February Bulletin

Here’s what is happening at Hillside in February…

 Open House 2015, Thursday February 12 6:30 p.m.
Take the time to connect with teachers and other families. Please spread the word to any families looking to join the wonderful community that is Hillside.

Katy and Spanish II

Spotlight On….


Les hommes de cuisine

The French students prepared and tasted a Galette des Rois (King Cake) on January 20. Galette des Rois is served throughout January in French homes, community centers, restaurants and office lunchrooms, traditionally to commemorate Épiphanie, the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. The religious meaning is lost to most but a fève, or figurine, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds it in his or her slice becomes king or queen for the day. There are a number of recipes for Galette des Rois depending on the region and personal tastes. At Hillside, we opted for puff pastry with an almond custard filling. Carter (French name Xavier) was king for the day!



Parent Council

The teenage brain and all its vagaries was the main topic of our Parent Council Meeting. We had a great discussion, the biggest takeaway being that adolescence, especially mid to late teenage years, is a normal and healthy part of development. In this period the brain is undergoing the same intense sort of transformation as that of a toddler, although obviously with much advanced cognition! The lovely metaphor of us as the guardrails to keep our teens’ cars on the road, even with some resulting scrapes and damage from collisions, illustrates the role of parents and adults in the life of a teenager. Be consistent, fair, and remember that adolescence is something we all go through–they will emerge on the other side, and there are some magical times in the journey.

Events Calendar:

Friday, February 6

Animation: Term II—3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, February 12

Open House—6:30 p.m. 

Friday, February 13

Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 16-Friday, February 20

Winter Break 

Monday, February 23

Teacher Meeting 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 26

Block IIIA begins

Friday, February 27

Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

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