This Summer Learn to Design for the Theatre with Patty Makatura

Patty is excited to teach two camps at Hillside this summer, ‘Drawing and Painting‘ and ‘Theatrical Design.’

“How fun is that? I get to work with kids, share my passion for the things I love to do, and create art. Since I’ve been old enough to hold a crayon, I’ve loved the challenge of trying to tell a story through color and images. Graduating to paints and discovering the magical world of theatre, I later pursued set design. Getting to read great literature, create a design on paper, and then see it come to life on the stage was such a thrill. I look forward to sharing that same excitement w/the campers at Hillside. I now draw and paint on a smaller scale and especially enjoy teaching children the skills to be confident in their own self expression.”

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In addition to having worked as a scenic designer and artist throughout Chicago and Seattle, Patty continues to design and paint with her own business, Makatura Murals. She also has participated in a number of solo and group fine art shows, illustrated a children’s book, “Little Lala,” mentored with “Girls Rock” for many seasons, teaches art to children and adults, and continues to seek new skills and inspiration through classes and workshops at Gage Academy and Patrick Howe Gallery. When not holding a brush, or teaching someone else how to use one, Patty can be found climbing a rock, practicing her pirouettes, or hiking in the mountains with Hunny, her beloved Golden.

(All images courtesy of the artist)
Facebook Page: Patty Makatura/Makatura Murals and Fine Art



April Bulletin – 2012


“Earth laughs in flowers,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson,
and the Hillside forest, bedecked in early spring’s delicate blossoms, joins in.

This month brings us a week long vacation and the beginning of the last academic block of the year! Read on for details.

Wednesday, April 4 7:00 pm – Board Meeting

Friday, April 6 3:20 – 7:20 pm – Grades 5 & 6 Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Monday, April 9- Friday, April 13 – Spring Break: NO SCHOOL

Friday, April 20 3:30 – 5:00 – Teachers Meeting

Tuesday, April 24 – Block IIIC begins:

Grades 7 & 8 Art
Grades 9-11 History

Save the Date

The Hillside History Feast is coming! Save the date! Come to our yearly meeting of minds!Each year the high school history class performs a dramatic presentation of characters from the past. Come hear their life stories and debates, and ask them your burning questions. Meet Cromwell and Marx, Marie Antoinette and Marie Curie, Sun Yat-sen and Sigmund Freud, to name a few.

Time: Saturday, May 12, 5:00 pm to about 9 pm.

Join us for an entertaining and educational evening. More information will be available on the website soon.

Check out the Website

There are great things happening on campus.

We just put up information about the 5th grader’s geometry scavenger hunt. You can read about it and see the video HERE.

Also – Learn about the Arduino Club. Pictures and more information are available by clicking HERE. The video is coming soon!

Happy April!

Guess Who’s in the Kitchen with Anne?

“Give a man a fish and he won’t starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won’t starve for his entire life.” – Chinese Proverb

One of last year’s favorite camp experiences was the week of cooking with Anne Kiemle.  We are thrilled that she is going to share her expertise and her kitchen once again!   Anne’s cooking class will run from July 16 through the 20th.  For more information about the Hillside Summer Discovery Program and to register, please click HERE.

Last year's crew enjoying the fruits of their labors.

Why Teach Kids to Cook?

Cooking is a life skill. (Everybody needs to eat!) Teaching kids where food comes from, how to prepare it and sharing meals together creates a powerful understanding of stewardship for the earth, appreciation for its bounty and the work (and fun!) involved in getting it from field to table.

Cooking and baking are kinesthetic. Kids learn by doing. Shopping, reading recipes, and making food are about as hands-on as it gets. They are also practical – these are skills people use daily. After a few lessons on the basics of preparing foods such as muffins, jam, bread, soup, salad, and even more challenging foods such as spanakopita, young cooks are ready and eager to help with home meals, bake for friends and family, and more!

A Hearty Congratulations to Alex Nolan, Hillside Senior!

We are delighted to announce that Alex Nolan, a Hillside senior, was accepted into Pomona College last December, and has accepted Pomona’s offer for her to enroll next fall in the class of 2016.  Alex applied to Pomona, her top college choice,

"super excited" after finding out she got into Pomona

through the Early Decision admissions process, in which students agree to attend at the institution if accepted.  In accepting Pomona’s offer, she withdrew her applications from other colleges to which she applied, as well as from the Johnston Center Special Honors Program at the University of Redlands, where she was recognized with an Achievement Award and designated a Presidential Scholar by their admissions’ committee.

