Hollywood Hill Happenings - November 2018

Dear Hollywood Hill families,

We are so looking forward to hosting you for conferences November 15 through 21. This is such a great time for us to come together to talk about your student, their progress and your goals for them for the year. Please make sure you sign up for a time with your student’s teacher. And remember that we dismiss at 12:30pm each of those days.

I hope that you all subscribe to Dr. Reid’s weekly newsletter because she often shares such great information about what is happening in the district. One of the things that I am most proud of is our work around equity. I’m happy to have a great group of teachers join me in the equity team work this year and we will work with the PTA to think of more ways to bring this work alive in our building. To learn more about this work, check out our district equity policy. The important thing for me is that we know we may not always get it right but we know what we are working toward, and you are our partner in doing this work! If you ever see us not quite achieving these standards, please bring it to my attention so that we can continue to grow.

Another area of focus for me this year is to make sure that our students are in school as much as possible. We believe that to learn you have to come to school. Of course, if your student is sick, we want them to stay home, but I believe we can all do our best to come to school on time and be here as often as possible. Already this year, we have 349 tardies and 625 absences. For 320 students! I didn’t do a comparison to last year, but it feels like a lot to us so please lay out clothes the night before, pack lunches early and come to school on time ready to learn!

We had a great celebration this past week at Hollywood Hill. I was able to nominate Victoria Gray, our wonderful PE teacher and PBIS coach, as one of Symetra’s Heroes in the Classroom. They chose her as one of their 14 winners this year out of over 400 nominations! She will receive recognition at the Seahawks game on December 27 versus the Chiefs plus she was awarded $2,000 to use for our school. Based on winning, we are also now eligible to apply for a $20,000 grant in January! The reason that I nominated her was multi-faceted and based on her years as an amazing teacher. She knows every student in the school and helps them to not only make healthy and safe choices for their lives based on what she teaches them in PE, but taking on the role of being our PBIS leader has given even more to our school. She works with teachers and helps them to create positive environments in their classrooms, she works with students to provide them leadership roles and support when they need it. Victoria is an advocate for EACH student to achieve their personal best and to be contributing members of our school community. I personally am better at my job because I get to work alongside Victoria. Check out more about our fun day!

As we move into the busy November and December months, I want to remind you to take a moment to find joy in each day. As a teaching staff, we are talking a lot this year about resilience and how we can do better to care for ourselves. I believe that when we are at our best we are rested, healthy and open to others. When we find ourselves tired, sick and closed off, those are great reminders to take a moment and find the joy in our lives. Here are some of the things we are watching and reading:

Here is to a great November!

Denise Waters, Principal

Dates to Remember

Nov 9: Veterans Day Assembly 3:00pm in the Gym

Nov 12: NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Nov 15-21: Early Release – 12:30pm for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov 22-23: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving

Nov 27-30: Book Fair In the Library

Nov 29: Camp Read-a-lot 6 – 8pm in the Gym

Dec 3-14: Holiday Giving Tree

Looking to volunteer?

Have a teacher that doesn’t have slots that work for you? Wanting to give more in a way that will really help?

GREAT! We need you! We love the Art Docent program and we want to use that model. . . we want to train a group of parents who could come volunteer during math, literacy, science or social studies and know what they are coming to do! We think that if you have a few tricks up your sleeve, math games or literacy centers, you could offer those to a teacher and really help them out! Join Sarah Newell and Denise Waters to kick off this new way of volunteering.

We are looking for your ideas, your input and your time! Join us on Friday, November 16 at 10am in Portable 2.

Hollywood Hill Elementary Veterans Day Assembly

Friday, November 9, 2018
Reception: 2:30pm (Rm #30)
Assembly: 3:00pm (Gym)


Principal Waters and the entire Hollywood Hill staff welcome this opportunity to recognize you for your service to our country. Hollywood Hill Elementary would like to honor all members of the United States armed forces and veterans at our annual Veterans Day Assembly.

We welcome staff, family members, friends, police, firefighters and neighbors.

Please contact Judy Robb, Office Manager, if you have questions: jrobb@nsd.org (425) 408-4700.

From Nurse Darleene in the Health Room

Before we get into the season of Pink Eye, please read the protocol I use when I assess a student with the symptoms of Pink Eye.

Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by viruses or bacteria that may first manifest in one eye then spread to the other eye within days. Viral conjunctivitis usually produces a clear, watery discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually produces a thicker, yellow-green discharge. Eyelids stuck together after sleeping are most common with bacterial conjunctivitis.

The school nurse’s responsibility is to notify the student’s parent or guardian. The family may seek further consultation from a licensed health care provider. The role of antibiotics in treatment of most bacterial conjunctivitis and in prevention of spread is unclear. Health care professionals may vary in how they choose to treat this condition. Refer to a licensed health care provider promptly if the conjunctivitis is accompanied by moderate to severe pain in the eye, swelling of the skin around the eye, or vision problems that are not resolved from wiping discharge from the eye.

To control the spread of Pink Eye, exclude your student from school and refer to a licensed health care provider if there is white or yellow drainage from the eye, altered vision, and/or redness of the eyelid or skip surrounding the eye. Minimal redness to the white of the eye with no other symptoms is not grounds for exclusion.

Frequent handwashing is the best method to control and prevent the spread of conjunctivitis.

From the Office

We have some afternoon openings in our tuition-based preschool and pre-k programs. Please contact the office for more information!

Thanksgiving Resources

The following is a list of local organizations that are providing either meals or ingredients for Thanksgiving:

Holy Family Catholic Church, Kirkland: a community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 22 from noon – 4:30pm. To help, donate or for more information please email hfkthanksgiving@gmail.com or contact Andrea Liggett in the Parish office at 425-822-0295.

Kenmore Community Church: The Tuesday (Nov. 27) after Thanksgiving there’s a free community sit-down dinner from 6 – 7pm. To donate food contact Chef Anne Marie Schukar at 425-210-7463 or chef@chefannemarie.com.

Cedar Park Northshore Church: will be providing free turkeys plus the usual veggies and side dishes for Thanksgiving. Donations of the following items would be most appreciated: turkeys, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned veggies, jello, canned fruit, canned yams, canned black olives, gravy (cans or jars), cranberry sauce. For information about quantities and drop off details please contact Jenni at Jenni.j@cedarpark.org.

Hopelink Address: 11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033 Phone:(425) 889-7880; Hours: Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Northshore YMCA: is providing free gift cards and holiday meal basket items to under-served families in our community. For details on how to sponsor a basket, or for a meal basket request form, please contact Rodney Scott at rscott@seattleymca.org.
If you are interested in receiving a basket, please contact Nurse Darleene at dmatheson@nsd.org or call the office at 425-408-4700.

The Book Fair is Coming

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Our school library turns into a spectacular book store, with 100s of titles, from preschool board books to fiction and nonfiction for all ages and levels, even grown ups! Sales will start Tuesday after school, and students can shop before and after school, as well as lunch recess. Parents are welcome anytime during Fair hours, and are encouraged to enjoy browsing when kids are in class. As always, please sign in at the office when you are visiting campus during school hours.

While at the Book Fair, you can help keep class reading selections current and fresh by purchasing a book through the Classroom Wish List Program.

Can’t attend? You can purchase from a wider selection of books online Nov. 19th - Dec. 4th. at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hollywoodhill

We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair for s’more reading!

Lea Roberts, Librarian
Denise Need, Book Fair Chair

Hollywood Hill PTA presents: CAMP READ-A-LOT!

Where? Hollywood Hill Elementary Campground (a.k.a. "the gym")
When?  Thursday, November 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
              6:00 p.m. "Quiet" open for families with sensory needs

Enjoy teacher read-alouds, games crafts, an cozy stories at Camp Read-A-Lot! Just be careful of the bears - they really want you to read to them!  Come dressed in your coziest pajamas and enjoy an evening of celebrating literacy in all its forms.

Family Night at the Scholastic Book Fair is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. that same evening, so your family can conveniently do it all!

These activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The district assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials Including attorney's fees and judgments or awards.

Highly Capable Services Update

Details regarding Northshore School District's 2018-2019 Highly Capable Eligibility Process are now available. To obtain comprehensive information regardong the spcific process for each grade level, please visit Northshore's District website, Highly Capable Program.

Screening, step one, will begin in late November.  All students are included in the screening process. Elementary schools are identifying NNAT3 administration dates and those dates will soon be posted on the HiCap website. There is no registration nor nomination process. 

Kindergarten qualification is for services beginning February 2019. Grades 1-12 qualification is for services beginning Fall 2019.