April Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside in April

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Grimm Tales

It’s that time of year again! Get ready for the Intermediate Drama performance!
This Thursday and Friday, Hillside’s gym becomes the deep, dark, woods that birthed the creepy, spooky, and delightful folk tales collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm.
The Intermediate Students will bring several of the Brothers Grimm’s stories to life!  Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $10.

History Feast!

What better way to celebrate May Day than with a medieval-style feast? Historic personages from Ancient and Medieval History will meet, converse, and entertain while you dine. Students have spent months researching their historical subjects and working on synthesizing what would happen should those people meet. This culminating event for History is not to be missed, and will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, in our Festal Hall (the gym).

High Schoolers

The remaining History Feast Script Sessions are on Wednesday, April 6; Monday, April 18; Saturday, April 23; and Wednesday, April 27. You should be at the school at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, to set up and rehearse for the evening’s festivities.


Fencing restarts on Tuesday, April 19, but instead of an April 26 session, there is one scheduled for Monday, April 25.


We will again participate in the Seattle Foundation’s annual one-day GiveBIG fundraiser. This year, May 3rd is the chosen day; every donation we receive through their website will increase the amount of stretch funds for Hillside. Stay tuned for more information about how to participate!

Events Calendar

Tuesday, April 5

Wednesday, April 6
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, April 8
 5th+6th NO SCHOOL
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
Set strike—11:00 a.m.

Monday, April 11—Friday, April 15
No School—Spring Break

Monday, April 18
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25
Monday Fencing—3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26
Teachers Meeting—3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 1
History Feast—5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3

Thursday, May 5
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Welcome Archer!


Happy news! Joel and Elizabeth write to introduce us to Archer Thomas Slagle. He showed up Friday, 3/11, weighing in at 9 lb. 4 oz.

Mom and baby are both doing great!


March Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside in March     

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Open House!

Join us this very evening to chat with other Hillside Community members and prospective families. In anticipation of Pi Day (3/14) Kael and Laura made pies, so you KNOW there will be delicious food to go along with the conversation. Should you know any families with school-age children who might be a good match, please encourage them to stop by! 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.       


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From Kathy:

Please join me for a celebration of the first six decades of my life in art. I’m hosting a party and art retrospective at Hillside Student Community, the wonderful Bellevue school where I’ve taught for years. Come see a lifetime of my paintings, prints, and drawings, and help me celebrate old times and the adventures ahead. All work will be for sale–with Party Pricing for one night only! Friends and family welcome. 4 – 8 pm, Sunday March 6
Hope to see you!


No Joel (for a while)

Due to the impending birth of his second child, Joel will be on paternity leave starting on 3/11 and extending to Spring Break. While he will be missed, we will get more sleep that he will, and also are lucky to have a very capable replacement lined up for while he is out: Monique!

Please contact Monique (Monique@hillsidesc.org) should you need to let us know about attendance or with other concerns while Joel is on leave.            

Events Calendar

Thursday, March 3
Open House—6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm

Friday, March 4
NO SCHOOL—Weather Make-up Day

Sunday, March 6
Kathy’s Party/Retrospective 4:00–8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12
Drama Set Building —11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 15
Evening Fencing ONLY—6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17
Evening Fencing ONLY—6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Set Painting—11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 22
Teachers Meeting—3:30 p.m.
Evening Fencing ONLY—6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 24
Evening Fencing ONLY—6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 28
Block III-B Begins

Tuesday, March 29
Evening Fencing ONLY—6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30
Script Writing for History—3:00 p.m.

Kathy Fruge Brown Studio Sale and Party

Please join me for a celebration of the first six decades of my life in art. I’m hosting a party and art retrospective at Hillside Student Community, the wonderful Bellevue school where I’ve taught for years. Come see a lifetime of my paintings, prints, and drawings, and help me celebrate old times and the adventures ahead. All work will be for sale–with Party Pricing for one night only! Friends and family welcome.
4 – 8 pm, Sunday March 6
Hillside Student Community
5027 159th Pl. SE
Bellevue WA 98006
Hope to see you!

February Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside in February

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Open House

Spice up your Thursday with some community time! Join the Hillside community and prospective families for snacks, chats, and time to connect before Mid-Winter Break. The Open House will be from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and Joel sometimes has a surprise for those who remain until the end…
As always, please pass on information to any families you know who should know about Hillside. Ask your student(s) if they have information cards for you to pass out or leave at your favorite spot.

See you there!


