November Bulletin – 2011

November is almost upon us, with its grey, windy days and wild storms. As the chill increases, events are heating up at Hillside. Read on!

Weather Alert

Please be aware that Hillside has an unusual microclimate. Due to its location and height on Cougar Mountain, we often are subject to ice and snow when other areas are not. For this reason, the hilly roads leading to the school can be treacherous in inclement weather. If you hear of any possibility of ice or snow (or severe winds) in the Greater Seattle region, after 6:30 a.m., please check the website, for notification, or call the school number, 425-747-6448, to hear the recorded message regarding start times or cancellation.

Please also note that, at such times, it may be necessary to cancel the van service even though it is possible to have school. Any such transportation change will also be noted on the web site and the phone message. If no change is necessary, the message will be normal.

To those who wonder why our status does not appear on, we regret to say that, due to our small size, they will not list us.

Wednesday, November 2, Block IC begins

7/8 Washington State History
9-11 Western Civilization after 1600

Friday, November 4, TEACHERS` MEETING 3:30-5:00 pm

Saturday, November 5, OPEN HOUSE 1:00-3:00 pm

We have a wonderful learning community at Hillside. Please invite your friends and coworkers to come and learn more about us at our upcoming Open House. Postcards announcing the date of this and our January Open Houses are available to you on the table in our foyer; share them with your neighbors and friends, and display them at your workplace and community gathering places. Get the good news of our exciting curriculum and supportive community out to the greater public! Our satisfied families are our best advertising.

Friday, November 11, NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day is observed
Monday, November 14, Island Book Fair 6:30 – 8:30 pm

It’s here again! The Hillside Book Fair is set for Monday, November 14 at Island Books Etc., a small, independent bookstore on Mercer Island. 20% of the proceeds support your school. Now’s your chance to buy all your holiday gifts—and benefit Hillside at the same time! Tell your friends and forward this note to them! Remember, one of the best gifts for an adult or a child is a book.

When: Monday, November 14
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Island Books Etc.
3014 78th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

RSVP: For this event to succeed, we need to come up with a minimum number of interested families. Please reply so we can confirm with the bookstore the number attending. Contact Susan Wedgewood at or at 425-649-9388.

We request that parents remember to attend to their children so that we may continue to make this an intergenerational fundraiser.

Post Scriptum

  1. You can come in anytime during that day and make purchases crediting Hillside.
  2. You can send in a proxy to purchase books for you – payments must be made on Monday, Nov 14th.
  3. Anyone who wishes to make a phone order can do so on Monday, November 14th only and pay for purchases over the phone.

For directions to Island Books Click here.
To see a map, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, Biology Poster Session 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Come learn from the experiments our students have developed in Laura’s first trimester 7-8 Chemistry Experiments and 9-11 Biology Plant Experiments block classes! Students will present posters detailing their investigations and discuss the process by which they obtained their results. Prepare to be intrigued and delighted. Refreshments will be served.

We are growing a crop of highly able, analytical scientists at Hillside!

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, Thanksgiving Vacation

Tuesday, November 29, Block IIA begins

7/8 American Lit and Comp
9 Art
10-11 Biology (lab)

Upcoming events in December:

Trimester I Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held in early December.

We will be sending out information about conference sign up on or about November 1st.

Conference dates:

Monday, December 5: Grades 9 – 12
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 12: Grades 7-8
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 13: Grades 5-6
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 7:00 pm

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