Hillside Elementary School

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District Announcements


  • Read the script of Dr. Block's 1/14/22 video message HERE

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  • NEW LPS COVID-19 REPORTING FORM
    Beginning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, if a staff member or student has tested positive for Covid-19 or is experiencing symptoms, that student or staff member should stay home and, instead of emailing or calling their school nurse, please fill out THIS FORM

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  • COVID-19 TESTING: Voluntary COVID-19 PCR testing will be offered for LPS staff, students and families every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Riker Hill Media Center. Testing will also be offered on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. based on demand. APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED. Learn more HERE

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Principal's Messages

  • January 9, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/9/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying the weekend with your children and feeling well!  

    Last week was a trying week on many levels (quarantines, weather, remote delayed opening), and I want to thank families for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we worked through it all.  We are hopeful that we can resume a mostly normal school experience in just a short couple of weeks.  We are all especially grateful to our amazing Nurse Lisa, who has been handling an unbelievable amount of correspondence regarding student illness and ensuring that our school remains as healthy as possible during this unprecedented moment of the pandemic.  Additional kudos to the entire Hillside staff for their flexibility and continued willingness to support students and families as we navigate the many turns as of late.  We are in this together and will get through it together!

    Please find Nurse Lisa's next newsletter for families here.  As noted in her newsletter, we are aware that the CDC has recently changed guidelines, but we cannot, however, change our own protocols until this guidance is adopted by the NJ Department of Health, who often makes its own interpretations and recommendations.  When we have updates for you, we will send them along.  Your understanding is appreciated, as always!

    Thanks to the many families who have followed up with me and/or the main office regarding the automated attendance letters that are sent through the Genesis Parent Portal.  Please see the following clarifications about attendance and these automated letters:

    • While the standard form letter requests that parents "contact the school principal immediately" to discuss the absences, that is not necessary if the school has been notified of absence reasons in advance.  If there is true concern regarding student attendance, I will be in touch with you.  We understand that our current health climate is forcing additional absences out of caution, and we appreciate that.  While we would like to limit student absences to 18 per year (over 18 can trigger a discussion regarding retention), we know we are living in extraordinary times and will work with families whose children may go over to keep children in good academic standing. 
    • Excused vs. Unexcused Absences:  The NJ Department of Education provides schools with a list annually of absence reasons that are considered excused (most are religious holidays).  Please see the list here.  If you celebrate these holidays and keep your children home from school to observe them, kindly make a note in the Parent Notes section of the attendance portal.  These will not count towards the aforementioned 18 absences.
      • There are two types of unexcused absences:  truant (bad) and not truant (better).  Unexcused truant absences are absences that are unaccounted for; that is, parents have not reported the absence to school and the school is unaware of a child's whereabouts.  As you might imagine, this creates concern among school personnel for unaccounted students, so please remember to report all absences through the portal.  Unexcused not-truant absences are absences that are reported with reasons.  Please note that reasons and notes from doctors do not make absences excused.  

    Thank you for taking the time to read this information, and I hope it helps to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the attendance letters and student absences.  

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Notes regarding extended absences and changes to daily dismissal:

    • Extended Absences:  While there may be instances during the school year when it is necessary for students to be out of school for extended periods of time (e.g., trips), the school cannot condone these absences and they will be unexcused.  Families who find it necessary to pull their children out of school should carefully consider the school calendar and do so prudently.  Families are advised that teachers are not obligated to provide any work in advance, as thoughtful instructional planning happens from week to week, but will do their best to make up any missed major concepts when students return.  Families considering such absences should contact their children's teachers and the main office in advance as much as possible, and should be aware that any absences that exceed 10 consecutive school days may result in withdrawal from the school's roll.  Thank you!
    • Daily Dismissal:  It is important that any daily changes to student dismissal are communicated to both your children's teachers and the main office at 973-535-8000, ext. 8151.  Without advance notice, we will dismiss students according to the plan in the Genesis Portal.  To the extent possible, we kindly ask that parents avoid making changes after 2:15 p.m.  Thanks so much!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of January 17 can now be placed.  The January lunch menu can be found here.

