December    
December 22-January 5, 2018 Winter Break  
     
January 8 School Resumes  
January 11 Parent Tour White Hill Library
On behalf of our wonderful staff, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2018. 
 

News

Recent Survey

Thanks to more than 200 respondents in our survey about the Weekend Wildcat Wrap, I have a clear picture about how the majority of our families would prefer to receive this weekly newsletter.  Almost 84% of you said you would prefer to receive the Wrap in the body of an email as opposed to opening a Google document attachment.  That’s how the newsletter will be distributed going forward.     
 

Yearbook Sale

At this time almost 70% of our students have ordered their 2018 yearbook but time is slipping away.  There are just 8 DAYS LEFT TO ORDER!  Yearbooks are on sale through Dec 21st only. They cannot be ordered after 12/21. Please plan ahead so that your child can be part of the fun on Yearbook Signing Day during the last week of school in June.  Order your child's book today for the special price of $38.00 using this online link: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768
 
Students look forward to this keepsake and the yearbook distribution day.  We don't want your child to miss out! The yearbook is entirely student-designed by 7th & 8th graders in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class. The 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 an autograph section. Yearbooks also make a great gift for your White Hill student.
Partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships are available for families in need.  For financial assistance information, please contact the WH office.  Prefer to order by check?  There is a $4 processing fee for check purchases which brings to cost to $42.00. 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 main office.  Any questions please contact Yearbook teacher- Emma Beauchamp at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Students Leaving Early

Recently we have had a number of requests for students to leave a few minutes early to get a head start to attend sport practices, and other outside activities.  As a reminder, and in order to protect the integrity of instructional time, we are unable to approve these requests.  Thank you for understanding our desire to get the most out of the instructional day.   
  

Loaning Chromebooks Ending

We have had a practice of loaning Chromebooks to students who forget their device at home or who may have allowed their Chromebook to lose its battery charge.  This practice will be discontinued after the New Year.  Beginning January 8, 2018 we will no longer loan Chromebooks to students unless the device is broken and is in need of repair.  Our loaner policy is not sustainable due to misuse and abuse, non-return of loaners, broken and unrepairable loaners, and the fact that loaning the devices is enabling many students to be irresponsible.  Our job is to teach responsibility, and to this end, we are making students and parents aware of this change in practice.      
 

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 Thursday, December 21 we will be taking these items to the Goodwill.  
 

❅Holiday Food Drive❅

Advisory 501 will be conducting a Food Drive from now until Wednesday, Dec.20th.
LESS THAN ONE  WEEK TO DONATE FOOD FOR ST. RITA’S FOOD PANTRY AND VERY LITTLE FOOD HAS BEEN DONATED!! Food collected will be distributed to community members in need. Please bring your donations to the office or to room 501 (Ms. Ruzzier’s Art Room) and see the list below for suggested donations. PLEASE be as generous as possible! Thank You!!
 
•-hot and cold cereals
•-boxed mac and cheese
•-pasta sauce/pasta
•-nuts/trail mix in small packages
•-taco shells
•-canned veggies
•-canned or jarred fruit and applesauce
•-canned beans
•-refried beans
•-chili (with meat and vegetarian)
•-canned tuna and canned chicken breast
•-peanut butter and jam/fruit spreads-crackers and other snacks
-canned soups (preferably ready-to-serve)
-baking mixes (e.g., Bisquick, cake and brownie mixes, quick breads, etc.)
-baking supplies (e.g., flour, sugar, chocolate chips etc.)
-tea and coffee
-condiments (e.g., ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, etc.)
-other non-perishable heat and serve meals
-toilet paper, soap, shampoo, tissues, toothpaste, dental floss
 

Reminders

 

Additional Information about Programs for Students and Parents

C4C joined up with Mrs. Skinner’s maker class to create inspirational t-shirts and holiday buttons.  They were a huge hit and the kids made over $300 selling the handcrafted items at the C4C fundraiser for the their Adopt A Family. Not only did this project showcase the tremendous talent of the makers, it also made possible a joyous holiday for a needy family. Great job kids! You definitely inspire us!! Interested in donating a gift to the family? Contact Annelise Bauer.
 

