June
 
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
 
August
 
Mon., Aug. 20             7th and 8th grade orientation activities
Tues., Aug. 21             6th grade orientation activities
Wed., Aug. 22              First day of classes
 

News

 
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  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Miss Vidal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
 


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.

 

 

 Teacher Appreciation

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

 

 

Reminders

School Supplies 2018-19

Next year's school supply kits are available for purchase online at www.shopttkits.com.  Use account# 82500.   Please note that families requesting scholarship supplies from the school will be provided these items at no cost.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a school supply scholarship.  Happy shopping! The deadline to order kits is June 1st.  The kits will be mailed home by August 3rd.

 

Library News

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

We have several players who still need to turn in their jerseys.  Please turn them into the office with your named attached as soon as possible.  If your jersey is lost, please submit cash or a check for $35 made out to Yes! Students will not receive their yearbook or be able to participate in year-end field trips until their jersey is submitted. Any questions, please contact Margo James: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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.

Check our list of Family Giving donors for this school year to make sure you're counted. Check with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. i f you think there's an error. Donate today if you haven't yet.

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

https://yestokids.org/donate/

http://boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=87000

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/341482

 

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Rick van Adelsberg

Principal

White Hill Middle School

White Hill News Feed

White Hill Parent Tours

Thank you for your interest in taking a tour of our community's middle school. Please use the link provide below to access the SignUp Genius for the tours. 

White Hill Parent Tours

 


 

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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