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.


PTO 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.
Hillside Highlights Email Coordinator  The Highlights Editor manages the PTO’s weekly email newsletter, Hillside Highlights, and the email list database, all of which is housed in the web-based Constant Contact email program. It is easy to use and training is provided. Content is submitted by the HES community through the PTO website and comes direct by email. The Highlights editor copies and pastes the content into the email, sends tests for Principal and editing approval, then deploys the email. This position requires 1-2 hours per week, can be managed from home, during evenings and/or weekends. It can be split between 2 people if desired.
Pizza Bingo- 2 Chairs Submit flyer to office, taking ticket/pizza orders, working with our pizza vendor, purchasing drinks and prizes, and organizing volunteers for the evening.
Auction- 2 Chairs Volunteers help determine theme of event, plan raffles and silent auctions, set up and clean up.
Spring Fair Chair This is one of our biggest fundraiser of the school year. There are a number of committees that coordinate the evening. Volunteers are needed to help with the Amusement, Food, Games, Prizes, Raffle, Publicity, Bake Fair, and Volunteer coordination. A large number of volunteers are needed. This is the biggest single day event at Hillside and it is a great way to meet people, raise money and have a lot of fun.
School Directory Ad Sales Coordinate the ads that will be placed in the school directory
Handel’s Events Volunteers needed to help organize Hillside Day at Handel’s in early September as well as sell Handel’s Pint Cards in early spring.
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.
Chess 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.
Lobby Coordinator The PTO’s gift to the school this year will be a new lobby update.  We’d love to have an interior decorator on board to help with the purchase of the furniture at their cost.

Volunteer Clearances 2016-2017

Please read this document regarding volunteer clearances for 2016-2017.


Hillside Spring Fair – 6/3

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June 3, 5-8 pm

The countdown is on!!  As in previous years, you are able to pre-order your wristbands and Pizza before the fair.  This is highly recommended to avoid long wait times and lines that night!  If you did not receive your order forms in backpacks this week, please click on these two links to download the forms; WRISTBANDS and PIZZA .

The Spring Fair is always such a huge success due to all the wonderful parent volunteers throughout the evening.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Your classroom spokesperson will be sending emails reminding you to sign up and volunteer your time at one of the games or activities.  To volunteer now, please connect to volunteer spot.

Cake Walk
Lastly, please don’t forget our famous CAKE WALK! We are asking that every family, that attends the fair, to bring a cake, cupcake or cookie tray for our CAKE WALK winners. We have many many winners throughout the night so we need all the cakes you can bring!  If you have any questions regarding the fair, please contact Catherine Gauthier.

Get Dunked
Parents needed for the Dunk Tank at the Spring Fair. Click here for details. Please signup to volunteer. Contact Laura Mills with any questions.


Theme Week Starts 5/9 – Dancing Through the Decades

May 9-13, Contempra Dance Studio will join us for a week long residency where students will be introduced to various styles of Dance Through the Decades. Throughout the week all classes will attend a workshop with Contempra dancers. We will feature one decade per day 50’s-90’s. Each day at lunch recess we will feature a Dance Party! 4th grade parents are invited to watch their children perform Friday May 13th at 9.15am or 2.00pm. Please consider volunteering during the week – signup is here.


Family Dance Night 5/13 – SOLD OUT

social-cubeDANCE NIGHT has SOLD OUT! 

Don’t miss this epic Hillside event on Friday May 13th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. Put on your dancing shoes to groove with your friends and then strike a pose in our fun inflatable photo booth. Bring the whole family for a fun night out!  Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.


Spiritwear Order Form – due 4/29



Spring Plant Sale – Forms due 4/26

Annual Spring Plant Sale – Spruce up your garden and support our school this spring with these fantastic flowers! We are using the same supplier as last year since the flowers were such good quality. Get a hanging basket or planter for Mom, delivery will be the Wednesday before Mother’s Day! Order forms are due by April 26th, for pick up of flowers at the school on May 4th. Download the form here.


Young Rembrandts Drawing Club May/June Session

Sign-up now for the next session of Drawing Club. Thursdays 5/5-6/9, 3:20-4:30 pm. See flyer for details and to register.


It’s Handel’s Fun-raiser Time!

Handel's Ice Cream Logo 2014Now you can enjoy a pint of Handel’s ice cream while raising money for Hillside at the same time! From now until Tuesday, April 26 Hillside’s PTO is selling Handel’s Pint Cards for $5.71 each. Each pint card is good for one pint of ice cream, yogurt, or sherbet at Handel’s for up to one year and Hillside receives $2.28 for every pint card sold. Click here to download an order form. Pint cards will be distributed the week of May 2.