Week 12 - 12/10/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 12.10.2021

Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

School-wide News...Be in the Know

Dance-Gymnastics Aesthetics

If you have a child enrolled in a dance or gymnastics class, then please click HERE to read more about our showcase rescheduled dates.

Cycle 2 Aesthetics/CIs

Cycle 2 Aesthetics and CIs begin Monday, December 13th. Schedules are visible in Genesis - Parent Access. With the exception of a scheduling emergency (ex. Lunch missing from a schedule), schedules cannot be adjusted until the Add/Drop period opens on December 20th. Add/Drop Information will be included in next week’s eblast. 

SATp Announcements

SATp Presents Hillside Holiday Meal Helpers

Put on your Giving Gloves because It’s holiday time at Hillside! Gathering with family and having amazing meals is a tradition many look forward to each year. In addition to Hillside Cares' annual prepared meal deliveries, SATp is starting a new holiday tradition where you too can contribute to making sure families in need have plenty of fixings on the table. Donate to a wonderful cause and help us provide grocery gift cards to families in need. We thank you for your support! Happy Holidays!


Donate HERE!  For more information, contact: [email protected]


Please Join Nishuane and Hillside Schools as we come together to celebrate Kwanzaa with our friends and families! Friday, December 17th at 7pm (Zoom link provided upon registration)

- Explore the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa seven principles

- Dance with the drums and dancers from Spektrums Afrikans Dance Company!

- Listen to Anansi the Spider Folktale Story!

***Please register HERE in advance by 3pm on Friday 12.17 to receive the Zoom Link. ***

PTA Happenings

Hillside Cares Make-A-Wish is Here

Please help make the holidays a little brighter for children in need within our own school community by participating in the Hillside Cares Make-a-Wish Come True Program. This is an annual tradition at our school and we need your support to make some wishes come true!!!



1. Click HERE for the Sign Up Genius website to see the items that are still needed.

2. Sign up for the items you would like to purchase and donate.

3. Please return the wrapped gift(s) by placing them in the bins located near Door K.  Please make sure that the gift has a tag indicating which item it is. FOR EXAMPLE: #14 - Coat (6 year old boy, size 6)  





• Monetary donations: Please donate HERE or drop a check off to Ms. Best or Ms. Mazur (Door K) at Hillside. Please make checks payable to “Hillside PTA” with “Make-A-Wish” in the memo and place in an envelope marked “Make-A Wish”. Volunteers will use this money to purchase items that were not taken on the Sign-up Genius site.

• Partner Up with a friend to make a family’s wish come true.

• Amazon Smile: Shopsmile.amazon.com and add ‘23182 Hillside PTA’ as your preferred charity. A small portion of each purchase is donated to our school

• Pick Up: If you are unable to drop off, we will gladly pick them up, contact us at [email protected]


Have questions or want to volunteer to help sort and organize gifts? Please contact: the Hillside Cares Team at [email protected].


PTA General Meeting 12/16 @ 7pm

All are invited to join our December PTA meeting. Dr. Anglin and Mr. Adamo will be in attendance! Register HERE in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. (Parent Talent Show meeting immediately follow the December PTA meeting)


Hillside SEPAC Parent Liaison Group

Hillside has a formed SEPAC parent liaison group! Our mission is to support students who are in need of special education and related services and promote the inclusion of all Hillside students.  If you have special education issues, concerns or disability focused topics you would like the Hillside SEPAC group to explore, please email us at [email protected]. You can also follow SEPAC at(3) Montclair SEPAC | Facebook or check out SEPAC's website athttps://montclairpta.org/sepac/


Upcoming SEPAC Meeting - December 13th, 7:00 pm- Parent/Caregiver Support Meeting - This meeting is open to parents and caregivers and is meant to provide an open forum for discussion and support.


Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 823 1203 1673   Passcode: 868269



Additional SEPAC Meetings in 2022

Jan. 31, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Tentative topic - Self Care for Parents and Caregivers

Feb. 28, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Tentative topic - Assistive Technology Presentation


December Workshops from SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

IEP Part II: From Measurable Goals to Progress - December 15, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     Register HERE

This workshop provides strategies to create IEPs with measurable annual goals and objectives as well as the required information regarding student progress. Step-by-step guidance in writing measurable goals to meet student needs is provided. 


Winter Supplies Needed

Now that the weather is getting colder and our children will be indoors more often during lunch/recess, the school is looking to get some indoor recess supplies.  All donations are appreciated!!  Supplies can be sent in to school with your children (label them to go to the Front Desk) or dropped off at the school.

Sign up HERE to donate supplies 


PTA Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will be elected at our PTA meeting on December 16, 2021. If you are still interested in serving on  the committee, please email [email protected]  by December 14th. 


I Will Change the World By

Hillside students! How will you change the world? Be a part of Reflections 2021-2022! Show your creativity in writing, art or photography. Entries must be submitted by December 12, 2021. Apply HERE


Hillside Talent Show Auditions

If you can sing, dance, play music, tell jokes or any other talents, it’s your time to SHINE! Show the world what you’ve got. Auditions will be held virtually on Dec 14th, 15th and 17th. Parents must sign up for an audition date and time and sign the permission form HERE! Sign-up for auditions HERE!   


Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)

I am here to support our Hillside families in any way I can. In addition to email ([email protected]), I can be reached at 973.509.4200 x4297. Additionally please ask your child to join Ms. Scott's Google Classroom (class code jzelps7) where they will be able to access the I Need to See Ms. Scott Google form.  Lastly, here is the In Need of Counseling Survey parents can use to let me know if your child could use my help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s social-emotional well being.

Note from Nurse Boyle

Based on the updated Regional Risk Matrix Report Essex County is now considered HIGH level.  Due to a close contact, and because your child is not FULLY vaccinated (your child is fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose) your child must be quarantined for 14 daysIt is recommended that you get your child tested with a PCR test. We ask that you be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your child for fourteen days. Symptoms can include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Not everyone will get all these symptoms. If you believe your child may have COVID-19, contact their primary care doctor for directions.

Important Dates:

Monday 12/13- TR 2 Begins

Tuesday 12/14- Picture Retakes

Thursday 12/16- Early Dismissal 2:10PM/PTA SATp Meeting 630PM

Friday 12/17- Virtual Kwanzaa Event 7PM

Monday 12/20- Cycle 2 Add/Drop Period Opens

Kind regards,

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