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  • February 28, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/28/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying your Sunday evening!

    This week is Read Across America Week and we are in for an exciting week of school-wide and class activities!  Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Szaro, Mrs. Donnelly and the school's Read Across America Week Committee have planned a fun week for us.  Highlights of the week's events are as follows:

    • Monday:  
      • Live, School-wide Read Aloud by Mr. Gramata of A New Kind of Wild, 8:30 a.m.
      • Class discussion of A New Kind of Wild
      • School-wide Reading Train, 12:10 p.m.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday:
      • In-class activity: Wild Neighborhood Map Activity
    • Thursday:
      • Buddy Class Activity: "Think Outside the Box", inspired by popular children's books, Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon
    • Friday:
      • Dr. Seuss Spirit Day!  Wear your Seuss gear!
      • Guest Reader Day:  Various members of the school community will read to individual classes at 2:10 p.m.
    • At Home Activity:

    Should be a fun week and we thank you for your support!

    Please see Nurse Lisa's March Newsletter here.  March is Nutrition Awareness Month and included are some important nutrition facts and information.  Thanks, Nurse Lisa, for sharing!

    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!

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Attention fourth and fifth grade families:  Gifted & Talented teacher, Mrs. Bodow, is offering a math enrichment opportunity for all interested fourth and fifth graders.  Please click for fourth grade information here and click for fifth grade information here.  Special thanks to Mrs. Bodow for coordinating these opportunities!

    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 about the Livingston High School Senior Class from the LHS HSA:

    With remote/hybrid learning and other quarantine related restrictions, our Livingston High School Seniors are not having the senior year they expected. We are hoping to show the Class of 2021 that we are behind them by providing some extra recognition and encouragement around town.

    Many of the students have walked these streets for years and soon will be heading off to their next chapter in life.  They will not get a redo on their Senior Year or be able to participate in the many senior year traditions.  We are hoping to give them a few months of celebration as they approach graduation.

    We want to fill the streets in town and showcase how Livingston is behind the class of 2021.  Some ideas include, flags on our light poles, banners on the seniors houses, Livingston paraphernalia and more.

    If you would like to help “Adopt the Class of 2021” and support our efforts, to showcase our senior class around Livingston,  please consider making a donation.  No amount is too small.  All donations will go directly to these programs for our seniors.

    You can venmo @LHS-HSA (please look for the LHS logo) or you can send a check to:

    Stefanie Lichtstein, 46 Heron Road, Livingston, NJ 07039

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    Thank you, have a great night, 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 March 1, 2021--Read Across America Week

    Monday, 3-1: Cohort A

    Women's History Month Begins

    Live, School-wide Read Aloud with Mr. Gramata, 8:30 a.m.

    School-wide Reading Train, 12:10 p.m.

    Tuesday, 3-2: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 3-3: Cohort B

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (moved from 2-22-21 & 3-1-21)

    Thursday, 3-4: Cohort B

    Friday, 3-5: Cohort B

    School Spirit Day--Wear Seuss Gear!

    Guest Reader Day, 2:10 p.m.

    Week of March 8, 2021

    Monday, 3-8: Cohort A

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 3-9: Cohort A

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 3-10: Cohort B

    PTA's Hillside Eats Out Fundraiser at Tony Boys! 10% of all sales goes to Hillside PTA

    Thursday, 3-11: Cohort B

    Friday, 3-12: Cohort A

    Sunday, 3-14: Daylight Savings Begins ("spring" clocks forward one hour!)

     

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  • February 21, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/21/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend! 

    We look forward to returning to school this week.  Please note that we will resume regular morning drop-off procedures, unless you hear from me otherwise.  As a reminder, students in grades K-2 should enter the building through door #9 and students in grades 3-5 should enter through door #6.  Students will be screened for temperatures and COVID tracking forms, as always.  Thanks so much!

    We are very excited about this Thursday's "Hill vs. Hill" fundraising event!  Please join us to support a good cause and the Hillside staff as it competes against the Burnet Hill staff in a trivia game! The Trivia Game Night starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.  Families can purchase tickets to the event here.  Thank you, in advance, for your support and we look forward to a fun-filled evening!  See you there!

    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!

