January-February Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight On…

 

Drama Club Showcase

Jean and his intrepid Drama Club is presenting a showcase on Friday, February 9th at 7:30 p.m. This show is rated PG-13; we welcome friends, family, and anyone else interested to join us for an evening of original theater!

 

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Our next Open House is on Thursday, February 1st. We hope to get the chance to connect with you! Whether you can join us or not, please spread the word about Hillside to any families looking for their next academic step and encourage them to come to the Open House.

 

Conferences

Our spring conferences will be on Friday, February 9th. Feedback from fall conferences was that more clarity in what teacher teaches which classes would be helpful, so to that end please look forward to each teacher’s classes being identified in the sign-up slots.
These conferences work best when students as well as parents can attend, allowing everyone to have a conversation to support their learning. An email with a reminder of students’ Point Teachers and the sign up link will be emailed to you in the next week.

 

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Brynne, Karen, and the World Cultures class enjoying Ethiopian cuisine as part of their unit on Africa.

 

gamesGames Club Hiatus

Between Mid-Winter Break and Spring Break there will be no Games Club meetings. We will start back up after Spring Break on April 16th.

 

Events Calendar

Wednesday, January 17
Block IIB Begins
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, January 19
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 22
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.
RS Financial Literacy—6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

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Guest instructor Ben Garman teaching the power of nonverbal communication in a digital world.

 

Friday, January 26
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 29
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 1
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 2
NO SCHOOL—Weather Make-Up Day

Monday, February 5
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.
RS Financial Literacy—6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 8
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, February 9
NO SCHOOL—Parent-Teacher Conferences
Drama Club Showcase—7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 12
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 15
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23
NO SCHOOL—Mid-Winter Break

Monday, February 26
Block IIIA Begins
No Games Club

Tuesday, February 27
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.
RS Financial Literacy—6:00 p.m.

 

December Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight On…

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Hear ye, hear ye!  Come see Jean’s Sherrard’s 2017 Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas.

Neighborhood:Phinney Ridge/Greenwood
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 6:00PM
Taproot Theatre
204 85th St,
Seattle, WA 98103
($10 – $15)
http://www.strangertickets.com/events/49674517/a-rogues-christmas
A Town Hall tradition, the holiday edition of Short Stories Live (curated by Jean Sherrard) brings together unconventional holiday tales for an afternoon of short stories, poems, and seasonal music by returning house band Pineola (comprised of Leslie Braly, John Owen, Josh Woods, Dirk Lebsack, and Ed Brooks). Favorite Northwest actors, including Kurt Beattie, Marianne Owen, and Bill Ontiveros, will take turns sharing the gleeful, carousing nature only “A Rogue’s Christmas” can hold.
This year’s story selections include the irreverent and witty “You Better Not Cry” from Augusten Burroughs, “Three Wise Guys,” Sandra Cisneros’ story of a well-intentioned but misbegotten clash of cultures, the funny and bittersweet “Home for the Holidays” by Chris Radant, and a selection from Jeanette Winterson’s “Christmas Days” encompassing the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Plus, poetry and shorts by Calvin Trillin, Dave Barry, and others.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Arts & Culture series.
AND, For those of you who are Town Hall members, there will be another performance at the
Loyalty Member Holiday Party Featuring Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas
Neighborhood:Columbia/Hillman City
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 3:00PM
https://townhallseattle.org/event/loyalty-member-holiday-party/
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
(Free – $15)
Loyalty reception begins at 3PM. Event at 4PM.
This event is a Member Holiday Party only available to Loyalty Level members. Clink glasses with your fellow members over dessert and conversation starting at 3:00pm before Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas at 4:00pm.

