October Bulletin

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In the Classroom

As students settle in at Hillside, we are hard at work in the classroom expanding our knowledge and working hands-on in multiple mediums.  From experimenting in science class to getting creative with cognates and props in Spanish, Hillside students are developing their critical thinking skills each day.

 

 

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month  website  we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.  Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th-October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.  It was enacted into law on August 17th, 1988.  The day of September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and 18th, respectively.  Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls within this 30 day period.

 


Open House

The open house will be held Thursday, October 7th from 7:00-8:30 pm. We encourage you to share Hillside with any families looking for the right fit for their students. Our community members are our best ambassadors, so please feel free to extend an invitation to those you know to come learn about Hillside!

Birthdays, Birthdays!

Happy October birthday wishes to: Lola, Ausby, and Frances!  We hope you have wonderful birthdays and delicious cake to celebrate!

 

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Community Building Day

Students and families in all grade levels came out for a hike on the Coal Creek Trail near campus.  After the vigorous hike, we gathered at campus for a socially distanced picnic and socializing.  We were also graced with the presence of our local barred owl. What do you think we should name the owl?

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Party

The annual Hillside Halloween Party is a go this year!  We will be celebrating on Saturday, October 30th.  Please stay tuned for additional details as we get closer to the date.

 


Events Calendar

Friday, October 1
Model UN – 3:20-4:45
Monday, October 4
Art – 3:20-4:45
Tuesday, October 5
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Wednesday, October 6
Drama Club – 3:20-4:45
Thursday, October 7
Open House 7-8:30
Friday, October 8
Model UN – 3:20-4:45
Monday, October 11
Art – 3:20-4:45
Tuesday, October 12
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Wednesday, October 13
PSAT/NMSQT – on campus
Drama Club – 3:20-4:45
Thursday, October 14
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Fiber Arts – 3:20-4:45
Friday, October 15
Model UN – 3:20-4:45
Monday, October 18
Art – 3:20-4:45
Tuesday, October 19
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Wednesday, October 20
Drama Club – 3:20-4:45
Thursday, October 21
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Fiber Arts – 3:20-4:45
Friday, October 22
Model UN – 3:20-4:45
Monday, October 25
Block IB begins
Art – 3:20-4:45
Tuesday, October 26
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Wednesday, October 27
Drama Club – 3:20-4:45
Thursday, October 28
Fencing – 3:20-4:50
Fiber Arts – 3:20-4:45
Friday, October 29
Model UN – 3:20-4:45
Saturday, October 30
Hillside Halloween Party
Sunday, October 31
Halloween

September Bulletin

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The First Month back!

Welcome back to Hillside – we are so glad to commence our 53rd year with you!  We began this year spending a few days getting to know some new faces, renewing old acquaintances, and figuring out how to grow as a community (while maintaining social distance).

Birthdays, birthdays!

Happy September birthday wishes to:  Isaac, Ryan, Kael, Julia, Kyle, Julie, and Amelia!  We hope you have wonderful days filled with happiness and delicious cake.


Curriculum Night

Curriculum night will be online this year. Expect an email later this month with links to curriculum videos from staff. Watch curriculum night at a time that suits you best!

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th-October 15th.  We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.  Here is a great article from the Pew Research Center on the Latino population in the U.S.

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Open House

The next open house is scheduled for October 7th at 7pm.  Due to continued Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required.  To RSVP, please sign up here.


Please remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what is happening on campus.  Also please upload a photo to your Jupiter profile (parents and students).