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of January 10, 2022

    Monday, 1-10: PTA's Popcorn Fundraiser Begins

    Wednesday, 1-12: PTA's Hillside Eats out at Assado (15% of proceeds to the PTA)

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Friday, 1-14: School Store

    Week of January 17, 2022

    Monday, 1-17: MLK, Jr. Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-18: School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of January 24, 2022

    Wednesday, 1-26: Kindergarten First Marking Period Ends

    Thursday, 1-27: Dr. Harte's Dental Health Assemblies for K and 1, AM

    PTA's Family Fun Night @ The Florham Park Roller Rink, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-28: Student Council School Spirit Day–Superhero Day!

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  • January 2, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/2/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy new year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with your children and that you were able to spend quality time with family and friends.  A new year always brings with it such excitement and enthusiasm, and I look forward to a wonderfully positive 2022 for us all!

    As per Dr. Block's message from December 30, schools will be closed for students tomorrow (Monday), but will reopen for in-person learning on Tuesday.  Please see his letter here.  As noted, families are encouraged to send children to school either double masked or wearing surgical or kn95 masks to help mitigate the spread of this contagious variant.  If your children are ill, please keep them home and contact Nurse Lisa at lgaramella@livingston.org.  Thank you for your support as we strive to keep the school environment a healthy and safe one! 

    Even with the colder weather forecasted, we will make every effort to send children outside for recess when temperatures, with wind chill, are at 32 degrees or above.  Families should be sure to send children into school with warm clothing and accessories.  Thanks, in advance! 

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Notes regarding extended absences and changes to daily dismissal:

    • Extended Absences:  While there may be instances during the school year when it is necessary for students to be out of school for extended periods of time (e.g., trips), the school cannot condone these absences and they will be unexcused.  Families who find it necessary to pull their children out of school should carefully consider the school calendar and do so prudently.  Families are advised that teachers are not obligated to provide any work in advance, as thoughtful instructional planning happens from week to week, but will do their best to make up any missed major concepts when students return.  Families considering such absences should contact their children's teachers and the main office in advance as much as possible, and should be aware that any absences that exceed 10 consecutive school days may result in withdrawal from the school's roll.  Thank you!
    • Daily Dismissal:  It is important that any daily changes to student dismissal are communicated to both your children's teachers and the main office at 973-535-8000, ext. 8151.  Without advance notice, we will dismiss students according to the plan in the Genesis Portal.  To the extent possible, we kindly ask that parents avoid making changes after 2:15 p.m.  Thanks so much!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of January 10 can now be placed.  The January lunch menu can be found here.

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of January 3, 2022

    Monday, 1-3: Staff Day; Schools Closed for Students

    Tuesday, 1-4: Schools Back in Session!

    BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of January 10, 2022

    Monday, 1-10: PTA's Popcorn Fundraiser Begins

    Wednesday, 1-12: PTA's Hillside Eats out at Assado (15% of proceeds to the PTA)

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Friday, 1-14: School Store

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  • December 19, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/19/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It's hard to believe we have just four school days left in 2021!  

    We have our next Student Council Assembly scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  Our amazing Student Council advisors and representatives will hold two separate, but simultaneous, assemblies in our gyms to ensure that we can still have them in person, but with a safe physical distance from others.  This is a first for us, but we are excited and look forward to a fun time!  Tomorrow is also a school spirit day, so please have your children wear school spirit gear or colors (blue and yellow/gold).  Thanks so much!

    The winner of the PTA's 50-50 Raffle will be announced after school tomorrow near the pillar doors.  Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser and best of luck to you!

    On Thursday of this week, we have our next Caring Communities session.  The lesson for this session will be focused on worldly winter celebrations, namely Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, among others.  The goal will be to continue fostering an appreciation of and respect for others by learning about and drawing comparisons between these celebrations and our own.  Special thanks to the Caring Communities Committee, which is made up of staff members, who took the time to plan and prepare this lesson.  Much appreciated!

    Also on Thursday is our next Student Council School Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to wear their ugliest of sweaters, so we can show them off in our Caring Communities groups!

    We have a partial day of school on Thursday.  Students will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.  Lunch is not scheduled on partial days of school, but students should still bring a snack to school, as always. 

    In light of the recent news and threats of school violence, I want families to know that Hillside School always takes school security seriously.  The NJ Department of Education requires monthly security drills.  In practice, we exceed the required number of drills yearly and are diligent about holding these drills with fidelity to our procedures, which are informed by local authorities.  Moreover, a police officer is present for all of our monthly lockdown drills to help evaluate and inform our practices.  We are well-rehearsed and go about our daily school lives with consistent vigilance.  Staff is aware and attentive, and active in ensuring that we do what we can to keep our school secure, and our students and one another safe. 

