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School News

Principal's Messages

  • May 1, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/1/2019 11:15:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you well on this first day of May!  April showers bring May...showers??  Despite the rainy forecast over the new few days, we have no reason to complain about the weather (which has been mostly great!) or anything else at Hillside School!  We have a jam-packed 35 days of school left and look forward to a productive and happy end to our school year!

    Our third and fifth graders wrapped up NJSLA testing today (make-ups notwithstanding).  All has gone seemingly well and we are happy that students have been working hard to showcase the wonderful learning that has taken place this year.  Fourth graders start tomorrow (Thursday) and test through next Thursday, and our fifth graders wrap things up with the NJSLA Science assessment on May 10th and May 13th.  We'll get there!

    Our second graders will soon visit a bird rehabilitation center.  Our students are very excited and this visit ties in with their service learning project.  I want to thank everyone who donated to the second grade collection.  Items will directly benefit the center.  Your generosity is appreciated, as always!

    Our Student Council is, once again, sponsoring our annual "Stuff the Bus" collection (we usually collect in the fall, but opted for a spring collection this year).  A flyer went home earlier this week, but it has also been attached for your convenience.  We thank you, in advance, for supporting this important collection that helps stock local food pantries.  We are grateful for whatever you can donate. 😊

    District subscription busing information and applications are attached.  Families interested in subscribing to bus transportation for their children for next school year should complete and return the application by June 14th.  

    In staff news, I am happy to report that fifth grade teacher, Mrs. King, had a healthy and beautiful baby boy, Caleb, on April 23rd.  Baby and family are doing well and we congratulate Mrs. King on the birth of her first child!  We welcomed back Mrs. Murray, who has been a first grade teacher at Hillside for many years, from maternity leave who has taken Mrs. King's place for the rest of this year.  We also wish Kindergarten instructional aide, Mrs. Florian, well as she departs to enjoy the birth of her second child.  We welcome new instructional aides, Miss Leshchinsky and Mr. Zhang, to Hillside School.  

    Lastly in staff news, longtime mathematics basic skills teacher/interventionist, Mrs. Meglio, has recently announced her retirement, which was approved at Monday evening's Board of Education meeting.  We thank Mrs. Meglio for her 22 years of service to the students of Livingston (mostly at Hillside) and for her 31 years of service, overall, to the field of education.  Beyond her work with students, Mrs. Meglio has been a fixture at Hillside and has contributed through her service on committees, and otherwise, to make Hillside the special place that it is.  Replaceable she is not and we wish her well on this next phase of her life.  Congratulations, Mrs. Meglio, and we will surely miss you!  

    Please see the calendar below for upcoming activities and events through the end of the school year.  While dates are always subject to change, it is unlikely that many (if any) will be made.  Please note that included in the dates are Field Day/Fifth Grade Games, the Kindergarten Celebration and the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony.  Additional information regarding these and other events will be provided as dates near.  Family Fitness Night for Grades K-2 is not on the calendar, as we are currently attempting to reschedule from the original date of May 17th.  We will keep you posted!

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of April 29, 2019

    Monday, 4-29:             NJSLA Math Day 1, Grades 3 & 5

                                     BOE Public Hearing on Budget/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 4-30:            NJSLA Math Day 2, Grades 3 & 5

    Wednesday, 5-1:         NJSLA Math Day 3, Grades 3 & 5

                                     Stuff the Bus Collection Begins

    Thursday, 5-2:            NJSLA ELA Day 1, Grade 4

    Friday, 5-3:                NJSLA ELA Day 2, Grade 4

                                    Second Grade Trip

    Week of May 6, 2019--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-6:             NJSLA ELA Day 3, Grade 4

                                    BOE Executive Session Meeting on Personnel, 6:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 5-7:            NJSLA Math Day 1, Grade 4

    Wednesday, 5-8:        NJSLA Math Day 2, Grade 4

    Thursday, 5-9:           NJSLA Math Day 3, Grade 4

    Friday, 5-10:              NJSLA Science Day 1, Grade 5

    Sunday, 5-12:            Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 13, 2019

    Monday, 5-13:           NJSLA Science Day 2, Grade 5

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

    Tuesday, 5-14:          PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center

    Wednesday, 5-15:     Fifth Grade Trip

                                   Stuff the Bus Collection Ends

    Thursday, 5-16:        Kindergarten Family Crest Project Day (AM)

                                   School Store During Lunches

                                   District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Burnet Hill Media Center (by invitation only)

    Friday, 5-17:             Student Council School Spirit Day--"80's Day!"

                                   Principal for a Day with the Beeney Brothers!

    Week of May 20, 2019

    Monday, 5-20:           Hillside-Horizon Art Awareness Project (Fifth graders), 10:00 - 11:45 a.m., Hillside School

                                   BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Wednesday, 5-22:     First Grade's "Famous Americans" Show for Families, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 5-23:         Livingston Public Library Summer Reading Assemblies, AM

                                   PTA Carnival

                                   District Art Show, 6:00 p.m., Livingston Mall

    Friday, 5-24:             Veterans Assembly for Fourth Graders, 10:00 a.m., Upper Gym

    Week of May 27, 2019

    Monday, 5-27:           Schools Closed for Memorial Day

    Wednesday, 5-29:      Spring Concert Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

                                    "Character Color Wars" Annual Hall Decorating, 1:30 p.m.

                                    Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Thursday, 5-30:          PTA Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

                                    Field Day Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

                                    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    Friday, 5-31:              Field Day/Fifth Grade Games!

    Week of June 3, 2019

    Monday, 6-3:             Field Day/Fifth Grade Games Rain Date (fingers crossed for sun on 5-31!)

