Hillside Elementary School

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District Announcements

  • MAY 24, 2022 (7PM) BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING:

    The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2022 at 7PM at the Central Office, 11 Foxcroft Drive. This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Members of the community will have an opportunity to attend in-person or virtually via the webinar.  Sign-up for the webinar using the form belowThe meeting will be livestreamed via the district’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LivSchools.

    *Please note that members of the public who wish to attend Board meetings in person are no longer required to register in advance or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. In addition, this district is no longer requiring masks for Board meetings.

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  • SUPERINTENDENT TO HOST "TENT TALKS": LPS Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matthew Block, will host two informal gatherings before the end of the school year! All are welcome! LEARN MORE ABOUT UPCOMING TENT TALKS.

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  • SUBSCRIPTION BUSING 2022-2023: The district provides free transportation for in-district students who live more than 2 miles from school in grades K-8; and more than 2.5 miles from the high school. Subscription busing is available for students who are not eligible for free busing. If you are unsure if you qualify for free transportation, please call the Transportation Department at 973-535-8000, x8013, BEFORE filling out this form. View the 2022-2023 Subscription Busing application.

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  • LPS SUMMER ACADEMY: LPS is committed to providing excellent educational experiences for students of all ages this summer! VIEW THE LPS SUMMER ACADEMY BROCHURE.

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  • LPS COVID-19 REPORTING FORM: To report a positive COVID-19 test or symptoms, please fill out the LPS COVID-19 REPORTING FORM.

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School News

Principal's Messages

  • May 22, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/22/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend and finding a way to stay cool in this heat wave!

    Thursday evening's Multicultural Night was absolutely wonderful!  We had 18 countries represented, a record high, and enjoyed learning about each and having some great food and  treats!  Special thanks to the Multicultural Night Committee Chair, Mrs. Anita Balogh, and other parent volunteers, for coordinating the event and to all the families who hosted a table and represented their cultures!  I had a lot of fun and hope you did, too!

    The NJSLA concludes this week with two days of Science assessments for our fifth graders and testing for any outstanding make-ups.  Our students have worked hard over the last couple of weeks in trying their best, and we are most proud!  Thanks to families for their support, and we look forward to wrapping things up successfully!

    Calling all Spring Fundraiser Teacher/Staff Basket Winners!  Families who won a staff basket are encouraged to reach out to staff as soon as possible so that the activities can be scheduled.  If you are unsure of how to do that, please contact Gina in the main office at gioviero@livingston.org and she will help you facilitate that communication.  Thanks so much!  

    We have our Spring Concert this Thursday.  Our fourth and fifth graders who participate in chorus, orchestra and band will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills at both the school rehearsal for the student body, and then the evening performance at Heritage at 7:00 p.m.  We look forward to it!

    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day on Thursday.  In observance of Memorial Day, students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue!  Also on Thursday, our Student Council will host its annual Character Colors Wars Assembly as we prepare for Wall Decorating and Field Day!  Families will be notified soon of which pillar students are assigned to for these events, so that they can prepare the appropriate shirt color to wear.  Stay tuned and thanks, in advance!

    In addition to the Spring Concert and Character Color Wars Assembly, Thursday will bring a change in school leadership for the day.  "Principal for a Day" basket winners, Ashley and Ethan Litsky, will take the reins as co-principals for the day!  I am certain they will do an amazing job and I look forward to the day off! 😉

    GT Art and GT Music applications for the 22-23 school year are now available for interested third and fourth grade students (the program is for fourth and fifth graders).  Applications are due May 26.  Complete information can be found here.  

    School Supply Kits for the 22-23 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the second page in the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to Hillside parents, Mrs. Lauro and Mrs. Abramowitz, for coordinating the process with us!  Thank you!

    You may have noticed some activity on the playground over the weekend…that's our new playground piece in the process of being installed!  This is a long time coming, and we are super excited about the project and look forward to its completion!  Thanks, again, to the Hillside PTA for funding this project and to Hillside dad, Mr. Glomb, for coordinating installation with other parents, and to the parents who volunteered to do it!  We appreciate all of you!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  Inspired by our dining fundraisers and in observance of NPFS Month, Pyramid Youth and Adult Fitness (also owned by a Hillside family!) is donating 10% of package sessions purchased to the PTA.  This is an ongoing offer, but please be sure to mention Hillside School!  A flyer was sent home last week and can also be found here.  

