In This Issue
Bike Safety Week
SBAC May 7-11
Site Council
Lost and Found

Nominating Committee
Heart-Healthy Foods

Early Learning Center
Community Input
Fall Enrollment
Speaker Michael Gurian

Summer Drama
Animal Welfare
Relay for Life
Basketball Standings
Tennis Team

Schoolhouse Rocks-
 project manager
 volunteer coordinator
Join MPAEF Board
MPAEF Shopping
Business & Realtor


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Monday, February 5
  • Bike Safety Week -  Important Commute Guidelines
  • Fall 2018 MPCSD New Student Registration here
Tuesday, February 6
  • Community Input Session of the School Board, 6:00 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
Wednesday, February 7
  • 8th-Grade Parents and Students: Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, February 8
  • Cancelled - English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
  • Parent CafĂ© for Spanish Speakers, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
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Tuesday, February 13
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., TERC
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Friday, February 15
  • Lost and Found, all donated today, pick-up at Student Center
Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 22
  • No School - Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "The Minds of Boys and Girls," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
 

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Important School Commute Guidelines
Next week is Bike Safety Week at Hillview! Each day, students will hear morning announcements from Officer Ferguson about bike safety. We are partnering with Parents 4 Safe Routes and the Menlo Park Police Department to ensure that all students get to school safely each day. This includes bike safety, but also pedestrian safety and drop-off and pick-up safety. If your student bicycles to school, review the following safety tips:
  • Wear a helmet: It's critical to protect your head in an accident, and it's the law. (When one of our students was in a recent accident, fortunately they cracked their helmet instead of their head.)
  • Ride single file in the bike lane: Riding side-by-side impedes traffic and pushes bicyclists into the car lane.
  • Stop at all stop signs (even the ones in downtown Menlo Park!): They are there to protect you from traffic.
  • Walk your bike on sidewalks and crosswalks: Be courteous and keep pedestrians safe as well as yourself.
  • Use a bike light: Even during the day, mornings/afternoons can be dark or rainy.
  • Lock your bike: Many bikes on campus are unlocked. Protect your bike; lock it up.
As a parent, you can:
  • Pick a day to bike or walk with your student. It's a great way to see what the route is like and how to help them stay safe!
  • If your student walks to school and there is no sidewalk, make sure they walk on the shoulder against traffic.
  • When driving your student to school, don't park or stop in areas that are designated "No Stopping/Parking." (One of our students was doored by a driver who had stopped illegally.)
  • Model good behavior: Be a "roll" model.
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If you drop off or pick up your student:
  • Drop off and pick up in appropriate areas, like on Hillview Drive or in front of school: Do NOT drop off on the corner of Olive Ave. and Santa Cruz Avenue.
  • Be aware of bikes and pedestrians when you are dropping off and picking up.  Sometimes students can be difficult to see.
  • Drive slowly! 
Hillview CAASPP Testing May 7-11, 2018
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, also known as. the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), a state assessment will be administered to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Note these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments outside of school on those days.

Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the TERC office to review the results of the January parent and student Site Survey. All meetings are open to the public.

Lost and Found Donation
Friday, February 15. St op by the Student Center to check whether they have a missing jacket, lunch box, scarf, the single shoe you have been looking all over your house for, or maybe that nice water bottle that keeps your drink cold for hours. We have it all and more! 


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Nominating Committee Members Needed!  
This five-person committee works to find parents who would like to serve on the Hillview PTO for the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the nominating committee, found here, is to help ensure that the board is balanced geographically and with old and new faces. The group will meet in February and then work independently to communicate how they make their selections, to be presented to the board in the spring of 2018. Contact Julie Nelson here if you are interested in serving on this fun committee!

Heart-Healthy Delights 
On Valentine's Day, treat yourself and your loved ones to some heart-healthy delights, including a fresh fruit bouquet, volunteering, or making a nutritious candlelit dinner. Check here to learn to spread the love.


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Community Input Session of the School Board 
February 6, 6:00 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton. The District's Long-Term Financial Planning Initiative - how to respond to enrollment influencers like birth rate and housing development; how the district should prioritize any revenue increases that occur as a result of higher property taxes; how MPCSD should compare to neighboring districts; what the district's compensation and workplace culture should be, and how these relate to retaining our teachers and staff. 

The Early Learning Center is Coming Soon!
February 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue. Parent Information Night about the District's new Early Learning Center opening in August 2018, pending board approval. Applications for the initial lottery will be available February 14 through March 14. For more information visit us here or c ontact Jessica Mihaly, founding director of the Early Learning Center here or for information in Spanish, contact Flor Espinal here. Spanish translation will be available.

Enrollment for Fall 2018 is NOW OPEN! Incoming Kindergartners and other new students beginning in Fall 2018 may register here. Choose the Enrollment tab. Welcome to our schools! 

Interested in Spanish Immersion? You must attend a Spanish Immersion information meeting if you have not already done so. Remaining dates are: 
MPCSD Parent Education  Speaker Series 
"The Minds of Boys and Girls"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC with  Michael Gurian. I n this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, bestselling author Michael Gurian focuses on helping boys and girls across the gender spectrum to succeed in school and life. Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly - and how parents, educators, therapists, and others can care for and support the needs of our children. Based on more than thirty years of research and counseling practice, Michael traces how a child's learning mind grows, how the genders learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences boys and girls, and how crucial school success has become to life success. 

