Hilltop School

2021-2022 Parent FAQ


Be sure to check out this page for important information for new and returning families.

Where can I find the school calendar?


The Board of Education has an obligation to require students of this district to be present at school so that he/she may be educated appropriately. This policy is for the benefit of the students, their parents/guardians, and the community at large. This policy is based on the belief that a student must attend class on a regular basis if he/she is to receive the maximum benefit from the classroom instruction and to profit from the exchange of ideas within the classroom. Absences, for any reason, restrict and inhibit the ability of the student to master and complete the prescribed curriculum requirements and the various subject proficiencies. The Mendham Borough Board of Education and the Hilltop School staff recognize and accept the responsibility to provide a thorough and efficient education for every student and expect the cooperation of students and parents/guardians in this endeavor.

Please call or email the Nurse’s Office at 973-543-4251, Ext. 142 before 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent.

Note that students must be in attendance at school for a minimum of four hours in order to participate in school-sponsored activities.

Any unexcused absence is considered truancy and is so designated for attendance purposes by the State Department of Education of New Jersey. When the school office compiles the absence list for the day, parents who have not notified the school will be called to verify student absence. Please visit our website www.mendhamboro.org or click the policy link to view the Attendance Policy in its entirety.

What supplies does my child need for the year?

School Kits orders are over. For a list of supplies CLICK HERE.

When will class lists be sent out?

AUGUST 18, 2021

All teacher assignments will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal.

All parents must log onto the Parent Portal to complete important district documents. These online forms replaced the tedious paper copies that were sent home in the past.

What's the first day like?

The first day of any school year is memorable for all! Students arrive starting at 8:15 (our regular arrival time) on our back patio. There are signs indicating where students line up. Teachers will be outside with nametags. Students will enter the building at 8:30.

Parking is limited, so we recommend carpooling, arriving early or driving to a nearby neighborhood, and walking.

The HSA has a welcome coffee for parents at the Gazebo at Borough Park after 8:30, stop by and catch up with friends.

When should my child arrive at school?

Arrivals at Hilltop School


Grades 1, 3 & 4 will line up on the back patio

Grades K & 2 will line up in front of the school.

Students should report to the areas above upon their arrival at school. There are teachers on the patio and supervising the drop-off line.

From 8:15-8:30, students can be dropped off using Hilltop’s driveway. Grades K & 2 will drop off at the school's corner by the front circle and then proceed down the hill to exit.

Grades 1, 3 & 4 will drive down the driveway and drop off adjacent to the back patio.

Students exit the cards without the parents needing to get out. Please give kisses and say goodbye at home so that the line can move quickly and subsequent cars and promptly drop off.

Cars arriving after 8:30 will drop off their child on the front sidewalk along the driveway.

The front circle will not be used for drop-off.
At Hilltop School, teachers begin instruction at 8:35 with the school-wide Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements.
Any student who is not in his/her classroom at 8:35 will be marked tardy. If your child is tardy, there will be a sign-in on a table inside the front doors of the school.
Contacting of families and consequences for excessive tardies will be at the discretion of the principal.

When is dismissal?

Students are dismissed at 3:15.

All default and changes to your child's dismissal plan must be made in our app Pickup Patrol.

You can pick your child up in the back by pulling down our driveway and waiting in the line. You can also park and wait in the front or back of the school.

Any student who is not picked up in time will be brought to the office and we will contact the parents/guardians.

Please do not arrange last-minute playdates or rides home without consulting the Hilltop office.

Students are not permitted to ride bikes, scooters, or the like to and from Hilltop School.

When is Back to School Night 2021?

Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 9th.

It will be a virtual event.

More details and schedules to follow.

When is Picture Day?


Make-Up Picture Day - November 10, 2021

We will be using a new photographer for 2021-22 called School Craft Studios. Most ordering will be available online.

What's the menu in the Hilltop Cafeteria?

What is Pickup Patrol?

Good News! No more notes to the teacher about changes in dismissal or your child staying after school for an enrichment class!

Hilltop School uses an app called Pickup Patrol (PUP) to help us manage your child's dismissal. You will establish an account and set your child's default dismissal plans before the first day of school. Any changes that you need to make (playdates, enrichment, Girl Scouts, etc.) will be made in the app. The best part is, you can look at the calendar and make changes in advance.