                                    Elementary GT Art Testing Begins

                                    Student Council Assembly--"Election Edition", 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym (Pending use of rain date)

                                    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 6-4:            Third Grade Trip

    Wednesday, 6-5:        School-wide Literacy Celebration (for student body only), AM

                                    Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Thursday, 6-6:           Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

                                    Hillside-Horizon Peer-to-Peer Day (date pending)

                                    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

     

    Friday, 6-7:                Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

                                    Student Council School Spirit Day--"Wear Your College Shirt!"

                                    MPM Orientation for Fifth Graders, 9:00 a.m., MPM Auditorium

    Week of June 10, 2019

    Tuesday, 6-11:           PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

                                    Elementary GT Music Testing, 4:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School 

    Wednesday, 6-12:       Fifth Grade Trip

    Thursday, 6-13:          Fifth Grade Yearbook Signing Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-14:               Flag Day

                                     End of Marking Period for all Grades

                                     Kindergarten Celebration (graduation), 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

    Sunday, 6-16:             Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 17, 2019

    Monday, 6-17:            Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

                                    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 6-18:           Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                    Fifth Grade Talent Show (for student body only)

    Wednesday, 6-19:      Last Day of School for Students!

                                    Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

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

                                    Final Report Cards Available to Parents in Genesis Portal After 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-20:         Last Day of School for Staff

    Happy Summer!

     

     

     

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  • April 3, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/3/2019 9:15:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well!  It's hard to imagine that April is here and we have fewer than 60 days of school left--but, it's true! 

    Thank you to all of the families, friends and staff who attended last week's Husky Madness PTA Fundraiser!  The Fifth Grade Committee exceeded its fundraising goal and brought in about $7,500 that will go towards supporting Hillside students and programs.  Special thanks to the members of the fifth grade committee, Mrs. Silberman, Mr. Quintero and Mrs. Lovenheim, for their leadership and coordination of the event, and to all families, staff and businesses who donated basket items and services.  It was a huge success and lots of fun!  And, congratulations to the Beeney Family for winning Principal for a Day and to the Quintero Family for winning Pizza with the Principal!  I am very excited to spend time with their wonderful children and to my day off! 😉

    I am happy to report that our school exceeded the PTA Read-a-Thon's reading goal of 72,000 minutes (about 75,000!) and that the student in each grade who read for the most minutes will have the opportunity to pie me in the face this Friday during our Student Council Assembly!  This is a surprise, so everyone will just have to wait and see who these lucky students will be!  Thanks to the families who supported the Read-a-Thon and encouraged their children to read towards our school goal and, of course, to Mrs. Dhanoa and other parent volunteers who surely spent days and days looking at reading logs and counting minutes.  Much appreciated!

    We look forward to our annual Multicultural Night next Thursday along with our next session of Caring Communities.  We have a Student Council School Spirit Day next Friday (4-12) and are excited to see how students observe "Harry Potter Day"!

    Please see attached for a flyer from the PTA regarding the upcoming Yard Sale. Calling all donations!  Note that donations will be collected during the week we return from Spring Break (Monday through Friday).  

    "Take Your Child to Work Day" is Thursday, April 25th.  Parents who plan on participating and not sending their children to school should complete the form that will go home with students shortly.  This form will help us account for absences, which, in this case, are excused for participating students.  Thank you for your cooperation!

    Please see the calendar below for upcoming activities and events.

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of April 1, 2019

    Monday, 4-1:              BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 4-2:             All Township Music Festival, 7:00 p.m., LHS

    Friday, 4-5:                Student Council Assembly, Trustworthiness/Pie the Principal, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

                                    PTA After School Bake Sale

    Week of April 8, 2019

    Tuesday, 4-9:             PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Thursday, 4-11:          Caring Communities, Session #6, 8:25 a.m.

                                     School Store During Lunch Periods

                                     Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4-12:               Student Council School Spirit Day, "Harry Potter Day"

                                     Kindergarten Field Trip

                                     PTA After School Bake Sale

                                     Mrs. King's Last Day at Hillside; Congratulations, Mrs. King!

                                     Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents in Genesis Portal after 3:00 p.m., Grades 1-5

    Week of April 15, 2019

    Spring Break, Schools Closed

    Week of April 22, 2019

    Monday, 4-22:            Earth Day

                                     PTA Yard Sale Collection Begins (donations can be dropped off during arrival and dismissal in collection area)

                                     Mrs. Murray Return to Hillside! Welcome back!

    Tuesday, 4-23:           NJSLA (formerly PARCC) ELA Day 1, Grades 3 & 5

    Wednesday, 4-24:       NJSLA ELA Day 2, Grades 3 & 5

                                     GT Art Show (grades 4-8), 5:30-7:00 p.m., Livingston Public Library Community Room

    Thursday, 4-25:          Take Your Child to Work Day! (Please look out for form to complete and return to school)

                                     NOTE:  NJSLA will not be administered on this day.

                                     PTA Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Friday, 4-26:               NJSLA ELA Day 3, Grades 3 & 5

                                     PTA Yard Sale Collection Ends

                                     PTA After School Bake Sale

    Saturday, 4-27:           PTA Yard Sale, Hillside School Upper Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Week of April 29, 2019

    Monday, 4-29:             NJSLA Math Day 1, Grades 3 & 5

                                     BOE Public Hearing on Budget/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 4-30:            NJSLA Math Day 2, Grades 3 & 5

    Wednesday, 5-1:         NJSLA Math Day 3, Grades 3 & 5

    Thursday, 5-2:            NJSLA ELA Day 1, Grade 4

    Friday, 5-3:                NJSLA ELA Day 2, Grade 4

                                    Second Grade Trip

    Week of May 6, 2019--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-6:             NJSLA ELA Day 3, Grade 4

                                    BOE Executive Session Meeting on Personnel, 6:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 5-7:            NJSLA Math Day 1, Grade 4

    Wednesday, 5-8:        NJSLA Math Day 2, Grade 4

    Thursday, 5-9:           NJSLA Math Day 3, Grade 4

    Friday, 5-10:              NJSLA Science Day 1, Grade 5 (Day 2 on 5-13)

                                    PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon

     

    Sunday, 5-12:            Happy Mother's Day!