Upcoming Fun!

 
•DEC 23: C4C Holiday Fundraiser -10am-12pm at United Market - 110 Red Hill Ave, San Anselmo
Join us and purchase yummy treats, special hand crafted items and other fun holiday gifts for your family and friends. This fundraiser will help support C4C in its growth as well as raise money to purchase raincoats for the homeless in Marin. Come out on the 23rd, get your holiday dinner shopping done, help the homeless and support C4C and it’s kids all at the same time! Sign up to donate baked goods/crafts HERE!
 
•ON-GOING: Fire Response Effort - Holiday Drive
We are honored to be the sponsor of two wonderful families who lost their homes in the recent North Bay fires. We are doing a holiday drive to make their holidays warmer. Interested in donating? Sign up to donate funds and gifts online.
 
Every Action Matters When Making Change for Good! Join the movement. 
Children for Change -- www.children4change.org
 
JERSEYS: Cross Country and Volleyball 
We are still missing several jersey's Please turn in your clean jerseys to the office!  Attach your name so you get credit for turning it in.  There is a charge of $35 for unreturned jersey's.
 
Model UN with the YMCA
This Club will start Wednesday, January 10th and run until May 9th.  See below for details.  Kids get to try the club all dates in January before a financial commitment is due at the beginning of February.  A parent information meeting will be held at the YMCA 1500 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael on Jan 22nd from 7:30-8:30. 
 
MODEL UNITED NATIONS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
California YMCA Youth & Government has offered the Model United Nations (MUN) program to middle school students throughout the state since 2001. Middle school students (delegates) participate in the program with their peers. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. The program culminates when delegates from around the state meet at the annual Model United Nations Summit in Los Angeles, California. While there, they will not only learn more about the program area in which they are participating - Economic and Social Council, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Court of Justice - but they will receive training in areas such as public speaking, decision-making, cultural competency, and evidence-based persuasion.
Once at the Summit, delegates take on the roles of their country’s UN representatives, committee chairs, and presiding officers. They get to put their research and newfound knowledge to work as they perform their roles and explore how the United Nations is run. In this unique experience, middle schoolers deal with international issues that affect our world.
Meetings are on Wednesdays from January 10 to May 9 at lunchtime.
MUN Training: March 23-25, Camp Roberts
MUN Summit: April 26-29, Los Angeles
Fees: $1,025
Financial assistance is available! Please contact Brandon Drake, Youth & Teen Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415 446 2178 for more information.
 
 
 
-- 
Rick van Adelsberg
Principal
White Hill Middle School

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Wildcat Wrap 11.16.18

 
Friday, November 16, 2018 ///// ISSUE #013
 
Nov 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Nov 29 - YES Totally 80s Barre & Bubbly at The Dailey Method

Dec 7 - YES Family Dance Party at Marin Power Yoga
 

As we look forward to Thanksgiving break, I want to share how grateful I am to be able to work with the families, teachers and staff at White Hill. I am thankful for our energetic students, supportive parents and our dedicated teachers. I am thankful for our Parent Club and the YES! Foundation for making White Hill a great place for our students. And I am truly grateful to for the opportunity to be part of this amazing community. I feel lucky everyday to work at White Hill.

Have a great Thanksgiving break!

Mr. C

 
Is Your Child Late to School?
We know that mornings are sometimes hectic, but it is important that any time a student is late to their first period of the day that they report to the office. Even if they show up during a class change, if they missed a previous class period, they still need to stop at the office for a pass. Thank you for your help with this.

Yearbooks
Reminder: The window for ordering your child's 2019 White Hill yearbook is NOW. Please don't delay. Every year we have families reaching out to us in January shocked and disappointed that they've missed the order window. They are on sale NOW and only until Dec 21st. Yearbooks cannot be ordered after that date. Order yours online today! Online price is $40.00 https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1004011/White-Hill-Middle-School/

The Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class has been out and about capturing events on campus and they're designing a book that your student will look forward to receiving on Yearbook Distribution Day in early June. Yearbooks are hard-cover, all full color photographs, and include pages for autographs.

