Hillside News Brief

October 1, 2021

Important Dates for You

Tuesday, October 5: Picture Day at Hillside. Say cheese!

Friday, October 8 - October 14: Scholastic Book Fair (in the Hillside library)

Wednesday, October 13th: 4:00-8:00 p.m. -- Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 14th: 8:00-4:00 p.m. -- Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)

Friday, October 15: No school (Teacher Comp Day)

Monday, October 16: No school -- Professional Development Day for Teachers

Friday, October 29: 2:00 p.m. is the start of the Halloween Parade at Hillside. We will start inside then will come outside to show our costumes to families. Families, please stand outside so you can witness the parade! Parties will be indoors in classrooms after the parade. We will be limiting parent attendance to parent helpers (there are 2 designated parent helpers per classroom). If you wish to help in a classroom this school year, please email Mrs. Bailey's administrative assistant, Mrs. Griffith, at griffith.barbara@westside66.net. Please let her know your student's name and classroom teacher. Community Club will be in touch with you regarding being a parent helper for this school year. Thank you!

Please see below for Halloween costume guidance.

Friday, October 29: 2:00-3:15 An alternative to Halloween festivities is the Fall Festival for students who do not celebrate this event. We will offer an alternate activity for those who wish to opt out of Halloween.

Friday, October 29: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat Event at Hillside. See below for details.

Hillside Event Calendar 21-22 School Year

Click here to see events for this coming school year!

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Halloween Costume Guidelines

  • Please be sure costume is simple and can be put on quickly and with little help from an adult
  • Please do not send anything that could resemble a weapon to school
  • Please do not send your child in makeup or expect that they will be able to apply makeup at school
  • Please do not include the face/eye/head covering with the costume (children will already need to wear their regular mask/mouth covering during the school day)
  • Please use judgement when choosing a costume; very scary costumes can frighten our youngest children. Please save the scary costume for your Halloween night fun!
  • If your child needs a costume, please contact our school counselor, Mr. Maloley at maloley.zachary@westside66.net

Use TAGG (Together a Greater Good) to Help Hillside

Remember that the TAGG (Together a Great Good) app can help Hillside financially. Many business in the metro area will donate a percentage of every sale; all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. It's easy and fast, and every receipt is worth some $$ for Hillside if you make Hillside a beneficiary of your support on the app.

1) Download the TAGG app

2) When in the app, choose Hillside as a place to support

When you are ready to process a purchase:

2) Touch the "TAGG a purchase" button

3) Touch "Hillside" when asked to choose whom to support

4) Find and touch the business that generated your receipt

5) Take a photo of your receipt

6) Upload your receipt

That's it! It's that easy.

Thank you for TAGG-ing your purchases regularly for Hillside!

HyVee Receipts

Did you know that HyVee is a participant in the TAGG (Together a Greater Good) program? That's right! HyVee will donate a percentage of every receipt (exceptions: no gift cards, lottery purchases, money orders/transfers, or pre-paid debit cards) to Hillside if you make Hillside an entity you support. This also goes for the HyVee convenience store purchases and gas purchases, as well!

Hillside's Community Club used to collect HyVee receipts for a period of time during first semester, but no longer! TAGG benefits Hillside all year long and during the summer, too! Be sure to TAGG your purchases each time you visit HyVee. Thank you for supporting Hillside!

The October TikTok Challenge

If I had not seen it in print, I would not believe it. The October TikTok Challenge is...slap your teacher on the rear end. Yes. You read that correctly.

I do not need to emphasize with any adult reading this newsletter how important it is to have a conversation with your older elementary student if you think he or she is viewing TikTok or might be aware of and swayed by this "challenge." This is not a challenge, by the way. This kind of action is not worthy of the word "challenge."

I do not want to put this in front of our younger students because they are, hopefully, blissfully unaware that anyone would want to strike a teacher anywhere on their body. I am hoping the adults in our kids' lives will be able to find a way to warn against any ill-advised actions that might happen as a result of viewing TikTok.

The damage to our restrooms at Hillside has abated somewhat, but my educator's heart still aches as I think about the kids who found it necessary to fulfill that September TikTok Challenge to destroy school bathrooms. The time we had to take to right those wrongs is time we could have spent attending to the needs of our Hillside Tigers.

Thank you for advocating for the peace and tranquility of our school. We are teaching and supporting kids here, and we would like to do so in October without being hit.

Cynthia Bailey, Principal

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Set up an online account for the Book Fair!

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Football Games: Important Information for Parents and Guardians

Westside families -

We are encountering problems at our Varsity Football Games at Westside High School involving our students. Specifically, we have noticed an increasing number of elementary and/or middle school students unaccompanied and/or unsupervised during and after games. This last week, our staff and security noted a group of younger students together in our parking lot more than 30 minutes after the stands had emptied; needless to say, it was concerning to see a group of 10-13 year olds, alone, at 10pm on a Friday night.

This is creating safety concerns, as well as crowd control and behavioral issues for our security, staff members, and other students and families. While we encourage our younger students to attend games, whether football, softball, basketball, etc., we remind you they must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. In addition, we remind all students they are expected to sit/stay in the stands to watch the game and not congregate near concession stands and restrooms.

Thank you for your support in helping Westside High to be a welcoming and safe place for all of our fans, student athletes and visitors.

Westside Community Schools

PBiS Skill of the Week for Next Week

Hillside, like all schools in Westside Community Schools, operates with a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support practice. This means we focus on recognizing when students are demonstrating positive behaviors. Of course, we work to help students correct behaviors that are not as positive, and we provide supports for students who need it.

Hillside announces daily the social Skill of the Week. This is the skill we are focusing on as a building for the entire week. Next week's Skill of the Week is: Accepting "No" for an answer. When you accept "no" for an answer you:

  • Look at the person
  • Say, "Okay"
  • Stay calm
  • If you disagree, ask about it later

This is a great skill to practice any time you need to get someone's attention in class.

Drinking fountains at Hillside

At present, Hillside's drinking fountains are still disabled because of COVID protocols. Please consider sending your student to school with a water bottle, clearly marked with your student's first and last name, if possible. Thank you!
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Westside Snack List 2021-22

District-approved snacks that you can bring in to school any time!