Hurricane Harvey Donations

In response to Hurricane Harvey, Hillside and the PTO are collecting donations of school supplies for Houston area classrooms. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby through Friday, September 15th. Gift Cards and cash donations are welcome! Supplies requested and more information available here!


New: Automated Attendance Calls and Emails

Beginning this school year, parents/guardians must provide the school with a written excuse explaining why their child was absent within three school days of an absence. Hillside will accept emails from parents’/guardians’ designated email address or hand-written notes. It is important to note that the district will be sending an automated phone call and email when a parent does not send an email to the attendance email ( reporting a student is absent. Parents may disregard the call and email if they have already provided a valid excuse to the school’s attendance office by emailing.

Leaving a message on the attendance voicemail (610) 240-1530 is helpful to the attendance office, but an email or note in writing is imperative to not have your child marked as unexcused.


Fall Coffee Chair Needed!

We are in immediate need for a chair for our fall coffees.  Please email if you’re interested to be the chair or can host a coffee.  Thanks!


  1. Finding a volunteer for each grade. It was already advertised and two grades are filled. The board will help if we don’t get volunteers to host.
  2. Get the date, time, and contact information from each coffee host.
  3. Create flyer to be added in the highlights and to be sent home in book bags.

PTO Volunteer Open Positions

The PTO, teachers, and students need your support! You’re involvement is key so we can continue to enrich your children’s education. Please consider taking a volunteer chair position. For a detailed description of each role, please click here.

If you are interested, please contact Tracy Johnson, 2016-2017 PTO president, at

Key Open Roles:

  • President 2017-2018 School Year (Co-President is a great way to handle the role)
  • President-Elect 2018-2019 School Year (Co-Presidents as an option)
  • VP of Social Functions
  • VP of Cultural Arts Shadow (take over 2018-2019)
  • Secretary Shadow (take over 2018-2019)

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Getting the Dates Straight for Curriculum Night

Please be aware that the information on the yellow sheet that came home with students in the PTO packet is incorrect. The letter from the principal that was mailed home did have the correct dates. The correct dates are:

Grade 2 Curriculum Night – September 18th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Grade 3 and 4 Curriculum Night – September 13th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Pizza Bingo, October 6th

Hillside is gearing up to host the ever-popular Pizza Bingo on Friday, October 6th. The event will take place in the Hillside Cafeteria and will feature pizza from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and bingo from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attendance at the event is LIMITED TO FIRST 180 Preregistered PEOPLE!

To purchase tickets, print and complete this form and return it to school along with payment in an envelope marked “PTO – Pizza Bingo.” Make checks payable to Hillside PTO.

Financial assistance is available for families who need it from the PTO. Please contact Guidance Counselor Lauren Scott (610) 240-1504.

Volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact Jess Lee Tinneny if you’d like to help out!


Welcome Back!

Back to school bus w/ kidsWelcome back! This year, thanks to more talented and helpful volunteers on the Communications team, we will be sending the Hillside Highlights email newsletter WEEKLY! This email newsletter contains important and informational news from the school, the district and PTO. It’s the best way to keep up to date on what’s happening at HES. If you don’t receive it, please sign up for it here.


New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements

New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements Go Into Effect August 1, 2017

Beginning August 1, 2017, parents will have a significantly shorter time frame to provide proof of vaccination, due to changes in school immunization regulations by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Previously, families may have had up to 8 months to provide proof of immunization. The new regulations require families to provide proof of immunization on or before the first day of school or risk their child’s exclusion. The new regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of preventable diseases.

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