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  • March 10, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

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

    We've had a busy couple of weeks at school...

    We celebrated Read Across America Week with activities centered around names and cultures.  We thank you for helping your children complete the name homework assignment.  Buddy classes also met with one another that week and we welcomed guest readers from around the community, which included Superintendent O'Neill, Mayor Anthony and Hillside dad, LFD Fire Chief Mullin, among many others.  We thank all of our guests for sharing their time and love of reading with our students!  Our Read-a-Thon also concluded that day and the PTA parent coordinators of the event are busy tallying up those minutes.  While I have not received confirmation yet, I fully expect that we achieved our school goal of 72,000 minutes and to be pied in the face at our next Student Council Assembly in April.  Looking forward to it!

    This past week, our fourth graders visited our friends at Horizon School.  They toured the facility and participated as part of the audience for a musical performance by Horizon students.  This marks their first visit to the school and we look forward to our visit later this year, where fourth graders will lead station activities for Horizon students.  We also had our monthly PTA meeting on Thursday evening, where two representatives from the Livingston Public Library, Anna and Michelle, visited to share with those present information about all of the wonderful resources the library has to offer.  Livingston residents are very lucky and I encourage you to visit the library to learn more.  Thanks to Anna and Michelle for their time!  On Friday, we had our monthly Student Council Assembly where representatives introduced the school to our next pillar of character unit of study, fairness.  Special thanks to Miss DePalo's and Mrs. Wallock's classes for their original song about fairness that was set to the tune of Annie's "It's the Hard-Knock Life".  It was just amazing!  Mrs. C. Dugan's and Miss Trebbe's classes shared about their month with Hank and Holly, respectively.  What a fun and busy month it was for our mascot friends!  And, we congratulate Mrs. Pacheco's first grade class for being awarded Hank and Mrs. King's fifth grade class for getting Holly!  We look forward to hearing all about their time with their new homes at the next assembly.

    Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for this week.  Families should note that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all partial days of school where students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. and are asked to communicate any changes to dismissal procedures to classroom teachers in writing as soon as possible.  Lunch is not served on partial days of school and we observe an abbreviated specials schedule, so please remember to send in your children with sneakers on physical education days.  When in the building this week, please do stop by our "Lost and Found", which we will have set up on tables near the upper gym.  If your children have clothing items that have gone missing, please do peruse the tables.  Anything left at the end of the week will be donated to charity. Thank you!

    On Friday, our fifth graders have a special Fifth Grade Half Day Activity from 12:30-2:00 p.m.  This is a wonderful and fun team-building experience for students.  Fifth grade parents are advised that this is only for students who have signed up.  There is still time to sign up and interested families can do so by clicking here

    Yearbooks are now on sale and families interested in purchasing a yearbook are reminded that the deadline is March 25th.  Students love getting the yearbook and having it as a keepsake, so don't miss out on your chance to get one!  As a reminder to fifth grade parents, fifth graders receive yearbooks courtesy of the PTA's Fifth Grade Committee, so there's no need for fifth graders to purchase one. 

    The PTA's largest fundraiser of the year, Husky Madness, is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th.  There is still time for families and friends to register for this fun event, and you can do so by clicking here

    Thanks for reading and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!  Spring is almost here, so fingers crossed for some consistently milder weather!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of March 11, 2019

    Monday, 3-11:          BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-12:         The Hoop Wizard Assemblies, AM

    Wednesday, 3-13:     Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                                  LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside Student Body, 9:15 a.m.

    Thursday, 3-14:        Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

    Friday, 3-15:             Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                                   PTA's Fifth Grade Half-Day Activity, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 3-17:           Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Week of March 18, 2019

    Monday, 3-18:           BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 3-21:         GT Art Field Trip

    Friday, 3-22:              Second Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

                                    Caring Communities Session #5, 8:25 a.m.

                                    PTA's Nutrition Month Fruit Taste and Vote

    Week of March 25, 2019

    Monday, 3-25:            Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

                                     Yearbook Orders Due (online only)

    Thursday, 3-28:          PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Hill Country Club

    Week of April 1, 2019

    Monday, 4-1:              BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 4-2:             All Township Music Festival, 7:00 p.m., LHS

    Wednesday, 4-3:         All Township Music Festival Snow Date

    Friday, 4-5:                Student Council Assembly, Trustworthiness/Pie the Principal, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

                                    PTA After School Bake Sale

    Week of April 8, 2019

    Thursday, 4-11:          Caring Communities, Session #6, 8:25 a.m.

                                     School Store During Lunch Periods

                                     Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4-12:               Student Council School Spirit Day, "Harry Potter Day"

                                     Kindergarten Field Trip

                                     PTA After School Bake Sale

                                     Mrs. King's Last Day at Hillside; Congratulations, Mrs. King!

    Week of April 15, 2019

    Spring Break, Schools Closed

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  • February 18, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/18/2019 1:15:00 PM
    Hello, Hillside Families!
     
    I hope you've enjoyed the long weekend with your awesome children!
     
