Welcome back to school! We hope all of our Closter students and families had a fun and wonderful summer. Looking forward to seeing returning students and families and welcoming our new students and families in September!

A few friendly REMINDERS as we get ready to go back to school:

1. Please purchase your Closter PTO 2016-2017 Membership. Dues are $25 per family, regardless of the number of the children, and include access for 1 device to the PaperlessPTO Directory App. Log in to your Paperless PTO account (or create a new account, if you are new to using this website), complete your To-Do List with your student's updated grade and teacher assignments, and add "Membership Dues" to your shopping cart. PTO Membership is required to purchase from the PTO Lunch Program and to sign up for the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), along with many other benefits!

2. Please submit 1st Session Lunch orders for your student(s) by Sunday, September 4th. 1st Session Lunch will go on sale on Wednesday, August 17th, and all orders are due by Sunday, September 4th. CLICK HERE for the PTO Lunch Program page which will have updated menus and the link to order by August 17th. Questions? Email HillsideLunchVP@gmail.com (for Hillside students) and TenakillLunchVP@gmail.com (for Tenakill students)

3. Hillside families, please remember to register your children for fall ASEP (After School Enrichment Program) classes if you are interested, by Wednesday, September 14th. ASEP Fall Session online registration will open on Tuesday, September 6th, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, Septmber 14th. Lots of wonderful classes being offered again this year for all Hillside grades! CLICK HERE for the ASEP Program page, which will be updated with course offerings and registration information by Tuesday, September 6th. Questions? Email closterasep@gmail.com 

4. CLICK HERE for the 2016-2017 Summer Packet, which includes a lot more information about the Closter PTO, instructions for our website, the 2016-2017 PTO Calendar, and more! 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE SCHOOLKIDZ SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS:

Unfortunately, the Closter PTO has just been informed by Staples that, due to production issues on their end, the SchoolKidz School Supply Kits may not be able to be delivered in time for the first day of school. If you submitted an order for your child's SchoolKidz School Supply Kit in June, your order will be canceled and you will receive a full refund in the form of your original form of payment. Staples will be sending a coupon for 20% off all school supplies purchased online or in stores, which we will distribute to all families who ordered SchoolKidz school supply kits, once the coupons are received. Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please email closterptoschoolsupplies@gmail.com

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Interested in getting more involved with the Closter PTO? The Executive Board is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to fill a few remaining open chair positions:

  • Tenakill - Monday Lunch chairs (1-2 positions open)
  • Halloween Fair (2 positions open)
  • Spring Fair (2 positions open)
  • Tenakill Spirit Clothing chair (1 position open)
  • Tenakill Cultural Arts chair (1 position open)

If you're interested in any of the above chair positions or would like more information, please feel free to contact any member of the Executive Board or email the PTO Presidents at closterpto@gmail.com

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Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Please join the Stop & Shop A Plus Rewards Program, which is FREE and lets you support Closter Public Schools while you shop for groceries. It's easy to sign up:

1. Visit stopandshop.com/register and create an account

2. Go the A+ page found under "my Stop & Shop card" in the purple bar.

3. Follow the instructions to enter our school ID: 40238. The school is listed as Hillside Elementary, but proceeds from this program benefit both Closter Public Schools (Hillside Elementary and Tenakill Middle Schools).

4. Start shopping to earn money for our school!

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There is a lot happening in September! Please see our upcoming events and deadlines below.


1st Session Lunch Orders Due
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
HES & TMS

Choose from a variety of local vendors and order hot lunches for your children at Hillside and Tenakill. We have some new vendors and exciting new menu items for the 2016-2017 school year. CLICK HERE to view the Hillside and Tenakill lunch menus and to order.  Lunch orders will open on Wednesday, August 17th, and are due by Sunday, September 3rd.

For questions about Hillside lunch orders, please contact Conway Wong and Shiran Slutzky at HillsideLunchVP@gmail.com. For questions about Tenakill lunch orders, please contact Nancy Reilly and Pam Bern at TenakillLunchVP@gmail.com.

First Session Lunch Begins - Monday, September 12th

Deadline for First Session Lunch Order Changes - Friday, September 23rd

First Session Lunch Ends - Friday, December 23rd

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First Day of School
Tue, Sep 06, 2016
Start: 8:35 AM - End: 3:10 PM
HES & TMS

Welcome Back to School. Wishing all our Closter students and families a wonderful school year. 

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Coffee Klatch for Kindergarten
Tue, Sep 06, 2016
Start: 9:00 AM - End: 10:00 AM
Hillside Elementary School

We invite all Kindergarten parents to join us in the Hillside small gym  while your child attends his/her first day in school. A great opportunity to meet other kindergarten parents. Refreshments (and tissues) will be available.

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ASEP Fall Registration Begins
Tue, Sep 06, 2016
Hillside Elementary School

Fall 2016 ASEP classes will run at Hillside Elementary School from September 26th through November 30th.

Registration for ASEP will begin on Tuesday, September 6th, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, September 14th.

Please stay tuned for more information about Fall 2016 ASEP classes and to register - the link will be up soon.

For any questions, please contact the ASEP Committee:
Xia Yuan - yuanxia78@gmail.com
Erika Srinivasan - erikattt@yahoo.com
Michele Wong - pinkshade@gmail.com

 

 

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Box Top Collection Begins
Fri, Sep 09, 2016
HES & TMS

Get ready to cut those Box Tops and support our schools. We'll be collecting Box Tops from Friday, September 9th, through the end of May. Check out www.boxtops4education.com - You can shop online from the Box Tops Marketplace, a percentage of each purchase goes directly to Closter schools. While you are there, get a list of your favorite products that have the Box Tops logo, fun recipes and valuable coupons. Don't forget, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops wins a special prize. All proceeds from Box Tops go directly back to our schools.

