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


Mother Goose: Alphabet Rhymes with Carol Spacht
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Large Group Room
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Morning Kindergarten
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Afternoon Kindergarten

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.

The Incredible Chinese Paper Cutting of Hou-Tien Cheng
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Large Group Room
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Each 2nd grade class will have a half-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. He will create a work for each 2nd grader to take home.

Betsy Ross: The Story of Our Flag with Carol Spacht
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Large Group Room
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: 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 12 different colonial flags and shares her secret for making a five-pointed star. A question-and-answer session follows.

Art Goes to School
Week of March 20, 2017
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

Poetry Meets Percussion: Beats, Rhymes, and Life
Thursday, April 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m: All grades

In this dynamic and engaging exploration of percussion and poetry, students discover how rhythms and spoken word can awaken their inner artist. Through poetry and percussive sound, students experience both verbal and non-verbal ways to express themselves while learning to develop their own unique voices—one word, one beat at a time.

Franklin Institute: Flight
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Large Group Room
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: 2nd grade classes

Explore the exciting history of flight from Leonardo da Vinci to the space shuttle. Investigate the Bernoulli principle, and learn how airplane wings provide lift. Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders, and even a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight.

Theme Week: ART
Week of May 8 through May 12, 2017

For more information about this program and to get involved, contact Theme Week Chairs Regan Kreszswick and Lauren Allred

Dancin’ with the Honeybees with Cliff Wright-Sunflower
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Large Group Room
9:05 a.m.-10:05 a.m.: Assembly for all 3rd grade classes
10:35 a.m. through 2:05 p.m.: Each 3rd grade class rotates through for a 45-minute workshops

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 life cycle 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.