So why Pomona?  Alex’s passions — acting, writing, literature, and sciences (especially Biology and Sustainability) — are celebrated strengths of Pomona’s program.  In addition, because Pomona is one of the five Claremont colleges, students who attend any one of the Claremont colleges have access to the courses at the other four, which opens a wide spectrum of classes to her.  Alex smilingly admits that Pomona’s central California location, complete with palm trees and endless sunshine, as well as the “awesome cafeteria food” available at each of the five Claremont campuses “didn’t hurt her decision to apply…” but she emphatically reiterates that she is most excited about the variety of activities that will be available to her, such as Pomona’s extensive study abroad program and participating in their zany drama productions.

With only 15% of all applicants accepted, admittance into Pomona is an honor in itself.  We heartily congratulate Alex, whose enthusiasm and wholehearted dedication to her studies has both served her well at Hillside and will hold her in good stead in the years to come.  In our humble opinion, Pomona College is exceedingly lucky to have her on board!

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Flora Whiting joins the cast of YTNW in their latest Musical!

Flora Whiting is again performing with Youth Theatre Northwest, this time in their production of Urinetown: The Musical.   Don’t let the title put you off!  This is a great show and is well done and hysterically funny!

Urinetown is a hilarious and irreverent tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government enforced ban on private toilets. In this crazy world, a single malevolent company profits by charging admission for humanity’s basic need. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!  

For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE.

Seattle Choral Company Spring Concert – March 30 – 31

Seems like music is filling the air this spring!

Terry Jacobs, mother of Corinna, has been part of the Seattle Choral Company for the last 20 years. We asked her to alert us about her upcoming concerts.

Next up the company is preparing to sing Carmina Burana for the Pacific NW Ballet’s performance  Apollo and Carmina starting April 13, 2012.

The Seattle Choral Company will celebrate the arrival of spring with lush choral sounds of nineteenth-century German romanticism heard in the spacious acoustics of Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle.

They  invite you to arrive one hour before the start of the program. Members of the Seattle Choral Company will be on hand to provide you with information and exhibits about the concert program.

More information and tickets.

Friday, March 30, 2012 • 8:00 p.m. at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Saturday, March 31, 2012 • 2:00 p.m. at Saint Mark’s Cathedral

     From the Deutsche Liturgie (German Liturgy) by Felix Mendelssohn

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (Glory to God in the highest)
Heilig (Sanctus)

     Three Sacred Pieces, Op. 23 by Felix Mendelssohn

Aus tiefer Noth schrei’ ich zu dir (In deep distress I cry to Thee)
Mitten wir im Leben sind (We are in the midst of life)
Ave Maria

    Two Motets, Op. 74 by Johannes Brahms

Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Why is light given to the weary?)
O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf (O Savior, tear open the heavens)

     Three Motets by Anton Bruckner

Locus iste
Christus factus est
Tota pulchra es

     Abendlied (Evening Song) by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

More information and tickets.

Soft Sculpture with Dawn Rogal

(Hint – that is no ordinary coffee cup)

Dawn been stitching as long as she can remember.  In her own words, “I’ve tried many different arts and crafts but I always come back to stitching.  Over the past two years I’ve been making plush.  Not toys, they are really more fiber sculptures.  I like to recreate things that might be found in nature if your imagination ran free.

Golden snails, purple angler fish, mermaids and cheese.  Most of my best ideas come from spending time with my kids.  I told them a story about stinky cheese and it ended up becoming a piece of cheese with legs!  My children’s sketches have become robots.”  (See the slide show below for some of Dawn’s creations.  All images courtesy of the artist.)

Dawn has worked with elementary and middle school children as an assistant in the classroom and through an art club that she ran last year at Phantom Lake Elementary school.  She loves helping children with their artistic adventures and likes the idea of children being able to make their own plush creatures because it gives them the freedom to create their own little buddies.  It also gives them a chance to learn some basic sewing skills – a must for boys and girls of all ages.

