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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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  • October 28, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/28/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you've enjoyed the weekend!

    Thanks so much to the families who have donated items for "Operation Gratitude" so far.  We've collected quite a bit, but there's still time!  If you have not, please consider donating an item that will be used by our fifth graders and local veterans to put together care packages for troops overseas on Monday, November 5th.  The collection ends on November 1st and the flyer that was sent last week with complete information is attached for your convenience.  Thank you!

    The PTA's Scholastic Book Fair begins this week with Thursday evening's kickoff event where books will be displayed and available for purchase.  There will also be some fun activities, including story time in the library with some of our staff members!  It promises to be a lot of fun!  Attached is the flyer with information for anyone still wanting to volunteer.  Please sign up soon!  Students will also have an opportunity to shop during the school day on Friday, and next Monday and Tuesday.  Please also see attached for the shopping schedule.  We also started our "All for Books" Coin Collection on Friday with the penny collection.  Proceeds from this collection go to fund teachers' class libraries and to fund books for schools in need.  We continue tomorrow with collecting nickels, Tuesday with dimes, Wednesday with quarters, and then Thursday with all coins.  Please consider supporting this collection!  Thanks, again!

    The PTA is also hosting a pie sale and I hope many of you had an opportunity to pie-taste on Friday morning!  A copy of the flyer is attached.  Pies can be purchased at this link:  https://goo.gl/8KFdsm.  If you like pies, you'll definitely enjoy these!

    It looks like the weather is going to be great for an outdoor parade on Halloween!  Attached (not attached on site) please find the Halloween letter and parade route map that was sent home a couple of weeks ago.  The parade will begin at about 1:15 p.m.  Students will exit and re-enter the building through door #9 allowing for onlookers to see students twice as they parade around the property, so please feel free to spread out along the parade route (no need to crowd the door!).  

    Attached please find an updated flyer from the Fifth Grade Committee that includes a QR code for families who are interested in supporting the event.  Thank you!

    Families are reminded that the school day starts at 8:05 a.m., which means that all students should be in the building and awaiting their teachers by that time.  While we understand how busy mornings can be and that traffic conditions around the school can be difficult, it is important that students start their days on time with the rest of their peers.  Please remember that we open up at 7:35 a.m., which gives families a full half-hour to get kids into the school.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

    Our "Lost and Found" has accumulated a healthy supply of sweatshirts and T-shirts, among other items.  When you visit us for parent-teacher conferences, please take a minute to browse the collection for any of your children's clothing items or other belongings that have gone missing.  We'll also encourage your children to do the same this week.  Any items remaining on Wednesday, November 7th, will be donated to charity. 

    Thanks so much for reading and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of October 29, 2018

    Monday, 10-29:        All for Books Coin Collection-Nickels

    Tuesday, 10-30:       All for Books Coin Collection-Dimes

    Wednesday, 10-31:  All for Books Coin Collection-Quarters

                                  Fourth Grade's "Bugs on the Go" Assembly

                                  Halloween Parade and Parties to Follow, Starting at 1:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 11-1:       All for Books Coin Collection--All Coins

                                 Third Grade Trip

                                 PTA's Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 11-2:          Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                                PTA After School Bake Sale

    Week of November 5, 2018

    Sunday, 11-4:        Daylight Savings Time Ends, Clocks “fall” back one hour!

    Monday, 11-5:       Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                               Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                               Summer Bridge Pizza Party for K and 1 Students, 11:00 a.m.

                               Fifth Grade's Half Day Activity

    Tuesday, 11-6:      Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                               Scholastic Book Fair for Students

    Wednesday, 11-7:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

    Thursday, 11-8:     NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-9:        NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Week of November 12, 2018

    Monday, 11-12:      Veterans Day Observed

    Tuesday, 11-13:     Picture Retakes, Group Pictures and Fifth Grade Class Picture

                                Grade 3 OLSAT 

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

    Wednesday, 11-14: District ESL Fall Parent Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., LHS

    Thursday, 11-15:    School Store During Lunch Periods

    Friday, 11-16:        Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

                                PTA After School Bake Sale

    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

                                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!

    Thursday, 11-22:    Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-23:         Schools Closed 

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  • October 20, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/20/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Happy Saturday, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you enjoying the start to your weekend!

