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Dear White Hill Community,
 
I hope your weekend was enjoyable.  Things are great here with lots going on.  Please see below for an update on things happening around White Hill – this is a short Wrap and it’s all about art and philanthropy this week!
 
David

 

Food Drive – Can You Help!

Ms. Ruzzier’s 8th grade Advisory is having a food drive as part of their community service on April 7th. We have one more week to help stock the food pantry at St. Rita’s church.  Can you help us?  Please be as generous as you can and bring in non perishable items (drop off in Rm. 501 and the office). Thanks so much!  We have gotten 2 cans of food so far – please help us support the hungry!

 

White Hill Art Rooms Need Paper Bags With Handles!

Send them on in please!

 

White Hill Art Blog – Updated!

Check it out! - http://whitehillart.weebly.com/
 
 
 
 
David Finnane
Principal
White Hill Middle School
101 Glen Drive
Fairfax, CA  94930
415.454.8390 Phone
415.454.3980 Fax

White Hill News Feed

WIldcat Wrap 11.11.2017

Date Event and Location Time
November     
Mon., 11/13 Drake High School Tour #1  1:00-2:30
Tues., 11/14 5th Grade Parent tour #1  9:00-10:15
Tues., 11/14 7/8 Spelling Bee  Lunch
Wed., 11/15 Orchestra Concert in the WH Gym 7:00 pm
Fri., 11/17 Coffe Chat in Room 106 8:45 am
Nov. 20-24 Vacation  
Tues., 11/28 Site Council Meeting 3:45 pm
Thurs., 11/30 Parent Tour #2 WH Library 9:00 am
December    
Tues., 12/12 Make Up School Picture Day  

News

Parent Conference Week - November 13-17
Dismissal time for Parent Conference week is 2:10 pm each day. Periods 00 and 0 will still meet Monday through Friday.


Parent Coffee Chat

Our next Coffee Chat is this Friday, 11/17. The start time is a bit earlier at 8:45 am. We will meet in Room 108.

Raising the Bar

As a faculty, we are evaluating school-wide practices related to respectful behaviors, accountability, and responsibility for learning. These are conversations we are having with students and are also having at Parent Club, Site Council and Parent Chat meetings.

We believe that continually raising the bar for respectful behavior and accountability for learning is part of a growth mindset that helps students become more responsible learners. Our students understand that the classroom is a sacred place, and are working with us to ensure that interruptions of the instructional process are minimized. Similarly, outside the classroom, horseplay, grabbing, and playing chase are potentially dangerous behaviors that are being consistently addressed and stopped. Restorative justice circles with students and teachers are working very well and producing positive results. Ultimately, White Hill students are being empowered to take more responsibility for their instruction, actions and words. Please join our parent meetings to participate in conversations about these important topics.

Cold Weather Approaching

Once the cold weather arrives, we will open and supervise the gym in the morning for students to have a dry and warm place before class begins.


White Hill Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Stanislav Tananaev, Emalene Harwood, and Piper Cothran who successfully
competed in the Marin County Championship Spelling Bee last weekend. Thanks for the hard work and for representing White Hill at this event.

Parent Club Meeting

The minutes from our first meeting are posted on the White Hill website. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 7 at 8:30 am in the Library. Parents are encouraged to participate in this important organization.


Lost and Found

Very expensive articles of clothing are picked up on campus every day and placed in our Lost and Found. Students are encouraged to get their belongings from the Lost and Found near the office. However, most of the items remain unclaimed. We are running out of space to house the shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc., for much longer. With the cold and rainy weather coming it’s our hope that these items will be picked up. Otherwise, they will eventually be ruined. Please note that on Friday, November 17, we will be taking these items to the Goodwill.

