Monday, April 3
- MPAEF Auction closes at 9:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
- Mini-Course Week for 8th Graders with special Mini-Course schedule
- 6th and 7th Graders will maintain regular schedule and normal start/end times
Thursday, April 6
- Lost & Found items will be donated today
Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14
Thursday, April 20
- 7/8 Orchestra Run-Out to Laurel Upper Campus
- 7/8 Band Run-Out to Oak Knoll
- 5th Grade Parent Night and Elective Faire, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, April 24
- MPCSD Speaker Series: Health Connected Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Enjoy Spring Break from the Newsletter Team
Please note the next Hillview Newsletter will be delivered on Sunday, April 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday, April 12.
Lost and Found
As we QUICKLY approach Spring Break, our next round of donations for the last and found will be
April 6. If you have a child in a mini-course, please have them check the lost and found before they leave on their trip. The last donation for the school year will be
June 15. Have a happy and safe Spring Break!
Mini-Course Week is here!
We are excited for 8th grade mini-courses to get underway tomorrow. Here is a reminder of the mini-course schedule:
- Monday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:25 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 8:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Please note that some mini-courses have special start and end times which were communicated in the parent packets and permission slips that were mailed home. Please double check your child's mini-course materials to make sure you know all the start and end times, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Students who must come to school at the regular 8:25 a.m. start time on Monday, and stay until regular 3:05 p.m. end time on Friday will be supervised. Students arriving on campus Monday morning at 8:25 a.m. should report to the library.
The schedule for 6th and 7th grade students remains regular all week, with normal start and end times.
Here is the room schedule for mini-courses. Students will report to their mini-course rooms first thing every day for attendance.
|Art of War
|Stir It Up
|Behind the Scenes Sports
We look forward to a wonderful week. Please remind your children that Hillview's mini-course program is a unique experience made possible by the dedicated teachers and volunteers who work hard to plan and deliver these special courses. The behavior expected at school applies during mini-course week, too. We are always proud when our Hillview students visit locations around the Bay Area and represent their school respectfully. Thank you for supporting your student during this exciting time.
Hillview PTO News
Hillview PTO Board Nominations
The 8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you or your spouse are skilled with a hammer, paintbrush or scissors, we are looking for volunteers to help construct props and other decorations. Some tasks may be completed on your own, but we also plan to schedule a couple of work days in March and April. If interested, please email Gina Skinner or Sonya Fletcher for more details.
Please also keep a lookout in future newsletters for other volunteer requests. We hope to soon publish a wish list of items that we would love to borrow (or have donated!) from our parent community for this special party for the 8th graders.
The Hillview PTO is actively recruiting volunteers to serve on the PTO Board and to fulfill other volunteer capacities for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board, with parent volunteers, works with Hillview's administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. Interested in learning more? Or know some great people who are just too shy to raise their hands? Feel free to nominate them as well. Please email
to learn how you can get involved.
Hillview's PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this Winter/Spring! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. Junior Chef Stars is offering a cooking and baking class starting in March and The M-A Wresting Coach is offering a fun Mat Club/Wresting class. There is something for every student's interest! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including a description of the program, registration links and pricing. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. For more information, see
Hillview After-School Programs
Kim Hinshaw, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator.
Eighth Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed
For general information regarding the party or to donate, click here.
Volunteer at Hillview in 2017/18
There are so many different ways that parents and friends can volunteer at Hillview. Click here to check out this list of PTO Board members and committee chairs -- along with their job descriptions -- who give their time to help make Hillview an exceptional place for our students and teachers. We would love to have your help as well. If you are interested in volunteering with the Hillview PTO next year, please contact 2017/18 PTO Co-Presidents Ashley Wagstaff and Chris Sewell who are recruiting right now.
GET CONNECTED: TALKING WITH YOUR ADOLESCENT ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH
Perryn Reis, Associate Director & Abi Karlin-Resnick, Executive Director of Health Connected
This parent-only interactive workshop will be facilitated by Health Connected, the leading provider of puberty and education in San Mateo County schools. The session will provide tips and strategies for you, as a parent, to create an environment of comfort and trust with your child to discuss puberty and their emerging sexuality. The workshop is designed for adults who have teens and pre-teens. It is particularly recommended for parents of 5th graders as the same facilitators will be providing a workshop for students in 5th grade.
April 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Childcare available for potty trained children. Light refreshments will be provided.
Programs & Activities
Attention 7th graders! Get Caught in the WEB!
WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs and it is part of the transition program for incoming 6th graders. WEB is a nationwide program that
runs the Camp Hillview program, which helps
6th graders feel more comfortable and help them achieve success in their first year of middle school. Soon, we will be recruiting WEB leaders for 2017-2018 school year. We're looking for students who are willing to lead, who are kind, enthusiastic, and a positive role model. More information will be announced after spring break! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chang, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Mathenia or Ms. Watts.
Attention parents of 7th Graders at Hillview
Hillview ASB for the 2017-2018 8th Grade Class is beginning the application and interview process for student council. There are some important deadlines coming up and this information was recently shared with over 100 eager 7th grade leaders. If you would like to know more about this process, we encourage you to review this
that your child may have received and discuss the process of student leadership with your son or daughter. We need all types of students! If you have any questions about the process, please email
Other Spring Programs currently open for registration include: Track and May
Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic).
