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

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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