    Note about the Livingston High School Senior Class from the LHS HSA:

    With remote/hybrid learning and other quarantine related restrictions, our Livingston High School Seniors are not having the senior year they expected. We are hoping to show the Class of 2021 that we are behind them by providing some extra recognition and encouragement around town.

    Many of the students have walked these streets for years and soon will be heading off to their next chapter in life.  They will not get a redo on their Senior Year or be able to participate in the many senior year traditions.  We are hoping to give them a few months of celebration as they approach graduation.

    We want to fill the streets in town and showcase how Livingston is behind the class of 2021.  Some ideas include, flags on our light poles, banners on the seniors houses, Livingston paraphernalia and more.

    If you would like to help “Adopt the Class of 2021” and support our efforts, to showcase our senior class around Livingston,  please consider making a donation.  No amount is too small.  All donations will go directly to these programs for our seniors.

    You can venmo @LHS-HSA (please look for the LHS logo) or you can send a check to:

    Stefanie Lichtstein, 46 Heron Road, Livingston, NJ 07039

    Attention fourth and fifth grade families:  Gifted & Talented teacher, Mrs. Bodow, is offering a math enrichment opportunity for all interested fourth and fifth graders.  Please click for fourth grade information here and click for fifth grade information here.  Special thanks to Mrs. Bodow for coordinating these opportunities!

    Last call for Scholastic Book Fair orders!  The sale closes later on today!  Thanks so much to all who supported the book fair.  Happy reading!

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    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  Calling all husky puppies!  The district is now accepting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  If you have a child who turns five by October 1, please see registration information on the district site here.  If you have friends who have children starting, but wouldn't receive my emails, please do pass this along!  Thanks so much! 

    2)  Note to families about attendance and student learning models:

    • Hybrid students are expected to come to school on their assigned cohort days, unless there's illness or other reasons that necessitate a physical absence from school.  If hybrid students are unable to come to school on their assigned days, families MUST call the attendance line at 973-535-8000, ext. 7104, to notify the school of the absence.  If students are able to learn virtually on such days, they may do so and families should indicate that in the message.  In these cases, students are marked as "participating remotely" in our attendance file and are not considered absent.  If students are unable to learn virtually on these days, families should also indicate such and students will be marked absent. 
    • Please note that hybrid students that are "participating remotely" for two straight weeks without illness or other acceptable reasons will be switched to remote and families will have to request a change back to hybrid through the main office.
    • Changes in student learning models (i.e., hybrid to remote or vice-versa) must be requested through the main office.  It is not sufficient to request such changes to classroom teachers.  Families may call the office or send an email to the attendance secretary, Mrs. Schroeder, at jschroeder@livingston.org to make such requests.  
    • We have been flexible with families choosing to switch from remote to hybrid and will continue to be.  We ask for about a week's notice, typically, when making this switch. 

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    Thank you, have a great night, 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 February 22, 2021

    Monday, 2-22: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-23: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 2-24: Cohort B

    Thursday, 2-25: Cohort B

    "Hill vs. Hill Trivia Game": Burnet Hill Staff v. Hillside Staff Fundraising 

    Event, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-26: Cohort A

    Week of March 1, 2021--Read Across America Week

    Monday, 3-1: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (moved from 2-22-21)

    Tuesday, 3-2: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 3-3: Cohort B

    Thursday, 3-4: Cohort B

    Friday, 3-5: Cohort B

    Week of March 8, 2021

    Monday, 3-8: Cohort A

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 3-9: Cohort A

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 3-10: Cohort B

    Thursday, 3-11: Cohort B

    Friday, 3-12: Cohort A

    Sunday, 3-14: Daylight Savings Begins ("spring" clocks forward one hour!)

     

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  • February 7, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/7/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend!  Can you believe it's snowing...again?! 

