Hilltop School

2019-2020 Parent FAQ


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

Where can I find the school calendar?

What supplies does my child need for the year?

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

When is Picture Day?

Picture Retake Day is NOVEMBER 5, 2019.

Hilltop's Picture Day was Thursday, September 5th.

Our photo provider, Lifetouch, offers online ordering for your convenience. We will also send home paper copies.

More information will be sent the first week of school with information to Lifetouch's website.

When should my child arrive at school?

Arrivals at Hilltop School

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS - 8:15-8:30 on back patio
Students should report to the back patio 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 down to the back patio.
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 new app with Pickup Patrol (specific details for Hilltop to follow).

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.

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!

This year Hilltop will be using a new 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.

How is Halloween celebrated?

We have a Halloween Parade on October 31st. Students can be dismissed at 12 to go home and change into their costume, returning at 1:30. The Parade around the school starts at 2:00.

More details will be shared as Halloween approaches.

When are the holiday concerts?

Hilltop's holiday concerts will be December 18, 2019. The concerts are open to all parents and family members.

  • Grades 1 & 2 from 9:00-9:45
  • Grades 3 & 4 from 10:15-11:00
  • Kindergarten 2:30-3:00

Siblings are not pulled from their class to watch their brothers and sisters perform.

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 (September 29, 2018), 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 (a new mural is planned for 2018) 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.


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?

Volunteers are welcome at Hilltop School. From helping out in the cafeteria to assisting in the Library, our volunteers play a key role in these areas and beyond.

In order to be a volunteer at Hilltop and Mountain View Schools, you must be approved by the Board of Education and complete trainings, including confidentiality, Harassment, Intimidation and bullying, and others. All volunteers must first be trained in person by a district administrator. Subsequent years, an online training is provided.

If you have not attended a training and will be a chaperone on a trip, you will be trained the morning of your trip.

In-person training will be August 21, 2019, at 10 AM.


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!

What's the menu in the Hilltop Cafeteria?

Does Hilltop have before or after school program?

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

Will my child have snack during the day?

Students will have a short or working Crunch and Sip snack during the day. At Hilltop, we follow the Crunch and Sip program. The time of Crunch and Sip is determined by teachers, based on their lunch and academic schedule.

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. 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?

K-4 - June 9, 2020 (Raindate 6/11)

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. Coviello, our PE teacher, a committee of HSA members and is run by parent volunteers.

More details will be sent out in the spring.

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 on the windows & walls 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 in the cafeteria once students enter the building, so stick around and catch up with friends.

When will class lists be sent out?

All teacher assignments will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal on August 16, 2019.

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.

When is Back to School Night 2019?

Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 19th. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00-7:00 - Related Arts Teachers (Gym, Art, Music, Library) in their classrooms for Open Visits

  • 6:15-6:50 - Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade teachers will present in their classrooms
  • 7:00 - 7:40 - General meeting in Gym

  • 7:45-8:20 - 3 & 4 and Pre-K teachers will present in their classrooms

If you have more than one child in the time slots above, you can split up if your spouse is available. If not, you can attend part of each session. You can always contact your child's teacher with any concerns.

Back to School Night is meant to be an adult-only event. If this is an issue for your family, please contact Mr. Heller.