March 5, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 3.5.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


I hope this message finds you well. Here are a few lessons to be learned and experiences to be had for our students this month, Women's History Month 2021


Women’s History Month share:


From the Office of Operations and School Support Services:

The Utility Shut Off moratorium has been extended through June 30th.  Please see the link referencing the extension:,1,lVk5KF1_t5ub6D-qI_C8bWekzG37xm20BqSZ4cYL6xYqPkVbGQXSiiFaiv18tKbWhCZtEGD120PDFw9emJoPlHLgg_u60qwaO8TL7FcLg-RolQ,,&typo=1


Please see School-wide Information and Updates Below:


3/8/21-3/12/21 B Week 


Registration for 3rd Grade Cycle 3 Aesthetics

3rd Grade Aesthetics and CI registration will remain open until Monday, March 8th. Please use the included link to register your child: Third Grade Cycle 3 Registration Form


4th and 5th Grade Aesthetics and CIs Update

Due to limitations of the remote and hybrid schedules, a number of CI and aesthetic courses needed to be cancelled for Cycle 3.  We understand that this means some students will not receive their desired choices.  We apologize for this inconvenience. We are working to schedule students into their 2nd and 3rd requested choices. 


If your child is placed in a class they dislike, you can always request a change during our Add/Drop Period. We will open the Cycle 3 Add/Drop period on Monday, March 29th. At this time, you will be able to request changes to your child’s aesthetic and CI schedule.  We strongly encourage you to consider registering your child for a World Language. We currently have openings at every level. Please see the list of cancelled courses below:


CI Law and Order

3D Design

CI Math Part 2

Solar System


Problem Solving

CI Printer’s Paradise

CI Creative Writing

Fantasy Island

Simple Machines

Young Entrepreneurs

CI Problem Solving

CI Mathletics


MFEE Annual Appeal: Fund Public. Fuel Community. For Them.

Your gift to MFEE fuels programs that support Hillside teachers, parents, and students. Hillside teachers have boosted their learning through out-of-the box Professional Development grants; families have participated in MFEE Programs like America to Me, the Healing Huddles, the You Got This! Conference; and students benefit from the innovative grants funded below. Hillside, we are $382 short of our goal. Please click here to support today!


Science Day 2.0


Who knew we would be offering Virtual Science Day 2.0?!?!  Based on the tremendous success for version 1.0, we are currently crafting version 2.0 for our students.

Save the Date:  April 23, 2021

One of our favorite components (well, we really love them all) is the Career Panel.  We have always had a wonderful group of parents/relatives/community members participate in this part.  This year, we will have one career panel, consisting of 3-4 panelists, for each grade level.  A live ZOOM meet will happen from 10:45 - 11:45 a.m..  If you are interested in serving on the panel, please complete the Google Form by March 26, 2021.


Hillside Drama Department

Our Hillside students are busy preparing for their upcoming virtual production of Hopes and Dreams: A Hillside Broadway Revue. The Drama students are working extremely hard to make every line, every song, and every dance, as perfect as can be.

To keep our Drama department going strong, we have partnered with Chipotle (235 Prospect Ave. in West Orange) to host a fundraiser on Saturday, March 6th, between 5pm and 9pm. During those 4 hours, for any menu item ordered online or in person, using the code R9N8EBL, Chipotle will donate 33% of the proceeds to Hillside Elementary School Drama Program. 

All our welcome, so tell your family and tell your friends to come out and support Hillside’s Drama department. Help us to continue to deliver the magic of performing arts to our students. Fundraiser Flyer AND Fundraiser Online Ordering Instructions


Musical Theater Production Update:

Hopes and Dreams: A Hillside Broadway Revue will be available for families to view on March 26th. We’re excited to see all of the hard work the students have put into the production! More information will be provided in the coming weeks.


Hillside Talent Show Movie

The Virtual Talent Show Movie is here! Please use the link below to view the movie at your convenience. We would like to congratulate all our very talented performers. We thank the Talent Show team who made this possible: Tinu Joseph, LaNa Jones-Jules, Denise Owens, Dee Thompson, Eyal Dimant, Sam Schaeffer, Joby Abragan, Raphael Lee, Gerardo Capo, and Sherlana Forgenie.

 Talent Show Movie Link:

PW:  hillside_2021


PTA/SATp meeting 3/11

Our next PTA/SATp meeting will be on 3/11 @ 6:30pm via zoom

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 831 7181 1433                Passcode: F77YE2

Per our PTA By-Laws, our Nominating Committee of five members are Dee Thompson, Shaviece Osborne, Sheila Boyd, Christina Robinson, Justin Taylor, and one alternate member, Brian Fleischer. The committee will solicit interest and propose a slate of candidates for next year's PTA Officers/Executive Board. The Nominating Committee will be elected at the PTA's General Meeting on March 11, and will propose a slate of candidates for announcement at least one month in advance of our annual election meeting in June. We thank our Nominating Committee volunteers for stepping up to identify a diverse slate of nominees.

Hillside Peer Socialization Clubs

The Hillside PTA, along with the Hillside School Pandemic Response team, are thrilled to kick off our first ever Hillside Peer Socialization Clubs. In the last few weeks, Hillside students completed a survey to indicate their interest(s) in various club options. The options are, to name a few, Star Wars Club, Pet Club, Cooking Club, Nerf Battle Club, Gymnastics Club, Movies Club, etc. We need YOU, parent volunteers/Group Leaders to help us run these clubs. If you are interested in supervising our HS and Middle School student volunteers, coordinating some or all of the activities of the clubs, please sign up here


Montclair PTA Council (PTAC) announcements

Montclair Public School District 101

The Montclair PTA Council (PTAC) is pleased to launch "Montclair Public School District 101" for parents, caregivers and families. The guide consolidates some of the most critical information about the school district in one place, is easy to read, and provides links to other resources and documents. We anticipate this document will be revised and updated over time, and we look forward to your feedback.

Montclair Kids News

A group of Montclair parents are trying to organize a student newspaper. They are hoping to put together a sort of "special issue" (in print) that will allow the kids to write in a journalistic way about their experience during the pandemic. Here is a recent article about the project from the Montclair Local ( The organizers are hoping to coordinate article submissions from interested Hillside students of all ages. If you have a child who might have interest in participating, you can let the organizers know by writing and they can share some guidance for submissions.    


PTA Membership: Join us.

Hillside Spirit Wear and Gear:

PTA website:

PTA Facebook group:

PTA Email:


Message from School Counselor Ms. Scott:                                                                                            

"Hillside Hangout"

Passcode: GoodTimes

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Session 1: 11:35-11:50am                 Session 2: 12:25-12:40pm                  Session 3: 1:15-1:30pm


Need to See Ms. Scott Form


A Message from Nurse Boyle:

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

The countdown for Spring begins!  We have 15 more days of winter. It looks like next week we will be getting some sunshine and warmer weather. I feel like the warm weather and sunshine is always a great way to lift spirits! So get those bicycle tires inflated and take a ride!

Thank you parents and guardians that have sent their child’s  sixth grade vaccines in! I have added them to their health records. Please keep them coming! Students need Tdap and Menactra vaccines to start sixth grade.  If you are a new student to the Montclair school district I need your physicals. I need physicals and vaccines even during remote learning. Please send them via email to or fax (973) 509-1882. If you have questions or concerns please contact me at 973-509-4200 ext 4192.

Take care and stay healthy! ~Nurse Boyle


Important Dates:

Friday 3/5: Virtual Talent Show 6:30pm

Monday 3/8: International Women’s Day

Thursday 3/11: SATp/PTA Meeting 6:30pm


Kind regards,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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