Clubs

Clubs begin the week of September 13th. For information about signing up, please contact Lizeth or the club sponsor.
Mondays-Art Club
3:20-4:45 with Leslie
Grow as an artist! Students will select themes, concepts, idioms, and mediums to execute a number of pieces that execute their goals. Click here to read more!
Tuesdays—Hillside Cavalier Fencing Club
3:20-4:45 with Kael
Learn the art of the sword!
It challenges the mind and body, and develops athleticism, problem solving, and sportsmanship. Hillside Cavaliers focuses on the Olympic sport of Sabre, the fastest, subtlest, most athletic, and, to its practitioners, the most fun of the three fencing weapons. Click here to read more!
Wednesdays—Drama Club
3:25-4:45 with Jean
We will begin with intensive improv workshops and exploratory scene work, dipping into a wide range of dramatic works. Before the winter break, actors will choose monologues and one-act plays to rehearse and perform in our February showcase. Click here to read more!
Thursdays—Fiber Arts
3:20-4:45 with Leslie
Explore creating 2-D and 3-D images using fibers. We’ll explore using a variety of techniques such as sewing, weaving, felting, and more. Click here to read more.
Fridays—Model UN
3:20-4:45 with Jenn
Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies where students perform an ambassador role while debating topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more.  Click here to read more.

September Events Calendar

Monday, September 6
No School – Veteran’s Day
Monday, September 13
After school clubs begin
Thursday, September 16
Curriculum videos posted
Thursday, September 23
Block IA begins
Saturday, September 25
Hillside Social hike @ Cougar Mt. (Red town trail head)-begins at 1pm followed by a picnic @ Hillside

June Bulletin

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6/19 Hillside Graduation!  Congratulations to our Seniors!

We will celebrate the ceremony in the field behind the gym on Saturday, June 19, at 10:30 am.  Space is limited to approximately 50 masked audience members in pods or distanced, and priority is given to the families of graduates and to teachers.  Please register in advance with Lizeth (lizeth@hillsidesc.org).  Stay tuned for any updates!

 

 

Vaccinations 

The Hillside staff would like to share our utmost gratitude to all the families of students aged twelve and older who have already pursued Covid-19 vaccination. In addition to a fully vaccinated faculty, the overwhelming majority of Hillside’s eligible students have begun or finished their full vaccination. Thank you for prioritizing your health and the health of our community!

 

2021-2022 Year Schedule Proposal

Hillside is considering changing the start of Zero Period next year to 8:20 am instead of 8:00 am.  This would bump First Period to 9:15 am and end the day at 3:20 pm.  Clubs would also end later at 4:50 pm.

In recent years, various studies have indicated that teenagers function better with a later start to the school day.  Before COVID, Hillside’s Zero Hour began at 8:00.  Following the 2020-21 adjustment to the schedule, we thought that the upcoming year would be a good time to consider broaching a slightly later start.  This option is not carved in stone! Please give us your thoughts about this idea by emailing Lizeth.

 

6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 7:00 pm

Hillside Players perform William Shakespeare’s As You Like It!

Come to this gender-bending show full of love, jealousy, betrayal, comedy, and reconciliation held in the field behind the gym as our woods become the Forest of Arden!

Tickets are limited and will not be available at the door due to audience limitation.  Please buy tickets for your preferred evening at Brown Paper Tickets. Seats are limited to 50 masked audience members in pods or distanced.  The show will go on, rain or shine.  If rain is predicted, bring your umbrellas or raingear.  As the exiled Old Duke says about rough living, “These are counsellors that feelingly persuade me what I am.”

 

Birthdays, Birthdays!

Happy birthday to our summer birthdays:

June birthdays: Bravo, Rhosey, Lizeth

July birthdays: Tavish, Paul, Sam, Thomas, Rowan, Wis

August birthdays: Ashton, Joshua, Noah,  Megan, Kalan, Karen

 

 

Enjoy the beauty of our forest

The students in the Environmental Science course enjoyed the beauty and observed nature in a sit spot on the Hillside property.  The forestry elective created art and hung it in the trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan’s Departure – A Note from the Director

Dear Hillside Families,

As some of you may already know, Megan Owen has decided to leave her position at Hillside for personal reasons.  We are sad to see her go, but feel very fortunate to have benefited from her many gifts as the 5th and 6th grade humanities teacher during this last year.  She has shown insight, wisdom, dedication, talent, and sensitivity, and has supported her students through a challenging time.  We hope to stay in touch with her, and she may return as a substitute.  We are grateful to her, and will miss her very much!

