• Email: 12.2.2019

    A message from HILLSIDE E S
    Dear Parents/Guardians -

    This afternoon, the Hastings Police Department and Hillside conducted our second lockdown drill.  The purpose of this drill is to ensure our preparedness in the event of an emergency.  New York State requires us to complete four lockdown drills each year.

    Our staff received training in basic protective actions at the start of the school year and worked to not cause any sense of concern for students.  Like a fire drill, we practice each protective action and hope that we will never need to use them.

    All of our students and staff did a wonderful job following the safety protocols that we have in place at Hillside.  We thank the Hastings Police Department for their partnership in this drill.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 11.13.2019

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Please see attached for a take home family project supporting our One Book, One School - Say Something! initiative.

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Nedwick

    Hillside Librarian


    File attachments:
    Say Something! Kids.pdf
    Say Something! Take Home project.pdf

     

    Email: 11.13.2019

    Dear Families,

    Picture order forms were sent home last week and showed  multiple images of your child.  Please go online to allstarphoto.hhimagehost.com to view the images.  Your unique password for each child is listed on the picture order form.  Once online, you will be able to see each image in different backgrounds to order.  All photos should be ordered online unless you are paying by check or cash. 

    All orders must be submitted by November 15th, as we are hopeful that pictures will be delivered before the December Winter Recess.  Each child will also receive a class photo on the day that pictures are delivered to Hillside.

    Please note:  Prices will increase on November 15th, and shipping costs will be incurred.

    Retakes will be taken on November 20th.  If you would like a retake of your child's photo, please send the proof sheet and a $5 sitting fee to school with your child on that date.  Students will be called by grade level to have their photos taken.

    Students who were absent on photo day will also have their photos taken on November 20th.

     

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email 11:12.2019

    A message from HILLSIDE E S

    Dear Families,

    Picture order forms were sent home last week and showed  multiple images of your child.  Please go online to allstarphoto.hhimagehost.com to view the images.  Your unique password for each child is listed on the picture order form.  Once online, you will be able to see each image in different backgrounds to order.  All photos should be ordered online unless you are paying by check or cash. 

    All orders must be submitted by November 15th, as we are hopeful that pictures will be delivered before the December Winter Recess.  Each child will also receive a class photo on the day that pictures are delivered to Hillside.

    Please note:  Prices will increase on November 15th, and shipping costs will be incurred.

    Retakes will be taken on November 20th.  If you would like a retake of your child's photo, please send the proof sheet and a $5 sitting fee to school with your child on that date.  Students will be called by grade level to have their photos taken.

    Students who were absent on photo day will also have their photos taken on November 20th.

     

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 11.8.2019

     

    Dear Families,

    We had a wonderful morning at Hillside today celebrating our veterans.  Our Hillside community demonstrated our core value of respect, thanking our honored guests for their service to our country.  Please click here to view the News12 piece about our very special assembly.  

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 11.4.2019

     

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder that tomorrow, November 5th and next Tuesday, November 12th are half days for students due to parent/teacher conferences.

    Please note:

    -  Dismissal is at 11;55

    -  Bus drop off will be three hours earlier than the normal drop off time

    - There is Aspire, Add Water & Stir, and Beginner's Club

    - There is not PI Kids, Urban Illustration, and Rec programs

    - Please make sure you send a note to your child's teacher with their dismissal plans if it has changed.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

     

    Email: 11.4.19

    Veteran's Day Celebration

    Dear Families,

    On Friday, November 8th, we will be having a special assembly entitled,  A Tribute to Our Veterans.  We invite all of our HIllside students and staff to wear red, white and/or blue in honor of these important people in our community.

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 11.1.19

     

    November Newsletter

    Dear Families,

    Please click here for our November 2019 edition of News from the Hill!

    Enjoy!

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email 11.1.19

    Dear Families,

    Picture order forms were sent home this week and showed  multiple images of your child.  Please go online to allstarphoto.hhimagehost.com to view the images.  Your unique password for each child is listed on the picture order form.  Once online, you will be able to see each image in different backgrounds to order.  All photos should be ordered online unless you are paying by check or cash. 

    All orders must be submitted by November 15th, as we are hopeful that pictures will be delivered before the December Winter Recess.  Each child will also receive a class photo on the day that pictures are delivered to Hillside.

    Retakes will be taken on November 20th.  If you would like a retake of your child's photo, please send the proof sheet and a $5 sitting fee to school with your child on that date.  

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email 10.28.19

    Please see attached for our Halloween 2019 parent letter.