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Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of A Christmas Carol, a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Brenden and Wynter Elwood. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, who we meet at the height of his wealth and success. Years of miserliness has turned him into a bitter and greedy old man. The only companion Scrooge has, apart from his tired meek servant, Bob Cratchit, is his cold dark spirit. That is, however, until the spirit world, led by his former business partner, makes him reconcile who he is with where he came from and where he is destined to go.
Jane has two roles- Fred’s wife and the Laundress, as well as a couple of ensembles. Show runs 12/1-12/17
http://valleycenterstage.org/shows/a-christmas-carol/

Fine Arts

unnamedLeslie’s Makers Night Kiln Fundraiser was a success! In addition to awesome art being created by Hillside staff, students, family, and friends, we raised enough money to buy a kiln! The means that Hillside will be able to expand the types of artistic endeavors we can offer. Kudos to Leslie!

Open House

Pass the word along! On Thursday, January 4th, we will have our first Open House of the new year. Many families begin their search for the upcoming school year in January, so please pass our information along to those you know looking for the next academic step. We hope to see you there!

Kindness

The 5th and 6th graders have been participating in a 21-Day Kindness Challenge with the assistance of kindspring.org. Our goal is to create a kindness epidemic through sharing our own kind acts in the world, hoping that our kindness will engender kindness in turn. Our first task was to make surprise cards—and we made enough for the entire school! Ask your student(s) about their card.

 


Events Calendar

Tuesday, December 5
Block IIA Begins
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7
NO FENCING

Friday, December 8
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, December 11
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.
Yule Ball—7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 18
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Poetry Out Loud—3:15pm

Tuesday, December 19
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 21-Monday, January 2
NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30 p.m.

 

November Bulletin

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What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight on…

Open House

Nothing fights the chill of fall like good company, and we would love yours.
Please join us for our first Open House of the year today, November 2, from 6:30-8:30, Join us to welcome visitors to Hillside and, with our staff, to answer their questions about our program.
It is particularly helpful when inquiring families can talk to current or former students and parents. Thank you all for being part of the Hillside community!

 

Conferences

Wednesday, November 22, regular classes will not be held. Instead, we will be having our Fall Conferences. Parents as well as students should attend conferences if at all possible.
Having students as part of the conference allows us to all work together, building a strong home/school team to support success.
Conference sign-ups will go live Friday at 1 p.m. To accommodate family preferences, you may sign up to speak with one teacher (likely your student’s Point Teacher), or with multiple teachers.

 

Intermediate Elections

As part of our study of American History, we have our own United Desks of the Alder Classroom government. Starting with brainstorming our goals for our time in class, we build a Constitution as well as a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. To help fulfill the goals of our Constitution, we held elections, and have strong and dedicated leaders in the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. The Legislative Branches have been busy drafting and revising laws to support our learning goals, the Executive reviews and signs (or vetoes) them, as well as delivering a monthly State of the Classroom Address, and the Judicial Branch scrutinizes each signed bill, ensuring that it does not violate our Constitution.

 

Classroom Constitution Preamble
Our goal in this class is to build skills in humanities, math, science, art, and drama in a safe, fun, supportive, and encouraging environment. We will develop the personal qualities of creativity, self-knowledge, problem solving, leadership, niceness, and kindness.

Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
1.     We have the Right to be treated with respect as individuals with the Responsibility to respect others as individuals
2.     We have the Right to be confused, not know the answer, and to make mistakes with the Responsibility to fix our confusion, work to learn the answers, and to benefit from our mistakes
3.     We have the Right to learn new things with the Responsibility to use knowledge in responsible ways
4.     We have the Right to have fun while learning at school with the Responsibility to follow school rules and use time/resources responsibly
5.     We have the Right to express our thoughts, opinions, and creativity with the Responsibility to express ourselves at appropriate times in appropriate ways, including respecting others’ points of view
6.     We have the Right to read, work, and talk at our own speed, and to take work or available school resources home to complete assignments with the Responsibility to respect others’ pace and use time well; to finish work and bring it and school resources back when due

 

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The gears are turning on our construction project, and the Board is currently evaluating our options in terms of location, designs, as well as following the guidelines and timeframe set by the City of Bellevue. We hope to have more definite news in the future!

