HES Spring Fair is 2 Weeks Away

putonyourcalendarJust two weeks until the HES Spring Fair!

Put in your orders for wristbands and pizza for dinner at the Fair. Deadline for pizza orders is Wednesday, 5/20. There will also be individual slices sold at the Fair on a first come, first served basis.

For the Spring Fair we need:

  • Volunteers – sign up for a shift to work the fair booths, or get dunked in the dunk tank.
  • Cakes and cupcakes for the cakewalk – put it on your calendar to pick up store-bought or buy ingredients to make them with the kids. Check out Pinterest for creative and easy ideas to make the cakes fun and appealing! Just bring your cake or cupcakes with you to the Fair.
  • Books for the Book Sale Table – donate your gently used kids’ books and cookbooks in the HES lobby, now through 5/28.

25 Seconds of Your Time Raises $25 for Hillside

target-thanksabillionTarget just launched a new campaign called “Thanks a Billion” which invites everyone to show their appreciation for teachers. It takes half a minute to do. Just visit the website, write a short note thanking a Hillside teacher, and our school will receive $25! Target will give away $5 million to schools through this program, and it runs through 6/15, or whenever they give away $5 million.



Theme Week: THEATER with The Walnut Street Theatre

theme-week-2015HES Theme Week is May 11th – May 15th!

Hillside welcomes Walnut Street Theatre for an exciting week long residency where students will be introduced to the performing arts! The week will kick off with two assemblies on Monday, May 11th. At  9:15am, grades 3-4 and AM Kindergarten will see “Don’t be a Bully!: Molly Bloom-Lately”. At 1:45 pm the 1st and 2nd grades and PM Kindergarten will see “Mita, the Magnificent”. Throughout the week, every class will attend a workshop hosted by Walnut Street Theatre.

Click here for the week’s workshops schedule.

The week will culminate in two 4th grade performances on Friday, May 15th at 10:15am or 2:00 pm.  The 4th grade parents are cordially invited to attend either Friday performance, as each will be the same as well as the kick-off assemblies.  K-3rd grade parents are welcome to attend the kick-off assemblies and their child’s workshop.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week to help with the workshops and to provide lunch for the visiting residents.  Please contact Darcy McGroarty to help out.


It’s Time to GET DUNKED!!!

Lego-DunktankParents needed for the Spring Fair Dunking Booth! Kids LOVE dunking their parents (& other kids’ parents!)

Please sign up for a slot!

Friday, May 29th
5:00-8:00 PM
Slots are 15 minutes each, but could be shorter if more people sign up. All participants must be 18 years of age or older & need to sign a waiver at the Fair before being dunked. Please contact Laura Mills to sign up manually or with any questions.

Here’s how to sign up using VolunteerSpot, in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our Dunk Tank page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot).
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Laura Mills and we can sign you up manually.


HES Spring Fair – 5/29

The countdown is on…we’re only three weeks away from the fair!! HES Spring Fair is Friday, May 29 from 5-8pm.

PizzaAs in previous years, you are able to pre-order your WRISTBANDS and PIZZA before the fair. This is highly recommended to avoid long wait times and lines that night! If you did not receive your order forms in backpacks this week, please click on these two links to download the order forms: WRISTBANDS and PIZZA.



We Need YouThe Spring Fair is always such a huge success due to all the wonderful parent volunteers throughout the evening. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your classroom spokesperson will be sending emails reminding you to sign up and volunteer your time at one of the games or activities. If you are ready to volunteer now, please click on the link to access our on-line volunteer system, VOLUNTEER SPOT to sign up!

Lastly, please don’t forget our famous CAKE WALK! We are asking that every family who attends the fair to bring a cake, cupcake or cookie tray for our CAKE WALK winners. As one of our most popular events, we have many many winners throughout the night so we need all the cakes you can bring! If you have any questions regarding the fair, please contact Kathleen Mascaro.


Call for Book Donations for the Spring Fair Book Sale

shutterstock_143926540Returning again to the Spring Fair this year will be the Book Sale table! Clean out your books, drop them in the book donation box in the main lobby at school, and get ready to fill your bookshelves with new-to-you books for less than $1 at the Spring Fair. We are collecting childrens’ books and cook books.  Book donations needed by May 29th. Questions contact Jill Cutler.


Volunteer Opportunity: HES Book Fair

volunteers-neededThe Spring Book Fair is next week, and we have many opportunities for volunteers to help. This event is fully staffed by PTO volunteers, and each shift is 2 hours. We have slots available Monday-Friday 5/4-5/8.

Visit the HES page on Volunteer Spot to sign up!


Book Fair Events: 5/5-5/8

Upcoming Spring Book Fair Dates:

Tuesday, May 5th: Preview Day for Teachers and students
Students have the chance to check out the book selection and compile their wish list.

Wednesday, May 6th: Grandparents Day
Grandparents are invited to come to school, have lunch with their grandkid(s) and shop the book fair.

Thursday, May 7th: Donuts for Dad for Kindergarten and 1st grade*
Dad or special guest may accompany their kid(s) to the book fair before school and shop while enjoying a morning snack.

Friday, May 8th- Donuts for Dad for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade*
Dad or special guest may accompany their kid(s) to the book fair before school and shop while enjoying a morning snack.

*If you have children in multiple grades, please choose the Donuts for Dad day that best suits your schedule.