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Winter Concert – Thurs 12/18 at 9:30am

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The HES Winter Concert is Thursday 12/18 at 9:30am.  Take a break from the holiday errands to enjoy watching the kids perform!

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Holiday Fundraising Events – Updated

Here is the updated list of Hillside PTO holiday shopping fundraising events. Hillside earns a percentage of sales, getting us one step closer to our new playground set! 

Hillside Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Wednesday 12/10  
Shop at the Devon Barnes & Noble all day on Wednesday December 10th and a portion of all sales will go to our school – simply mention ‘Hillside’ at checkout.  Buy books, games, toys and even a cup of coffee in the café, and a percent of the sales will go to Hillside. Come in the evening for a Holiday performance by the school’s chorus at 7:00pm. Shop all day to raise money for our school – store is open at 9am and closes at 10 pm on December 10th.  Any questions, please email Stephanie Melrose or Beth Lee.

 

Handel's Ice Cream Logo 2014Handel’s Pint Card Sale
Order by Monday, December 15
Now you can treat yourself (and everyone else on your holiday shopping list!) to a pint of Handel’s ice cream while supporting Hillside at the same time! Handel’s pint cards are gift certificates for pints of ice cream at Handel’s in Berwyn. They make terrific stocking stuffers! The Hillside PTO is selling Handel’s pint cards for $5.25 each and Hillside receives $2.10 for every pint card sold.  Click here for the Handel’s Pint Card Sale order form and instructions.  Please contact Rebecca Zellefrow if you have any questions.

 


Amazon.com will donate a portion of your purchase to us when you click the links on the PTO website and make a purchase at Amazon. Please note: this is different than the Amazon Smile program, which, currently, we are not able to participate in. The PTO will earn a percentage of your purchase, at no cost to you. Please visit the PTO website and click on the Amazon ad banners before you shop!

 

Innisbrook Holiday Wrap Fundraiser – Shop Now!
Order wrapping paper and gift items through Innisbrook using our school ID and we will receive a portion of the sale. Please visit the site, then click on “PARENTS/STUDENTS” LOGIN, or “FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS” IN ORDER TO ENTER OUR SCHOOL NUMBER 111503. Click here to view the products catalog as a pdf. This replaces the paper catalog you may have received in past years. Orders will be shipped directly to your house and  there is a $3 flat shipping rate special taking place right now on the site.

Thank you for taking the time this holiday season to help Hillside PTO achieve its goal of this fantastic gift!

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Warm Outwear Clothing Drive for Homeless Shelter

mittens hat gloveIn our continuing effort to help children develop and awareness of their world and good citizenship, Hillside is hosting a drive to provide warm outerwear clothing for men at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia.

We are asking that the children bring in a new pair of men’s warm gloves, hat, scarf or heavy socks by Monday, December 15.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity as we teach the children a valuable lesson about caring for others.

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After School Clubs: Updated

After School Drawing Club
The Winter session of Hillside’s Drawing Club offered by Young Rembrandts will take place on Thursdays, 1/8 - 2/12. Click here for the registration form.

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Hillside Book Clubs
An American Girl Tea Party and Book Discussion Thursday, January 8th, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm for students in grades K-1 Friday, January 9th, 2015 from 3:30-4:30pm for students in grades 2-4. Click here for the registration form. Please return the completed form to Mrs. Nagle.

Stick Dog Chases a Pizza Art Class and Book Discussion Friday, February 6, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm for students in grades K-4. Click here for the registration form. Please return the completed form to Mrs. Nagle.

 

LingoKids Language Learning
Register your child now for Spanish or French with LingoKids. New sessions will start 01/06 – 03/10 and are offered on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Cost for the 10 week session is $160 and $145 for each additional sibling. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis and will be capped at 12 students to ensure an effective student-teacher ratio. For questions and online registration please Click Here, Email or call 484-318-8334.

