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  • June 18, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/18/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

     

    We had an awesome week at school!

     

    Monday's BMX Dialed Action Sports Assembly featured some awesome bike stunts with a message about character and being your best self.  It was great!  We then kicked off our Character Color Wars that afternoon with a pillar dedication and hall decorating. 

     

    Colors Wars continued on Thursday for Field Day.  Team Responsibility (Green) "won" both events, earning the most character points.  And, it's not because that's the team that I'm on, like many students think!  I promise it's all fair and square!  Special thanks to our physical education teacher, Mr. Schinelli, for coordinating such a great Field Day and to the members of the "Character Squad" (our Student Council) for managing the various activities and keeping score.  We would not have had such an awesome time without them!

     

    Our fifth graders enjoyed a beautiful day for the Boat Trip on Tuesday, marking the celebration of their time at Hillside.  Special thanks to the Fifth Grade Committee for arranging such an amazing experience for our fifth graders.  It was a great time!  On Thursday afternoon, fifth graders also participated in their Fifth Grade Games versus the staff.  Students and staff engaged in friendly competition in their games of volleyball and kickball.  That was a great way to top off an already exciting day!

     

    We ended the week with the Kindergarten Celebration, a ceremony commemorating our youngest students' first year at Hillside School.  They sang songs, shared about what they wanted to be when they grow up, and watched a picture montage, courtesy of our Kindergarten aide, Mrs. Schroeder.  Students then joined their families on the playground for a snack and some play.  We look forward to the next five years with your little huskies!

     

    On this upcoming Tuesday, we will honor our fifth graders at their Moving Up Ceremony.  We congratulate them and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their educational careers!  We only ask that they visit us now and then!  On Wednesday, our fifth graders will participate in their annual Talent Show (it's the last Color Wars event, so please remember to have your children wear their shirts!).  And, on Thursday, we will clap out the fifth graders with our annual "Fifth Grade Clap Out".  The entire student body will line the hallways and applaud our fifth graders as they walk through the halls as Hillside students for the final time and leave through the doors from which, in many cases, they first arrived as Kindergarteners.  Fifth grade families and friends should expect for our fifth graders to make their exit at about 12:00 p.m.  The front loop will be closed at 11:30 to provide families with ample and safe standing room.  Families are reminded to please park off-site and not in the parking lot.  Our Kindergarteners and first graders will dismiss through their regular doors at 12:15 p.m., so I ask that fifth grade families please clear the area around the exit doors by 12:15 p.m. (but you are welcome to stay on the property for as long as you'd like!).  Thanks so much!

     

    Please see attached for the year's final edition of the Healthy Huskies Nutrition Newsletter.  Thanks so much to Hillside parent, Ms. Mindy Robinson, for her efforts in coordinating the Nutrition Committee this year and leading the newsletter initiative.  We very much appreciate it!

     

    Note from the Nurse's Office:  Any parents of students that have medications in the Health Office should make arrangements to pick up the medications by the last day of school, June 21st. Any medications not picked up will be discarded on that date.  Thank you!

     

    REMINDER Message from the PTA's School Supply Committee:  The school supply purchase program for the 2018-2019 school year is going on now through June 18th!  Flyers were sent home with the students in grades K-4 in mid-May.  Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online for your child's grade and we will take care of the rest.  To order, go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter code HIL258.  Orders must be made online only, no paper orders will be accepted.  If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) or Meryll Kropac (meryllc27@yahoo.com).  

     

    And, finally, we have early dismissals on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.  Parents should notify teachers and the main office of any changes to regular dismissal procedures. 

     

    Thank you for reading and Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome Hillside dads!

     

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

     

    Upcoming Calendar

     

    Week of June 18, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-18:              Last Day to Order School Supplies!

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-19:             Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                      Fifth Grade/Kindergarten Buddy Class Lunch/Activity, 12:15 p.m.

                                      Fourth Grade End of Year Party, 12:30 p.m.

                                      First Grade End of Year Party, 1:45 p.m., Outside near Gaga Court

     

    Wednesday, 6-20:       Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                     Student Council School Spirit Day—“Happy Birthday Hank and Holly!”

                                     Last Day to Order School Supplies!

        Caring Communities Farewell Session (before Talent Show)

                                     Fifth Grade Talent Show, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym  (Wear your shirts!)

                                      

    Thursday, 6-21:           Last Day of School!

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

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

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

     

    Happy Summer Break!