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Hillside School is supporting the Livingston Rotary Club's collection of gently used sneakers.  The collection will take place through December 20 and a box will be available for collection near the pillar doors.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you!

    2)  Notes regarding extended absences and changes to daily dismissal:

    • Extended Absences:  While there may be instances during the school year when it is necessary for students to be out of school for extended periods of time (e.g., trips), the school cannot condone these absences and they will be unexcused.  Families who find it necessary to pull their children out of school should carefully consider the school calendar and do so prudently.  Families are advised that teachers are not obligated to provide any work in advance, as thoughtful instructional planning happens from week to week, but will do their best to make up any missed major concepts when students return.  Families considering such absences should contact their children's teachers and the main office in advance as much as possible, and should be aware that any absences that exceed 10 consecutive school days may result in withdrawal from the school's roll.  Thank you!
    • Daily Dismissal:  It is important that any daily changes to student dismissal are communicated to both your children's teachers and the main office at 973-535-8000, ext. 8151.  Without advance notice, we will dismiss students according to the plan in the Genesis Portal.  To the extent possible, we kindly ask that parents avoid making changes after 2:15 p.m.  Thanks so much!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for January can now be placed.  The January lunch menu can be found here.

    As we close out this calendar year, I want to thank families for their continued support and understanding as we forge ahead in these unpredictable times.  I consider myself incredibly fortunate to lead such an amazing school community, and have very high hopes for 2022!  

    Have a wonderful holiday season if you celebrate, a restful break and fun time off with your children, and best wishes to all for the new year!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of December 20, 2021

    Monday, 12-20: PTA's 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced!

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear School Gear or Colors!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m. 

    Thursday, 12-23: Partial Day for Students; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--Ugly Sweaters!

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:45 a.m.

    Friday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Saturday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, 12-26: Happy Kwanzaa!

    Week of December 27, 2021

    Schools Closed for Holiday Break!  Happy New Year!

    Week of January 3, 2022

    Monday, 1-3: Schools Back in Session!

    Tuesday, 1-4: BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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  • December 12, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/12/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    The Hillside PTA hosted a Staff Holiday Luncheon on Friday and it was absolutely wonderful!  From the decorations, to the delicious food, desserts and the basket giveaway, everything was just amazing.  On behalf of the Hillside staff, I would like to thank the PTA and the parent volunteers who coordinated and executed the event.  We are truly grateful for your generosity and humbled by your kindness and support!

    The next installment of the PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" fundraiser is this Thursday.  If you're in the market for lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, please consider shopping at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and please don't forget to mention Hillside School!  20% of all tracked orders will benefit the PTA.  Thank you!

    As a reminder to families of students in grades 1-5, first marking period report cards will be made available to parents through the Genesis Parent Portal on Friday after 3:00 p.m.  Teachers have spent countless hours preparing thoughtful report card comments and grades for their students, so please be sure to review report cards for information regarding your children's progress.  Questions regarding report cards should be directed to your children's classroom teachers.

    Notes regarding extended absences and changes to daily dismissal:

    • Extended Absences:  While there may be instances during the school year when it is necessary for students to be out of school for extended periods of time (e.g., trips), the school cannot condone these absences and they will be unexcused.  Families who find it necessary to pull their children out of school should carefully consider the school calendar and do so prudently.  Families are advised that teachers are not obligated to provide any work in advance, as thoughtful instructional planning happens from week to week, but will do their best to make up any missed major concepts when students return.  Families considering such absences should contact their children's teachers and the main office in advance as much as possible, and should be aware that any absences that exceed 10 consecutive school days may result in withdrawal from the school's roll.  Thank you!
    • Daily Dismissal:  It is important that any daily changes to student dismissal are communicated to both your children's teachers and the main office at 973-535-8000, ext. 8151.  Without advance notice, we will dismiss students according to the plan in the Genesis Portal.  To the extent possible, we kindly ask that parents avoid making changes after 2:15 p.m.  Thanks so much!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Hillside School is supporting the Livingston Rotary Club's collection of gently used sneakers.  The collection will take place through December 20 and a box will be available for collection near the pillar doors.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you!

