Principal Message

Hello Hillside Families, 

I hope this message finds you well!  Here we are and it is  February , with a whole lot of learning and fun behind us and a whole lot more to come in the school year! We appreciate your support and attendance at our various events this year  from Student of the Month Assemblies to movie nights to Winter Concerts.  The Hillside Families truly do come out to support!  Below you will find some updates and announcements to keep you informed and up to date.   

Attendance is key 

Attendance Matters!  Our school goal is to have all students in class on time, every day, for 95% of the school year.  This means being in school for at least 171+ days and absent no more than 9 days in an entire year.  Attendance is important for academic and social emotional growth!  The Attendance and Family Engagement Committee is here to help students.   

Our Kids and Social Media 

As we all know, social media is ever present in the lives of even our youngest kids anymore.  It is crucial that we work together to help our children navigate the use of social media safely.  Please talk with your child about their use of social media and monitor their usage.   

Morning Drop Off

Please remember students are not to be dropped off prior to the opening of the doors at 8:10 AM.  The only approved drop off area is in the Car Loop or in the Guest Parking Lot.  Students should not be dropped off on Garcia Street or by the bus zone.  This is a safety issue. 

Pick Up Procedures 

When changing the normal pick-up procedures for your student, please give the Main Office at least 60 minutes courtesy notice. Calling in before 2:00 PM will help give the office time to record the change and get the message to the correct teacher.  

Coats for Recess 

Send a coat for recess.  All students are required to bring their coat to recess. 

2024 Replacement Levy   

Clover Park School District will have a four-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy for voter consideration in the 2024 special election on Feb. 13. The Replacement Levy continues our community’s investment in our students and will continue essential funding beyond state basic education to support student readiness, safety and security, educational technology and extracurricular programs. You can access more information at the URLs below.   

Contact community relations at 253-583-5040 if you have questions or need additional information.   

Battle of the Books 

We are excited to share that 24 4th and 5th grade students have signed up for Battle of the Books..  Battle of the Books is a quiz competition in which teams of three or four students answer questions about settings, characters, and events found in a group of nine fiction and non-fiction books.  The Hillside Battle will be on Thursday, March 21st and the District Battle will be held on Thursday, March 28th. 

Science On Wheels Coming to Hillside 

We have an exciting opportunity coming to Hillside this month! Science on Wheels travels across Washington bringing engaging STEM programming to grades K–8 with a focus on interactive and hands-on programs that bring the joy of scientific exploration to life and empower learners to see themselves in STEM. They will be coming to Hillside February 26.   

We are humbled and honored to be able to support our Hillside Huskies and we thank you for sharing your wonderful scholars with us.  Please do reach out to us with questions, concerns and celebrations, I can be reached at [email protected] or you can call the main office at 253-583-5280.   


Karen Mauer-Smith
Interim Principal
Hillside Elementary