    File attachments:
    Halloween 2019 (2).pdf

     

    Email 10.28.19

    View the S.T.E.A.M. newsletter here. https://www.smore.com/p7tec

     

    Email 10.25.19

    Dear Families,

    On Monday, October 28, as part of our capital bond construction work at Hillside Elementary School, soil samples and boring work will be done where the addition is to be located. The work is expected to take 8 hours and will commence once the students are in the building and the school day has begun.

    The sound, something similar to a hammer hitting steel, will be continuous throughout the day. It is expected that the noise inside the school will be minimal. Students will have a combination of indoor recess and recess on the back playground.

    Again, the drilling work should not interrupt the school day.

    Sincerely,

    Hastings-on-Hudson School District

     

    Email 10.25.19

    Dear Families,
     
    Today, our students had a special presentation with Police Office Sam Brecker to discuss pedestrian safety.  Students learned to:
    1) Look both ways- left, right and left again- before crossing the street.
    2) Always cross in the crosswalk and make sure to make eye contact with the drivers of cars that have stopped to let you cross.
     
    In addition, Officer Brecker taught us about school bus safety.  Students learned to:
    1) Make sure to buckle up.
    2) Listen to the bus drivers and monitors.
    3) Look both ways before getting off the bus.

    It was a great day of learning and we thank Officer Brecker and the Hastings Police Department for their continued partnership in ensuring Hillside's safety.
     
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email 10.23.19

    Dear Parents/Guardians,


    Today was a special day at Hillside celebrating Unity Day. In preparation for this day, kindergarten, first and second-grade students created a large UNITY banner. Students signed the banner, pledging their commitment to creating a bully-free environment at Hillside. Third and fourth-grade students participated in an Every Step You Take activity. The activity provided students with the opportunity to reflect on the steps they can take to promote unity at Hillside. This activity was designed to help students recognize that every step they take individually helps unite all students along the path for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

    We want to thank our PTSA for sponsoring the fantastic presentation today, Sweethearts and Heroes.  This special program was presented to small groups of students all day by Former UFC Fighter Tom Murphy and Rick Yarosh, a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army who was severely injured by an IED in Iraq. Over 60 percent of Yarosh's body was burned and he had his right leg amputated. Students were surprised by his appearance but quickly took to him as he spoke about how every single person in the room was different. Unlike many discussions on bullying, their focus was on the power of every member of the community.


    The presenters shared kid-friendly definitions of the four attributes of bullying- 1) being mean or scary to someone, 2) over and over again, 3) on purpose, 4) to someone smaller or weaker.  They also taught the “A-B-C” action plan for dealing with bullies that included three superpowers- AWAY, BUDDY and CONFRONT. Students were chosen to act out these superpowers in a role-playing exercise with Mr. Murphy and Mr. Yarosh. Our students watched closely as their peers- who got to wear a cape and mask-pretended to fly in and take a person Away, become a Buddy, and Confront the bully or call for help.  The Sweethearts and Heroes program delivered a message of bystander empowerment, empathy, and leadership. They created an awareness of what bullying is and how students can recognize it and help stop it. 

    We hope you’ll take this opportunity to talk to your children about bullying prevention and all the positive things we can do to make healthier communities.

    Thank you for your continued support!

     

    Warm regards,

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder. School Counselor

     
     

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    Email 10.16.19

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    We would like to inform you that Ms. Jada Dickens, our Math Interventionist, has been reassigned to
    Ms. Rubino’s classroom while Ms. Rubino is out on leave. In her absence, our classroom teachers will
    be providing math intervention to our students.  Additional support will be assigned to the classrooms.
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes        John DeKams
    Principal             Assistant Principal

     

    10.7.19

    SEPTA Coffee Tuesday at 8am

     

    Please join your Hillside liaisons in the Cafe on Tuesday, October 8, from 8-9am, for the fall SEPTA coffee with Principal Amy Cazes and Director of Special Education Laura Sullivan. They’ll share information about what communications to expect from teachers and related service providers, the school’s strategies for encouraging positive behavior interventions, exciting changes to writer’s workshop, and more. All are welcome! 

    10.4.19

    Dear Parents/Guardians - 

    Click on the link below to read the latest Counseling Newsletter.

    https://www.smore.com/5an2d

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    10.4.19

     

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder that this Monday, October 7th is Hillside School PIcture Day!

    Also, we are still looking for a few volunteers to assist the photographers on Monday afternoon, beginning at approximately 12 noon

    If you are able to help, please call the office at 914-478-6270. 

