September Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

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If you are interested in one (or more) of our clubs, please make sure to sign up with Joel (!
Animation begins on Friday, 9/7
Games Club begins on Monday, 9/10
Fencing begins on Tuesday, 9/11
Drama Club begins on Wednesday, 9/26

Performing Arts


Hillside teacher Brynne Garman returns to the stage in Tacoma this fall, September 8-30, with Neil Simon’s award-winning, autobiographical coming-of-age story, Brighton Beach Memoirs. This production stars four talented teenagers, supported by three veteran adult actors. It is appropriate for ages 12 and up, dealing with sensitive and timeless issues such as racism, sibling rivalry, and the overall challenges of adolescence in an overcrowded two-family home in the 1930’s. The cast is very talented and the show promises to be both comedic and powerful. For ticket information, contact the Lakewood Playhouse.

Community Building Day

Dear Hillside Families,
You are invited to a Community Building Day for all students and their families in grades 5 to 12 who wish to join us on Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 8:00 pm.
We plan to drive to Twin Falls near North Bend, enjoy a hike in the woods, and return to Hillside by about 4:00 for pizza and an evening of games.  Any potluck additions are welcome, but not required.
Please email Joel to let us know whether you and your student wish to attend.
For students riding a school van:
Notify Joel ( by Wednesday, September 5, to reserve a space.  To ride a van, students must be dropped off at the school shortly before 1:00.  We can transport up to 26 students in the school vans.  Please let Joel know so we can plan appropriately.
To meet us:
Meet us by 1:30 pm at the Twin Falls Trailhead off Exit 34 near North Bend.  A Discover Pass is required for parking.  We will hike about 3 miles round trip to the views of the Falls. See details about the hike at
Attending part of the day:
If a student or family wishes to join us for one part, but not the other (the hike, but not the evening, or vice versa), again, please let us know.  We expect to be back at the school by roughly 4:00.
For the hike wear/bring:
  • comfortable clothes and hiking boots or walking shoes
  • a small daypack with:
  • a small snack
  • a full water bottle
  • a rain jacket just in case
  • maybe a camera.
For the evening bring:
  • Possibly a game (although we have several available)
  • You may bring potluck dish, but as noted above, that is not required.These can be left at the school before the hike.  A limited number can be stored in the school refrigerator.

PNWA Presents a FREE Young Author’s DayFreeEventKid

Saturday, September 15thfrom 9:00 am – 1:15 pm at the SeaTac Double Tree.
This event includes a keynote address by iconic young adult horror author R.L. Stine, revision workshops, plot development workshops, craft classes, and a graphic novel workshop
Writing Workshops and activities for age groups 8-13 and 13-16 only.
Click HERE to register, and click HERE for a schedule .

Curriculum Night—Thursday 9/13

Please join us to learn about your student(s) upcoming year! You will get to meet your student’s teachers, experience a truncated version of their schedule, and meet other members of our community!

Events Calendar


First Day Teambuilding

Monday, September 3
NO SCHOOL – Labor Day

Wednesday, September 5
Teachers’ Meeting—11:35 a.m.

Friday, September 7
Animation Club—3:00 p.m.

 Saturday, September 8
Community Day—1:00 p.m.


First Day Teambuilding

Monday, September 10
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11
Teachers’ Meeting—11:35 a.m.
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 13
No Fencing
Curriculum Night—6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14
Animation Club—3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19
Teachers’ Meeting—11:35 a.m.

Thursday, September 20
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 21
Animation Club—3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 24
Block IA begins
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25
Teachers’ Meeting—11:35 a.m.
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 27
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28
Animation Club—3:00 p.m.