Friday, March 6, 2020 ///// ISSUE #024
    February 28 - March 22 - YES Theater Season - RVSD - get tickets

    March 9 - First Track & Field Practice - Scroll Down for Details

    March 10-19 - YES Online Auction. Donate Auction Item here

    March 16 - Teacher Work Day - No School! 

    March 21 - Manor Elementary Winter Faire

    March 28 - YES Battle of the Bands - get tickets

    March 29 - C4C & CFIE Present the Film The Story of Plastic, 4:15PM - get tickets

    Dear Families,

    Spring has sprung! With the warmer weather and the end of year getting closer and closer, some rules are being broken.  The most commonly broken rules are no gum, no food or drink in class, cell phones off and away, and dress code.

    We’ve also seen an uptick in behavior like horseplaying at lunch, trash at lunch, and talking back. With some effort, we hope to reel this back in because we know our White Hill kids can do better.

    Mr Catanzarite and I are going around to the Advisory classes to remind the students of the rules and what to expect if they are broken. We started in the 8th grade classes this week because they have the most at stake. At the end of the year the classes have some fun trips and events that they may lose due to behavior, especially the 8th grade. There is the trip to Six Flags, graduation, and graduation dance. We want the kids to enjoy these events, and we don’t want anyone to lose them.

    Our classroom talks are our way to get everyone back on track. If you get a chance to have a talk with your child and reinforce this at home, we can all finish strong. 

    Thank you!

    Maria Lubamersky


    Winter Faire is coming to Manor Elementary School on Saturday, March 21st , and we love to have middle and high school volunteers!  We moved the Faire from November due to the fires.  There is no job too big or small!  Need volunteer hours for school?  Winter Faire is the perfect way to get them.  

    If you are flexible, please consider volunteering for afternoon shifts or even cleanup. Those are traditionally the hardest shifts to fill, but anything is great.

    You can sign up on the signup genius below or email the volunteer coordinator Anne Altman at annedubinskyaltman@gmail.com , and she will help you find a job.  If you don't have time that day, we also could use help putting up flyers this month.

    The Winter Faire is a great community event for all big and small!  Please sign up to volunteer early and support Manor!

    Here is the link to the 

    Thank you,

    Welcome to the 2020 season of Track and Field at White Hill.  Practices will be at the Drake High School track on Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  The first practice of the season is Monday, March 9th.

    This year we are conducting a try-out for interested athletes.  We will be assessing performance in a series of running events (100m, 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 1200m, and 1600m) and field events (long jump, high jump, and shot put).  We will also be taking into consideration attendance and willingness to participate in the workouts at practice along with the athlete's behavior and attitude/spirit during the tryouts.  The results of these tryouts will also have a bearing on whether or not the athlete is selected to participate in the meets this spring.  The tryouts will be held during the month of March and our expectation is that each athlete will earn a spot on the team.

    Practice Details:
    Practices will begin promptly at the designated time with a brief running warm up around the track and stretching routine followed by a running workout.  We will also try to incorporate a fun game or challenge at the end of each practice to introduce the concept of fun competition among peers while still working on conditioning.  Athletes will also have the chance during certain practices to train for field events.  It is important that athletes on the team arrive on time as we only have an hour each practice.

    If interested, please obtain a permission slip from the office, complete, and return to the coach.  We hope to see many White Hill Wildcats on March 9th!

    Coaches James, Millie, Damon, and John
    Hello parents, administration and prospective wrestlers!

    Thank you for providing me, Coach Johann Gerlach, an opportunity to introduce the sport of wrestling to your child. A quick note about myself, I attended and wrestled at San Marin High School and Santa Rosa Junior College, as well spent the last 10 years coaching both boys and girls at Drake High. I’m humbled to have this opportunity to introduce this sport to youth in the area!
    The nature of the sport provides a specific goal, control your opponent and attempt to pin their backs to the mat. Two athletes face one another while standing in the “neutral” position. One who secures a takedown will attempt to pin their opponent to their back. The competitor can accumulate “near fall” point when they expose their opponents back to the mat for 1-5 seconds. Any wrestler in the bottom can gain points from an escape, where they ascend from the ground to a neutral position or a “reversal” in which they simply flip positions with the wrestler on top. Those are the basics of scoring which I will introduce to the kids.
    It is my intent to have these kids compete. Over the last couple years some other coaches in Marin County have started programs at Venitia Valley MS, Davidson MS, and Hamilton MS. I have a network from which I’ll be able to work with colleagues to set up competitions in Vallejo, SF and Marin.

    It is the ethics and confidence building which I feel is singular to the sport of wrestling. When a competitor is pitted against another, it is their hard work and their commitment to learn the techniques that will help them succeed. They are the sole individual that learns and repeats the moves the make them second nature, like tying a shoe. From this, I firmly believe the athlete gains the mantra I use within my program at Drake: “Determination, Dedication, and Discipline.” Your child will learn these skills within this sport and have fun.
    I will teach the kids an introductory set of moves that will establish a baseline for a potential wrestling “career” in future levels of sport. Every high school in Marin County has a wrestling team and this class will focus on preparing students for the next level.
    Required equipment includes P.E. cloths. Recommended equipment would be wrestling shoes which can be found at T&B, Big 5, or Sports Authority. Optional gear includes head gear (provided, but strongly recommended), knee pads, and mouth piece; all of which can be purchased at any sporting goods store.