    Thank you and have a great weekend!

     

    10.3.19 

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    This email is to inform you that we had our first scheduled lockdown drill today at Hillside at 9:30 AM.  Our students and staff were AMAZING in following our safety protocols.  In addition, we would like to thank the Hastings Police Department for their help in the drill.  Thank you for all of your partnership as we continue to ensure that Hillside is a safe place for all.

    Best,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    9.24.19 (Email Communication)

    Colored in Character letter and schedule

     

    9.19.2019 (Email Communication)

    Dear Hillside Families, 

     

    As you may already know, students and adults from across the globe will rally for immediate action on climate change tomorrow, September 20th.  In order to help our children better understand the Global Climate Strike and the concerns around climate change, our S.T.E.A.M. teacher, Ms. Robin Farrell, will be making a morning announcement about the climate crisis and sharing a picture book entitled, Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davies Okimoto.  This children’s book “draws attention to the polar bears’ plight and helps children understand that in the face of global warming, everyone must do their part, no matter how small.” (Amazon.com)  We look forward to a thoughtful morning together!

     

    Warmly,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    9.18.2019 (Email Communication)

    Dear Hillside families - 

     A few reminders  -

     This Friday, September 20th is a late start day. 

    • Hillside will begin at 9:30 am.
    • Supervised drop off is available at 7:50 am.  Please do not drop your children off any earlier.
    • Bus pick up will be one hour later than your regular pick up time.

     Please remember to send lunch and snack this Friday.

    The PTSA would like to remind you that Pizza Friday begins on Friday, September 27th   The deadline for signing up your child to receive pizza is Monday, September 23rd.   You can find the link in the Summer Mailing which is on the Hillside webpage.  

    The PTSA is also looking for volunteers to help serve.  There is a sign up link for this on the Pizza Friday information sheet in the Summer Mailing.

     Class Lists/Family Directory

    This Friday, September 20th, is the deadline to input your information to the class lists and family directory. 

    See the attachment below for further information.   After Friday, the document will be closed and you will not be able to access it.

     Hastings Recreation Department After School Programs begin this Monday, September 23rd

    If your child is attending one of the after school programs, please send a note to the teacher stating that that will be their dismissal.

     Have a great day!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     


    File attachments:
    Class List Letter to Parents.doc

     

    9.16.2019 (Email Communication)

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder that this Friday, September 20th, is the deadline to input your information to the class lists and family directory. 

    See the attachment below for further information.   After Friday, the document will be closed and you will not be able to access it.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    File attachments: Class List Letter to Parents.doc

     

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder that this Friday, September 20th, is the deadline to input your information to the class lists and family directory. 

    See the attachment below for further information.   After Friday, the document will be closed and you will not be able to access it.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    File attachments: Class List Letter to Parents.doc

     

    9. 13.19 (Email Communication)

    Dear 3rd and 4th Grade Parents/Guardians - 

    Please see the attached regarding sign up for 3rd and 4th grade chorus.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    File attachments: Hillside Chorus Fall 2019.pdf

     

    9.10.19 (Email Communication)

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    The PTSA would like to remind you that Pizza Friday begins on Friday, September 27th   The deadline for signing up your child to receive pizza is Monday, September 23rd.   You can find the link in the Summer Mailing which is on the Hillside webpage.  

    The PTSA is also looking for volunteers to help serve.  There is also a sign up link for this on the Pizza Friday information sheet in the Summer Mailing.

    9.5.19 (Email Communication):

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder to send lunch and snack tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, as the first session of Pizza Friday does not start until September 27th.  

    Thank you!

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    9.3.19 (Email Communication): 

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Our morning was a great success and all of our children are busy in their classrooms learning new routines, meeting new friends and experiencing the joys of a new grade!  What more could we ask for?

    We know that you, too, are looking forward to meeting your child's teacher.  Our Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 5th for all grades. Our schedule for the evening is below:

    6-6:30 PM Grade 3-4 Session 1

    6:40-7:00 PM Welcome Session in APR

    7:05-7:35 PM All grades Session 2

    7:45-8:15 PM Grades K-2 Session 3

    7:05-8:15 PM Hillside Gallery in the Cafe

    Each classroom teacher will share identical presentations in Session 1 and Session 2 (for Grades 3 and 4) or Session 2 and Session 3 (for Grades K-2) to allow for parents with multiple children at Hillside to meet our teachers.  We ask parents to only visit for one session.  Our special area teachers will be available in their classrooms for you to visit before or after your classroom session.  In addition, Hillside support service providers and Hastings community groups will be seated at tables in the Cafe at our Hillside Gallery for you to learn more about their programs.  

