Mon., 6/4 5th Grade Moving up Day at WH 11:00 - 12:15
Tues., 6/5 Teacher Appreciation Day (see below)
Mon., 6/11 Yearbook Distribution and Activities
Tues., 6/12 Grade level field trips
Wed., 6/13 Graduation rehearsal 9:00 - noon
Tentative meet/greet the new principal 5:00 pm
Thurs., 6/14 Graduation rehearsal (if necessary)
Graduation ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Fri., 6/15 Teacher work day
Mon., Aug. 20 7th and 8th grade orientation activities
Tues., Aug. 21 6th grade orientation activities
Wed., Aug. 22 First day of classes
Matt Catanzarite - White Hill’s New Principal
Matt Catanzarite, White Hill’s new principal will be in town from June 12-15. His schedule is being finalized. Matt will be visiting White Hill, attending several activities during the week, and will meet with staff, students, and parents. We are planning a formal meet and greet with our parent community, tentatively scheduled on Wed., June 13 at 5:00 pm.
August Back to School Activities
We are finalizing the orientation activities for 6th, 7th and 8th grade families scheduled on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21. This is what to expect.
7th and 8th grade familiesAppointments on Monday, August 20
6th grade families Appointments on Tuesday, August 21
All families will be scheduled to go through a series of stations including: PE Uniform, Bus Pass, School Photo, YES Foundation, and Parent Club fundraising. At the final station, the student schedule will be available for pick up. It is our expectation that students are accompanied by a parent/guardian to complete this process.
An important feature of this new activity will be the fundraising station. It is our goal that fundraising requests be straightforward and transparent. There will be only one “ask” at the beginning of the year. It will include the request from the Parent Club, for field trips, and the Yearbook. The ask for 8th grade will also include the costs associated with the graduation. In other words, we will not ask for more money during the school year. Rather, this will be a one time request to support school activities. In two weeks, we will announce the specific amount to be requested. Please note that this one time “ask” will not include elective items such as: the PE uniform, music festivals, Washington DC trip, World Languages trips, and Bus Pass.
Seventh Grade Families - McNears Beach Field Trip Help Needed
The time has come to celebrate this year's hard work. Seventh grade teachers have planned an end-of-the-year trip to McNears Beach in San Rafael on Tuesday, June 12 for all 7th grade students. This is an opportunity for students to kick-back, socialize with friends, and swim at the pool, and a great way to wrap up the school year!
We will be providing a grilled lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, and are requesting families to volunteer to bring sides including salads, desserts, drinks, and other supplies. If your family is able to provide any of these items, please sign up on Sign-Up Genius: https://bit.ly/2xszPMu
Parent Club/Sports Basement Fundraising Collaboration - June 18
The soon-to-be-open Novato Sports Basement is ahead of schedule and looking at a "soft opening" date of June 1st. They anticipate having 80% - 85% of their total inventory on hand at that time. The Sports Basement is also inviting White Hill families, staff, and supporters for a "sneak peek" shopping party on June 18 and will be offering 20% off on in-store purchases.
In addition to the above perk, by signing up for the Sports Basement Loyalty Program and choosing White Hill as your profit-sharing beneficiary, our Parent Club will be able to generate more funds for important school programs such as: 1-1 Chromebook program, teacher grants, staff appreciation, and more. Please check out the flyer below for more information related to this great opportunity for our school.
The end of the year is approaching and so is our final teacher appreciation day. It’s next Tuesday, June 5th which is also LOCAL MERCHANT GIFT CARD/PARENT CHOICE day so really anything goes. Some of you signed up a while ago. Please check the SignUp Genius below to confirm your commitments. We still have some teachers with no sign ups. If your child has any of the following teachers, please help: McConneloug, Wilson, Wagner, Newcomb, Noyer, Barde, Desmond, O’Reilly http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bacad2f4-white
Finally, we’ve attached our ‘teacher favorites’ list to inspire gift ideas. Some teachers are missing as we did not receive responses from all. Feel free to send gifts to school with your child, drop off in the office, or email gift cards directly to teachers. Thanks for all your support this year! We’ve heard that this program really has made a real difference and that the teachers are feeling the love. We’ll be back next year with a modified program – quarterly appreciation days spread throughout the year. Thanks for your support. Paula Connelly & Susan Lund
School Supplies 2018-19
With 6 weeks left of school and lots of books circulating, please be reminded that all library books are due back the day after Memorial Day - May 29th. All paperback and reading partner books that were required reading for a class assignment are due back no later than the Friday of the same week - June 1. All textbooks will be collected and accounted for by June 1 or earlier by teachers. Students who have overdue books or outstanding fines risk Loss of Privileges such as not receiving a yearbook for the signing activity, or being unable to attend grade level field trips. The Library will be sending several emails to students, at their Ross Valley student email addresses, reminding them about due dates and fines outstanding. Parents may check what students have outstanding by this method.
