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Friends Of Hillside

                          Friends of Hillside Fundraiser for the 2017-2018 School Year

Year after year, parents of Hillside Elementary students have kindly donated to the Friends of Hillside Fundraiser (formerly the Hawky Campaign). These funds continue to be used for many different activities and items benefiting each and every student at the school. This year, the PTO will use this campaign as the primary fundraiser for Hillside.

We understand that it is sometimes hard as a parent to volunteer your time due to other obligations. Life gets so busy with work, kids, and activities that volunteering can become a burden. In order to reduce the need for some of the time-consuming fundraisers we’ve put on in previous years, the PTO this year is running the Friends of Hillside fundraiser to collect monetary donations from parents. Without this fundraiser and generous donations from parents, the Hillside PTO would lack sufficient funding for all of our great programs.

Each family that contributes to the Friends of Hillside fundraiser will be recognized in the Hillside PTO newsletter as a thank you for your generous donation..

To print the flyer click here.

To donate via PayPal click here.

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Hillside School Store Schedule

school-store

The Hillside School Store is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, staffed by students. The schedule for this week is below:

Mon, Oct 16th – Nandan Mothe and Damien Hermans
(Parent Arthi Mothe)

Wed, Oct 18th – Danielle Werner & Hope Fogelsanger
(Parent Elaina Werner)

Fri, Oct 20th – Henry Pei and Andrew Zhang
(Parent Emily Wang)

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Hurricane Harvey Donations

Thank you to all the Hillside families and staff that participated in our Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive. Your kind and generous donations will be sorted and sent to three different schools in the Houston area: Mary Hooper’s 5th grade class at North Belt Elementary in Humble, Diederich Lamb’s 3rd grade class at Lamar Elementary in Baytown at Goose Creek Consolidated ISD, and Mariah Martinez’s 5th grade class at Tavola Elementary in New Caney ISD in New Caney.

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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 (hesattendance@tesd.net) 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.

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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.

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In Case You Missed It — Latest PTO Newsletter

The latest issue of the PTO Newsletter came home in backpacks last week. In case you missed it, get the electronic version here. If you have any questions, contact  Tracy Johnson.

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Volunteer Clearances 2017-2018

Please read this document regarding volunteer clearances.

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Cultural Arts Programming Update

Cultural Arts PresentsThese programs are 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.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
9:30 am-11:45am: 3rd and 4th grade classrooms
3rd and 4th grade, each will have (2) 1 hr. sessions
This year we are looking forward to hosting our bi-annual Writer’s Workshop. Nine local writers will come to Hillside for a morning of writing workshops with the 3rd and 4th graders. Two writers will visit each classroom during the morning to teach the “how-to’s” of writing.

The Incredible Chinese Paper Cutting of Hou-Tien Cheng
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
9:00 am-11:45am: Large Group Room
Each 2nd grade class will have a 1/2 hour session
To conclude the 2nd grade’s unit of study of China and in anticipation of Chinese New Year, Master Cheng demonstrates the amazing and ancient art of Chinese Paper Cutting. Master Cheng is one of the most renowned Chinese paper-cutters in the world, and “will create any subject you can think of in paper cuts … quicker than two bites of a cookie.” He will create a work for each 2nd grader to take home. Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom during their paper-cutting session to see the demonstration and purchase additional paper-cuttings if they choose.

Betsy Ross: The Story of our Flag with Carol Spacht
Friday, February 5, 2016
1.30- 2.15pm: Large Group Room
4th Grade Classes

Fourth-graders will enjoy a visit with Betsy Ross as she tells The Story of Our Flag. See how the flag evolved and learn about its symbols. The audience participates in George Washington’s visit, and Betsy displays and discusses twelve different colonial flags and shares her secret for making a 5-pointed star. A question and answer session follows.