• July 1, 2020
     

    Dear Families,

    We will be distributing PRE-ORDERED yearbooks on Monday, July 6th between the hours of 9 AM- 12 PM in the Hillside Circle.

    Please put a sign on your dashboard with your child's name, grade, and 2019-2020 teacher.  All yearbooks must be signed for.  Please bring your own pen and wear a mask when providing a signature to ensure everyone's safety.

    If you are unable to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook at the scheduled times or would like to purchase a yearbook, we will send out an email with information after initial distribution with a new date/time.

    Thank you for your cooperation,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
    Email: June 18.2020
     
    Dear Hillside Families,
     
    Wow!  Thank you to everyone for all the efforts that were put into the remote learning process.  This summer should prove to be very different for most/all families and their children. I want to give an update for what will be happening on the Hillside Art class page over the summer. 

    The Art classpage will be kept open the entire summer and weekly projects will be uploaded for students to work on while they are home - projects will be posted on Monday and will start on June 22nd.  Students can also work on some things that they were not able to complete during this Spring semester - the Herve Tullet daily projects are a lot of fun and the virtual museum visits will be a great way to "travel" this summer. 
     
    There is a tremendous amount of artwork that the student's completed before we left in March.  I will be collating all of that work during the summer month and it will be returned to students at the start of the next school year.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we divide up thousands of works of art.

    I wish you a wonderful summer and hope you can find some rest & peace.
    Respectfully,
    Nate Morgan
    Art Teachers
    Hillside School
    Classpage Code - w3qweue
     
    Email: June 17.2020
     

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    Please see the attached link for the Hillside Summer Reading list from Ms. Nedwick.

    Happy reading!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DMVej65pjoQmIOFV7rHEHTA57UcwQgAVUWCkoNoUtTo/edit?usp=sharing

     
    Email: June 16, 2020
     

    Please click here for Hillside's Theme for 2020-2021!

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    Email: June 15, 2020

    Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 12:45 PM
    Subject: School Physicals - Incoming Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 3rd Grade
    To: <days@hohschools.org>



    A message from HILLSIDE E S

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    Please see the attached regarding school physical requirments for incoming Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 3rd Grade.

    Sincerely,

    Gina Kowalski

    School Nurse

     


    File attachments:
    Health Certificate Request.docx
     
     
    Email: June 15, 2020
     
    Dear Families,
     
    We have just received notice that our yearbooks have been delayed and will hopefully ship by the end of the week.  Once we receive them, we will be in contact about scheduling pick up times.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
     
    Thank you,
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

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    Email: June 15, 2020

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    Congratulations to our students with Perfect Attendance during the 2019-2020 school year!  Perfect Attendance ribbons will be mailed with the report cards.  We are so proud of your accomplishments!


    File attachments:
    Perfect Attendance 2019-2020.PDF

     

    Email: June 14, 2020

     

    Dear 4th Grade Families - 

    Please see the attached for information regarding the 4th Grade Moving Up and Celebration being held on Wednesday, June 17th beginning at 10:00 am.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     


    File attachments:
    4th Grade Celebration - Agenda (1)-converted.pdf

     

     
    Email: June 11, 2020
     
     
    Hello Hillside Families,
     
    This Friday, June 12th,  is Hillside Field Day, and it is going to look a little different than your typical Field Day.  We have created a Field Day tab on our Google Classroom that has all of the information needed.  (Code: 52wscld)   Attached to this email is the basic information and directions document that is also on our classroom.  On our classroom page you will find additional documents such as a scorecard, how to access our Field Day Music Playlist, and the list of activities students can choose from.  Please note, there is no specific time on Friday to begin Field Day.  We wanted to make this day as flexible as possible to make it your own.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.  
     
    Amanda Bassman
    Michael Chappas
    Ericka Melvin
    Hillside PE Department
     
     
    Email: June 8, 2020
     
    Subject: Reminder - Hillside School Theme Proposal

     

    Reminder!!  Due date is June 10th!