Intramural sports continue with indoor soccer and hockey which will be played on Wednesday and Thursday. All students are welcome. If there are too many players, we'll rotate. Spectators should stay on the bleachers or stage.
As always, no food/drink in gym.
We thank all of you who have returned basketball jerseys. We still need some
boys' jerseys returned.
Girls' jerseys are almost completely accounted for. Please return them as soon as possible. We thank you for your cooperation.
After-School Tennis Program
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Some matches will be at home at Nealon and some on the road.
After-School Boys Volleyball
Practice continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday. We may have room for more players if there is interest.
Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
Additional Spring Programs
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls will continue this Tuesday and Thursday.
Both programs have openings for a few more players. Track will begin on April 17; May Madness begins on April 21.
Registration for all after-school sports is available on
Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports. Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to
Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.
Menlo-Atherton High School News
Parents of 8th grade students who will be attending M-A High School this fall please join us on Saturday, August 26 to celebrate our children being brand new freshmen. Join fellow 2021 parents for a casual evening of food and drinks at the home of a fellow 2021 parent. To purchase tickets for this auction item or for more information, click here.
12th Annual Big Bear Run
Save the date! Or at least the morning...the 12th annual Menlo-Atherton High School Big Bear Run is Sunday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m. sharp. This 5K walk/run will start and end at Menlo- Atherton High School (neighborhood route blocked for safety, water stations along the way). Prizes will be awarded to those who plan to run and race it. Class of 2021 Party; Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Auction
All ages (and strollers) and ability levels welcome. It's a great activity for schools, families, teams, running clubs, neighborhoods, play groups, social groups.
Athletic Boosters website
for more info or click here for online registration.
MPAEF Auction Ends Tomorrow Night at 9 p.m.! $5,000 Dollar-for-Dollar Challenge for Fund A Need!
is underway and some items have already sold out.
on your favorite items! The auction closes Monday, April 3, at 9:00 p.m.
When you make your bid, also make a gift to this year's
Fund A Need
, which shines a spotlight on our librarians and art and music teachers.
The next $5,000 in giving to Fund A Need will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor!
- Special teacher outings & parties for your children
- Parties hosted by parents for kids, families and grown-ups
- Getaways to parent homes in Carmel, Italy, France, Tahoe, or Bear Valley
- VIP experiences at the America's Cup in Bermuda, an Earthquakes match, or a 49ers game
- Gift certificates from generous local restaurants, stores, gyms, and markets
- Sessions with professionals in estate planning law, financial planning, cosmetic surgery, veterinary, fitness, cooking, and hypnosis
- A drive for giving to the MPAEF's annual grant to the school district that shines a light on a valuable element of our children's education that would not be possible without parent support via the MPAEF
- This year's spotlight shines on our librarians and music and art teachers. These superhero educators expand our children's skills, character and worldview. Learn more here.
- A chance for you to give a "double gift" with the new $5,000 Dollar for Dollar Challenge
What is the $5,000 Dollar for Dollar Challenge?
The next $5,000 in giving to Fund A Need will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor!
On Your Marks, Get R
eady - Let's
Rock This Early Registration!
Lace up those running shoes for our Schoolhouse Rocks 5K! On May 21, 2017, hundreds of students, families and community members will be hitting the streets of downtown Menlo for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K run for education. Our new, exciting route has expanded to start at our very own Hillview Middle School and run through the heart of our town. Early online registration opens today for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K. Register prior to May 4, 2017 to secure the discounted entry fee of $30.00. After May 4, the entry fee will rise to $40.00.
Choose to enter either the 1 mile family walk/run, or the competitive, chip-timed 5K. Both runs will start at 9:00 a.m. and the course will run down Santa Cruz and the heart of Menlo Park downtown, then wrap around to end where we begin, at Hillview Middle School.
Consider becoming a Family Sponsor. With a donation of $500 you will receive five race entries and your family or team's name will appear on the race t-shirt. Our families truly ROCK and we couldn't do it without you!
The Schoolhouse Rocks 5K is being organized by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, as well as the PTO's of the Menlo Park School District: Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview schools. Funds raised will support our children's education.
To register and learn more about the run, visit our
Narnia: The Musical Coming to a Stage Near You!
April 20-30, Cañada College Theater. Come experience the enchanted world of Narnia presented by Bay Area Educational Theater Company. As siblings travel through a magical wardrobe, they encounter mythical creatures, battle good vs. evil, and learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom. Tickets sold
. Student and Senior tickets only $16; adult tickets $21.
Steve & Kate's Summer Camp Dinner/Information Session
: April 19, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Encinal Large Multi. At
Steve & Kate's Camp
, we give kids the freedom to make their own choices, explore their passions, and trust their own judgment. You're invited to bring the whole family for a DINNER at our host school, Encinal Elementary! You'll also be able to watch a short presentation about camp and get all your 2017 camp questions answered! Just
don't forget to RSVP
Learn About All Students Matter
: Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. You can make a true difference in the life of students in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto by volunteering for an hour a week in the same classroom (K-5) to tutor students in reading, writing, or math. Learn about
All Students Matter
from current parent volunteers. A light lunch will be served.
RSVP to Jeanette Kennedy
to learn more about us.
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