2nd quarter report cards have been mailed and you should have them by now. If not, you will most certainly get them today or tomorrow. We continue to do our best to engage all of our students in the classroom and thank you for your support at home. Navigating all the things associated with being 10-14 is not easy but if we do it together we are bound to have more success.
Please see below for the latest –
White Hill Hoops Report!
Here are the scores from this week’s games. All teams played against Davidson Middle school.
6th grade boys won 66-19 over Hall
7th grade boys lost to Hall in overtime 46-43
8th grade boys lost to Saint Isabella
8th grade boys won in overtime 34-33 over Hall
Good luck next week! Go Wildcats!
White Hill Track and Field
White Hill Track and Field starts at the end of this month. Sign-ups are during lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Practices will be on Mondays and Fridays. First practice is 2/29. Check out our website for more info. www.rossvalleyrunners.com All boys and girls are welcome! No experience necessary!
-Coach Kirsten and Coach Alex
Honor Roll Certificates
Honor Roll Certificates are sent home with report cards for all kids who have a 3.5-4.0 GPA. The GPAs are calculated based on the combined grades from Q1 and Q2. Our goal at White Hill is to have every child do his/her best so please spend a lot of time celebrating the certificates or bemoaning the fact that your child didn’t get one. If every child does his/her best and works hard, that is our goal and what we should be commending our kids for when we talk about school performance.
Free the Children Update
Hello Parents, The Free the Children Club has been busy! I wanted to send you an update on what we have been doing and what we are planning. We meet every Tuesday at lunch in Room 202.
1. February 3 - Windchime of Marin Visit - Tomorrow (Wednesday), our club has an opportunity to volunteer at Windchime. Our club members will be interacting with the elderly residents - playing games and talking. Windchime is at 1111 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield, CA 94904.
2. February 6 - Downtown "Star Wars" Bake Sale - Imagination Park from 11 am - 2 p.m. - Our club will sell themed (or not themed) baked goods in downtown San Anselmo. We are working toward our goal of raising $20,000 for clean water in Ecuador.
3. February 9 - Valentine's Rose Sale - In brainstorming ways to raise money towards our $20,000 goal, the kids just last week came up with the idea of selling roses during lunch next Tuesday. Today the kids made posters advertising the sale, and made tags that will be attached to the roses - kids can by them for their friends/Valentine's. $3 for a rose - send some cash with your child and encourage them to buy roses and help sell them.
4. February 9 - Pizzalina Night - The generous owner of Pizzalina is sponsoring our club by hosting a Tithe-it-Tuesday evening on Tuesday, February 9, during which 10% of all receipts will come back to our club. Come join us to support this great local restaurant and our club. Please be sure to say thank you!
5. March 11 and April 8 - Cook and Eat with Homeless - First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo, CA 94960. Volunteers will cook, serve food and then dine with people in the church. January 29th was the first time our club did this and it was a great success.
6. April 6 - Marin Food Bank - You can sign up for either or both (and family members/friends are welcome!) here: Volunteer Spot We will meet at the Food Bank tomorrow as close to 3:45 as we can, which is located at 75 Digital Drive, Novato, CA.
7. April 24, 2016 - Walk for Water - Our main and big fundraiser will be a Walk for Water. Our kids will "Climb Their Own Mountain" while raising funds to provide clean water in Ecuador. We are looking for sponsors, vendors, etc. We will be seeking Silent Auction Items (thanks to Frankie, Ty and Annie for securing donations from the kind people at Amphora Nueva (Our new Olive Oil Store)! So much more to come on this!
Other things we have been brainstorming about/thinking about
1. Pen Pals "Amigos en Cartas" in Ecuador - We have identified a class in Ecuador and our kids will exchange letters (in Spanish! so we will learn to use Google Translator) with this group of kids ages 11-14. We will start this after we get back from Winter Break.
2. "Newcomers" - Thanks to our Assistant Principal Whitney Hoyt and Kelly Eyler (our District EL coordinator), our children are learning about Newcomers - kids who have come to the United States, often alone and with nothing and no English skills. We watched this short clip: First World Problems Anthem Then, last Tuesday we started watching the NYT movie: Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis There are some disturbing parts to this movie, so I would advise you not to watch with younger children without previewing it first. Ms. Hoyt and I set the stage for the children and also offered to talk to any child that was bothered by the content. Then, on Thursday, December 10, we were joined by two young adults, Irving and Cindy, who are "success" stories, who overcame some significant hurdles to come here. They began to tell our club members about their journeys. Our kids had the opportunity to ask questions. We had Irving and Cindy back on January 12 to talk more about their experiences. As a result of this work, we are working (slowly!) to set up English classes at the Fairfax Children's Center. Our kids will provide childcare while the English classes are going on so Parents can attend. We are working to set up CPR Classes for our kids.
3. Yoga at Marin Power Yoga! - The kind owners of Marin Power Yoga have again volunteered their studio and a teacher to our club. Last year we had more than 75 people come to the class ($15 per person), and all of the funds went straight to the club. We are working to settle on a date and we'll let you know so you can join us!
Thank you so much for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions at all,
Annelise Bauer and Mette Shirley
Have a great weekend!
White Hill Middle School
101 Glen Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930