 

Reminders

White Hill Yearbooks

White Hill yearbooks are on sale now through December 21, 2017, the last school day before the Winter Break. Order your child's yearbook at the special price of $38.00 using the online link below. The yearbook is a long time tradition at White Hill and it is entirely student-designed in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class. The goal is to feature photographs of all White Hill students and capture images of the fun events on our campus throughout the year. Yearbooks are hard-cover, full color photographs, and include an autograph section. They are a fabulous keepsake and make a great gift for your White Hill student. http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768 Check out the linked order sheet for full instructions. Use your child's name and their 6º Advisory class teacher's name when you enter information. Financial assistance for partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships are available. For financial assistance information, please use the attached form and return to the White Hill Office. Prefer to order by check? There is a $4.00 processing fee for check purchases which brings the cost to $42.00. If you are writing a check, use the order form and return to the WH Office. Forms are also available at school. Yearbooks are not available for order after Winter Break. For questions, contact Yearbook teacher, Emma Beauchamp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Additional Information about Programs for Students and Parents

YES!

Watch this space for information about our YES Challenge! We will be kicking off the week of November 20th and it will go until January 31st. We have a BIG, HUGE goal with lots of fun to go along with it! The details (along with the fun!) are TOP SECRET!!!

Children for Change

What’s going on this month with C4C?
Thank you to all of the parents and children who ventured out to Oakland in the rain to experience the Forced from Home exhibit. What a powerful experience it was for all learning and feeling first hand what it’s like to be a refugee. Although, the exhibit has moved onto LA, take some time to explore their website and talk with your child(ren) about this very important issue in our world today. With the recent fires, it really is a topic that hits close to home.

C4C Celebration of Gratitude with the Kenyan Boys Choir
As a thank you to our community for all of the support we have received over the years, we would like to give back by celebrating all of you! Join us for this special C4C Celebration of Gratitude on Saturday, Nov 25th at 1:30-3:00pm at the Wade Thomas Multipurpose Room featuring the amazing Kenyan Boys Choir. Everyone is welcome especially family and friends visiting for the Holidays -- the more the merrier. Come enjoy a beautiful and inspiring concert and time together. Invites coming soon! Don’t think you are on our list? Simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included in this special event.

Grateful Goats - And their off! The time of gratitude has started with our Grateful Goats hitting the road this weekend. Spreading the message of love, appreciation and gratitude, keep your eyes open for a sighting. Did you see one? SHARE it! Post a picture and the location on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages to give some extra props for the power of kindness and to show how it truly is everywhere in Ross Valley!!

Fire Response Effort - C4C Sponsors Two Families
We are honored to be the sponsor of two wonderful families who lost their homes in the recent North Bay fires. It will be a long process to get them up on their feet again and their needs will change as the months go by. Please email us if you would like to be kept abreast of their progress and to help with their needs as they rebuild their lives. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also donate online.

Every Action Matters When Making Change for Good! Join the movement.
Children for Change www.children4change.org
Yes! Lunchtime Clubs
There will be no lunchtime clubs the week of November 13th. Clubs will resume after Thanksgiving break, the week of November 27th.

White Hill Basketball
Tryouts start next week and continue the week of November 27th. If your child is interested in trying out, have them come to the gym on the designated date/time, with a permission slip. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE! This is for next week only, as the gym is unavailable that day.

Monday Nov 13th
3:15-4:45 6th grade BOYS: Coaches John Fitzgibbons & Alex Gauna
4:45-6:15 8th grade GIRLS: Coach Eileen Burke
6:15-7:45 6th grade GIRLS: Coach Diane DiRoma

Tuesday Nov 14th
3:30-5:00 7th grade GIRLS: Coach Zach Wahle
5:00-6:30 7th grade BOYS: Coach Jay DeMaestri

Wednesday Nov 15- All Tryouts are Canceled due to rain.

Thursday Nov 16
3:30-5:00 6th grade BOYS: Coaches John Fitzgibbons & Alex Gauna
5:00-6:30 6th grade GIRLS: Coach Diane DiRoma

Friday Nov 17
3:30-5:00 7th grade GIRLS: Coach Zach Wahle
5:00-6:30 8th grade BOYS: Coach Steve Gallagher

If you have any questions, please direct them to Margo James, the WHMS Activities Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mountain Biking Club
The Mountain Biking Club will meet for the last time on November 16th from 3:30-5:00pm. Thanks for a great year club leaders Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly!

Cross Country - 6th and 7th grade Volleyball
If you haven't already, please turn in your clean jerseys to the office! Attach your name so you get credit for turning it in. There is a charge for unreturned jersey's.

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