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  • June 13, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/13/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the weekend!

    Friday's Field Day and Fifth Grade Games were so much fun!  The school community spent the day outdoors on what proved to be a great day for it, weatherwise!  Caring Communities teams played for character points and had a great time working through each of the Field Day activities.  The fifth graders proved to be worthy opponents versus the staff and held their own during ultimate frisbee and volleyball.  The staff retained its undefeated record, but these games were the closest in recent memory!  Great job, fifth graders!

    We have another busy week ahead that includes the Student Council Election Assembly on Monday, the Kindergarten Celebration on Tuesday, the Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp on-site trip on Wednesday, and the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Friday.  So much to enjoy! 

    The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion has prepared a week full of activities leading up to Juneteenth, which is next Saturday, June 19th.  These activities are designed to celebrate Black history and culture, and information can be found here (note: there is a link to the LCDI Facebook page that includes additional information for those wishing to participate).  Special thanks to the LCDI for sharing this information with our schools!

    Please take a moment to review the reminder messages below and the calendar for the remainder of the year that follows.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    2)  In collaboration with the Student Council, two of our students, siblings Ava and Ardyn Anapolle, have spearheaded a collection for cancer patients at St. Barnabas Medical Center called The Comfort Project 360.  We are seeking to collect items for this tremendous cause by grade level and appreciate your support, in advance!  Items can be found here and we will collect through Friday, June 18th.  Thank you!!

    3)  Note from the District regarding summer opportunities for students:

    LPS Summer Academy 2021

    Livingston Public Schools is committed to providing students with excellent educational experiences. For some students, additional time on-task, under the guidance of certified teachers, permits them the time and attention to achieve their potential. We are pleased to welcome your children back for in-person instruction this year for our summer options!  VISIT: LPS Summer Academy

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    Thank you and have a great week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 14, 2021

    Monday, 6-14: Student Council Election Assembly, 8:45 a.m. (weather permitting)

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-15: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.

    Student Council Election Assembly Rain Date, 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-16: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp (weather permitting)

    Thursday, 6-17: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp RAIN DATE

    Friday, 6-18: End of Final Marking Period

    Comfort Project 360 Donations Due

    Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.

    Saturday, 6-19: Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-20: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Monday, 6-21: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Livingston Public Library Youth Summer Reading Program Assembly, 

    9:00 a.m. (if Moving Up Ceremony rain date is not used)

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-22: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Wednesday, 6-23: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show (weather permitting)

    Student Device Collection, Grades 2-5

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Talent Show Rain Date

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

     

    Happy Summer!

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  • June 6, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/6/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying this very hot weekend!

    It seems unbelievable that we only have a few weeks left of school for the year.  But, although the days are dwindling, the calendar is the busiest it has been all year!  

    As you already know, we kicked off this year's Character Color Wars, "Battle of the Pillars", series on Friday with our Field Day and Color Wars Assembly.  Again, we appreciate your help and support in ensuring that your children wear their assigned color shirts (by Caring Communities group) on Monday AND Friday of this week.  If we cannot have the Wall Decorating on Monday because of weather, we will hold the event on Wednesday and students will be asked to wear their pillar color shirts that day.  (See this document for the assigned pillar by Caring Communities group.)  If we cannot have Field Day on Friday because of weather, we will have it on Monday, June 14.  Thanks so much!

    In collaboration with the Student Council, two of our students, siblings Ava and Ardyn Anapolle, have spearheaded a collection for cancer patients at St. Barnabas Medical Center called The Comfort Project 360.  We are seeking to collect items for this tremendous cause by grade level and appreciate your support, in advance!  Items can be found here and we will collect through Friday, June 18th.  Thank you!!

    In its continuing efforts to prepare for next school year, the Hillside PTA is seeking parents who are interested in serving as Class Parents.  Please click on the following link for information and to sign up.  This is due on June 10.  Thank you!  Class Parent Sign-up Sheet

    The next installment of the PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" Fundraiser is this Wednesday.  Proceeds of all orders made at Tony Boys on this day will benefit the PTA.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!  

    Please see the reminder messages below for additional notes from the Hillside PTA.

    Note from the District regarding summer opportunities for students:

    LPS Summer Academy 2021

    Livingston Public Schools is committed to providing students with excellent educational experiences. For some students, additional time on-task, under the guidance of certified teachers, permits them the time and attention to achieve their potential. We are pleased to welcome your children back for in-person instruction this year for our summer options!  VISIT: LPS Summer Academy

    June is PRIDE Month and we are excited to announce that we have partnered with a former Hillside student and the PRIDE Center to prepare an age-appropriate assembly for our fifth graders about respect and acceptance.  This assembly will take place in person on Thursday with representatives from the PRIDE Center.  Looking forward to it!

    Note about lunch:  We have nearly exhausted our supply of plastic forks, spoons, knives and napkins.  Parents are asked to ensure that children come to school with any needed utensils and napkins to enjoy their lunches properly.  Thanks so much!

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    2)  The Hillside PTA is already preparing for next school year and it needs your help!  Parent volunteers are the heart of the organization, and are what keep our wonderful school supported with amazing programs, like TREP$ and Multicultural Night, to name a few.  Interest sheets with information can be found here.  Please review and consider signing up to coordinate a school activity, serve as a class parent and more.  Thank you for your anticipated support!

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 7, 2021

    Monday, 6-7: Music Demonstration Assembly for Grades 3-5, 9:30 a.m.

    Character Color Wars Wall Decorating, 1:30 p.m. (Wear your pillar color 

    shirts!)