    2)  Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is currently a rain date of Monday, June 20.  This may not be needed if the event is held indoors; the final decision regarding an indoor or outdoor event will be made by June 1.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    3)  May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Last year, Hillside School collaborated with two Livingston High School clubs to create a fun experience for students that included listening to stories written by and about Asian and Pacific Island cultures, and watching and learning a traditional Filipino dance.  We plan to host a similar event this year and are working with the LHS clubs to finalize a date and activities.  Stay tuned!

    4)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 30 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here.  The June menu will be sent to families as soon as we receive it.  

    Thanks for reading, and enjoy the week ahead and the long weekend!  Don't forget that there's no school on Friday!  

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Principals for a Day Take Over!

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    GT Art Applications Due (grades 4 & 5)

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Character Color Wars Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    Character Color Wars Wall Decorating, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m. (click for information)

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp Trip Rain Date

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (PM; for student body only; if Camp rain 

    date is not used)

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond Rain Date

    Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (if Monday, 6-6, is not possible)

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

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), AM

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) Rain Date

    Week of June 13, 2022

    Tuesday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Kindergarten Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Upper Gym

    Wednesday, 6-15: Incoming Kindergarten Screening

    Thursday, 6-16: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.

    Kindergarten/Fifth Grade Buddy Class Magic Show, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday, 6-17: School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-19: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 20, 2022

    Monday, 6-20: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. RAIN DATE (may not be 

    needed if the event is held inside)

    Second Grade Tie Dye End of Year Parties!, 1:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-21: Third Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5; Second Marking Period Ends, K

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-22: Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show, 8:30 a.m. (for student body only)

    Thursday, 6-23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

    Partial Day of School for Students / 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

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

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

    Happy Summer, Hillside School!

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  • May 15, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/15/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend!  It's finally starting to feel like spring, or maybe even summer, out there!

    The NJSLA started this past week with our third graders and continues this week with our fourth and fifth graders.  Testing has gone well so far and we look forward to another successful week ahead.  Third grade make-ups will also begin this week and will continue until all students have taken all test sections.  Thanks, again, for your support in getting children to school on time each test day!

    The next installment of the Hillside PTA's, Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser, is this Tuesday.  If you're in the mood for takeout, please consider A Mother's Touch, who will donate 10% of all orders to the PTA.  This establishment also happens to be owned by a Hillside family!

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  Inspired by our dining fundraisers and in observance of NPFS Month, Pyramid Youth and Adult Fitness (also owned by a Hillside family!) is donating 10% of package sessions purchased to the PTA.  This is an ongoing offer, but please be sure to mention Hillside School!  A flyer was sent home last week and can also be found here.  

    The next and final meeting of the School Equity Leadership Team will take place after school on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. via Zoom.  Invited parent members will receive a link prior to the meeting.  

    The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for this Thursday, May 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the school's upper blacktop.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Please come by and join us on a trip around the world!

    May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Last year, Hillside School collaborated with two Livingston High School clubs to create a fun experience for students that included listening to stories written by and about Asian and Pacific Island cultures, and watching and learning a traditional Filipino dance.  We plan to host a similar event this year and are working with the LHS clubs to finalize a date and activities.  Stay tuned!

    Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is currently a rain date of Monday, June 20.  This may not be needed if the event is held indoors; the final decision regarding an indoor or outdoor event will be made by June 1.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    2)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    3)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 23 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at A Mother's Touch

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

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

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    GT Art Ceiling Tile "Field Trip" (on site), PM

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

     

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    GT Art Applications Due (grades 4 & 5)

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

    Week of June 6, 2022

    Monday, 6-6: Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp Trip Rain Date

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (PM; for student body only; if Camp rain 

    date is not used)

    Tuesday, 6-7: Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond Rain Date

    Fourth Grade Trip to NJ State House

    PTA Carnival Rain Date

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-8: Fifth Grade's MPMS Orientation (for students), 9:00 a.m., at Hillside

    School-wide Literacy Celebration (if Monday, 6-6, is not possible)

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

    Thursday, 6-9: Fifth Grade Play Rehearsal (for student body), AM

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Performance for Families, 7:00 p.m., Hillside Upper Gym

    Friday, 6-10: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) Rain Date

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  • May 8, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/8/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing moms!  I hope you have a wonderful day full of spoils!