Forgotten if you've already ordered? Check your email for a confirmation from Jostens. Students can also check the order list posted on a bulletin board outside room 201 in the main quad.

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.

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

Questions about ordering yearbooks? Contact Yearbook & Graphic Arts teacher, Emma Beauchamp. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Art Department
Much appreciation to all the families who've been sending in newspapers for the art rooms. For the time being we have enough newspaper stockpiled. We'll make another newspaper request when our supplies diminish again. Many thanks!

 
White Hill TV Episode 2
Miss Skinner's 3rd period Design Lab students took over White Hill TV for Episode 2. They spent several weeks analyzing good video qualities and contemplating how to make educational content entertaining. They then worked in groups to write, record and edit short video reports. In addition, students got the experience of running a live TV studio thanks to the folks in the education department of Marin TV. White Hill TV was recorded live in studio with the students running the show - both behind the scenes and in front of the camera!
 
Please follow this link to enjoy Episode 2 of White Hill TV and stay tuned in January for episode 3!
 
A big THANK YOU! to the Mountain Biking Club leaders, who had their final ride last week; Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly. These are White Hill parents who gave generously of their time each Thursday.

Lunchtime Clubs will resume the week after Thanksgiving break and run through December 7th. The winter session will begin January 14th. The club listing will come out in late Dec/early Jan. In addition to teachers, parents are welcome to lead a lunchtime club. If you have an idea, please contact the Lunchtime Club Coordinator, Margo James, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Below is the schedule for basketball tryouts:

Friday Nov 16th
CANCELED DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY. WILL RESCHEDULE.

Monday Nov 26th
4:45-6:15: 8th Grade Boys
6:15-7:45: 8th Grade Girls

Tuesday Nov 27th
3:30-5:00: 7th Grade Boys
5:00-6:30: 8th Grade Boys
6:30-8:00: 8th Grade Girls

Wednesday Nov 28th
2:30-4:00: 6th Grade Boys
4:00-5:30: 6th Grade Girls
6:30-8:00: 7th Grade Girls

Thursday Nov 29th
3:30-5:00: 7th Grade Boys
6:30-8:00: 7th Grade Girls

Friday Nov 30th
3:30-5:00: 6th Grade Boys
5:00-6:30: 6th Grade Girls
 

We have opened a limited-time-only store so your Wildcat (or you or grandparents or other family members) can sport new Wildcat Wear for 2019. Order at https://whitehillms2018.itemorder.com/sale BY NOVEMBER 30 to get your gear before the Holiday Break!

 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Fun events and exciting announcements to come from Parent Club after the break.
We are thankful for all of our families and their ongoing support of our White Hill community.

Learn more about all the Parent Club does:
https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHillParentClub/
https://www.whitehillparentclub.org
 
FAMILY GIVING

FALL FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE - All in for YES!

Help us win a $30K challenge gift!

Many families have donated, have you? Make your tax-deductible donation by December 31 to help us reach our $700K goal and win and extra $30K! All of the funds raised this year support our current programs - art, music, poetry, libraries, theater, and more. This is also the perfect time as Giving Tuesday (global day of giving) approaches after Thanksgiving!

It’s easy to set up monthly payments - just $115/month through June reaches the $900/child suggested donation. Please give what you can - every donation helps!

PARTIES WITH PURPOSE

NOV 29 - Totally 80s Barre & Bubbly at The Dailey Method

DEC 7 - Family Dance Party at Marin Power Yoga

Learn more about YES at www.yestokids.org.

 
Thanksgiving week is almost upon us and at this time of giving we encourage you to spend time with family and friends and simply appreciate the gifts that we all have in our lives.

The Holidays can also be a great time to think of those who are not as fortunate. In Children for Change we have been studying hunger and have learned that nearly 1 in every 5 residents of Marin are experiencing some type of food insecurity. If you find yourselves looking to give a little over the break, here are a few places that will be working hard to make sure everyone has a Thanksgiving dinner this holiday.

Extrafood.org
SF/Marin Food Bank
Marin Community Clinics
St. Vincent De Paul
Ritter Center

And if you want to volunteer, check out our volunteer calendar. Learn more about C4C at www.children4change.org.
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
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