    Tuesday, 6-8: Music Demonstration Assembly for Grades 3-5, 9:30 a.m.  RAIN DATE

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

    Wednesday, 6-9: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser, Tony Boys

    Character Color Wars Wall Decorating, 1:30 p.m. RAIN DATE (Wear your 

    pillar color shirts!)

    LHS Diversity Club School-wide Read Aloud, 2:00 p.m. (pending use of 

    rain date for Wall Decorating)

    Virtual Meet & Greet for Incoming Kindergarten Families, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-10: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    PRIDE Center Assembly for Fifth Graders, 9:45 a.m.

    Second Grade Tie-Dye Party, 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-11: Field Day (AM) (Wear your pillar color shirts!)

    Fifth Grade Games vs. Staff (PM)

    Kindergarten Celebration RSVPs Due from families!

    Week of June 14, 2021

    Monday, 6-14: Field Day (AM)  RAIN DATE

    Fifth Grade Games vs. Staff (PM)  RAIN DATE

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-15: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.

    Wednesday, 6-16: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Thursday, 6-17: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp RAIN DATE

    Friday, 6-18: End of Final Marking Period

    Comfort Project 360 Donations Due

    Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.

    Saturday, 6-19: Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-20: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Monday, 6-21: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-22: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Wednesday, 6-23: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show (weather permitting)

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Talent Show Rain Date

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer!







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  • May 23, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/23/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you've enjoyed this summer-like weekend!

    Hillside held its first-ever outdoor Multicultural Night on Thursday evening.  It was a beautiful night to explore the many wonderful cultures of our school.  Participants were treated with informative displays and artifacts, and some delicious food and treats!  Special thanks to the parent coordinator, Mrs. Anita Balogh, for organizing the event and to the many families who prepared their wonderful table displays and food.  It's another one of my favorite school events and it was truly a success!

    On Friday morning, we welcomed student members of the Livingston High School Filipino and Chinese Culture Clubs to Hillside School to share multicultural stories, including Grandfather Counts and Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, and showcase the traditional Filipino dance, Tinikling.  Our students were an amazing audience and some even participated in the traditional dance, and did an awesome job, too!  It was fun!  Special thanks to our LHS friends for their partnership.  We truly enjoyed the experience and it was especially great to see three former Huskies being wonderful role models and leaders. 

    The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    The Hillside PTA is already preparing for next school year and it needs your help!  Parent volunteers are the heart of the organization, and are what keep our wonderful school supported with amazing programs, like TREP$ and Multicultural Night, to name a few.  Interest sheets with information can be found here.  Please review and consider signing up to coordinate a school activity, serve as a class parent and more.  Thank you for your anticipated support!

    We look forward to our first in-person Student Council Assembly and Caring Communities session of the year later this week.  Very exciting and long overdue!

    Families are reminded that schools are closed on Tuesday, June 1st, as a result of the extra unused snow day.  We have school every day this upcoming week.  

    The calendar for the remainder of the school year has been included below.  Please note that dates are subject to change and many events are weather permitting, most with rain dates.  Kindergarten families should make note of the Kindergarten Celebration dates (families will be invited).  Fifth grade families should make note of the MPMS Parent Orientation date this week, the  Moving Up Ceremony dates and the Clap Out scheduled for the last day of school (families are invited to these events). 

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Note about dogs on school campus:  We love our canine friends at Hillside School, huskies especially, but families are advised that town ordinance prohibits dogs on school property.  I kindly ask that families and friends refrain from bringing dogs or other pets to school during arrival and dismissal times.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

    2)  Calling all Hillside library books!  Please see the following note from Mrs. Donnelly, our Library-Media Specialist: 

    We are so happy that students were able to return in-person to the Library Media Center last week.  Please return any library books that were borrowed from the library in the past year.  There are no overdue fines or charges for lost books, but we would love to update our records!  If you have lost a book or have any questions, please email Mrs. Donnelly at cdonnelly@livingston.org.

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    Thank you and have a great week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 24, 2021

    Monday, 5-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 5-25: Virtual MPMS Orientation for Fifth Grade Families, 7:00 p.m. (information 

    forthcoming)

    Thursday, 5-27: Student Council Assembly, 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, 5-28: Caring Communities, 8:30 a.m.

    Week of May 31, 2021

    Monday, 5-31: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 6-1: Schools Closed (Give-back snow day)

    Wednesday, 6-2: MPMS Orientation for Fifth Graders, 10:15 a.m., Hillside

    Thursday, 6-3: Third Grade Instrumental Demonstrations, 1:45 p.m.

    Friday, 6-4: GT Art Testing

    Character Color Wars/Field Day Assembly, 1:15 p.m.

    Week of June 7, 2021

    Monday, 6-7: Music Demonstration Assembly for Grades 3-5, 9:30 a.m.

    Character Color Wars/Field Day Assembly, 1:15 p.m. RAIN DATE

    Tuesday, 6-8: Music Demonstration Assembly for Grades 3-5, 9:30 a.m.  RAIN DATE

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

    Wednesday, 6-9: Virtual Meet & Greet for Incoming Kindergarten Families, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-10: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Second Grade Tie-Dye Party, 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-11: Field Day (AM)

    Fifth Grade Games vs. Staff (PM)

    Week of June 14, 2021

    Monday, 6-14: Field Day (AM)  RAIN DATE

    Fifth Grade Games vs. Staff (PM)  RAIN DATE

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-15: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.

