Week 15 - 1/7/22

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 1.10.2022

Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:

Happy New Year! We have started this year with quite a bang, hitting the ground running!!! We are very busy at work to support the needs of our teachers and students with regard to curriculum and instruction. The Dr. Ponds’ Virtual Option opt-in period ended last week, please do not call and/or email requesting this option, the opt-in window has closed. 

The Dr. Ponds’ Virtual Option is for 10 school days, which began on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Please note two key points from Dr. Ponds’ communication that was sent to you all on Friday, December 31, 2021.

  • Virtual learning, for those who choose this option, begins Wed., Jan. 5.
  • Virtual period is temporary for 10 school days.

The tenth school day is Wednesday, January 19, 2022. All Virtual Option students must return to school in-person on Thursday, January 2022.  

If your child is participating in the Virtual Option, then they MUST:

  • get out of bed and attend class from an appropriate work area; and 
  • keep their camera on at all times.

School-wide News...Be in the Know

PTA Happenings

Hillside T-Shirt Design Contest

Where are our Hillside ARTISTS??? All students are invited to create art that may be featured on our 2021-2022 Hillside Commemorative T-Shirts. Students will then choose the sixteen winning pieces of art. The chosen T-shirts will be on sale in February.  Entries are due by January 21, 2022. We cannot wait to see what our students create!


Hillside B-I-N-G-O

Thank you, Hillside, for the many BINGO forms we received. We are working hard to go through all the forms so that we can award PRIZES! Stay TUNED…..


Hillside Cares Week of Service

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Blessing Bags and Peace Notes Project

Let's spread some kindness and love to our neighbors. This project will support the Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH).


Please bring fully assembled blessing bags to school during the week of Jan. 10-14. Bins will be located outside of each homeroom. Bags can also be dropped off outside the school on MLK Day (Jan. 17) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cards for Peace Notes will be available to draft on site.


For the Peace Notes: Write a sweet note with words of kindness and encouragement. Use an index card or another small note card. Feel free to decorate it before including it in the bag. Please don’t put it in a sealed envelope.


Blessing Bags can include travel-sized toiletries, granola or protein bars, adult-sized socks, gloves, hats, Chapstick, Band-Aids and hand sanitizer. Please no child items.


For more information, contact Christina Joseph Robinson at [email protected] or Mrs. Samira Harris at [email protected]


PTA Membership Raffle

The Hillside PTA Membership Game is BACK! The first ten NEW members to join will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to the local business of their choice.


Hillside PTA Membership



Hillside Talent Show Auditions: LAST CALL

Calling all performers! If you can sing, dance, play music, tell jokes or any other talents, it is your time to SHINE! The last chance to audition is January 7th @ 5pm and January 10th at 4:30pm.  Parents must complete the permission slip and select a time to audition in advance.


PTAC Executive Board Nominations

The PTAC will have at least two vacancies on the PTAC Executive Board next year. They need smart, engaged, informed people (like YOU) to join the nominating committee. You can be on the Nominating Committee AND run for a board position.  The Nominating Committee must be elected at the January 11th PTAC meeting.


Winter Explorers

The online Registration for Winter Explorers opened on Thursday January 6th and will close on Thursday, January 13th at 8pm.  All classes will begin on January 24th.  To request a Explorers scholarship, please email [email protected] the following information, NO LATER THAN January 12, 2022  


1)  Your child’s first and last name, grade and homeroom teacher

2)  Top 3 class choices

3)  Any allergies (if requesting a cooking class)

4)  Does your child go to aftercare? Y/N

5)  Parent/Guardian contact information - name(s) and phone number(s)

The class schedule and descriptions are also posted on our PTA website - https://montclairpta.org/hillside/hillside-explorers/


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

Hello Hillside Families! Please note that the CDC changed its Covid isolation/quarantine guidelines for the general public.  Our guidelines for schools have not changed. Positive cases must isolate for 10 full days. If your child develops Covid like symptoms  please get them tested. Please do not send your child to school while waiting for test results. The health department does not accept home tests as a  definitive Covid diagnosis.  Please obtain a test from your child’s doctor or testing center. Please send me a copy of the test. If your child is not fully vaccinated and is exposed to a Covid positive person please contact me so I can review the quarantine procedure with you.  Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle

Important Dates:

Friday 1/14/22: Virtual MLK Assembly 

Kind regards,

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