Hillside Elementary School

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    Kindergarten Pre-Registration will open on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Please note that you need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. This includes families with older siblings already attending a school within the District.
    Click here for details on the three-step pre-registration process.

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Principal's Messages

  • January 9, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 1/9/2020

     Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy new year to you and I wish you nothing but health and happiness in 2020!

    Every year around this time, schools across New Jersey have the opportunity to nominate teachers of the year.  Teachers of the year typically exemplify all of the qualities one would want in a teacher--intelligence, patience, positivity, exemplary instructional skills, among others.  Lucky for us, there is no shortage of that at Hillside School! That said, it is with great pleasure that I announce to you that Mrs. Pia Bauer, our Reading Interventionist, has been named Hillside’s 2020 Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Bauer has been an educator for a total of nine years, with eight of those nine being at Hillside. She started her career here as a special education teacher, then taught Kindergarten and first grade before becoming and serving as our Reading Interventionist for the last four years.  Please do join me in wishing Mrs. Bauer well on this prestigious distinction. Congratulations, Mrs. Bauer!

    As in years past, Hillside School will participate in the MLK Day of Service sponsored by the Livingston Public Schools in support of students in need of school supplies.  This year, grade levels across the district are being asked to donate items as follows: 

    • Crayons (Kindergarten)
    • Pencils (1st grade) 
    • Markers (2nd grade)
    • Glue Sticks (3rd grade) 
    • Scissors (4th grade) 
    • Highlighters (5th grade) 

    This collection begins now and continues through Friday, January 17th.  We thank you, in advance, for your support of this worthy collection!

    Message from Director of School Counseling, Mrs. Sinead Crews:

    Please join us on February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning Parent Academy hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School!

    Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling, and the elementary school counselors will present an informative program devoted to exploring social emotional learning with K-5 parents! During the program, parents will have the option of attending two break-out sessions on specific topics relates to students' social and emotional development as well as learn about resources and strategies. Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   

    Date: February 26, 2020

    Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM

    Location: Riker Hill Elementary School 

    Report cards for students in grades 1 - 5 will be available in the Genesis Parent Portal sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10th.  Any questions regarding student grades should be communicated directly to the teachers. (Note: Kindergarten report cards will be available Friday, February 7th.)

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

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

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


    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of January 6, 2020

    Friday, 1-10: First Marking Period Report Cards (Grades 1-5) Available to Families 

    After 3:00 p.m.

    Week of January 13, 2020

    Tuesday, 1-14: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center

    Wednesday, 1-15: Fifth Grade Yearbook Club Meeting, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

    Thursday, 1-16: Mrs. Hanna’s Class Trip to Lifetown

    TREPS Session 1, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.  (For registered grades 4 and 5 

    students only)

    Week of January 20, 2020

    Monday, 1-20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 1-21: Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students; Staff In-Service (doors open at 

    9:35 a.m.; school day starts at 10:05 a.m.)

    Kindergarten Storyteller Assembly, 1:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, 1-22: Winter Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m. (for student body only; 

    orchestra and band students must bring instruments to school!)

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

    Thursday, 1-23: Winter Concert Snow Date (same times as above)

    TREPS Session 2, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. (For registered grades 4 and 5 

    students only)

    Friday, 1-24: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Week of January 27, 2020

    Thursday, 1-30: Kindergarten First Marking Period Ends

    Caring Communities Session 3, 8:25 a.m.

    TREPS Session 3, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. (For registered grades 4 and 5 

    students only)

    PTA Skate Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Florham Park Rink (for registered 

    families only)

    Friday, 1-31: Kindergarten Second Marking Period Begins

    Student Council School Spirit Day-- “Flannel Day” (Wear your flannels!)

    Sunday, 2-2: Groundhog Day

    Week of February 3, 2020

    Monday, 2-3: Dr. Harte’s Dental Assembly with Kindergarten and First Grade, 8:30 a.m.

    Tuesday, 2-4: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Thursday, 2-6: TREPS Session 4, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. (For registered grades 4 and 5 

    students only)

    Friday, 2-7: Kindergarten First Marking Report Cards Available to Families After 3:00 


    PTA’s Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff Event, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillside School

    Week of February 10, 2020

    Monday, 2-10: Scholastic Book Fair (student shopping schedule forthcoming)

    Tuesday, 2-11: Scholastic Book Fair (student shopping schedule forthcoming)

    National Random Acts of Kindness Week Begins

    Thursday, 2-13: District Choral Day, 8:00 - 11:00, LHS

    TREPS Session 5, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. (For registered grades 4 and 5 

    students only)

    PTA’s Valentine’s Day Dance, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 2-14: Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Week of February 17, 2020

    Schools Closed for President’s Day and February Recess

    Week of February 24, 2020

    Wednesday, 2-26: Social-Emotional Learning District Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., Riker Hill

    Thursday, 2-27: School Store During Lunch Periods

    Caring Communities Session 4, 8:25 a.m.