    Wednesday, 6-16: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Thursday, 6-17: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp RAIN DATE

    Friday, 6-18: End of Final Marking Period

    Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.

    Saturday, 6-19: Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-20: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Monday, 6-21: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-22: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Wednesday, 6-23: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show (weather permitting)

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families

    Happy Summer!

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  • May 16, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/16/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

    We had a great first week of full days!  The weather was just amazing, which helped to make lunch and recess a pleasant experience for students.  As it begins to warm up, we will ensure that students have shaded areas in which to eat lunch; a plan is already in the works for that, particularly with the upcoming forecasted temperatures of 80+ degrees!  Please see this note from Nurse Lisa with additional information about preparing for the upcoming heat.  

    Thursday's PTA Spring Fundraiser was an absolute delight!  The parents of the Fifth Grade Committee did an amazing job of planning, coordinating and preparing the event, which was a resounding success!  Thanks to the Fifth Grade Committee, and to the staff, families and friends, who attended and supported this major fundraiser!

    We have our annual Multicultural Night this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  While I have many favorite school events, this one is particularly special because families have the opportunity to share about and highlight their cultures and heritages, and we even get to enjoy some amazing world food!  I look forward to seeing families on Thursday and I thank the PTA Chair and parent volunteers for helping to coordinate this wonderful event. 

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Hillside has partnered with the students and advisors of the Filipino and Chinese Culture Clubs from Livingston High School to prepare an informative and interactive assembly that will take place outdoors on Friday morning, weather permitting.  Students will listen to a variety of stories shared by the LHS students, and will be treated with a traditional Filipino dance, tinikling.  They may even have a chance to participate in the dance themselves!  Should be fun!

    Calling all Hillside library books!  Please see the following note from Mrs. Donnelly, our Library-Media Specialist: 

    We are so happy that students were able to return in-person to the Library Media Center last week.  Please return any library books that were borrowed from the library in the past year.  There are no overdue fines or charges for lost books, but we would love to update our records!  If you have lost a book or have any questions, please email Mrs. Donnelly at cdonnelly@livingston.org.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Note about dogs on school campus:  We love our canine friends at Hillside School, huskies especially, but families are advised that town ordinance prohibits dogs on school property.  I kindly ask that families and friends refrain from bringing dogs or other pets to school during arrival and dismissal times.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

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    Thank you and have a wonderful week ahead! 

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 17, 2021

    Wednesday, 5-19: LPD Assembly w/Fifth Graders, 1:45 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-20: Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

    Friday, 5-21: LHS Filipino and Chinese Culture Clubs Presentation, 9:00 a.m.

    Week of May 24, 2021

    Monday, 5-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-27: Student Council Assembly, 9:00 a.m.

    Multicultural Night Rain Date, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, 5-28: Caring Communities, 8:30 a.m.

    Week of May 31, 2021

    Monday, 5-31: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 6-1: Schools Closed (Give-back snow day)

    Wednesday, 6-2: MPMS Orientation for Fifth Graders, 10:15 a.m., Hillside

    Thursday, 6-3: Third Grade Instrumental Demonstrations, 1:45 p.m.

    Friday, 6-4: GT Art Testing

    Character Color Wars/Field Day Assembly, 1:15 p.m.



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  • May 9, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/9/2021 9:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our awesome Hillside moms!  I hope you had a wonderful day and were spoiled by your families!

    Special thanks to the Hillside PTA for the wonderful Staff Appreciation Lunch and to all families for their kind notes and gestures throughout the week.  We feel so appreciated, and please know that we are just as grateful to work in our wonderful school community as you are to have us!

    Thanks to all of the huskies who rode their bikes to school on Wednesday, despite the rainy forecast and weather!  As a follow-up, the LPD created the following video with Heritage Middle School students (a couple of former Huskies are in there!) that it asked for us to share with families.  The video highlights some bike safety tips that we encourage students to follow as they bike around town.  If you would kindly watch it with your children and then complete the Safe Bicycling Pledge, we would greatly appreciate it.  Students who complete the pledge will be entered into a raffle for a special prize! (Hint:  Think "bicycle" safety!)  Thank you for your support!

    Thursday evening's TREP$ Marketplace was a tremendous success!  Thank you to our fourth and fifth graders who participated, and their families and TREP$ teachers, for their hard work.  I couldn't be more proud of our students!  And, thank you to all of the families and friends who supported our students and came out for a wonderful evening of shopping!  It was the first large-scale school event held since the last TREP$ Marketplace in February 2020, and I personally basked in the moment.  So special!

    The Hillside PTA and our friends at Brainiax have partnered, once again, to coordinate After School Enrichment (ASEs) opportunities for our students.  This last round of enrichment classes will be held in person, after school under the Hillside tents.  Please find additional information in this flyer

    Late last week, the District sent home information about how to order school lunch.  The lunch ordering form can be found here.  Of course, families are also free to send in home lunch with students, too!