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  • June 8, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/8/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

     

    I hope this email finds you well!

     

    Kudos to the Hillside band, orchestra and chorus who brought the house down last week at the Spring Concert.  The students were just fantastic and I thank them, and our directors, Mr. Hegedus, Mrs. Vatoci and Mr. Battista, respectively, for their incredible work.  We are so proud of our performing arts program and look forward to its continued success.

     

    Speaking of performing arts, our fourth and fifth graders who made up the cast of this year's school production of Willy Wonka, Jr., were absolutely amazing in their shows last week!  Months and months of practice and dedication resulted in a production that could easily rival any elementary (or even middle!) school show.  Congratulations to the cast and special thanks to the Staff Production Crew, Mrs. Wallock, Miss DePalo, Miss Trebbe, Mrs. King, Mrs. Yersak and Miss Scott, for their leadership, guidance and hard work.  Additionally, we had so much help with the set and lighting from our friends at Livingston High School, including Mr. Yersak, Mr. Megaro and high school freshman, Justin Jones.  Their support is so greatly appreciated.  And, thanks to the parents who supported their children with lines and who organized the cast after party.  Success all around!

     

    Our fourth graders wrapped up our partnership with Horizon School for the year last Friday, when they visited for our annual "Peer to Peer Day".  With help from Horizon and Hillside staff, fourth graders each led one of several learning stations for Horizon students.  Their relationship with our friends at Horizon is only half over and our fourth graders look forward to hosting them at Hillside next school year!

     

    We welcomed much of the incoming Kindergarten class and their families this week at our several Kindergarten Orientation activities.  Our husky puppies were very excited and were super cute, too!  Welcome to high school class of 2031!

     

    We held our Student Council Assembly--Election Edition this week.  After each fourth grade class nominated one student for each available position, nine candidates campaigned and gave wonderful speeches to the entire student body.  We are so proud of all nine nominees and thank them for their courage and willingness to serve our school.  We would like congratulate the following students who will make up the 2018-19 Student Council Executive Board:  President, Fatima Malik.; Vice-President, Laura Fernandez; and, Secretary, Yash Naidu.  Congratulations and I look forward to working with our new executive board!

     

    Our Third Annual Character Color Wars kicks off on Monday afternoon with Hall Decorating.  Teams will decorate their respective pillars' halls and our Character Squad (Student Council) will circulate to award points to teams showing the best character and who are most creative.  We will also have a dedication ceremony for the beautiful pillars that have been installed at door #9.  Special thanks to our awesome head custodian, Mr. Joe Pepe, who has worked on this project for almost two years!  This was inspired by our character education logo created by Hillside parent, Mrs. Robyn Weiss, a few years back, which we so proudly use often.  Color Wars then continues later next week with Field Day on Thursday, where teams will compete for character points in Caring Communities groups.  Colors Wars wraps up on June 20th with the Fifth Grade Talent Show.  Students should wear their assigned shirt colors on all three days as follows (based upon whose Caring Communities group they are in):

    • Caring (RED):  L. Dugan, Pacheco, Wallock, Kim, Schinelli, Gengaro, DePalo
    • Citizenship (PURPLE):  King, Flynn, Viverito, K. Dugan, Levine, Smith
    • Trustworthiness (BLUE):  Damante, Richmond, Scott, Tseng, Kestler, Ebneth
    • Respect (YELLOW):  Marshall, George, Trebbe, Rampolla, Zweiback, Szaro
    • Responsibility (GREEN):  Brodsky, Meglio, Domicolo, Donnelly, Gramata, Ms. Gina
    • Fairness (ORANGE):  Serrani, Vitale, Price, Murray, Bowe, Yersak

    We also have an exciting BMX Assembly on Monday morning that was rescheduled from last Monday.  Students will learn about character while observing some really awesome bike stunts.  Can't wait for that!  Special thanks to Hillside parent, Mrs. Anapolle, for her help this year with coordinating student assemblies!

     

    Attached please find a flyer with information regarding the "Green Binz" program started a few years back by one of Hillside's very own alumna.  The program aims to recycle used school supplies that are repurposed for those in need.  Bins will be available near the main office and students are encouraged to donate any used and unwanted items to this worthy cause.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!

