3 May 2019

Hillside Newsletter 3 May 2019

Hillside Kindergarten’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

Important Dates

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 7-10 May  K1 Parent-Teacher Conferences
 13 May  Public Holiday – School Closed
 14-17 May  K2 Parent-Teacher Conferences
 24 May – 2 June  ESF Art Exhibition at K11
 11-13 June  K2 Celebrations (Graduation) SAVE THE DATE!!
Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

Welcome to Term 3 – our favourite term of the year!! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and that the children are refreshed ready for a big term of learning (and a lot of fun along the way!).

Towards the end of the last term, our teachers planned for this term’s new Unit of Inquiry (UoI). We have a lot of exciting learning engagements planned and I know the children are going to have the opportunity to develop many new skills along with having fun and enjoying their new unit. Please visit our class blogs on the Hillside Learning Hub for your child’s latest class news, which will include information about your child’s Unit of Inquiry. Please encourage your child to share and talk about what they have been doing and learning by going through the class blogs and ePortfolios together. One of the purposes of our class blogs is to provide parents with information about the learning undertaken at Hillside so that it can then be discussed at home to strengthen the home-school connection.

Thank you for all the parent participation and volunteers last term, we are very fortunate to have so many parents assisting us to enhance teaching and learning opportunities and also making it even safer for the children by providing us with an extra hand, as well as keeping an extra eye.

A warm reminder to sign-up before the end of the year (especially K2s!), but please be conscious to limit or spread out your number of sign-ups, especially this last term, to allow all parents an opportunity on the rosters before the summer break.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards
Acting Head of School

Zero Waste Hillside

At Hillside, we are taking steps in becoming an ‘eco-friendly school’ by minimising the impact of our human footprint on our planet. As such, we are working on becoming a plastic-free school. We do not want any single-use plastic items at Hillside, please! Any single-use plastic items that come to school with your child will be sent home.

We have agreed to recycle our paper and cardboard and minimise lamination regularly. We will opt for more environmentally friendly teaching materials and resources to be used in our classrooms, and increase the use of natural materials and other biodegradable materials.

Children at Hillside will be taught about the value of food and water – and teachers will be expected to model this through the learning engagements that are presented to the children, for example when engaged in learning activities, playing games, class parties etc. All resource must be respected and not wasted at any time.

ESF The Journey: An Exploration of Art 2019 Exhibit

There will be an art exhibition at K11, a well-known, art mall in T.S.T. Hong Kong, showcasing numbers of ESF students’ artwork around the city: ‘’The Journey: An exploration of Art’’. This is a 10-day art exhibition, and the artworks cover a wide range of media.

This is the first time we will have organised an exhibition showcasing the effort and many artistic talents of our students across the ESF Schools, from kindergarten through secondary school, PIS and special school. The art exhibition is not just a journey through the years of our schools, it represents the way in which our students grow and develop as young adults.

All ESF schools were invited to submit student artwork for selection. The venue managers and organisers (both K11 and ESFC event team) reviewed each submission before it came to the final stage of the art exhibition. Hillside has been fortunate enough to have some of our children’s artwork selected for display at the exhibit.

The information of the exhibition are as below:
Theme: The Journey: An Exploration of Art
Exhibition date: 24 May – 2 June 2019
Exhibition hall: chi K11 art space, B2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Admission: FREE!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teachers Consultations (PTC) are coming up, you will need to login to your Gateway account to book your appointment. The online sign-up will close on the Friday prior to your week of PTCs.

Please note classes will continue as per normal throughout the PTC weeks. The appointments are about 10-15 minutes long for each child. Please appreciate that these are the dates when we have arranged cover for teachers and we would like to keep to them as much as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 2540-0066.

Latest Unit Reports

The latest Unit of Inquiry report (for both K1 and K2) will be available for parents to access on Gateway. To access your child’s report:

  1. Please log into Gateway https://hs.tg.esf.edu.hk to access your child’s report. If you forgot your login details please use the “forgot password or login name” function. Gateway will send you an email for resetting password shortly.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, select ‘ARR Report‘ on the main screen.
  3. Select the relevant report template “Unit 3 Report: This will create a PDF file that you can save as a soft copy or print out if you wish. If you have more than one child, select the appropriate child in the top left corner.

Please contact the office on admissions@hillside.edu.hk if you have any difficulties accessing these platforms.

Hillside K2 Celebration of Learning (Graduation) – SAVE THE DATE!!!

One of the highlights of Term 3 is always our K2 Graduation Ceremony. With ESF moving toward a “Through-Train Education System”, we would like to see this move from K2 to Y1 as part of the transition process. As such, our end of year event will be a Celebration of Learning to commemorate the children’s time at Hillside. We will showcase some of the children’s work and learning through different forms of presentation. Stay tuned as well for a special outing for our K2 children as a special last memory with their Hillside friends and teachers.

We are keen for the events to take place on 11-13 June 2019, pending on confirmation of our venue. Further details regarding this event will follow soon!

Class Blogs

Please click on the links below to visit our class blogs on the Hillside Learning Hub for your child’s latest class news and photo gallery. Please contact kinder@hillside.edu.hk if you cannot access the Learning Hub.

Dolphin Dragon
Frog Gecko
Monkey TigerAM    TigerPM
Panda Turtle

Inspiring Futures

Data Privacy The information we collect from you is in accordance with the ESF Personal Data Handling Policy and its related Personal Information Collection Statements (“PICS”). Our PICS statement is available online. http://www.esf.edu.hk/privacy

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