Don’t Forget Picture Day: Wednesday, September 28th!

No one wants to be that parent who sends a child in without brushing her hair–or with remnants of breakfast still on his face–only to realize with a sinking heart midway through the morning that it’s picture day… Good news: You still have time. Picture Day at Hillside is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th.

Just like this, except kids will be in front of the camera, not behind it.

Just like this, except kids will be in front of the camera, not behind it.

So primp and preen as much as a hectic weekday morning allows, and send your daughters and sons off smiling if you can.

Also, don’t forget to return the photo order form that should have come home in your child’s backpack last week. You can return the completed form along with cash, check or money order. Or you can pay by credit card on the website. The form sent home last week includes an online order access code to enter in the Login box on the Barksdale website. The code for Hillside Elementary is 01037. Ordering is pretty straighforward from there, and you’ll receive an email confirmation as well as a Picture Day Pass to print out and send in with your child on picture day.

Happy snaps!


Pizza Bingo Is Full but Volunteers Are Needed

pizzaPizza Bingo is FULL. Those who got their registrations in early enough to secure a spot will receive confirmation via email in the next few days.

The confirmation email will also include a list of the open slots for volunteering. Please consider volunteering–it is essential in order for the event to take place. Contact Jessica Lee Tinneny at for questions or to sign up to volunteer.

Pizza Bingo will take place on Friday, September 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m.


Halloween Parade and Parties

Due to concerns raised by Tredyffrin Township Traffic Committee, Hillside has made some revisions to the celebration of Halloween. There will be two parades:

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. — K(AM), Grade 1, Gradee 2
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. — K(PM), Grade 3, Grade 4


The children will parade outside around the soccer field. Students not participating in the morning or afternoon parade will have the opportunity to watch the others parade. Each participating class will be marching around the center area so no matter what grade your child is in, you can see them from any viewing spots behind the cones. In case of rain, the students will parade inside. Good inside viewing spots are the cafeteria and gymnasium.

The parades will be followed by classroom parties.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. — K(AM), Grade 1, Grade 2
1:30 – 2 p.m. — K(PM), Grade 3, Grade 4

We hope that you understand that we are not able to accommodate siblings at classroom Halloween parties. For security reasons, only Core parents who have organized the Halloween party should be in the classrooms during the party.

These activities are optional. In anticipation of this exciting day, we ask that participating students and parents adhere to the guidelines that follow.

Costume Apparel to Avoid:

halloween-21. Avoid gory subjects–costumes depicting monsters, blood, death, horror creatures, controversial political figures, or other frightening characters.

2. Avoid weaponry–items resembling guns, swords, rifles, knives, or other weapons.

3. Avoid full face coverings–material or masks that inhibit vision or breathing or cause students to be unrecognized.

In addition, please use care when selecting a costume that may be perceived as trivializing–or promoting negative stereotypes on the basis of–color, creed (religion), disability, national origin, or race.

The staff has volunteered to park on Cloverly Road on the day of the parade so that parents have more space to park. If parking on the street, please park on one side of the street only. Please park in a legal spot. Police will be directing traffic and giving tickets. Please consider carpooling.

We appreciate your willingness to make these activities safe, fun, and pleasant.


Final Week for KidStuff Coupon Books

KidStuff Coupon Books


Your child should have come home last week with a KidStuff Coupon Book as part of our annual fundraiser. The books include valuable coupons for savings at Macy’s, Sears, Dick’s, Michaels, Payless + more!
Each book costs $25. Please return your checks or unwanted books by September 30th.

National Walk to School Day, October 5th

wtsd_20th_homepageHillside is again participating in the National Walk to School Day event, which will take place on Wednesday, October 5th. Walkers can get prizes at both the front and back entrances of the school.

As always, safety is our first priority. Some parents drive their kids to Cloverly Road or other streets with sidewalks near to Hillside.

For more information, check out the website for the national event promoting health, safety, and the enjoyment of the outdoors and the environment: Detailed information for parents who would like their children to participate–including those who live to far from school to walk–is available here.


Apex Fun Run Comes to Hillside

apexfunrun-openerThe Hillside PTO is excited to announce that Hillside will participate in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser. From October 18th through 28th, the Apex program will teach leadership and fitness to our students as we raise pledges to support our school. Look for additional information in your child’s folder and in emails from teachers as the run draws nearer.

As part of the Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Thursday, October 27th. Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average of 26 to 36 laps. (The maximum allowable number of laps is 36, each lap is 1/16th of a mile). Sponsors can pledge $1/lap, $2/lap, $5/lap or any other amount they choose. All participants will receive an access code allowing them to enter pledges online.

This year’s character theme is Apex Legends, and students will follow Tikes, Seeds, Specs, Jazz, and Wheels through the pages of their legendary adventure to discover J.J. Cortez’s hidden treasure. Along the way, the five friends discover the tenets of a Legendary leader: Learn, Engage, Give, Empower, Never Quit, Do. To learn more about this interactive program that helps schools across the nation raise money while promoting leadership and fitness, visit

Four ways you can help:

  1. If you choose to fundraise, help your child acquire pledges from family and friends.
  2. Ask your child about the “Apex Legend” character lessons and download the “Apex Fun Run” app.
  3. Come to the October 27th Apex Fun Run and invite others to attend.
  4. Help volunteer for the race. We will need a few parents to help cheer on students and mark laps. If you would like to volunteer for your child’s race, contact Christina Carberry at

Back-to-School Fall Coffees

coffee-cup-working-happyThird grade parents, don’t miss the last back-to-school fall coffee, taking place Tuesday, September 27th, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 1665 Valley Green Road in Paoli.

Please RSVP directly to host Maura Harley at, and feel free to bring a small bite to share with your group.

A hearty thanks to the parents who have hosted coffees for other grades in recent weeks.



PTO Open Volunteer Positions


The PTO, teachers and students need your support!  You’re involvement is key so we can continue to enrich your children’s education.  Please consider taking a volunteer position.  Please contact Tracy Johnson, 2016-2017 PTO President, if you are interested.


PTO Role Description
 President-Elect 2017-2018  As president you’ll run the monthly PTO meeting, attend the district presidents meeting and assist VP’s and chairs when needed.  You’ll approve the weekly emails to parents and assist the office when needed.
Auction- 2 Chairs Volunteers help determine theme of event, plan raffles and silent auctions, set up and clean up.
KidStuff Coupon Books Volunteers on this committee will assist with tabulating orders and distributing the Kidstuff coupon books.
Skating Party The Skating Party is a wonderful event for the whole family and a great way for the kids to spend the afternoon on a half-day of school. Chaperones and volunteers to work the door are needed for this event.
Earth Day Coordinates volunteers to help with Earth Day activities.
Drawing Club Works with vendor to help promote the after school club.
Pride Day This chair coordinates Pride Day volunteers.  Pride Day is the kick off for all guidance lessons throughout the year.  Parents are needed to ensure this day is a success.

Welcome Back!

Back to school bus w/ kidsWelcome back! This year, thanks to more talented and helpful volunteers on the Communications team, we will be sending the Hillside Highlights email newsletter WEEKLY! This email newsletter contains important and informational news from the school, the district and PTO. It’s the best way to keep up to date on what’s happening at HES. If you don’t receive it, please sign up for it here.


2016-2017 Orchestra, Band and Chorus Info

shutterstock_133792025Have you signed up your 3rd or 4th grader for instrument lessons, orchestra, band and/or chorus for 2016-2017? You can learn all about it and sign up here. Info to rent instruments and items needed to participate is on this flyer here.

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