Week 2 - September 6, 2019

Hillside Weekly News

Welcome back to school! We hope the first two days were a great success and your student is excited for the year ahead.

Every Friday we send out the Hillside Weekly News, which includes important information about key dates and registration deadlines, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events to keep you informed throughout the year. We strongly recommend you read every issue!

Here’s a look at what’s in this week’s issue:
• Hillside Welcome Back Picnic
• New Family Orientation
• Class Liaisons Needed
• SATp Walk/Bike Committee Chairs Needed
• Spirit Wear Now Available
• Explorers Registration
• PTA Membership
• FaceBook Closed Group
• Twitter
• 3rd Grade Rotation
• Add/Drop dates

CELEBRATE BACK TO SCHOOL AT THE WELCOME BACK PICNIC
Join us on Friday, Sept 13th at 6pm for The Hillside Welcome Back Picnic!  Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and join other Hillside families for a fun evening on the Hillside field.

NEW FAMILY ORIENTATION
New Family Orientation is on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00pm.  Learn everything you need to know for a successful year at Hillside.

CLASS LIAISONS WANTED
If you pride yourself on being Responsive, Resourceful and Responsible, then you have what it takes to be a class liaison! We have a few open spots for Class Liaisons and we are looking for volunteers (1 to 2 people max per teacher). It's a great way to be involved in your child's classroom. Please email Betty Shvetz at betty.shvetz@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions. Spots will be filled on a first come/first serve basis.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES of a Class Liaison are:
· Supporting communications between teacher and parents/caregivers
· Facilitating communication between Hillside PTA and parents/caregivers
· Coordinating involvement in the classroom and on field trips
· Issuing “Call for Volunteers” emails when the PTA needs helping hands

Class Liaisons are needed for the following teachers:
3rd Grade - Heuschkel (1 volunteer open)
4th Grade - Gorcica (1 or 2 volunteer spots open)
5th Grade - Frankle (1 or 2 volunteer spots open)
Brantner (1 or 2 volunteer spots open)
Kline (1 or 2 volunteer spots open)
DesLonde/Mariconda (1 or 2 volunteer spots open)

All other teachers are complete. Thank you in advance!! This is a very important role at Hillside!

HILLSIDE SATp SEEKING WALK/BIKE COMMITTEE CHAIRS
The Hillside SATp is seeking Walk/Bike to School Day Committee Chair(s). The committee chair(s) will work with the Montclair Police Department to escort walkers and bikers from meeting locations to Hillside as well as coordinate lawn activities and volunteers for the event. Event Dates are Oct 2nd and TBD date in May. If interested, please contact Kimya Nilsen at kfabulous@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON - Wednesday, September 11
Our first Hillside teacher/staff appreciation luncheon is this Wednesday, September 11th and we need parent volunteers to bring in desserts and help with setup, staffing the luncheon and cleanup. Please consider volunteering if you have time and show your appreciation for our great Hillside teachers and staff! It is a great way to meet all of the staff at once!  Signup Genius

SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT-GET YOUR HILLSIDE SWAG
It’s that time of year again to get your Hillside swag on! Hillside Spirit Wear can be purchased anytime, anywhere at our online store: www.hillsideeagles.com. We will also have apparel and merchandise for sale at the following events: Back-to-School Picnic, New Student Orientation, and Back-to-School night. Come on out and show your Hillside spirit!

EXPLORERS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM-FALL 2019
The Explorers catalog will be available by the end of next week. We offer a variety of exciting and educational eight-week courses that start 10/1. Online registration opens Monday, 9/16 at 8PM. Scholarship requests are due by Wednesday, 9/18. Course catalogs with scholarship forms will be sent home and will be available at HillsidePTA.org. Any questions? Send an email to: ExplorersHilllside@gmail.com.

JOIN THE HILLSIDE PTA FACEBOOK GROUP
The Hillside PTA has started a NEW Closed Facebook Group where they will post 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: Facebook Group.

GET YOUR HILLSIDE PTA MEMBERSHIP
We encourage all parents to join the Hillside PTA. Their goal is to support and advocate on behalf of our students in school and in the community. The PTA provides parent education and supports many school activities that strengthen the home‐school‐community partnership. Join today: https://hillsidepta.memberhub.store/

3RD GRADE PARENTS ONLY - 3RD GRADE RELATED ARTS ROTATION
On Monday, September 9th, 3rd graders will begin their related arts rotation. This rotation allows all 3rd graders to experience the different related arts offerings we have at Hillside. This will help students decide what are they are interested in when Cycle 1 registration becomes available. Please view the attached rotation schedule.  Rotation Schedule

4TH AND 5TH GRADE PARENTS ONLY - CYCLE 1 ADD/DROP
The Add/Drop Period for Cycle 1 will open on Monday, September 16th, in the afternoon. This is for 4th and 5th grade students only. We will send out a reminder when the Add/Drop link is available on Hillside’s website.

TWITTER
We are excited to announce our official Twitter handle: @Hillside_MPS. Follow us for routine updates, reminders, and news.

SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Sept 10: New Family Orientation - 6:30 pm

Sept 11: Hillside Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon - 11:00 am

Sept. 13: Hillside Welcome Back Picnic - 6:00 pm

Sept. 20: First PTA meeting - 9:30 am
Class Liaison Morning Orientation - 10:30 am
Class Liaison Evening Orientation - 7:00 pm

Sept. 26: Hillside Back To School Night - 6:30 pm

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Samanthaa Lennon Anglin, Ed.D.
Principal
Hillside Elementary School
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