    The PTA's Spring Fundraiser held this past Thursday evening at Ravello's was a blast!  Special thanks to the Fifth Grade Committee and other PTA volunteers for coordinating and planning such a successful event!  And, thanks to the many community supporters, including some of our very own families, who donated all the wonderful prizes–we appreciate you and your support of our school!

    Staff Appreciation Week culminated on Friday with a delicious luncheon that even included live music by one of our fifth grade parents!  Thanks to the PTA and all families who made us feel extra special this week.  We are forever grateful and, too, realize how fortunate we are to work at Hillside School with your children and you!  We all make a great team!

    The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) begins this week.  Third graders will take the assessment this week, and fourth and fifth graders will take it starting Monday, May 16.  Families can find additional information in this letter that was sent home on April 25.  Together, teachers and families have prepared our students well, so please just encourage them to put forth their best attitudes and efforts–the rest will take care of itself!

    We have our monthly PTA meeting this Wednesday evening via Zoom.  The link can be found in the calendar below.  Please join us if you can!

    On Friday, we have our final student School Store of the year during lunch periods.  Interested shoppers should be sure to bring money with them to school that day.  Thanks to families for making the School Store such a success this year!  Best year yet!

    In a short time, the teachers and I will be creating classes for next school year.  Parent input and is welcome and valued, and should be entered into this form by Friday.  Please note that this is for parents of K-4 students only.  Thank you!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Information can be found in this flyer and I encourage families to proudly host a booth!

    2)  Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    3)  District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  This service is available for in-district students only.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    4)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 16 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

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

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (click for form)

    School Store

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at A Mother's Touch

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

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

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    GT Art Ceiling Tile "Field Trip" (on site), PM

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

    Week of May 30, 2022

    Monday, 5-30: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, 5-31: Fifth Grade Trip to Meadowbrook Day Camp

    Wednesday, 6-1: PRIDE Month Begins

    Fifth Grade Walking Trip to Littell's Pond

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-2: LHS Jazz Band Performance at Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Field Day Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival, 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM)

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  • May 1, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/1/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy May, and Eid Mubarek to all who celebrate!  I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, where we finally had some beautiful spring weather!

    Special thanks to our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in TREP$ for an amazing Marketplace, and to the staff, PTA and families who supported the event!  Yes, the weather could have been a bit more cooperative, but the event was a success, and congratulations to our young entrepreneurs for an amazing job in planning, creating and selling their goods and services!  We have one more TREP$ workshop after school on Tuesday, where students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the experience.  Families-please be sure your children attend!  Thank you!

    This first week in May is School Staff Appreciation Week.  The Hillside School staff is second-to-none, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to know and work with each of the amazing people who make our school the special place it is.  I was able to get a sneak peek of some of the door decorations after school on Friday (they're amazing!).  Thanks to the families who spent time decorating, and we look forward to the PTA's Staff Luncheon on Friday!

    The PTA's Spring Fundraiser event is this Thursday evening at Ravello's starting at 6:00 p.m.  I look forward to it, and to celebrating Cinco de Mayo with attending families, staff and friends!  Should be fun!

    Our next Student Council School Spirit Day is this Friday.  It's "Monochrome Day", and students are encouraged to wear outfits of all the same color.  Interesting idea!

    The PTA's Multicultural Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.  The event, which is one of my favorites, invites families to host a booth and share information about their heritages, and even prepare and share some delicious food!  Information can be found in this flyer and I encourage families to proudly host a booth!

    Yearbook Messages to students and staff:  Families have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your messages will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    District subscription bus transportation information is now available and can be found here.  Please note that there are two documents in the folder; a letter from the district with information and the application.  Applications are due by July 1.  

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 9 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of May 2, 2022--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 5-2: Eid al-Fitr

    Mrs. Eden's Last Day;  Welcome, Mrs. Faber!

