December Bulletin

Here’s what is happening at Hillside in December…

 Parent Teacher Student Conferences

You should have received your conference schedules, and many of you have already had them!
December 1 –   grades 9-11
December 4 –   grades 4-6
December 8 –     grade 8
December 15 –     grade 7


Spotlight on…


Help Fund a Pocket Park! Click HERE

Kathy Frugé-Brown’s been busy working on public art projects this year, and you can get

Vision for Pocket Park

Vision for Pocket Park

involved in one of them today! She’s been working for over a year with the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council to transform a waste space into a pocket park–and their Kickstarter project just launched. Kathy designed the park, which includes a rain garden, a labyrinth, and a small performance stage–all tucked into an alley that’s been full of dumpsters and shopping carts for years.


Please take a look at the Pocket Park Kickstarter project–it ends at 4pm on New Year’s Eve, and will only be funded if the full amount of $43,000 is raised by that time. If you’d like to help, there are two things you can do: donate (even a dollar is a ‘vote’ which helps a lot); and share the link. Thanks!


Bike Racks

Bird Bike Racks

Bird Bike Racks

Biome Bole Racks

Biome Bike Racks

Kathy has also created beautiful bike racks for the cities of Philadelphia and Issaquah. The Bird Bike Racks grace  Center City and the Biome Bike Racks are being installed in downtown Issaquah. Please keep your eye out for them as you walk, ride, or drive through town!



This fall, Kathy installed two large glass mosaics outside the entry of Davenport Elementary School in eastern Washington. The mosaics were commissioned by the Washington State Arts

Wheat Country (glass mosaic)

Wheat Country (glass mosaic)

Porcupine Bay (glass mosaic)

Porcupine Bay (glass mosaic)

Commission and fabricated with the help of our own Monique Catino (who also helped Kathy create the glass mosaic of the Unfolding Fern on the wall at Hillside). Monique and Kathy worked for months to cut and hand-set tile on 112 sq. ft. of mesh, which was then installed directly on the curved concrete walls. They are very glad to be finished…

Urban Craft Uprising

This weekend, visit Seattle’s Largest Indie Craft Show and find the work of Hillside’s own Leslie Howells as well as other talented but non-Hillside artists.


Cavaliers Represent

Float like a butterfly...

Float like a butterfly…

On Saturday, November 22, Giorgio Lo and Charlie Catino represented Hillside Cavaliers Fencing Club at the Western Washington Junior Olympic Qualifiers in Issaquah. They had fun and fenced well in the Junior and Cadet events.


Charlie succeeded in earning 3rd place in Cadet Men’s Sabre and qualified to compete at the Junior Olympics Championships, a national event to be held in February in Richmond, Virginia.

In other fencing news, Hillside Cavaliers have also been joining Kael to compete at the Oregon Fencing Alliance tournaments in Portland, Oregon.  It’s a long drive, but, again, we had fun fencing some very high level competitors.  Stacia Gillman, Nathan Sprague, and Clark Weitkamp have all gone down along with some of our non-Hillside fencers Shadan Shahsrabi, Jason Lin, and Dwayne Jeng.
Kael will be gone this coming weekend to compete in Veterans Men’s Sabre in the North American Cup in Dallas, but upcoming tournaments for Hillside fencers include one in Seattle on December 13 and another in Portland on December 20.  Parents and fencers, be sure to let Kael know if you want to carpool with him!



A Very Sherrard Christmas….

At 2PM, on Sunday, December 14th, at Seattle Town Hall, Jean will once again host his popular Rogues’ Christmas series, featuring the short fiction of Alan Gurganus, Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey, E.B.White; and the original music of Pineola. This promises to be a fun afternoon, filled with unorthodox, occasionally irreverent stories offering up a bracing antidote to the usual holiday fare and kitsch. Click HERE for more information.




Washington State History

In the first trimester of Washington State History in addition to studying geography,  early explorers, trappers, traders and missionaries we studied Native Pacific Northwest culture and history.  This included  a study of their art forms and culminated in creating and painting an animal on a utilitarian wooden box.   Please enjoy the pictures of their creative process and the end results of their efforts.


Class painting 1Stacia at work Ally Chris Jane


Events Calendar:

Friday, December 5

Writer’s Club – 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 11

PSAT Lunch Meeting with Ivy – 11:45 a.m.


Friday, December 12

Animation – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 19

Animation – 3:00 p.m.

Yule Ball

Monday, December 22 – Friday, January 2

Winter Break




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