    2)  The first marking period ends on Monday, December 6, for grades 1 - 5.  First marking period report cards will be made available to families on Friday, December 17, after 3:00 p.m.  Note:  Kindergarteners receive two report cards each year (not three like everyone else).  The first half report card for Kindergarten students will be made available to families on February 11, 2022. 

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of December 20 are due by Friday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m.  The December lunch menu can be found here.

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of December 13, 2021

    Tuesday, 12-14: School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-16: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    Friday, 12-17: First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents after 3:00 p.m. in 

    Genesis Portal, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 20, 2021

    Monday, 12-20: PTA's 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m. 

    Thursday, 12-23: Partial Day for Students; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--Ugly Sweaters!

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:45 a.m.

    Friday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Saturday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, 12-26: Happy Kwanzaa!

    Week of December 27, 2021

    Schools Closed for Holiday Break!  Happy New Year!

    Week of January 3, 2022

    Monday, 1-3: Schools Back in Session!

    Tuesday, 1-4: BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

     

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  • December 5, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/5/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy December!  I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your children!

    As the winter season officially approaches, I would like to take an opportunity to share with you that we will make every attempt to send students outside for recess daily, weather permitting.  As a general rule of thumb, students will have outdoor recess on days when the temperature (including wind chill) is above 32 degrees.  As such, we ask that you please send your children into school prepared with winter attire for recess.  Thanks so much!

    The first marking period ends on Monday, December 6, for grades 1 - 5.  First marking period report cards will be made available to families on Friday, December 17, after 3:00 p.m.  Note:  Kindergarteners receive two report cards each year (not three like everyone else).  The first half report card for Kindergarten students will be made available to families on February 11, 2022. 

    Thanks to all the families who supported the PTA's Holiday Shoppe this past week.  Students seemingly enjoyed shopping for their loved ones and we appreciate all of the parental support we received to make the shopping experience possible.  I hope everyone enjoys their gifts!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  The PTA is hosting its annual coat drive from November 29 to December 10.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you, in advance, for any support you will be able to provide!

    2)  Hillside School is supporting the Livingston Rotary Club's collection of gently used sneakers.  The collection will take place through December 20 and a box will be available for collection near the pillar doors.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of December 13 are due by Friday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m.  The December lunch menu can be found here.

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of December 6, 2021

    Monday, 12-6: First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Hanukkah Ends

    Tuesday, 12-7: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-9: Third Grade COGAT Testing

    Friday, 12-10: PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

    Week of December 13, 2021

    Tuesday, 12-14: School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-16: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Anthony Coal Fired Pizza

    Friday, 12-17: First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents after 3:00 p.m. in 

    Genesis Portal, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 20, 2021

    Monday, 12-20: PTA's 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced!

    Thursday, 12-23: Partial Day for Students; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--Ugly Sweaters!

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:45 a.m.

    Friday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Saturday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, 12-26: Happy Kwanzaa!

    Week of December 27, 2021

    Schools Closed for Holiday Break!  Happy New Year!

    Week of January 3, 2022

    Monday, 1-3: Schools Back in Session!

    Tuesday, 1-4: BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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  • November 28, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/28/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and long weekend!  Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate and I wish you peace and light this holiday season!

    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Eats Out fundraiser is this Tuesday at the Philly Pretzel Factory.  If you're in the mood for pretzels on Tuesday, please consider supporting the PTA by shopping at the Livingston location.  Mention "Hillside School" and 10% of the proceeds goes to the PTA!

    The November PTA Meeting is this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The link for the meeting can be found in the calendar below.  Prior to the PTA meeting, we have a special virtual "Meet and Greet" with Hillside's SEPAC representatives, Mrs. Carla Glomb and Mrs. Megan Severino-Hill.  The purpose of this meeting is for invited families to meet our school's representatives and learn a bit about SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee).  An email was sent to invited families on Wednesday.  A reminder email will be sent tomorrow (Monday).

    Hillside School is supporting the Livingston Rotary Club's collection of gently used sneakers.  The collection will take place through December 20 and a box will be available for collection near the pillar doors.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you!

    The PTA is hosting a special Holiday Shoppe this week where students will have the opportunity to shop for their loved ones.  Information was recently sent home with students.  Please see this shopping schedule for your children's assigned date and time.

