Hillside Elementary School

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  • Livingston Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, February 20, due to the forecasted inclement weather. The following is our early dismissal schedule:
    Elementary Schools: 12:15 p.m.
    Mt. Pleasant Middle School: 12:45 p.m.
    Heritage Middle School: 12:45 p.m.
    Livingston High School: 12:00 noon

    All after school and evening activities and programs are canceled. The PM session of PRIDE is also canceled.

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  • LPS kindergarten registration Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Important Note: You need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. This includes families with older siblings already attending a school within the District.

    For detailed information, please visit our New Student Registration webpage.

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School News

Principal's Messages

  • February 18, 2019

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

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

    Message from the District:

    Our First Parent Academy on Homework For K-5 Parents


     

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

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

     

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

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of February 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    PTA Read-a-Thon Week 1 Reading Logs Due

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

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

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

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

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

                                    School Store

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

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

                                   Guest Reader Day

    Saturday, 3-2:           Dr. Seuss' Birthday

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

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

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

    Thursday, 3-7:           Fourth Grade Trip

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

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

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

                                   PTA After School Bake Sale

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

    Week of March 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

                                   PTA's Fifth Grade Half-Day Activity

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

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

    Week of March 18, 2019

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

    Thursday, 3-21:         GT Art Field Trip

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

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

                                    PTA's Nutrition Month Fruit Taste and Vote

    Week of March 25, 2019

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

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

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  • February 2, 2019

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

    Hello, Hillside Families!

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

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

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

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

    Please see attached for the following:

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

    Week of February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

    Week of February 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Week of February 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

                                    PTA Read-a-Thon Week 1 Reading Logs Due

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

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

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

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

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

                                   Guest Reader Day

    Saturday, 3-2:           Dr. Seuss' Birthday

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

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

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

    Thursday, 3-7:           Fourth Grade Trip

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

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

                                   PTA After School Bake Sale

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  • January 16, 2019

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

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of January 14, 2019

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

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

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

    Week of January 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

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

    Week of January 28, 2019

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

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

    T                               School Store

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

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

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

    Week of February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

    Week of February 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Week of February 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                   Guest Reader Day

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  • January 6, 2019

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

    Hello and happy new year, Hillside Families!

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

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

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of January 7, 2019

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

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

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

                                 Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    Week of January 14, 2019

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

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

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

    Week of January 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

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

    Week of January 28, 2019

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

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

                                   School Store

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

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

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

    Week of February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • December 21, 2018

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

    Hello, Hillside Families!

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

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

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

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

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

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

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

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

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

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

    Week of January 7, 2019

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

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

                                 Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    Week of January 14, 2019

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

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

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

    Week of January 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Friday, 1-25:             First Marking Ends for Kindergarten

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

    Week of January 28, 2019

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

    Thursday, 1-31:         Author Visit-Peter Catalanatto

                                   School Store

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

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

     

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

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  • December 2, 2018

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

    Hello, Hillside Families!

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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


    Thank you for your follow-up and support!

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

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

    Attached please find the December lunch menu for your convenience.

    Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

     Week of December 3, 2018

    Monday, 12-3:       MatheMagic! Assemblies

    Wednesday, 12-5:  Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                District Chorus Day

    Thursday, 12-6:     Holiday Shoppe for Students

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

    Friday, 12-7:          Holiday Shoppe for Students 

                                First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Week of December 17, 2018

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

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

                                 PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

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

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

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

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  • November 18, 2018

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

    Hello, Hillside Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Upcoming Calendar

    Week of November 19, 2018

    Monday, 11-19:      Starlab Portable Planetarium Assemblies

                                Hillside-Horizon Disability Awareness Training for Fourth Graders, AM

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

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

    Tuesday, 11-20:     Caring Communities, Session 1

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

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

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

                                Student Council School Spirit Day--Mustache Day!

                                Kindergarten Feast, 8:30 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-22:    Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-23:         Schools Closed

    Week of November 26, 2018

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

    Tuesday, 11-27:     District Band Day

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

                                District Orchestra Day

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

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

                                ESL Student Trip

                                PTA's Nutrition Committee Lunch Activity

    Week of December 3, 2018

    Monday, 12-3:       MatheMagic! Assemblies

    Wednesday, 12-5:  Holiday Shoppe for Students

                                District Chorus Day

    Thursday, 12-6:     Holiday Shoppe for Students

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

    Friday, 12-7:          Holiday Shoppe for Students 

                                First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

    Week of December 17, 2018

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

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

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

    Week of December 24, 2018

    Schools Closed 

    Week of December 31, 2018

    Monday, 12-31:      Schools Closed

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

    Wednesday, 1-2:    Schools Re-Open

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

     

     

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  • 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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