    As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the weather has turned on us!  Gone are the warm days of late summer and in are chilly, shortened fall days that even feel like winter sometimes!  With that said, children will continue to go outside for recess when the weather permits.  We typically send students outside for recess when temperatures are at 32 degrees and above, so please do send in your children with clothing and other attire that may keep them warm on chilly days.  Thanks so much! 

    Families who ordered school photos should have received them a couple of days ago.  Parents who are unsatisfied with individual photos are encouraged to take advantage of the picture make-up day scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th.  Several classes will also retake their class photos and teachers will notify affected classes prior to retake day.  

    Mrs. Donnelly, Library-Media Specialist extraordinaire, would love to have any gently used Legos that families may have lying around the house.  They are particularly useful when students are working creatively to build and solve problems, and working on other projects, in our Maker Space.  Families who are willing and able to donate are encouraged, please, to send in Legos to Mrs. Donnelly’s attention.  Thanks so much!

    Each year, our fifth graders participate in “Half Day Activities” during the two scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference sessions.  This provides them with a special opportunity to bond and engage in fun activities especially created for Hillside’s “seniors”.  This year during the first round of conferences coming up, the parents who head the Fifth Grade Committee are having fifth graders participate in a very special service project they are calling “Hillside Huskies Care”.  In an intergenerational partnership with the organization, Livingston Veterans, fifth graders will prepare letters and care packages to send to members of our armed forces that are deployed overseas to show how much we care and value their service as Veteran’s Day nears.  Fifth graders need the support of all members of the Hillside community to make this possible!  Attached please find a flyer that should have also gone home with your children a few days ago.  This flyer outlines information about a drive we are holding to help collect supplies for the care packages that fifth graders and veterans will prepare together on Monday, November 5th.  Please consider donating items as outlined by grade level.  Thank you, in advance, for your anticipated generosity and support and let’s show our veterans that Hillside Huskies do care!

    This upcoming week is “National Red Ribbon Week” and all of Livingston’s elementary students will observe wear daily attire considerations.  Please see below for what each day’s observance entails and note that it starts on Monday with showing school spirit by wearing Hillside gear or school colors, blue and gold!  Thanks so much! 

    Also attached is a message from the Fifth Grade Committee about Hillside’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Please do take a look.

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the weekend!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

     Week of October 22, 2018:  "National Red Ribbon Week"

    Monday, 10-22:       "Our School Chooses to be Drug Free", Students wear your school spirit gear or school colors (blue and gold)!

    Tuesday, 10-23:       "Don't Get Mixed Up in Drugs", Students wear mix and match clothing!

    Wednesday, 10-24:   "National Red Ribbon Day", Students wear red!

    Thursday, 10-25:      "Too Bright for Drugs", Students sunglasses and/or favorite hats to school!

                                 PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity with Students

    Friday, 10-26:          "Voting for My Future to be Drug Free", Students wear red, white and blue!

                                  Kindergarten Trip

                                  PTA After School Bake Sale

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

    Week of October 29, 2018

    Wednesday, 10-31:  Fourth Grade's "Bugs on the Go" Assembly

                                  Halloween Parade and Parties to Follow, Starting at 1:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 11-1:      Third Grade Trip

                                 PTA's Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 11-2:          Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                               PTA After School Bake Sale

    Week of November 5, 2018

    Sunday, 11-4:        Daylight Savings Time Ends, Clocks “fall” back one hour!

    Monday, 11-5:       Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                               Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                               Summer Bridge Pizza Party for K and 1 Students, 11:00 a.m.

                               Fifth Grade's Half Day Activity

    Tuesday, 11-6:      Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

                               Scholastic Book Fair for Students

    Wednesday, 11-7:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

    Thursday, 11-8:     NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-9:        NJEA Convention, Schools Closed

    Week of November 12, 2018

    Tuesday, 11-13:     Picture Retakes, Group Pictures and Fifth Grade Class Picture

                                Grade 3 OLSAT 

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

    Wednesday, 11-14: District ESL Fall Parent Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., LHS

    Thursday, 11-15:    School Store During Lunch Periods

    Friday, 11-16:        Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

                                PTA After School Bake Sale

     

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  • Crayola Grant News

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/16/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Great news!  We received notice earlier today that our grant application was selected!  We are one of only 20 schools from across the country to receive the grant.  Thank you very much for your diligence in returning the permission forms and congratulations to the Hillside School community!  Please see attached for a press release.

