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Automated Attendance Calls and Emails

Parents/guardians are required to provide the school with a written excuse explaining why their child was absent within three school days of an absence. This is part of a new policy enacted last school year.

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 ([email protected]) 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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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.

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Shop Amazon to Support the PTO

The PTO Amazon fundraiser is doing well! Thank you for clicking the links on our site every time you go to shop at Amazon!

Before going to Amazon.com, take a quick detour to the PTO site first and click on any of the Amazon links or banners here on the PTO website before you shop. It takes seconds to do, and Hillside PTO will earn a generous percentage of your order amount, at no cost to you! Shop now at Amazon to support the PTO! Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Grade 3 Dental Forms Due Now!

Attention Grade 3 Parents/Guardians: The State of PA mandates that students in Grade 3 receive a dental exam. If you have not already turned in the completed dental form, please forward the completed exam form to the Hillside Nursing Office. A blank form can be found here on the TESD website.  Thank you from your Hillside Nurses.

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Hillside Sunshine Committee

sunshineThe Hillside Sunshine Committee is part of the PTO. In the event of a new baby, death in the family, illness or injury we provide the service of sending encouraging cards and/or providing meals (if needed) for the families of Hillside students and staff. We do try our best to reach everyone who needs some sunshine and apologize in advance if you or someone you know was overlooked. We respect privacy and details are not needed or shared. For additional information please contact Larisa Leon.

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Toy Drive for Children at Area Hospitals

For children staying at St. Christopher’s and Bryn Mawr hospitals over the holidays, it can be a time when they miss home and holiday festivities the most. Please donate new, unwrapped toys, crafts and books to the boys and girls at these local hospitals. A collection box will be in the HES lobby through December 4. If you have any questions, please contact Larisa Leon.