As you do your online shopping, please consider supporting the Closter PTO while shopping through Amazon Smile. When you shop using AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Closter PTO. By selecting the "Closter Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity, you are helping us to continue providing high quality enrichment programs, supplies, technology, and more to Closter students while you shop.

CLICK HERE for the AmazonSmile Closter PTO Link to sign up and shop!

There is NO extra cost for you to sign up, and we appreciate you forwarding the link to family and friends. Once you sign up, you do need to go to smile.amazon.com to shop. 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Closter PTO. Happy Shopping!

While we're on the topic of shopping, 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!

 

There is a lot happening this spring! Please see our upcoming events and deadlines below.


Bicycle Safety Rodeo
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Start: 10:00 AM - End: 11:30 AM
Hillside Elementary School

Refresh your child's riding skills with this spring, bike-riding tune-up.  Free to all Hillside and Tenakill students (K thru 8), the Closter PTO is hosting a Bicycle Safety Rally to emphasize safe riding as we head into the warmer months.  This event will be Saturday, April 29th 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Hillside Elementary School parking lot by the basketball courts.  Students should attend with their bicycle AND helmet and be prepared to ride. This program will be best for those participants who confidently know how to ride a bicycle. 

 

Bicycles and helmets will be inspected for safety, and participants will ride on courses to learn and review safe bike handling skills.  If time permits, we will play NEW, safe bicycle games.  

This is what will be covered:

- The importance of always wearing a helmet, as well as ensuring that the helmet fits properly

- Rider safety

- The rules of the road

- Bicycle fitness

 

Parents or guardians must accompany children. This is NOT a drop-off program. 

 

Online Registration is required so that the participants can be organized into age groups. CLICK the "Get Started" button below to register your child. Deadline to register is Sunday, April 23rd. 

 

CLICK HERE for the Bike Rodeo 2017 Flyer

 

If you have any questions, please contact Conway Wong, conwayw@gmail.com, (201)679-3372  or George Yako, george.yako@me.com.  Thank you for your participation.


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Hillside Authors Visit: Sergio Ruzzier, Rowboat Watkins, and Brendan Wenzel
Tue, May 02, 2017
Start: 10:30 AM - End: 11:15 AM
HES Big Gym

We are delighted to announce a Hillside Authors Visit on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 10:30-11:15 AM, for grades K-2, featuring 3 wonderful, award-winning children's authors:

  • Sergio Ruzzier, reading from his book, "This Is Not A Picture Book"

  • Rowboat Watkins, reading from his book, "Pete With No Pants"

  • Brendan Wenzel, reading from his book, "They All Saw A Cat," which was a 2017 Caldecott Honor Book

An author visit is a wonderful opportunity for young readers to meet the creators of the books they read, and we have arranged for both students and teachers to purchase autographed copies of their books. Please consider extending this learning experience by purchasing an autographed book. Autographed books make great gifts for family and friends as well. 

Books can be purchased ONLINE using the "For Sale" button below

OR you can CLICK HERE for the Ruzzier, Watkins, & Wenzel Authors Visit Order Form, which you can print, complete, and submit with payment (by check made payable to "Closter PTO") to your child's teacher.

The Order Deadline is Thursday, April 6th

CLICK HERE for the Hillside Authors Visit: Ruzzier, Watkins, and Wenzel INFORMATIONAL FLYER for more details


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Military Bridge
Fri, May 05, 2017
Start: 7:00 PM
TMS Gym

Join us for this wonderful Closter PTO tradition - a fun night for adults only, filled with a lot of socializing, some fun card playing, and the opportunity to bid on wonderful raffle baskets which help support our schools. It's always a fun and memorable night for all who attend.

CLICK HERE for the Military Bridge 2017 Flyer for more information

Frequently asked Questions:

Is Military Bridge a fundraiser for the Military? No, Military Bridge is a version of the card game Bridge. It's a fundraiser for the Closter PTO.

Do I need to know how to play to attend? No, no one remembers how to play. We have to re-learn each year and this adds a bit of the fun. No card playing experience is necessary. 

Do I need to bring my own refreshments? No, but some teams really get into the spirit with tablecloths, snacks, or "table themes." Food and beverages are allowed, but no alcoholic beverages. 

What if I don't have a team of 4? Online ticket sales are for groups of 4. But don't miss out if you're part of a pair or even a single.. Please contact Sue Argenziano at sueargen@optonline.net and we will do our best to group you with others and get you a table.

Questions?
For questions about ticket sales and seating, please contact Sue Argenziano at 201.370.0790 or sueargen@optonline.net.
For questions about baskets, please contact Eileen Smith at 201.888.6772 or enesmith94@gmail.com.
 
TEAMS of 4 CAN BE REGISTERED ONLINE.
CLICK on the "For Sale" button below to purchase tickets for your group. 
 

 


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PTO Recruitment Tea
Tue, May 16, 2017
Start: 1:00 PM
Closter Public Library, Community Room

The PTO Executive Board invites you to attend our Annual PTO Recruitment Tea being held on Tuesday, May 15th, from 1 to 3 PM at the Closter Public Library Community Room. Please join us to find out how you can get involved with the activities and events planned for the 2017-2018 school year.

Who should attend? Any Hillside or Tenakill parents/guardians who would like to make a difference in their child's school experience.

Pressed for time? Consider chairing a specific event or join a committee.

Want to get more involved? We have multiple positions opening up on our 2017-2018 Executive Board, including:

  • Co-VP of Tenakill Lunch
  • Co-VP of Student Activities
  • Co-Treasurer
  • Co-VPs of Fundraising
  • Website Editor(s)

No specific knowledge or talents are required - just a strong desire to work with fellow parents, teachers, administrators, and most importantly, our children.

If you're not able to make the meeting but would like to get more involved, or if you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of our Executive Board or our Closter PTO co-presidents, Kristin Schwartz & Tamara Schwartz, at closterpto@gmail.com.

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Spring Fair
Sat, May 20, 2017
Start: 11:00 AM
Tenakill Middle School

Join us for our annual Spring Fair, a fun filled event at Tenakill Middle School with games, outdoor bouncy houses, food trucks, crafts, climbing wall, DJ, and so much more. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Questions? Contact Alison Kenny and Angela Ferullo at closterptosa@gmail.com.

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No School - Memorial Day
Mon, May 29, 2017
HES & TMS
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