    Tuesday, 5-3: TREPS Workshop 6 (Final), 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-4: Third Grade Speeches (parents invited)

    Thursday, 5-5: ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Ravello's, East Hanover

    Friday, 5-6: PTA's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Monochrome Day! (Wear outfits of one 

    color)

    Sunday, 5-8: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

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

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (click for form)

    School Store

    Week of May 16, 2022

    Monday, 5-16: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Tuesday, 5-17: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, ELA

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-18: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

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

    District SEPAC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 5-19: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Hillside's Multicultural Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Friday, 5-20: NJSLA Grades 4 & 5, Math

    Week of May 23, 2022

    Tuesday, 5-24: NJSLA Grade 5, Science (click here for parent letter send on April 25)

    Hillside's Multicultural Night Rain Date

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-25: NJSLA Grade 5, Science

    Third Grade Trip to Ellis/Liberty Islands

    Thursday, 5-26: Student Council School Spirit Day–Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Hillside Spring Concert School Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

    Hillside Spring Concert for Families, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Auditorium

    Friday, 5-27: Schools Closed/Unused Snow Day Giveback

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  • April 23, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/23/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break with your children!  We look forward to having them back at school on Monday!

    The PTA is hosting a Hillside Spring Apparel Sale!  Information regarding the apparel sale can be found here.  Please note that the sale ends on April 24 (tomorrow!).  Thank you!

    "Take Your Child to Work Day" is Thursday, April 28.  Families who plan to participate and keep children home from school that day should be sure to make note in the comments section of the attendance portal that students are participating in the day, so that it can be marked as an excused absence.  Absences for this purpose will only be marked excused for that day only (April 28).  Thank you for understanding!

    We are very excited about our TREPS Marketplace set to take place Thursday evening on the school's upper blacktop, weather permitting!  Our fourth and fifth graders enrolled in the program have been working hard over the last several weeks on their services or products, and we ask for your support as they look to sell these goods at the Marketplace on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Please see the event flyer here.  Thank you and we hope to see you!

    Note from the PTA Yearbook Committee:

    We are very excited to announce that it is time to place your 2021-2022 Hillside Elementary Yearbook orders!!!  Order by April 29, 2022 using this link:  www.treering.com/validate; enter passcode: 101565891156127.

    Please note, you also have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your message will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    NOTE FOR PARENTS of 5th GRADERS: 5th graders will receive a yearbook for free, as a graduation gift from the PTA. Please remember you do NOT have to order a yearbook for your 5th grader, unless you would like to purchase additional copies for siblings.

    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Dines Out fundraiser will take place this Wednesday.  If you're looking for some Italian take-out that day, please consider Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, and don't forget to mention Hillside School!  Thank you!  

    We have our next Student Council Assembly Friday afternoon and look forward to coming together as a school community.  Every assembly day is a school spirit day, so please encourage your children to wear Hillside gear or school colors (blue/yellow).  Thank you!

    Ramadan concludes next week with the celebration of Eid.  Some of our families who celebrate the holiday have created an informative video and fun craft that we plan to share with our students this week.  Special thanks to the families who celebrate for sharing about your culture with us, and I wish you a wonderful holiday!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of May 2 can now be placed.  The May lunch menu can be found here

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of April 25, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-26: TREPS Workshop 5, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-27: PTA's Hillside Dines Out at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    Thursday, 4-28: Take Your Child to Work Day (see note above)

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

    Friday, 4-29: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Staff Appreciation Door Decorating! (after school)

    Saturday, 4-30: PTA's Earth Day Cleanup

    Sunday, 5-1: Eid Begins at Sundown

    Week of May 2, 2022--Staff Appreciation Week!

    Tuesday, 5-3: TREPS Workshop 6 (Final), 2:45 p.m.

    TREPS Marketplace Rain Date, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-4: Third Grade Speeches (parents invited)

    Thursday, 5-5: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    PTA's Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Ravello's, East Hanover

    Friday, 5-6: PTA's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    Sunday, 5-8: Happy Mother's Day!

    Week of May 9. 2022

    Monday, 5-9: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    Tuesday, 5-10: NJSLA Grade 3, ELA

    TREPS Workshop 6 Rain Date (if Marketplace Rain Date is used), 

    2:45 p.m.