    We have an exciting four days leading up the mid-winter break!  Please note the following events/activities:

    • The PTA's Scholastic Book Fair begins on Monday!  While students normally have the opportunity to peruse and shop in person, we will have an online fair this year.  Please see here for a promotional video with instructions on how to shop.  Note that all orders over $25 are shipped directly to homes for free and that proceeds benefit Hillside School.  The fair ends on February 21.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!
    • We typically have an in-person Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff Event with storytime with teachers and staff members.  This year, Storytime with Staff will take place virtually on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Families can access the event's Zoom link here.  The schedule for the event will be made available to families by Tuesday.  Thank you and we hope to see you there!
    • We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day on Thursday!  It's "Crazy Hair/Hat Day" and we look forward to seeing our students' husky spirit!
    • In observance of this year's Lunar New Year, several of Hillside's parents have volunteered to host a school-wide assembly, highlighting some of the holiday's traditions.  The entire student body is invited to attend on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.  Please use this Zoom link to attend.  We look forward to seeing you to celebrate The Year of the Ox!

    The next PTA "Hillside Dines Out" Fundraiser is this Wednesday.  Families who purchase food from Calabria's on Wednesday will raise funds to help benefit the PTA and school.  Please don't forget to mention Hillside School when ordering!  

    First marking period report cards for Kindergarten students will be available on Wednesday.  Families should expect to receive a district email on Wednesday indicating when report cards are available in the Genesis Parent Portal.  Questions regarding report cards should be directed to classroom teachers.  

    You may recall that, last year, Burnet Hill and Riker Hill Schools participated in a "Hill vs. Hill" basketball fundraising event.  This year, Burnet Hill has challenged Hillside to a "Hill vs. Hill Trivia Game".  Challenge accepted!  Please join us for a staff vs. staff Trivia Game Night on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.!  This fundraising event will benefit Livingston local businesses. Additional information is forthcoming, but please do save the date! 

    Please see here for a February Newsletter from Nurse Lisa. 

    REMINDER Messages:

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    1)  Calling all husky puppies!  The district is now accepting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  If you have a child who turns five by October 1, please see registration information on the district site here.  If you have friends who have children starting, but wouldn't receive my emails, please do pass this along!  Thanks so much! 

    2)  Note to families about attendance and student learning models:

    • Hybrid students are expected to come to school on their assigned cohort days, unless there's illness or other reasons that necessitate a physical absence from school.  If hybrid students are unable to come to school on their assigned days, families MUST call the attendance line at 973-535-8000, ext. 7104, to notify the school of the absence.  If students are able to learn virtually on such days, they may do so and families should indicate that in the message.  In these cases, students are marked as "participating remotely" in our attendance file and are not considered absent.  If students are unable to learn virtually on these days, families should also indicate such and students will be marked absent. 
    • Please note that hybrid students that are "participating remotely" for two straight weeks without illness or other acceptable reasons will be switched to remote and families will have to request a change back to hybrid through the main office.
    • Changes in student learning models (i.e., hybrid to remote or vice-versa) must be requested through the main office.  It is not sufficient to request such changes to classroom teachers.  Families may call the office or send an email to attendance secretary, Mrs. Schroeder, at jschroeder@livingston.org to make such requests.  
    • We have been flexible with families choosing to switch from remote to hybrid and will continue to be.  We ask for about a week's notice, typically, when making this switch. 

    3)  Note about Valentine's Day:  While we typically permit students to distribute non-edible treats/goodies for Valentine's Day, we will not do so this year.  Given the difficulty with getting such treats to and from remote only students, and the need to "quarantine" such items, we feel it is best to, instead, permit students to observe the day through class party activities.  I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  

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    Schools are closed beginning on Friday and through the week of February 15 for Mid-Winter Recess.  I wish everyone a great week away from school.  Enjoy the extra time with your children!

    Thanks for reading, stay well and safe in this snowy weather, and have a wonderful week!  If there are changes to arrival procedures because of weather, I will be in touch.  If you do not hear from me, please assume normal procedures. 

    Warm 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 February 8, 2021

    Monday, 2-8: Cohort A

    Scholastic Book Fair Begins

    Mrs. Hinds Returns to Hillside School; Welcome back, Mrs. Hinds!

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-9: Cohort A

    Mr. Rahner's Last Day at Hillside School; Good luck at Harrison School!

    Wednesday, 2-10: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Report Cards Posted for Parents

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser--Calabria's

    PTA Scholastic Book Fair "Storytime with Staff" Event, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 2-11: Cohort B

    Student Council School Spirit Day:  Crazy Hair/Hat day!

