Here at Hillside we take the time to experience our surroundings as often as the unpredictable February weather allows. Students in Kalan’s literature class jumped into a study of the ancient text Beowulf. As the original dates from sometime in the 11th century, students gathered around a campfire to experience that magic found in our woods and in the text. Students in grades 5-8 also recently went to the Seattle Art Museum to get to know what artistic movements are happening in the Pacific Northwest.
Spring Conferences – Friday, February 18. Save the Date!
Spring conferences are coming up, and we are looking forward to meeting with students and parents to discuss classes, the year so far, and what is upcoming. You will receive an email via Jupiter in the coming days with the link to sign up for fifteen minute virtual slots. Just as in November, conferences will be held on Zoom. If you will be unable to attend conferences, please contact teachers individually to make alternate arrangements.
February is Black History Month!
During the month of February, we are observing Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The Black History Month 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores “the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”
Ways to support:
Locally – One simple way to honor the continuing struggle for racial justice is by supporting local Black-owned businesses, of which here are two preliminary lists (Seattle) (Western WA) — if you have more ideas, let us know!