Hillside Elementary PTO

We ENGAGE, ENRICH and EXTEND educational experiences in a supportive learning environment to strengthen our community of students, parents and staff.

Wishing everyone a wonderful winter break!

Don’t forget it’s dinner @ Rubino’s tonight! Mention Hillside when you order takeout or eat-in.

[12/16/19]   The Winter Spirit Wear order due date has been extended to tomorrow, Tuesday December 17th due to the “snow” day.

Looking for something to do on our “snow” day? Have the kids take a look at your bookshelves for any books they have outgrown and might want to swap/donate at our Book Swap.
*please note the dates have been fixed from those in the flyer that came home last week

LAST CHANCE! The following ASEP classes that are SO CLOSE to meeting their enrollment minimums - only 1-3 more students needed to confirm the class!
Instead of cancelling, we're keeping registration open until tomorrow, Sunday (12/15) at NOON for these classes:


To register for these classes, go to: https://tinyurl.com/hillsideLSw20

*If the above classes do not reach their minimum enrollments by noon Sunday, they will be cancelled and families will be contacted to transfer to a confirmed class or be issued a refund.*

Drama Kids is still accepting registrations. To register for Drama Kids, go to: https://dramakids.com/ashburn-leesburg-va/ashburn-2/

Next Week is Hillside Holiday Spirit Week. Participation in holiday spirit week is strictly voluntary. Here are the themes for each day of the week.

[12/13/19]   The Hillside PTO Movie Night will proceed as planned. Pre-ordered pizza available from 5:30 to 6:00 pm. The movies will start at 6:30 pm.

See everyone tonight!

[12/13/19]   Hillside PTO Family Movie Night Update: We are working with Administration to determine if movie night can be held as scheduled. We will post an update as soon as we get an official response.

Loudoun County Public Schools


Loudoun County Public Schools are on a 2-hour delay today, December 13, 2019 with Administrative Offices opening on-time. Because the weather forecast is uncertain at this time, this decision may change to a closure. If the status of Loudoun County Public Schools changes, staff and the public will be notified as soon as possible. Please check our website, www.lcps.org, for specific program information to see how the delay could affect you.

Family Movie Night is coming up on Friday, December 13th. During the event, the PTO will be collecting snacks for Backpack Buddies. Backpack Buddies provides weekend and holiday meal packs to help meet the nutritional needs of children when they are not in school. If you are able, please consider donating.


Ashburn - Loudoun County

ASEP UPDATE: Registration deadline EXTENDED! Registration will now close on Friday, December 13th. Pottery, Cheerleading, World of Wizards and Playing with Food need just a few more enrollments to run. Please check out the descriptions below.

Did You Know? Drama Kids is still being offered on Mondays! The Spring session closes out with an amazing play the students will perform in the Hillside auditorium! Sign up for Drama Kids here: https://dramakids.com/ashburn-leesburg-va/ashburn-2/

Sign up for the all other classes here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LittleScholarsLLC?orglink=camps-registration#/selectSessions/2735507

👨‍🍳 PLAYING WITH FOOD W/ MRS. BECKETT Have you ever been curious what would happen when you started experimenting with your food but a parent told you no? Well, this class is for you! Each week, we are going to purposely play with food while conducting food-based science experiments. Taught by Hillside's very own, Mrs. Beckett!
(Tuesdays, 2-5)

POTTERY will teach students new techniques as they tackle new projects each week. Every assignment is inspired by famous artwork that is sure to spark your child's imagination. All pieces are fired in our professional studio making them oven and dishwasher safe. No experience is required so sign up today!
(Thursdays, K-5)

🤸‍♂️ CHEERLEADING will teach all the basics of the sport including motions, jumps, chants and cheers, and mini stunts. Build on strength flexibility, balance, and overall athleticism while doing activities that build self esteem and teamwork! Students will showcase what they have learned at an end of session in class "pep rally" for parents.
(Wednesdays, K-5)

⚡️WORLD OF WIZARDS is unlike any other class you have ever experienced. Students will take a magical journey into the world of wizards as they design trading cards, make a personal crest, create a treasure hunt, have a Triwizard tournament, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles.
(Thursdays, 3-5)

🎭 DRAMA KIDS helps students learn and develop new creative thinking styles and skills as well as develop other important life skills, including public speaking. Drama Kids extensive and comprehensive curriculum was designed by educators, and is the result of more than 35 years of experience and continuous development. Prepare those Oscar speeches now!
(Mondays, K-5)


HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE - Wednesday, December 11th

This is one of the most beloved teacher appreciation events! Parent volunteers bring in cookies and the teachers get to choose cookies from the assortment to bring home in holiday gift boxes.

