May 7, 2021

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 5.7.2021


Dear Hillside Community,


Happy Mother’s Day to all the selfless women who inspire, motivate and remind us to be a better person every single day! I wish you a weekend of joy and laughter with your loved ones.


Thank you for the work of our SATp - Cultural Infusion subcommittee. They have been hard at work developing lessons for our teachers to implement for all students. We want to ensure consistent messaging and information for our kids across all grade-levels during AAPI Heritage Month.  


Hybrid In-Person Reminders:

Hybrid In-person Rotation Calendar

  1. Mounties - Bulldogs Calendar


School-wide Mentions:


5/10/21-5/14/21 A1 Week/Mountie Wednesday


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


Picture Pick Up

Any students from the 19’-20’ SY that have a 5th Grade yearbook picture still at Hillside many come and pick it up Monday 5/10 or Tuesday 5/11 from 1:30PM-3:30PM. Please come to Door K, ring the bell, and state your child’s name and Homeroom teacher from that year.


Wear it Wednesdays

The Student Council  would like to announce “Wear it Wednesdays”. Every Wednesday from now till the end of the year will be a themed day. Starting next week Wednesday May 12 will be Safari Day. Put on your best animal print or exploring attire!


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 - 5/13 @ 6:30pm

Our next PTA/SATp meeting will be on Thursday 5/13 @ 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 1108 6739     Passcode: 3bfh5c


Hillside Bookfair - 5/8 - 5/15

The Hillside Book Fair is here!  Dates and hours are: Sat, 5/8: 10am-2pm; Mon, 5/101:30-3pmWed, 5/125:30-7:30pmThurs, 5/131:30-3pm;  and Sat, 5/15: 10am-2pm. 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.


Walk and Roll Parade - 5/8 @ 1pm

Please join us for a Walk and Roll Parade for Disability Pride! We welcome people with disabilities, families, friends and allies. The parade starts at Heningburg Field at 1pm, see attached flyer for more information and parade route.


Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) May meeting - 5/11 @ 7pm

Please join the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) for our next Parent/Caregiver Support Call on Tuesday, May 11th7-8pm. Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 2321 7032    Passcode: 387627

This meeting is for the parents and caregivers of students with special needs to discuss concerns, share resources/ideas and receive support.

Join the mailing list at for information about meetings and events.


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:

  • Thanks to your support, we provided nice box lunches to all our staff to thank them for their efforts and show our appreciation. 
  • 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 hope our return to school has been a great experience for all my little friends.  My new saying is “I can’t wait to see your eyeballs!”I have really enjoyed seeing the students!  Even if it is just eyeballs!

Parents when you fill out the Covid student form if there are any concerns checked off I will call you.  We can figure out when your child can return to school together. Parents and guardians, if you are sending a note to the teacher about your child not feeling well can you please copy me on it.  This way we are all on the same page. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

If you are a new student to the Montclair School District I need your physicals. I need physicals and vaccines even during remote learning. Here is the link for themedication forms

My phone number is (973) 509-4200 ext 4192.  My email address is

Have a wonderful weekend! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates

Sunday 5/9:Mother’s Day

Thursday 5/13: PTA/SATp Meeting 630PM

Saturday 5/8-5/15: Hillside Book Fair

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be well,




Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.


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