We thank her and wish her the best!

Sincerely,

Kael Sherrard

 

Events Calendar

6/1, 6/3, 6/4, 6/7, 6/8, 6/10, 12:00 pm, Junior Projects,

6/2, 12:00, Drama Rehearsal for As You Like It

6/9, 12:00, Drama Rehearsal for As You Like It

6/11, 12:00, Fly Up

6/13, 1:00 pm, Dress Rehearsal for As You Like It

6/15, Last Full Day of Class

6/16, Last Community Day

6/16, 12:00, Dress Rehearsal for As You Like It

6/17, Half Day, Yearbook Signing, 9:00-11:00 am

6/17, As You Like It, 7:00 pm

6/18, As You Like It, 7:00 pm

6/19, Graduation, 10:30 am

6/19, As You Like It, 7:00 pm

 

May Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

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For this year’s GiveBIG fundraiser, which kicked off on April 20, and culminates with a 48 hour giving event on May 4-5, we want our campaign to reflect our community’s resilience.
This year, we are excited to announce that a generous Hillside family has decided to match any donation up to $20,000! We hope you will consider contributing a tax-deductible donation to help us reach this goal. Your contribution will help us continue to improve the efficiency of our current spaces. You can donate at hillsidesc.org/giving/
We also want to encourage you, if you are in a position to do so, to consider a gift to the Low Income Housing Institute, an organization committed to programs such as “Tiny Houses,” which aims to address homelessness in Seattle by building tiny homes.  If you are interested in learning more about their program please visit: lihi.org/donate/
Our school grows and flourishes academically through the students and families that participate in its vision. Your contributions help keep alive the dream of education as we believe it should be. We appreciate all of you.

High School History Feast

On Saturday May 1, 2021, 7:00 pm PST, Hillside will again bend the rules of time and space to bring notably historical figures to life and together for the annual History Feast! This year will feature politicians, a pirate, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, and artists from the last four hundred years of Modern World History! P.S. Some content of this presentation might be considered PG.
Join our Modern World History Feast Webinar on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96748777142?pwd=Um4yVWJJQTBtUDJmNkFkS1ZCd05jUT09

Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7

(from pta.org)
Let’s face it. This school year has been weird. But we’re getting through it, in part thanks to our nation’s amazing educators. Take a moment to #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7.
Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day—and in a year where instruction could be virtual, in-person or a mix of both, their immense work and impact have provided a much-needed sense of community and connection. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators across America are working hard to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.
Thank you Hillside educators and staff for all that you do!

Back to School!

From Kalan – This week has been a wonderful rush: the old building is coming to life again, blood pumping and flowing through the veins of our living community. We grow and grow. In person school has brought me the joy be finally able to put my forest-classroom to greater use as I expand and embellish it. It has always been a dream to be able to teach Socratic literature seminars in the spectacular Hillside woods, and to begin this work as maple leaves unfold like baby bat wings and animal song flows gently around us has been truly incredible. I sincerely hope you can visit our plein air educatorium before the year is out.

Electives

Upper school electives begin on Thursday, May 6th! Some of our awesome electives this year are forestry, chess and go, drama,  computer science, and visual art.

Birthdays, Birthdays!

Happy birthday to our May celebrants: Laura, Nick, Jean, and Sophia!

Open House 

Hillside will be hosting its final virtual open house on Thursday, May 6th! Help us spread the word about Hillside and all the school has to offer.