    Practices start 15 minutes after school and run 1.5 hours. We host them Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

    And competitions will be announced. Most will take place in late April, May with the “league championship” tournament, likely 5/30. One last note is that we’ll add a new coach!

    Welcome W.H. PE Instructor Griffin Freitas!

    Thank you!
    Johann Gerlach
    fairmo@gmail.com Cell: 415-407-0070

    To participate in WH athletics please fill out the necessary forms (linked here).

    Mountain Biking Club: Thursday's 3:30-5:30 STARTS March 19th (Meet by the PE Lockers)

    Join parent leaders Matt Adams, Markham  Connolly, Toby Janson, and Bill Englehardt, starting March 19th, and explore the trails of Fairfax.  Leaders will take mountain bikers of varied skills on a variety of trails (weather permitting). Bike handling skills and safety will be discussed.  The focus of the club will be helping new and experienced riders develop skills and confidence and most importantly, having fun!  Mountain Bikers need a functioning mountain bike (tuned brakes and shifting), a properly fitting bike helmet and should come to each ride prepared with drinking water, snacks, and an enthusiasm for mountain biking!  Parents are welcome and encouraged to ride along.  

    You must have a signed permission slip before you can ride. Each student will also need to have a filled out Pre-participation Physical Evaluation form . Links to both are included here.  Please give these to your club leaders.  Parents may email Matt Adams at matt.adams@mikesbikes.com to be added to his communication email list.

    Dear Families,

    Happy March!  A quick highlight from last week first: Some of our C4C participants prepared and shared speeches with the Marin County Board of Supervisors, advocating for people in a homeless or unsheltered situation and speaking up to help encourage more affordable housing and coordinated efforts in Marin.  More opportunities like this are coming up, and we are hoping to continue growing opportunities for student advocacy! We are continuing our inquiries into energy use, and are investigating how our homes, schools and communities get their electricity, and what we can do to minimize our impact on the environment.  Have you noticed how many light bulbs are on in your house or school? We are also talking about what kind of energy is “renewable” or “non-renewable,” and what communities all over the world are doing to meet energy needs.   

    And...a design challenge for this week: Can you find an earth-friendly alternative to the tiny plastic pizza tables that keep the cheese from being squashed into the top of the pizza box?     

    Is this an “awesome invention” or solution?


    “We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius.  This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda.” – Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown

    Save the Date:  The Story of Plastic - March 29, 2020 - 4:15 p.m. Children for Change is thrilled to once again be partnering with California Film Institute Education to show a movie that will move our collective understanding around Climate Change.  The producer and C4C students and others will be on a panel afterwards - please join us! Get your tickets early – our last movie (2040) sold out well before the date! 

    C4C Camp for Good:  July 27-31, 2020 for Rising 3rd-6th Graders:  

    WHAT?  A packed week of taking action with a summertime vibe. Just like our core programs, our summertime goal is to make change fun and to foster a love of civic engagement.  WHO? Change-makers entering Grades 3rd - 6th in Fall 2020.  WHEN? July 27 – July 31, 2020  9:00 am – 3:00 pm  SIGN UP HERE.

    Join the Movement: Change for Good.


    * Newsletter writers: Lucy Bakowski and Julia Conrad, Grade 7, White Hill


    It’s YES Theater Season! 

    MAR 6-8 - Willy Wonka Jr. by the Brookside Players
    MAR 13-15 - Dear Edwina Jr. by the Hidden Valley Players
    MAR 20-22 - High School Musical by the White Hill Players

    Tickets and information at yestokids.org/theater

    All shows are at The Playhouse in San Anselmo, and all seating is reserved. 

    TUESDAYS - Iron Springs in Fairfax will donate 10% of your bill to YES every Tuesday in March. This month we celebrate ART!
    FRIDAYS - Fridays are for froyo!
    YOLO in San Anselmo will donate 10% of your froyo tab to YES every Friday in March.

    MAR 10-19 - YES Online Auction - It's almost time to start the bidding! The online auction is still accepting donations here.  

    MAR 28 - Battle of the Bands - Great music for a great cause at The Barn in Lagunitas. Adults only. Don’t miss out! Info & tickets.


    The YES Foundation funds art, music, theater, poetry, and more at all five RVSD schools. Annual monetary donations from families comprise the majority of our fundraising efforts. Please support YES

    To assist parents who might find it easier to complete in-person registration in the evening, the District Office (located at 110 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo; 415-451-4064) will be open from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to accept new student registrations for all District schools.
    As parent volunteers who assemble and edit this weekly newsletter, we sometimes use this space for lame attempts at humor, comic relief, and sarcasm. This should always be taken in jest and not literally. If you are easily offended, please do not scroll any further.
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