    Please see Nurse Lisa's December Newsletter for some helpful health tips and other information as we head into the winter season.

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  The PTA is hosting its annual coat drive from November 29 to December 10.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you, in advance, for any support you will be able to provide!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of December 6 are due by Friday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.  The December lunch menu can be found here.

    Thank you and have a wonderful week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of November 29, 2021

    Tuesday, 11-30: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Philly Pretzel Factory (10% of sales 

    goes to the Hillside PTA!)

    District Band Day

    SEPAC Meet and Greet (virtual), 6:45 p.m. (by invitation only)

    PTA Meeting (virtual), 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Wednesday, 12-1: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 1

    Thursday, 12-2: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 2

    Friday, 12-3: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 3

    Week of December 6, 2021

    Monday, 12-6: First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Hanukkah Ends

    Tuesday, 12-7: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-9: Third Grade COGAT Testing

    Friday, 12-10: PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

    Week of December 13, 2021

    Tuesday, 12-14: School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-16: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Anthony Coal Fired Pizza

    Friday, 12-17: First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents after 3:00 p.m. in 

    Genesis Portal, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 20, 2021

    Monday, 12-20: PTA's 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced!

    Thursday, 12-23: Partial Day for Students; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--Ugly Sweaters!

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:45 a.m.

    Friday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Saturday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, 12-26: Happy Kwanzaa!

    Week of December 27, 2021

    Schools Closed for Holiday Break!  Happy New Year!

    Week of January 3, 2022

    Monday, 1-3: Schools Back in Session!

    Tuesday, 1-4: BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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  • November 21, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/21/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    We had a great time at Friday's Student Council Assembly!  Congratulations to our newest Huskies of the Month, and to Mrs. Levine's and Miss Russo's classes for being awarded Holly and Hank, respectively, for showing great character!  Special thanks to our Student Council executive board, representatives and advisors for their continued hard work and preparations.

    We have our first Caring Communities meeting of the year this Wednesday.  For those who are unfamiliar, our Caring Communities program is a small group, cross-grade socialization experience where students meet once per month with other students and a group leader to collaborate and learn together, and have fun!  Lessons are typically character education-themed and help support our overall program.  This is the eighth year of the program and we have grown to a total of 40 groups this year, each with about 10 or 11 students.  For this first meeting, we will engage in ice breaker activities to get to know or reacquaint with one another.  Additional information about this program can be found here.  We are looking forward to it!

    Also on Wednesday is our next Student Council School Spirit Day!  Students are encouraged to "dress like their teacher" or other staff members on Wednesday.  Thanks, in advance, for your support and we are excited to see the creativity!

    This week, students will bring home information about the PTA's 50/50 Raffle.  Please note that each FAMILY will receive one ticket packet.  The packet will go home with the family's eldest child if you have more than one at Hillside.  Thank you and we look forward to a successful fundraiser!

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  The PTA is hosting its annual coat drive from November 29 to December 10.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you, in advance, for any support you will be able to provide!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this week.  Lunch orders for the week of November 29 are due by Friday, November 26, at 3:00 p.m.  The November lunch menu can be found on the school's site or here.  The December lunch menu can be found here.  Thank you!

    We have a partial day of school on Wednesday (12:00 p.m. dismissal) and schools are closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  In honor of this day in which we show thanks, I want families to know that I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving as the leader of an amazing school, with a wonderful staff, great students and caring families.  I do not ever take my fortunes for granted.  Thank you and I wish all families a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of November 22, 2021

    Tuesday, 11-23: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 11-24: Partial Day of School, 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--"Dress Like a Teacher"

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:45 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-25: Happy Thanksgiving!  Schools Closed

    Native American Heritage Day, Schools Closed

    Sunday, 11-28: Hanukkah Begins, Happy Hanukkah!

    Week of November 29, 2021

    Tuesday, 11-30: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Philly Pretzel Factory (10% of sales 

    goes to the Hillside PTA!)

    District Band Day

    SEPAC Meet and Greet (virtual), 6:45 p.m. (by invitation only)

    PTA Meeting (virtual), 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Wednesday, 12-1: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 1

    Thursday, 12-2: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 2

    Friday, 12-3: Holiday Shoppe for Students, Day 3

    Week of December 6, 2021

    Monday, 12-6: First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Hanukkah Ends

    Tuesday, 12-7: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-9: Third Grade COGAT Testing

    Friday, 12-10: PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

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  • November 14, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/14/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the long weekend with your children!