     

    Dear Families,

    Please click here for our letter about how students can submit a School Theme Proposal.  We cannot wait to see our Hillside creativity!

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
     
     
    Email: June 5, 2020
     
    Dear Hillside Families - 
     
    I've received a few inquiries regarding summer birthdays.  Summer birthdays were celebrated during the school year on the half birthdate.  However, if you woul like to send in a birthday photo, please email it to Mrs. Cazes or send it to the Announcements Google Classroom today.
    Thank you.
     
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams
     
    - - - - - - - -
     
    Email: June 5, 2020
     
    Dear HillsideFamilies, 
     
    Our final Morning and Afternoon Announcements will be shared on Friday, June 12th.  Please send all June birthday photos (including those birthdays up to June 30th!) to our Announcements Google Classroom or email them to Mrs. Cazes by Friday, June 5 so that we can be sure that all of our birthday children are celebrated this school year.
     
    Thank you,
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams
     
    Email: June 4, 2020
     

    Due date is June 10th!  Get your creative minds thinking!!

     

    Dear Families,

    Please click here for our letter about how students can submit a School Theme Proposal.  We cannot wait to see our Hillside creativity!

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
    Email: June 3, 2020
     

    Dear Hillside Families -

    Please click here for details about Hillside Spirit week next week!
    Time to show your Hillside spirit!
     
    Sincerely,
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams
     
     
    Email: May 29, 2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

     

    Wow!  I have been so thrilled with what has been completed and shared by so many of the students at Hillside.  They are doing very creative & fun work under very challenging circumstances. Today marks the final week of art projects for report card purposes.  So today, I have also added a Portfolio Creation page to the Art Classpage.  If students finish their assignment this week and are feeling ambitious, they can submit their portfolio this week if they like. 

     

    Check out the Art classpage for this week’s instructions.  The class code is = w3qweue .

     

    VISIT THE CLASSWORK PAGE AND CLICK ON THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE. That will give you links to the final Grade Level Projects and Portfolio/Exhibition instructions.

    For this final report card period, grading will be very simple.  Students who submit a portfolio will be given a Meets Expectations (ME) and students who are unable to submit a portfolio will be given an Approaching Expectation (AE).  The final day to submit a picture of the portfolio will be Monday, June 15.

     

    As I have been saying to the students throughout this remote learning experience…HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!

     

    Thank you for all that you are doing.

     

    Respectfully,

    Nate Morgan

    morgann@hohschools.org

    Art Teacher

    Hillside School

     
    Email: May 28, 2020
     
    Dear Families,

     

    It is hard to believe, but June is right around the corner!  To that end, we will be having End of Year celebrations for each grade level according to the schedule below:

     

    Monday, June 15th

    • Kindergarten AM

    • Third Grade PM

     

    Tuesday, June 16th

    • Second Grade AM

    • First Grade PM

     

    Wednesday, June 17th

    • Fourth Grade Virtual Moving Up at 10 AM (Details TBA)

    • Fourth Grade Moving Up Send Off Drive-By in Hillside’s Circle for students to receive Moving Up certificates, yearbooks, 4th Grade t-shirts, and Hillside love!  

     

    All classroom teachers will be communicating the details of their End of Year celebration including specific timing in the coming days.  We look forward to a joyous end to our school year together!

     

    Warm regards,

     

    Amy Cazes        John DeKams

    Principal        Assistant Principal

     

    File attachments:
    End of Year Celebrations.pdf
     
     
     
     
     
    Email: May 8, 2020
     
     

    Dear 4th Grade Families,  

     

    Please see below for a schedule for next week’s live google meet for our lesson on the Transition to Farragut Middle School. Please note your child can click on the link highlighted in blue to join the meeting. If your child has not done so, please make sure they have joined the “4th to 5th Grade Transition to FMS” google classroom using the code jxjbwmx. Once students have joined the classroom, they will have access to a survey, which can be found under the classwork section. We ask that all students complete this brief survey by Sunday, May 17th, so we are able to prepare for our live session.

