T&E Care Grab Bag Sale – Fri 3/20

Pile-oClothingThe Kid’s Clothing Grab Bag Sale
Friday March 20, 2:00-6:00p
Saturday March 21, 9:00-noon
St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, Walker Rd., Wayne (down the street from Valley Forge Elementary School)

This event, which benefits T&E Care, is open to everyone, and, as in the past, we expect a large amount of clothes available to anyone interested in coming and “shopping.” This year there is a suggested donation of $10 per bag – but it’s just a suggestion. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


Register Now! PTO Spring Break Camp at Hillside

bright paintsWhen: Monday 3/30 and Tuesday 3/31, 9a-12p
Where: Hillside Elementary School
Who: Mr. Pechin, our P.E. teacher and Mrs. Braun, our Art teacher
What: Art, Crafts and PE games to fill your child’s break with fun! Mr. Pechin and Mrs. Braun will be instructing the children during 1/2 day sessions. During each session the children will create one art project and participate in several indoor PE activities. Click Here for more information and to sign up! Please note the dates on the form should read Monday 3/30 and Tuesday 3/31. Return the completed form to Mr. Pechin with your payment as soon as possible. Space is limited!


Hillside Fundraising: the Playground Project

bucket-filled-with-coinsClassroom Coins for the Playground
Have you heard that Hillside is getting a new playground set? Hillside students, please bring in some change to help fill your classroom’s “Coins for the Playground” bucket. All funds raised will help pay for the new set. Once you reach your classroom’s goal, your class will get a fun reward, like wearing your PJs to school, an extra recess, or maybe even a classroom party!

Let’s be bucket fillers and reach our goal of getting the new playground set!


FIVE BELOW for Hillside
Print and bring this flyer to FIVE BELOW when you shop between March 25th – April 4th, and Hillside will receive 10% of your purchases! Shopping
Every time you go to shop at, take a quick detour here to the PTO website and click on the banners on the right side of the website. If you click the banners here before you shop, Hillside PTO earns a generous percentage of your order amount, at no cost to you. Those commissions add up quickly, so please remember to visit the PTO website first, and click before you shop!


Register Your Target REDcard
Making purchases at Target to spruce up your patio this Spring? Picking up some household necessities? Don’t forget to register your Target REDcard (debit or credit card) to support Hillside! This simple program is an easy and effective fundraiser for the school. You still get your usual REDcard perks (5% off all purchases, free shipping for all online orders and 30 extra days for returns,) AND the school gets up to 1% of your purchases! Register your card Here. Visit this site for more info about Target REDcard.


New Volunteer Policy: Background Checks

announcement_icon-724844Effective January 1, 2015, revisions to a Pennsylvania child protection law will require volunteers (any adults serving in unpaid positions in the District) who are individually responsible for the welfare of a child or children, or who will have direct contact with a child or children, to have certain background clearances. Once completed these clearances are valid for 36 months.

For complete information, please view/download the District’s memo here.

For District background check instructions, please read the information here.


Chess Club

Hillside Elementary School
Wednesdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
April 8 – May 27, 2015
All equipment provided.
1st thru 4th graders, and all skill levels welcome!
Tuition is $108

For more information, read the FAQs online. For online registration, register here. Additional questions: email Cindy at Shining Knights Chess, or call (484) 228-8457


Allergy and Wellness Guidelines Update

Here is the updated T/E district allergy and food guidelines update.


T&E Care 4th Annual Kids’ Clothing Grab Bag Sale!

Pile-o-JeansIt’s that time of year again! Once again, Hillside will serve as a collection point for clothing donations for the T&E Care Grab Bag Sale!  Please search your closets for KIDS’ clothes – infants thru teens – either gently used or even new and drop them off at Hillside from March 5th- 13th.  For more information on this wonderful local organization benefiting local families, Click Here. Any questions, please contact Pam Emel.

Here’s information about the sale:

The Kid’s Clothing Grab Bag Sale
Friday March 20, 2:00-6:00
Saturday March 21, 9:00-noon
St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Valley Forge
Walker Rd., Wayne (down the street from Valley Forge Elementary School)
This event is open to everyone and, as in the past, we expect a large amount of clothes available to anyone interested in coming and “shopping.”   This year there is a suggested donation of $10 per bag – but it’s just a suggestion.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

March Cultural Arts Events

cultural-arts-scheduleThe Doc Gibbs Ensemble
Thursday, March 5, 2015
9:15-10am; 10:15-11:00am at Cafetorium
Kindergarten through 4th grade

The dynamic Doc Gibbs and his ensemble will get students out of their seats to participate in call and response songs and to experience and learn the history of percussion instruments from West Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean.  Doc Gibbs has toured with Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Wyclef Jean and was the house band leader for Emeril Live on the Food Network Channel.

Thursday, March 12th
10am and 2pm at Cafetorium
Kindergarten through 4th grades

AudioBody synthesizes music, comedy, and technology for some seriously spectacular entertainment!  This thrilling 45 minute show features an explosive mix of circus arts, relentless comedy, full-body contortion, juggling, LED light shows, and up-beat music!  AudioBody have been featured performers on Disney Cruise Lines, at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and at The White House on three different occasions!

Author Visit:  Kate McMullan
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Large Group Room
9:15am-10:00am: AM Kindergarten and 1st grade
10:10am-11:05am: 3rd and 4th grade
12:50pm-1:35pm:  PM Kindergarten and 2nd grade

Hillside is excited to welcome Kate McMullan, acclaimed author of more than 100 books for children.  She is the author of picture books such as I STINK!, I’M DIRTY!, and I’M BAD!, easy reader books such as Pearl & Wagner and Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, chapter books like Dragon Slayers’ Academy, and many other award-winning children’s books.

As always, parents and family of Hillside students are welcome to attend the Cultural Arts programming events.