What is the HSA?

The HSA is the Home and School Association for Mendham Borough Schools. This group (similar to a PTA) is comprised by parent volunteers from their executive Board to committee chairs and other volunteers.

The HSA runs many annual events such as the Harvest Hustle 5K run, Bingo Night, socials for students 3rd grade and up, and a fun spring fundraiser for adults, their largest fundraiser.

All HSA funds are donated back to Hilltop and Mountain View Schools. The HSA has been integral in funding the purchase of technology in our schools, from Smart Boards to laptops, helping to fund the new Lions Den Media Center at Mountain View, murals at Hilltop, helping to fun our new playground, and many, many other initiatives.

Being a member of the HSA gives you access to their online portal and regular communication of events. The HSA is ALWAYS looking for volunteers, especially helping in our cafeteria and Library.


How is Halloween celebrated?

We have a Halloween Parade on October 29th.

More details will be shared as Halloween approaches.

When are the holiday concerts?

This will be determined at a later date.

Will my child have snack during the day?

Students will have a short or working Crunch and Sip snack during the day. The time of Crunch and Sip is determined by teachers, based on their lunch and academic schedule. At Hilltop, we follow the Crunch and Sip program. Other than fruits and vegetables, the only other food permitted is a cheese stick. Contact Mrs. Pagana with if your child has dietary restrictions or other questions.

What is Parent Council?

The Parent Council is a group of volunteer parents who meet with the school principal about 6 times per year to discuss whole school concerns and issues. The Parent Council serves as a liaison to the school community in Mendham Borough. The primary objective of this Council is to facilitate communication that positively impacts our school and enriches the environment for our children and community. Some of the changes that have resulted from our meetings include the format of Back-to-School Night, recess improvements, arrivals of our kindergartners, and healthy cafeteria choices.

The Parent Council is not a substitute for individuals having direct contact with the appropriate school personnel. Your representatives are available to guide you through the proper channels should you need assistance.

The Parent Council meets throughout the year (CLICK HERE for dates). All items must be approved for our agenda, so please contact your representative(s) in a timely manner.

Can I volunteer at Hilltop?

At this time, we are not scheduling volunteers in the building. When we reintroduce volunteers, we will hold a volunteer training for ALL proposed volunteers.

Does Hilltop have before or after school program?

Our before and aftercare is provided by the Apollo After School Program.

What is Hilltop's Code of Conduct?

Hilltop's Code of Conduct tells about how we expect students to treat others in our school, especially the rights and responsibilities that come with being a Hilltop student.

The Code of Conduct also has some of our general rules and expectations, including dress code, lunch and recess procedures and general behavioral expectations.

Read the Code of Conduct.

What do parents need to know about security around school?

All exterior doors at Hilltop are locked. You must come in through the front entrance and be buzzed in by the office staff. All visitors must wear a visitor badge during their stay at Hilltop and must sign out when leaving.

NJ state law requires us to conduct one fire drill and one safety drill per month. These drills are introduced to your child in an age-appropriate manner.

You will see Mendham Borough police officers at Hilltop School. The Mendham Borough School District has a class III officer, Officer Behre, who works beterrn both schools. We work together to help our students understand that the police are valuable community members and are always here to help.

If your child forgets something, it can be dropped off in the office. We will only call students down if it is absolutely necessary at that time as to not interrupt instruction.

If your child arrives late or leaves school early, you must sign them in. For safety purposes, please ensure to record accurate information when signing your child in or out of school.

When is Field Day?

Field Day is a fun end of year activity for students to enjoy great weather and fun activities outside. Field Day is organized by Mr. Mahr, our PE teacher, a committee of HSA members, and parent volunteers.

More details will be sent out in the spring.

What is Walk-n-Roll?

Walk-n-Roll usually happens in the Fall and Spring. These are walk-to-school days. Talk to your friends and neighbors to make your own "Walking School Bus." Many Fridays families meet at the Gazebo to walk together - often I will join the group!

If your child walks to school, please stop by one of the HSA tables (in the front or the back of the school) to let them know. The homeroom with the highest percentage of walkers on these Fridays earns extra recess.

Our goal with these days is to educate children about the benefit of exercise, minimize traffic in town and understand that walking, rather than driving, is good for the environment and community!