Week 6 - 10/15/21

A Note from the Principal’s Desk - 10.15.2021


Dear Hillside Parents/Caregivers:


I hope this message finds you well. Mr. Adamo and I are in classrooms everyday observing highly engaged students, it really is a fantastic experience! We are still very much in an adjustment phase, a space I anticipate we will be in for months to come. Students are adjusting to their schedules, classroom and school expectations, and the workload. We will continue to nurture their ability to build stamina, with regard to reading and writing and independent work time. 


One potential issue that is beginning to percolate is the abundance of pop-it fidget toys being brought to school. We are well versed in the fact that pop-it fidget toys provide sensory input for students’ task attention, however not all students have this need. Many students play with this object because it’s merely a toy. I am asking for your help, please curb your child from bringing “toys” to school. We cannot be responsible for misplaced toys, which is becoming an all too common thing. 


School-wide News...Be in the Know

3rd Grade Aesthetic Rotation- REVISED:

This is the last week of the 3rd grade related arts rotation. Please click the link below to see the schedule for the final week of the rotation 3rd Grade Rotation for Parents REVISED 2021-22.pdf


3rd Grade CI/Aesthetic Registration

Registration for Cycle 1 Aesthetics is now open. Use the 3rd Grade Cycle 1 Registration Form to register your child(ren). Registration will close on October 21st. Students will receive their updated schedules Friday, October, 22nd.


Student Health Screener Form

Forms are to be filled out on Genesis every Monday and Wednesday prior to your child arriving at school for the day. If you forget to fill the form out your child’s name will be highlighted in Genesis for their teacher to send to the hallway where their temperature is taken, then they can go into class.


When to Quarantine Guidelines

NJDOH K-12 Guidance


Picture Day 10.20.21

Picture day is upon us!  Pictures will be taken outside this year. You may pre-order online at www.bnlschoolpictures.com code: 6F3Y2V9 or send in the picture form with your child. 


PTA Happenings

Hillside & Nishuane Movie Night on the Green

TONIGHT! 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Hillside School Field

$5 per person for the movie AND $3 per slice of pizza

Don’t forget to bring your chairs, blankets or sweatshirts and bug spray.

Fun Spirit Wear will be on sale for purchase


Hillside PTA Meeting - 10/21 @ 7pm, Zoom

All are invited to join the PTA meeting on Friday, October 21, 2021 at 7pm. Dr. Anglin and Mr. Adamo will be in attendance! Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Hillside Car Wash

Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Basic Clean Car Wash & Exterior Wash and Dry $10

Location: Hillside Parking Lot

This is a great opportunity for our students to do community service!

WE NEED YOUR HELP SIGN-UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4a622a6fa7-carwash


Trunk or Treat on the Hill

Friday, Oct 29, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

Thank you to all that have volunteered and donated.  We need a few more volunteers to decorate their car trunks!

We will host a Zoom meeting on October 20 at 6:30pm to go over the details for the event. Zoom Information will be shared in the Hillside FB group

WE NEED YOUR HELP SIGN-UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4a622a6fa7-trunk


Hillside Coat Drive

Starting Monday, October 18, until Friday, November 19th, please drop off your CLEAN and GENTLY-USED adult, kids and infant WINTER coats in the collection bins outside of Door K, parking lot entrance.  Last year, Hillside collected over 150 coats for the Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Let’s show our Hillside spirit and get to 175 coats this year!!!


Dyslexia Awareness Month

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Montclair NAACP Education Committee Dyslexia Task Force is hosting a Dyslexia "SUPER POWER"- POSTER CONTEST.  The contest is open to Montclair students PK-12th grade.  Individual and group submissions are encouraged.  The deadline for entry is October 22, 2021.  Entries may be submitted to the school or organization office or photographed and emailed to [email protected] A representative from the Montclair NAACP Education Committee will make arrangements to pick up all entries. 


Upcoming SEPAC Events and Resources

Every Sunday in October - TOPS Soccer - 12-1 pm at Heningburg Field in Montclair.


October 20, 7:00pm - Ms. Dee Rosenberg, Head of the Laurel School of Princeton & Director of the Ann Robinowitz Education Center, will present an overview on the Science of Reading. Please register in advance for the webinar  - https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlce-oqjssHtTy69fRMs_WGccyXzMR2bF8


October 27, 2021 - Parent Empowerment Workshop - “How Do I Know Whether My Child’s Reading Program is Appropriate?”.  Sign up with this Google Form.


Want to get involved? Contact your PTA with any questions or suggestions. 

Email us at [email protected]

Amazon Smile is a way you can support the Hillside PTA every time you shop with Amazon, at NO additional cost. Sign up at www.smile.amazon.com


Message from Ms. Scott (School Counselor)

Hello Hillside Families! I have a lot to say today LOL so please keep reading for important information. 


“Lunch Bunch” groups will begin in October. Lunch bunch groups will take place during your child’s lunch/recess period so your child will miss their recess once per 6-day cycle or, for 3rd graders, one day per week. For example, a 4th or 5th grade student might have “Lunch Bunch” every 1st A Day or 3rd B Day, whereas a 3rd grader might have it every Wednesday. If you think your child would benefit from participating in a “Lunch Bunch” group please complete the In Need of Counseling Survey so I will have a better idea of their needs.


In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the first “Topic Tuesday” was about Bullying. Here is a recording of the information provided. Topic Tuesday- Bullying


As always, 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). They will be able to access the I Need to See Ms. Scott Google form there.  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 wellbeing.


Note from Nurse Boyle

Hello Hillside Families and Friends!

I hope you are all doing well!  Please remember to give your child one or two extra masks.  Sometimes they break or get soiled during the course of the day.  Please contact me if you have any questions about illness in your home. The Montclair Schools are only accepting PCR Covid tests.The test must have the student’s name on it. Please make sure you email or fax me the PCR test. My email is [email protected]. My fax number is 973-509-1882. Have a great weekend! Nurse Boyle


Important Dates:

Monday 10/18: BOE Meeting 7:30PM

Wednesday 10/20: Picture Day!!

Thursday 10/21: Abbreviated day 2:10 Dismissal, PTA/SATp Meeting 6:30PM

Saturday 10/23: Hillside Car Wash 12-4PM



Kind regards,



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