    Lunar New Year Presentation to Students, 1:30 p.m. (click for link)

    Friday, 2-12: Schools Closed for Lunar New Year/Mid-Winter Recess

    Sunday, 2-14: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Week of February 15, 2021

    Schools Closed for Mid-Winter Recess

    Sunday, 2-21: Scholastic Book Fair Ends

    Week of February 22, 2021

    Monday, 2-22: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-23: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 2-24: Cohort B

    Thursday, 2-25: Cohort B

    "Hill vs. Hill Trivia Game": Burnet Hill Staff v. Hillside Staff Fundraising 

    Event, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-26: Cohort A

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  • January 31, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/31/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend and that this message finds you safe and warm!  

    Given the impending winter storm, it's hard to imagine that our groundhog friends will make it out of their burrows at all on Tuesday, but, if they do, let's hope that they DO NOT see their shadows, so that we can usher in an early Spring season.  Fingers crossed for that!

    As you know, tomorrow is a remote day due to the inclement weather.  As per Superintendent Block's message, teachers will follow their regular schedules, including afternoon classes.  We ask for your patience and understanding, in advance, should teachers experience power/Internet outages and cannot make their scheduled classes.  We certainly hope for none!  We will extend families who lose power or Internet service the same courtesy by not marking students absent; please just let us know if this happens.  Thanks so much!

    This Wednesday, February 3rd, is World Read Aloud Day.  Teachers will observe the day in class with a favorite read aloud and/or other activities.  Please find additional information/resources as follows:

    We have our next Caring Communities on Thursday at 2:10 p.m.  Classroom teachers will provide students with their Caring Communities teachers' links via Seesaw or Google Classroom.  Please note that this is a required program for all students and attendance is expected.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing them!

    Note to families about attendance and student learning models:

    • Hybrid students are expected to come to school on their assigned cohort days, unless there's illness or other reasons that necessitate a physical absence from school.  If hybrid students are unable to come to school on their assigned days, families MUST call the attendance line at 973-535-8000, ext. 7104, to notify the school of the absence.  If students are able to learn virtually on such days, they may do so and families should indicate that in the message.  In these cases, students are marked as "participating remotely" in our attendance file and are not considered absent.  If students are unable to learn virtually on these days, families should also indicate such and students will be marked absent. 
    • Please note that hybrid students that are "participating remotely" for two straight weeks without illness or other acceptable reasons will be switched to remote and families will have to request a change back to hybrid through the main office.
    • Changes in student learning models (i.e., hybrid to remote or vice-versa) must be requested through the main office.  It is not sufficient to request such changes to classroom teachers.  Families may call the office or send an email to attendance secretary, Mrs. Schroeder, at jschroeder@livingston.org to make such requests.  
    • We have been flexible with families choosing to switch from remote to hybrid and will continue to be.  We ask for about a week's notice, typically, when making this switch. 

    Note about Valentine's Day:  While we typically permit students to distribute non-edible treats/goodies for Valentine's Day, we will not do so this year.  Given the difficulty with getting such treats to and from remote only students, and the need to "quarantine" such items, we feel it is best to, instead, permit students to observe the day through class party activities.  I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  

    REMINDER Messages:

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    1)  Calling all husky puppies!  The district is now accepting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  If you have a child who turns five by October 1, please see registration information on the district site here.  If you have friends who have children starting, but wouldn't receive my emails, please do pass this along!  Thanks so much! 

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    Thanks for reading, stay well and safe in this snowy weather, and have a wonderful week!

    Warm 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 February 1, 2021

    Monday, 2-1: Cohort A Remote due to snow storm

    Tuesday, 2-2: Cohort A

    Groundhog Day

    Wednesday, 2-3: Cohort B

    World Read Aloud Day

    Thursday, 2-4: Cohort B

    Caring Communities, 2:10 p.m.

    Friday, 2-5: Cohort B

    Week of February 8, 2021

    Monday, 2-8: Cohort A

    Scholastic Book Fair Begins

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-9: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 2-10: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Report Cards Posted for Parents

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser--Calabria's

    PTA Scholastic Book Fair Staff Guest Reader Event, 7:00 p.m. (virtual)

    Thursday, 2-11: Cohort B

    Student Council School Spirit Day:  Crazy hair/hat day!