Yes! Clubs and Sports Programs
All after school sports and lunchtime club programs are ended for the year! See you in the fall.
Basketball, Cross Country, Track & Volleyball Jerseys
YES! Fundraising Campaign
YESSSSS! We have moved the needle to 51% participation in our All in for YES campaign. Good work White Hill. We are still hoping you will help us reach 60% in our final push.
More YES Fundraising Events
Boon Partnership & Fundraiser: YES will receive 50% from purchases made between May 10 - June 10. Shop atboonsupply.com 10% give back at Iron Springs: Every Tuesday in May
Rick van Adelsberg
White Hill Middle School
Thurs., 3/8 Angst Movie and Panel Discussion 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Fri., 3/9 Parent Coffee Chat 9:00 am
Mon. 3/12 Teacher work day - No students
Wed., 3/14 White Hill Student Action Day
. I Am Remarkable Google Visit 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Fri-Sat., 3/16-17 Spring Play
Wed., Mar. 21 Open House 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Parent Movie Screening and Panel Discussion: Angst - Thursday, March 8
We are screening the movie Angst with a panel discussion for parents on Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7:00 pm in the White Hill Library. Click on this link for more information: Angst: Raising Awareness About Anxiety.
Parent Chat - Friday, March 9 at 9:00 am
Our next Parent Chat is scheduled for March 9 at 9:00 am in the Library. There is no formal agenda. However, several things we may want to discuss include: emergency preparedness, principal recruitment, Social Emotional Learning, and vaping. Looking forward to having you join us at our next informal gathering. Coffee and treats provided.
6th and 7th Grade Parents/Guardians - Elective Choice Forms Due Fri., March 9
A letter informing students and parents about elective choices available for the 2018-19 school year was distributed today (3/2) in 6th grade homerooms and though 7th grade history classes. Attached to the letter is a form to complete and elective course descriptions. Please review these with your child, make the selections, sign the form, and return it to the appropriate teacher no later than March 9.
White Hill Student Action Day - Wednesday, March 14
Today, a group of White Hill students began planning activities in solidarity with students across the nation, in support of the movement created by the survivors of the recent Florida mass shooting. Our Day of Action is taking place on March 14. A student committee is working with staff to create a program of activities designed to provide students with options to express feelings about Congressional inaction regarding safety on campuses. This event is not a "walkout". No students will be leaving campus, nor are the activities required of students.
I Am Remarkable - Wednesday, March 14
For the second year, the Women@Google Organization has invited our girls to attend an event entitled, I Am Remarkable, at the San Francisco Google Office on March 14, 2018. #IamRemarkable strives to empower girls and young women to speak openly about their accomplishments at school, in the workplace, and beyond. The initiative motivates participants to promote themselves in front of peers to break gender related norms and glass ceilings. The worship will be broken into: introduction to Googlers, data, and research regarding self promotion and unconscious biases; main exercises to help participants articulate their achievements and practice self promotion; and discussion and take home exercises. A summary video is available to review video. This opportunity was limited to the first 200 registrants and is now full.
Good Eggs Shopping
This spring, White Hill is running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door. Some parents at our school already use Good Eggs and swear by it. During March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they will donate 10% back to our school. All you need to do to enroll is:
1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com on your laptop.
2. Enter the code wh2018 and click “Join fundraiser!”
3. Shop and 10% goes back to the school! Next time you order from Good
do not need to enter the code again.
Enroll in the fundraiser by March 15th and you will be entered to win a week of free Good Eggs dinners!
Last Tuesday’s lockdown/classroom evacuation drill was very successful. The kids were well prepared and demonstrated a maturity about a serious practice that was as good as we have had all year. Each time we ramp up the complexity of our drills, we made mistakes and learn from them. This time we asked Fairfax Police and Fire personnel to observe and give us feedback. They want to continue this collaboration in our upcoming drills. The following are recommendations they made:
- Paint large visual markings that identify our individual buildings to assist the police should they be called for an emergency at our school. It would make it easier for them to quickly identify the location of an intruder.
