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.

White Hill News Feed

Wildcat Wrap 9.7.2018

September

Tues., 9/18 Site Council Meeting (Library)3:45pm

Thurs., 9/20 Taco and Bingo Night for 6th Grade (Gym)6:00pm

Fri., 9/21 Coffee Chat with the Principal (Library)9:00am

Mon., 9/24 Spirit Day-Peace and Love (Hippie) Day

Fri., 9/28 Spirit Day-Crazy Hair and Sock Day

Fun Run Day

Quarter 1 Progress Reports

News and Reminders

Thank You

Thank you to all that attended yesterday’s Back to School Night. A special thank you to the many parents for the wonderful dinner that was provided for the faculty.

 

Coffee Chat

The first coffee chat with the principal for the 2018-2019 school year will take place at 9:00am on Friday, September 21. The day and time of the monthly chat will vary throughout the year. If you have a schoolwide concern or conversation point, please feel free to attend.  

 

Site Council

Thank you to all that showed interest in representing the 6th grade on Site Council. 6th grade parents will receive an email in the near future to vote for the 6th grade representatives. The first Site Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 18 at 3:45pm in the WH Library. All parents are welcome to attend.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is located around the corner from the main office. Students can check there for lost items. We are accumulating quite a stash already and all unclaimed lost and found will be donated at the end of each month.

 

Did Your Student Forget Something at Home?

In an effort to minimize classroom interruptions with forgotten items such as; lunches, PE clothes, Chromebooks, homework, etc., students should check the office in between class and breaks for their forgotten items. This will also be communicated to the students in the daily bulletin.

 

Yearbook

For your convenience, White Hill 2019 yearbooks are on sale NOW at the start of the school year. Order your child's yearbook from home today using the online link below. 45% of our students have already ordered.

Order yours today! The special price is $40.00 using this online link:

http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768?

 

The yearbook is a long time tradition here at White Hill and it is entirely student-designed by 7th & 8th graders in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class.  Our goal is to feature photographs of all White Hill students (6th, 7th, and 8th), and to capture images of the fun events on our campus throughout the year. Yearbooks are hard-cover, all full color photographs, and include pages for autographs. They are a fabulous keepsake and make a great gift for your student.

Our Wildcats look forward to Yearbook Signing Day in early June and close to 100% of our students participate with a book that has been pre-ordered for them. The order window is open from Aug 17 until Dec 21 (the last school day before Winter Break). Sorry, yearbooks cannot be ordered after that date. Please order your copy today! Check out the attached form for full instructions.

 

Financial assistance (partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships) are available for families in need. For financial assistance information, please see the attached form and return to the WH office.

 White Hill Yearbook Financial Assistance Request Form

Instructions on how to order a yearbook

 

Prefer to order by check? There is a $5 processing fee for check purchases which brings to cost to $45.00. Save this fee and order online! If writing a check, use the attached order form and return to the WH office. Forms are also available in the WH office.

 

Any questions please contact Yearbook & Graphic Arts teacher- Emma Beauchamp at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Updates from YES at White Hill

The YES Foundation raises money to fund award-winning enrichment programs in the Ross Valley School District - art, music, poetry, STEAM, theater and more - all kids in RVSD benefit from YES!

 

GIVE TO YES!

Visit yestokids.org/donate to make your family’s annual YES donation! Donate now or schedule automatic monthly payments - the $900 suggested annual contribution is just $90 a month through June!  Please donate - Family Giving raises 80% of the funding for YES!

YES! CADDYSHACK

Join us October 6th for an adults-only Caddyshack-inspired golf tournament and afterparty! Don't miss out on the biggest YES fundraising event of the year* - mark your calendars, schedule your babysitter, and get your tickets now at yescaddyshack.bpt.me.

Not a golfer? Not a problem! This is a fun, 9 hole scramble format tournament with many advantages available, anyone can play. Still not interested in golf? Then join us to welcome the golfers back to the club house, for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

YES! THEATER

Calling all thespians and techies: YES theater registration is open! Click here to check out the the 18-19 YES Theater season lineup and register your child to act (grades 3-8) or provide tech (grades 4-8).

YES! SPORTS AND CLUBS

Middle school clubs start next week, September 10th!  Parents/Guardians received an email earlier this week with the listing.  It is also attached to this newsletter. Please review with your student to see what they are interested in attending.  Students may attend as many clubs as they like. There are many new offerings! Thanks to all the teachers who lead these amazing clubs.

 

Sports

Permission slips are needed for all sports!  Please bring one to the first practice. If you do not bring a permission slip, you will not be able to practice, participate in meets/games, or receive a jersey.  Forms are available in the office.

Boys Volleyball Club will start on Monday September 10th.  It will be held in the gym every Monday from 3:40-5:40pm and led by Michele Pelton.  Boys from all grades and any experience level can participate. The club will run until the end of October.

 

Mountain Biking Club will start on Thursday, September 13th from 3:30-5:30pm.  You must have a permission slip to ride! Meet our parent leaders, Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly by the PE lockers.  

 

Girls Volleyball

Information on the game schedule will be forthcoming in the week or so.  8th grade will start next week on Sept. 11th (5:00-6:30).  

 

The regular practice schedule is:

6th grade: Coach Brandon Carr.  

Tuesday's's from 3:30-5:00pm and Wednesday's from 2:30-4:00pm.  

 

7th grade: Coach Shannon Powers.  

Monday's from 6:15pm-7:45pm and Wednesday's from 4:00pm-5:30pm.  

 

8th grade: Coach Pete Gubbins.  Tuesday's and Thursday's from 5:00-6:30pm.  Please note the time change from last weeks newsletter.

 

Cross Country has started.  Coaches John Richard and James Spielman practice on Monday's from 3:30-5:00pm starting at the White Hill Field.

After School Sport Permission Slip

Yes sponsored White Hill Fall Clubs

 

 

C4C Meetings Start 9/11/18! Join us!

C4C is super excited to start up meetings again on Tuesday, September 11th in Room 412 at lunchtime!  Students from all grades welcome ( parents too!!)  We have an amazing year of FUN, inspiration and GOOD ahead! C4C’ers will learn about others in their world who could use a helping hand, how to use their skills and heart to create change and become confident and empathetic leaders empowered to go out and make a difference! Get a taste of C4CHERE!

 

Click below to view the Student Handbook.

White Hill Student Handbook

 

 

 

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