     

    Message from the PTA's School Supply Committee:  The school supply purchase program for the 2018-2019 school year is going on now through June 18th!  Flyers were sent home with the students in grades K-4 in mid-May.  Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online for your child's grade and we will take care of the rest.  To order, go to http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter code HIL258.  Orders must be made online only, no paper orders will be accepted.  If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) or Meryll Kropac (meryllc27@yahoo.com).  

     

    Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day and weekend!

     

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

     

    Upcoming Calendar

     

    Week of June 11, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-11:             BMX Assemblies (AM)

                                     Science Days Workshop for Second Graders, courtesy of LHS (AM)

                                     Character Color Wars Hall Decorating/Pillar Dedication, 1:00 p.m. (Wear your shirts!)

                                       

    Tuesday, 6-12:             Fifth Grade Boat Trip

                                       

    Wednesday, 6-13:        Third Grade Speeches, AM, Classrooms

                                      School Store during Lunches

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

                                      PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Thursday, 6-14:           Flag Day

                                      Field Day (AM) (Wear your shirts!)

                                      Fifth Grade Games (PM)

     

    Friday, 6-15:               Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5/Second Marking Period Ends, K

                                     Trustworthiness Character Pillar Unit of Study Ends

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

                                     Kindergarten Celebration, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

                                     PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of June 18, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-18:              Last Day to Order School Supplies!

                                       Field Day/Fifth Grade Games Rain Date

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-19:             Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                      Fifth Grade/Kindergarten Buddy Class Lunch/Activity, 12:15 p.m.

                                      Fourth Grade End of Year Party, 12:30 p.m.

                                      First Grade End of Year Party, 1:45 p.m., Outside near Gaga Court

     

    Wednesday, 6-20:       Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                     Student Council School Spirit Day—“Happy Birthday Hank and Holly!”

                                     Last Day to Order School Supplies!

        Caring Communities Farewell Session (before Talent Show)

                                     Fifth Grade Talent Show, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym  (Wear your shirts!)

                                      

    Thursday, 6-21:           Last Day of School!

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

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

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

     

    Happy Summer Break!

     GB Flyer

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  • May 28, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/28/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

     

    I hope this email finds you enjoying this holiday weekend!

     

    Congratulations to fourth graders Evelyn Li and Ryan Chen, who finished first and second, respectively, in last week's "24 Game Tournament".  Special thanks to all fourth graders who participated and showcased their mental math reflexes!  And, good luck to Evelyn and Ryan when they represent Hillside at the district tournament on June 5th!

     

    We had our final regular Caring Communities session of the school year on Thursday, where the year's learning about mindfulness was reviewed and brought to a close.  We encouraged students to use whichever mindful strategies work for them moving forward as a means for self-regulation.  We also reviewed expectations for our third annual "Character Color Wars", which will include hall decorating and field day.  Caring Communities have been grouped, once again, by pillar to compete for character points.  Students are asked to wear shirts that reflect their assigned pillars on these days.  Please ask your children to which pillar they were assigned (we will follow-up with this information soon, too, just in case they forgot!).  Thank you and we look forward to another successful Character Color Wars!

     

    I hope many families were able to come out for Thursday's PTA Carnival!  We had a beautiful day and the activities were just fantastic.  Special thanks to Hillside parent, Mrs. Krentcil, who followed up an awesomely coordinated Staff Appreciation Luncheon with a successful carnival, as well!  And, thanks to the parents and staff who volunteered their time to support the event!  We appreciate it!

     

    You might recall that this year's Art Appreciation Week project led by parents in March included rock painting that was inspired by the book, Only One You.  I'm happy to inform you that our Rock Garden, which features rocks painted by students and staff, is now on display as part of the landscaping near the main entrance.  The display serves as a reminder that we are all special because of our uniqueness, but that we can coexist respectfully and peacefully.  Please do check it out next time you visit school.  Thanks, again, to Mrs. Lauro for coordinating the art activity and the installation of the garden.  It looks great!

     

    We have an exciting week ahead!  

     

    On Wednesday, our band, orchestra and chorus will perform in our Spring Concert.  There will be a rehearsal for the student body that day and an evening performance for families at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Middle School auditorium.  We look forward to it!

     

    Our fourth and fifth graders who participate in the play have been working hard all year for their performances of Willy Wonka, Jr. this week.  They start with a performance for our friends at Horizon School tomorrow followed by a rehearsal for the student body on Thursday.  There are then two performances for families on Friday--an afternoon performance at 1:00 p.m. and then an evening performance at 7:00 p.m.  Only those with tickets will be permitted to enter the family performances.  Thank you and we are very excited!