Mark your calendars for February 26th, when we will have our Spring Conferences for all grades. Sigrid will send out an email shortly with the information you need to sign up, including a link to the SignupGenius schedule and which teacher(s) you should meet with. Student attendance is encouraged at conferences so that we can have a team discussion.


Laura’s class extracted strawberry DNA in Biology:
We mushed up strawberries in plastic bags, then added a mixture of water, shampoo, and salt, then mushed them up some more.  

We poured the mixture through funnels lined with cheese cloth and let just the liquid drain into test tubes.  

Then we added ice cold isopropyl alcohol to the test tubes.  When the students dipped craft sticks in where the clear isopropyl met the pink strawberry liquid, they found goopy pink stuff, DNA!

Strawberries are good for this experiment because they are octoploid, which means they have 4 times as much DNA as they would if they were diploid like humans.  When we mushed up the strawberries, we broke apart many of the cells.  The shampoo broke down the cell membranes, which are made of lipids (fats).  The salt broke down the protein scaffold that DNA wraps around, freeing up the DNA itself.  Most of the solution we initially added to the strawberry mush was water, and DNA remains dissolved in water, so it was able to pass through the cheese cloth in the funnel with the water.  Isopropyl alcohol is not nearly as good a solvent as water, and cold alcohol is an even worse solvent.  When we added the cold isopropyl alcohol, the DNA precipitated out of the solution and students were able to see it, since there was so much.  Of course DNA is still tiny, so we weren’t able to see the double helix structure, or individual nucleotides, but thanks to our study of other scientists’ experiments, we know that they’re there!


Help us with Early American Crafts!

Here’s a chance to get rid of things! Sigrid and the Intermediate Class will be making some old-school materials for the home, and need supplies.

What do we want?
*  Unscented candle stubs (any color is fine)
*  Unwanted fabric.

During the next month, we will have a chance to hand-dip candles and work on braided rugs. This hands-on crafting will give students a glimpse into how life was in the days before Amazon could bring you a new rug in an hour.

Please feel free to drop any donations off in the Alder Room!


Events Calendar       

Thursday, February 4
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 5
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Monday, February 8
Monday Fencing—3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9
Teachers Meeting—3:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12
Animation Club Term II—3:30 p.m.

Monday, February 15-Friday, February 19
February Break – No School

Wednesday, February 24
Block III-A Begins

Friday, February 26
NO SCHOOL—Conferences 5th-12th

December Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside in December

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Fundraisers for Syrian Refugees

In an effort to raise awareness about and funds for the Syrian refugee crisis, Klogo-medical-teamsaren is spearheading two mini-fundraisers at Hillside.

Fundraiser #1: Bake Sale, at school, Thursday, December 10, during lunch and afternoon break.

The 5th and 6th graders will be holding a bake sale at school on Thursday, December 3rd — selling their wares to each other, the staff, and the 7 – 12th graders (and any hungry parents who venture inside). Sigrid will be working with the 5th and 6th graders to figure out choices for what to prepare.

Fundraiser #2: Film night, at school, Friday, December 11. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Jean will host a showing of ‘ET’ (the ultimate refugee movie), with an entrance fee of $5 per person. Refreshments will be sold (including any Bake Sale leftovers). Families and friends are welcome to attend. Come one and all!

All profits will go to Medical Teams International, a non-profit organization in Redmond, which puts together medical and hygiene kits to be used in refugee camps and has a very good financial and efficacy track record.

Please let us know if you have other ideas for Hillside students to help out or to raise awareness for the plight of the dispossessed here and abroad.

A Rogue’s Christmas


From Town Hall’s website:

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, and Dirk Lebsack). Favorite Northwest actors (many of them former SSL readers) will take turns sharing the gleeful, carousing nature only “a rogue’s Christmas” can hold.

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The Intermediate students have used food as an analogy for the different traits of strong writing. For our recently complete essay about Benjamin Franklin, the chosen food was a sushi roll, something we are sure Franklin would have loved had he tried it!IMG_5185

Like sushi rolls, strong essays contain carefully prepared ingredients arranged precisely, then wrapped up carefully to leave their consumer with a good taste in their mouth.

To celebrate completing the essay, we crafted and ate delicious sushi!

Caelan Sun

On Saturday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. you are invited to hear Caelan play the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The address of the recital is 1711 Thorndyke Ave W., Seattle.

