Week 17 - December 20, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

We wish you a very happy holiday and hope you enjoy meaningful time with your family and friends! See you next year!

Here’s what you need to know going into the New Year:
Make a Wish Come True Gift Giving Shout Outs
Minted.com Fundraiser Extended to Dec 31st
Amazon Smile Fundraiser-You Shop, Hillside Earns
Help Hillside Reach Its Fundraising Goal for 2019
Winter Explorers Coming in Jan
REIKIDS Pop Up Workshop Jan 7th
Science Day 2020 Planning in the Works
MLK Day Blessing Bag and Peace Notes Project

MAKE-A-WISH COME TRUE GIFT GIVING
Hillside Cares Make-A-Wish Come True 2019 is complete. A big thank you to everyone who helped make over 330 wishes come true, including: Co-chairs Kimya Nilsen, Sashy Bogdanovich and Zoe La Salandra; Stacey Best, Mara Mazur, SATP, Hillside PTA, Hillside staff, Yarnia, The Montclair Knitting circle and of course the entire Hillside community. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!

SHOP MINTED.COM UNTIL DEC 31ST TO BENEFIT HILLSIDE

Don't forget - Minted.com has INCREASED the savings from 15% to 20% and extended the fundraiser to December 31! Don't forget to shop Minted.com for your customized holiday cards, New Year's cards, or family or teacher gifts! Plus, Minted offers FREE custom envelopes & FREE recipient addressing. Use the special code at checkout FUNDRAISEHILLSIDES and get 20% off and 15% of your order is donated back to Hillside School!

AMAZON SMILE MAKES A GREAT GIFT TO HILLSIDE
Every purchase you make this holiday season could benefit Hillside! 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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com and select Hillside School PTA as your charitable organization. Your existing Amazon account is all you need to get started! New to AmazonSmile? Follow these instructions to set up your account.

HELP THE HILLSIDE PTA REACH ITS FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR 2019
Your contributions to the Hillside PTA help in so many ways, such as support for student field trips, stipends for our teachers to support the costs of learning activities, Explorers scholarships and holiday meals for low-income families. None of this would happen without the generous support of the Hillside community. Please consider the Hillside PTA as you plan your year-end giving, and don't forget to ask your employer about corporate matching programs for charitable donations. Donate to the Hillside Annual Appeal here.

WINTER EXPLORERS WILL BRING 8 MORE WEEKS OF FUN
Catalogs will come home right after the break and will be posted online at HillsidePTA.org over the break. Registration will start January 8th at 8:00 PM, and classes will start January 27th. Scholarship forms will also be available online. Scholarship requests should be submitted by January 7th to the Office, or can be emailed to ExplorersHillside@gmail.com.

POP-UP WORKSHOP TUE, JAN 7TH: REIKIDS
Join Vicky Roncero, local Reiki Master Teacher and founder of REIKIDS™, for a Mindfulness workshop. REIKIDS™ is a fun-filled program that gets you in touch with your energy. Through music, movement, games and activities, kids will learn tools and techniques to help them regulate their emotions and to be more in touch with their feelings. REIKIDS™ helps kids build more awareness of themselves, each other and the world around them, while having a great time! Come move, shake, and take a break with REIKIDS™. ronceroreiki.com

Vicky Roncero is a Reiki Master Teacher, with a practice in Montclair where she has been teaching REIKIDS™ in small groups and private instruction. She is thrilled to bring this program to Explorers. Sign up here.

SCIENCE DAY 2020 PLANS ARE UNDER WAY!

Science Day (think Hillside's "Field Day" but an all-day Science extravaganza) is on April 1st, 2020. Please open the attached flyer for details. It will be our school's 3rd annual event! We are NOW recruiting for Scientists, Engineers, Health Care Professionals, Environmentalists, etc. to be Career Panelists and inspire students about their careers during Science Day. Please share the attached flyer with a neighbor or friend OR click HERE to register yourself to be a panelist. Forms are due on February 14, 2020.

HILLSIDE BLESSING BAGS AND PEACE NOTES PROJECT
Spread love & joy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Blessing Bags Collection-January 2-16.
Blessing Bag kits are a wonderful way to help people in need in our community. Hillside class teams will collect specific items from January 2-16. (See class lists below) Beautiful, heart felt peace notes will be included in each bag. Bags will be delivered to Toni’s Kitchen at the MLK day of service on 1/20/20.

Blessing Bag Collection List 

3rd Grade Teachers 
Siebert - Warm Socks 
Chung - Warm Socks 
Masuzzo - Warm socks 
Morrisroe - Warm socks
Harris - Toothbrushes
Scriffiano - Toothbrushes
Heuschkel - Granola bars

4th Grade Teachers 
Senior - Toothbrushes
Gerdes - Toothbrushes
Gorcica - Granola bars 
Hart - Toothpaste 
Murphy -Toothpaste
Traina -Toothpaste 
Schatzman -Toothpaste

5th Grade Teachers 
Brantner - Handwarmers or gloves
Matthews- Handwarmers or gloves 
Frankle - Handwarmers or gloves
Bostic - Handwarmers or gloves 
Hart - Chapstick
Bongiovanni - Chapstick
Kline - Chapstick
DesLonde- Chapstick

Peace Note Writing Event-January 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Students, parents and caregivers are invited to spread the love to our neighbors in need. Together we will create heartfelt messages, which will be included in the blessing bags. Peace notes are words of encouragement meant to warm hearts and remind people that they are not alone and that they are cared for and seen. Students will learn the profound impact this simple gesture can have. This is going to be a very special evening! Tables will be set up in the gym with inspiring samples of peace notes and plenty of volunteers to help. There will be opportunities for students to share what makes them feel “seen” The peace notes will be included in the blessing bags and will be delivered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Extras will go to Van Dyke Manor. Please join us!

2020 HILLSIDE TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS - January 2 & 3
Calling all dancers, singers, actors, comedians, magicians and performers! Are you ready to shine on stage? Sign up to audition for the 2020 Hillside Talent Show on either Thursday,
January 2 or Friday, January 3 from 3:50 pm - 5:30 pm. Talent Show flyers and permission slips are attached. Reserve your child'sor group's talent show tryout slot via SignUp Genius and mark your calendars- the live Talent Show will be Friday, January 24 at 6:30pm.  Sign up here.   Questions? Contact: JodiFholmes@gmail.com

REMINDER
Please remind your children that there is no sharing of food in the cafeteria. Recently, we have witnessed students trying to trade or share snacks. The students have received multiple reminders that they are not to share food under any circumstances as per the district’s food guidelines.

December/Jan Highlights: Mark Your Calendars
Dec 23-Jan 1: Winter Break
Jan 2-16: Blessing Bags Collection
Jan 6: Winter Explorers Registration
Jan 9: Early dismissal for students
Jan 10: PTA/SATp Meeting 9:30am
Jan 16: Peace Notes Writing Event
Jan 20-21: School Closed
Jan 20: MLK Day of Service
Jan 24: Talent Show

Have a great vacation!
Dr. Samanthaa Anglin
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