     

    Monday, May 18th:

    2:30-3:00 Peisel

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/peo-ipju-ugg · 

     

    Tuesday, May 19th:

    1:30-2:00 Vaccaro

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/fgz-hvos-fwh · 

     

    2:30-3:00 Barca/Sokol

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/gns-dkhd-vtw · 

     

    Wednesday, May 20th:

    10:00-10:30 McCabe

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/emr-baoc-fnd ·

     

    1:00-1:30 Troop

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/hfn-bofa-apb · 

     

    1:30-2:00 Magnatta/Davies

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/dfa-tskv-uoj · 

     

    2:30-3:00 Tam

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/suz-wvht-zmv · 

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Mrs. Snyder, Elementary School Counselor

    Ms. Perez, Middle School Counselor 

    Ms. Bellas, Middle School Counselor

     
    Email: May 18, 2020
     

    Please click here or see attached for our Hillside Huddle on 5/26/20.


    File attachments:
    Hillside Huddle.pdf

     
    Email: May 18, 2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

     

    I hope that you are coping as best you can with the current stay-at-home directives.   I find myself in a similar situation to many of you in trying to juggle work responsibilities and managing  my own children’s remote learning experience.

     

    I want to take a moment to thank parents & guardians for helping your child along with their art projects.  While it is not required yet, many students are posting their artwork and there is so much creative energy happening right now.  I am very impressed with what students are creating and am very excited to see the “porfolios” when they are submitted during the week of June 8.

     

    Below is a reminder of what students should be doing over the next few weeks to complete their artwork for submission:

     

    VISIT THE CLASSWORK PAGE AND CLICK ON THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE. That will give you links to the Grade Level Projects and the Daily Drawing Projects.

    Students who need to do the grade level assignments should complete those projects listed in their grade level. There will be four art projects in total. Students will put this work into a portfolio, which will be submitted the week of June 8.

     

    AND/OR

    Students who have already completed the grade level assignments can work along with Mr. Morgan on an art project involving the artist Herve Tullet. Students will put this work into a portfolio, which will be submitted the week of June 8.

     

    As I have been saying to the students throughout this remote learning experience,…HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!

     

    Thank you for all that you are doing.

     

    Respectfully,

    Nate Morgan

    Art Teacher

    Hillside School

     
    Email: Fri, May 15, 2020
     

    Dear Families,

    If you missed the opportunity to pick up your child's belongings/supplies, it is not too late.  Belongings/Supplies for all grades will be distributed in the Hillside circle again on Monday, 5/18/20 between 10 AM-12 PM by our Buildings and Grounds team.  

    If you are out of town or unable to pick up on Monday, you are also welcome to come into the office to pick up student belongings/supplies between the hours of 8 AM- 5 PM on weekdays through May 29th.  We ask that you please wear a mask if you come into the building.  

    After May 29th, all student belongings/supplies will be donated.  

    Thank you for your cooperation,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
    Email: Wed, May 13, 2020

    Please click here for our Special Area Communication.  


    File attachments:
    Parent Communication 5.13.20.pdf
     
     
    Email: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 9:38 AM
    Subject: Hillside Student Medication Pick Up

    Dear Hillside Families,

    As the building is closed for the remainder of the school year, we would like to offer parents the opportunity to pick up any medications stored in the Health Office during your scheduled supply pick up time.  Please contact the Health Office directly at 914-478-6280, Monday - Friday 8am-5pm, to let one of our nurses know when you plan to arrive.  
    Medications will be placed in bags and brought to your vehicle.
     
    Stay safe and well,
     
    Gina Kowalski, RN
     

    Email: Fri, May 8, 2020 at 11:55 AM
    Subject: Student Supply/Personal Item Pick Up @ Hillside

    Please see attached regarding student supply/personal item pick up scheduled at Hillside.