    Friday, 2-12: Schools Closed for Lunar New Year

    Sunday, 2-14: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Week of February 15, 2021

    Schools Closed for Mid-Winter Recess

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  • January 24, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/24/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the weekend and are staying warm on this cold evening!

    We have an exciting week ahead with Thursday's PTA Virtual Family Fun Night and Friday afternoon's Student Council Assembly!  Please see below for information about signing up for Thursday's Fun Night.  It's free, but you have to sign up to receive the Zoom link.  Looking forward to it!  The Student Council Assembly will take place on Friday afternoon at 2:10 p.m.  Please note that afternoon classes are canceled that day and that student attendance at the assembly is required.  Can't wait for that either!

    After School Enrichment programs begin this week.  Please see this flyer from the PTA and Brainiax for information.

    Our next Materials Pickup Day for remote-only students is this Wednesday, January 27th.  Pickup for grades K-2 will be from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and pickup for grades 3-5 will be from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.  Pickup will be curbside at the pillar doors.  Families with multiple children who span the grades are welcome to come during either time.  If you are unable to pick up materials on Wednesday, kindly let your children's classroom teachers know.  Thanks so much!  

    You may recall that we applied for recertification for State and National School of Character in November.  We should hear this week about state-level recognition.  Please keep your fingers crossed and I will notify families either way when we receive word!

    In staff news, first grade teacher, Mrs. Murray, recently gave birth to a baby girl, Brooklynn Paige.  Everyone is doing well and we congratulate the Murray family on their second child!  Additionally, we have changes to our staff lineup coming up soon.  Mr. Rahner, special education teacher, has been recruited to fill a vacancy at Harrison School starting on February 10.  Mrs. Hinds, Hillside teacher who is currently on maternity leave, will return on February 8 and take Mr. Rahner's place at Hillside.  We thank Mr. Rahner for his time at Hillside School and wish him the best on his next endeavor!  And, we look forward to welcoming back Mrs. Hinds soon!

    REMINDER Messages:

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    1)  Dear Hillside Families:

    Our first ever virtual Family Fun Night is quickly approaching.  It is being held on January 28th from 7-8pm. 

    What is a virtual family fun night you ask-- check out this video to learn more https://youtu.be/liDpki0Tjyw.

    This program is free to all our families, but you need to sign-up in order to receive the zoom link.  Click here to register :  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/3414

    You DO NOT want to miss this fun and interactive event. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Alyse Heilpern (lyseeb@aol.com).

    Thank you,

    Hillside PTA

    2)  Calling all husky puppies!  The district is now accepting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  If you have a child who turns five by October 1, please see registration information on the district site here.  If you have friends who have children starting, but wouldn't receive my emails, please do pass this along!  Thanks so much! 

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    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Warm 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 January 25, 2021

    Monday, 1-25: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 1-26: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-27: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Ends

    Remote-only Materials Pick-up Day; 3:15 - 4:15, Grades K-2; 4:15 - 5:15, 

    Grades 3-5

    Thursday, 1-28: Cohort B

    PTA's Virtual Family Fun Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-29: Cohort A

    Student Council Assembly (whole-school), 2:10 p.m. (click for link)

    Week of February 1, 2021

    Monday, 2-1: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 2-2: Cohort A

    Groundhog Day

    Wednesday, 2-3: Cohort B

    World Read Aloud Day

    Thursday, 2-4: Cohort B

    Caring Communities, 2:10 p.m.

    Friday, 2-5: Cohort B

    Week of February 8, 2021

    Monday, 2-8: Cohort A

    Scholastic Book Fair Begins

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-9: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 2-10: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Report Cards Posted for Parents

    Thursday, 2-11: Cohort B

    Friday, 2-12: Schools Closed for Lunar New Year

    Sunday, 2-14: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Week of February 15, 2021

    Schools Closed for Mid-Winter Reces

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  • January 18, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/18/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying the day and that you had a great weekend with your children!

    We look forward to returning to our hybrid schedule tomorrow.  It has been a while and we can't wait to have students back in school when we open our doors at 8:00 a.m.!  Cohort A will report to school on Tuesday and Wednesday and cohort B will report on Thursday and Friday.  Please accept this friendly reminder that parents must complete the COVID tracking form for students who are attending school in person.  We appreciate your honest responses as we look forward to starting and keeping in-person learning as healthy as possible.  The hybrid calendar can be found on the school's homepage for your reference.