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“Mother Goose Alphabet Rhymes” Flies in to Visit Kindergarten on 1/8

mothergooseMother Goose: Alphabet Rhymes with Carol Spacht
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Large Group Room
Morning Kindergarten-10:15am-11:00am
Afternoon Kindergarten-1:15pm-2:00pm

Mother Goose herself spends the day with Hillside Kindergartners, reciting traditional nursery rhymes for the letters of the alphabet and working on phonemic awareness.  She invites all children to participate in her performance of the rhymes and always brings her stuffed pet goose that children love to pet.  This program is brought to Hillside by the PTO Cultural Arts Committee volunteers with funds raised during the year by the PTO.  Interested parents and caregivers are always welcome to attend.

 

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Shopping Fundraisers – Help Make Our New Playground Set a Reality!

Hopefully you’ve heard the buzz that the PTO is currently researching playground sets to replace the current one on the lower playground. There are a myriad of choices and styles for our kids! This is a pricey venture, and we are optimistic that we can raise the funds to purchase a fantastic new playground set.

So, with the holidays approaching, please remember that there are many ways that the Hillside community can help to make this a reality…simply by doing your normal holiday shopping!

Here are the Hillside PTO holiday shopping fundraising events, where Hillside earns a percentage of sales.

Five Below Fundraiser
Saturday 11/29 – Saturday 12/6
Do some holiday shopping at Five Below at Gateway Shopping Center – anytime or multiple times – from November 29th-December 6th and Hillside will receive 10% of your purchases! Please print and bring this flyer when you shop to ensure Hillside receives its donation from your purchases.

 

Innisbrook Holiday Wrap Fundraiser – Shop Now!
Order wrapping paper and gift items through Innisbrook using our school ID and we will receive a portion of the sale. Please visit the site, then click on “PARENTS/STUDENTS” LOGIN, or “FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS” IN ORDER TO ENTER OUR SCHOOL NUMBER 111503. Click here to view the products catalog as a pdf. This replaces the paper catalog you may have received in past years. Orders will be shipped directly to your house and  there is a $3 flat shipping rate special taking place right now on the site.

 

Hillside Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Wednesday 12/10  
Shop at the Devon Barnes & Noble all day on Wednesday December 10th and a portion of all sales will go to our school – simply mention ‘Hillside’ at checkout.  Buy books, games, toys and even a cup of coffee in the café, and a percent of the sales will go to Hillside. Come in the evening for a Holiday performance by the school’s chorus at 7:00pm. Shop all day to raise money for our school – store is open at 9am and closes at 10 pm on December 10th.  Any questions, please email Stephanie Melrose or Beth Lee.

 


Amazon.com will donate a portion of your purchase to us when you click the links on the PTO website and make a purchase at Amazon. Please note: this is different than the Amazon Smile program, which, currently, we are not able to participate in. The PTO will earn a percentage of your purchase, at no cost to you. Please visit the PTO website and click on the Amazon ad banners before you shop!

Thank you for taking the time this holiday season to help Hillside PTO achieve its goal of this fantastic gift!

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Winter After School Clubs – Time for Sign-up!

After School Yoga Club
The Yoga Club 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. Register by Friday 11/28/14.

After School Drawing Club
The Winter session of Hillside’s Drawing Club offered by Young Rembrandts will take place on Thursdays, 1/8 - 2/12. Click here for the registration form.

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Hillside Book Clubs
An American Girl Tea Party and Book Discussion Thursday, January 8th, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm for students in grades K-1 Friday, January 9th, 2015 from 3:30-4:30pm for students in grades 2-4. Click here for the registration form. Please return the completed form to Mrs. Nagle.

Stick Dog Chases a Pizza Art Class and Book Discussion Friday, February 6, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm for students in grades K-4. Click here for the registration form. Please return the completed form to Mrs. Nagle.

 

LingoKids Language Learning
Register your child now for Spanish or French with LingoKids. New sessions will start 01/06 – 03/10 and are offered on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Cost for the 10 week session is $160 and $145 for each additional sibling. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis and will be capped at 12 students to ensure an effective student-teacher ratio. For questions and online registration please Click Here, Email or call 484-318-8334.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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 Amazon.com – at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.