    File attachments:
    Parent Communication 5.8.20.pdf
     
    Email: 4.20.2020
     

    Dear Families,

    Please click here or see attached for our Hillside Parent Input Form for student placement in the 2020-2021 school year.  Please do not feel obligated to complete this form, as we will work to do what is best for all children regardless of whether parents/guardians provide input. 

    Please note: All input is due today by 9 PM.  We cannot guarantee that late submissions will be given full consideration, especially in this digital environment.

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
    Email: 4.20.2020
     
    Please click here for Hillside's Earth Week Video.  Our staff will teach you about ways that you can help protect the Earth!  We would like to thank Hillside parent, Heather Ben-Zvi for sharing her talent with us and creating our Hillside Elementary Earth Week logo!
     
    Email: 4.17.2020

    Dear Families,

    Please click here or see attached for our Hillside Parent Input Form for student placement in the 2020-2021 school year.  Please do not feel obligated to complete this form, as we will work to do what is best for all children regardless of whether parents/guardians provide input.  All input is due by April 20th for full consideration.

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    Email: 4.16.2020

    Dear Families,

    Please click here or see attached for our Hillside Parent Input Form for student placement in the 2020-2021 school year.  Please do not feel obligated to complete this form, as we will work to do what is best for all children regardless of whether parents/guardians provide input.  All input is due by April 20th.

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams


    File attachments:
    Parent Input Form 2020-2021.pdf

     

    Email: 3.30.2020

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    If you need to access the Counseling Google Classroom, you can join with code jnne6et.  Our psychologists and Ms. Snyder collaborate on this page. Please feel free to communicate any anxiety issues/mental health needs to Ms. Snyder, as she is here to support all of our youngsters.  

     

    Thank you and be well.

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.24.2020

     
    A message from HILLSIDE E S

    Please Click Here for today's Hillside Afternoon Announcement.

     

    Email: 3.23.2020

    A message from HILLSIDE E S

    Please Click Here to view Hillside's Afternoon Announcements! 

     

    Email: 3.23.2020

    Dear Families,

    Please click here for our Morning Announcement 3-23-20.  Students can also log into our Google Classroom (Announcements) and click on the announcement in the Class Stream.  As a reminder, our Announcement Class Code is 6bshvpp.

    Have a great day!

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.20.2020

    Dear Families,

    The report cards will be viewable beginning at 8 AM on Friday, March 20th on the Parent Portal.

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.20.2020

    March 20, 2020

     

    Dear Families,

     

    They always say that March feels like a long month, but this month has certainly been like no other!  We miss our children, our staff, our community, and our happy Hillside routines.  

     

    As you know, we have been working tirelessly to get Google accounts working, distribute Chromebooks to students needing access, open a childcare program for health care professionals and first responders, provide support to teachers and families and manage the daily challenges that we are all facing both personally and professionally.

     

    We have met with our Hillside Leadership Team multiple times this week (virtually, of course!) to plan steps forward.  Thank you for your patience as we work to provide instruction to students, develop systems for teachers to meet and collaborate, better understand how an online learning environment works and the professional learning necessary to maximize its potential, and maintain both calm and positivity in our Hillside community.  There has never been a time like this before and it is critical that together, we recognize the efforts of our teachers, parents, students and community members in finding a new normal. Everyone is working at maximum potential, juggling work and family responsibilities. It is not easy!

     

    As we move into a new week, our team has planned the following to digitally help create the routine that both our staff and students require:

    1. Morning announcements with Ms. Cazes.  Join our Announcements Classroom with the following Class Code:  6bshvpp

    2. Model daily schedule to be customized by families

      1.  

    Morning Greeting

    Reading Workshop 

    Snack

    Writing Workshop 

    Word Study 

    Lunch

    Math 

    Science/Social Studies 

    Snack

    WIN TIME (Supplemental Reading, FLES, Library, Speech and Language, Independent Exploration) 

    Special Area (Art, Music, P.E.) 

