anyone you know is emotionally struggling during this pandemic, please feel free to reach out to them.  MHA Information   


The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of the Children’s System of Care continues to offer free or low-cost access to behavioral health support 24/7/365. Please see their flyer here.  NJDCF Information


If you feel your child is experiencing a social-emotional challenge and would benefit from counseling services, please do not hesitate to reach out. Need to See Ms. Scott Form. It is important that we continue to teach our children how to advocate for themselves and seek help when they need it. Therefore, a form is also available for students to complete in my Google classroom. Here is the link in case you would like to share it with your child(ren). STUDENT- Need to See Ms. Scott Form  ~Ms. Scott


Notes from Nurse Boyle:

Hello Hillside Families and Friends,

Reminder for parents and students returning to hybrid learning please practice wearing your face masks at home for a few hours.  We will be doing this during our hybrid learning.  If you child is new to the district I must have a current physical and vaccine record.  If your child is returning to hybrid learning and takes medication during the school day I need the medication form filled out by the physician.  If you are traveling outside of NJ anyplace other than  New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut you have to quarantine 10 days prior to the return to school.  Please email me so we can clarify the date of return to hybrid learning. 

I wanted to share a link regarding the COVID-19 vaccines with you

COVID Vaccines

Take care and stay healthy! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates:

Thursday 1/28: Abbrev. Day/ Curriculum Thursday 2:05 PM (end of 6th period) Dismissal



Kind regards,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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