    The PTA has partnered with Brainiax, once again, to provide after school enrichment sessions for our students.  Please see this ASE flyer for additional information and sign up soon if you're interested.  Space is limited!  Thanks to the Hillside PTA and Brainiax for these offerings!

    Calling all husky puppies!  The district is now accepting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  If you have a child who turns five by October 1, please see registration information on the district site here.  If you have friends who have children starting, but wouldn't receive my emails, please do pass this along!  Thanks so much! 

    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day this Friday.  Please help your children participate by wearing mix and match clothing for "Mix and Match Day"!  Students who are learning remotely that day are encouraged to share with their teachers and classmates, and to send photos directly to me.  I can't wait to see them!

    Our next materials pick up day for remote-only students is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th.  Pickup for grades K-2 will be from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and for grades 3-5 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.  Pickup will be curbside at the pillar doors.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy the week ahead!

    Warm 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 January 18, 2021

    Monday, 1-18: Schools Closed in observance of MLK, Jr. Day

    Tuesday, 1-19: Hybrid Learning Resumes, Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-20: Cohort A

    Thursday, 1-21: Cohort B

    Friday, 1-22: Cohort B

    Student Council School Spirit Day: Mix and Match Day!

    Week of January 25, 2021

    Monday, 1-25: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 1-26: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-27: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Ends

    Remote-only Materials Pick-up Day; 3:15 - 4:15, Grades K-2; 4:15 - 5:15, 

    Grades 3-5

    Thursday, 1-28: Cohort B

    PTA's Virtual Family Fun Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-29: Cohort A

    Student Council Assembly (whole-school), 2:10 p.m. (click for link)

    Week of February 1, 2021

    Monday, 2-1: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 2-2: Cohort A

    Groundhog Day

    Wednesday, 2-3: Cohort B

    World Read Aloud Day

    Thursday, 2-4: Cohort B

    Caring Communities, 2:10 p.m.

    Friday, 2-5: Cohort B

    Week of February 8, 2021

    Monday, 2-8: Cohort A

    Scholastic Book Fair Begins

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 2-9: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 2-10: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Report Cards Posted for Parents

    Thursday, 2-11: Cohort B

    Friday, 2-12: Schools Closed for Lunar New Year

    Sunday, 2-14: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Week of February 15, 2021

    Schools Closed for Mid-Winter Recess

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  • January 10, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/10/2021 9:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I am hopeful that you had a wonderful weekend!

    We have another week of remote learning ahead and look forward to returning to our hybrid format starting next Tuesday, January 19th.  The hybrid calendar can be found on the school's homepage.  

    We have our next PTA meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  The link for the Zoom meeting link can be found in the calendar below.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

    Please see the January Newsletter from Nurse Lisa for some helpful health tips and information for families.  Thanks to Nurse Lisa for her continued efforts to communicate with families!

    As a reminder, our afternoon fun sessions with our specialists continue.  I've gotten some great feedback from the first few days and thank the specialists for creating a fun space for students to unwind and enjoy themselves.  The schedule can be found on teacher Seesaw and Google Classroom pages, and on the school's homepage.  Thank you for your support!

    Thanks for reading and enjoy the week ahead!

    Warm 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 January 11, 2021--All Remote

    Monday, 1-11: BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 1-12: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Week of January 18, 2021

    Monday, 1-18: Schools Closed in observance of MLK, Jr. Day

    Tuesday, 1-19: Hybrid Learning Resumes, Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-20: Cohort A

    Thursday, 1-21: Cohort B

    Friday, 1-22: Cohort B

    Student Council School Spirit Day: Mix and Match Day!

    Week of January 25, 2021

    Monday, 1-25: Cohort A

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 1-26: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-27: Cohort B

    Kindergarten First Marking Period Ends

    Remote-only Materials Pick-up Day; 3:15 - 4:15, Grades K-2; 4:15 - 5:15, 

    Grades 3-5

    Thursday, 1-28; Cohort B

    PTA's Virtual Family Fun Night, 7:00 p.m. (info. forthcoming)

    Friday, 1-29: Cohort A

    Student Council Assembly (whole-school), 2:10 p.m. (click for link)

     

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  • January 3, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/3/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families, and Happy New Year!