Hillside Student Community School Bellevue the community schoolHelp keep Hillside up-to-date on Niche.com

Niche is a digital marketing company that helps schools recruit and enroll students by providing families with information on school rankings, report cards, and in-depth profiles. Help Hillside attract new families to our beautiful campus by providing your honest review.
Check out our Niche profile: https://www.niche.com/k12/hillside-student-community-school-bellevue-wa/
Rate your experience here: https://www.niche.com/k12/survey/start/?t=k&e=hillside-student-community-school-bellevue-wa

What’s your spirit animal?

5th and 6th graders pondered this question, and turned to ancient Chinese myths for inspiration. Perhaps a strong and resilient phoenix? Or the mighty and adventurous Monkey King? Possibly the gluttonous Taotie, who enjoys savory soups? Or maybe the innocent and just unicorn Chi Lin? Check out their choices below!

Events Calendar

Saturday, May 1
History Feast
Monday, May 3-Friday, May 7
Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 3
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Tuesday, May 4
GiveBIG Campaign
Wednesday, May 5
GiveBIG Campaign
Community Building at Hillside – 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 6
Spring Electives begin
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Virtual Open House – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 7 
No School – Weather Make-up Day
Monday, May 10
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, May 12
Community Building at Hillside – 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 13
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, May 14 
Fiber Arts 3:05-4:20
Monday, May 17
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, May 19
Community Building at Hillside – 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 20
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, May 21 
Fiber Arts 3:05-4:20
Monday, May 24
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, May 26
Community Building at Hillside – 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 27
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, May 28
Fiber Arts 3:05-4:20
Monday, May 31
No School – Memorial Day

April Bulletin

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Return to School!

We are so excited to welcome students back to on-campus learning on Tuesday, April 20th! Please keep your eyes open for more detailed communication from the office as the date draws nearer.

Lower School Drama Production

You’re invited! 
Please join us this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy the 5th and 6th grade production of “Shehera-Zoom”, a virtual interpretation of stories from the celebrated Arabian Nights. Students will be acting out classics such as “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”, “Es-Sindibad the Sailor” and “How Abu Hassan Broke Wind”. It is promised to be a wildly fun evening!

History Feast

On May Day, 2021, Hillside will again bend the rules of time and space to bring notably historical figures to life and together for the annual History Feast! This year will feature politicians, a pirate, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, and artists from the last four hundred years of Modern World History! Keep an eye on your email for further information regarding that evening’s webcast.

Birthdays, Birthdays!

Happy April birthday wishes to: Keegan, Sam F. & Leslie!

Spring Electives

Upper school electives begin Thursday, May 6.  This year these classes alternate, with one class two days per week.  Drama (play production), however, meets every class day.  Electives are usually graded pass/fail unless strong, extra effort merits another option.
These afternoon classes are your choice—an opportunity to try a new area or to further develop an earlier skill.  Although classes will be on campus, a few students will likely still join us online.  Below are some choices proposed by the staff.  Students should also think about what they would be excited to explore on their own.  If they choose an independent study, they will check in periodically with a teacher about their goals and progress.
Students:  Let us know your choices and rank them #1 through #4!
**Please note that B and C classes are on Monday and Thursday, and must be combined with D and E classes on Tuesday and Friday.  Any of them may be combined with an Independent Study. **
OPTION A: Drama (with Jean & Leslie; M,T,TH,F & possible extra sessions)
OPTION B: Learning Strategy in Go and Chess (with Wis & Julie; M & TH)
OPTION C: Forestry (with Kalan; M & TH)
OPTION D: Computer Science (with Julie; T & F)
OPTION E: Visual Art (with Leslie; T & F)
OPTION F: Independent Study (with teacher advisor; schedule TBD)
**Fencing – if you are interested in a bit of fencing for the last part of the year, contact Kael! It may be possible to start playing with sabres!**

Back to School Campout

Save the date – Friday, April 16th! To celebrate our return to school, Hillside will be hosting a back to school campout in the woods, complete with campfires and a movie screening. More details to come.

