The Hillside Tiger News

Hillside Elementary School Newsletter December 7, 2018

Principal Message

It is hard to believe it is already nearing the end of this calendar year! 2018 came and went very quickly, and 2019 is coming on fast. Hillside is keeping pace with excellent instruction, entertaining music programs, and student involvement. We are moving right ahead during the next couple of weeks with MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing for students in grades three through six. Students in those grades will be taking mid-year tests in both reading and mathematics; the results will be back in January for parents to view.

Please watch our Hillside Event Calendar or the electronic calendar on Hillside’s website for programs and performances happening in the next couple of weeks. ‘Tis the season to celebrate our children and their accomplishments, show them love, and enjoy family time. The Hillside staff is grateful to be a part of your child’s life, and we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

--Cynthia Bailey, Principal


The mission of Hillside Elementary School, an inviting and supportive community, is to educate all students to be successful citizens by fostering academic excellence, encouraging character development and meeting the unique needs of the learner.

Wednesday Dismissal

Don't forget...Students will be dismissed early every Wednesday at 3:00 PM. Please be prompt as teachers are scheduled to leave the building each week to participate in professional learning communities.

December/January Calendar


11 5th & 6th Grade Music Program @ WMS, 7:00-8:00 PM

11 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra, Hillside N. Gym, 9:00-9:30 AM

18 6th Grade Strings Concert, WHS, 7:00-8:00 PM

20 5th Grade Strings Concert, WHS, 7:00-8:00 PM

21 Winter Parties (students and room parents), 2:45-3:15 PM

**December 22-January 6 Winter Break**


9 Community Club Meeting, 8:45 AM

10 5th & 6th Grade Band Performance, WMS, 6:00-7:00 PM (Rehearsal); 7:00-8:00 PM (Performance)

21 Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL

25 Family Event Night, TBD, 6:00-8:00 PM

Social Development of Your 8-year-old

8 years of age is the phase of social development where many children love being a part of social groups. In general, 8-year-old children enjoy school and will count on and value relationships with a few close friends and classmates, they may gravitate primarily toward friendships with peers of the same gender.

You may begin to see a newfound sense of self-confidence in your 8-year-old child as they express their opinions about people and things around them. They may pay more attention to news events and want to share their thoughts on current event topics. This is also a good time to talk with children about respecting others.

Your 8-year-old may begin to ask for sleepovers, although parents should not be surprised if some children want to go back home and do not make it through the entire night at a friend’s house. Many children are still attached to their mom, dad, and home at this age and may not yet be emotionally ready to handle being away from these comforts, even though they may wish to be.

Eight-year-old children are still developing an understanding of what is "wrong" or "right." Be prepared to continue to explain why actions are wrong or right and think through situations with your child.

Key Milestones

• Begins to understand how someone else feels in a given situation and will be more capable of

placing themselves in another person’s shoes

• Exhibits a wide spectrum of pro-social skills including, being generous, supportive, and kind

• Desires to adhere strictly to rules and be "fair," which can sometimes lead to conflicts during

organized group play

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Traffic Patterns at Hillside

Thank you to so many parents who carefully observe the carpool pickup lane and traffic pattern rules at Hillside! There has been tremendous effort in the past few years to make our pickup and drop-off safer for our Hillside students.

Some friendly reminders to drivers in the carpool lane:

· Please stay in your car if you are picking up/dropping off in the carpool lane

· Please make sure students enter and exit the vehicle from the sidewalk side; if your child requires assistance, please pull into a parking space or area in order to get out and assist

· Please pull all the way forward in the carpool lane. We realize it seems courteous to your child to stop and let them off/pick them up right at the front door, but it helps our procedure work more smoothly to pull all the way forward before stopping to pick up or drop off

· Please do not pull ahead of the cars in front of you. If a car is stopped, trust that the line will start moving again very quickly. It is safer to stay in your place in line

· Anticipate that arrival right at 8:25-8:30 a.m. or 3:25-3:30 p.m. may result in your waiting on Western for a few minutes in order to enter the carpool lane

