Family Game Night – Fri 2/20 – Free!

scrabblegamenightCome out with your family for a free night of fun, playing games and socializing at Hillside’s Family Game Night! Game stations include Catch Phrase, Spot It, Scattergories, Tenzi, Outburst Junior and many more!

Friday 2/20 7-9 pm in the Hillside Cafeteria

Please RSVP to Lori Benedict with the number of people in your group if you know you’re attending.


Playground Set Update


The Hillside PTO has gained approval for the purchase and installation of a brand new playground set that will be installed in Summer 2015! This set will replace the piece on the lower playground.

The new piece of equipment includes something for everyone — 5 play decks, 3 slides, several climbing pieces, a rock wall and much more! Imagine how much fun it will be for the kids!

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The cost of the new playground equipment (including installation) is approximately $25,000. The PTO has raised funds, thanks to the Hillside community’s generous support, which have been allocated for the equipment. As it stands, we need an additional $6,000 from Hillside families to fully fund the project. This will be a gift to the school and Hillside community from the Hillside families and Hillside PTO. The playground equipment is NOT funded by the school district.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help make this playground dream a reality! Three easy ways to contribute:

  • Write a check, payable to Hillside PTO. (Please note “Playground” in the memo.) Send it in an envelope in your child’s backpack, or bring to the Parent Teacher Conferences (February 25 – 27.)
  • Make a secure online donation here.
  • Donate at the Hillside Game Night on Friday, February 20. Cash, check or credit card accepted.

Did you know…If every Hillside family contributes just $20, we will have this project fully funded, and the kids will be playing on it in September!

Thank you for your generosity and support!


Parent Social – Thank You!

Parent SocialThe Parent Social was a hit!  This one event brought in over $6,700 which will help the PTO continue to fund Cultural Arts programs and gets us one step closer to a new playground!

The evening wouldn’t have been possible without help from the Hillside community.  First, thank you to all of the wonderful PARENTS that attended, bought raffle tickets, participated in the wine pull and bid on silent auction items!  Your generosity was amazing.

Thank you to the TEACHERS at Hillside that donated all of the super fun raffle items.

Thank you to all of the DONORS that contributed wine and items for the silent auction!  While we don’t list the wine donors (you know who you are!), below is a list of Silent Auction donors.  Please consider patronizing the businesses that generously made donations!

Silent Auction Donor List:
These local businesses supported Hillside by donating items for the silent auction.  Their generosity is greatly appreciated.

Athletic Camps and Clubs:
Paoli Wildcats
All Kids Yoga
Sky High Basketball

Educational Camps and Clubs:
Little Ones for Literacy
Lingo Kids
Mobile Music

Carolyn Noll Photography
SAS Becker Photography

Entertainment / Fitness:
People’s Light & Theatre Company
Mojo Fitness
Grand Slam USA
Play it Again Sports
Play-a-Round Golf
Downingtown Country Club
Great Valley Racquet Club

Berwyn Tavern
Home Cooked
TJ’s Everyday
Nectar Restaurant
Spatola’s Pizza

Rothschild Studio
Mauro Family Dentistry
The Clean Store

These families also donated silent auction items — THANK YOU!:  Courtney Family, Pugliese Family, Benedict Family and the Pechin Family.

Lastly, thank you to Sporting the Stars and Kimberly Eden Designs for the framed artwork and Chester Valley Golf Club for allowing us to borrow linens.


Harlem Wizards Tickets – On Sale 2/10

harlem-wizardsMark your calendars – the Harlem Wizards are coming for two shows March 20 & 21 at 7PM! This event to benefit FLITE sells out fast and is always a crowd-pleaser!

Tickets are $11 ($13 at the door, if event has not sold out) and go on sale Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00 am, online only!

Ticket ordering instructions:

  1. Starting 2/10 at 9 am, go to
  2. Click on the FLITE vs. Harlem Wizards button.
  3. Follow the ticket purchasing directions posted.
  4. After making a purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a separate PDF attachment for each ticket purchased.
  5. Each guest will need a separate printed ticket to enter. Smartphone tickets cannot be accepted.

Mark the date on your calendar and find more info here.


The Children’s Dental Clinic

yankeecandleThe Children’s Dental ClinicAnnual Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Feb 4th – Feb 20th

The Children’s Dental Clinic is a non-profit community clinic housed in the T/E Middle School. We are open solely to benefit the children of the T/E and Great Valley School Districts. The clinic is a one room, one chair office staffed by a paid professional dentist and a nominally paid supervisor.

The fundraiser runs 2/4-2/20, and the clinic receives 40% of every order. If you would like to participate in the Yankee Candle fundraiser, please look for the fundraising packet in the main lobby. You can also order online; go to and click on the “Seller Login” button; Hillside Elementary’s Group # is: 99959971. (Online ordering is easy and product ships directly to your home!)

Orders will be delivered by March 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Bernie Logan by email or call 610-408-0997. Click here for more information.

If you do not wish to purchase from Yankee Candle, but would like to make a donation, please feel free to send us a check made payable to The Children’s Dental Clinic, 801 Conestoga Road, Berwyn, PA 19312.


Discounted Hersheypark Tickets

hersheyparkOnce again the Hillside PTO will purchase tickets to Hersheypark at a discounted rate for the upcoming summer season. This is your opportunity to plan a great summer trip while saving money. Tickets are valid May 1 to September 27, 2015. The deadline to purchase is Wednesday, March 11.  CLICK HERE for the order form.


Camp Fair – New Date – Wed 1/28 5:30-8:30 @Conestoga HS


Are you ready for summer yet? Attend the Main Line Camp Fair to learn all about area camps and summer programs for kids!

Wednesday, January 28 << NEW DATE
Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Rd, Berwyn

Free – Sponsored by Devon Elementary PTO

Representatives from approximately 100 day and overnight camps will be available to answer questions and discuss their programs in detail. Families with children ages preschool – 18 are welcome to attend.


Ice Skating Social – 2/26

ice-skating-girlLooking for something to do during Winter Conferences? Join the Hillside PTO for an Ice Skating Social!!

When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00-2:30 pm (Snow date Saturday, February 28, 2-3:30)

Where: Ice Line Skating Rink, 700 Lawrence Drive, West Chester PA

Price: $4.50 registration plus $1 skate rental if paid in advance, wristbands and tickets will be distributed at school prior to the event; otherwise pay full price the day of at the door.

Please send in the completed registration forms – available here - by Wednesday February 18, 2015, to the PTO mailbox c/o Hillside. Please enclose cash or a check payable to the Hillside PTO. Any questions please contact Lisa Nishikawa.

(Please note: This is not a fundraiser for Hillside Elementary or the PTO – just a fun family event!)