May Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

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May the Fourth be with you!

In spite of rain, thunder, and lightening, spring has sprung at Hillside—and we are gearing up for our May “Sweet and Greet” on Thursday, May 4, from 6:30-8:30.
Come taste pies and desserts (and decide which is your favorite) as we gather for an evening to socialize with staff, students, and friends, new and old, and to answer questions about Hillside from inquiring families.
Please pass the word!
Thank you all for all your support of Hillside! See you Thursday!


2017 Feast InviteCome to the Hillside History Feast!

On Saturday, May 6, at 5:00, Hillside high school students will perform their American History Feast characters in the Hillside Gym. This event, unique to Hillside, is a meeting of minds researched, created, and acted by those students.
We ask $15 per audience member to help cover the cost of our supplies. Additional donations are welcome.
Please reply ASAP, and send your check to Joel with your expected number of attendees since we have limited space. Priority is given to the families of performers.
The food supplied by parent supporters will include such American items as Ham, Turkey, Rolls, Vegetarian Chili (vegan, gluten free, egg and dairy free), Corn Bread, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Vegetable Platter, and Fruit Salad.
This year’s characters range from politicians to musicians, industrialists to scientists, and generals to writers. They may shock and surprise—and likely entertain—you with their views. Please join us for an unusual evening!
Note to Student Actors: Arrive at 10 am for set-up and rehearsal all day. Bring lunch, printed writings, and costumes!




One week and one day before the official GiveBIG day! So far, we have about $1,700 pledged towards our goal of $10,000 to receive our full matching funds from our generous donors. Please schedule your donation today. Also, if you would prefer to donate by check rather than electronically, you can send any checks in to Joel or Sigrid.

Science Happenings

The environmental science students have been working on experiments in our very own forest, so if you see strange circles of bamboo stakes with pink ribbon it’s for science, not ritual sacrifice.  Each student has designed their own experiment, but the students also assist each other as needed.  Rowan is censusing tree and shrub species in four different 10m x 10m plots and herb species in five 1m x 1m subplots within each larger plot.  Bella is censusing bugs within 1 m of trees of two different species, separating her findings by height off the ground.  Eli is removing all lichen and moss from an area of bark on trees of four different species, and then inoculating the center of the cleared area with moss of the same species on each tree.  He is interested to find which tree species allows the new moss to grow most quickly.  Ella is searching the campus for bird nests to determine if certain tree species or forest areas support more nests.  Lily is winding her way around the Hillside campus on a designated track mapping squirrel activity.  Sam is testing the effect of soil temperature on green onion germination and growth in a controlled indoor experiment.
The 5th and 6th grade earth science students are headed to the Mount Saint Helens Volcano Outdoor School on May 30th and 31st to supplement their plate tectonics unit.  Check back in June for details on all the fun and learning that went on!

Laura in the news

Not only is Laura providing students with engaging, hands-on curriculum, but she is active in her local community. Click here for her interview with KUOW.

Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 2
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4
Spring Sweet and Greet—6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 5
Electives Begin
Saturday, May 6
History Feast performers setup, rehearsal, performance–10:00 a.m.
History Feast—5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 8
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10
Give Big!
Thursday, May 11
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 15
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 19
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Drama Set Building—11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 22
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 25
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 26
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 27
Drama Set Painting—11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day – No School
Tuesday, May 30
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2
Animation—3:00 p.m.
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