    1. Daily messages from the grade-level teachers with clear expectations of the assigned work for the day.  Students are expected to complete all assignments. We are working toward submitting assignments through Google Classroom where teachers can mark them as complete and provide feedback.

    2. Messages for each grade level from the special area teachers so that assignment expectations are clear.

    3. Further development of MTSS and Special Education supports for students 

    4. Office hours posted in their Google Classrooms

    5. Closing remarks with Mr. DeKams

     

    In addition, we are also looking into tracking attendance and are fortunate to have a Google team committed to figuring out a workable solution.  Please know that we will continue to grow our online learning experience in the coming weeks as we become more skilled at the digital platform.  

     

    Finally, you may have already heard that our NYS Assessments have been suspended.  This includes:

    • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests 

    • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests 

    • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test 

    • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12 

    • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school 

     

    British writer, Vivian Greene said, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” We encourage you to join us in this dance, in celebrating the small moments of success in our Hillside community.  Whether it is commending a child for demonstrating a commitment to their studies, thanking a teacher for trying out a video conference for the first time, or recognizing a community member for their service during these unprecedented times, know that each “dance” we take together will only strengthen our very special community.  

     

    We look forward to dancing with you!

     

    Warm regards,

     

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     


    File attachments:
    Communication 3_20_20 (1).pdf

     

    Email: 3.18.2020

     

    Please click here and on the attachments for information regarding author read alouds!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams


    File attachments:
    Pete the Cat.jpeg
    Lunch Doodles.jpeg
    Oliver Jeffers.jpeg

     

    Email: 3.18.2020

    Dear Families,

    Thank you for your emails, your support and your questions as we work together to move our robust Hillside learning experience to an online platform.  We know that you have many questions and concerns and want you to know that we will address all of them. Please know that we are doing educational triage, trying to prioritize as best we can during a difficult time.  We appreciate your patience.  

    We would like to take this opportunity to update you on a few concerns that have resonated with many of you:

    1. The technology department is working on clearing up any Google username and password issues.  Since the majority of our Kindergarten and First Grade students have never used their accounts, there has been an abundance of issues.  We are aware of the issues and our team is working as quickly as possible to resolve the challenges.

    2. Many families have requested additional Chromebooks.  At this time, we are only distributing Chromebooks (during school hours) to families who signed up as not having computer/laptop/iPad access.  Once the password issues have been resolved and our childcare program has been accounted for, we will be able to revisit this challenge. If you would like to request a Chromebook, please sign up here.  This will give us an idea of how many families will need an additional device.  Please note: We cannot guarantee that all families who sign up will receive devices, as our supply is limited.

    3. As you know, our Google Classroom platform officially opened today.  Teachers have been working to populate this online learning environment with assignments, materials and resources for your children.  As we become more adept at using the G-Suite for Education, you can expect to see more video experiences. In fact, we have a few fun ideas that we will be rolling out, just as soon as we can get a few moments for creativity.  Stay tuned!

    Thank you for your understanding of the challenges in this unprecedented time.  We are confident that together we will be able to continue a productive, positive learning experience for our children.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     
     
       

     

    Email: 3.13.2020

    Dear Families,

    Please find the following attached:

    Google Classroom Directions

    Thank you,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.12.2020

    The Hillside Parent Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, has been cancelled. If you have any questions or suggestions that you'd like to offer until we (hopefully) reconvene in May, we are always available to answer them via email, or direct you to the best person who will be able to help. 