    Thank you, again, and have a wonderful evening!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    https://www.naesp.org/2018-2019-champion-creatively-alive-children-grant-winners 

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  • October 12, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/12/2018 9:40:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    We had an amazing Back to School Pep Rally last Friday that was full of school spirit!  We celebrated summer readers, introduced buddy class assignments and our new third, fourth, and fifth grade Student Council Representatives.  We also enjoyed some character-inspired songs and dances, and, of course, took a school-wide photo.  Please see attached!

    Special thanks to all of the families who returned the Crayola permission form!  Over 99% of forms were returned.  Everything was submitted, so please keep your fingers crossed that we receive good news soon!

    There has been an update to the medical form in the Genesis parent portal.  There is now an "Over the Counter Medication Permission Form" available for parents to complete in the "Forms" tab.  I ask that parents kindly take the time to complete this form as soon as possible.  Thank you so much for your cooperation!

    Winners of our annual "Respect Poster Contest" were announced on Monday.  One student per grade was selected as follows:  Hannah Malara (Kindergarten), Charlotte Belcuore (1), Avni Dusad (2), Aanya Gupta (3), Taryn Dzama (4) and Ella Huynh (5).  Congratulations to the winners and thanks so much to all students who submitted work! 

    Attached please find a flyer from our Shop-Rite dietician friend, Elle Bernardo, who worked with us last year during lunch periods to promote healthy living.  The flyer is for a healthy Halloween trick or treat experience at Shop-Rite on Monday, October 29th.  Please attend and let her know that you're from Hillside!

    Fifth grade Hillside students in Livingston Cub Scout Pack 16 are collecting soda can tabs throughout the year in an effort to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House.  Please see the attached flyer and help support our students and the worthy cause!

    Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the week of November 5th.  Teachers will be in touch shortly to confirm appointments.

    Thank you for reading and have an amazing weekend!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata 

    Upcoming Calendar

     
    Week of October 15, 2018:  "School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools
     
    Monday, 10-15:        LPD Cyberbullying Assembly for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 10:15 a.m.
                                  BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Offices Large Conference Room
     
    Wednesday, 10-17:   First Grade Trip  
           Seeing Eye Dog Visit, Kindergarten Classrooms, 1:15 p.m.
     
    Friday, 10-19:          PTA After School Bake Sale
     
    Week of October 22, 2018:  "National Red Ribbon Week"
     
    Monday, 10-22:       "Our School Chooses to be Drug Free", Students wear your school spirit gear or school colors (blue and gold)!
     
    Tuesday, 10-23:       "Don't Get Mixed Up in Drugs", Students wear mix and match clothing!
     
    Wednesday, 10-24:   "National Red Ribbon Day", Students wear red!
     
    Thursday, 10-25:      "Too Bright for Drugs", Students sunglasses and/or favorite hats to school!
     
    Friday, 10-26:          "Voting for My Future to be Drug Free", Students wear red, white and blue!
          Kindergarten Trip to Turtleback Zoo
                                  PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity with Students
                                  PTA After School Bake Sale
                                  Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
     
    Week of October 29, 2018
     
    Wednesday, 10-31:  Fourth Grade's "Bugs on the Go" Assembly
                                  Halloween Parade and Parties to Follow, Starting at 1:15 p.m.
     
    Thursday, 11-1:      Third Grade Trip 
                                 PTA's Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
     
    Friday, 11-2:          Scholastic Book Fair for Students
                                PTA After School Bake Sale
     
    Week of November 5, 2018
     
    Monday, 11-5:     Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
        Summer Bridge Pizza Party for K and 1 Students, 11:00 a.m.
        Fifth Grade's Half Day Activity
     
    Tuesday, 11-6:     Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
     
    Wednesday, 11-7:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
     
    Thursday, 11-8:     NJEA Convention, Schools Closed
     
    Friday, 11-9:     NJEA Convention, Schools Closed
     
    Week of November 12, 2018
     
    Tuesday, 11-13:     Picture Retakes, Group Pictures and Fifth Grade Class Picture
        Grade 3 OLSAT 
        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center
     
    Thursday, 11-15:    School Store During Lunch Periods
     
    Friday, 11-16:     Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.
        PTA After School Bake Sale
     
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  • October 3, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/3/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Our annual Back to School Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday!  We are excited for the rally and I kindly remind you that children are asked to wear the color shirt that reflects their respective grade's assigned pillar of character as follows: 

    • Kindergarten – Trustworthiness (Blue)
    • 1stGrade – Respect (Yellow)
    • 2ndgrade – Responsibility (Green)
    • 3rdGrade – Fairness (Orange)
    • 4thGrade – Caring (Red)
    • 5thGrade – Citizenship (Purple)

    Thanks so much for your assistance!

    This week is the Week of Respect across NJ schools.  Thus far, we have observed the week with a Respect Poster Contest (posters due Friday!) and the "Power of One" assemblies that encourage students to stand up for others and make a change one person at a time.  We will culminate our observance with our Pep Rally on Friday where grade levels will showcase their songs, chants and dances, all related to character!

    We have a delayed opening for students this upcoming Monday, October 8th.  Parents are advised that doors open for students at 9:35 a.m. and students must not arrive to school before that time.  Students should be in school by 10:05 a.m.  Lunch will be served and we will have regular dismissal times.

    Attached please find a flyer from the Fifth Grade Committee that was also sent home with your children earlier this week.  Please consider supporting the committee by purchasing a glow stick!

    Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of October 1, 2018:  "Week of Respect" in NJ Schools

     Monday, 10-1:       PTA's "Save Around" Book Fundraiser Ends

     Tuesday, 10-2:      "Power of One" Anti-bullying Assemblies (PM)

    Wednesday, 10-3:  Fifth Grade Trip 

     Friday, 10-5:        Hillside's Fifth Annual Back to School Pep Rally, 9:00 a.m.

                                PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.

    Week of October 8, 2018

    Monday, 10-8:        Delayed Opening for Students (Doors open at 9:35 a.m.; Late bell is 10:05 a.m.)/In-Service for Staff

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

    Tuesday, 10-9:        PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Wednesday, 10-10:  LFD Fire Safety Assembly, K-2, 1:30 p.m.

    Thursday, 10-11:      School Store During Lunch Periods

    Friday, 10-12:          PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.

    Week of October 15, 2018:  "School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-15:        LPD Cyberbullying Assembly for Fourth and Fifth Graders, 10:15 a.m.

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

    Wednesday, 10-17:   First Grade Trip 

    Thursday, 10-18:      PTA's Autumn Family Fun Night (TBD)

    Friday, 10-19:           PTA After School Bake Sale

    Week of October 22, 2018:  "National Red Ribbon Week"

    Friday, 10-26:          Kindergarten Trip 

                                  PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity with Students

                                  PTA After School Bake Sale

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

    Week of October 29, 2018

    Wednesday, 10-31:  Fourth Grade's "Bugs on the Go" Assembly

                                 Halloween Parade and Parties to Follow, Starting at 1:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 11-1:      Third Grade Trip

                                 PTA's Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 11-2:          Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                                PTA After School Bake Sale

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  • September 25, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/25/2018

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well on this rainy day!

    Thanks so much to the many families who attended Thursday's Back to School Night.  It was a pleasure seeing you and we thank you for taking the time to learn about your children's classrooms and grade level curricula.  We are excited for a great year ahead!

    Tomorrow is both World Character Day and National Backpack Awareness Day.  We will observe World Character Day with a schoolwide activity centered on mindset and goal-setting.  Our Occupational Therapist, Dr. Carla Flynn, will, once again, host two assemblies for students in observance of National Backpack Awareness Day, where they will learn about how to appropriately pack and use their backpacks in order to keep their bodies healthy.

    Picture Day is this Thursday, 9-27.  Payments can be sent in with children up through that day.  Picture retakes and group pictures (chorus, band, orchestra, etc.) are scheduled for November 13th.

    Our annual Back to School Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday, October 5th!  We are excited for the rally and look forward to celebrating character education and to taking another school-wide picture.  On this day, I kindly ask that your children wear the color shirt that reflects their respective grade's assigned pillar of character as follows: 

    • Kindergarten – Trustworthiness (Blue)
    • 1stGrade – Respect (Yellow)
    • 2ndgrade – Responsibility (Green)
    • 3rdGrade – Fairness (Orange)
    • 4thGrade – Caring (Red)
    • 5thGrade – Citizenship (Purple)

    I thank you, in advance, for your assistance and support, and look forward to another amazing, school-spirited pep rally!

    You may have noticed that the area near door #9 has been freshly landscaped.  The old bushes were replaced with new trees, plants and shrubbery, and there is even a seasonal display near the Hillside sign.  I want to sincerely thank Hillside dad, Mr. Nick DiFrancisco, of White Birch Landscape Design, for donating the materials and work to beautify our school grounds.  We appreciate how he made our vision a reality!  Thank you, Mr. DiFrancisco!

    In staff news, I am happy to announce that Mrs. Yersak gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Rileigh, a few weeks ago.  We congratulate her family and wish everyone well!  Miss Domicolo was married over the weekend and returned to school yesterday as Mrs. Bauer.  Congratulations to the newlyweds!  I should also mention that art teacher, Nadia Bacher, resigned very late this summer and was replaced by Miss Mondonaro, who ended last school year with us.  We welcome Miss Mondonaro back to Hillside!

    As a reminder, the PTA's "Save Around" fundraiser book orders (or the books themselves should you decide not to purchase) are due to school this Monday, 10-1.

    Parents are also reminded that the school day begins at 8:05 a.m.  It is important that children arrive to school on time.  Additionally, all absences must be reported to the school's attendance line by 8:00 a.m. each day.  Please click here for information.

    Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of the week!  Fingers crossed for some sun to come very soon!

     

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

     

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of September 24, 2018

    Tuesday, 9-25:      Fifth Grade Trip  RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, 10-3

    Wednesday, 9-26: World Character Day

                               National Backpack Awareness Day Assemblies with Dr. Flynn, Hillside's Occupational Therapist

    Thursday, 9-27:    Picture Day

    Friday, 9-28:         Hillside Apparel Sale Ends

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

                               PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.

     

     Week of October 1, 2018:  "Week of Respect" in NJ Schools

     

    Monday, 10-1:       PTA's "Save Around" Book Fundraiser Ends

    Tuesday, 10-2:      "Power of One" Anti-bullying Assemblies (PM)

    Wednesday, 10-3:  Fifth Grade Trip (Rescheduled from 9-25-18)

     Friday, 10-5:          Hillside's Fifth Annual Back to School Pep Rally, 9:00 a.m.

                                PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.

     

    Week of October 8, 2018

     

    Monday, 10-8:        Delayed Opening for Students (Doors open at 9:35 a.m.; Late bell is 10:05 a.m.)/In-Service for Staff

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

    Tuesday, 10-9:       PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Wednesday, 10-10:  LFD Fire Safety Assembly, K-2, 1:30 p.m.

    Thursday, 10-11:     School Store During Lunch Periods

    Friday, 10-12:         PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.

     

    Week of October 15, 2018:  "School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-15:        BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Admin. Offices Large Conference Room

    Wednesday, 10-17:   First Grade Trip

    Thursday, 10-18:      PTA's Autumn Family Fun Night (TBD)

    Friday, 10-19:          PTA After School Bake Sale

     

    Week of October 22, 2018:  "National Red Ribbon Week"

    Friday, 10-26:        PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity with Students

                                PTA After School Bake Sale

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

     

    Week of October 29, 2018

    Wednesday, 10-31:  Halloween Parade and Parties to Follow, Starting at 1:15 p.m.

    Thursday, 11-1:       Third Grade Trip

                                 PTA's Scholastic Book Fair Kickoff, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 11-2:           Scholastic Book Fair for Students

                                 PTA After School Bake Sale

     

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  • September 9, 2018

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/9/2018
    Hello, Hillside Families!
     
    We are off to a tremendously positive start this year!  Staff and students have been settling well into routines and procedures, and I've already seen some great things happening in classrooms.  I am confident that this will be a year full of academic and social-emotional growth for your children, as well as one of many lasting memories!  We all thank you for your support this first week and the anticipated support you will provide throughout the school year!
     
    The PTA held its first meeting of the year on Thursday evening.  I am so excited to work with our amazing executive board, and various committee chairs and members, to provide your children with meaningful supplemental activities and events.  All families are encouraged to join the PTA and assist in any way that is possible.  Please be sure to visit the new PTA site for all types of important information!  Special thanks to our PTA-faculty liaisons, Mrs. Richmond, Mrs. Pacheco, Miss Domicolo and Mrs. C. Dugan, who attended the meeting and will ensure that communication between the PTA and faculty is frequent and seamless.
     
    Attached please find the following three documents:
    • A letter from me regarding this year's "Back to School Night" scheduled for Thursday, September 20th, with important information about the event and its schedule;
    • A letter from the district's business administrator about Student Voluntary Insurance (any questions should be directed to his office, please); and,
    • A parent guide from "Shape America" about your children's new physical education program.

