May 28, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 5.27.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. The original organizers chose this month to pay homage to the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, which helped spark the modern gay rights movement. We don’t teach tolerance, we teach all inclusion. Show your pride this month!


Wear it Wednesdays: Wednesday 6/2 is Pride Day! June is Pride Month which highlights the acceptance of the LGBTQIAA community. Everyone should embrace who they are and let the world know- in style! Wear every color of the rainbow to show every color of who you are. Be uniquely you! 


Hybrid In-Person Reminders:

Hybrid In-person Rotation Calendar

  1. Mounties - Bulldogs Calendar


School-wide Mentions:


6/1/21-6/4/21 B2 Week/Mountie Wednesday


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


5th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

We are actively planning for our 5th graders as they move-up and transition to middle school. We will host an outdoor Moving-Up Ceremony on Monday, June 21st at 11:00am. Specific details were sent to all fifth grade families today. More information to follow.


IMANI 6th Grade Transition Summer Program

We are looking forward to another great summer of the IMANI 6th Grade Transition Program as we prepare 5th-grade students for the challenge of the 6th-grade curriculum. During the month of July, students will read and role-play short stories from the 6th-grade Language Arts curriculum. Additionally, students will explore math concepts to better prepare themselves for success at the middle school level. 6th Grade Transition Flyer


Requesting Free Lunches

Free lunches are available to everyone until the end of June 2021 per the USDA. Lunch is distributed every Monday and Thursday. Students receive enough food for a few days. The lunches consist of snacks, frozen/microwave foods, and cereal. If you are interested in requesting lunches please answer “Yes” on the bottom of your child’s daily health screening form. 


Virtual Field Day 2021

Hillside is ready to sweat and have some fun with Field Day 2021, June 4th. Since this year it's going to look a little different, students will need to have some supplies on hand. Please refer to the attached link for a list of supplies. Students that are in person on June 4th, Bulldogs and All Day will need to bring supplies into school with them. Hope you are ready to have fun!  Field Day Supplies



Heritage Month Family Program

Sponsored by AAPI Montclair & the Bradford, CHB, Edgemont, Hillside, Northeast, & Watchung PTAs


Part 1: Virtual Visit with Author and Activist Ambreen Tariq - Tuesday, June 1st, 6:30-7:15pm

We are excited to host Ambreen Tariq, author and founder of the @BrownPeopleCamping movement, for an AAPI Heritage Month family program! Ambreen will read aloud from her book Fatima's Great Outdoors, a picture book about an immigrant family embarking on their first camping trip, answer students’ questions, and share her own story as a Muslim immigrant, outdoors enthusiast, and social justice advocate working to ensure people of color feel safe and welcome in outdoor spaces.

Zoom link for Author Visit:

Meeting ID: 853 5327 3220  Passcode: AAPI 


Part 2: In-Person Hike at Eagle Rock for Students and Families - Saturday, June 5th, 4:30pm

Let’s build on Ambreen’s visit with a joint hike at Eagle Rock Reservation! This ~1.25 hr, easy hike

will include stops for a short lesson and snack break. Please meet at Kiosk #1 in the parking lot at the top of Crest Drive, and be sure to wear sneakers (no open toes), a mask, and bug spray, and bring water and a snack. Students should be accompanied by an adult caregiver. To register for the hike:!/showRSVPSignUp/10c0c45a9aa2ca3fecf8-montclair

Please see this flyer for more details on both of these events.


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 here to place your order:

Questions about school supplies orders? Contact Jen Hand at


5th Grade Events:

1) Yearbook Shout Outs - ALL Families can order a Shout Out

A Shout Out is a short message, about 2-3 lines of text or 10-20 words and can be to a student, sibling, teacher or friend. Each Shout Out is $5.00 and is paid to the Hillside PTA to support the yearbook. Submissions must be sent by Friday, June 4 to be included in the Yearbook.


Some examples of a Shout Out are:

Way to go Julia!! We are so proud of you!! Love, Mom, Dad & Ryan

Ashley!! We are dancers, fashionistas, and besties! C U at Glenfield! Claire

THANK YOU Ms. Hart for making 5th grade the best year ever! Will miss you! Henry


Please use the Cheddarup Link below to create your shout out!


2) 5th Grade Picnic - for 5th Grade students ONLY

When:  Friday, June 4th from 4 pm - 7 pm

Where:  Glenfield Park (adjacent to Glenfield Middle School)

Please RSVP for your 5th Grade student here.  

Parent volunteers are NEEDED to help at the picnic. Please use this link to sign up to volunteer here.


3) Fifth Grade Farewell Food Drive - 6/5 @10am

June 5th (Rain date: June 12th) @ 10 AM - 2 PM

Come say goodbye to the AMAZING Hillside fifth graders with one last day of service! All are welcome to the Fifth Grade Farewell Food Drive. Let's get the whole town involved! Donations will go to Toni's Kitchen to help combat food insecurity & support our neighbors in need. Volunteer slots are for fifth graders only. Help us spread the word! Tell your family, friends & neighbors to bring food donations to support our neighbors in need. 


Donation wish list: pasta, pasta sauce, oatmeal, nuts, rice, canned beans, breakfast food, coffee, tuna, canned vegetables, canned soup. 


* To volunteer on the day of the food drive, please sign up here

 Questions about the Food Drive? Contact Jodi Holmes at


Message from Ms. Scott

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A Message from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

Pfizer vaccines are now approved for children as young as 12 years old.  Please see the vaccine literature.  Here is the link to get vaccinated through Mountainside Hospital.  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.If your child will be going to middle school in September please submit your child’s vaccines to me via email. Have a great  Memorial Day Weekend!   

 Nurse Boyle


Important Dates

Friday 5/28 & Monday 5/31- District Closed/ Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday 6/1-Friday 6/4- Glenfield Related Arts Auditions

Friday 6/4- Virtual Field Day/ 5th Grade Celebration 4-7pm

Kind regards,



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