     

    On Friday, fourth graders will visit Horizon School for their annual "Peer-to-Peer Day", where they will lead station activities with assistance from Horizon staff.  This special event will facilitate long-lasting friendships between Hillside and Horizon School students and I know our fourth graders will do an amazing job!

     

    And, finally, I am really excited about my day off on Thursday when the Fein brothers take over as "principals for a day".  Looking forward to a fun day!

     

    Thanks for reading and I wish you a wonderful day and week ahead!

     

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata 

     

     

    Upcoming Calendar

     

    Week of May 28, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-28:            Memorial Day, Schools Closed

     

    Tuesday, 5-29:           Play Performance at Horizon School

     

    Wednesday, 5-30:       Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                     Spring Concert Evening Show for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

     

    Thursday, 5-31:          Principals for a Day!

                                    School Play Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m.

                                      

    Friday, 6-1:                Horizon-Hillside "Peer to Peer Day" for Fourth Graders, Horizon School (AM)

                                    School Play Afternoon Performance for Families, 1:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                    PTA After-school Bake Sale

                                    School Play Evening Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

     

    Week of June 4, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-4:             BMX Assembly, Grades 3-5, 12:30 p.m.; Grades K-2, 1:30 p.m., Blacktop

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-5:            School-wide Literacy Celebration for Student Body Only

                                    Student Council Assembly, Election Edition, 1:45 p.m.

                                    Fourth Grade’s 24 Game District Tournament, 2:50 – 4:00 p.m., Riker Hill Media Center

     

    Wednesday, 6-6:        Fifth Grade Trip 

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

     

    Thursday, 6-7:            Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

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

                                     

    Friday, 6-8:                Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

                                     Fifth Grade Student Orientation/Tour at Mount Pleasant Middle School, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

                                     PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of June 11, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-11:             BMX Assembly Rain Date (PM)

                                      Character Color Wars Hall Decorating/Pillar Dedication, 1:00 p.m. (Wear your shirts!)

                                       

    Tuesday, 6-12:             Fifth Grade Boat Trip

                                       

    Wednesday, 6-13:        Third Grade Speeches, AM, Classrooms

                                      School Store during Lunches

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

                                      PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Thursday, 6-14:           Field Day (AM) (Wear your shirts!)

                                      Fifth Grade Games (PM)

     

    Friday, 6-15:               Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5/Second Marking Period Ends, K

                                     Trustworthiness Character Pillar Unit of Study Ends

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

                                     Kindergarten Celebration, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

                                     PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of June 18, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-18:             Field Day/Fifth Grade Games Rain Date

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-19:             Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                      Fifth Grade/Kindergarten Buddy Class Lunch/Activity, 12:15 p.m.

                                      First Grade End of Year Party, 1:45 p.m.

     

    Wednesday, 6-20:       Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                     Student Council School Spirit Day—“Happy Birthday Hank and Holly!”

                                     Last Day to Order School Supplies!

        Caring Communities Farewell Session (before Talent Show)

                                     Fifth Grade Talent Show, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

                                      

    Thursday, 6-21:           Last Day of School!

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

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

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

     

    Happy Summer Break!

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  • May 21, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/21/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

     

    I hope this email finds you well.  It looks like we finally have some sun!

     

    We had such a special Staff Appreciation Week thanks to the PTA and the many families who helped to decorate doors, create posters, and prepare an amazing luncheon.  The PTA also gifted staff with a remodeled Staff Lounge, including new furniture, paint and appliances, and we look forward to soon enjoying the finished product!  Thanks so much to all for the wonderful gestures and please know that we appreciate and feel lucky to be part of the Hillside School community!

     

    Over the course of the last couple of weeks, our students also enjoyed several special activities.  Fourth graders were treated to some hands-on science with professionals from Bayer Pharmaceuticals.  Special thanks to Hillside parent, Ms. Pan, for connecting us with this opportunity.  Kindergarteners welcomed their families for their annual Family Crest Day event, where students showcased to one another their family backgrounds.  Third graders took their annual trip to Ellis and Liberty Islands, where they had a wonderful day of learning despite the inclement weather!  Fifth graders welcomed our Horizon School friends to Hillside to complete their annual cooperative art project, this time inspired by pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein.  And, for the first time ever, Horizon students stayed and joined our fifth graders for lunch.  It was such a treat!  First graders held their annual Famous Americans Show for families on Friday, where they shared their learning about influential Americans and sang songs of patriotism.  Always make me "proud to be an American"! 

