After School Yoga Club – Starts 12/4

After School Yoga Club

Will start again and will be held on Thursdays after school until 4:30 in December  12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and in January 1/15, 1/22, 1/29.  This club is for boys and girls in K-4th grades.  Children should be picked up at 4:30 in the carpool line or go to ACP. Please contact Denise Orsulak for more information. Registration deadline is Friday 11/28/14.


Toy Drive – through 12/5

For children staying at St. Christopher’s and Bryn Mawr Hospitals it can be a time when they miss home the most. Please join the HES PTO in our toy drive for these kids – donate new, unwrapped toys, craft kits, and books to the boys and girls staying at these local hospitals over the holidays. A collection box will be in the lobby at HES until Friday, December 5. Donation ideas: infant toys and trucks, non-messy arts and crafts kits, LEGO sets, K-Nex, and favorite storybooks. For safety reasons, please donate only new and unwrapped items. Thank you!


Hillside Talent Show – Friday 11/21

Hillside Talent Show 
Friday, November 21, 2014
Hillside Cafeteria 6:00pm-8:00pm

Hillside definitely has talent!  Come out and watch students from the 3rd and 4th Grade perform in a variety of fun acts. Light snacks and refreshments will be available at the show’s bake sale.


American Education Week Events 11/17-21

American Education week is November 17-21, and Hillside is celebrating! This is not only a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the tremendous efforts of teachers and school personnel that make Hillside the amazingly special place that it is, but also a chance for parents to experience first hand what happens at school each day! Please download this information sheet and schedule about American Education Week at Hillside. Following are events highlights:

Attend a Specials Class with Your Child
Ever wonder what happens during Art, Music, Gym or Library? Attend a Specials class with your HES student this week and find out! Please view the schedule for your child’s grade and class here.

Wednesday 11/19 – Learn about Finance the Fun Way with Brad Zupp
Brad Zupp entertains with a fun program of magic, circus skills, comedy and audience participation that teaches financial concepts such as family budgeting, finance goal setting, separating needs vs. wants, understanding savings vs. spending, and more! Presentation times are as follows:

9:05 am Grades K/1/2
10:05 am Grades 3/4

Thursday 11/20 - Lunch with Your Child
Pack a lunch for yourself and join your HES student for lunch! Lunch times by grade are as follows:

11:05-11:45 am Grade 1
11:45-12:25 pm Grade 2
12:20-1:00 pm Grade 3
12:50-1:30 pm Grade 4


Shop Online at the Hillside Book Fair – ends 11/11

book fairDid you miss shopping at the book fair, or would you like to get a jump start on holiday shopping? There are only 2 more days to shop online at the Hillside Book Fair! All orders will ship direct to school for FREE after the Online Fair has ended on 11/11.  A percentage of sales supports the school and gets us closer to our goal of purchasing a new playground structure for the Hillside playground! Shop online now through 11/11.

Not finding what you need or missed the Book Fair online shopping? Hillside is part of the Amazon Associates program and earns money when you use the special links and banners on this site and shop at – at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!


Food Drive – Great Valley Food Cupboard

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 of non-perishable food to school with your child, anytime from until Wednesday, 11/19 to help with this outreach initiative. The Great Valley Food Cupboard will pick up the food on 11/20.

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 cereal, cereal bars, canned fruit and juice.

Thank you for your participation!


T&E Care Holiday Drive – Cleaning Supplies Needed

Believe it or not, it’s once again time for the T&E Care Holiday Drive!  This is a wonderful opportunity to support a local organization helping local families.  Each school is doing a themed drive – Hillside’s is CLEANING SUPPLIES! Please bring in a donation to the school lobby (maybe when visiting the Book Fair) anytime this week 10/27-10/31.

Suggestions:  SOS pads, kitchen soap, sponges, hand wipes, Lysol or similar, Soft Scrub, 409, toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, furniture polish, laundry soap, stain remover, bleach, Lysol wipes. Just please NO Dishwasher detergent. Contact Pam Emel or Bernie Logan with any questions.


Book Fair 10/28-10/31

The Hillside Elementary Book Fair is Tuesday 10/28 – Friday 10/31, open during school hours. Students can bring money in to shop during recess time, and parents are welcome all day. You can also shop at the Online Book Fair, if you aren’t able to make it into school during Book Fair Hours.

Either way, it’s a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping started early, and support the school! Download and print the Book Fair information flyer and schedule here.

