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

 

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!

 


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GiveBIG

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?

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Why?

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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!
Best,
Sigrid

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!

Best,
Sigrid
Sigrid@hillsidesc.org

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
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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.