    BOE Executive Session on Personnel, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 5-11: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Thursday, 5-12: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

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

    Friday, 5-13: NJSLA Grade 3, Math

    Class Placement Parent Input Due (information forthcoming)

    School Store

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  • April 10, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/10/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

    Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place this week.  If they have not been already, teachers will be in touch with families with Zoom meeting link information shortly.  Families are reminded that teachers have 15 minutes scheduled for each conference, so we respectfully ask that you arrive at your scheduled conferences on time.  Thanks so much!

    We have partial days of school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and students will be dismissed from school at 12:00 p.m.  Families are reminded that lunch is not served on these days, but students may bring a snack to school.  

    Our Toy Drive continues and ends this Thursday, April 14.  A flyer can be found here.  Thanks so much to the families who have already donated!  Collection boxes are available at both arrival entrances and in the school's main lobby.  Thank you, in advance, for your donations and support of this drive!

    The PTA is hosting a Hillside Spring Apparel Sale!  Information regarding the apparel sale can be found here.  Please note that the sale ends on April 24.  Thank you!

    Note from the PTA Yearbook Committee:

    We are very excited to announce that it is time to place your 2021-2022 Hillside Elementary Yearbook orders!!!  Order by April 29, 2022 using this link:  www.treering.com/validate; enter passcode: 101565891156127.

    Please note, you also have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators and staff for an amazing year.  Your message will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link below to create and purchase a yearbook message:  https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/180596.

    NOTE FOR PARENTS of 5th GRADERS: 5th graders will receive a yearbook for free, as a graduation gift from the PTA. Please remember you do NOT have to order a yearbook for your 5th grader, unless you would like to purchase additional copies for siblings.

    The district's GT Art Show takes place this week on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Livingston Public Library starting at 5:30 p.m.  This art show will feature some amazing artwork from our very own GT Art students.  Hope you can stop by!

    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Dines Out fundraiser will take place this Thursday.  If you're looking for some take-out that day, please consider East Flour, and don't forget to mention Hillside School!  Thank you!  

    We have our next Student Council School Spirit Day this Thursday.  It's "Mismatch Day", so please have your children come to school all mismatched out!  Can't wait!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  "Take Your Child to Work Day" is Thursday, April 28.  Families who plan to participate and keep children home from school that day should be sure to make note in the comments section of the attendance portal that students are participating in the day, so that it can be marked as an excused absence.  Absences for this purpose will only be marked excused for that day only (April 28).  Thank you for understanding!

    2)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of April 25 can now be placed.  The April lunch menu can be found here

    I wish everyone who celebrates Easter, Orthodox Easter and Passover a wonderful holiday, and a happy Spring Break to all!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of April 11, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-12: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-13: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center

    Thursday, 4-14: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at East Flour

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Mismatch Day!

    Friday, 4-15: Good Friday & Passover; Schools Closed

    Sunday, 4-17: Easter Sunday

    Week of April 18, 2022

    Schools Closed for Spring Break! 

    Week of April 25, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-26: TREPS Workshop 5, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-27: PTA's Hillside Dines Out at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    Thursday, 4-28: Take Your Child to Work Day (see note above)

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

    Friday, 4-29: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Staff Appreciation Door Decorating! (after school)

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  • April 3, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/3/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the weekend!

    The PTA held its first Yard Sale in years on Saturday.  Special thanks to all the families who donated items, and to the many parents who helped prepare and make the event a success!

    Ramadan began yesterday and we wish our families and friends who observe a successful month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.  In the spirit of community, families who observe the holiday have coordinated a Toy Drive that begins tomorrow and ends on Thursday, April 14.  A flyer can be found here and will be sent home with students on Monday.  Collection boxes will be placed at both arrival entrances and in the school's main lobby.  Thank you, in advance, for your donations and support of this drive!

    Our TREPS program for enrolled fourth and fifth graders is going great so far.  We can't wait for the Marketplace in just a few short weeks!  Parents of enrolled students are reminded that TREPS takes place twice this week–after school on Tuesday AND Thursday.  Due to Parent-Teacher Conferences, TREPS will not take place next week.  Thank you!

    We have our next School Store on Friday.  As always, interested students will have the opportunity to shop at the store during their recess times.  Thanks for your support, as always!