    The PTA Read-a-Thon begins tomorrow!  Please encourage and sponsor your children's reading over the next couple of weeks.  Remember, if we meet our school goal of a total 72,000 minutes, some lucky students will get a chance to pie their principal in the face as a prize!  He can't wait!  
     
    We have an exciting couple of weeks ahead!  Not only does our Read-a-Thon begin, but we are excited about the upcoming Read Across America Week (week of Feb. 25th).  This year's theme is "Exploring Cultures through Names" and we have an exciting week of activities planned for students.  We do need your help, though, families!  Attached please find what will go home tomorrow with your children.  There are two documents:  a letter about Read Across America Week and a "Name Research Interview Form" that we are asking you to complete with your children by next Monday, Feb. 25th.  Thank you, in advance, for your support and please look out for these in your children's backpacks tomorrow!
     
    On Thursday, we have our next Caring Communities session where we will continue our work with growth mindset through art.  Students will engage in "Making Something Out Of..." by participating in a reading of the book,  Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds and then "making something out of" random objects on paper.  It promises to be a fun learning experience!
     
    On Thursday evening, we will hold our Third Annual TREP$ Marketplace, where participating fourth and fifth graders will have an opportunity to showcase and sell the goods and services they have been developing over the course of the program.  Please see the following message from the PTA TREP$ Committee and please come and support our young entrepreneurs this Thursday!
     
    Message from the Hillside PTA TREP$ Committee:
     
    You are cordially invited to the Third Annual TREP$ Marketplace at Hillside Elementary School on Thursday, February 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the school's upper gym. Please see the attachment for more details. This is Hillside’s third year hosting a TREP$ Marketplace, showcasing our school community’s young entrepreneurs and future business owners.  This is going to be another amazing event for the students at Hillside Elementary and we are sure you won't want to miss the innovation of our very own Livingston students! The Hillside community has greatly appreciated your attendance in the past and we hope you will join us once again at the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m.!
     
    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day this Friday.  It's Crazy Hair Day and we look forward to all of the crazy hair (crazy hats are acceptable, too!)!

    Please see the following message from the district regarding a new parent academy on homework that takes place this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Riker Hill School.  You can head over there after stopping at the TREP$ Marketplace!

    Message from the District:

    Our First Parent Academy on Homework For K-5 Parents


     

    Last year, the District conducted a survey through the Health and Wellness Committee, within which there were many of questions asked by teachers, students, and parents regarding homework. The results of this survey helped us to continue our work in the District with teachers towards making homework meaningful and manageable.

    It also prompted our first Parent Academy on Homework: HOMEWORK–TAKING THE WORK OUT OF HOME, which will be held on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Riker Hill Elementary School for all parents of students in grades K-5. We are so excited to offer a night of strategies to support our K-5 families as they manage all of the demands in their lives. We will have nearly 20 staff members, who are experts in their grade levels and their content areas, to offer suggestions across several break-out sessions. We hope you can make it! Please RSVP if you wish to attend. We hope to see you there!

     

    Thank you for reading and please check out the upcoming calendar below.  Have a great week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of February 18, 2019

    Monday, 2-18:           Schools Closed for President's Day

    Tuesday, 2-19:          PTA Read-a-Thon Begins

    Thursday, 2-21:         Caring Communities Session #4, 8:25 a.m.

                                    TREPS Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                    District Homework Presentation for Parents, 7:00 p.m., Riker Hill

    Friday, 2-22:              Student Council School Spirit Day--Crazy Hair Day!

                                    PTA Read-a-Thon Week 1 Reading Logs Due

    Week of February 25, 2019--Read Across America Week!

    Monday, 2-25:           Name Research Interview Forms Due to School

                                    School-wide Reading Train, 2:15 p.m.

                                    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 2-28:          PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

                                    School Store

                                    TREPS Final Workshop, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-1:               PTA's Read-a-Thon Ends/Read-a-Thon PJ Day

                                   Guest Reader Day

    Saturday, 3-2:           Dr. Seuss' Birthday

    Week of March 4, 2019--PTA's Art Appreciation Week

    Monday, 3-4:             Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students; Staff In-Service

    Tuesday, 3-5:            PTA Read-a-Thon: All Collections Due on this Date

    Thursday, 3-7:           Fourth Grade Trip

                                    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center (Note the date change)

    Friday, 3-8:               Student Council School Spirit Day, "Dress Like a Teacher!"

                                   Student Council Assembly (Fairness), 1:45 p.m.

                                   PTA After School Bake Sale

    Sunday, 3-10:           Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring clocks forward one hour!)

    Week of March 11, 2019

    Monday, 3-11:          BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-12:         The Hoop Wizard Assemblies, AM

    Wednesday, 3-13:     Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                                   LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside Student Body, 9:15 a.m.

    Thursday, 3-14:        Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                                   PTA's Fifth Grade Half-Day Activity

    Friday, 3-15:             Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

    Sunday, 3-17:           Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Week of March 18, 2019

    Monday, 3-18:           BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 3-21:         GT Art Field Trip

    Friday, 3-22:              Second Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

                                    Caring Communities Session #5, 8:25 a.m.

                                    PTA's Nutrition Month Fruit Taste and Vote

    Week of March 25, 2019

    Monday, 3-25:            Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    Thursday, 3-28:          PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m., Cedar Hill Country Club

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  • February 2, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/2/2019 1:10:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Groundhog Day!  As you may know, two of our most popular groundhog friends, Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, both predicted an early Spring season.  Although Phil may not have a great track record, Chuck has done pretty well since 2010; let's hope they're both right this time!

    Students seemed to enjoy our visit on Thursday from author Peter Catalanatto!  His engaging assemblies walked students through his own writing processes, from his personal inspirations for book topics and through the many iterations that occur as books get written.  He was captivating and a very nice guy, too!  Special thanks to Mrs. Donnelly for coordinating the event!