    We are very excited about the next and final transition of the school year starting tomorrow.  It has been a long time since we have had a full day of in-person school, and we cherish the opportunity to move one step closer to normal!  It's going to be great!  Information regarding the transition can be found below under "REMINDER MESSAGES".  Please review if you have not already.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Transition to Full Days of School

    We will make our transition to full days of school starting on Monday, May 10. As families prepare for the transition, I invite you to review the following:

    • The schedule for full days of school for students is as follows:
      • Arrival will take place from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be considered tardy and must be brought to the main office for entry.  Remote students should be online with their teachers by 8:05 a.m. and will remain online for the entirety of the day, with the exception of the snack, lunch and play breaks.  
      • All students will dismiss at 2:40 p.m., with the exception of Kindergarten students who will dismiss at 2:35 p.m. to alleviate congestion at the pillar doors.  Remote students will be dismissed at 2:30 to provide the teacher and in-person students time for pack-up prior to dismissal.  
    • Arrival and dismissal procedures will remain unchanged.  We will continue to have two doors for arrival and five doors for dismissal.  Families will have to continue completing the COVID tracker forms and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon arrival.  
    • Families will not have the option to split student days between learning models; that is, in-person students will have to remain in school for the full day of school and remote only students will have to remain remote for the full day of school.  
    • Each grade will have a lunch and recess period.
      • Second, third, fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess from 11:15 to 12:10.  Second and third graders will have lunch and recess together.  Fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess together.  
      • Kindergarten and first grade students will have lunch and recess from 12:15 to 1:10.  
      • Weather permitting, all students will have lunch outdoors, spaced six feet apart.  We will ensure that students are spaced apart appropriately while eating.  They will need a home-provided towel or pad on which to sit, as they will be sitting on the ground.  
      • During their recess times, students will have to remain masked and will space themselves apart as they make use of the playground, Bank Shot Court, Gaga Court and fields. 
      • On inclement weather days, students will have lunch indoors, either in their own classrooms, and/or in the gyms or the library/Maker Space.  Since the CDC requires that students remain six feet apart when unmasked and eating, we will ensure this requirement by spreading students out using our large spaces.  When needed, half of a class' students will be relocated to a large space to ensure the six-foot requirement.  To maximize the use of the large spaces, students will sit on floors, so home-provided towels and pads will also be needed for indoor lunch days.  Indoor recess will take place in classrooms (gyms will be used for lunch).  Since students will be masked during these times, we will adhere to the three foot requirement during indoor recess.
      • Students/parents will have the option of purchasing school lunch through Aramark's Food Service.  Lunches will be individually bagged and labeled with student names.  The district will be in touch soon with information about ordering school lunch.  Of course, families are welcome to send students to school with a lunch provided from home.  (underlined information is new)
    • We will no longer have a school-wide common snack time.  Classes will still have a snack as scheduled by the classroom teachers.  Snack time will take place outside, when possible, and in shifts when indoors to ensure the six foot distance when unmasked (as we have been doing).
    • All specials will take place in person.  The three foot distance requirement will be maintained in special area spaces, including the art and music rooms, gymnasium and library.  World language will take place in students' home classrooms. 

    2)  Note about dogs on school campus:  We love our canine friends at Hillside School, huskies especially, but families are advised that town ordinance prohibits dogs on school property.  I kindly ask that families and friends refrain from bringing dogs or other pets to school during arrival and dismissal times.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

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    Thank you and have a wonderful week ahead!  I look forward to seeing some of you at Thursday's PTA Spring Fundraiser!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 10, 2021

    Monday, 5-10: Full Days of School Begin (8:00 to 2:40/8:05 to 2:30 for remote only)

    Tuesday, 5-11: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Salad House

    TREPS Final Session, 3:15 p.m.

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

    BOE Personnel Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-13: PTA Spring Fundraiser Event, Powerhouse Studios, 6:30 p.m.

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-14: Student Council School Spirit Day--Tie Dye Day!

    Week of May 17, 2021

    Thursday, 5-20: Multicultural Night, 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

    Friday, 5-21: LHS Filipino and Chinese Culture Club Presentation, 9:00 a.m.

    Week of May 24, 2021

    Monday, 5-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-27: Multicultural Night Rain Date, 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-28: Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

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  • May 2, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/2/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying the weekend!

    This week is Staff Appreciation Week.  At Hillside, we are very fortunate to have an amazing group of people who work each day to provide our students with the best we have to offer.  I am extremely grateful for the 70+ individuals who make up our staff and thank them for their unwavering support and commitment to our school.  Thank you, Hillside staff, and enjoy a well-deserved week of appreciation!  

    TREP$ Marketplace Take Two!  Our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in our entrepreneurial program called TREP$ have been working hard over the last several weeks to create and design their products and services, and are gearing up for our first-ever OUTDOOR TREP$ Marketplace this Thursday, May 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The Marketplace will take place on the school's upper blacktop (near the tents) and all Hillside families are invited to support our young business people.  Please don't forget your cash! ;) And, let's all keep our fingers crossed for good weather!

    We have our next and final remote only materials pickup for remote only families on Tuesday, May 4, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.  Families of remote students in any grade are welcome to pick up between these times at the pillar doors.  Pick up will be curbside and signs with students' names to help us expedite delivery are welcome!  Thanks so much!  NOTE:  Some grade levels/teachers do not have materials to be picked up. These grades/teachers will notify families directly if a pickup is not needed.  

    May 5 is "National Bike to School Day".  The Livingston Police Department has invited Hillside School to partner with it to observe the day.  Please see information in this flyer.  Hillside students are invited to safely bike to school on this day.  Members of the LPD will be on hand to observe and support bike safety.  Students are welcome to secure bicycles at school using our available bike racks (parents can also take bikes back home, of course).  Please note that the school will not be responsible for damaged or stolen bikes.  We thank you for your anticipated participation!  

    The May edition of Nurse Lisa's Health Newsletter is available and can be found here.  Families are encouraged to carefully review the newsletter for important health information and updates.  Questions should be directed to Nurse Lisa.  Thank you!