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Dawn Rogal will be teaching her plush sculpture during the first week of the Hillside Student Discovery Program.

From Hillside to Circus Syzygy…….

Quite possibly Hillside Alumni and co-founder of Circus Syzygy, Terry Crane had no idea that when he was climbing trees in the Hillside forest in the early 90’s that he has developing some very important career skills but he knows better now.

Circus Syzygy, which draws on the talents of six internationally renowned artists, is returning to Seattle with the world premier of their new contemporary circus show, “Living Bridges.”

As Terry explains it, “[t]his show has a lot to do with our relationship to nature and our connections to each other, and you can draw a direct line from my training climbing maple trees in the HSC forest [to] my monkeying around on aerial apparatuses for circus shows.”

“Living Bridges” is an all-new show. In an era when technology and information pervade our lives, we are hyper-connected, yet perhaps even our neighbors are utter strangers. Plugged-in, cast out, and searching for connection, Syzygy dives into the heart of this contemporary conundrum with humorous and heartening results.

Don’t miss this latest offering from Circus Syzygy!


8pm evening shows March 1-4 and 8-11
3pm matinees Saturdays March 3 and 10
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
674 S. Orcas St. Seattle, WA 98108
Click HERE
Adults $22, Children 12 &under $12
More Information: or call SANCA at 206-652-4433

March Bulletin – 2012


Under the drizzly February skies, our woods hint of the spring to come. The oso berry bushes are starting to blossom, the salmonberries to unfold their leaves, and the pussy willows to grow furry. March is around the corner!


Please remember that we ask parents to notify the school in writing, by email, or by phone of any absences, whether planned or not. If your child has a planned absence, the longer notice you can give the better. Thanks.

School Announcements
Please be sure to read carefully school announcements and emails (including this one) and to contact us if you have any questions.


Re-enrollment forms and fees due
February 25

Fencing Term II begins!
Tuesday, February 28 – Returning fencers be sure to bring back your washed gear.


Information Meeting for Families of 2012-13 7th Graders
Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:00 pm

Upper School Block Schedule
Friday, March 2, begins the third and last trimester (Block IIIA) for this school year:
Grades 7 and 8: American Lit and Comp
Grade 9: Art Grades 10-11: Biology (Lab)

Teachers’ Meeting
Friday, March 2, 3:30-5:00

Grades 9 – 11, Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 5

Friday, March 9, Regular School Day
Our Snow Make-Up Days have been changed to regular school days to make up for the class time lost during our snowstorm.

Grades 7 – 8, Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 12

No Fencing
Thursday, March 15

Family Film Night!
Friday, March 16
Harold Lloyd’s ‘Safety Last’ – In this groundbreaking silent comedy, Harold Lloyd risks life and limb in filmmaking legerdemain. The iconic image of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock ten stories above the ground comes from this classic movie.

No Fencing
Tuesday, March 20

Teachers’ Meeting (Open House preparations)
Friday, March 23, 3:30-5:00

Open House
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Please help spread the word about our March Open House to your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Hillside families are our best advertisers!

Upper School Block Schedule
Monday, 26 March begins Block III B:
Grades 7 and 8: General Science
Grade 9-12: Western Civilization from 1600

Calendar Note
Please note that the school calendar for 2011-2012 can be found at

Happy March!

An Early Review of the Smash Hit “Twelfth Night”

Were you lucky enough to be in the audience for this short engagement?  Add your review by clicking on the  link comment to the left!

My husband and I were lucky enough to be in the audience of your 5th and 6th grade presentation of Twelfth Night last evening and it was outstanding! We were impressed with absolutely everything from the multi-media presentation to the absolute mastery the actors had of their lines. They not only knew their lines but they totally sold Twelfth Night as the farce that it is!!! What was even more impressive than knowing their lines and nailing the comedy was, clearly, how much fun they were having!!

We were lucky enough to turn around at just the moment the director was giving the kids a well earned “thumbs up”………….and the look of joy and absolute pride on his face in what they had just accomplished was something I will always remember. These kids are fortunate to work with not just a gifted artist but an amazing teacher!

As season ticket holders at several Seattle theaters, I have to say, I can’t remember when we’ve enjoyed ourselves more!!!!! Thank you for a thoroughly, wonderful evening!

Kath Bemis/Don Blair