Please use the Sign-Up Genius below to volunteer.

Going to Hillside's movie night on Friday? Tomorrow, Tuesday December 10th, is the last chance to return your pre-order form (with payment) for pizza and popcorn.

Contact the PTO with questions.


ACTIVE | Little Scholars

ASEP UPDATE! Registration closes on Wednesday and many classes have not met their minimum enrollment requirements and are at risk of being CANCELLED!

The below classes only need 1 or 2 enrollments to run! Sign up for these classes, and others, at: http://bit.ly/36flxvd

🎨 KIDZART is an extraordinary drawing program that introduces children to concepts such as proportion, perspective, dimension, and shading. Starting with a blank canvas, the students create a masterpiece to take home after every class. KidzArt builds self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and creativity in a fun non-competitive atmosphere. Artist quality supplies included.
(Tuesdays, K-5)

🎾 USTA YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAM is the first and only national tennis enrichment program in the country. Students will develop tennis skills utilizing kid-friendly equipment in a play-to-learn style that gets them rallying and having fun right away. In addition, students will learn relevant enrichment skills such as sportsmanship, math, science, technology, history, and more. All first-time students receive a wristband and a student handbook. Program is taught by USTA-trained coaches and all tennis equipment is provided during the class.
(Tuesdays, K-5)

✨DESIGN THE RUNWAY Design your very own fashion line with us! Budding designers will create a fashion portfolio, along with one of a kind pieces with recyclable goods and end the week with a Runway Show to stop Fashion Week! We will participate in several design challenges too.
(Wednesdays, K-2)

👩‍🚀 ASTRONAUT TRAINING & LEGOS Kids will enter our Astronaut Training Academy and prepare for a manned mission to Mars. Each class features both hands-on science activities and a Lego building activity to explore space travel, rockets, animals in space, robots, space weather, planetary geology, stars and lots more. Class ends with an astronaut picnic on our Martian colony!
(Thursdays, K-2)

🏀 FAST BREAK BASKETBALL will “cross-over” between game play and skills stations. The games within the game are where we will expose players to hoops skills like dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. Test your abilities having fun scrimmaging or playing games like Dribble Scribble, King of the Court, Hot Shot Shooting, Knock Out, and more! Be ready to take that last second shot, make that extra pass, and block that go ahead basket while learning the fundamentals of Basketball and the concepts of team work.
(Thursdays, K-5)



Winter Movie Night

Volunteers are needed for Winter Movie Night this Friday. Shifts are short so you'll still get to enjoy the movie with your family. Any and all help is appreciated! High-school volunteers welcome!

signupgenius.com We need several volunteers to help with Winter Movie Night. This is an excellent opportunity for high-schoolers who may need volunteer hours.  Please contact [email protected] with questions.  Thank you!

Happy Holidays!

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Winter After School Enrichment Programs (ASEP) registration is open. Classes start January 8th at Hillside from 2:45pm – 3:45pm. Register @ https://tinyurl.com/hillsideLSw20

To register for Drama Kids, go to: www.dramakids.com/va4 Class starts January 13th.

Please contact the PTO with questions.

Yesterday, our staff enjoyed a Thankful for You Thanksgiving lunch. Staff feasted on turkey and gravy from The Honey Baked Ham Company and an amazing amount of delicious dishes - all provided by Hillside families! Thank you to everyone who contributed - you made the lunch a success! 🌟

We are very thankful for our Hillside staff and all that they do. 🧡 

Please take the poll pinned on our page to cast your vote! Voting ends tomorrow.

[11/18/19]   Hillside's Winter Movie Night is Friday, December 13th and we're asking for your help to choose one of the movies! (More information about each movie is in the comments.) Students will have a chance to vote during morning announcements tomorrow. The overall winning movie will be shown in the Cafeteria during Movie Night. *Smallfoot (PG) will be shown in the Gymnasium simultaneously.

🎉 Congratulations Hillside! We are the proud winners of Loudoun Pediatric Dentistry’s Annual Halloween Candy Give-Back! Hillside had 115 students participate and donated 289.8 lbs of candy!!

Thank you to all who participated! Operation Gratitude, as well as Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and local fire stations, will all be receiving the candy that was donated.

PTO Meeting: Not Just for the PTO!