    "Take Your Child to Work Day" is Thursday, April 28.  Families who plan to participate and keep children home from school that day should be sure to make note in the comments section of the attendance portal that students are participating in the day, so that it can be marked as an excused absence.  Absences for this purpose will only be marked excused for that day only (April 28).  Thank you for understanding!

    Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place next week (week of April 11).  Thanks to the families who have registered for conference times with teachers.  Families who have not selected times will be assigned times.  Teachers will provide families with Zoom links ahead of conferences.  

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of April 11 can now be placed.  The April lunch menu can be found here

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

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of April 4, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-5: TREPS Workshop 3, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-7: TREPS Workshop 4, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Friday, 4-8: School Store

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m. (rescheduled from 4-1)

    Sunday, 4-10: Palm Sunday

    Week of April 11, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-12: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-13: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center

    Thursday, 4-14: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    PTA's Hillside Dines Out at East Flour

    Student Council School Spirit Day–Mismatch Day!

    Friday, 4-15: Good Friday & Passover; Schools Closed

    Sunday, 4-17: Easter Sunday

    Week of April 18, 2022

    Schools Closed for Spring Break! 

    Week of April 25, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-26: TREPS Workshop 5, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting/Budget Public Hearing Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-27: PTA's Hillside Dines Out at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    Thursday, 4-28: Take Your Child to Work Day

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

    Friday, 4-29: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Staff Appreciation Door Decorating! (after school)

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  • March 27, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/27/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying the weekend!

    We held Friday's Student Council Assembly outdoors, and altogether, for the first time since November!  It's always so special when the whole school comes together and we look forward to continuing this as the school year continues.  Congratulations to Mr. Sinsimer's Kindergarten class and Mrs. King's third grade class for being awarded Hank and Holly, respectively, for showing great character!  We also very much enjoyed the special Irish dance treat, courtesy of students from the DeNogla Irish Academy Dance School (see below).  Thanks to our guests for this experience and teaching us some dance moves!

    This week, parent volunteers coordinated by the PTA will help us observe Youth Art Month by leading classes in an art lesson about kindness.  Each student will create a kindness rock that will soon find its home in our Kindness Rocks Garden by the main entrance.  Some may recall that we did this lesson a few years back (and it was great!), and we can't wait to revive our current rock garden!  Thank you, parent volunteers and the Hillside PTA!

    Hillside has Spring Photos scheduled for Thursday, March 31.  This is a great opportunity for the many new families to Hillside since the last Picture Day to capture memories and ensure that students have photos for the yearbook.  All new students, regardless of desire to purchase, will have their photos taken to ensure that we have them featured in the yearbook.  

    We are so excited for Thursday night's Family Fun Night at the Florham Park Roller Rink!  The event starts at 6:00 p.m.  Families MUST register ahead of time in order to attend using the PTA's website.  If you have any questions, please contact: hillsideschoolpta@gmail.com.  

    The PTA's Yardsale Fundraiser is back!  The event will be held next Saturday, April 2, in the Hillside upper gym from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Donation drop-off begins tomorrow and ends on Friday, April 1.  Donations can be dropped off at the school.  Large item donations can be dropped off from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at school.  Thanks so much!  

    The Parent-Teacher Conference scheduling link went live yesterday.  Families are asked to please select conference dates by Friday, April 1.  The link is:  https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Hillside_Elementary_School_SPRING_22.

    Ramadan begins on Saturday, April 2, at sundown and ends the evening of Sunday, May 1.  We wish our families and friends who observe Ramadan a happy month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.  And, we look forward to learning more about Ramadan and Eid in the weeks to come!  More on that to follow!

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of April 4 can now be placed.  The April lunch menu can be found here

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

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of March 28, 2022

    Monday, 3-28: PTA's Spring After School Enrichment Classes Begin

    Youth Art Month Project Week (thank you, parent volunteers!)