    Please see the calendar below for upcoming events and activities (note: this calendar is often updated to reflect changes from week to week, so please review carefully).  I look forward to seeing many families at Friday evening's Outdoor Movie Night! 

    Thank you for reading!  Enjoy the rest of the long weekend and a happy holiday to those who celebrate!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  My messages are also posted on the school's site under "Messages from the Principal" for future reference.

     
    Upcoming Calendar
     
    Week of September 10, 2018
     
    Monday, 9-10:        Schools Closed for Rosh Hashanah
     
    Tuesday, 9-11:       Schools Closed for Rosh Hashanah
     
    Wednesday, 9-12:   PTA Class Parent Workshop, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Media Center
     
    Friday, 9-14:           PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
                                 PTA’s Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.
     
    Week of September 17, 2018
     
    Monday, 9-17:        PTA’s “Save Around” Book Fundraiser Begins
                                BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center
     
    Wednesday, 9-19:  Yom Kippur, Schools Closed
     
    Thursday, 9-20:     Back to School Night, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
     
    Friday, 9-21:          New Student (grades 1-5) Ice Cream Social with School Counselor, Mrs. Bowe, 1:45 p.m.
                                PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
     
    Week of September 24, 2018
     
    Tuesday, 9-25:      Fifth Grade Trip
     
    Wednesday, 9-26: World Character Day
                               National Backpack Awareness Day Assemblies with Dr. Flynn, Hillside's Occupational Therapist
     
    Thursday, 9-27:    Picture Day
     
    Friday, 9-28:         Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
                               PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
     
    Week of October 1, 2018:  "Week of Respect" in NJ Schools
     
    Monday, 10-1:       PTA's "Save Around" Book Fundraiser Ends
     
    Tuesday, 10-2:      "Power of One" Anti-bullying Assemblies (PM)
     
    Friday, 10-5:          Hillside's Fifth Annual Back to School Pep Rally, 9:00 a.m.
                                PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
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  • First Day of School!

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/3/2018
    Hello, Hillside Families!
     
    Tomorrow is the big day and we are very excited to welcome your children to what promises to be an amazing year at Hillside School! 
     
    It was such a pleasure meeting many of Hillside's new families last week and I thank everyone who attended for taking the time to join me for the "New Family Meet and Greet".  We also held our sixth annual "Kindergarten Play Date" on the school's playground and it was so nice to see our youngest students building friendships and having fun.  We took a really cute first group picture and it was relatively easy, too!
     
    I know you have received a lot of information over the last couple of weeks and I just wanted to provide you with some friendly reminders regarding the first day of school and beyond.
     
