May 14, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 5.14.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


We’re rocking and rolling with hybrid learning and the weather is finally on our side! Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones. 


Hybrid In-Person Reminders:

Hybrid In-person Rotation Calendar

  1. Mounties - Bulldogs Calendar


School-wide Mentions:


5/17/21-5/21/21 A2 Week/Bulldog Wednesday


Daily Health Screening Form

Please make sure your child’s health screening form is filled out on the Genesis Parent Portal under the message center every morning, by 830AM, that your child attends in person.


Picture Day!

Picture Day is here! All Mounties will have their pictures taken during the school day on May 25. All Bulldogs will have their pictures taken during the school day on May 27. 

All completely Virtual Students will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken. Please use the attached Sign Up Genius to sign up your VIRTUAL ONLY child. Virtual Student Picture Day Sign Up


Please use this link for online picture ordering:


Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedules

Please view the updated schedules by grade level:

3rd Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule

4th Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule

5th Grade Updated Related Arts Rotation Schedule


Wear it Wednesdays

Wednesday 5/19 is pajama day! Wear your comfiest pajamas and bring a stuffed animal (no slippers). 


HIllside Drama Fundraiser

Are you a Starbucks Star, or perhaps a Dunkin’ Donuts Diva? Are you an Amazon All-Star? How about Walmart Wizard or Kohls King? If you’ve said yes to any of the questions above, then have we got the perfect  fundraiser for you. 


The businesses mentioned above are only 4 of the over 750 brands that are participating in our Hillside Drama Program fundraiser! With this fundraiser, you can purchase a gift card to your favorite businesses while also helping the Hillside Drama Department to raise funds for their yearly productions.


Just follow these few short, and easy, steps:

1.    Download the RaiseRight app or go to

2.    Create an account using our organization’s enrollment code (7E43BFAE81549)

3.    Purchase gift cards for businesses that you already shop at

4.    Use those cards to do your shopping!


Without spending any extra money you will be able to help the Hillside Drama Department earn funds to keep their productions going strong. You can opt to buy digital gift cards or physical gift cards to use in stores.  If you opt for physical gift cards, we ask that you have them shipped to your home. Another new and easy feature is the ability to pay with a credit card or a linked bank account. For any issues or concerns, please contact Katherine Mallimo at


The Hillside Drama Program, as always, appreciates your support!


PTA/SATp meeting and Proposed 2021-2022 PTA Board Slate

Thank you all who attended our PTA meeting yesterday. The Nominating Committee presented the below slate of nominees for the 2021-2022 PTA Board. At the following PTA meeting on June 10th, we will hold a general election for the recommended slate. The time in between meetings will allow any interested parties to notify the Nominating Committee (

of a desire to run for one of the below positions in the general election (known as "Nominees from the floor"). 1 position remains open, Co-VP of Events, we invite interested parties to self-nominate or recommend candidates by emailing our Nominating Committee.


Proposed Slate - 2021-2022 Hillside PTA Board Members

Co-Presidents: Yvette Frazier and Betty Shvetz

Co-VPs Events: Sheila Boyd +1

VP Communications: Shaviece Osborne

Recording Secretary: Amber Reed

Co-Treasurers: Dana Rizzo and Jacqueline Ahern


Our next and final PTA/SATp meeting for the school year will be on Thursday 6/10 @ 9:30am.


Hillside Bookfair - Last Day tomorrow, 5/15

The Hillside Book Fair is closed today 5/14. We will reopen for the last day tomorrow, Sat 5/15 at 10am-2pm. Please use Door K facing the school parking lot to enter the building. MASKS REQUIRED. This year we are also offering a virtual shopping option where you can email your order, then come to the Fair to pay and pick-up. Details are in the attached flyer. Cash, credit, check, and Scholastic eWallet are accepted. To set up an eWallet, please visit

 If you are able, please consider donating to our "Books for All" eWallet so the PTA can get a book into the hands of every child who wants one:   

Please also consider donating to your child's teacher's eWallet so the teachers can shop for their classrooms. Class Partners will send teacher eWallet links separately. Links to eWallets for teachers without Class Partners can be found here:

 Finally, if you can volunteer any time to help staff the Fair, please sign up here:

Thank you for participating in this important fundraising effort for the Hillside PTA!  Please reach out to the Hillside Book Fair Committee at with any questions.


AAPI Montclair Lantern Festival - 5/21 @ 7-9pm

Please join AAPI Montclair as we illuminate the park with hundreds of paper lanterns as a memorial to the victims of racial injustice, inequity, and violence. We stand together against the horrific convulsion of anti-Asian hate that has taken so many lives, and grieve for everyone lost to racialized violence.


Order School Supplies for 2021-2022 now!

There will be a 1st day of school next year, and 1st Day Supplies is here to help Hillside families! Why not cross back to school shopping off your to do list?  It is super easy... click, pay, done! The supplies will be shipped directly to your home. To buy your Hillside teacher approved school supplies, CLICK the ad or link below.

Questions? Contact Jen Hand at


Hillside PTA Annual Appeal

Now that many have re-entered the school building, our needs and opportunities as a PTA are shifting again so our approach has to shift to an annual appeal and we need your help.   We are looking to our wonderful Hillside community for support for the following key events:

* Our free Peer Socialization Clubs have launched and we would love to be able to support reimbursement of club supplies purchased by the parent volunteers running these clubs.  

* We would like to celebrate our 5th graders “stepping up” as festively and boisterously as we can under state and district guidelines.

The annual appeal dollars will go directly to the PTA and will have a significant impact on what we can do for the remainder of the school year.  No contribution is too small and every donation is greatly needed and appreciated.   All contributions are confidential and will only be seen by the PTA Treasurer.   You can contribute directly to our annual appeal online here:

  If you would like to send a check or cash please email us at for arrangements. To donate with Zelle, please use this email address


A Message from Ms. Scott

Need to See Ms. Scott Form


A Message from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

I want to thank you for all your patience and support over the past month!  I know it gets crazy balancing everything!. I appreciate the honesty I received and the patience given as we work through our safe  return together. 

Parents and guardians,  I want to remind you if your child has an injury and received medical treatment, I need our medical injury form filled out by their doctor upon the student’s return to school. Have a great weekend!  Nurse Boyle


Important Dates

Thursday 5/20: Curriculum Thursday. Classes end 1:10PM


Be well,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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