    Tuesday, 3-29: Peer Mediation Training Session 5

    TREPS Workshop 2, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Thursday, 3-31: Spring School Photos

    Peer Mediation Training 6 (final)

    PTA's Family Fun Night @ Florham Park Roller Rink, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4-1: April Fool's Day

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    Saturday, 4-2: Ramadan Begins at Sundown

    PTA Yard Sale, Hillside Upper Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Week of April 4, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-5: TREPS Workshop 3, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-7: TREPS Workshop 4, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Friday, 4-8: School Store

    Sunday, 4-10: Palm Sunday

    Week of April 11, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-12: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-13: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center

    Thursday, 4-14: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Friday, 4-15: Good Friday & Passover; Schools Closed

    Sunday, 4-17: Easter Sunday

    Week of April 18, 2022

    Schools Closed for Spring Break!

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  • March 20, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/20/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your amazing children!

    This Thursday, we continue our observance of Women's History Month with Hillside's first-ever Women's Career Day!  The PTA has recruited some of our own amazing Hillside moms to come and share about their careers and work experiences.  We are very excited for the assemblies and are grateful to the following moms for their willingness to share their stories with us:

    • Dr. Jeannie Visootsak (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician)
    • Seema Karanjgaokar (Nephrologist) 
    • Elyse Freudenfels (Social Studies high school teacher)
    • Alana Parker (Digital Marketing Director)
    • Elizabeth Camp (Financial Advisor-Wealth Management)
    • Juliet Little (Golf Professional)
    • Rebecca Du Boff (Lawyer)
    • Naureen Akhter (District Director for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez)
    • Svetlana Zavelskaya (IT executive in financial and insurance industries)

    Thank you all very much and we look forward to Thursday!  Special thanks to another amazing Hillside mom, Ms. Penelope Johnson, for volunteering to serve as the moderator for the assemblies!

    We have our next Student Council Assembly on Friday afternoon, where our wonderful group of student representatives will highlight the next character pillar of study, fairness.  We look forward to hearing about Hank's and Holly's adventures in their current homes, and look forward to the special Irish dance treat by our very own, Mrs. Keane!  Should be fun!

    Friday is also our next Student Council School Spirit Day–College Day!  Students are encouraged to wear gear from a college or university to show their spirit.  If students don't have any, it's always great to wear Hillside gear or school colors (yellow and blue!).  Thank you!

    Additional information regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences will be sent home this week.  Families should expect for the sign-up link to be sent and go live next Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Hillside has Spring Photos scheduled for Thursday, March 31.  Information will come home with students this week.  This is a great opportunity for the many new families to Hillside since the last Picture Day to capture memories and ensure that students have photos for the yearbook.  All new students, regardless of desire to purchase, will have their photos taken to ensure that we have them featured in the yearbook.  

    2)  Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14.  These will be partial days of school for students, who will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.  Conferences will be held virtually via Zoom.  Families will have the opportunity to sign up for time slots using PTCFast.com, like we have done for the last few years.

    3)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of March 28 can now be placed.  The March lunch menu can be found here

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

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of March 21, 2022

    Tuesday, 3-22: Peer Mediation Training Session 3

    TREPS Workshop 1, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Thursday, 3-24: Peer Mediation Training Session 4

    Women's History Month Career Day Assemblies (AM)

    Friday, 3-25: Student Council School Spirit Day–College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Saturday, 3-26: PTCFast.com Conference Sign up Goes Live to Families, 10:00 a.m.

    Week of March 28, 2022

    Monday, 3-28: PTA's Spring After School Enrichment Classes Begin

    Youth Art Month Project Week (thank you, parent volunteers!)

    Tuesday, 3-29: Peer Mediation Training Session 5

    TREPS Workshop 2, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Thursday, 3-31: Spring School Photos

    Peer Mediation Training 6 (final)

    PTA's Family Fun Night @ Florham Park Roller Rink, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4-1: April Fool's Day

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    Saturday, 4-2: Ramadan Begins at Sundown

    PTA Yard Sale, Hillside Upper Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Week of April 4, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-5: TREPS Workshop 3, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-7: TREPS Workshop 4, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Friday, 4-8: School Store

    Sunday, 4-10: Palm Sunday

    Week of April 11, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-12: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-13: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., LHS Media Center

    Thursday, 4-14: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

    Friday, 4-15: Good Friday & Passover; Schools Closed

    Sunday, 4-17: Easter Sunday

    Week of April 18, 2022

    Schools Closed for Spring Break!