    It was so great seeing such a large turnout at Thursday's Skate Night!  Admittedly, I woke up with soreness in muscles I haven't exercised since last year's skate night, but it was a grand time!  Thank you to the PTA for hosting this fun event and to the families who attended!

    On Wednesday of this week, Hillside will host its annual SEPAC meeting (by invitation only).  We look forward to seeing a great turnout starting at 6:00 p.m. in the school's Media Center.  We have our next Student Council Assembly on Friday and can't wait to see what the group has prepared, including how busy Hank and Holly have been over the last month!

    Please see attached for the following:

     
    Please accept this friendly reminder that schools are closed for students on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, in observance of the Lunar New Year.  Looks like the weather is going to be great that day!  Happy new year to all who celebrate!
     
    A note about Valentine's Day:  Families are welcome to send in Valentine's Day cards for ALL students in the class.  While we appreciate the generosity, students may not hand anything else out besides cards (e.g., NO food or other items).  Class parents will make the arrangements for food at class parties and are reminded to clear any food/drink with both the teacher and school nurse.  Thanks so much for everyone's cooperation!
     
    Thank you for reading, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the game tomorrow!
     
    Best regards,
    Mr. Gramata
     
    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of February 4, 2019

    Tuesday, 2-5:           Lunar New Year, Schools Closed for Students

    Wednesday, 2-6:       Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (SEPAC), 6:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center (by invitation)

    Thursday, 2-7:          TREPS Workshop #4 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-8:              Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

    Week of February 11, 2019

    Monday, 2-11:          BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Wednesday, 2-13:     100th Day of School!

                                   PTA's Valentine's Day Dance, 6:00 p.m., Upper Gym

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

                                   Dr. Harte's Dental Health Assembly for Kindergarten, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

                                   TREPS Workshop #5, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-15:             Schools Closed for President's Weekend

    Week of February 18, 2019

    Monday, 2-18:           Schools Closed for President's Day

    Tuesday, 2-19:          PTA Read-a-Thon Begins

    Thursday, 2-21:         Caring Communities Session #4, 8:25 a.m.

                                    TREPS Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 2-22:              Student Council School Spirit Day--Crazy Hair Day!

                                    PTA Read-a-Thon Week 1 Reading Logs Due

    Week of February 25, 2019--Read Across America Week!

    Monday, 2-25:           BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 2-28:         PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

                                    TREPS Final Workshop, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-1:               PTA's Read-a-Thon Ends/Read-a-Thon PJ Day

                                   Guest Reader Day

    Saturday, 3-2:           Dr. Seuss' Birthday

    Week of March 4, 2019--PTA's Art Appreciation Week

    Monday, 3-4:             Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students; Staff In-Service

    Tuesday, 3-5:            PTA Read-a-Thon: All Collections Due on this Date

    Thursday, 3-7:           Fourth Grade Trip

    Friday, 3-8:               Student Council School Spirit Day, "Dress Like a Teacher!"

                                   Student Council Assembly (Fairness), 1:45 p.m.

                                   PTA After School Bake Sale

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  • January 16, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/16/2019 11:00:00 PM
    Hello, Hillside Families!
     
    I hope this email finds you enjoying the week! 
     
    Our Student Council held its monthly assembly last Friday, this time focusing on our next character pillar unit of study, RESPONSIBILITY.  As always, the Student Council executive board and class representatives, along with the three staff advisors, prepared an awesomely informative assembly.  Additionally, Mrs. Damante's and Mrs. Marshall's/Mrs. Price's buddy classes did an outstanding job in introducing the student body to a Crayola-inspired approach to examining artwork called SEEK (What do you SEE?  EXPLAIN what you see by describing and stating why.  What's the EVIDENCE of the artist's intent?  What do you KNOW and what do you want to KNOW?).  Starting this week, all students will be encouraged to utilize SEEK to examine a piece of artwork that is posted on the bulletin board in the Media Center hall.  SEEK will also be incorporated into next week's Caring Communities lesson.  Hank and Holly were awarded new homes at the assembly, as well.  Congratulations to Miss Viverito's first grade class and to Mrs. Wallock's third grade class for earning Hank and Holly, respectively!  We are certain that our mascot friends will enjoy their time with those two classes.  And, special thanks to Mrs. Hinds' fourth grade class and Miss DePalo's second grade class for taking great care of our friends and for their awesome presentations!  To peruse the Student Council Assembly slideshow, please click here.
     
    Thanks to the families who attended last night's PTA meeting.  I appreciated the parent participation in our mindset activity and discussion; it was my pleasure learning with you!  Attached please find a mindset quiz and scoring guide, along with summarized research about fixed and growth mindsets.  Anyone interested in assessing the current state of their own mindsets can simply take the quiz on the first page, and then score responses using the second and third.  Additionally, click here for a brief video that was also viewed at last night's meeting.  Enjoy and thank you for supporting our latest character education/social emotional initiative, which continues with students at next week's Caring Communities session!
     
    We begin our third year with the TREPS program tomorrow.  We have over 100 fourth and fifth graders signed up, and cannot wait to see the wonderful ideas that they will bring to life as they launch or continue their entrepreneurial careers!  Parents of participating students should have received an email from our PTA coordinator of the program.  Families are reminded that students must be picked up at their respective dismissal doors at 4:00 p.m., if applicable (fourth graders at door #8 and fifth graders at door #6).
     
    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day on Friday.  Pajama Day is a student favorite, but we do ask that participating students wear their warmest PJs, or clothing underneath their PJs, since we anticipate a typical winter-weather day.  Thanks so much for your assistance!
     
