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November 15, 2022 Message from Dr. Hart-Olivis

Good evening Hillandale Families,


This is Dr. Hart-Olivis, proud principal of Hillandale Elementary School with this week’s Monday Message.  You should receive this message in both English and Spanish. 


Little Caesar’s Pizza is sponsoring our next Hillandale Dine Out.  It’s pizza time!  For the next two weeks, our incredible PTA will be selling Pizza Kits to raise money to support Hillandale students, teachers, and staff.  To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help.  It’s super easy to join the fun, and the items will be shipped directly to your home.  This is the link to participate, and it will be active until November 30.


Hillandale Spiritwear sales have started and will continue all week.  Please see your child’s flyer that went home and in Seesaw.


The Hillandale Media Center will be hosting a book fair at the end of the month!  This is an opportunity for students to purchase books for your home library or your child’s classroom while supporting our Hillandale Media Center.  The book fair will be Monday, November 28 to Saturday December 3.  There are many opportunities for families to help out.  You can sign up at this link.  Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 students will preview the book fair with their classes.  Tuesday evening we will open the media center after school and into the evening for families to visit (with or without) their students.  Wednesday through Friday during school hours the book fair will be open for students to purchase items.


At Hillandale, it’s important to us that we regularly communicate with you about how you can help boost your child’s achievement at school and how important your support is from home.  Every student at Hillandale can learn and grow, and we’re on a team together to help our learners achieve.  Did you know reading aloud strengthens students’ reading skills at all ages?  When your child hears you read aloud, it introduces ideas to them, and concepts and vocabulary they might not otherwise get.  When you read with your child, it adds to their background knowledge (or schema, as we call it at school), which helps them with comprehending.  When you’re reading at home, after you’ve read a story or passage, ask your child to summarize it.  Ask your child specific questions, like, “What did the main character do?  How did it make his friends feel?” If it’s a longer book, ask your child to remind you what was happening in the story where you stopped.


As future leaders in our community, we are inviting students and their families to contribute to our canned food drive.  Our goal is to collect 500 items to donate to our families in need.  Please join us as we unite as a Hillandale Family.


Stay up to date about what’s happening at Hillandale on our school website, and on Twitter and Instagram @HillandalePOWER.  You can also respond to me directly from this email, but now that we’ve started school, your child’s teacher is the best first contact.


At Hillandale we strive for everything we do to be results-focused, data-informed, and student-driven.  We want to empower your child to excel in the academic and social skills required to be a leader in our community.  As always, thank you for your support, your partnership, and most of all, thank you for being part of The Hillandale Family.


Have a fantastic week!