     

    Our Student Council held its monthly assembly on Friday afternoon, highlighting our next character pillar of study, Trustworthiness, through skits and other presentations.  Congratulations to Miss George's class for receiving Hank through the end of the year and to Mrs. Zweiback's class for earning Holly!  We had a special guest from Washington D.C. join us at the assembly to honor one of our fourth graders who was the grand prize winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Road Safety Art Contest.  Administrator Mr. Raymond Martinez presented fourth-grader, Lynn Sun, with a plaque and spoke briefly with our student body about road safety.  Congratulations, Lynn, for winning the grand prize over several hundred other entrants across the country!

     

    As you can see, we had a very busy couple of weeks!  And, there's no slowing down through the end of the school year!  Please see the calendar below for events/activities through the last day of school.  For this upcoming week, we look forward the fourth grade's "24-Game Tournament", to be held after school on Tuesday.  We have our final regular Caring Communities session of the year on Thursday and are excited about the PTA Carnival. 

     

    Gifted and Talented art and music applications are now available for incoming fourth graders and incoming fifth graders who are not currently in the program.  Program information and applications can be found on the school's webpage.  Please note that applications are due by Friday, May 25th. 

     

    Thanks for reading and have a great week ahead!

     

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

     

    Upcoming Calendar

     

    Week of May 21, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-21:             BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room, Admin. Building

     

    Tuesday, 5-22:            Fourth Grade’s “24 Tournament”, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Wednesday, 5-23:        Summer Reading Assemblies with Livingston Public Library (AM)

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

     

    Thursday, 5-24:          Caring Communities Session #6, 8:25 a.m.

                                     Visit from Shop-Rite Dietitian, Elle Bernardo, During Student Lunches

                                     PTA Carnival, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

     

    Friday, 5-25:               PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of May 28, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-28:            Memorial Day, Schools Closed

     

    Wednesday, 5-30:       Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                     Spring Concert Evening Show for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

     

    Thursday, 5-31:          School Play Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m.

                                     PTA Carnival Rain Date

     

    Friday, 6-1:                Horizon-Hillside "Peer to Peer Day" for Fourth Graders, Horizon School (AM)

                                    PTA After-school Bake Sale

                                    School Play Evening Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

     

    Week of June 4, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-4:             BMX Assembly, Grades 3-5, 12:30 p.m.; Grades K-2, 1:30 p.m., Blacktop

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-5:            School-wide Literacy Celebration for Student Body Only

                                    Student Council Assembly, Election Edition, 1:45 p.m.

                                    Fourth Grade’s 24 Game District Tournament, 2:50 – 4:00 p.m., Riker Hill Media Center

     

    Wednesday, 6-6:        Fifth Grade Trip 

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

     

    Thursday, 6-7:            Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

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

                                     

    Friday, 6-8:                Incoming Kindergarten Student Orientation

                                     Fifth Grade Student Orientation/Tour at Mount Pleasant Middle School, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

                                     PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of June 11, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-11:             BMX Assembly Rain Date (PM)

                                      Character Color Wars Hall Decorating/Pillar Dedication, 1:00 p.m.

                                       

    Tuesday, 6-12:             Fifth Grade Boat Trip

                                       

    Wednesday, 6-13:        Third Grade Speeches, AM, Classrooms

                                      School Store during Lunches

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

                                      PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Thursday, 6-14:           Field Day (AM)

                                      Fifth Grade Games (PM)

     

    Friday, 6-15:               Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5/Second Marking Period Ends, K

                                     Trustworthiness Character Pillar Unit of Study Ends

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

                                     Kindergarten Celebration, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

                                     PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of June 18, 2018

     

    Monday, 6-18:             Field Day/Fifth Grade Games Rain Date

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

     

    Tuesday, 6-19:             Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 p.m., Upper Gym

                                       Fifth Grade/Kindergarten Buddy Class Lunch/Activity, 12:15 p.m.

                                       First Grade’s End of Year Party, 1:45 p.m., Outside near Gaga Court

     

    Wednesday, 6-20:       Partial Day of School, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

                                     Student Council School Spirit Day—“Happy Birthday Hank and Holly!”

        Caring Communities Farewell Session (before Talent Show)

                                     Fifth Grade Talent Show, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

                                      

    Thursday, 6-21:           Last Day of School!