· If you do not wish to wait to enter the carpool lane, you always have the option to pull into the parking lot to park and walk your child in

· We are outside at dismissal for carpool pickup until 3:45 p.m. After 3:45 p.m., students will be waiting inside in our front foyer for their ride. Expect a call from the school secretary, Mrs. Myer, to let you know your child is awaiting pickup. We understand that occasionally, parents/guardians are running behind; we just want you to know we are expecting you and that your child is safe

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November Hillside Tigers of the Month

Congratulations to Hillside’s November Tigers of the Month! These Tigers have been respectful, responsible, and safe at Hillside! The Tigers for the Month are; Ana J., Nels D., Kimmy G., Ethan J., Andrew R., Kameron R., Natalie H., Anthony B., Mackenzie K., Chloe S., Evelina T., Mariam R., Avery M., Sophia C., Mackenzie S., Luke B., Willie T., Jaiden J., Sofia LH., Tala S., Cecilia P., Trevon S., Miranda G., Kole L., Pandora K. Go Tigers!

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Math Contest Results

Westside elementary students competed in the 2018 McMillan Math Contest yesterday. The 6th grade Hillside/Paddock Team of Bella Gerloff, Sam Jevne, Ian Steyskal, and Kaden Shephard represented Westside and their respective elementary schools well. Please take time to congratulate these mathletes!

Hillside Geo Bee

A Geography Bee took place at Hillside Elementary on November 27th, and 6th grader Sam J. was the winner! the Hillside School level GeoBee wa the first round of the 31st annual National GeoBee, a geography competition designed to spark student interest and reward student's curiosity about the world. Thousand fo schools are participating in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. Sam's next step is to take a qualifying test for a spot to compete in the Nebraska State Bee at UNO on March 29th, 2019. Please congratulate Sam and the other students who took part in the Hillside GeoBee.

Winners: 1st-Sam J.; 2nd-Charlie D.; 3rd-Vincent A.; 4th-Mason G. Other

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October Energy Bus Winners

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November Energy Bus Winners

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5th & 6th Grades Instrumental School Day Concert

Just a reminder that the 5th and 6th Grades Instrumental School Day Concert is December 11th at 9:00 AM. Parents and relatives are welcome but seating is limited.


Mrs. Matheson and Mr. Freeman

Instrumental Music

Attention Fifth and Sixth Grade Band and String Parents - Mark your calendars because our concerts are coming! Concerts are a musicians reward for hard work and effort on their instrument. Please help reward your child by making their first concert a priority for your entire family! We can't wait to see you at these events to celebrate your child's accomplishment!

6th grade String students: Tuesday, December 18

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th grade String students: Thursday, December 20

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th and 6th grade Band students: Tuesday, January 10

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside Middle School Auditorium

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Lunch Accounts

We would appreciate your IMMEDIATE funding of your child’s lunch account if you carry a negative balance. Currently, many of our lunch accounts are below $5.00. Some are below $0.00. Westside Community Schools uses the convenient website, ‘,’ for online payment onto student accounts. If you are setting up a new account, you will need your student’s ID number. If you need your student’s ID number, please feel free to call the office, 402-390-6450. Please be on the look out for communication from school on meal balances.

Free/Reduced Applications

You are always welcome to fill out a free/reduced meal application especially when issues arise or if you are in question if you qualify. You can also fill out the application online. You may also go on to the school district website Go to the ‘Menus and Nutrition’ link and click in the right hand corner under ‘District Links.’ Then go to ‘Free/Reduced Meal Application’ under District Links.

Pizza Hut Day

Every other Wednesday is Pizza Hut Pizza Day! Often our students want extras for that day. To ensure that they have enough money in their lunch accounts, please turn in money by 10:00 AM on the Tuesday before.
Thank you.

Event Calendar

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Meal Prices 2018-2019

Elementary Breakfast:

Paid: $1.50

Reduced: $.30

Adult: $2.35

Elementary Lunch:

Paid: $2.40

Reduced: $.40

Adult: $3.65

Water: $.50

Extras: $1.20