    Schools are closed on Monday, January 21st, in observance of MLK, Jr. Day.  Although we certainly appreciate a day off from school and work to catch up with life and family, we encourage families to engage in acts of service as we remember the important causes for which Dr. King fought so hard.  Please consider representing the Hillside School community on Monday, January 21st, as we join the rest of Livingston in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by participating in a day of service.  Hillside will be leading an art project. Parent volunteers are needed from 10am to 2pm.  If you are able to volunteer please contact Alyse Heilpern lyseeb@aol.com.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  Thank you, in advance!
     
    Our Winter Concert is set for next Tuesday, January 22nd, where fourth and fifth graders in band, orchestra and chorus will showcase their talents and hard work for the student body in a day rehearsal and then families at the evening show.  The evening show will take place in the Heritage Middle School auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome and we look forward to an awesome performance led by our committed and talented directors, Mr. Hegedus, Mrs. Vatoci and Mr. Battista!
     
    The annual PTA-sponsored Skate Night is scheduled for later this month.  Please see the attached flyer for information and be sure to attend if you'd like to see your principal make a fool of himself!  It'll be fun!
     
    Also attached is a flyer for the PTA Fifth Grade Committee's upcoming and exciting Spring "Husky Madness" Fundraiser!  Our biggest fundraising event of the year with a March Madness feel promises to be a great time, so please try to attend!  
     
    A note about parking at school:  Our staff has grown significantly over the last couple of years and we now have many more staff members than parking spots in our lot.  In an effort to provide as many staff members with parking as possible, we can no longer accommodate visitor spots in the lot until further notice.  Parents and other visitors must park off site when visiting the school; this includes during morning arrival and afternoon pick up.  We will maintain our handicap spots, of course, for legal use and will try to do the same for the 15-minute spot.  I thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation until a permanent solution is arranged in the future.
     
    Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of the week and the long weekend!
     
    Warm regards,
    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of January 14, 2019

    Tuesday, 1-15:        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Thursday, 1-17:       TREPS Workshop #1 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-18:            Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear Your WARM PJs to School!

    Week of January 21, 2019

    Monday, 1-21:          MLK, Jr. Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-22:         Winter Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                   Winter Concert Performance, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Wednesday, 1-23:     Winter Concert Snow Date for School Rehearsal and Evening Performance

    Thursday, 1-24:        Caring Communities, Session #3, 8:25 a.m.

                                   TREPS Workshop #2 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

                                   Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of January 28, 2019

    Monday, 1-28:           Second Marking Period Begins for Kindergarten

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

    T                               School Store

                                   TREPS Workshop #3 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

                                   PTA Skate Night, Florham Park, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-1:              First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Kindergarten Parents

    Week of February 4, 2019

    Tuesday, 2-5:           Lunar New Year, Schools Closed for Students

    Wednesday, 2-6:       Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (SEPAC), 6:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center (by invitation)

    Thursday, 2-7:          TREPS Workshop #4 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-8:              Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

    Week of February 11, 2019

    Monday, 2-11:          BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Wednesday, 2-13:     100th Day of School!

                                   PTA's Valentine's Day Dance, 6:00 p.m., Upper Gym

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

                                   TREPS Workshop #5, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-15:             Schools Closed for President's Weekend

    Week of February 18, 2019

    Monday, 2-18:           Schools Closed for President's Day

    Tuesday, 2-19:          PTA's Read-a-Thon Begins

    Thursday, 2-21:         Caring Communities Session #4, 8:25 a.m.

                                    TREPS Marketplace, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 2-22:              Student Council School Spirit Day--Crazy Hair Day!

    Week of February 25, 2019--Read Across America Week!

    Monday, 2-25:           BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 2-28:         PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

                                    TREPS Final Workshop, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-1:               PTA's Read-a-Thon Ends

                                   Guest Reader Day

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  • January 6, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Hello and happy new year, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the break with your children and wish you all the best for 2019!

    We had a nice week back after the break that culminated on Friday with two different assemblies... 

    • The first, "Eye to Eye", by Camfel Productions, engaged our students in a discussion of seeing others "eye to eye"; that is, seeing one another without judgment or prejudice.  The assembly encouraged students to get to know others beneath the surface before passing any judgment.  Please ask your children about the assembly and reinforce this important message at home.  Thank you and thanks to the Hillside PTA for funding this assembly!
    • The second assembly was to announce Hillside's next "Teacher of the Year"!  Each year, the NJ State Department of Education tasks each school with selecting its next deserving teacher.  At Hillside, it's always particularly challenging, given the wonderful group of teachers we are so lucky to have, but a school-based committee was able to narrow it down to one very deserving individual...congratulations to fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Marshall!  Mrs. Marshall has been in education for 14 years with 10 of them being right here at Hillside.  She taught fourth grade for 8 years and is in her second year of teaching the fifth grade.  Beyond being an amazing teacher to her students, she is an asset to our school.  Mrs. Marshall is a teacher-leader who has influenced school-wide professional development and teaching practices, and serves as one of the school's assistants to the principal.  We are all very proud of her and I know you will join me in congratulating this most deserving teacher. 
    The district is now accepting registrations for next year's Kindergarten students.  Information about pre-registration can be found here.  If you have children who are eligible for Kindergarten starting in September (turn 5 years old by Oct. 1st), please do register them as soon as possible and by May 15th.  We look forward to meeting our new huskies and to welcome the high school class of 2032! (Yikes!)  