Volunteer Opportunity – NPH Northwest

Since December, Hillside student, Norah, has been a part of the NPH Northwest youth group. NPH, or Nuestros Peqeños Hermanos, is a non-profit organization that supports children overcoming poverty in Latin America
The youth group is looking to expand its membership, and is open to ages 13 and up. If interested, please fill out this quick form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaNQ2xDigizz24mzpd6T0-qXpiKYsHBoSZsjvKgnCc0b9YaA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Events Calendar

Thursday, April 1
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, April 2
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Lower School Drama Performance “Shehera-Zoom”  – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9
No School – Spring Break
Monday, April 12
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, April 14
Community Building @ Hillside – 9 a.m.
On Campus PSAT Exam
Thursday, April 15
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, April 16
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, April 19
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Tuesday, April 20
In-person School Begins
Wednesday, April 21
Community Building Day CANCELLED
Thursday, April 22
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, April 23
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, April 26
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, April 28
Community Building @ Hillside – 9 a.m.
Thursday, April 29
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, April 30
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20

March Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight On… Conferences

Conferences are the perfect time to talk with your child’s teachers about their progress, setting goals, and to celebrate all of your child’s successes this year! Conferences will be held via Zoom between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5th. To sign up for a 15 minute slot with each of your child’s teachers, please use the Signup Genius link that Leslie sent out via email last week, also available under “Materials” in Jupiter. Hope to see you Friday!

Open House – March 25th

Hillside will only be hosting TWO more virtual open houses during the 2020-21 school year! Be sure to let your friends and neighbors know about us, should they be looking for a supportive, rigorous, and fun school for their child. Please sign up at this link (https://hillsidesc.org/open-houses/) for our next open house on Thursday, March 25th.

Birthdays, Birthdays! 

Happy March birthday wishes to: Pierce, Ada, Elliot, and Lucas! 

Continue Supporting Black Owned Businesses

Even though Black History Month has come to an end, it is always the right time of year to support local and national black owned businesses. Not sure where to start? These two websites have got you covered. Explore over 150 nation-wide businesses, (https://bit.ly/37Qak7z) ranging from art and design to books and fitness. Wondering about where you can shop locally? Seattle Refined (https://bit.ly/3dNxoYf) has a comprehensive list of black owned businesses in the Seattle area.

Reminder: No School Friday, March 26th

Friday, March 26th is reserved as a weather make-up day. Considering there is no inclement weather this month that will keep us out of school, please expect there to be no school on that day.

Events Calendar

Monday, March 1
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, March 3
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
SAT at School – time
Thursday, March 4
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, March 5
No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 8
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, March 10
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 11
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, March 12
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, March 15
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, March 17
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 18
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, March 19
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, March 22
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, March 24
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
SAT at School – time
Thursday, March 25
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Virtual Open House – 7 p.m.
Friday, March 26
No School – Weather Make-up Day
Monday, March 29
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, March 31
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Block IIIB Begins

February Bulletin

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Spring Conferences – Friday, March 5. 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 weeks with the link to sign up for ten 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.

Important Announcement – Re-enrollment

The due date for the re-enrollment forms is Feb. 25/21. An email will be sent to families today via Jupiter.

You’re Invited! Upper School Drama Production

When: Wednesday, February 24th @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom (link will be provided closer to event date)
Details: Hillside’s Drama Club presents an evening of one-act plays. Ranging from quirky comedy to dark suspense, these short plays explore issues of love, life and death in these uncertain times.

February is Black History Month!

The high school World Literature students are studying, among others, the contemporary Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (who has given some viral TED talks) and Aimé Césaire, a Martiniquan student of Léopold Senghor whose powerful, moving work rivals that of Ginsberg and Whitman and is a force to be reckoned with. Literature students also did comparisons between the recent Youth Laureate Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem and Maya Angelou’s 1993 On the Pulse of the Morning (video linked). James Baldwin, bell hooks, and Ta-Nehisi Coates are just a few other brilliant African-American writers to put on your shelf.
At this week’s Wednesday session, we asked upper school students to choose from a large collection an influential figure or moment of Black history of interest to them and report back next week with their findings.  We look forward to hearing what they learn!
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!
Nationally – The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. at https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/nmaahc-digital-resources-guide is a fantastic resource for information, and includes digital tours!

