Bayhill Newsletter


Welcome to the Bayhill Fall Newsletter!

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Headline News

Welcome new and returning Bayhill students and parents!  We have 26 new students this year, including 19 new freshmen.  Our freshmen had an opportunity to build friendship and trust at the Ropes Course on October 11th.  Our sophomores are enjoying a three day camping trip to Samuel P. Taylor Park in Marin starting October 19.

img_3266The Annual Bayhill Family Picnic was held at Lake Temescal on October 1.  Our families enjoyed building community and fellowship, Kinder’s BBQ, a variety of delicious potluck items and tossing the football. Thank you to the parents who helped meet their Bayhill parent work hours by signing up to help set up and clean up!

The annual Bayhill College and Transition Fair was held on October 11.  Representatives from 2 and 4 year college programs, art schools, gap year programs, and transitional living programs, came to Bayhill to speak directly with  our students and parents.

Shelley invites you to “Coffee with the Executive Director”, Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30.  We hope you can come by to ask questions, share ideas or make suggestions! Please rsvp to Kim if you can join.

Lunchtime clubs have started. This year, our students have Club time (during lunch) two times per week.  Students can choose from drama, Student Council, strategic games , Yearbook, Pokemon Go, DIY, Arts and Crafts and Dungeons and Dragons.

Student Council news: There will be a Halloween dance on Friday, October 28 from 6-9pm at Bayhill!

Our fall after school sports program started October 4. Bayhill is participating in a local Team Handball league, competing against four other small school schools in the Bay Area with similar demographics.img_3257

Homework Support has started.  Students may enroll in 55 minutes of after school directed homework support two days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.  There is availability for homework support if you are interested. Please contact Kim at to enroll.

PEN (Parent Education Network) hosted an East Bay Welcome Meeting at Bayhill on September 22nd. Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences. 21 parents from around the East Bay attended.  The group talked about how important it is for parents of kids who learn differently to have a safe place to connect with other parents who “get it” and different ways that we can take care of ourselves when we feel depleted. Please visit the PEN website at to find out more about PEN and the events they offer.

PTO News

Bayhill parents were invited to come together and connect at our PTO sponsored Back to School Parent Coffee on the first day of school.  With many of our kids commuting from around the Bay Area, it was a great opportunity for our parents to build community.

Bayhill’s PTO is hosting a bagel and coffee Breakfast Gathering on Tuesday, December 6th at 8:30am.  Besides time to mix, mingle and nosh, this Breakfast Gathering will feature Bayhill’s Transition Coordinator, Vanessa Brown, who will give a brief talk and answer your questions on teens and money. Teaching your teen how to manage their money is an important life skill and we know you’re not going to want to miss this!

The PTO will help organize the Bayhill Holiday Luncheon in December.  Students and staff share a festive potluck meal together with live entertainment from the Bayhill band, The Bengals.  As we get closer to the date, a Sign Up Genius will be sent for parents to sign up to bring food and beverages and help serve and clean up.

Mark Your Calendar

*Coffee with the Executive Director, October 26, 8:30am

*Halloween Dance, Friday, October 28, 6-9pm

* PTO Breakfast Gathering- Teens and Money, December 6, 8:30am



Hey Bayhill Supporters! Bayhill is seeking a donation of Ping Pong tables for the Ping Pong club. If you can help out, please contact Shelley at

Also, the Craft Club is looking for terra cotta pots to decorate as centerpieces for our future feasts.  If you have any small sized pots (15” or smaller) that you can donate, please send them with your teen to school and have them tagged for Ms. OBrien/Craft Club.  Thank you!