Rattlesnake Lake Then and Now

As covered in the Seattle Times, Jean took students on a cultural exploration of ground that has been underwater for approximately 100 years. Rattlesnake Lake’s water level dipped precipitously enough during the recently ended drought to allow the flooded city of Cedar Fall/Moncton to emerge from the muck like a prehistoric creature from primordial ooze. Read more about it (and watch a video featuring Hillside students) on Jean’s blog.

Events Calendar       

Wednesday, December 2
Block II-A Begins

Friday, December 4
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 10
Intermediate Bake Sale—Upper School Lunch, Break, and After School

Friday, December 11
Animation Club Term I—3:30 p.m.
Film Night “E.T.” —7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, December 18
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.
Yule Ball—7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 21- Friday, January 1
Winter Break – No School

November Bulletin

Here’s What’s Happening at Hillside in November

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Open House
Nothing beats the rainy weather like gathering with Hillside Community to chat, meet prospective families, and have some fun! Join us at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, and please pass along our Open House information to any families you know looking for the right school match.


Masterful Collage
Kathy has her art students interpreting paintings through magazine collage. The works, still in process, are truly spectacular.

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Seattle Youth Orchestra
Sun., Nov. 15, 3 pm, Caelan Sun performs in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall as they play Glinka, Barber, and Brahms.

This year, all conferences will be held on Wednesday, 11/25. Please sign up for an empty slot with your student’s point teacher. Email Sigrid (sigrid@hillsidesc.org) if you have any questions.


Election Day

Did you vote?

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Here at Hillside the Intermediate Students are having our own election, running for positions in the class government. Students are running to be part of the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Branches. We will use our classroom government to deal with classroom issues while we learn about America’s Federal government.

Events Calendar

Thursday, November 5
Open House—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 6
Animation Club Term I—3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11
No School—Veteran’s Day

Friday, November 13
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 19
Teachers Meeting—3:30 p.m.
Evening Fencing Only—6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 20
Animation Club Term I—3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25

Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Break

October Bulletin

First Day of School

First Day of School

All School Outing

All School Outing

Intermediate Enrichment

Intermediate Enrichment

Here’s What’s Happening at Hillside in October

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Traffic and safety

Please do not pull into our cul-de-sac when dropping off or picking up students. It causes congestion and can be a safety hazard when students are walking. Instead, follow the loop and park outside of the cul-de-sac. That way once your student is loaded (or unloaded), you can simply continue your path along the loop and avoid the hassle of turning around.

Issaquah Salmon Days

SD-LOGO-15-RGBHillside is joining the annual celebration this Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th. We will be in booth 646, located on the ‘Field of Fun’, on the eastern side of the fair grounds near the Kid’s Stage and Dock Dogs.  If you are in the area, drop by and chat with a HSC teacher or two  — and maybe speak with some prospective parents!

Fall Social

On Saturday, October 10th, please join us to celebrate fall with snacks and games. Bring your family for food and fun with the Hillside community!

Events Calendar

Friday, October 2
Animation Club Term I—3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 3-Sunday, October 4
Issaquah Salmon Days—10:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 9
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10
Fall Social—6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14
PSAT (NMSQT)—8:00am

Friday, October 16
Animation Club Term I—3:30 p.m.

Monday, October 19
Running Start and College Info Night—7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 23
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27
Block I-B Begins

Friday, October 30
No Clubs
Halloween Party—7:00 p.m. (Upper School)

September Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside in September

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Curriculum Night

5th grade Math project

5th grade math project

Greetings, Hillside families, and welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!
Our first week gave staff and students time to connect and get into the swing of the year. We hope that all of you have had pleasant, restful summers and that you are looking forward the new academic year. Thursday evening we invite you to join our staff for a preview of this year’s classes and some time to socialize. Come connect with other parents and our staff!

Camping Elective

20150902_134915Learning happens outside as well as in the classroom. This fall Julie and Kati’s camping elective is teaching students skills such as fishing, tent construction, and outdoor safety.

Events Calendar

Thursday, September 10
Curriculum Night—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 19
Community Building Day—1:00 p.m. (more info to come!)

Thursday, September 24
Block I-A Begins

Friday, September 25
Writers’ Club—3:30 p.m.

Monday, September 28
Monday Fencing—3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29
Teachers Meeting—3:30 p.m.

Tremendous Bake Sale

The Intermediate Bake Sale was a delectable success!

IMG_4337With the help of your generosity (and hunger), we raised $290.80 for Braille Without Borders. The students worked individually and as a team to make their delicious treats, and selling them for charity adds depth to our feeling of accomplishment.