    I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and break with your children, and I look forward to a successful 2021 with you!

    As you know, we return to school tomorrow with two weeks of all remote learning.  The schedule remains the same as always and teachers are excited to see your children virtually tomorrow at 8:05 a.m.  We return to hybrid learning on Tuesday, January 19th.  Remote-only families who wish to make a change to hybrid starting that day are asked to kindly notify your classroom teachers and me by this Friday so that we can plan for your children's transition accordingly.  Thanks so much!

    We have some exciting staff news coming from the art department!  First, Miss Mondanaro celebrated nuptials on Sunday, December 20, and returns informally as Mrs. Mondanaro-Protocollo for now (she's still using Mondanaro for the remainder of this school year).  Congratulations, Mrs. Mondanaro-Protocollo, and best wishes for a successful and happy marriage!  We also welcome a new art teacher to Hillside School starting on January 20th.  Dr. Furniss' assignment as art teacher was up and she was replaced by Miss Samantha Abrams, who is excited to begin her career as art teacher with us!  Miss Abrams is starting with us physically on January 20th, but is providing asynchronous art plans for students to complete in the meantime. Classroom teachers will direct students to these assignments.  Welcome to Hillside School, Miss Abrams!  Please see here for an introduction letter from Miss Abrams. 

    We are excited to announce that beginning this Wednesday, January 6th, students of all grades will have the opportunity to attend fun, afternoon enrichment sessions offered by the specialists of Hillside School.  These sessions are intended to be low-pressure fun, with the purpose of having students spend more time and connecting with our specialists, and are available to students who are not already part of an afternoon small group on a given day.  Please note that these daily sessions are optional and attendance will not be taken.  Students MUST attend any afternoon small groups to which they are assigned with classroom, BSI and ESL teachers.  On days when they are not part of these small groups, they should feel free to join their assigned fun session.  The schedule will be made available through classroom teachers and will be posted to the school's homepage by Wednesday morning.  Thank you for your support and special thanks to our specialists for their enthusiasm with this initiative!

    Have a great week ahead, everyone!

    Warm 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 January 4, 2021--All Remote

    Monday, 1-4: All Remote Instruction Begins

    Wednesday, 1-6: Afternoon Fun with Specialists Begins

    Week of January 11, 2021--All Remote

    Tuesday, 1-12: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Week of January 18, 2021

    Monday, 1-18: Schools Closed in observance of MLK, Jr. Day

    Tuesday, 1-19: Hybrid Learning Resumes, Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-20: Cohort A

    Thursday, 1-21: Cohort B

    Friday, 1-22: Cohort B

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  • December 20, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/20/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend with your children!

    We have a short week ahead with an all remote day on Wednesday (which is also a partial day of school).  Cohort A hybrid students will attend school on Monday and cohort B students will attend on Tuesday. 

    On Tuesday afternoon at 2:10 p.m., we have an all-grade assembly presented by LessonAlive.  The assembly will include some holiday-themed coding and other fun.  Information, including the assembly link, can be found in this flyer.  Teachers will also share the meeting link with students. Please note that this is a required activity for students and we look forward to a good time!

    On Wednesday morning, we have our next Caring Communities session and our next Student Council Assembly (please see times and link for assembly below).  The Caring Communities session will focus on kindness as a mindful activity and we can't wait to see our cross-grade groups!  Teachers will provide a document with links to each CC teacher's Zoom link.  At the Student Council Assembly, we will highlight our current pillar of study, citizenship, and will preview the next unit, responsibility.  We will also hear about Hank's and Holly's classroom adventures and honor selections for "Husky of the Month", who are students that are chosen by classmates for exhibiting good character.  Can't wait!  Please note that both of these activities are required school activities and student participation is expected.  Thanks so much! 

    Upon our return from break, all students will learn remotely through Friday, January 15th. Hybrid learning will resume on Tuesday, January 19th, and the district cohort calendar for January, February and March can be found here.  Families wishing to switch from remote to hybrid learning starting on Tuesday, 1-19, should notify your children's teachers and me by Friday, January 8th.  While we welcome the change at any time, we do require about a week's notice to make the proper preparations for the transition.  Thank you!