- Put window tint on classrooms, offices, etc., to make it impossible to see inside.
- Have a distinct bell tone that everyone recognizes indicates an intruder on campus and signals an immediate lockdown, whether during class time, break, or lunch. Add an additional alarm switch in the outer office for immediate response.
- Use vests to identify the different roles staff plays in emergencies (i. e., incident command, search and rescue, first aid, student release, etc.,)
- Have master keys available for police use when an intruder threat has been neutralized and the classrooms must be cleared for evacuation to the field assembly area.
- Invest in walkie talkies for all classrooms to guarantee communication with all staff.
- In the event of a fire emergency coming out of the hills, the Fire Department is recommending the large field as the best assembly area. In the event of almost any emergency, the police will close Sir Francis Drake Blvd. This will give us the time we need to account for everyone, prior to the onslaught of nervous parents.
There is still more work to be done with regard to what steps to take if an intruder were to appear during a passing period, break, or lunch. The general consensus is to lockdown classrooms if teachers are in them. However, if students and staff are outside, the plan is to run and hide. Next steps will be to identify where to run and practice this type of evasive action. We understand this is a difficult subject to consider, let alone prepare for. However, it is our hope that knowing we are doing everything we can to prepare for the unthinkable will be of some comfort.
Cascade Canyon Village Parking
The residents have requested that we not use this area to park and pick up students after school. Please help us be good be neighbors and respect this area near our school. Thank you.
Dealing with Teasing, Bullying, and Harassment
We continue to be encouraged that more and more students and parents are coming forward and reporting incidents of unwelcome and unwanted conduct on and off campus. This information makes it possible for us to ensure that students are feeling safe and supported at White Hill. Without the collaboration and trust of parents, we might not know about something happening to a student(s). We encourage you to let us know immediately when your child has experienced unwelcome conduct in the form of teasing, bullying, or harassment. It’s our commitment and responsibility to extinguish the unwanted behavior and provide ongoing social and emotional learning to eliminate these behaviors from our campus. With your help this can become a reality.
8th Grade Parents - Graduation and Permission Forms
Please be reminded of two things:
- The Graduation Ceremony, scheduled on Thursday, June 14, will be held at White Hill. The Ceremony will take place on the large grass field at 5:00 pm. In the unlikely event of bad weather, Drake High School has been reserved as a backup location.
- Signed permission forms for 8th grade year-end activities were due on February 16. In the event, parents were out of town or unavailable to sign the form please do so this weekend. We will be accepting forms in the office this week. Students may not participate in year-end activities without submitting this form.
Parent Education Opportunities
Building Connection, Compassion, and Community A Conference for Parents, Caregivers and Educators, Co-hosted by Community Institute for Psychotherapy & The Marin County Office of Education. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Marin County Office of Education,
1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, CA 94903
Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives: Wed, Mar 21st, 6:30-8:30pm, COM Auditorium
Rachel Simmons will discuss her new book, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives" which gives parents/adults the tools to help girls in high school and college reject “supergirl” pressure, overcome a toxic stress culture, and become resilient adults with healthy, fulfilling lives.
Additional Information about Programs for Students
The C4C Challenge - April 29th
It’s coming! Mark your calendars! This is the best event of the year, but we can’t do it alone.
Volunteer Opportunities & Fun Events Coming Up!
Yes! Sports Programs
Mountain Biking Club
Please join our parent volunteers, Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm for Mountain Biking. They will meet by the PE lockers near the gym and bike the hills behind White Hill. This club will start on March 15th! Please come with your bike, a helmet, and a permission slip. A permission slip is required on the first day or the student won't be able to participate. If your student participated in the fall session, they are still covered by that permission slip. Permission slips are attached and available in the office. They should be submitted to the coach or to the office.
Boys and Girls can join Coach Johann starting Monday, March 19th in the gym to learn wrestling. Practices will be on Mondays (3:30-5:00), Wednesdays (2:30-4:00), and Fridays (3:30-5:00). A permission slip is required (attached and available in the office) and should be turned into Coach Johann or the office.
Track & Field
Rick van Adelsberg
White Hill Middle School