    Note about dogs on school campus:  We love our canine friends at Hillside School, huskies especially, but families are advised that town ordinance prohibits dogs on school property.  I kindly ask that families and friends refrain from bringing dogs or other pets to school during arrival and dismissal times.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

    If families have not yet had a chance to review the following information regarding our upcoming transition to full days of school, I ask that you please do so.  School lunch ordering information will be provided by the district this week.  

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    Transition to Full Days of School

    We will make our transition to full days of school starting on Monday, May 10. As families prepare for the transition, I invite you to review the following:

    • The schedule for full days of school for students is as follows:
      • Arrival will take place from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be considered tardy and must be brought to the main office for entry.  Remote students should be online with their teachers by 8:05 a.m. and will remain online for the entirety of the day, with the exception of the snack, lunch and play breaks.  
      • All students will dismiss at 2:40 p.m., with the exception of Kindergarten students who will dismiss at 2:35 p.m. to alleviate congestion at the pillar doors.  Remote students will be dismissed at 2:30 to provide the teacher and in-person students time for pack-up prior to dismissal.  
    • Arrival and dismissal procedures will remain unchanged.  We will continue to have two doors for arrival and five doors for dismissal.  Families will have to continue completing the COVID tracker forms and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon arrival.  
    • Families will not have the option to split student days between learning models; that is, in-person students will have to remain in school for the full day of school and remote only students will have to remain remote for the full day of school.  
    • Each grade will have a lunch and recess period.
      • Second, third, fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess from 11:15 to 12:10.  Second and third graders will have lunch and recess together.  Fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess together.  
      • Kindergarten and first grade students will have lunch and recess from 12:15 to 1:10.  
      • Weather permitting, all students will have lunch outdoors, spaced six feet apart.  We will ensure that students are spaced apart appropriately while eating.  They will need a home-provided towel or pad on which to sit, as they will be sitting on the ground.  
      • During their recess times, students will have to remain masked and will space themselves apart as they make use of the playground, Bank Shot Court, Gaga Court and fields. 
      • On inclement weather days, students will have lunch indoors, either in their own classrooms, and/or in the gyms or the library/Maker Space.  Since the CDC requires that students remain six feet apart when unmasked and eating, we will ensure this requirement by spreading students out using our large spaces.  When needed, half of a class' students will be relocated to a large space to ensure the six-foot requirement.  To maximize the use of the large spaces, students will sit on floors, so home-provided towels and pads will also be needed for indoor lunch days.  Indoor recess will take place in classrooms (gyms will be used for lunch).  Since students will be masked during these times, we will adhere to the three foot requirement during indoor recess.
      • Students/parents will have the option of purchasing school lunch through Aramark's Food Service.  Lunches will be individually bagged and labeled with student names.  The district will be in touch soon with information about ordering school lunch.  Of course, families are welcome to send students to school with a lunch provided from home.  (underlined information is new)
    • We will no longer have a school-wide common snack time.  Classes will still have a snack as scheduled by the classroom teachers.  Snack time will take place outside, when possible, and in shifts when indoors to ensure the six foot distance when unmasked (as we have been doing).
    • All specials will take place in person.  The three foot distance requirement will be maintained in special area spaces, including the art and music rooms, gymnasium and library.  World language will take place in students' home classrooms. 

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    Please see the important reminder messages below.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  NOTE REGARDING CHANGES TO STUDENTS' LEARNING MODELS:  The next opportunity remote only families will have to make a change from remote to in-person school will be May 10 (deadline to notify the main office is May 3; email Mrs. Schroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org).  Thank you for your understanding!

    2)  The PTA is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year--the Spring Fundraiser!  It will take place at Power House Studios on May 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We were unable to have this event last year and look forward to a successful one this year, but your help is needed!  Please see the following three links for information, including an invitation, a family sponsorship letter and a corporate sponsorship letter:

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 3, 2021--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-3: Student Council Assembly, 2:10 p.m.

    Tuesday, 5-4: Remote Only Materials Pick-up (final of year), 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

    TREP$ Final Session, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-5: Cinco de Mayo

    National Bike to School Day

    District ELA Parent Night, Grades K-2, 6:00 p.m. (information here)  

    Thursday, 5-6: PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 5-9: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 10, 2021

    Monday, 5-10: Full Days of School Begin (8:00 to 2:40/8:05 to 2:30 for remote only)

    Tuesday, 5-11: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Salad House

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

    BOE Personnel Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-13: PTA Spring Fundraiser Event, Powerhouse Studios, 6:30 p.m.

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of May 17, 2021

    Thursday, 5-20: Multicultural Night, 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

    Week of May 24, 2021

    Monday, 5-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-27: Multicultural Night Rain Date, 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-28: Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

     

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  • April 25, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/25/2021 12:15:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend with your children!

    Thanks to all of the families who offered donations for last week's food drive!  We collected lots of goods for our friends at Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors and they were so grateful to receive it all on Friday.  Please enjoy this Facebook post and thank you, Hillside community, for showing your HEART!

    As you know, Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this week.  Teachers will be in touch with families, if they have not already been, with their Zoom link information.  Since conferences are limited to 15 minutes a session, families are kindly asked to join their sessions on time and to refrain from going over the allotted time.  If additional time is needed to discuss your children's progress, you can always schedule another mutually convenient time with teachers.  Thanks so much!

    The district is hosting its Spring District ESL Night for families of English language learners on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The flyer is linked in the calendar below and includes Zoom link information for families who are interested in attending. Enjoy!

