Hillside Elementary School

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District Announcements

    Dear LPS Community:
    We are pleased to share the Equity Audit Report provided to us from a2z Consulting.  The report includes both qualitative and quantitative data from their equity audit of Livingston Public Schools.  The audit was commissioned last spring in order to gather feedback from an outside third-party regarding the impact of our efforts to foster inclusivity and equity in our district.   The report is attached to this email. 
    Please remember that, in order to draw conclusions from the report, we will need to systematically unpack the information contained in the document  so that we can truly understand what it tells us.  That process will begin very soon.  
    If you are interested in hearing directly from the consultant who oversaw the audit, Dr. Shelly Zion, she will be presenting the results of the audit and specifics of the report at the Board of Education Meeting on December 5, 2023 at 7:00pm in the Heritage Middle School Cafeteria.  There will be an opportunity for the consultant to answer questions from the audience at that time as well.  
    Thank you,
    Matt Block
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    BUILDING EXCELLENCE LOGOAs we head into the middle of the 21st Century with record high enrollment, Livingston Public Schools is faced with some important questions. What are the district's future facility needs? What building repairs, improvements and replacements are needed moving forward to provide our students with the best possible education? Livingston Public Schools remains committed to maintaining the legacy of excellence that attracts residents who place a high value on education and who wish to live in a community that exceeds expectations in all areas.

    The district has been pro-actively planning for the future in many ways, including closely monitoring enrollment, commissioning a demographic study, working collaboratively with Township of Livingston officials, and establishing a Long Range Facility Planning Committee.


    Visit the district's Long Range Facility Planning webpage to learn more about the committee, and view related presentations and press releases.

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  • DISTRICT GOALS 2023-2024

    Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matthew J. Block, presented the 2023-2024 District Goals at the Board of Education meeting on October 10, 2023. Developed jointly between the administration and the Board of Education, the 2023-2024 District Goals are the areas that LPS wants to highlight and prioritize this school year. They are aligned with the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.


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Principal's Messages

  • November 26, 2023

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/26/2023

    Hello, Hillside Families!


    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are enjoying the long weekend with your children!


    The Hillside PTA's Coat Drive begins tomorrow and ends on Friday, December 8.  In this act of service each year, the school community collects and donates new or gently used coats to Jersey Cares.  Please see this flyer for additional information, and thank you, in advance, for your support!


    We are excited to announce that our Fifth Grade Play this year is…Shrek, Jr.!  We have auditions for interested fifth graders after school on Wednesday, December 6th.  Special thanks to the Hillside PTA for its continued support of this special activity, and to the staff directors, Mrs. Williams, Miss Trebbe and Miss Reid for spearheading the performance, which will take place May 29th!


    We have our next Student Council Assembly on Friday, and look forward to learning about our next pillar of character, Citizenship, awarding Hank and Holly to their new homes, honoring our Huskies of the Month, among other items.  At the assembly, we will also have a very special announcement–this year's Hillside Teacher of the Year! I will share that good news with families next weekend! 


    Mrs. Mondanaro is offering Hank's Art Club this year to second and third graders only.  A sign-up link will be sent to second and third grade families via email on Monday, December 4 at around 10:00 a.m.  Please note that the club has a participant limit of 25 students, and registration is first-come, first-serve.  Thank you! 


    Note to Kindergarten Families:  Our Kindergarten students will receive their district-provided Chromebooks this Thursday, November 30th.  Kindergarten teachers will follow-up with additional information, but you should expect for your children to bring the machines home either that day or shortly thereafter.  


    The PTA's annual Holiday Shoppe will take place on December 4, 5, and 6.  At the shop, students will have the opportunity to holiday shop for their families, which they love doing!  Information will go home with students this week.  The shopping schedule by day and class can be found at the end of this document after the calendar.  Please note that while we do have a couple of "make-up" shopping slots scheduled, it is important that children come to school prepared to shop on their scheduled days.  Thank you, and happy shopping!





    1)  Item Drop-off Bin:  In an effort to both improve security and reduce disruptions to the main office, families who come to school to drop off forgotten student items, like instruments, lunches, computers, books, etc., will be asked to place items in the bin right outside the main entrance (see below).  Please make sure your children's names and teachers are on items. Sticky notes and markers are available in the bin.  Main office staff will check the bin multiple times a day to retrieve any items placed in it.  There is no need to ring the bell to notify the office that you are dropping something off unless it is urgent in nature.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and understanding!

    2)  The Livingston High School Theatre Honor Society is holding a special event called "Play Date" that will be held on December 1.  Elementary-aged students are invited to participate.  Information about this event can be found here.

    3)  The Livingston Youth and Community Services will once again offer after school programs called "Young Leaders" (grades 1-2) and "Leaders" (grades 3-5).  For many years prior to the pandemic, these programs were offered on-site, but were halted until now.  These programs will be offered starting in January.  Additional information, including how to register, can be found here



    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata


    P.S. These weekly messages are also posted on the school's site for your convenience.  

    P.P.S. Follow Hillside School on X/Twitter at @Hillside_Elem!


    Upcoming Dates to Remember!


    Week of November 27, 2023


    Monday, 11-27: PTA Coat Drive Begins


    Tuesday, 11-28: ASE: Soccer & Chess

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, 11-29: Third Grade CogAT Testing

    ASE: Science & Mosaic Storytelling


    Thursday, 11-30: Third Grade CogAT Testing

    Kindergarten Chromebook Distribution

    District Band Day, Grade 5, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., LHS

    ASE: Robotics & Engineering


    Friday, 12-1: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m./Teacher of the Year Announcement


    Week of December 4, 2023


    Monday, 12-4: Reading Interventionist, Mrs. Bauer, Returns from Leave

    PTA's Holiday Shoppe for Students


    Tuesday, 12-5: PTA's Holiday Shoppe for Students

    ASE: Soccer & Chess


    Wednesday, 12-6: PTA's Holiday Shoppe for Students

    First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Fifth Grade Musical Auditions, 2:45 p.m.


    Thursday, 12-7: Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    Hanukkah Begins


    Friday, 12-8: PTA Coat Drive Ends

    District Strings Day, Grade 5, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., LHS


    Week of December 11, 2023


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


    Thursday, 12-14: District ESL Field Trip to Paper Mill Playhouse


    Friday, 12-15: PTA's Staff Holiday Luncheon

    First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m. 

    (Grades 1-5)


    Week of December 18, 2023


    Thursday, 12-21: Caring Communities Session 2, 9:45 a.m.

    PTA's 50-50 Raffle Winner Announced, 2:45 p.m.


    Friday, 12-22: Partial Day for Students, 12:00 PM Dismissal


    Sunday, 12-24: Christmas Eve


    Week of December 25, 2023 - Schools Closed for Winter Break!


    Merry Christmas!      Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy New Year!


    Week of January 1, 2024


    Monday, 1-1: New Year's Day, Schools Closed


    Tuesday, 1-2: LYCS Leaders Program Grade 5, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


    Wednesday, 1-3: LYCS Leaders Program Grades 3 & 4, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

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


    Thursday, 1-4: LYCS Young Leaders Program Grades 1 & 2, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


    Friday, 1-5: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

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