These meetings are a great way to understand more about the school & PTO efforts, share your opinions, ask questions, and meet other parents. Kids are welcome. No obligation to volunteer. We hope to see you at the meeting this month!

🦃 The Care & Share Committee's "Thankful for You" Luncheon is on Thursday, November 21st. They are still in need of some dishes and donations to purchase the turkey and gravy. Please consider helping out 🦃



Last Call! Please send the candy in a bag with your child's name and Hillside.

*All candy is going to our troops through Operation Gratitude. The more candy we donate, the more sweet treats our troops receive!*

Forgot to send in your leftover candy today, don't worry you still have time. Please send the candy in a bag with your child's name and Hillside. We'll be dropping off all candy collected by the deadline at 12pm on Friday.

Some exciting updates:
*We have had over 10 students participate so we're now receiving $2/lb!
*Rumor has it we're in 1st place but there's still a couple days to go - so let's keep our spot!
*All candy is going to our troops through Operation Gratitude. The more candy we donate, the more sweet treats our troops receive!

Hillside Elementary PTO's cover photo

School's closed tomorrow, November 5th. It's Hillside Spirit Day! Enjoy jumping at Atomic Trampoline, cool down with Rita's and end your day with a sweet treat from Rocket Fizz. All located at the Village at Leesburg. Please mention Hillside to make sure a portion of the proceeds goes to our school.

Last call for Box Tops!

Reminder to send in school supplies TOMORROW for the No Tricks, Just Treats staff event! 🎃 Staff will have the chance to go (no)trick-or-treating for supplies on Wednesday. Let’s make sure they have a lot to choose from! 📓🖇🖍✂️ Share your fun supplies ideas below! ✏️

Volunteers still needed to help with the Book Fair tomorrow and Friday! This is your chance to help your 2nd grade self figure out what you can ACTUALLY afford. 😂

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4EAEA828A2FB6-book4

We are planning for the next session of ASEP classes and want your input! Please take this short survey and let us know your opinion about ASEP. Hurry - survey closes Monday, October 28th!

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production. The Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

For more information go to the Box Tops website @ https://www.boxtops4education.com/

You can also contact the PTO with any questions @ [email protected]

Congratulations to Hillside’s D.A.R.E. officer, Deputy First Class Dawn Harding!

This week, Deputy First Class Dawn Harding graduated from the D.A.R.E. America International Mentor Officer Training program and will be joining the Virginia D.A.R.E Mentorship Team.

D.A.R.E. instructors who have successfully completed the certification process receive the title of “Mentor Officer.” A Mentor officer is permitted the privilege and responsibility of participating as member of the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center during D.A.R.E. Officer Training and specialty D.A.R.E. curricular trainings.

DFC Harding began the mentor training process last fall and is now one of twelve members assigned to the Virginia D.A.R.E Mentorship Team.

The D.A.R.E. program has been taught by members of the LCSO to 5th grade students in Loudoun County schools since 1987. As part of #Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman’s efforts, the program was expanded to the middle schools during the 2012-2013 school year. The expansion of the program came at no extra cost as the classes were taught by current members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Unit who are assigned to county middle schools.

“The D.A.R.E. program has a huge impact on our youth and Deputy First Class Harding, and all of the current members of the Juvenile Resource Unit leave a positive impression on every student they come into contact with,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

The D.A.R.E. program has taught nearly 150,000 Loudoun County students, providing them valuable life-lessons, how to make good decisions, and how to get out of bad situations. The program continues to have a huge impact on our youth and maintains the strong working relationship between the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and Loudoun County Public Schools.

The agency’s unwavering support of the D.A.R.E. program brought local and national recognition to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. This year the program tribes the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Loudoun School-Business Partnership Breakfast. In 2017, Sheriff Chapman was honored to accept the DEA/D.A.R.E America Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award on behalf of the LCSO. The award recognizes the LCSO’s extraordinary commitment to drug prevention and enforcement.

Over the year’s members of the unit have been named the D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, the D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year, and received the D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia D.A.R.E. Officers Association and the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center.

Great work DFC Harding!!

Thank you to everyone who came to Halloween Bingo last night. It was so much fun! A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers! We want to see your pictures. Post them in the comments 😊

🎃 Not sure of your costume for Halloween Bingo. Check out the different categories to spur some ideas and WIN! 💀

1 more volunteer is needed for Halloween Bingo to work the supplies table from 7:45-9pm.

We are also in need of more volunteers for the book fair 📚. If you are able, please consider volunteering.

Reach out to the PTO with questions.

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