Questions? Please contact Vinni Sabnani at vinnisabnani@gmail.com 

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2016-2017 Class Parent Sign-Up Deadline
Fri, Sep 09, 2016
HES & TMS

Sign up to be a class parent for your child's class online - the last day to sign up is Friday, September 9th. Log into your account and click on "Volunteer for Class Parent" tab.  

For questions regarding Hillside Elementary School class parents, please contact Venessa Bokser at venessabokser@hotmail.com or Rosemary Tristani at futuresoccermom1@gmail.com

For questions regarding Tenakill Middle School class parents, please contact Maria Matos at mmatos3723@gmail.com

 

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ASEP Fall Registration Closes
Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Hillside Elementary School

Fall 2016 ASEP (After School ENrichment Program)classes will run at Hillside Elementary School from September 26th through November 30th.

Registration for ASEP will begin on Tuesday, September 26th and the deadline to register is Wednesday, September 14th.

Please stay tuned for more information about Fall 2016 ASEP classes and to register.

For any questions, please contact the ASEP Committee:
Xia Yuan - yuanxia78@gmail.com
Erika Srinivasan - erikattt@yahoo.com
Michele Wong - pinkshade@gmail.com

 

 

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Hillside Author Visit Order Deadline: Jory John
Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Hillside Elementary School

We are delighted to announce that award-winning and bestselling author Jory John will visit Hillside Elementary School on Friday, September 30th, to discuss his new book, Penguin Problems, and his other titles. He will be speaking to students in grades K-3.

Our Author Visits are a wonderful opportunity for young readers to meet the creators of the books they read. We have arranged for both students and teachers to purchase autographed copies of their books. Please consider extending your child's learning experience through the purchase of an autographed book.

Books can be ordered online by clicking the "For Sale" button below or by submitting the paper order form with payment to your child's teacher. The deadline to order books is Wednesday, September 14th. 

CLICK HERE for the Jory John Hillside Author Visit Information Flyer

CLICK HERE for the Jory John Hillside Author Visit Order Form

Questions? Please contact Venessa Bokser at venessabokser@hotmail.com and Pam Bern at pammibitt@gmail.com 


Click here to order for Hillside Author Visit Order Deadline: Jory John
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5th & 6th Grade Back-to-School Night
Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Start: 7:00 PM - End: 8:00 PM
Tenakill Middle School
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Pre-K & K Back-to-School Night
Thu, Sep 15, 2016
Start: 7:00 PM - End: 8:00 PM
Hillside Elementary School
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1st & 2nd Grades Back-to-School Night
Tue, Sep 20, 2016
Start: 7:00 PM - End: 8:00 PM
HES Big Gym
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Last Day for 1st Session Lunch Changes
Fri, Sep 23, 2016
HES & TMS

The last day to submit 1st Session Lunch Order changes is Friday, September 23rd. Change requests will not be processed after this date. For questions re: Hillside lunch, please email HillsideLunchVP@gmail.com. For questions re: Tenakill lunch, please email TenakillLunchVP@gmail.com

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Halloween Costume Exchange - 8:10-8:40 AM & 3:10-3:40 PM
Hillside Elementary School

drop off dates September 19th and 20th, pick up dates September 22nd and 23rd

Get your trick or treaters ready for Halloween with the annual Costume Exchange. Bring your old and outgrown costumes to the Hillside School on Monday, September 19th, or Tuesday, September 20th, either before school (from 8:10-8:40 AM) or after school (from 3:10-3:40 PM). You will receive a ticket for each costume which can then be used towards other costumes (1 costume = 1 ticket) which will be displayed and available for "purchase" on Thursday, September 22nd, and Friday, September 23rd, from 8:10-8:40 AM or 3:10-3:40 PM. Don't have any costumes to exchange but want to shop for new costumes for your goblins and ghouls? Costumes will also be available for purchase on Friday, September 23rd, for $5 each. Please contact Sue Lerant at frasue36@gmail.com with questions or if you'd like to volunteer to help with the Costume Exchange. 

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Fall ASEP Classes Begin
Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Start: 3:20 PM
Hillside Elementary School

Fall 2016 After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) classes begin the week of September 26th. All ASEP classes are held at Hillside Elementary School from 3:20-4:20 PM.

Monday ASEP classes begin on Monday, September 26th, and end on Monday, December 5th.

Tuesday ASEP classes begin on Tuesday, September 27th, and end on Tuesday, November 29th.

Wednesday ASEP classes begin on Wednesday, September 28th, and end on Wednesday, November 30th.

Questions? Please check out the ASEP pageor email closterasep@gmail.com

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3rd & 4th Grades Back-to-School Night
Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Start: 7:00 PM - End: 8:00 PM
HES Big Gym
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HES Fall Book Fair
HES Big Gym

Please join us the week of Monday, September 26th to Thursday, September 29th for our Fall Scholastic Book Fair in the Hillside Gym.

Stay tuned for more information including the class visit schedule, coming soon. 

We rely on a wonderful group of parent volunteers to keep the book fair running smoothly. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Teresa Davis at tmdavis314@verizon.net or Mor Gil-Hefetz at morgilhefetz@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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7th & 8th Grades Back-to-School Night
Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Start: 7:00 PM - End: 8:00 PM
Tenakill Middle School
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