    TREPS Marketplace (Join us!), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 2-28: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

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  • December 9, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/9/2019 10:15:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you well! 

    We enjoyed our first Caring Communities session on Tuesday, November 26th, where we met new friends, reconnected with familiar ones, and discussed one important piece of our school’s mantra, “...say a kind word…”  Students created speech bubbles with examples of kind words, which I’m hoping they shared with families that day! We look forward to our next Caring Communities session next week. :)

    Our long-standing relationship and partnership with Horizon School, Hillside-Horizon Helping Hands, continues this year under a new name, Pillar Peer Project (Horizon School has been renamed as Pillar School).  Fourth graders received a visit today from Pillar School staff who provided our students with disability awareness training.  Pillar School students will visit our fifth graders on Thursday for our annual holiday sing-a-long. Look forward to another amazing year of building friendships with Pillar School students!

    Although it is not officially winter yet, the weather lately would make us think otherwise!  Given last week’s school closing and delayed opening, please accept the following reminders for weather-related schedule changes:

    • Delayed openings: 
      • Doors open at 9:35 a.m. and the school day starts at 10:05 a.m. Students arriving after that time may be considered tardy.
      • Lunch is served, but given the shorter day, there is no recess.
      • Before-school activities (e.g., band, orchestra, chorus, GT Art and Music, etc.) are canceled. 
    • Early Closings:
      • The day begins at the regular time (doors open at 7:35 a.m. and school starts at 8:05 a.m.).
      • Lunch is not served.
      • Students are dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
      • Typically, YMCA and JCC aftercare are both still in session.  Any changes are communicated by these parties directly.

    A note about report cards:  Report card distribution will be delayed.  We do not have a timeline from central office yet, but families will receive notification as soon as we know (either from the district or school).  Thank you for your understanding as we are working towards 100% technological functionality.  

    Nurse Lisa has created a December newsletter with meaningful health information for families.  Please see here or the school’s site for this newsletter. 

    Thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.  Note the Holiday Shoppe schedule for classes is linked below. Thank you!

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of December 9, 2019

    Monday, 12-9: Fourth Grade Disability Awareness Training by Pillar School staff

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

    Tuesday, 12-10: ASE Session 5, 2:50 - 3:50 p.m.

    Wednesday, 12-11: PTA-sponsored Fifth Grade Service Activity, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Yearbook Club Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 12-12: Fifth Grade-Pillar School Holiday Sing-along, 10:00 a.m.

    Friday, 12-13: Fourth and Fifth Grade TREPS Introduction Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Week of December 16, 2019

    Monday, 12-16: Holiday Shoppe Setup

    Tuesday, 12-17: Holiday Shoppe

    Wednesday, 12-18: Holiday Shoppe

    Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Buddy Class Gingerbread House Activity

    Thursday, 12-19: Holiday Shoppe

    PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

    Caring Communities Session 2, 8:25 a.m.

    Friday, 12:20: Partial Day for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Week of December 23, 2019

    Schools Closed for Winter Break

    Week of December 30, 2019

    Monday, 12-30: Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 12-31: Schools Closed

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

    Thursday, 1-2: Schools Back in Session!

    Friday, 1-3: Student Council Presents, Hillside’s 2020 Teacher of the Year!

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  • November 12, 2019

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/12/2019 6:20:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well...and warm!

    Final Fun Run totals are in and you can find this information attached in the Fun Run Fact Sheet.  As you can see, your generous donations and fundraising efforts raised over $15,000!  On behalf of the PTA and school, I want to thank all of the families and friends who donated to support our Fun Run.  The funds will go a long way in supporting PTA initiatives, including Project Playground.  Also attached is a final note from the PTA regarding the Fun Run.  Thank you, again!

    We had our new Sensory Path installed over the long weekend and it looks fantastic!  Besides being aesthetically pleasing and a wonderfully decorative addition to the Media Center hallway, the Sensory Path will provide students with additional opportunities for movement and sensory input throughout the day, which we know is essential to optimal cognitive function.  We thank our LDT-C, Mrs. Rampolla, and our OT, Dr. Flynn, for their work in coordinating the installation and submitting the grant to the PTA.  And, we also thank the Hillside PTA for funding this very special project!  (See below for some photos!)

    Our friends at the Livingston Police Department have asked us to assist them with a food drive they are holding to collect Thanksgiving foods for those in need in a neighboring city.  Please see attached for a flyer with information and I thank you, in advance, for whatever you might be able to donate to support this cause.  Please note that donations are due to school by next Tuesday, November 19th.  Thanks so much!

    World Kindness Day is tomorrow and Hillside will observe with a special, common activity across all classrooms.  Teachers will read the story, Be Kind, to classes and discuss what kindness means, looks and feels like.  Classes will then be challenged with the "Random Acts of Kindness BINGO"!  As classes fill up their BINGO boards, announcements will be made over the intercom to celebrate their success!  We want ALL classes to fill their boards, so please do encourage these random acts of kindness from your end, too!  Thank you!