    Saturday, November 13, was World Kindness Day.  Students were challenged on Friday with being EXTRA kind to their families yesterday, and I hope they were!  Hillside will observe the day on Monday with two readings by yours truly (one for K-2 and another for 3-5).  Students will continue their observance of WKD by doing their best to perform random acts of kindness throughout the week that will be listed on their classroom Kindness BINGO Posters.  Families can help by encouraging their children to complete as many acts as possible!

    The Apex Leadership Team will continue with its remaining three lessons this week.  Our time with Apex will culminate on Thursday with our Fun Run, where classes will participate in the Fun Run with their buddy classes from another grade, who will cheer on their buddies as they run around and race to the finish line!  For now, the forecast looks pretty good for Thursday and we are very much looking forward to a "fun" run!  Many thanks to families and friends for their generosity, thus far, and we look forward to another great push this week.  The raised funds will be critical to supporting the PTA and important school activities and projects.  

    We have our next Student Council Assembly this Friday afternoon.  Our executive board, class representatives and advisors always work very hard to prepare for the assemblies, and we look forward to another successful assembly this Friday!  This year, we are making every SC Assembly day a school spirit day, so students are encouraged to wear their Hillside gear or school colors (blue and yellow) on Friday!

    The PTA is hosting its annual coat drive from November 29 to December 10.  Please see this flyer for additional information.  Thank you, in advance, for any support you will be able to provide!

    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this week.  Lunch orders for the week of November 22 are due by Friday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m.  The November lunch menu can be found on the school's site or here.  Thank you!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of November 15, 2021

    Monday, 11-15: Apex Lesson #4

    World Kindness Day Observed

    Tuesday, 11-16: Apex Lesson #5

    Student Council Representative Meeting (during lunch)

    Wednesday, 11-17: Apex Lesson #6

    Thursday, 11-18: Apex Fun Run

    Friday, 11-19: Apex Fun Run Rain Date

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m. (School Spirit Day--wear Hillside 

    gear or colors!)

    Week of November 22, 2021

    Tuesday, 11-23: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 11-24: Partial Day of School, 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Student Council School Spirit Day--"Dress Like a Teacher"

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:45 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-25: Happy Thanksgiving!  Schools Closed

    Native American Heritage Day, Schools Closed

    Sunday, 11-28: Hanukkah Begins, Happy Hanukkah!

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  • November 7, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/7/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the long weekend with your children!

    As you know, we have Picture Make-up/Re-take/Group Photo day tomorrow (Monday).  Families should refer to the email sent on Wednesday for information.  Thanks so much!

    The Hillside PTA has partnered with the Apex Leadership Company for a third straight year to promote character and wellness, and raise needed funds for the PTA and school.  We kick off the experience with a Fun Run Pep Rally on Monday afternoon with this year's (fitting) theme, "AS ONE".  The Pep Rally will be followed by six days of lessons, which will culminate in the Fun Run scheduled for November 18.  This year, classes will participate in the Fun Run with their buddy classes from another grade, who will cheer on their buddies as they run around and race to the finish line!  We look forward to a fun-filled experience, and thank you, in advance, for your support.  Kindly find additional information in this flyer.  Information will also be sent after each lesson so that families can discuss with their children.  Thank you!

    Our monthly PTA School Store will be held during recess this Wednesday.  After the resounding success of the first, the PTA purchased all new goods to sell and has secured additional volunteers to help make the experience for kids even better!

    The next installment of the PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" fundraiser is this Thursday.  Tony Boys is the featured restaurant and 10% of the day's lunch and dinner sales will benefit the PTA.  If you like and eat chicken, I highly recommend "The Murph" sandwich--it's my favorite!   Please remember to mention the Hillside PTA if you are able to purchase food on this day!  Thanks so much!

