Cultural Arts

Hillside Elementary Cultural Arts

The Hillside PTO Cultural Arts Committee is run by parent volunteers and is funded by monies raised by the PTO throughout the year as well as donations to the Hawky Fund.

The Cultural Arts Committee, with input from faculty and staff, schedules and facilitates programs that supplement and enrich Hillside’s curriculum. A full schedule of live performances and interactive workshops enhance the students’ knowledge of music, the fine arts, literature, history, science, and performance.

All interested parents and caregivers are always welcome to attend Cultural Arts programs.

Cultural Arts Events, 2017-2018

Hillside Talent Show
Friday, November 3, 2017

Hillside definitely has talent! Come out and watch students from the 3rd and 4th Grade perform in a variety of fun acts. Snacks and refreshments will be available at the show’s bake sale. If you have any questions about this event please contact Talent Show Co-Chairs, Meg Kampf and Maureen Sweet.

National Constitution Center Presents: Being An Active Citizen
Monday, November 6, 2017
9:00 AM: Grades K-2

When the National Constitution Center visits, our Hillside students will learn how to make their voices be heard in this interactive show which highlights ways they can be active citizens at home, in school, in their community and throughout their lives. We are looking forward to hosting this new program at Hillside this year!

Ball In The House!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2:15 PM: All grades

Ball in the House is five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next stage, with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, they create a sound that’s hard to believe. Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams, Ball in the House moves audiences with their music. With their extensive tour schedule averaging 200 dates a year, Ball in the House reaches millions. They have performed extensively in schools all around the country as well as opened for major acts and recorded the music for commercials. Their program is jam-packed with music, entertainment and education. Ball in the House inspires students by bridging the gap between music taught in school and the popular music students hear on the radio, integrating the harmony of a cappella music into a contemporary popular format. The group is committed to being good stewards of respect, positivity, and teamwork through fun a cappella music.

The Franklin Institute: How to Build a Storm– The Weather Show

Friday, December 1, 2017
10:00am-10:45am: Large Group Room
Grade 1

Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a Tornado.

Allegany River Dancers with Bill Crouse
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Cafetorium and Large Group Room
9:00 am and 10:00 am Assemblies: All grades – Cafetorium

Afternoon workshop for 3rd Grade in LGR

Bill Crouse is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is a member of the Hawk Clan, and a Faith keeper of the Coldspring Longhouse on the Allegany Territory. Mr. Crouse is employed as Coordinator for the Seneca Language Dept. on the Allegany Territory. He is also a free lance artist and curriculum developer, and leader of a Seneca dance group called the Allegany River Dancers. The Allegany River Dancers have traveled and performed extensively throughout the North America and Europe. Mr. Crouse has also served as a consultant for the American Indian Dance Theater.

Mother Goose: Alphabet Rhymes with Carol Spacht
Friday, January 12, 2018
Large Group Room
Morning Kindergarten—10:15am-11:00am
Afternoon Kindergarten—1:15pm-2:00pm

Mother Goose herself spends the day with Hillside Kindergarteners, reciting traditional nursery rhymes for the letters of the alphabet and working on phonemic awareness. She invites all children to participate in her performance of the rhymes and always brings her stuffed pet goose that children love to pet.

Chinese Cultural Day – Second Grade
Tuesday, January 24, 2018
9:00 am-11:45am: Large Group Room and Second Grade Classrooms
Each 2nd grade class will rotate through 4 stations of activities throughout the morning.

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. He will create a work for each 2nd grader to take home. Hua Hua Zhang will demonstrate the art of shadow puppets, and the kids will get to try out some shadow puppets on their own.  Second graders will also learn about the art of Chinese calligraphy, and make and art project related to Chinese New Year. All second grade parents are welcome to attend.

National Constitution Center Presents: African American History
Thursday, February 1, 2017
9:00 AM: Grades 3-4

When the National Constitution Center visits, our Hillside students will examine the lives of extraordinary African Americans throughout history. The show gives students insight into the issues they faced and the rights they secured for all Americans.We are looking forward to hosting this new program at Hillside this year!

Betsy Ross: The Story of Our Flag with Carol Spacht
Monday, February 5, 2018
1:30pm-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.

Art Goes to School
Week of February 12, 2018
All classrooms throughout the week

Art Goes to School makes fine art accessible to elementary school students. Volunteers lead instructive and informal presentations in the classrooms and encourage the pupils to “look, listen, and feel” art. For more information about this program, please contact Hillside Art Goes to School chair Sarah Hermans at [email protected]

Author Visit: Max Brallier
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Large Group Room – Times Subject to Change
9:15am-10:00am: Morning Kindergarten and 1st grade
10:15am-11:00am: 3rd and 4th grade
1:30pm-2:15pm: Afternoon Kindergarten and 2nd grade

Hillside is honored to welcome author Max Brallier to our school! Max Brallier is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 30 books and games including the series The Last Kids on Earth, and Galactic Hot Dogs.  Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he has created and written the Eerie Elementary series and the graphic novel Poptropica:Mystery of the Map.  Max has also written books for the LEGO and Cartoon Network properties, and was a game designer for the virtual world Poptropica.  He lives in New York with his wife and baby daughter.

Theme Week: CIRCUS
Week of May 7th though May 11th, 2018

This year Hillside is hosting the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts for our Artist in Residency week.  All grades will be participating in workshops throughout the week where they will be learning circus skills, encouraging independence, taking risks, and growing confidence.  Fourth graders will finish the week by putting on a performance for parents and other Hillside students, demonstrating the new skills the have learned.  This is a fun and exciting week for our entire Hillside community and parents are always encouraged to come in and be a part of the fun!

Dancin’ with the Honeybees with Cliff Wright-Sunflower
Friday, June 1, 2018
Large Group Room
9:05am-10:05am— Assembly for all 3rd grade classes
10:35 through 2:05pm- Each 3rd grade class rotates through for a 45 minute workshops
3rd grade

Cliff Sunflower is a master beekeeper, environmental educator, and performer. He uses storytelling, poetry, prose, puppetry, music, dance and participatory theatre to teach about the lifecycle of bees. Students will be buzzing and dancing about as they learn experientially about the delicate and complex balance within the bee colony of a working hive and the ecological importance of a beehive to the world around it. The follow-up “Bee Touch Me Museum” lab program reinforces the science concepts presented in the main assembly.