 

Events Calendar

22853279_10155494126565783_2914314786467293370_nThursday, November 2
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 3
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 6
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 9
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 10
NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Monday, November 13
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 16
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 17
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 20
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22
NO SCHOOL
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 23—Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 30
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 1
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, December 4
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5
Block IIA Begins
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

October Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight On…

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It was so much fun to get together with the community at the Marymoor Dog Park meet up. Let’s keep the meet ups coming! Several of you have mentioned wonderful ideas.
Anyone interested in initiating and organizing a meet up for members of the Hillside community is welcome and encouraged to do so.
All you need to do is email Joel (Joel@hillsidesc.org) and Sigrid (Sigrid@hillsidesc.org) the details, including:
  • time
  • date
  • location
  • description
  • your contact information as the point person
Remember to give potential participants enough time to plan on joining, and don’t forget to take photos to share with us to create a buzz for your next meet up!

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Halloween Party

When creatures and goblins roam the hall…
When terror touches one and all…
Come if you dare, be you ghost or ghoul—
To party at our spooky school!
That’s right, folks—it’s time for the Annual Hillside Halloween Party! All upper school students are invited. It will be on Saturday, 10/28, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Open House

Shake off the early November chill with a warm evening at Hillside! Join us on Thursday, November 2nd for our first Open House of the year—and pass along an invitation to any families who might benefit from joining the Hillside Community. We look forward to connecting with our community and providing a chance to speak with prospective families.

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Language Arts teacher (and actress) Brynne Garman has volunteered to lead the fall Poetry Out Loud event for grades 9-12. Interested students should contact Brynne (brynne@hillsidesc.org) as soon as possible. The only entry skills required are the ability to memorize and recite a poem from the Poetry Out Loud website. If enough students are interested, we will host a school competition in December to determine a winner that will advance to local competition in Tacoma in February of 2018. In the past, Brynne’s POL contestants in Kent and Kirkland won both 2nd and 3rd place titles in state competition. She is more than happy to keep Hillside in the winning tradition! All interested students need to contact Brynne no later than October 27, and she will individually coach each contestant during lunchtime during the month of November by appointment.

Europe Trip Deadline—from Kael

Hi, Hillside Families!
If you are planning for your upper school student to participate in the upcoming Hillside Europe Trip, please turn in your first payment of $2000 to Joel by November 3 (with “Europe Trip” in the “for” line) in order to reserve his or her space. The minimum will be 12 students, the maximum 16. If we do not meet the minimum number by November 3, we regret that we will need to cancel the trip.
Contact Jean (jean@hillsidesc.org) with any questions you may have.
We look forward to a wonderful journey next summer!

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Sartorial Arts (Fall Elective)

Events Calendar

Monday, October 9
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11
PSAT for 11th graders—8:00 a.m.
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

 

Friday, October 13
Teachers Meeting—11:35 a.m.
Animation Club (Term 

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I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 16
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

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Binding sketch books for Art

Friday, October 20
Teachers Meeting—11:35 a.m.
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 23
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 26
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 28
Halloween Party—7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 30
Block IB Begins
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 2
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 3
Europe Trip First Payment Due
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 6
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

September Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside…

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Spotlight On…

Visual Arts—See Kathy’s new work!

From http://www.robschoutengallery.com
Kathleen Frugé Brown is a painter, printmaker, and public artist with a long-standing commitment to imagery from the natural world. The foundation of her practice is plein-air oil painting, on the riverbanks and in the forest surrounding her Cascade foothills studio. Kathleen loves the complexity and density of the natural world, and tries to make each brushstroke an exuberant and reverent response to nature.

 


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Performing Arts—Brynne stars as Dr. Watson in Baskerville

From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (The Game’s Afoot), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir.
This show is appropriate for all ages and runs approximately two hours.
You may use Brynne’s discount code, Houndstooth17, when buying tickets.