    In staff news, we say goodbye this week to Mrs. Sledgeski, special education teacher who has been filling in for Mrs. Yersak.  We thank her for her service to Hillside's students and wish her well at Harrison School, where she continues the school year in a similar role.  We also welcome back Mrs. Yersak on Friday, who has been on maternity leave bonding with her first child.  Thank you, Mrs. Sledgeski, and welcome back, Mrs. Yersak!

    We look forward to our Student Council Assembly on Friday and to a great week ahead!

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for an updated calendar of school activities and events.  Thank you!

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of January 7, 2019

    Monday, 1-7:          BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Thursday, 1-10:      Mrs. Sledgeski's Last Day at Hillside; Thank you, Mrs. Sledgeski, and best wishes at Harrison School!

    Friday, 1-11:           Mrs. Yersak Returns to Hillside

                                 Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    Week of January 14, 2019

    Tuesday, 1-15:        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Thursday, 1-17:       TREPS Workshop #1 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-18:            Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear Your WARM PJs to School!

    Week of January 21, 2019

    Monday, 1-21:          MLK, Jr. Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-22:         Winter Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                  Winter Concert Performance, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Wednesday, 1-23:     Winter Concert Snow Date for School Rehearsal and Evening Performance

    Thursday, 1-24:        Caring Communities, Session #3, 8:25 a.m.

                                   TREPS Workshop #2 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

                                   Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of January 28, 2019

    Monday, 1-28:           Second Marking Period Begins for Kindergarten

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

                                   School Store

                                   TREPS Workshop #3 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

                                   PTA Skate Night, Florham Park, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-1:              First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Kindergarten Parents

    Week of February 4, 2019

    Tuesday, 2-5:           Lunar New Year, Schools Closed for Students

    Wednesday, 2-6:       Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (SEPAC), 6:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center (by invitation)

    Thursday, 2-7:          TREPS Workshop #4 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 2-8:              Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

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  • December 21, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/21/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well and excited about the upcoming time off with your children!

    We had a wonderful Caring Communities session yesterday, where we continued our work with the growth mindset through the "Power of Yet".  Your children should have brought home a "Yet Ball", so please ask them about what they learned and encourage them to use the ball when they are displaying a fixed mindset by saying things like "I can't do this" or "This is too hard".  Remind them that they have the Power of Yet at their fingertips and that this power turns impossibilities into possibilities!

    Yearbook flyers went home with students this week.  If interested, please be sure to order by the due date in March.  Attached for your convenience is a "Yearbook Message Orders" flyer (also went home this week) for families interested in placing personalized messages into the yearbook .  Note to fifth grade families: the PTA's Fifth Grade Committee generously provides all fifth graders with their yearbooks, but you certainly can order for children in other grades should you choose.  Thank you!

    Special thanks to our amazing PTA and the many parent volunteers who coordinated our annual Staff Holiday Luncheon that we all enjoyed yesterday.  Everything was absolutely delicious and we are so thankful for the effort and love that was put into the event. 

    It is hard to believe that 2019 is almost upon us.  I want to thank you for your support this year and look forward to a happy and successful new year with your children.  Have a wonderful break and a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!  Enjoy your children and we'll see you next year!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-1:         Schools Closed, Happy New Year!

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

    Friday, 1-4:            Assembly:  Camfel Productions "Eye to Eye", AM

                                Teacher of the Year Announcement Assembly, 2:00 p.m.

    Week of January 7, 2019

    Monday, 1-7:          BOE Re-organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Friday, 1-11:           Mrs. Yersak Returns to Hillside

                                 Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    Week of January 14, 2019

    Tuesday, 1-15:        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Thursday, 1-17:       TREPS Workshop #1 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-18:            Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear Your WARM PJs to School!

    Week of January 21, 2019

    Monday, 1-21:          MLK, Jr. Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-22:         Winter Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                   Winter Concert Performance, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

    Wednesday, 1-23:     Winter Concert Snow Date for School Rehearsal and Evening Performance

    Thursday, 1-24:        Caring Communities, Session #3, 8:25 a.m.

                                   TREPS Workshop #2 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

                                   Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of January 28, 2019

    Monday, 1-28:           Second Marking Period Begins for Kindergarten

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

                                   School Store

                                   TREPS Workshop #3 for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

                                   PTA Skate Night, Florham Park, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     

    Friday, 2-1:              First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Kindergarten Parents

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  • December 2, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/2/2018 10:30:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you've enjoyed the weekend with your children.  Happy Hanukkah, if you celebrate!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Hinds' fourth grade class and Miss DePalo's second grade class for being awarded our mascots Hank and Holly, respectively, at the last Student Council Assembly!  We thank our Student Council for kicking off our next character pillar of study, Citizenship.  Representatives and advisors meet on their own times to prepare for these assemblies are we are always so impressed by the results. 

    At our first Caring Communities group session, we welcomed returning and new group members.  We also introduced our new theme about mindset with an amusing, comedic rendition of the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, where the main character experiences a shift in mindset as a result of a teacher's supporting demeanor.  Families can access the reading at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gYOS9YsP50.  As a follow up, please feel free to discuss with your children these same questions that facilitated our discussions during the first meeting:

     

    • How did the main character, Vashti, change from the beginning of the story to the end?

    • What did her teacher say and do that made Vashti think differently about her ability to draw?

    • What do you notice about her interaction with the boy at the school art show?

    • CHALLENGE QUESTION:  Why is it necessary to be mindful when working towards a growth mindset?


    Thank you for your follow-up and support!

    We kick off the week tomorrow with MatheMagic! assemblies, courtesy of our wonderful PTA.   Students will be exposed to math concepts and problem-solving through tricks and illusions.  Should be a great one!
     
    Our friends from Horizon School will visit our fifth graders for the first time this year on Thursday for our annual Hillside-Horizon Holiday Sing-a-long.  We look forward to seeing them and singing in the holiday season!
     