    Our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in our entrepreneurial program called TREP$ have been working hard over the last several weeks to create and design their products and services, and are gearing up for our first-ever OUTDOOR TREP$ Marketplace this Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The Marketplace will take place on the school's upper blacktop (near the tents) and all Hillside families are invited to support our young business people.  Please don't forget your cash! ;)  NOTE: This event is weather permitting; the rain date is on Thursday, May 6.  If needed, we will notify families of a postponement by midday Thursday. 

    We have our next and final remote only materials pickup for remote only families on Tuesday, May 4, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.  Families of remote students in any grade are welcome to pick up between these times at the pillar doors.  Pick up will be curbside and signs with students' names to help us expedite are welcome!  Thanks so much!

    May 5 is "National Bike to School Day".  The Livingston Police Department has invited Hillside School to partner with it to observe the day.  Please see information in this flyer.  Hillside students are invited to safely bike to school on this day.  Additional information is forthcoming!  Thank you!

    Note from Mrs. Mondanaro-Protocollo, Hillside Art Teacher & GT Art Instructor:  

    The Livingston Public Schools offer an exceptional program for students in grades four through eight who are designated as Gifted and Talented in the Visual Arts.   The Gifted and Talented Art Program incorporates the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, the application of a variety of techniques and media, and knowledge of master artists and their works.  In addition, all students explore art created by different cultures around the world and across time.  Families are invited to view this year's virtual art show featuring art work from GT Art students across the district's schools.  The art show can be accessed here: https://www.livingston.org/gtartshow2021.  Congratulations to all our artists!

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    Transition to Full Days of School

    We will make our transition to full days of school starting on Monday, May 10. As families prepare for the transition, I invite you to review the following:

    • The schedule for full days of school for students is as follows:
      • Arrival will take place from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be considered tardy and must be brought to the main office for entry.  Remote students should be online with their teachers by 8:05 a.m. and will remain online for the entirety of the day, with the exception of the snack, lunch and play breaks.  
      • All students will dismiss at 2:40 p.m., with the exception of Kindergarten students who will dismiss at 2:35 p.m. to alleviate congestion at the pillar doors.  Remote students will be dismissed at 2:30 to provide the teacher and in-person students time for pack-up prior to dismissal.  
    • Arrival and dismissal procedures will remain unchanged.  We will continue to have two doors for arrival and five doors for dismissal.  Families will have to continue completing the COVID tracker forms and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon arrival.  
    • Families will not have the option to split student days between learning models; that is, in-person students will have to remain in school for the full day of school and remote only students will have to remain remote for the full day of school.  
    • Each grade will have a lunch and recess period.
      • Second, third, fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess from 11:15 to 12:10.  Second and third graders will have lunch and recess together.  Fourth and fifth graders will have lunch and recess together.  
      • Kindergarten and first grade students will have lunch and recess from 12:15 to 1:10.  
      • Weather permitting, all students will have lunch outdoors, spaced six feet apart.  We will ensure that students are spaced apart appropriately while eating.  They will need a home-provided towel or pad on which to sit, as they will be sitting on the ground.  
      • During their recess times, students will have to remain masked and will space themselves apart as they make use of the playground, Bank Shot Court, Gaga Court and fields. 
      • On inclement weather days, students will have lunch indoors, either in their own classrooms, and/or in the gyms or the library/Maker Space.  Since the CDC requires that students remain six feet apart when unmasked and eating, we will ensure this requirement by spreading students out using our large spaces.  When needed, half of a class' students will be relocated to a large space to ensure the six-foot requirement.  To maximize the use of the large spaces, students will sit on floors, so home-provided towels and pads will also be needed for indoor lunch days.  Indoor recess will take place in classrooms (gyms will be used for lunch).  Since students will be masked during these times, we will adhere to the three foot requirement during indoor recess.
      • Students/parents will have the option of purchasing school lunch through Aramark's Food Service.  Lunches will be individually bagged and labeled with student names.  Additional information is forthcoming.
    • We will no longer have a school-wide common snack time.  Classes will still have a snack as scheduled by the classroom teachers.  Snack time will take place outside, when possible, and in shifts when indoors to ensure the six foot distance when unmasked (as we have been doing).
    • All specials will take place in person.  The three foot distance will be maintained in special area spaces, including the art and music rooms, gymnasium and library.  World language will take place in students' home classrooms. 

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    Please see the important reminder messages below.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  NOTE REGARDING CHANGES TO STUDENTS' LEARNING MODELS:  The next opportunity remote only families will have to make a change from remote to in-person school will be May 10 (deadline to notify the main office is May 3; email Mrs. Schroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org).  Thank you for your understanding!

    2)  The PTA is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year--the Spring Fundraiser!  It will take place at Power House Studios on May 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We were unable to have this event last year and look forward to a successful one this year, but your help is needed!  Please see the following three links for information, including an invitation, a family sponsorship letter and a corporate sponsorship letter:

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 26, 2021--Parent-Teacher Conference Week (PM)

    Monday, 4-26: BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 4-27: TREP$ Session 5, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-29: TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Week of May 3, 2021--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-3: Student Council Assembly, 2:10 p.m.

    Tuesday, 5-4: Remote Only Materials Pick-up (final of year), 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

    TREP$ Final Session, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-5: Cinco de Mayo

    National Bike to School Day

    District ELA Parent Night, Grades K-2, 6:00 p.m. (information here)  

    Thursday, 5-6: PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace Rain Date, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 5-9: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 10, 2021

    Monday, 5-10: Full Days of School Begin (8:00 to 2:40/8:05 to 2:30 for remote only)

    Tuesday, 5-11: PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser--Salad House

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-13: PTA Spring Fundraiser Event, Powerhouse Studios, 6:30 p.m.

    BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of May 17, 2021

    Thursday, 5-20: Multicultural Night, 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

    Week of May 24, 2021

    Monday, 5-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-27: Multicultural Night Rain Date, 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-28: Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.



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  • April 18, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/18/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I want to wish all of our Muslim families and friends who are celebrating a wonderful Ramadan holiday!  Enjoy your month-long observance and celebration!

    Hillside has partnered with the organization, Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors, to help stock its food pantry shelves.  We will host a food drive this week.  Please see this flyer for additional information and thank you, in advance, for your support of this initiative! 

    "Take Your Child to Work Day" is this Thursday, April 22nd.  Families who intend on having their children participate by going to work with them are asked to let your classroom teachers and Mrs. Schroeder know (jschroeder@livingston.org) by Wednesday, April 21st.  Please note that absences for the purpose of observing the day are excused.  Thank you!

    Our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in our entrepreneurial program called TREP$ have been working hard over the last several weeks to create and design their products and services, and are gearing up for our first-ever OUTDOOR TREP$ Marketplace on Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The Marketplace will take place on the school's upper blacktop (near the tents) and all Hillside families are invited to support our young business people.  Please don't forget your cash! ;) 

    Please see the following note from the Hillside PTA regarding a really awesome Mother's Day fundraiser:

    Shop LOCAL, support Hillside and pick out the BEST customized gift!  Below please find the link for the Hillside Mother's Day Fundraiser.  The registration will be open 4/12 - 4/26 and projects will be ready for pick up on 5/7 in time for Mother's Day.  Please email Jenny Barnhard with any questions at Jennifer.barnhard@millburn.org.

    https://boardandbrush.com/livingston/events/hillsidegetscraftyformothersday/

    Please see the important reminder messages below.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Order your yearbook before it's too late!  Please see this flyer for ordering information.  Orders are due by April 20th!  Note that each family who orders can customize two pages of your yearbook for free.  Directions for uploading photos onto custom pages can also be found in the flyer.  Thank you!

    2)  NOTE REGARDING CHANGES TO STUDENTS' LEARNING MODELS:  The next opportunity remote only families will have to make a change from remote to in-person school will be May 10 (deadline to notify the main office is May 3; email Mrs. Schroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org).  Thank you for your understanding!

    3)  The PTA is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year--the Spring Fundraiser!  It will take place at Power House Studios on May 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We were unable to have this event last year and look forward to a successful one this year, but your help is needed!  Please see the following three links for information, including an invitation, a family sponsorship letter and a corporate sponsorship letter:

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 19, 2021

    Monday, 4-19: "Hillside Has Heart" Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive 

    Begins

    Tuesday, 4-20: Yearbook Orders Due!

    LHS Neuroscience Presentation to Fourth Graders, 10:45 a.m.

    TREP$ Session 4, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-22: Earth Day

    Take Your Child to Work Day

    Friday, 4-23: LNHN Food Drive Ends

    Week of April 26, 2021--Parent-Teacher Conference Week (PM)

    Monday, 4-26: BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 4-27: TREP$ Session 5, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-29: TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Week of May 3, 2021--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-3: Student Council Assembly, 2:10 p.m.

    Tuesday, 5-4: Remote Only Materials Pick-up (final of year), 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

    TREP$ Final Session, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-5: Cinco de Mayo

    National Bike to School Day

    District ELA Parent Night, Grades K-2, 6:00 p.m. (information here)  

    Thursday, 5-6: PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace Rain Date, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 5-9: Happy Mother's Day!

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  • April 11, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/11/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    The scheduling form for Parent-Teacher Conferences went live yesterday and can be accessed here: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Hillside_Elementary_School_Spring_21.  Families should register for a conference time by this Friday, April 16th.  Thanks so much!

    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Dines Out fundraiser series takes place this Wednesday at Turano's Pizza Kitchen.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hillside PTA.  We hope you consider getting a meal and please don't forget to mention Hillside School!

    Hillside has partnered with the organization, Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors, to help stock its food pantry shelves.  We will host a food drive during the week of April 19th.  Please see this flyer for additional information and thank you, in advance, for your support of this initiative! 

    District PreK-6 Supervisor of English-Language Arts, Mrs. Leala Baxter, is hosting a Parent University for K-2 parents on May 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.  Information about this event can be found here.  

    In staff news, fourth grade teacher, Miss Fedele, got married yesterday!  We congratulate her and look forward to welcoming back Mrs. Devine tomorrow! 

    Please see the important reminder messages below.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Order your yearbook before it's too late!  Please see this flyer for ordering information.  Orders are due by April 20th!  Note that each family who orders can customize two pages of your yearbook for free.  Directions for uploading photos onto custom pages can also be found in the flyer.  Thank you!

    2)  NOTE REGARDING CHANGES TO STUDENTS' LEARNING MODELS:  The next opportunity remote only families will have to make a change from remote to in-person school will be May 10 (deadline to notify the main office is May 3; email Mrs. Schroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org).  Thank you for your understanding!

    3)  Our Key Club friends at Livingston High School have asked us to support their Tree-Plenish initiative and goal of planting 160 trees to offset the amount of paper used by LHS.  Information can be found on this flyer or at this site.  The group is also looking for volunteers to plant these trees; you can sign up to purchase a tree and/or volunteer using the provided site.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!  And, Hillside School plans to purchase some trees to be planted on our property, too!

