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2/1/2021 Monday Message from Dr. Hart-Olivis

Good evening Hillandale Families,

This is Principal Hart-Olivis with this week’s Monday Message.

Do you have a little Hilllandale Hurricane who has benefited from our Wellness Wednesday activities?  Has your child been new to Hillandale, or had a tough time with friends in the past, or needed study tips, or needed someone to talk to if they suffered a loss, or just needed to work through some feelings?  If they have, please join me in celebrating our amazing school counselors, Ms. Sarah Johnson and Ms. Jill Lowe.  Did you know that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what school counselors and support staff do each day?  This incredible team has been instrumental in Hillandale’s work, especially this year as we work to keep our connections with our students and families, support each other within the staff, and keep us all smiling in so many ways.  Thank you Ms.Johnson and Ms. Lowe, for not only being fantastic colleagues but for being part of the spark that keeps us at our best.

Hillandale Elementary School is celebrating Black history during the month of February and every day. This month, we highlight African-American firsts, our leaders, our trailblazers, and our great minds who have contributed to society in ways that make our lives better today.  At Hillandale, it is important for us to join together to affirm our differences and celebrate unity at Hillandale.  To have a school and community that is diverse simply means that we are all very different.  At our school, we strive to be one family; one whole; one Hillandale.

We have a special event for our 3-5 grade students this week.  Fantasy author, Scott Reintgen (pronounced Rankin) will be visiting through Zoom on Thursday, February 4 at 2 pm.  Third, fourth, and fifth graders can find the link through Seesaw or they can get it from their classroom teacher.  Even when we can’t be in the building together, we can experience great things!

Stay up to date about what’s happening at Hillandale on our school website,, and on Twitter and Instagram @HillandalePOWER.

As always, thank you for your support, your partnership, and most of all, for being part of The Hillandale Family.

Have a magnificent week!