    Yours,
    Becky, Dorothy & Tanya

    Becky - rhenderson@ptsahastings.org
    Dorothy - dneagle@ptsahastings.org

     

    Email: 3.12.2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

     

    As you know, social distancing minimizes the possibility of student and staff exposure and containment.   Consequently, our PTSA Pizza Friday is cancelled for tomorrow and going forward until further notice. Out of an abundance of caution, in addition to the items outlined in Dr. Henning-Piedmonte’s communication on 3/11/20, we will also be cancelling the following Hillside experiences:

    • Multi-class reading buddies

    • Kindergarten Mystery Readers

    • Parent/Special visitors for birthday celebrations

    • PTSA/SEPTA Parent Meetings

     

    In addition, it has come to our attention that student handwashing is causing some irritation and dry skin.  Our Building Safety Team met today to discuss the best way to combat this situation. Our team determined that continued handwashing upon arrival, before snack, before lunch and after recess are necessary to maintain good health.  However, it is recommended that if your child is experiencing dry skin, please send in a lotion or moisturizer (like Aquaphor or Eucerin) that your child can use immediately after washing.  

     

    Thank you for all of your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time.  

     

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.12.2020

    Dear Families,

    Pizza Friday will be cancelled beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13th until further notice in our continued efforts to maintain a healthy learning environment at Hillside.  Please send all children to school with a packed lunch tomorrow and each Friday going forward.  

    We would like to extend a big thank you to our PTSA for their continued partnership in ensuring the safety of our students and staff.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 3.12.2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

    Please click here for the latest newsletter from the counseling department.

    Warm regards,

     

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 3.4.2020

    Dear Families - 

    Please see the attached flyer regarding the Race Matters Committee 2020 Art Competition.  

    For Hillside students, our art teacher, Mr. Morgan, will open his Art Studio from 8-8:30am during the week of March 9-13 to give students a chance to work on submissions for the project.   Project due date is Friday, March 13th.

     

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams 


    File attachments:
    Multicultural Book Fair Contest.PDF

     

    Email: 2.26.2020

    An email was sent from the PTSA regarding ordering school supplies. To order supplies, visit: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/hillside-school-supplies-2020-21

     

    Email: 2.10.2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

    Please click here for the latest newsletter from the counseling department. Please note we will be celebrating Kindness Week next week at Hillside. Please note a memo is going home today with information on this exciting week. You can also view the memo here .

    Warm regards,

     

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 2.5.2020

    Dear Hillside Families - 

    As per the recent district communication, please note that tomorrow's late start (February 7th) is canceled.

    Please refer to the email for further information.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 2.3.2020

    Dear Families-
     
    Hillside's Annual STEAM Fair is ready to take off on Wednesday, February 26th! There is still plenty of time to sign up, and we'd love to have your young scientists join us. 
     
    Please find some helpful information attached to this email. You may also sign up at the following link:
     
    ~Mrs. Robin Farrell
    STEAM Teacher


    File attachments:
    STEAM Fair Family Letter Feb2020 PDF.pdf

    Email: 1.31.2020

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Pizza Friday is made possible thanks to parents/guardians like you!  If you would like to serve pizza on Fridays (typically a volunteer will serve pizza about 3-4 times over the course of the session), please sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/AXRXR   For questions about volunteering, please email Jennifer Angell-Greene at angellscafe01@gmail.com 

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 1.30.2020

    Dear Hillside Families,

    Tomorrow Friday, January 31st, all students are invited to wear Green to show perseverance. Even when things get hard, we never give up. We will be holding a Social-Emotional Learning assembly to review all that we learned this month about having a growth mindset, perseverance, and the Power of YET.

     

    Thank you for your continued support!

     

    Warm regards,

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 1.30.2020

    Hillside PTSA Parent Meeting MINUTES  Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:30pm - Hillside Library 

    1. Juliann Snyder presentation (10min.) - ttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11VyvHrPfXs8QuPoFmFQ3rO-sOGKXnOSKzYOgfTKkANA/edit?usp=sharing
    1. PTSA Announcements (15 min.) 
    2. Family Dance Night - Feb. 7, 6-7:30 - Logowear will be for sale by the PTSA, and water will be provided with compostable cups.  Families are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles. 
    3. The Used Book Fair is coming up - collection is ongoing for the month of February at Hillside.  Drop off begins this week - in Hillside lobby 
    4. Help us with The Big Sort, Saturday 2/29! If you love books, it's fun for 

    parents and kids. 

