Volunteer Clearances 2017-2018

Please read this document regarding volunteer clearances.


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.


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, 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!


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.


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.


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.

Food Drive through 11/17

food-driveEach year at this time, Hillside families have contributed to the local food bank, through Great Valley Food Cupboard, a community outreach program for families in need. Last year, over 10 boxes were collected at HES and were distributed in time for Thanksgiving.

Please send a can, box or package (or a few) of non-perishable food to school with your child, anytime from until Tuesday, 11/17 to help with this outreach initiative. The Great Valley Food Cupboard will pick up the food on 11/18.

Need ideas on what to give? Great Valley Food Cupboard always needs staples like peanut butter, jelly and canned vegetables. This year they are especially in need of peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and canned fruit.

Thank you for your participation!


Cultural Arts Programming – November

Cultural Arts Presents

With input from faculty and staff, The Cultural Arts Committee 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.

The Franklin Institute– How to Build a Storm– The Weather Show
Monday, November 9, 2015
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.

The Three Ashka:
Thursday, November 19, 2015
9-3pm- Cafetorium
K-2: 9:05am
3rd-4th: 10:05am

The Three Aksha is a classical Indian dance company based at Girard College in Philadelphia that uses creative movement as a tool to encourage cultural understanding and teaches about Indian culture through a style of classical Indian dance known as Bharatanatyam. They have performed in major cities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and India. The Three Aksha will introduce India and its rich heritage of classical dance. The dancers will present a few pieces of Bharatanatyam style dance and then guide the audience to try out the movements and facial expressions that form the story telling aspect of this dance form. These movements will culminate in a small dance that the audience is able to perform together. The assembly will end with a question and answer session.

Hillside Talent Show
Friday, November 21, 2015

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.