    4)  Note from the Hillside Yearbook Committee:  We are looking for photos of your children learning virtually!  Please send any photos to be included in this year's yearbook to HILLSIDECLASSOF2021@GMAIL.COM.  Please include your children's and their teachers' names on the email.  Thank you!

    5)  The PTA is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year--the Spring Fundraiser!  It will take place at Power House Studios on May 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We were unable to have this event last year and look forward to a successful one this year, but your help is needed!  Please see the following three links for information, including an invitation, a family sponsorship letter and a corporate sponsorship letter:

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 12, 2021

    Tuesday, 4-13: TREP$ Session 3, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-14: PTA's Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser--Dine at Turano's and mention 

    Hillside!

    District's SEPAC Executive Board Meeting (by invitation only), 7:00 p.m.

    Week of April 19, 2021

    Monday, 4-19: "Hillside Has Heart" Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive 

    Begins

    Tuesday, 4-20: LHS Neuroscience Presentation to Fourth Graders, 10:45 a.m.

    TREP$ Session 4, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-22: Earth Day

    Friday, 4-23: LNHN Food Drive Ends

    Week of April 26, 2021--Parent-Teacher Conference Week (PM)

    Monday, 4-26: BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 4-27: TREP$ Session 5, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-29: TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.



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  • April 4, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/4/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed Spring Break with your children!  Happy Belated Holi, Happy Passover and Happy Easter to any and all who celebrate!  We are excited to see all of our students tomorrow and look forward to an amazing spring with them!

    We look forward to welcoming in-person students in grades 3-5 to a five-day schedule tomorrow!  REMINDER:  Families of in-person learners are asked to review this family guide for school-related information.  Much of this is unchanged or changed slightly from the guide sent earlier this school year. All families are asked, however, to take particular note of the new attendance guidelines on top of page 2 that are effective tomorrow, April 5.  Thanks so much!

    Since we have twice the number of students returning tomorrow in person learning in grades 3, 4, and 5, we anticipate a short delay in getting into the building at door #6.  We will have additional staff available to expedite check-in, but would greatly appreciate it if parents/students can have their green COVID tracker form checks available upon check-in to help speed things up.  Thanks, in advance!

    Order your yearbook before it's too late!  Please see this flyer for ordering information.  Orders are due by April 20th!  Note that each family who orders can customize two pages of your yearbook for free.  Directions for uploading photos onto custom pages can also be found in the flyer.  Thank you!

    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day on Friday, April 9!  It's "Team Gear Day", so please help your children show their spirit by wearing their favorite team gear!  If you don't have any team gear, Hillside team gear or school colors are always great!  Thanks so much!

    Second marking period report cards for students in grades 1-5 will be available to families on Friday after 3:00 p.m. Questions regarding report cards should be directed to teachers.

    We have Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for the week of April 26th.  Conferences will take place during the afternoons each day that week.  I will send additional information about signing up for conferences soon (likely later this week).  

    Please see the important reminder messages below.

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  NOTE REGARDING CHANGES TO STUDENTS' LEARNING MODELS:  While we have been happily flexible with families who desire to change from remote to in-person learning, we will begin to adhere more strictly to timelines after the break.  Families wishing to move from remote learning to in-person starting on April 5th, must let the main office know by this Wednesday, March 24 (email Mrs. Schroeder at jschroeder@livingston.org).  The next opportunity remote only families will have to make a change will be May 10 (deadline to notify the main office is May 3).  Thank you for your understanding!

    2)  Our Key Club friends at Livingston High School have asked us to support their Tree-Plenish initiative and goal of planting 160 trees to offset the amount of paper used by LHS.  Information can be found on this flyer or at this site.  The group is also looking for volunteers to plant these trees; you can sign up to purchase a tree and/or volunteer using the provided site.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!  And, Hillside School plans to purchase some trees to be planted on our property, too!

    3)  Note from the Hillside Yearbook Committee:  We are looking for photos of your children learning virtually!  Please send any photos to be included in this year's yearbook to HILLSIDECLASSOF2021@GMAIL.COM.  Please include your children's and their teachers' names on the email.  Thank you!

    4)  The PTA is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year--the Spring Fundraiser!  It will take place at Power House Studios on May 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We were unable to have this event last year and look forward to a successful one this year, but your help is needed!  Please see the following three links for information, including an invitation, a family sponsorship letter and a corporate sponsorship letter:

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    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 5, 2021

    Monday, 4-5: Grades 3-5 Students Begin Five-Day Weekly Schedule (No Cohorts!)

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 4-6: TREP$ Session 2, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Friday, 4-9: Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear your favorite team gear!

    Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents After 3:00 

    p.m., Grades 1-5

    Week of April 12, 2021

    Tuesday, 4-13: TREP$ Session 3, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-14: PTA's Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser--Dine at Turano's and mention 

    Hillside!

    District's SEPAC Executive Board Meeting (by invitation only), 7:00 p.m.

    Week of April 19, 2021

    Monday, 4-19: "Hillside Has Heart" Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive 

    Begins (information forthcoming)

    Tuesday, 4-20: LHS Neuroscience Presentation to Fourth Graders, 10:45 a.m.

    TREP$ Session 4, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Week of April 26, 2021--Parent-Teacher Conference Week (PM)

    Monday, 4-26: BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 4-27: TREP$ Session 5, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-29: TREP$ Outdoor Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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  • Call for Safety In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should use the Call For Safety phone line and report the student’s name, day or dates the student is absent or tardy, and the reason for the absence or tardy.

    973-535-8000, x7104

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