Hillside Family Newsletter

November 2022

Message from the Principal

November is a time for giving thanks. We have so many things to be grateful for at Hillside Elementary School. Above all, it is the people of our school community; students, teachers and staff, and parents all working together to support learning for which I am thankful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for taking the time to read with your children, checking homework, communicating with your child’s teacher and countless other things you do to encourage and support the education of your child. We are very fortunate to have a school community with a nurturing staff, happy students, and caring parents. There is great learning happening at Hillside due to everyone’s shared effort.

The character trait for this month is gratitude. Please ask your child what they are doing to support this important character trait. How are they showing thankfulness and appreciation? Learning how to express gratitude is a skill we can all develop and will yield a greater sense of joy in us all.

This month, there are important opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. Report cards will be available in Parent Vue the week of the 14th. Fall conferences will be held this month too. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you soon to schedule conferences. Finally, the PTO will be hosting the first school dance Wednesday, November 9th. Please contact the PTO to get involved.

As we move into the holiday season, helping your child to maintain regular attendance is critical. Attending school every day is important because learning happens everyday! We look forward to seeing your child on time daily.

Lastly, Fall is finally here! You may have noticed the chill in the air. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. If your child has a need for a jacket, please contact the school office.

With Gratitude,

Principal Jen Durham

Checkout the Hillside Website!

Have you seen our new website with up to date information, events and our up to date breakfast and lunch menu? Please go check it out at eaglepnt.k12.or.us/hes.


November 3rd- PTO Meeting 5:00-6:00 PM in the school library

November 6th- Daylight Saving Time Ends - Set your clock back one hour and gain an hour of sleep!

November 9th- College apparel day

November 9th- PTO dance 5:30-6:30 in the Hillside Gym

November 10th- Teacher work day- NO SCHOOL

November 11th- Veteran's Day- NO SCHOOL

November 15th- Report cards will be ready

November 17th- Lifetouch Picture retake day

November 21-23 Family Conferences- NO SCHOOL

November 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

Family conferences November 21st-23rd

Your student's teacher will be reaching out to your family to set up a conference time. Hillside has a goal of 100% conference attendance.

Hillside November Attendance Challenge

Students, do you have better attendance than staff? In November, you can earn a Rock star dress up day just by coming to school every day. Check out your progress in the hallway by the front office.
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Procedure for Late Student Drop Off

Parents, please sign students in when they are dropped off after the tardy bell (8:35 AM).

HES PTO Meeting

Join our PTO Thursday, November 3rd from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Hillside Library. We look forward to seeing you there. Would you like to subscribe to receive PTO communications? Please follow this link. We would love for you to volunteer in the classroom or around the school. To do so, you need prior approval from the school district. Please apply here.


On Friday, October 21st, we had our annual walk-a-thon fundraiser. This is our BIG, once-a-year school-wide fundraiser. With the money raised, classes will be able to go on field trips, purchase class rewards, and do special projects. Our goal was to earn $10,000 as a school. We raised over $12, 500.

Special THANK YOU to friends and family of Hillside! We are grateful!

PurposeFull People character traits for our students of the month

November 2022

During the month of November, our Hillside staff will be celebrating scholars who demonstrate gratitude. We will learn that gratitude is a choice that we get to make over and over again on where we put our focus and that we can feel grateful even for tough or challenging things in our life. We would encourage our families to practice this trait at home too!

Gratitude: choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.

Think About It

Here are some questions to ask your child at home or talk about as a family:

K-2 Why do you think that saying “thank you” is so important? Gratitude takes practice! What can we do as a family to work on expressing Gratitude more regularly to each other and those around us?

3-5 Who are the people that you’re grateful for? How do you currently express Gratitude? With your words, actions, or thoughts? How does it feel to give Gratitude? How do others respond to your Gratitude?

Students of the Month

October 2022- Responsibility

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School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Start 8:30 am

End 3:15 pm

Early Release Wednesday

Start 8:30 am

End 1:55pm

*Doors open at 8:05am for breakfast in the cafeteria. There is no supervision before 8:05am. First bell rings at 8:30 am. Late bell rings at 8:35 am.

Student Absence

If your student will be absent for the day, please call our office at 541-830-1225 or email islasg@eaglepnt.k12.or.us. Thank you for helping to keep our school healthy by keeping students home when they are sick.

Ipad Insurance

Pad insurance is $25 per student. It may be paid through ParentVue or by sending check or cash to school with your scholar. We highly recommend this insurance. You never know when an accident is going to happen. If you have not paid the insurance then you will be responsible for the cost to fix or replace the iPad.

Hillside Elementary School Mission Statement

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Ipad Insurance information

Does your student have Ipad insurance? Just $25 per year covers many oopsies that could be very expensive. This can be paid in the office by cash/check or ParentVue by Credit/Debit.