    Please see the following note from the LHS Class of 2024:

    FUNdraising for the Class of 2024: Stay safe and stylish with this "Stronger Together Livingston" two-ply cotton mask.  Purchase a mask today and support the LHS Class of 2024!  Masks are $15 + shipping (masks will be shipped directly to you).  Orders are live and will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 12/23.  Click here to purchase! Thank you for supporting the LHS Class of 2024!

    Thank you for reading and I wish all families a wonderful holiday season and restful break!  Happy Festivus, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate, and Happy New year to all!

    Warm 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 December 21, 2020

    Monday, 12-21: Cohort A

    PTA Staff Holiday Lunch (Thank you, Hillside PTA!)

    Tuesday, 12-22: Cohort B

    Assembly: "What is Coding and Why Should I Learn It: Holiday Edition", 

    All students, 2:10 p.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Wednesday, 12-23: All Remote; Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. End Time

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Thursday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Friday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!, Schools Closed

    Week of December 28, 2020

    Schools Closed for Winter Recess

    Week of January 4, 2021--All Remote

    Monday, 1-4: All Remote Instruction Begins

    Wednesday, 1-6: Afternoon Enrichment with Specialists Begins (information forthcoming)

    Week of January 11, 2021--All Remote

    Tuesday, 1-12: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Week of January 18, 2021

    Monday, 1-18: Schools Closed in observance of MLK, Jr. Day

    Tuesday, 1-19: Hybrid Learning Resumes, Cohort A

    Wednesday, 1-20: Cohort A

    Thursday, 1-21: Cohort B

    Friday, 1-22: Cohort B

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  • December 13, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/13/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend with your children and the nice weather we're having today!

    First marking period report cards for students in grades 1-5 will be made available on Wednesday of this week.  Please look for a message from the district that afternoon indicating that they are available. (Note: Kindergarten has two marking periods.  The first marking period report card for Kindergarten students will be available in February.)  Any questions regarding report cards should be directed to teachers.  Thanks so much!

    As a reminder, the cohort assignment for this Friday was changed from cohort B to cohort A.  It will be a cohort A day.  Also on Friday is our next Student Council School Spirit Day!  Please have your children participate by dressing up as their favorite fictional character.  Any character!  Photos of those who are learning remotely or at home that day are welcome!  Thanks, in advance!

    The district cohort calendar for January, February and March can be found here.  Families should review and keep this document handy for future reference.  Thank you!

    REMINDER: Note from Mrs. Donnelly:  The library is still missing a lot of overdue books from last year.  Please look around for any books with Hillside Library barcodes or stamps.  Student circulation has begun and they've all been instructed on how to request books. Buckets have been placed near the main entrances/exits for easy return.  Please contact Mrs. Donnelly with any questions (cdonnelly@livingston.org).  Thanks, in advance, for your assistance and cooperation!

    Finally, this week's forecast is hinting at possibly our first significant snowfall of the year.  While we would likely have a snow day under usual circumstances, that may not be the case given our current situation.  Ultimately, this is a district decision and one that is at the superintendent's discretion.  Please expect to hear from either the district or me ahead of this week's storm, should it come to fruition.  

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the week ahead!  

    Warm 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 December 14, 2020

    Monday, 12-14: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 12-15: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 12-16: Cohort B

    First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents After 3:00 p.m., 

    Grades 1-5

    Thursday, 12-17: Cohort B

    Friday, 12-18: Cohort A (changed from Cohort B)

    Student Council School Spirit Day: Dress Up Like Your Favorite Fictional 

    Character!

    Hanukkah Ends

    PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

    Week of December 21, 2020

    Monday, 12-21: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 12-22: Cohort B

    Assembly: "What is Coding and Why Should I Learn It: Holiday Edition", 

    All students, 2:10 p.m. (other information and link forthcoming)

    Wednesday, 12-23: All Remote; Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. End Time

    Caring Communities Session 2, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m.

    Thursday, 12-24: Christmas Eve, Schools Closed

    Friday, 12-25: Merry Christmas!, Schools Closed

    Week of December 28, 2020

    Schools Closed for Winter Recess

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