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If you have friendly dogs that enjoy time at the dog park, or if you just want to meet a bunch of dogs, join us at Marymoor Dog Park from 10-12 on Sunday, September 17.
Sigrid and Xavier will be in the dog park near parking lot D by the Community Garden from 10-10:30; after that, we can go where the dogs lead us.

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Events Calendar

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Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 14
NO FENCING – Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night—7:00 p.m.

Community Building Day hike

Monday, September 18
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 21
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 26
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27
Euro Trip Information Meeting—7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 28
Block IA begins
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 29
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 2
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Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.
RS Financial Literacy—6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 6
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 9
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11
PSAT for 11th graders—8:00 a.m.
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 13
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.

 

 

June Bulletin

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Spotlight On…

End of the Year Potluck/Celebration!

It’s so hard to believe that our school year is nearing its end. Where did all that time go? We would like to send off this school year with a celebration, and we hope that you can join us!
When? June 17 @ 4:30 p.m.-time to leave for the Upper
School Play
Where? Luther Burbank Park (north side of main building)
What to Bring? Your family, potluck picnic food, and Frisbees or other outdoor activities
Questions? Ask Sigrid

 


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Having a Blast!

Laura, Sigrid, and Catherine (a very tolerant parent!) accompanied the 5th/6th Earth Science class on an overnight trip to the Volcano Outdoor School at the Mt. St. Helens Institute. We did a GPS scavenger hunt, scientific observation, field work, hiking, and even learned Volcano Yoga! While we did not see Sasquatch, we did see elk and bear tracks as well as a plethora of lovely vegetation.

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After school on Wednesday, 6/7, kick back and play some games. Hillside students, families, and future students are welcome! If you would like your student to get a ride there on the Hillside van, contact Sigrid.

 


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Art Show: Pastel Perfect (Featuring work by Monique Catino)

Friday, June 23, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: The Lakeshore (11448 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178)
Come enjoy an art exhibition that features an array of styles and subject matter in the perfectly wonderful medium of pastels. Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, music performed by Sundae + Mr. Goessl, and a live art demonstration by Fred Lisauis. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Kindly RSVP at (206) 772-1200.

 

Events Calendar

Friday, June 2
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 5
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7
Mox Boarding House Outing—3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 8
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10
Animation Night—7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11
Dress Rehearsal—12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 12
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15
HALF DAY Last Day of School
Friday, June 16
Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17
Field Day/End of the Year Celebration—4:30 p.m.
Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18
Drama Set Strike—11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 21
Work Party—5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 24
Work Party—11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 28
Work Party—5:00 p.m.

Game On!

Mox

Thank You

Amazing News!

giveWe now have TWO generous Hillside Community families who will be matching donations up to $10,000. Which means every dollar you donate is effectively three dollars until we hit $10,000–which would give Hillside our goal of $30,000 to develop our three-room additional building!

We have currently raised about $9,000, which is fantastic! If you have not yet donated and would like to, you have twelve hours left through GiveBIG. If you miss that deadline or prefer to avoid the website, you can certainly drop checks by the school.

I cannot express how amazing it feels to me as a teacher to work at Hillside. It is a gift to have such time to really get to know, support, and challenge all the wonderful students here. Knowing that the community is willing to commit to us financially to help us shape the school’s future with new facilities is humbling.

Thank you!

Sigrid

Tomorrow’s the Day!

One Day More!

Thank you everyone who has already donated!give

So far we have approximately $5,300 pledged, which is a great start.
However, to gain our full $10,000 in matching funds we need more help!
Please feel free to ask anyone who might be interested in supporting Hillside to schedule a donation.
If you do not feel like donating
online, we can take checks at the school as well, giving you the bonus of seeing  Joel’s smiling face.
Let’s GiveBIG for Hillside and move towards making our dream of a new building a reality!
-Sigrid