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  • March 13, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/13/2022

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are well and enjoying the weekend!  Today's daylight savings will bring with it more hours of daylight and a greater feeling of Spring!  Exciting!

    Friday's School Store was another success.  Our students love to shop!  We are so appreciative of families for supporting the store and thank the PTA volunteers for coordinating and managing it all. 

    We have our next School Equity Leadership Team meeting after school this Tuesday starting at 2:45 p.m.  Team members have been sent a Zoom link for the meeting.  See you there!

    After a pandemic-related hiatus, we are happy to report that our Peer Mediation program is back and running!  Recently, fifth grade students were introduced to the program and invited to apply, if interested.  I am pleased to announce that 13 fifth graders have completed the application and have been accepted.  They will now undergo a series of training sessions over the next few weeks to prepare for their roles as peer mediators.  As mediators, these students will help support recess conflicts, when invited, using the strategies that all students have already been taught.  We are excited to have the program back and grateful for the students who were interested and applied. 

    St. Patrick's Day is this Thursday and a happy to all who celebrate!  Fortunately for Hillside, one of our instructional aides, Mrs. Alison Keane, co-owns the DeNogla Academy of Irish Dance, and has offered to bring some of her dance students to Hillside School for the next Student Council Assembly (on 3-25) to showcase and teach some traditional Irish dances.  Should be fun!  Special thanks to Mrs. Keane!

    Hillside has Spring Photos scheduled for Thursday, March 31.  Information will come home with students this week.  This is a great opportunity for the many new families to Hillside since the last Picture Day to capture memories and ensure that students have photos for the yearbook.  All new students, regardless of desire to purchase, will have their photos taken to ensure that we have them featured in the yearbook.  

    Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14.  These will be partial days of school for students, who will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.  Conferences will be held virtually via Zoom.  Families will have the opportunity to sign up for time slots using PTCFast.com, like we have done for the last few years.  Information about registering for conferences will come home in the next week or two.

    Please see the following section for reminder messages from prior weekly newsletters.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES

    1)  Calling all future Kindergarten students!  The district is currently accepting pre-registrations for students who are starting Kindergarten in September, 2022.  If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please see registration information here.  If you know of someone who needs this information, kindly do pass it along to them.  Thank you!

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    Regarding lunch ordering, lunch orders can no longer be placed for this upcoming week.  Lunch orders for the week of March 21 can now be placed.  The March lunch menu can be found here

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week ahead!  For those who celebrate Holi on Friday, I wish you all a wonderful festival of love and colors!  

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

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    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of March 14, 2022

    Tuesday, 3-15: Peer Mediation Training Session 1

    School Equity Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

    Peer Mediation Training Session 2

    Friday, 3-18: Holi

    Week of March 21, 2022

    Tuesday, 3-22: Peer Mediation Training Session 3

    TREPS Workshop 1, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Thursday, 3-24: Peer Mediation Training Session 4

    Women's History Month Career Day Assemblies (AM)

    Friday, 3-25: Student Council School Spirit Day–College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    Week of March 28, 2022

    Monday, 3-28: PTA's Spring After School Enrichment Classes Begin

    Youth Art Month Project Week (thank you, parent volunteers!)

    Tuesday, 3-29: Peer Mediation Training Session 5

    TREPS Workshop 2, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Thursday, 3-31: Spring School Photos

    Peer Mediation Training 6 (final)

    PTA's Family Fun Night @ Florham Park Roller Rink, 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4-1: April Fool's Day

    Caring Communities, 9:45 a.m.

    Saturday, 4-2: Ramadan Begins at Sundown

    PTA Yard Sale, Hillside Upper Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Week of April 4, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-5: TREPS Workshop 3, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-7: TREPS Workshop 4, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

    Friday, 4-8: School Store

    Sunday, 4-10: Palm Sunday

    Week of April 11, 2022

    Tuesday, 4-12: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 4-13: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    GT Art Show, Livingston Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

    District ESL Parent Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 4-14: Partial Day of School; Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Friday, 4-15: Good Friday & Passover; Schools Closed

    Sunday, 4-17: Easter Sunday

    Week of April 18, 2022

    Schools Closed for Spring Break!

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