November 12, 2018

Hillside Weekly News

November is a busy month so be to sure read the newsletter from to start to finish. Here’s a quick look at what’s inside this week’s issue:

· Coin Challenge and Book Fair
· Sister to Sister and Little Brother to Little Brother programs
· Kids Stuff Coupon Book
· New PTA Membership Drive
· Hillside Spirit Wear Online Store
· Amazon Smile Fundraiser
· Curriculum Night
· Hillside Cares Coat Drive


 The Hillside Scholastic Book Fair opens for business Monday, Nov. 12th and will be open until Friday, Nov. 16th. This year there are two after school events. On Wed, Nov 14th between 4pm-7pm we encourage students to invite their grandparents or other special loved ones to the NEW Grandparents Afternoon Tea. It’s a great opportunity for grandparents to shop for holiday gifts for their grandchildren. But you don’t have to be a grandparent or special loved one to attend. Everyone is welcome! So if you can’t make it Thursday night, come Wed! FREE Refreshments will be served.

Our family night and book signing event is Thursday, Nov 15th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Montclair High School Senior Karuna (Maya) Savoie will talk about her experience publishing her debut novel, the action-packed thriller, The Lore of Ramridge. She will also read a passage from the book and sign books sold at the fair.

As in past years, the students will shop on their own during scheduled class periods and lunchtime. We need lots of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, for family night, our grandparent event and class visits. The class schedule is available if you want to volunteer during your child's class visit. Sign up here to volunteer:

NEW this year! Pay ONLINE! No cash on hand for the book fair? No worries — Scholastic Book Fair is now offering eWallet as a secure, cash-free way for your child to shop at the Fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Simply create an account and authorize a spending limit to have funds immediately available for your child to choose the books they wish for! Visit our book fair page to sign up now!


The Coin Challenge officially started Monday, Oct 29th and will run through Nov.15th. Donate your loose change to Hillside and help purchase books for our school community. Every year Hillside classes compete to collect the most coins to help fund teachers' classroom wish lists. The class that collects the most coins wins a special SLIME class party! There will be one winning class in each grade. So far in the lead by grade are: 3rd – Siebert, 4th-- Gerdes and 5th – Bostic. Next week the competition kicks into high gear so gather your change and get in the game! All the proceeds go to fund books for the Hillside community. To participate, you can send coins with your child in plastic bags or other easily accessible containers. No bills please.


Curriculum Night is Tuesday, November 13th 7 - 8:30pm at Hillside. This will be an opportunity for parents/caregivers to gain a better understanding of the Math and English Language Arts (ELA) curriculm for our students. We need six volunteers: two to work the sign-in table and four to direct parents to the classrooms. Volunteering will not prevent you from participating, but may mean you arrive to each session a little late. Fifth grade parents, or those already familiar with the curriculum are especially encouraged to volunteer to support families of newer students in attending the sessions.

If you can help out, please sign up here.

Questions? Please contact Kimya Nilsen at


The KidStuff Coupon Book was sent home in your child’s backpack. It's filled with all types of coupons and now it comes with a 12-month membership to the New KidStuff App! The app has local and national coupons for savings on the go...even across the country! Books with app are $25 each and we earn 50% profit! Order books for our area (MEUWS edition) or as a holiday gift for friends and family in lots of other states

You can send your order via Money Envelope or you can go to and create your account using our school code: HIL377012. Deadline Extended! Payment or books are now due back Friday, November 16th.

Please make all checks payable to Hillside PTA. Contact Kristina Drymalski with questions.


The Hillside Cares Coat Drive ends Nov.16th. We are asking for donations of clean and gently used adult and children’s coats to benefit NJ Cares. You can drop-off items in the copy room next to the main office. Please email Sarah Jacobstein with questions:


More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved? Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases. (Source: National PTA) One of the best ways to get involved in your school is to join the PTA!

The Hillside PTA works closely with the Hillside school administration and advocates on behalf of the parents and students in the school and the community. The PTA provides parent education and support many school activities that strengthen the home, school and community partnership.

Your membership fee goes directly to help support our school. Here are just some of the initiatives and events the Hillside PTA supports and funds:

Teacher stipends for supplies
Books for classrooms and library (Book fair)
Explorers after school program
Science Day
Field trips (all grades)
Drama program
Nishuane Transition to Hillside picnic
5th Grade Picnic
5th Grade Graduation

Join the Hillside PTA today and take advantage of the November membership drive offer! Each day one new member will win a Hillside branded sports sack (randomly selected from that day’s memberships) and each week one new member will win a Hillside branded sweatshirt or water bottle (randomly selected from the week’s memberships.)

There’s never been a better time to join!


The Hillside Spirit Wear online store is open for business. Get the latest t-shirts and sweatshirts delivered right to your door in just days. Orders over $75 qualify for free shipping. Shop now:


Help the Hillside PTA raise money for our school! It’s as easy as clicking a button! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Hillside every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the same convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Hillside PTA. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to On your first visit you will need to select the Hillside PTA as the charitable organization to receive donations. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. There is no need to create a new account. You can use your existing Amazon account to shop at AmazonSmile.


“She believed she could, so she did.”

Ms. Longmore and Mrs. DesLonde are calling all 4th and 5th grade ladies! Hillside is excited to announce the beginning of Sister to Sister of Montclair, a long standing, and district wide mentoring program for girls throughout our schools! This program provides mentoring to promote self -esteem, setting academic and personal goals, problem solving, cultural understanding, interpersonal relationships, and of course sisterhood!

Sister to Sister will meet after school on various Mondays throughout the remainder of the year, beginning on November 19, 2018, from 3:45‐5:15. Bus services will not be provided.

Come celebrate the strengths and beauty of being a young lady. Sign up now! Limited space is available!! Registration forms and more information will be distributed in homerooms. Forms must be handed in by November 12th to Ms. Longmore in room 223 or Mrs. DesLonde in room 128.


The program is designed to promote academic achievement and preparation for college or trade school as well as to promote healthy lifestyles and to develop anger management awareness and techniques to improve decision-making and problem-solving skills. Student enrollment is free and there are countless lessons and activities our students will be exposed to when they join.

Hillside meetings will be held on Mondays from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. Pick-up will take place at Door K (door by the driveway). Students will be brought to this location and dismissed at 5:00pm.

All registrations must take place online: However, if you are unable to register online, then please ask the Hillside Main Office for a registration form.

If you should have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Executive Director - Mr. Joe Davis at (201) 306-1518.

November Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Nov 1-16: Hillside Cares Coat Drive
Nov 12-16: Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 13: Curriculum Night
Nov 14: Grandparents Afternoon Tea at the Book Fair 4pm-7pm
Nov 15: Book Fair Family Event/Book signing 5:30-8:30pm
Nov 21: Early dismissal
Nov 22-23: Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 29: Winter Concert 6pm.
Nov 30: Picture Day Retakes
Nov 30: Make-A-Wish-Come-True, Gift Giving Drive Begins

Have a great weekend!
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