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!


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.


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!


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 


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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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
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.



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.


FullSizeRender-3Hillside Dog Day Meet Up

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.


Events Calendar

Monday, September 11image1
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.

Monday, September 25
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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



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.



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!


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!


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!


May Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

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May the Fourth be with you!

In spite of rain, thunder, and lightening, spring has sprung at Hillside—and we are gearing up for our May “Sweet and Greet” on Thursday, May 4, from 6:30-8:30.
Come taste pies and desserts (and decide which is your favorite) as we gather for an evening to socialize with staff, students, and friends, new and old, and to answer questions about Hillside from inquiring families.
Please pass the word!
Thank you all for all your support of Hillside! See you Thursday!


2017 Feast InviteCome to the Hillside History Feast!

On Saturday, May 6, at 5:00, Hillside high school students will perform their American History Feast characters in the Hillside Gym. This event, unique to Hillside, is a meeting of minds researched, created, and acted by those students.
We ask $15 per audience member to help cover the cost of our supplies. Additional donations are welcome.
Please reply ASAP, and send your check to Joel with your expected number of attendees since we have limited space. Priority is given to the families of performers.
The food supplied by parent supporters will include such American items as Ham, Turkey, Rolls, Vegetarian Chili (vegan, gluten free, egg and dairy free), Corn Bread, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Vegetable Platter, and Fruit Salad.
This year’s characters range from politicians to musicians, industrialists to scientists, and generals to writers. They may shock and surprise—and likely entertain—you with their views. Please join us for an unusual evening!
Note to Student Actors: Arrive at 10 am for set-up and rehearsal all day. Bring lunch, printed writings, and costumes!




One week and one day before the official GiveBIG day! So far, we have about $1,700 pledged towards our goal of $10,000 to receive our full matching funds from our generous donors. Please schedule your donation today. Also, if you would prefer to donate by check rather than electronically, you can send any checks in to Joel or Sigrid.

Science Happenings

The environmental science students have been working on experiments in our very own forest, so if you see strange circles of bamboo stakes with pink ribbon it’s for science, not ritual sacrifice.  Each student has designed their own experiment, but the students also assist each other as needed.  Rowan is censusing tree and shrub species in four different 10m x 10m plots and herb species in five 1m x 1m subplots within each larger plot.  Bella is censusing bugs within 1 m of trees of two different species, separating her findings by height off the ground.  Eli is removing all lichen and moss from an area of bark on trees of four different species, and then inoculating the center of the cleared area with moss of the same species on each tree.  He is interested to find which tree species allows the new moss to grow most quickly.  Ella is searching the campus for bird nests to determine if certain tree species or forest areas support more nests.  Lily is winding her way around the Hillside campus on a designated track mapping squirrel activity.  Sam is testing the effect of soil temperature on green onion germination and growth in a controlled indoor experiment.
The 5th and 6th grade earth science students are headed to the Mount Saint Helens Volcano Outdoor School on May 30th and 31st to supplement their plate tectonics unit.  Check back in June for details on all the fun and learning that went on!

Laura in the news

Not only is Laura providing students with engaging, hands-on curriculum, but she is active in her local community. Click here for her interview with KUOW.

Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 2
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4
Spring Sweet and Greet—6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 5
Electives Begin
Saturday, May 6
History Feast performers setup, rehearsal, performance–10:00 a.m.
History Feast—5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 8
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10
Give Big!
Thursday, May 11
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 15
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 19
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Drama Set Building—11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 22
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 25
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 26
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 27
Drama Set Painting—11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day – No School
Tuesday, May 30
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Are You Up for a Challenge?

728x90_GIVEBIG-PROMONow More Than Ever, you should consider donating to Hillside.


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A generous family within the Hillside community is challenging you—they have offered to match our GiveBIG fundraising up to $10,000.
This has already inspired one staff member to pledge $1,000. Not everyone can afford large donations, but please consider even a small gift to maximize what we raise. Accomplishing this challenge will put us well on the path towards  our dream of a new building with office space, a classroom, and storage.
The first day of early giving for GiveBIG is today! You can set up your giving today, tomorrow, or any day between now and May 9th. No charges will be made until May 10th, the official GiveBIG day.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thank you!

Now More Than Ever

160x600_GIVEBIG-PROMO-NPIn 2017 many Americans are thinking about our culture and future in new ways. Here at Hillside we are too, and we all feel grateful to be part of a small, caring community that helps support each other as we try, fail, learn, grow, and succeed.

One of Hillside’s biggest strengths, our small class sizes, puts us at a disadvantage when considering improvements and additions to our school. Many other private schools with the same classroom space and number of staff would have 30 to 50% more students per class, and a commensurately larger amount of funding. We have no plans to change our commitment to small, individualized learning, but this point of comparison is an essential one to consider.

Of course the financial commitment of tuition is significant, and for many families that is the limit of what they can contribute, but even small donations can combine to make big changes. Additionally, please pass on our GiveBIG information to your family and friends who might be interested in supporting Hillside. Early giving starts 4/27, and I will hit you with that link once it starts.

Thank you for reading this, and please contact me with any questions!