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

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

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

     

    Happy Summer Break!

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  • April 30, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/30/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

     

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend and have had a great start to your week!

     

    Thanks to the families who donated items for the PTA's Yard Sale this past Saturday.  Your donations made this fundraiser a success and the proceeds will benefit the students of Hillside School.  Special thanks to all of the parent volunteers who made it possible!

     

    The district has released information regarding subscription busing.  Please see the attached letter from the Transportation Office for information.

     

    Also attached please find our next installment of the "Healthy Huskies" nutrition newsletter.  Included in this edition are an update regarding food service requests for proposals, a parent tip and this month's recipe courtesy of the Student Council.  Happy reading!

     

    This Friday we have our next Student Council School Spirit Day.  It's "Star Wars Day" and students are encouraged to wear Star Wars apparel (school gear or colors are welcome, too!)  "May, the fourth, be with you!"

     

    Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the week!

     

    Warm regards,
    Mr. Gramata

     

    Upcoming Calendar

      

    Week of April 30, 2018

     

    Monday, 4-30:           PARCC Grade 3, ELA Day 2

     

    Tuesday, 5-1:            PARCC Grade 3, ELA Day 3

     

    Wednesday, 5-2:        PARCC Grade 3, Math Day 1

                                    District Safety Forum, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

                                    ESL Spring Family Night, 6:30  - 8:00, Heritage Middle School Media Center

     

    Thursday, 5-3:           PARCC Grade 3, Math Day 2

     

    Friday, 5-4:                PARCC Grade 3, Math Day 3

                                    Student Council School Spirit Day--"Star Wars Day--May, the Fourth, Be With You!"

                                    Fairness Character Pillar Unit of Study Ends

                                    PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of May 7, 2018—Staff Appreciation Week

     

    Monday, 5-7:             PARCC Grade 3, Math Day 4

                                    Trustworthiness Character Pillar Unit of Study Begins

                                    Fifth Grade Trip to MPM for Assembly, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.

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

     

    Tuesday, 5-8:             PARCC Grade 3 Make-ups Begin

        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Wednesday, 5-9:         NJSLA Grade 5 Science Assessment, Day 1

                                         

    Thursday, 5-10:           NJSLA Grade 5 Science Assessment, Day 2

                                      PTA Staff Appreciation Door Decorating, After School

     

    Friday, 5-11:                NJSLA Grade 5 Science Assessment Make-ups

                                      “Making Science Make Sense” Bayer, Inc. Assembly, Fourth grade, 9:15 – 10:45, Fourth grade classrooms

                                      Mother’s Day Plant Sale, 11:00 – 2:30, Lower Gym (See schedule)

                                      PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon, 11:15 – 1:10 p.m., Faculty Room

                                      PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Sunday, 5-13:              Happy Mother’s Day!

     

    Week of May 14, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-14:             BOE Workshop/Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room, Admin. Building

     

    Wednesday, 5-16:        Kindergarten’s Family Crest Day

                                      Third Grade Trip to Ellis Island

                                      Horizon School-Fifth Grade Art Project, Hillside (AM)

     

    Thursday, 5-17:           First Grade’s Famous Americans Show School Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

                                     

    Friday, 5-18:                First Grade’s Famous Americans Show for Families, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

                                      Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Upper Gym

                                      PTA After-school Bake Sale

                                      K-2 Family Fitness Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

     

    Week of May 21, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-21:             BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room, Admin. Building

     

    Tuesday, 5-22:            Fourth Grade’s “24 Tournament”, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m., Media Center

     

    Wednesday, 5-23:        Summer Reading Assemblies with Livingston Public Library (AM)

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

     

    Thursday, 5-24:          Caring Communities Session #6, 8:25 a.m.

                                     Visit from Shop-Rite Dietitian, Elle Bernardo, During Student Lunches

                                     PTA Carnival, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

     

    Friday, 5-25:               PTA After-school Bake Sale

     

    Week of May 28, 2018

     

    Monday, 5-28:            Memorial Day, Schools Closed

     

    Wednesday, 5-30:       Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

                                     Spring Concert Evening Show for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Middle School Auditorium

     

    Thursday, 5-31:          School Play Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m.

                                     PTA Carnival Rain Date

     

    Friday, 6-1:                Horizon-Hillside "Peer to Peer Day" for Fourth Graders, Horizon School (AM)

                                    PTA After-school Bake Sale

                                    School Play Evening Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Upper Gym

     

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