    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this week.  Lunch orders for the week of November 15 are due by Friday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m.  The November lunch menu can be found on the school's site or here.  Thank you!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of November 8, 2021

    Monday, 11-8: Picture Make-up/Re-Take/Group Photo Day

    Apex Fun Run Pep Rally (PM)

    Tuesday, 11-9: Apex Lesson #1

    Hillside Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 11-10: Apex Lesson #2

    District Strings Day (orchestra)

    School Store

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., Livingston Public Library

    Thursday, 11-11: Veterans Day

    Apex Lesson #3

    PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser; Tony Boys

    Week of November 15, 2021

    Monday, 11-15: Apex Lesson #4

    World Kindness Day

    Tuesday, 11-16: Apex Lesson #5

    Wednesday, 11-17: Apex Lesson #6

    Thursday, 11-18: Apex Fun Run

    Friday, 11-19: Apex Fun Run Rain Date

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.



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  • October 31, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/31/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Halloween!  I hope you enjoyed the day if you celebrate!

    As a reminder, we have Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.  Students will have partial days of school and will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, 11-1, Tuesday, 11-2, and Wednesday, 11-3.  Please note that we do not have scheduled lunch periods on these days and students will not have lunch in school.  Parents should send students to school with a healthy snack, as always.  Conferences will take place virtually and teachers should have already shared their Zoom links with you.  Please contact teachers directly if you have not received their links.  Thank you and I wish everyone positive and productive conferences!

    We have our Summer Bridge Pizza Party on Tuesday for invited first and second graders who worked hard over the summer to complete the Summer Bridge packet they were provided in June.  Thanks to the families who worked with their children and we look forward to celebrating that work on Tuesday!

    The Hillside PTA has partnered with the school this year to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our student body and families with special assemblies and/or activities.  The goal is to celebrate and appreciate everyone, and we began a couple of weeks back with the PTA-sponsored Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly, as you might recall.  We have continued our efforts this month by partnering with an amazing group of families who celebrate Diwali.  Students will learn about the five-day festival this week by watching a video created by our own families, painting diyas in art class, reading/listening to literature in library-media classes and in their general classes, and by coloring and creating their own Rangoli art, among other activities.  I thank the families who worked so hard to educate the school and me, and prepared all of these amazing activities.  Everyone should look for a Diwali-decorated pillar entrance on Tuesday!  Happy Diwali to all of our families who celebrate and may it bring you happiness, prosperity and joy!

    Under the direction of the District Equity Leadership Team last year, Hillside and the other schools in Livingston created their own teams to discuss, explore and facilitate equitable practices in schools.  Hillside's Equity Leadership Team met three times last year with representatives from the Great Schools Partnership to have baseline discussions involving equity, to review data and examine how we can use our own existing character education program to support the work.  The team currently consists of 13 staff members and three parents, but is open to additional interested parents who may want to join.  We will typically meet after school and our first meeting of the year will take place after school on November 9.  Anyone interested should contact me directly.

    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders for the week of November 8 are due by Wednesday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m.  The November lunch menu can be found on the school's site or here.  Thank you!

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    Reminders from prior messages:

    1)  Families are also reminded that you can now enter your children's absences into the Genesis Parent Portal (phone calls to the school are no longer required).  Information on how to do so can be found here.  

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    Schools are closed on Thursday and Friday of this week.  I wish everyone a great week ahead and a wonderful long weekend with your children!  

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of November 1, 2021

    Monday, 11-1: 12:00 p.m. Dismissal for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    National Native American Heritage Month Begins

    Mrs. Yersak Returns to Hillside from Maternity Leave

    Tuesday, 11-2: 12:00 p.m. Dismissal for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Election Day

    Pizza Party for Summer Bridge Students (for invited first and second 

    graders)

    Wednesday, 11-3: 12:00 p.m. Dismissal for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Thursday, 11-4: Diwali

    NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-5: NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Sunday, 11-7: Daylight Savings Time Ends (clocks "fall" back one hour!)

    Week of November 8, 2021

    Monday, 11-8: Picture Make-up/Re-Take Day

    Apex Fun Run Pep Rally (PM)

    Tuesday, 11-9: Apex Lesson #1

    Hillside Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 11-10: Apex Lesson #2

    District Strings Day (orchestra)

    School Store

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., Livingston Public Library

    Thursday, 11-11: Veterans Day

    Apex Lesson #3

    PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser; Tony Boys

    Week of November 15, 2021

    Monday, 11-15: Apex Lesson #4

    Tuesday, 11-16: Apex Lesson #5

    Wednesday, 11-17: Apex Lesson #6

    Thursday, 11-18: Apex Fun Run

    Friday, 11-19: Apex Fun Run Rain Date

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.



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