Volunteer Opportunity: PTO Website and Facebook

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Hillside PTO is seeking volunteers to help with the Hillside PTO website and Facebook updates. This includes writing, proofing, editing and posting content for the PTO website, and working with the Hillside Highlights editor to ensure all events and announcements in the email newsletter are cross-promoted on the website and Facebook.

To manage our website, we use WordPress, a user-friendly MS Word-like interface for publishing. No HTML coding experience is required. Any skills using WordPress, or an interest in learning how to create content for websites using WordPress is helpful but not necessary. Ideally this person would work with the current PTO website admin and take over managing the website and/or Facebook in the Fall of 2016 or 2017. If you are interested in learning a great new skill or using your writing and web talents to help Hillside PTO Communications, please contact Allison Keech Sanka.


Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Club Starts 12/7!

Lego-PiratesA Pirate’s Quest: Shiver me timbers as we explore the popular culture behind the life of a pirate! Build a motorized pirate ship, a helm and an anchor, as we batten down the hatches and prepare for mutiny. $90 for the 6 week session. Meets Mondays Dec 7th, 14th, 21st, and Jan 4th, 11th and 25th. Time: 3:30-4:30 at HES in the Science Room. Students can be picked up at 4:30 or go to ACP directly from the club. To register please visit our website or call Vanessa at 215-990-9763.


Holiday Shopping at Amazon to Support the PTO

Before starting your holiday shopping at, take a quick detour and click on any of the Amazon links or banners here on the PTO website before you shop. Hillside PTO will earn a generous percentage of your order amount, at no cost to you! Shop now at Amazon to support the PTO!


Grade 3 Dental Forms Due Now!

Attention Grade 3 Parents/Guardians: The State of PA mandates that students in Grade 3 receive a dental exam. If you have not already turned in the completed dental form, please forward the completed exam form to the Hillside Nursing Office. A blank form can be found here on the TESD website.  Thank you from your Hillside Nurses.


American Education Week 11/16-20

aewAmerican Education Week is Nov 16-20, 2015 – you are invited to be part of this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the tremendous efforts of teachers and other school personnel at Hillside. Visit your child’s math class during this week, and feel free to join your child at school for lunch. Click here for more details and to download the schedule.


HES Barnes & Noble Day 12/16

Save the Date! Hillside’s Annual Barnes & Noble Day Fundraiser – Wednesday, December 16th

Come to the Devon Barnes & Noble ALL DAY for your holiday shopping and Hillside PTO receives a generous portion of the sales! Download, print and bring this flyer, show on your phone, or mention you’re shopping to support Hillside.  Additional highlights and events at our Barnes & Noble Day on 12/16 include:

  • Author Book Signing! Get your autographed copy of Ann Hazan’s Reading Terminal Market Cookbook. 11am-1pm – meet the author!
  • See our school chorus perform! 7:00 pm
  • Stay after the chorus performs to attend a special Storytime! 7:30 pm
  • Shop for your kids, family, yourself! ALL DAY
  • Get free gift wrapping! ALL DAY
  • Eat lunch or dinner in the Barnes & Noble Café! ALL DAY
  • See art displayed by Hillside Elementary students! ALL DAY

T&E Care Holiday Drive 11/16-12/4

Gift-CHillside families can help those in need this holiday season by donating gift cards and healthy non-perishable snacks to help others right in our community. Check for unused gift cards, Redeem credit card points for a good cause, or let the kids pick out gift cards to their favorite places. T&E Care is looking for gift cards ranging in value from $10-$50 to places such as Target, Acme, Wegmans, Kohls, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Wawa and general Visa/MC cards. Please do not gift wrap the cards, and please clearly write the value on the back of each card.

Families are also in need of healthy snack foods such as granola bars, trail mix, breakfast bars, pretzels and rice cakes. Please join us in this great Hillside tradition and let’s help to make others holidays just a bit brighter! Please bring donations to the HES office. Thank you!


Hillside Sunshine Committee

sunshineThe Hillside Sunshine Committee is part of the PTO. In the event of a new baby, death in the family, illness or injury we provide the service of sending encouraging cards and/or providing meals (if needed) for the families of Hillside students and staff. We do try our best to reach everyone who needs some sunshine and apologize in advance if you or someone you know was overlooked. We respect privacy and details are not needed or shared. For additional information please contact Larisa Leon.


Toy Drive for Children at Area Hospitals

For children staying at St. Christopher’s and Bryn Mawr hospitals over the holidays, it can be a time when they miss home and holiday festivities the most. Please donate new, unwrapped toys, crafts and books to the boys and girls at these local hospitals. A collection box will be in the HES lobby through December 4. If you have any questions, please contact Larisa Leon.

Food Drive through 11/17

food-driveEach year at this time, Hillside families have contributed to the local food bank, through Great Valley Food Cupboard, a community outreach program for families in need. Last year, over 10 boxes were collected at HES and were distributed in time for Thanksgiving.

Please send a can, box or package (or a few) of non-perishable food to school with your child, anytime from until Tuesday, 11/17 to help with this outreach initiative. The Great Valley Food Cupboard will pick up the food on 11/18.

Need ideas on what to give? Great Valley Food Cupboard always needs staples like peanut butter, jelly and canned vegetables. This year they are especially in need of peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and canned fruit.

Thank you for your participation!