Lower School Edible Egypt Project

Students in the Alder Room class were quite busy this month – researching and building an ancient Egyptian monument… all out of FOOD! Students created their own edible methods to recreate glue, sand, bricks and more. Check out their awesome monuments below!

Open House – Thursday, February 25th 

Another month, another open house! Our February open house will be held on Thursday, February 25th. Know any families looking for a positive, encouraging, and intentional academic environment for their child for the 2021-2022 school year? If so, refer them to this page to sign up for our next open house!

Birthdays, Birthdays! 

Happy February birthday wishes to: Norah, Kayla, Leo, and Rebecca!
Hillside is excited to share the charity chosen by the January birthday group: International Rescue Committee.The IRC helps refugees get settled, and it helps those who have had their lives altered from natural disasters.

Events Calendar

Monday, February 1
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, February 3
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, February 4
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, February 5
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, February 8
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, February 10
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, February 11
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, February 12
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
February 15-19
No School – Mid-winter Break
Monday, February 22
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Block IIIA Begins
Wednesday, February 24
Community Building @ Hillside – 11 a.m.
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Upper School Drama Performance – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 25
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Open House – 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, February 26
No School – Inclement Weather Make-up Day

January Bulletin

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Welcome back!

Here at Hillside, we are looking forward to making the most of the new year. On Wednesday, we gathered staff and students together to write our hopes for 2021. Anonymous notes to solidify our dearest wishes and most ambitious goals and dreams. Eventually, our wishes – written on biodegradable paper and hung on a vine maple with twine – will wash away with the winter rains and soak into the earth.

Birthdays, Birthdays! 

Happy January birthday wishes to… Will!

Virtual Open House – January 28th, 7-8:30 p.m.

Now that 2021 is here, many families are looking at their school choices for the fall, and we are eager to tell them about Hillside. Thank you, as always, for spreading the word about Hillside to those you know looking for a supportive school community!

Events Calendar

Monday, January 4
Portfolio Club 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, January 6
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, January 7
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, January 8
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, January 11
Portfolio Club 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, January 13
Block IIB Begins
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, January 14
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, January 15
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, January 18
MLK Jr. Day – No School
Wednesday, January 20
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, January 21
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, January 22
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, January 25
Portfolio Club 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, January 27
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, January 28
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Zoom Open House – 7-8:30
Friday, January 29
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20

Benefits of Sending Your Child to a Preparatory School near Kirkland

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Are you considering sending your child to a preparatory school near Kirkland? Deciding which academic setting will be best for your son or daughter can be difficult. This is especially true for new parents and families that have recently relocated. It’s even more stressful because the decision you make now can have a huge impact on your child’s academic future. As you weigh your options, keep these important preparatory school benefits in mind.

Updated Facilities

It is not uncommon for a preparatory school to have better facilities than nearby public options. In fact, equipment of all kinds is likely to be higher quality and more frequently updated. As you tour the school in question, take note of the building and supplies available.

Specialist Teachers

A preparatory school will have a wide array of highly-trained and experienced educators ready to assist your child with all of his or her needs. This is particularly relevant for children with learning disabilities, as teachers with special education training will be better able to address these conditions.

Small Classroom Sizes

No one wants their child to become lost in the crowd. That’s why choosing a preparatory school with small class sizes is really important. This ensures your son or daughter will receive the individualized attention they need and deserve in order to become a successful learner. With fewer students per class there will be fewer distractions and teachers can monitor progress better.

Looking for a Preparatory School near Kirkland?