    Students will have the opportunity to shop for the holidays at this week's Holiday Shoppe.  For the schedule and to sign up to volunteer, please see the following message from the Hillside PTA: 

    The PTA Holiday Shoppe is just around the corner.  It will be held on Wednesday, December 5th through Friday, December 7th.  We need parents volunteers to assist the students in their holiday shopping and to help set up the shop on December 4th. Signing up is super easy, just click here:   http://signup.com/go/RjTNaUc  If you have any questions please contact the committee chairs, Ana (anasimpson@yahoo.com)  or Nicole (nicolebeeney@gmail.com).

    Attached please find the December lunch menu for your convenience.

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

     Week of December 3, 2018

    Monday, 12-3:       MatheMagic! Assemblies

    Wednesday, 12-5:  Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                District Chorus Day

    Thursday, 12-6:     Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                Hillside-Horizon Fifth Grade Holiday Sing-a-long, AM

    Friday, 12-7:          Holiday Shoppe for Students 

                                First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 10, 2018

    Monday, 12-10:      Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

                                BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Building, Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 12-11:     TREPS Kickoff Assembly for Fourth & Fifth Graders, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 12-14:        Student Council School Spirit Day--"Ugly Sweater Day!"

                                Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting, 2:40 p.m., Media Center

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

    Week of December 17, 2018

    Thursday, 12-20:    Caring Communities, Session #2

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

                                 PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-1:         Schools Closed, Happy New Year!

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

    Friday, 1-4:            Assembly:  Camfel Productions "Eye to Eye", AM

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  • November 18, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/18/2018 10:15:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your children and that this email finds you well.

    We have a short week ahead, with a partial day of school on Wednesday.  For Wednesday, please be sure to make arrangements to have your children picked up at 12:15 p.m.  Buses and aftercare will run as usual.  Changes to regular dismissal procedures must be communicated to your children's teachers or the main office in writing or with a phone call.  Thank you!

    We have a busy day on Monday!  The Starlab Portable Planetarium will be at Hillside for the day and will set up in our lower gym.  Classes are scheduled to visit the planetarium throughout the day, where students will surely enjoy a simulated space experience full of learning.  We look forward to it!  

    Also on Monday we kick off our continued Hillside-Horizon School partnership with a Disability Awareness Training for our fourth graders, courtesy of Horizon School staff.  This activity is the first of a series where our fourth and fifth graders will work with Horizon School and its students this year, and we look forward to seeing our Horizon friends soon!

    We have our first Caring Communities session of the year on Tuesday.  Our theme this year will shift from studying mindful practices to learning about and fostering a growth mindset.  We are so excited to see our returning group members and welcome the new! 😊

    Our Student Council Assembly that was scheduled for last Friday will now take place on Tuesday.  Our Student Council executive board and representatives have worked hard to prepare us for our next character pillar unit of study.  We are also excited to hear about Hank and Holly's experiences in their current homes and to see where they go next!

    We have a Student Council School Spirit Day on Wednesday.  It's "Mustache Day", so please have your children show their spirit by coming to school with their finest facial hair!

    PTA Pie Sale pickups are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of this week, as noted in the calendar below.  As a reminder, those picking up pies should use Door #2, which is to the left of the main entrance (around the corner; it's the aftercare pickup door).  Thank you for supporting the pie sale and enjoy those delicious pies!

    As we approach Thanksgiving, we tend to reflect upon things in life for which we are thankful.  Beyond my wonderful family and friends, I continue to be thankful for the privilege it is to be part of such a wonderful school community.  I am so thankful to do something for a living that I love, in a school of staff and students that I love.  I thank you, Hillside families, for allowing us to be part of your children's lives.  I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families and loved ones.

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of November 19, 2018

    Monday, 11-19:      Starlab Portable Planetarium Assemblies

                                Hillside-Horizon Disability Awareness Training for Fourth Graders, AM

                                PTA Pie Sale Pickups, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Door #2

                                BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Building, Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 11-20:     Caring Communities, Session 1

                                Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m. (Rescheduled from Friday, 11-16)

                                PTA Pie Sale Pickups, 4:15 - 6:00 p.m., Door #2

    Wednesday, 11-21: Partial Day, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                Student Council School Spirit Day--Mustache Day!

                                Kindergarten Feast, 8:30 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-22:    Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-23:         Schools Closed

    Week of November 26, 2018

    Monday, 11-26:      BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Building, Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 11-27:     District Band Day

    Thursday, 11-29:    Fourth Grade Trip (Trebbe and Serrani)

                                District Orchestra Day

                                District SEPAC Meeting (By Invitation), 7:00 p.m., Admin. Building, Large Conference Room

    Friday, 11-30:        Fourth Grade Trip (George and Hinds)

                                ESL Student Trip

                                PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Week of December 3, 2018

    Monday, 12-3:       MatheMagic! Assemblies

    Wednesday, 12-5:  Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                District Chorus Day

    Thursday, 12-6:     Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                Hillside-Horizon Fifth Grade Holiday Sing-a-long, AM

    Friday, 12-7:          Holiday Shoppe for Students 

                                First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 10, 2018

    Monday, 12-10:      Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

                                BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Building, Large Conference Room

    Friday, 12-14:        Student Council School Spirit Day--"Ugly Sweater Day!"

                                Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting, 2:40 p.m., Media Center

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

    Week of December 17, 2018

    Thursday, 12-20:    Caring Communities, Session #2

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

    Friday, 12-21:        PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-1:         Schools Closed, Happy New Year!

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

    Friday, 1-4:            Assembly:  Camfel Productions "Eye to Eye", AM

     

     

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