    Because so many parents will be joining us for this special evening, we ask that you consider carpooling or walking to Hillside.  The parking lot will be for staff parking only.  In addition, the Hastings Police Department has asked that we adhere to the following safety guidelines:

    1) No parking in the traffic circle.  This is a fire lane.

    2) Please park only on one side of Lefurgy Avenue, as guided by signs.

    3) There is no parking on the east side of the Chemka pool lot.

    4) Chemka pool is open until 8 PM; therefore, parking will be on a limited basis.

    5) Please follow all posted parking signs.

    Please note that this is not an evening for individual conferences.  Instead, it is an opportunity for you to get a feel for our very special learning community.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Hillside!

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    8.29.19 (Email Communication):  Dear Families,

    We are so excited to welcome your children to Hillside on September 3rd for our first day of school.  Classes will begin at 8:30 AM and supervision begins at 7:50 AM.  Please do not drop off your child before this time. 

    Our Transportation Procedures at Hillside are attached to this email as a reminder.  In addition, on these first two days of school, kindergarten parents may escort their children to the library to say their goodbyes.  However, no parents will be permitted down to the classrooms.

    Our PTSA has partnered with us on Circle Safety and has helped to create the attached Hillside Circle Safety Cheat Sheet for your consideration and convenience. Please look over these rules and share it with anyone who drops off or picks up your child, may it be your partner, parent, babysitter, nanny or friend. This is to ensure that all of our children and drivers remain safe and that we work together as efficiently as possible.

    Our PTSA is looking for volunteers who can dedicate their time in the mornings and afternoons during drop off and pick up to help assist our aides in ensuring the circle moves efficiently, and that all driver's follow protocol.  Volunteers are needed from 7:45-8:25 AM and 2:55-3:25 PM, Monday through Friday, for the first couple of weeks of school.  If you would like to volunteer your time, please email hillsidecirclesafety@gmail.com to sign up. 

    Also, we received a helpful suggestion and are requesting that each Circle Pick Up car place a sign on the passenger side dashboard with the names of the children that are being picked up.  This will help in moving along our dismissal and in alleviating longer wait times for parents. 

    Lastly, please be sure to send a note to your child's teacher on the first day of school with his/her dismissal plans for each day of the week.  This will help us make sure that your child gets to the right place.

    As you know, safety is our top priority.  We appreciate your partnership and patience next week, as we work together toward a safe arrival and dismissal of our children.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     


    File attachments:
    Transportation Procedures at Hillside 2019.pdf
    Hillside Circle Safety.pdf

     

    8.27.19 (Email Communication): 

    Good morning Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    The parent portal will be open at 9:00 am for you to receive your child's class placement.  If you have not registered for the portal, please email Susan Day at days@hohschools.org for your child's student ID number.  If you are having trouble with the portal, please email Michele Porter at porter@hohschools.org.   

    Once you receive your child's placement, please click on the link below to put in your information for the class lists/Hillside family directory.  

    We look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday, September 3rd!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiKwwIu1kjKxKT4oDjGrte43k5fqNnQlv8P54KU56eG-BObQ/viewform

     

    8.23.19 (Email Communication):

    The transportation portal (bus assignments) will open at 4:00 pm today (Friday) - see the two attachments for details.  If you need your child's student ID number to register for the portal, please email Susan Day at days@hohschools.org .   For any questions regarding the portal, please call the Transportation office at 914-295-5544 or at tranportation@ardsleyshools.org .

    Thank you.

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    File attachments: Transportation Information '19-20.pdf Transportation Portal Instructions.pdf

     

    8.23.19 (Email Communication): 

    Hillside student class placement will be posted to the parent portal on Wednesday, August 28th.  If you have not done so already, please make sure you are registered for the portal (instructions are included in the Summer Mailing on the Hillside website) so that you can access this information next week.  If you haven't registered yet, and need your child's student ID number, please email Susan Day at days@hohschools.org   If you are having issues with or have questions regarding the portal, please contact Michele Porter at porter@hohschools.org   As you know, the transportation portal is now open for you to receive your child's transportation information (instructions also included in the Summer Mailing).  If you have any questions regarding the transportation portal, please contact the Transportation office at transportation@ardsleyschools.org or 295-5544.  

    We look forward to seeing all our Hillside students on September 3rd!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams