April Bulletin

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Olympiaganza!

Thrills! Gyrations! Aggravations! I’m talking about sons killing fathers who killed their fathers and it’s AWESOME! This Thursday and Friday the 5th and 6th grade is performing a hilarious take on Greek Mythology.
Join us in the gym at 7:30, and prepare to be AMAZED.
$10 suggested donation per ticket.

 


Science Connections

Laura writes:
Ben Peterson, a noxious weed specialist for King County, came to the environmental science class on Tuesday to teach us about invasive species.  We enjoyed a walk around our forest where he introduced us to garlic mustard, a very high priority invasive species in Washington State.  Garlic mustard isn’t found too many places, but we do have some in our forest.  We can help prevent its spread by removing it and putting it in the trash (not compost) when we find it, and making sure we don’t spread seeds on our shoes.
The 5th and 6th graders are finishing up a unit on Erosion and Deposition, including a case study of the challenges facing the Mississippi River Delta.  On Thursday they got to have a phone conversation with Richie Blink, the Plaquemines Parish Outreach Coordinator for Mississippi River Delta Restoration with the National Wildlife Federation.  The students asked great questions, and Richie put a human face (or voice) to the challenges of erosion and deposition that we have been discussing in class.  He explained the multi-tiered response necessary in terms of wetland restoration, levies, and efforts to live with the natural systems rather than against them, through building on stilts, transitioning to houseboat living, and even moving entire communities inland as sea level rises.  You can check out his bio at http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Faces-of-NWF/Richie-Blink.aspx and see a video on some of his early efforts at http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2011/09/20119309026615213.html.

Games Club

Avalon, Dominion, Catan, oh my! Join Board Games Club for our third term starting Monday right after Spring Break! Contact Sigrid or Joel for more details.

Events Calendar

Tuesday, April 4
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6
Intermediate Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Intermediate Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8
Drama Set Strike—11:00 a.m.

Monday, April 10-Friday, April 15
No School—Spring Break

Monday, April 17
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 27
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29
History Feast Script Writing—2:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

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
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!

Intermediate Play

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March Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside…

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Climate Change Carnival

Kudos to the 7th grade and Laura for a creative, entertaining, and educational evening! Games like “Greenhouse Gasses Dodgeball” and “Trashketball” used hands-on methods for the carnival attendees to gain knowledge, and culminated with a carefully done and engaging presentation.

Short Chortles: An Evening of One-Acts

Prepare to laugh! Jean and his Drama Club have been cooking up a delightful set of short scenes and will be performing them on Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Events Calendar

Monday, March 6
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 10
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11
Drama Set Building—11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 13
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14
PSAT for 10th Graders—8:00 a.m.dsc_0591
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

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Fencing—3:00 p.m.
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 17
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 18

Drama Set Painting—11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 20
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24
Animation—3:00 p.m.
‘Short Chortles: An Evening of One-Acts’—7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29
Block IIIB starts
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 30
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4
History Feast Script Writing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6
Intermediate Drama Performance —7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7
Animation—3:00 p.m.
Intermediate Drama Performance —7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8
Drama Set Strike—11:00 a.m.

Monday, April 10-Friday, April 14
NO SCHOOL—Spring Break

 

February Bulletin

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Open House
Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not—you can still join us for February’s Open House! Please pass along our invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in our learning environment. Open House runs from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. It would be wonderful to see you there, and families considering Hillside really benefit from the opportunity to talk with current students and parents.

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There is no school on 2/10 to accommodate our spring conferences. Based on parental feedback, we are giving you the option of meeting with just your students’ point teachers, or multiple shorter meetings with other teachers as well. The email with the link for the SignUp Genius will go out on Thursday morning.

Climate Change Carnival
On Friday, February 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Hillside’s Environmental Science class will be hosting a Climate Change Carnival.   A $10 suggested donation will get you tickets to make purchases at our bake sale and play climate change related games designed by the students, including “Trashketball” and “Greenhouse Dodgeball.”  We also plan to have a recycled art station, so feel free to bring trash and recyclables to add to our collection for art projects.  You will be able to check out your carbon footprint if you come armed with some knowledge: how do you heat your home?  How much money do you spend to heat your home each month?  How much do you drive per week or year?  What’s the average gas mileage for your car? What items do you recycle?  We will finish the evening with presentations on climate change by the students followed by a game of jeopardy to test your new knowledge.  All proceeds will go to a charities fighting climate change.  Join us, and bring your friends!

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If you need to pull a U-turn to head away from Hillside, you are too close. Please keep your cars out of the cul-de-sac at Hillside’s entrance. Parent cars in the cul-de-sac can create traffic issues for other parents, increase the amount of cars where students walk, and block teachers from parking. Instead, drop your kids outside of the cul-de-sac and then keep going. Taking a loop in the neighborhood around school is not much, if at all, out of the way. Thank you!

Events Calendar

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

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

Friday, February 3
Animation—3:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, February 7
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, February 10
NO SCHOOL – Parent Conferences
Climate Change Night—6:30 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, February 15
Block IIIA begins—9:00 a.m.
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, February 17
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20—Friday, February 24
NO SCHOOL—Mid-Winter Break

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

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

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

January Bulletin

What is happening at Hillside in January…

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Bake Sale Success!
Thanks to the hard work of the Intermediate Class and the community’s generosity, we raised $550 dollars! This means each student (and Sigrid) will have $50 dollars to lend on Kiva.org—our plan is for this money to be in the student’s care until they leave Hillside, meaning that whenever their selected loan is paid back, they can re-loan the money, creating a long-term experience with supporting people working to better their situation.
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The Intermediate Class was also busy making our own, historic twist on gingerbread houses—recreating Ancient Egyptian landmarks!
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Climate Change Carnival
On Friday, February 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Hillside’s Environmental Science class will be hosting a Climate Change Carnival.   A $10 suggested donation will get you tickets to make purchases at our bake sale and play climate change related games designed by the students.  We also plan to have a recycled art station and environmentally themed face painting.  We will finish the evening with presentations on climate change by the students followed by a game of Jeopardy to test your new knowledge.
All proceeds will go to a charity fighting climate change.  Join us, and bring your friends!
Open House
Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not—you can still join us for February’s Open House! Please pass along our invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in our learning environment.

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Events Calendar

Wednesday, January 11
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, January 13
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Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16
No School—Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

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

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

Friday, January 20
Animation—3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, January 25
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

lbThursday, January 26
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, January 27
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 30
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, February 2
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3
Animation—3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, February 8
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, February 10
NO SCHOOL—Parent Conferences
Climate Change Carnival—6:30-8:30 p.m. (Students arrive at 5:30 to set up)

December Bulletin

What is happening at Hillside in December…

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Bake Sale and Donation Drive

2016 has been a challenging year with the passing of many notable people and an extremely divisive election season. This can weigh down anyone, including our students. The 5/6th students have channeled those negative emotions into a desire to take action to help others. On Thursday and Friday 12/15 and 12/16, we will be running a Bake Sale in the Alder Room to benefit kiva.org, an international micro-loan initiative. We will be able to choose to whom we lend money, and re-lend it once it is repaid.
Additionally, we are collecting clothing and toys to donate to Goodwill. Please bring any unwanted clothing or toys to the Alder Room anytime between now and the start of
Winter Break!
Please email Sigrid with any questions.


Donate to Hillside while you shop!

amazon-smiles-logoIf you use Amazon for any shopping, please choose
to support Hillside! When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Hillside Fellowship. Once you are signed up to support Hillside, any time you go to smile.amazon.com it should set you up to support us, or bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1031354 and support us every time you shop.
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Yule Ball

Attention all Upper Schoolers! Hillside’s Annual Yule Ball is on Tuesday, 12/20, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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A Rogue’s Christmas 2016

2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016
$13/general admission, $10/Town Hall members, seniors, and students.
From https://townhallseattle.org/event/a-rogues-christmas-3/
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 Woods). Favorite Northwest actors, including Kurt Beattie, Jean Sherrard, and Paul Dorpat, and Khanh Doan will take turns sharing the gleeful, carousing nature only “a rogue’s Christmas” can hold.
This year’s story selections include: A delightful seasonal charmer from a teenage F. Scott Fitzgerald (one of his earliest published stories) telling the story of a young dandy who tries to give away cash, with unforeseen and occasionally disastrous results; Kurt Vonnegut’s wry and sly “While Mortals Sleep” about a curmudgeonly scrooge of a newspaper editor who finds himself judging a holiday lighting competition; and the delirious and transcendent “The Seraph and the Zambezi” by Muriel Spark, detailing the visit of an angel to a Zimbabwean Christmas pageant.


Weather Alert

As the winter weather approaches, please remember that the Hillside microclimate can be affected sooner than most.
If you hear a rumor of snow anywhere in Western Washington this winter, please check the Hillside web site, www.hillsidesc.org, or call the school number, 425-747-6448, after 6:30 a.m. to confirm start times, van service, or cancellation.
If the schedule is normal, no changes will be made to either one.


Soil Samples

Earlier in the year, Laura and her class did soil organic matter tests as part of Earth Science.

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Events Calendar

Friday, December 2
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7
Drama Club—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, December 9
Animation—3:00 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, December 15
Bake Sale—Lunch and Break
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 16
Bake Sale—Lunch and Break
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 20
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Yule Ball—7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21—Monday, January 2
Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Writer’s Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
NO FENCING
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 9, 2017
Board Game Club—3:00 p.m.

November Bulletin

What is happening at Hillside in November…

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Open House—Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Historically, most cultures celebrate the transition from the season of growth to the dormancy of winter. While we do not live primarily agricultural lives, modern people still feel the urge to gather and recognize the changing season. We hope that Thursday’s Open House can help fulfill that need for our Hillside community! Please join us to celebrate hunkering down for the oncoming winter. Should you know any families perusing school options for their children, invite them to come and learn more about Hillside. We hope to see you there!

From Trash to Geometric Construction…

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Monique Catino has put leftover Hillside signs to beautiful artistic use. “I recycled some plastic signage into a “slide-together” geometric construction. The whole structure is about 15 inches high and is pretty sturdy! It is made of 30 identical squares, with slits cut at certain locations…If you want to make your own geometric construction, visit George W. Hart’s website at http://www.georgehart.com, and find complete instructions, as well as many more models, there. Have fun!”

 

Ancient Burial

The Intermediate students celebrated Halloween by learning about how ancient cultures viewed burial and the afterlife. Each student (or pairs of students) learned about the practices of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, Rome, Maya, or the British Isles. We carved mini-pumpkins and then taught each other how those pumpkins would be buried in each of the cultures.img_0313

 

Conferences

Wednesday, November 23rd , we will have our Fall Conferences. There will be no school that day so that we can meet with families. Look for an email from Sigrid with more details and a sign-up link as the date approaches. Like last year, you will meet with a point teacher representing all teachers so that you can have an in-depth conversation. As always, if you want to schedule an individual meeting with any of us, please reach out at any time to set one up.

 

Events Calendar

Wednesday, November 2
Writers’ Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 3
NO FENCING—3:00 p.m.
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 4
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 7
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 10
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 11
Veteran’s Day – No School

Monday, November 14
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16
Writers’ Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 17
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 21
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23
Parent Conferences—8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 24 – Friday, November 25
Thanksgiving Break – No School

Tuesday, November 29
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30
Block IIA Begins
Writers’ Club—3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2
Animation—3:00 p.m.

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

October Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside…

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Halloween Party!

Saturday, 10/29 is our Annual Upper School Halloween Party from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00. More details will be forthcoming as the goblins planning it get to work…

Open House

Early next month we will have our first Hillside Open House of the year! Please join us to have some snacks, connect with each other, and share our Hillside experiences with prospective families. If you know of families looking for the right school, please invite them to visit us.

 

Events Calendar

Thursday, October 6
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 10
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 17
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19
PSAT for 11th Graders—8:00 a.m.
Writers’ Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 24
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25
Block IB Begins
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29
Hillside Halloween Party—7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 31
Games Club—3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 1
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2
Writers’ Club—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 3
NO FENCING—3:00 p.m.
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 4
Animation—3:00 p.m.

September Bulletin

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

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Hillside 9th grader Sarah Smale founded Saving Kids’ Sight, an organization promoting awareness and healthcare for other children with glaucoma. She raised over $40,000 to set up a lending library at Duke Eye Center in North Carolina so that patients can “borrow” an Icare (a device that measures eye-pressure and helps patients and their families manage glaucoma). Her work is featured in the Duke Eye Center’s Vision magazine, and you can learn more at her blog. Additionally, you can donate to this cause!

Community Building Day

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Monique Catino is one of artists in this exhibition, which features an array of styles and subject matter. View art by dedicated practitioners of the pastel medium, which offers a velvety matte surface unlike any other medium.
Thursday, September 15, 3:30–5:30 pm Ida Culver House Broadview
12505 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Fine wines and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Live music with Sundae + Mr. Goessl.

 


Jupiter

All welcome the Roman sky god, our new grading overlord! Jupiter replaces Engrade, our previous system. Students and parents can use Jupiter to review assignments, check grades, and to check attendance.
Parents and students, if you have not yet explored Jupiter, check your inboxes for the email Laura sent with your log in instructions!

Events Calendar

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

Friday, September 16
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
Fall Social—1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 19
Board Games Club—3:10 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22
Block IA Begins
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 23
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 26
Board Games Club—3:10 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 28
College Preparation Night—8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 30
Animation—3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 3
Board Games Club—3:10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4
Fencing—3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

 

 

End of the Year

Final Kudos and Announcements

National Merit Scholar

Congratulations to Carter Morfitt, who was selected as one of 2016’s National Merit Scholars! We wish you and our other seniors the best of experiences as you head to college in the fall.

 

Go Dawgs!

As you may know, the University of Washington Women’s Golf Team recently won its first NCAA Championship, coached by Hillside parent Mary Lou Mulflur!SMRUJGBSTOYPUEX.20160610030042

 

Mulflur has also been named the 2016 WGCA National and West Region Coach of the Year and the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

Congratulations Mary Lou! Go Dawgs!

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Important Dates:

Thursday the 16th; last day of school

Thursday is a half dayThere are no zero hour classes, and dismissal is at 11:00 AM. The van will still run afterward, but it will be leaving school at 11:00.

Friday the 17th; Upper School Drama Performance

There is the first performance of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth by the Hillside Players at 7:30 that evening.

Saturday the 18th; Graduation, Celebration, Drama, more Celebrations

Like last year, graduation looks a little different than in the past. Graduation takes place at 4 PM on Saturday. In between graduation and the drama performance, we’ll have a community celebration in the main building; it’s pot luck, so bring a favorite dish to share (or just come and celebrate, no judgment here…). Then stick around for the final drama performance if you didn’t already catch Friday’s performance! Traditionally, after the final performance, many of the students pile into the vans for a late night pizza run.

 

Reminder—Hillside End of Year Outing

June 22, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Luther Burbank Park

Bring your own food and drink!  Bring Frisbees or other games and toys!

Hillside Families—parents, students, and staff—come join us at Luther Burbank Park (the one-time site of our school!) on Mercer Island for an end of year outing.  We will meet at the north side of the main building to have a picnic, play games, and explore together.

Work Parties

Please plan to join one of our summer work parties so that the building is spruced up and ready for a new year.

Days and Times:
6/22—5:00 p.m. (allow the fun of the Outing to continue into the evening!)
6/25—11:00 a.m.
6/29—5:00 p.m.