Hillside Administrative Weekly Correspondence - June 3, 2020

“Work Hard and Be Kind!”


June 3, 2020


Dear Hillside Family:

As we prepare for June, and the closing of the school year, we want to share the following information with you.  Instruction will continue through the last day of school, June 23rd. In order to be able to close out the school year, please ensure that your child has turned in all late work by June 15th.   If your child is struggling, and/or missing multiple assignments, please reach out to your child's counselor or teacher for assistance.

While instruction will continue in Related Arts and Related Arts areas through the end of the year, students will receive either a Pass or NG (no grade) at the end of marking period 4.  This includes World Language.

We recognize how challenging Distance Learning has been for some students and families, and have worked to be flexible and make adjustments to assist students during this difficult time. As we continue until the end of the school year, teachers will be providing two “live” sessions per week, so that we can continue to make connections with students; this is so important, especially right now.  We strongly encourage students to attend the live sessions if possible.  Besides the instructional value of “live” instruction, this is being done for emotional and social support of students because we know that the lack of socialization creates stress and a sense of isolation that we are all feeling. 

We are working with PNC Bank to process field trip refunds, and will notify Hillside families once the refunds are ready.

Attention 6th Grade Parents and Guardians:

ALL POSITIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 BRMS PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD ARE OPEN.  Please email Susan Rogalsky -Shirtkat@aol.com, Tammy Sicat  - tammysicat@gmail.com and Christine Steffer - CSteffner@brrsd.k12.nj.us by this Friday 6/5/20 if interested.

Please see the duties of each position listed below.  We will have a virtual end of year meeting where the new officers will be sworn in.  Thank you.

I.   President/Co-Presidents

a.      Preside at general and executive board meetings

b.     Represent school at Council of Schools (CSA), establish meeting dates and correlate     calendars with CSA

c.      Review budget with Treasurer/Co Treasurer

d.     Sign checks and make deposits in the absence of the Treasurer/Co Treasurer

e.      Be an ex-officio member of all committees

f.       Create special committees as needed

g.      Submit facilities use forms if not done by front office

h.     Distribute Executive Board/Membership/Standing committee rosters


2.   Vice President/Co Vice Presidents

a.      Perform duties of President in his/her absence

b.     Coordinate chairperson’s list

c.      Coordinate activities and committees split

d.     Publish and distribute the directory

e.      Arrange for the auditing of the Treasurer/Co Treasurer’s books at end of year or when books change hands

f.       Keep a list of all PTO members


3.    Recording Secretary

a.      Keep minutes of all meetings and have posted to PTO website once approved by President/Co-Presidents

b.     Prepare the PTO agenda with input from the PTO Executive Board and school principal. Distribute agenda prior to the meeting along with an announcement of meeting date

c.      Provide the by-laws at the first general meeting for acceptance annually

d.     Keep by-laws updated as needed (must be reviewed every 2 years)

e.      Fill in for Corresponding secretary as needed


4.     Corresponding Secretary

a.      Collect information, coordinate and prepare PTO newsletter. Gather information from school principal, school nurse, PTO president and PTO chairpersons.

                  b.  Keep file of all newsletters

                  c.  Conduct the correspondence of the organization

                  d.  Fill in for Recording secretary as needed

                  e.  Submit items to Webmaster for website

                  f.  Function as Sunshine chairperson, provide appropriate gifts and cards

                      for PTO members, teachers, administrative staff and students


5.     Treasurer/ Co Treasurer

a.     Handle all funds; present financial report at all meetings

b.     Receive and pay bills; make deposits

c.      Prepare budget with President/Co-Presidents

d.     Prepare and present proposed budget for approval at first general meeting of the year with prior notice required to membership

e.    Obtain and keep all permits, licenses, and official government documents, if applicable

f.      Update and obtain permits and licenses, if applicable

BR CAREs, Hillside’s before and after school program, is offering early bird registration through June 15th.  The mission of BR CAREs (Bridgewater-Raritan Community After/Before School Recreation & Enrichment) is to provide a safe environment where children can develop both socially and emotionally during the before/after school hours on the school grounds. Students will be given the opportunity to have recreational time outside, enjoy a snack, and complete homework with help from a caring district employee.

We miss our Hillside Hawks!  View our Hillside Staff Video, “Missing You”, right here!

2020 CSA Summer Program

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Council of Schools Association (CSA) will once again offer over 200 athletic and enrichment programs for students in grades Pre-K – 12. Take a look  at all of the exciting Enrichment and Athletic Programs that the CSA will be offering this summer at CSA Summer Programs. Don't miss out on these great opportunities offered by BRRSD teachers.

Attention Parents/Guardians of 5th Grade Students - The Tdap and MCV4 (meningoccal) vaccines are two vaccines required for students entering 6th grade in September, 2020.  In addition, a physical exam is strongly recommended.  Please give special attention to the August 30, 2020 deadline.  If your child has already received these vaccines, you should submit the documentation to the Health Office as soon as possible.  Compliance is mandatory per the state of New Jersey.  Your child must have these vaccines in order to start school in September 2020.  Please use this link to access the required documents.  Please mail documents to Hillside Intermediate School at 844 Brown Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807, fax to 908-231-1083. or scan and email to tsalamone@brrsd.org.  Thank you!


Warmest regards,

Mr. William Ferry



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