Week 11 - November 8, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

We hope you all have a great long weekend! Here’s a look at what’s inside this week’s issue:

• The Coin Challenge is On!
• Scholastic Book Fair Nov 11-15- Volunteers Wanted
• Book Fair Special Events and Book Signing
• Minted.com Fundraiser
• Coat Drive Donations Needed!
• Curriculum Night Nov 25th
• Join Our Facebook Group
• Hillside Spirit Wear Makes Great Gifts

The Coin Challenge kicked off last Friday and the race for the most coins is on! It’s time to dig through your pants pockets and purses for loose change to donate to Hillside. Every year Hillside classes compete to collect the most coins to help fund teachers' classroom wish lists. This year the class that collects the most money in coins will win a Game Day and Pizza Party! One class in each grade will win. All the proceeds go to fund books for the Hillside community. To participate, you can send coins with your child in bags or other easily accessible containers. No bills please.


The Hillside Scholastic Book Fair opens for business Monday, Nov. 11th and will be open until Friday, Nov. 15th. 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 class visits, family night, the grandparent event and clean up. Sign up here!

Our 2nd annual Grandparents and Special Loved Ones Afternoon Tea is on Wed, Nov 13th 3:30-6:00pm. 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! Light refreshments will be served. Grandparents can also set up an eWallet account for their grandchildren if they can’t attend the event (See Pay Online below).

We are excited to welcome the author J. A. White (Nightbooks and The Thickety Series www.jawhitebooks.com) to our family night and book signing on Thursday, Nov 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. He will be reading an excerpt from his new novel Shadow School and signing books purchased at the book fair. Bring the whole family for a fun night of book shopping! The first 200 shoppers at both after school events will get a FREE reusable book bag.

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

The Hillside PTA is partnering with Minted.com for the month of November! Starting on November 1 through November 30, shop at Minted.com for your holiday cards & holiday gifts and use the special code FUNDRAISEHILLSIDES at checkout. This code will give you 15% off your total order and then Minted donates 15% of your total order to Hillside! Anyone can use the special code, so please share with family and friends (just don't post to any coupon sites - then they will invalidate our code).

Thank you Hillside for your help! So far we've collected 35 Winter Coats for the Jersey Cares Coat Drive. You still have until November 22nd to drop your CLEAN and GENTLY-USED infant, kids and adult WINTER coats in the collection bin in the Main Office.
*** We so appreciate your generosity but please, bring only WINTER COATS; we can’t pass on anything else like vests, sweaters, or hats***
Please contact Trente Miller if you have questions.

Curriculum Night is Monday, November 25th, 6:30pm to 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) curriculum used for our students. Teacher subject leads will explain how student's are taught, what materials are used, and the content available to students and parents at home to support in class learning. Parents/caregivers will have the opportunity to ask questions about in-class learning and the best approaches for homework. In addition, the middle school math options will be explained. Childcare will be available.
PLEASE RSVP HERE. Questions? Please contact Kimya Nilsen.

Let your friends know about Hillside’s NEW closed Facebook Group! And if you haven’t joined yet, now is a perfect time. The PTA posts important information about events, registration deadlines and volunteer opportunities and will also keep you up to date on the daily school schedule (a.k.a. the “A” day and “B” day schedule). You can join the group here.

Not sure what to get your child for the holidays? How about Hillside Spirit Wear! You can purchase online or at various Hillside events. Check out the newest styles online.

November Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Nov 7 &8: No School for Teacher’s Convention
Nov 11-15: Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 13: Book Fair Grandparents & Special Loved Ones Afternoon Tea 3:30pm-6pm
Nov 14: Book Fair Family Event and Book Signing 6:30pm-8:30pm
Early Dismissal at 2:10pm/ Curriculum Thursday
Nov 25: Curriculum Night 6:30-8:30p
Nov 27: Early Dismissal at 2:10pm
Nov 28-29: School Closed for Thanksgiving

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.
Hillside Elementary School
54 Orange Rd., Montclair, NJ
Phone: (973) 509-4200
Fax: (973) 509-1448
Follow us on Twitter: @Hillside_MPS

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