Whether your child just came of age, needs a change or is relocating from another city, Hillside Student Community School is a great solution. We offer an integrated and challenging curriculum with balanced electives. Our academic team is here to answer any and all of your questions, as well as to provide pertinent information for prospective students and their families. Contact us today for more information.

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December Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

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Food, Clothing, & PPE Drive – Final Days!

Social Justice Club’s non-perishable food, clothing, and PPE drive is just about over! So far, the club has collected food and gently worn cold weather clothing to donate to local communities in need. Donations will be lovingly delivered to Sophia’s Way Women’s ShelterIssaquah Clothing and Food Bank, and The Sammamish Tent City.
The last day donations will be accepted is Wednesday, December 16. Please prioritize nutritious staple foods and warm winter clothes, or see lists of needs in organization links above. Hillside will have receptacles ready for donations out on the sidewalk during Wednesday morning check-ins on both 12/9 and 12/16 for easy drop off. Please contact Kalan if you have any questions – kalan@hillsidesc.org

A Rogue’s Christmas 2020

Short Stories Live–with Jean!

A Town Hall holiday favorite celebrating its 13th year, Rogue’s Christmas brings together unconventional holiday tales as part of Town Hall’s Short Stories Live series. This year, curator Jean Sherrard presents a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring Rogue Irregulars Kurt Beattie, Marianne Owen, Julie Briskman, and Jean Sherrard. Beattie, one of Seattle’s most beloved Scrooges, will be reprising the role here, with incidental and interim music provided by roguish house band Pineola. Join us virtually for laughter and live music at this family-friendly installment of a Rogue’s Christmas.

Consider Giving This Holiday Season

The holiday season is not just a time for cozy mugs of cocoa, staying indoors, and holiday music. More than anything, this season is a time of giving. This year is a challenging one for all non-profits, let alone for those who help people to put food on the table or to pay rent. Regarding the latter, Hillside would like to recommend that you consider a two-fold donation, one to Plymouth Housing and one to Hillside.
Plymouth Housing is a local non-profit organization that works effectively to end homelessness and deal with its causes. You can learn more about them and donate at plymouthhousing.org/.
We are hoping every family can give even a small donation to both these causes, one to help those in need of a home, one to keep alive the dream of education as we believe it should be.
Hillside is seeking to raise $20,000 before the end of December. We hope you will consider helping us to reach or exceed that amount. Several staff and board members have already agreed to give toward this goal, and we would love to see everyone at Hillside give at whatever level they can to show their support and participation. You can donate at hillsidesc.org/giving/, or you may also send a check to:
Hillside Student Community School
5027 159th Pl. SE
Bellevue WA 98006
Our school grows and flourishes academically through the students and families that participate in its vision. We see that vibrancy in our ranking (renewed this year!) as Washington’s #1 school in the arts. Your contributions help keep Hillside a place where students shine in a caring atmosphere, where mistakes are for learning, where the unique gifts of each individual are valued, and where, in our small classes, everyone joins the discussion.

Birthdays, Birthdays! 

Happy December birthday wishes to: Kaia, Clara, Ella and Liam!
Hillside is excited to share the charity chosen by the November birthday group: The Loveland Foundation — The goal of the Loveland Foundation, started by Rachel Cargle in 2018, is to provide accessible therapy for Black women and girls. Supporting this fund contributes to healing the trauma inflicted on women of color by the United States’ systemic racism and to removing the stigma around mental health and therapy.

Events Calendar

Wednesday, December 2
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, December 3
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Virtual Open House – 7-8:30
Friday, December 4
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, December 7
Broadway Club – 3:05-4:20
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, December 9
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Thursday, December 10
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, December 11
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, December 14
Broadway Club – 3:05-4:20
Portfolio Club – 3:05-4:20
Wednesday, December 16
Community Building @ Hillside – 9-11
Drama Club – 11:30-12:30
Thursday, December 17
Social Justice Club – 3:05-4:20
Friday, December 18
Fiber Arts – 3:05-4:20
Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1
No School—Winter Break