    Arrival
    • The school opens for students at 7:35 a.m.  Students must not arrive before that time, but must arrive by 8:05 a.m. to not be considered tardy.
    • Only two doors are open during arrival time--Door #5 by the playground and near the path that comes up from South Ashby Avenue and Door #9 by the front loop.  Children of any grade can enter through either door, although Kindergarten parents are encouraged to send children in through door #9 as it is closer, with a more direct path to the upper gym where the children will assemble starting on the second day of school.  Adults are not permitted to enter the building through these doors.  If a visit to the office is necessary, adults must go to the main entrance door adjacent to the staff parking lot and ring the bell.
    • Hillside does NOT have a car line morning drop-off on school property.  Parents must either park on the street and walk children to either door or children can be let out of cars curbside near the crosswalks on Hillside Avenue, Belmont Drive, and South Ashby Avenue (please look for the crossing guards).  Parents must not park in the parking lot during arrival time, unless they plan on coming into the building through the main entrance.  We do have six visitor spots and a 15-minute parking spot for visits after the start of the school day.  The visitors spots are unmarked.  All numbers/marked spots are for staff only.
    • All children in grades 1 - 5 will enter the building for arrival starting on the first day of school.  Students in grades 1-2 will gather in the upper gym to await their teachers and students in grades 3-5 will do so in the lower gym.
    • For the first day of school only (looks like the weather is going to cooperate!), Kindergarteners will gather on the upper blacktop and line up behind their respective section numbers (K-1, K-2, or K-3 painted in yellow on the ground near the staircase down from front loop).  Starting on Wednesday, September 5th, Kindergarteners will enter upon arrival and gather in the upper gym with first and second graders.  Parents will not be permitted in the building.  Staff and student helpers will be available to help guide our little ones to the gym.
    Dismissal
    • Dismissal time is 2:40 p.m. (2:35 for Kindergarteners).  We use three doors for the dismissal of students.  Kindergarteners and first graders dismiss from Door # 9 (Kindergarten Door).  Second and third graders dismiss from Door# 7 (near Media Center steps on upper blacktop).  Fourth and fifth graders dismiss from Door #6 (new addition door on upper blacktop).  They are all in the same general vicinity so that older children can pick up younger siblings at other doors, if necessary.  There will be no exceptions to these procedures and students must exit from their grade-specific doors. 
      • In addition, please note that any child marked as "Walker-Picked up by adult" in the Parent Portal will not be released without an adult.  If you have not had a chance to update/input dismissal procedures in the portal, please do so as soon as possible.
    • Children who are signed up for aftercare through the YMCA will report to the upper gym (K-2) or lower gym (3-5) upon dismissal where they will be greeted by YMCA staff.  Kindergarteners will be escorted to the upper gym by the Kindergarten Aide.
    • Children who are signed up for aftercare through the JCC will report to the upper gym to await their bus.  A staff member will be present daily to take attendance and escort children to the bus.  Kindergarteners will be escorted to the gym by the Kindergarten aide.
    • Children who take a district school bus will also report to the upper gym to await their bus.  A staff member will be present daily to take attendance and escort children to the bus.  Kindergarteners will be escorted to the gym by the Kindergarten aide.
    Lunch/Recess
    • Lunch will be served on the first day of school (children can also bring lunch from home, of course!).  We ask that you please practice with your children their six-digit identification numbers that can be found in the Parent Portal.  We have made temporary lunch cards that children can carry with them until their ID numbers are memorized.  Kindergarten children have been encouraged to pack a lunch for the first day, but the purchasing of lunch is still an option.  We will make sure that all children who are purchasing lunch will have a chance to do so. 
    • Parents should create an account with myschoolbucks.com.  Funds can be added to lunch accounts directly or children can come with money (please place in an envelope and mark with child's name and teacher).  The account will permit parents to track purchases even if funds are not added via a credit card.
    • Children will also have recess starting on the first day of school.  Kindergarteners typically take a little longer than the other students to eat lunch during the first few weeks of school, but we do get them out to play for, at least, a portion of recess time.  Students have 25 minutes of recess daily.
    Specials
    • All special classes that take place during the school day will start on the first day of school (i.e. Physical Education, Art, Library Media, Music, World Language).  As a reminder, students must wear sneakers to participate in Physical Education classes.  The following classes will have P.E. on the first day of school:  K-1 (Richmond), 1-1 (Pacheco), 2-1 (DePalo), 3-1 (Lee), 4-1 (George) and 5-1 (Marshall). 
    • The Six Day Rotation Schedule can be found on the school's site. 
    Attendance Reporting
    • When children are absent for any reason, a call to the school's safety line must be made at 973-535-8000, ext. 7104.  Emails to the teachers are not an acceptable substitute.
     
    Thank you for reading, enjoy this Labor Day and I wish everyone a very happy first day of school!
     
    Warm regards,
    Mr. Gramata 
     
    Upcoming Calendar
     
    Week of September 3, 2018
     
    Monday, 9-3: Labor Day, Schools Closed
     
    Tuesday, 9-4: First Day for Students
    Marking Period 1 Begins
    Respect Pillar Unit of Study Begins
     
    Thursday, 9-6: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center
     
    Friday, 9-7: Summer Reading Logs Due to School
     
    Week of September 10, 2018
     
    Monday, 9-10: Schools Closed for Rosh Hashanah
     
    Tuesday, 9-11: Schools Closed for Rosh Hashanah
     
    Friday, 9-14: PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
    PTA’s Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.
     
    Week of September 17, 2018
     
    Monday, 9-17: PTA’s “Save Around” Book Fundraiser Begins
    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center
     
    Wednesday, 9-19: Yom Kippur, Schools Closed
     
    Thursday, 9-20: Back to School Night, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. 
     
    Friday, 9-21: PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
     
    Week of September 24, 2018
     
    Tuesday, 9-25: Fifth Grade Trip
     
    Wednesday, 9-26: World Character Day
     
    Thursday, 9-27: Picture Day
     
    Friday, 9-28: PTA Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity, 11:15 -12:45 p.m.
    Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee Meeting for Students, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
    PTA After School Bake Sale, 2:40 p.m.
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Call for Safety

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

    973-535-8000, x7104

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