    1. More volunteers will be needed for the book fair on 3/3 - 3/6, and for 

    cleanup on 3/7 

    iii. If you have ideas for getting rid of leftover books, or work with charities / 

    organizations that can use them, please let us know. 

    1. Pizza Friday Session 2: sign up online by Friday, 2/21 
    2. Hillside Yearbook order forms went out, due Wednesday, 2/12 
    3. Fundraising (ongoing) 
    4. Oliver’s Labels: Hillside will receive 20% off the purchase price of any 

    clothing labels purchased through w ww.oliverslabels.com/hohptsa 

    1. DeCicco’s grocery: Hillside earns about $5-7,000 each year from 

    DeCicco’s shoppers. Register your frequent shopper card as ‘Hastings PTSA’ 

    iii. Box Tops have gone Digital, and we need more parents to sign up and 

    start scanning their receipts! Download the app on the app store. Paper Box Tops will still be collected as long as they are not expired. 

    1. Committee Updates (10 min.) 
    2. The Green Team has their first big kick-off meeting with the assistant superintendent on 1/30. More details to come at the next Hillside PTSA mtg. 
    3. The First Day film screening and panel discussions at HHS were well received and important conversations have been sparked. The PTSA looks forward to following up with this and related events in the future. 
    4. School Supply Presentation and Q&A, Emma Sollars - 
    1. 20/21 school year consumable supplies (crayons, notebooks, paper towels, etc) will be ordered  through the PTSA and Hastings Stationery. 
    2. Orders will be placed through Cheddar Up from February 1 - May 15. Supplies delivered to classrooms last week in August. 
    3. Parents purchase reusable items (backpacks, headphones, etc)
    4. We need help promoting to incoming Kindergarteners -  will also be at K registration. 
    5. WILL CONFIRM THAT SUPPLY LIST NOT INCLUDED IN SUMMER MAILING LIST
    6. Anonymous scholarships will be available via Amy recommendation (same as Pizza Friday)
    7. Look into adding a link on Cheddar Up for someone to sponsor a box per classroom. Explore opportunity to expand brands/ types of supplies (colors/diverse mix of items)  

     

    1. School Updates (Ms. Cazes, 15 min.) 
    2. Writing - First year in initiative, Writing Night in Spring after board presentation; parent representatives on committee to plan it - working with reps from PTSA and SEPTA to sit on committee in developing writing night. Please tell the VPs if you are interested in participating.
    3. Diverse Book Committee - Coming back together, some money being allocated to Hillside for special presentations to come into the school - putting together a team (3 parent members) to sit on committee 
    4. Instruction & Professional learning   - Readers Workshop, ELA, teachers working with consultants, Teachers are constantly doing professional development; this week beginning work on science and on Feb 12 to break down next generation of science standards. 
    5. Master Scheduler - Scheduling 30 minutes of each day for pull-out time for kids who need extra help and not impede on instructional time. 
    6. Building Leadership Team (BLT) update - Kids joined the meetings this week for the first time with adult members - 27 3rd graders applied, how to bring construction project into classroom instruction - findings released soon . 
    7. Outdoor Classroom - PTSA money from the summer, had a committee on instructional process; design committee took recos and created designs - mockups on design, multiple phases, renderings presented at BoE meeting this week. In process of Phase 1 - excavating land. Presentation will be in board docs.  Spring 2020 (late April) is goal.
    8. Community forum about the Bond Wednesday at 6PM 

     

    1. Q&A - Ms. Cazes & Mr. DeKams (5 min.) 

     

    1. Q&A - PTSA & community (5 min.) 

    Minutes from this meeting will be posted on the Hillside web page

     

    Email: 1.29.2020

    REMINDER!!    After this Friday, lost and found will be packed up and donated!  Come and look for whatever it is your missing!
     