Special Event Book Fair Days

Grandparents’ Day – Wed 10/29 11:05-1:10. Grandparents or a Special Guest are invited to join their buddy for lunch (feel free to bring a lunch) during the appropriate lunch time, and to peruse the Book Fair with their child. Download and print the Book Fair information flyer and schedule here.

Donuts with Dad/Book Fair Shopping for Kindergarten/1st Grade - Thu 10/30 8:00-8:45.  (NOTE: If you would like to attend Donuts with Dad but your assigned day isn’t convenient, feel free to come on the other day.) More info.

Donuts with Dad/Book Fair Shopping for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades - Fri 10/31 8:00-8:45 . (NOTE: If you would like to attend Donuts with Dad but your assigned day isn’t convenient, feel free to come on the other day.) More info.

Volunteer at the Book Fair
There are still volunteer opportunities available, and we still need some breakfast contributions for the teacher preview day breakfast.  Please sign up here.


Girls’ Basketball Clinic 11/4 – Grades 2-4

Attention Girls Grades 2-4! Looking for something fun to do on Election Day, when you’re off from school?

Sign up for the Girls’ Basketball Clinic, hosted by the Conestoga Girls Basketball Team, held at Valley Forge Middle school gym (back entrance) on 11/4 from 10a-12p. Attendees will also get a t-shirt! Cost is $30 for preregistration, or $35 at the door. Reserve your spot now – download, print, complete and send in this form. Deadline for preregistration by mail is 10/31.


Hillside Fun Run 11/2 – Time to Register!

runnersThe fun run is the PTO’s big fall family event, taking place at Wilson Farm Park on Sunday, November 2 – 8:30 am for the 1K, 9:00 for the 5k – run or walk. You can register to participate by downloading the form here. Registration is $20 per person, which goes toward our goal of $10,000 to replace one of the playground equipment structures on the Hillside playground.

Every student has a fundraising page for the race at Search by first name for your student’s fundraising page, and share with family and friends to raise more funds for the school. Additionally, here is a paper form for taking offline (cash, check) pledges.


Friday 10/17: Pride Day

This school-wide activity day mixes up all of the grades and has them working together on team and community-building activities. Wear Hillside Spiritwear and show your Hillside pride!


Cultural Arts Calendar – Just Posted!


Check out the full list of all Hillside Elementary School Cultural Arts programs for the 2014-2015 school year. Remember, all parents and student caregivers are invited to attend Cultural Arts events!

The Hillside PTO Cultural Arts Committee is run by parent volunteers and is funded by monies raised by the PTO throughout the year as well as donations to the Hawky Fund.

The Cultural Arts Committee, with input from faculty and staff, schedules and facilitates programs that supplement and enrich Hillside’s curriculum.  A full schedule of live performances and interactive workshops enhance the students’ knowledge of music, the fine arts, literature, history, science, and performance. See the schedule.


Walk to School Day – Wed 10/8

Hillside Elementary School will be participating in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. Join us for a beautiful Fall morning walk to school to encourage healthy, active habits!


Last Call for the Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest!

Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest – Deadline Tuesday 9/30

Attention all student artists – we need your help in designing our First Hillside PTO Family Fun Run t-shirt! Your design could be worn by all race participants!

Create your design in black marker only, and the design should fill one standard 8.5×11″ piece of paper. Submit your design by this Tuesday, September 30 to the PTO school mailbox via your school homework folder. The winner will be announced at school, prior to race day.

And be sure to sign up for the Fun Run, taking place at Wilson Farm Park on November 2. Download, print and complete the signup form and return in your homework folder to your teacher.


Pizza Bingo Night – Friday 10/10

This year Pizza Bingo moves BACK TO HILLSIDE! We are looking forward to a FUN night with Phil’s Famous pizza and prizes!! 

To purchase tickets, download, complete, detach this reservation form. Please return the form and payment to school in an envelope marked “PTO – Pizza Bingo”.  Make checks payable to Hillside PTO.  No forms for pizza purchasing can be accepted after Monday, October 6.  You may purchase Bingo cards and drinks at the door.

Check-in will be at the door. Food vouchers WILL NOT be sent home via school mail. When you check in at the door, we’ll have the list of pre-paid pizza orders. You must pre-order pizza. Only drinks and Bingo cards will be available for purchase at the door.

Would you like to help with Pizza Bingo Night?? We are looking for volunteers – let us know!