Dear Kindergartner,


    I am writing to introduce myself, and welcome you to Kindergarten and Hillside!  Wow, it’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and I am sure you have some wonderful stories about your vacation to share with the class.  You might be feeling a little nervous about starting a new school year, but don’t worry, we are going to work together to make kindergarten as exciting and fun as possible.  I know we’re all going to have a great year full of learning and exploring!


    My name is Nina D’Amato and this is my 10th year teaching at Hillside in which I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade! I enjoy many outdoor activities which allows me to bring excitement to my teaching style. I enjoy running, bike riding, hiking, yoga, and so much more! I have had a very enjoyable summer full of curriculum work for this upcoming school year, pool days, and vacationing with my family.  My husband James and I live in Hopewell Junction, NY with our 6 year old son Anthony 6 year who brings so much joy to us! I  also have 2 wonderful step-sons. James is 22 and is currently at SUNY Plattsburgh. Nicholas is 22 and is a junior at the University of Syracuse. I am so excited for you to start Kindergarten with me! 




    Please send in an extra labeled change of clothes


     Make sure your name is on everything that you bring into school.


    Please use a backpack that is big enough to carry your lunch, notes and folders etc. 


    Bring in a healthy snack everyday like pretzels, fruit, yogurt, vegetables and juice (We like to call it ‘brain food’).


     Birthday celebrations are welcomed in the classroom. Please contact us in advance if you would like to come in and celebrate with your child. 



    I can’t wait to meet you and hear about your summer.  If you or your parents should have any questions or would like to discuss anything, please feel free to call me at Hillside School (478-6270) or email me at damaton@hohschools.org. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you soon.




    Mrs. Nina D’Amato


    Mrs. Nina D'Amato
    120 Lefurgy Avenue
    Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706