Hillsdale Herald

Hillsdale Elementary School, January 2020

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New Year, New You?

January is often a time for reflection. How did 2019 go? What would we change for 2020? I am so thankful to be at Hillsdale for 2020 and beyond! The teachers, parents, and community have been so welcoming. My one word for this year is "patience" as I learn so many new things from you all and we all work toward making Hillsdale the best school in West Chester!

AIRPOD ALERT: Many students may have received airpods this holiday season - we have seen a rise in them at school. As always, we discourage students from bringing such expensive items to school. They are fully the student's responsibility, and we are concerned they may be lost - individually or the charging case. Please talk with your child about this responsibility if needed.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: We continue to support our school community and beyond this Winter season. Please see the attached flyer about collecting new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. The PTO is organizing a service event for Jan 17th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Please look for details in their newsletter.

As our temperatures continue to fluctuate, we do ask that your child dress in layers and be prepared for the changes. If a coat, hat, or glove does not make it home, please ask your child to check our lost and found. We are only two days back from break and it is starting to fill. We do scan these items regularly for a name so that helps get items back.

Winter also means potential weather related delays, closings, and/or early dismissals. Please make sure we have your most current email addresses and phone numbers on file. Make sure you are signed up for WCASD alerts. If you are not, please check out this website:


Registration is now open for next year!

Registration is open for new students. Please go to the District website to fill out an online application. You will find the application right next to the West Chester Area School District logo at the top in the blue banner. It is the icon of a clipboard with New Student Registration label. Once you fill out the application please call the school to make an appointment for finalize the registration. Tell you neighbors and friends.

Save the Date!

  • Jan 13 - 3rd grade trip to Delaware Museum of Natural History

  • Jan 16 – PTO mtg 7:00pm

  • Jan 17 - Early Dismissal - PTO MLK Service project in the afternoon
  • Jan 20 - No School for MLK day

  • Jan 21 - 24 - Art Goes To School week

  • Jan 22 - Everhart Park Design Day 7:00pm

Raptor Reset in 2020

Just a reminder that the district clears the Raptor Visitor Management System two times a year. The first is in August and the second is late January. If you enter the building after the reset, you will need to show your license. We just wanted to give you an early warning!

Kindergarten 101

Are you starting to think about kindergarten for your child? Do you wonder what kindergarten will be like in the West Chester Area School District? Do you ask how can I prepare my child for kindergarten? Please join us Wed, Jan 22nd, 6:30 p.m. PMS

Padres Latinos

A cultural bridge in the community for Spanish speaking families and our schools

Spanish Language Phone Line

Si usted prefiere comunicarse en español por favor llame al 484-266-1690 para contactarse con personal escolar.

(If you prefer to speak to a Spanish speaking operator, please call 484-266-1690 to connect with school personnel.)

PTO Website

Hillsdale School Directory, PTO Information, PTO Forms, and more!

Library Volunteers Wanted!

Please use these Sign Up Genius links to volunteer in our Library:

Day One - Tibbs-Brown, Wojcik, Burgess, Warner, Berman, Istvan


Day Two - Fitch, King, McBrearty, Pester, Miller, Readdy


Day Three - Korb, McCallister, Golebiewski, Zwizanski, Colven, Quinn


Day Four - Cini, Rostick, Numerato, Noone, Lupotsky, Sciola


Parent Handbook

Your one stop shop for all information related to Hillsdale.