     
    Dear Parents/Guardians - 
     
    The Hillside Lost and Found is overflowing!  If your child is missing a jacket, shirt, pants, gloves, boots, shoes, sneakers, lunchbox, book, etc., please come check the Lost and Found located near the cafe (there are racks and also a table outside the cafe).  Anything still there after January 31st will be donated.
     
    Thank you!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 1.24.2020

     

    Hello Families!

    We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first Career Day the week of May 11th-15th. Early elementary years is a time of opening career doors. If you would be willing to teach our students more about your career during that week, please include your name, contact information, and career to the attached file by February 14th.  Please click here for the file. Please note that more detailed information will be sent out to those willing to participate. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Mrs. Snyder at 478-6276. Thank you so much for helping to make our Career Day a success!

    Warm regards,

     

    Amy Cazes, Principal

    John Dekams, Assistant Principal

    Juliann Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 1.21.2020

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Please see the attached for the Pizza Friday Session 2 sign up.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams


    File attachments:
    PIZZA FRIDAY_SESSION 2.pdf

     

    Email: 1.13.2020

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Our first 4th grade string orchestra rehearsal will be held this Wednesday at 7:45 am in the Hillside Cafe.

    Sincerely,

    John Carini

     

    Email: 1.10.2020

    A message from HILLSIDE E S

    Please click here for information about our STEAM Fair on February 26th!

    This e-mail has been sent to you by HILLSIDE E S. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message. If you no longer wish to receive email notifications from HILLSIDE E S, please click here to unsubscribe.

     

    Email: 1.10.2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Please click here for the latest newsletter from the counseling department. 

    Thank you for your continued support!

     

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 1.10.2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians -

    This morning, the Hastings Police Department and Hillside conducted our third 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: 1.10.2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians - 
     
    The Hillside Lost and Found is overflowing!  If your child is missing a jacket, shirt, pants, gloves, boots, shoes, sneakers, lunchbox, book, etc., please come check the Lost and Found located near the cafe (there are racks and also a table outside the cafe).  Anything still there after January 31st will be donated.
     
    Thank you!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 1.6.2020

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Just a reminder that any submissions for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Art Competition are due to the office tomorrow, 1/7.  Please see the attached for details.

    Thank you.

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams


    File attachments:
    Dr. MLK Jr. Competition.PDF

     

    Email: 12.19.19

    Dear Families,

    We are writing to make you aware that we conducted a Hold-in-Place this morning, 12/19/19.  A Hold-in-Place is one of our basic protective actions where students are kept in classrooms until the issue that led to the Hold is rectified.  In a Hold, it is necessary to keep the hallways cleared to facilitate our ability to address the situation at hand safely and efficiently. Many parents were at Hillside today during our Hold-in-Place and we thank you for your cooperation this morning.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 12.12.19

    This Friday, December 13th  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.

     

    Have a great day!

    Sincerely,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email:12.10.19

    Please click here for our Hilside Library Newsletter!

     

    Email: 12.8.19

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians,

    Please click here for the latest newsletter from the counseling department. Thank you for your continued support!

     

    Counseling Department:

    Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist

    Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist

    Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor

     

    Email: 12.5.19

    Good morning Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Report cards will be available on the parent portal today - December 5th, beginning at 9:00 am.

    If you have any issues/questions regarding accessing the portal, please contact Michele Porter at porter@hohschools.org 

    Thank you and have a good day!

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

     

    Email: 12.5.19

    Dear Hillside Parents/Guardians - 

    Good morning, 

    At this time, families should have received individual student photos and complimentary class pictures. If you have not already done so, please review your packages to determine what you would like to purchase, particularly those families who requested retakes. AllStar would like to provide photos as quickly as possible for the holidays, so please order before Monday, December 9th.  If you have any questions, please call All Star Photography at 914-725-5701.

    Thanks, as always for your support,

    Amy Cazes and John DeKams

    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