December Bulletin

But first a few announcements!

At the Parent Council, many parents expressed a desire to have a central place to track homework and course expectations. We now have homework calendars available on the web as well as a central place to learn about course expectations.

The calendars and course expectations can be found on the community side of the Hillside website or by clicking on the links below!

5 – 6 Grade Calendar
7-11 Grade Calendar
Course Expectations


Don’t forget to scroll down beyond the Hillside Calendar to learn about more upcoming local events!  If you are doing something outside of school, please let us put it on the blog.  Just send the relevant details to  Thanks!


Winter arrives, wet and dark. But take heart! Soon the days will grow longer and winter break is drawing nigh. But until it arrives (Dec. 21-Jan. 4), here is what will be happening in December:

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences:

Dec. 3 –  3:30 pm – gr. 9-11 PTSC
Dec. 6 – 3:20-7:20 pm – gr. 5 & 6 PTSC
Dec. 10 – 3:30 pm – gr. 7 & 8 PTSC

December 14:  Student Art Sale and Family Film Night – 7:00 pm

Come, enjoy, and buy our students’ arts and crafts — and stay for a movie! For our holiday movie, we’ve decided on the hugely entertaining Galaxy Quest – in which the washed-up cast of a cancelled sci-fi tv show (not unlike Star Trek), reduced to signing autographs at convention, are hired by rebel aliens to save them from an evil warlord. The irony-free rebels, however, have mistaken the Galaxy Quest show for a documentary, and thus the show’s actors are called upon to become real-life heroes and adventurers. Join us for this delightful comedy, the perfect antidote to treacle and mistletoe.
Refreshments will be provided.

December 20: Yule Ball Grades 7 – 12 – 7:00- 11:00 pm

The Yule Ball is a student organized, student run event. (Of the students, by the students and for the students!) Invitations with details will be coming.

Have a restful break — and we will see you January 7, ready to take on the new year!

Please note:

As festivities increase with the season, we ask Hillside students and parents to be mindful of Hillside’s policy concerning inclusivity in planning off campus events.

To avoid hurt feelings, we ask that students and parents either invite one or two — OR — all of the classmates in your student’s block class or intermediate grades to join them for parties and fun.

Thank you for helping to make the holidays pleasant for all of our community members!

And Now for some local events…

December 1:  A Debate between Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt – 12 to 1:30 at Town Hall, Seattle

Sponsored by the Seattle Public Library, cultural commentator, National Humanities Medal recipient, and Rhodes scholar Clay Jenkinson presents a debate between two of our county’s greatest presidents: Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. This is just the thing to get you in the mood for Hillside’s upcoming History Feast. For more information, click HERE.

December 15: Rainier Youth Choirs present “The Heavens are Singing” – 3pm at the FEP Church in Kent

Nick Anderson kicks off his 6th season singing with Rainier Youth Choirs as they present “The Heavens are Singing” Holiday concert on December 15th at 3pm in Kent!

Tickets are: $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for students/seniors or check out the web-site at for a pre-sale ticket deal!

To share in the Spirit of Giving, RYC is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Kent Food Bank! You will receive a ticket for each non-perishable item you bring to support the food bank for a chance to win one of our great prizes including a “Christmas Tree Shopping Spree” prize with over $200.00 in gift cards from local businesses or a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!” gift basket that has everything you need to stay warm and snuggly on a cold winter’s day – coffee, hot cocoa, tea, soup and bread mixes, a fire log, cozy blanket and other goodies! The more you bring for the food bank, the better your chances to win!

Bring the whole family, enjoy yourselves, and leave with the spirit of the season.

FEP Church, 19800 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031

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