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Hillside PTO Needs You!

Welcome to our new year at Hillside, and thanks so much to all the parents who have already volunteered with PTO. We still have some open positions. Please consider making one of them your own! Contact Natalie Hoffmann for more information about these great jobs:

  • Parent Social Committee
  • Yearbook Sales Manager
  • Drama Club
  • BUILD and FLITE Liaisons
  • Drawing Club
  • Talent Show
  • Spring Fair Games Chair (shadow)
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PTO Meeting November 7th–All Are Welcome

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The first meeting of the Hillside PTO for this school year will take place Wednesday, November 7th, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the school. Anyone is welcome at the PTO meetings. It’s a great way to learn about what’s going on at school and stay abreast of what’s happening in your children’s lives. You don’t have to be on the PTO board to attend…new faces are always welcome.

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LingoKids at HES – Register Now! 

Learning a second language early has so many benefits. At Hillside Elementary classes are offered in Spanish, French,or German on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Session I: September 26th to December 12th (10 weeks)
Cost: $200 or $180 for each additional sibling

Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis.

For more information and to register please go to http://go.lingolanguagelearning.com/or contact Helena Malarkey at [email protected]gmail.com.
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Friends of Hillside

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                          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.

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TE All-Call Reminder

When serious weather conditions or other emergencies make it necessary to close or delay the opening of schools, announcements will be made on the TE All-Call Mass Communication System, the TESD website, the T/E Information Hotline—(610) 240-1970, T/E TV on Comcast Cable Channel 14 and Verizon Channel 20, as well as on local television stations. Parents are encouraged to establish emergency procedures with their children ahead of time to prepare for early school closings.

Automated phone calls, text messages, and emails will be sent to parents through the TE All-Call system, powered by SchoolMessenger. Please contact your school’s main office if you need to add or change one of your contact numbers for TE All-Call. Click here to learn more about the TE All-Call system.

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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–many remain vacant! For a detailed description of each role please visit http://hillsidepto.digitalpto.com. If you are interested please contact Tracy Johnson, 2016-2017 PTO President.

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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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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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