Michael will be available to sign books following the event. Books will be available for purchase.
Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Childcare will be available for potty-trained children.  More information here.


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Drama
MPCSD and Hillview Summer Drama Program
Register now! MPCSD and Hillview Drama will once again be offering a Summer Drama Program. This summer drama camp is for incoming 4th graders through exiting 8th graders who are enrolled in one of the MPCSD schools. Session 1 will present Disney's the Lion King KIDS & JR and will run June 25 - July 6. Session 2 will present Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Little Mermaid JR and will run from July 9 - July 20. Join us and enjoy a summer of fun, singing, dancing, and acting (backstage roles available, too)!

Register online here. You may also email Rachel M. Knight here or William Hairston here for any questions. Flyer is here  and also available in the school office. 

Service Team
Animal Welfare
Last week, our students reviewed new service opportunities and started a new segment. The students made dog chews at this meeting. We will present these animal toys to our guest speakers from the Peninsula Humane Society on Thursday, February 8.

Parent Volunteers Needed to Coordinate Hillview's 4th Annual Relay for Life Event
Friday, May 18. We are excited to announce our annual event. We need a group of volunteers to help coordinate. Last year over 300 students participated and raised more than $65,000 for the American Cancer Society by getting friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them for walking at the event. This is a very fun and inspiring event and we hope to have a great group of parent volunteers this year. Sign up here or email here to be part of the adult volunteer team. Student sign-up will start in March. We will have a kick-off lunch for the volunteers on Wednesday, February 7 at noon.

After-School Sports
Basketball League 
Go to the website to check team standings here  for 6th and 7th grades; 8th-grade standings are available from the team coach.

Tennis Program
Registration has begun and will continue through February 9 or until teams are full. Tryouts will be in early March.  Practices will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays. Matches will be on Wednesdays for Home but will vary for Away. Games begin at the end of March and continue through mid-May.

Upcoming Spring Sports include: Track, Boys Volleyball, Drop-In Volleyball for girls (tentative), May Madness Basketball Clinic (tentative). Registration for all these activities will be in February. Watch for further announcements. 

For questions, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 and Matt Ericksen here.

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Live Auction Sneak Peak!
Take a look at our fabulous Live Auction items available at the Auction Dinner Experience on March 10, 2018 at Hiller Aviation Museum. Come see the KCBS Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem, our local celebrity auctioneer, and start organizing your bidding groups now!
  • Diamond tennis bracelet from Neil Dahl Jewelry
     
  • 2 Warriors courtside tickets w/ VIP lounge & parking
  • Wine class & dinner w/ Erik Burmeister and Advanced Sommelier Yohannah Burmeister

  • SF Foodie tour with Foodie Chap Liam MayClem
     
  • One night stay at Meadowood and dinner at The Charter Oak, St. Helena
Dinner Experience Auction tickets are sold out, however Auction Party and Sponsor-a-Teacher tickets are still available here. If you would like to bid on a Live Auction item but are not coming to the Dinner Experience, find a friend to bid for you!

We Need You! Schoolhouse Rocks RUN Project Manager
Do you love organizing? Do you love the Schoolhouse Rocks RUN? We are in need of a Schoolhouse Rocks RUN project manager. We have wonderful volunteers chairing the race and the post-RUN festival, but we need someone to keep us all on track! Let us know if you are interested, we would love to have you join our team here

We Need You! Schoolhouse Rocks RUN Volunteer Coordinator
Do you have lots of friends, neighbors, relatives, etc. who love the Schoolhouse Rocks RUN? We are in need of a Schoolhouse Rocks RUN volunteer coordinator for the RUN on May 20, 2018. Let us know if you are interested, we would love to have you join our team here!

Want to Join the MPAEF Board Next Year? 
We are looking for volunteers to join our organization of 62 parent volunteers from Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview! Send us a note here.

February Shopping - Valentine's and Ski Week!
Chocolates, flowers and spa, we have it all at retailers like 1800Flowers, Godiva, See's Candy, L'Occitane and more! Whether you're going somewhere with snow or sun, The North Face, Target, and Macy's have you covered. Staying home with the kids instead? Shop Fandango, Amazon, and Safeway for movie tickets, board games, and baking cookies for fun family time ideas. You must click through here for our full list of retailers and to get up to 8% cash back for Menlo Park Schools. 

Thank You to Our Business and Realtor Partners!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to some of our many business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

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E2C Construction Company, Inc.


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Menlo Green Challenge  Last year, almost 400 families signed on to the Green Challenge  here and took actions to reduce 120 tons of carbon emissions! We hope that you and your community can help us double our household participation goal to reduce even more carbon emissions in 2018. Starting January 29, keep an eye out for our competition series! Take action to reduce your carbon footprint, earn prizes for sustainability milestones, and help make Menlo Park a 100% Clean Energy City! Email Katrina  here for more information.

Parent Education "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,"  February 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Alto International School, 475 Pope Street,  is thrilled to present a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction, the film empowers kids to navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. Stanford Children's Health Pediatricians Jennifer Kaufman and Ambreen Syed will lead a discussion following the screening. Student (10 years and up) tickets are free; adult tickets are $3. Get tickets  here .

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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.
 
Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday Hillview Newsletter is Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to  hvnewsletter@mpcsd.org . Note that submissions may be edited for content and/or length. Submissions received after the deadline will be eligible for inclusion the following week. Submissions are eligible to run for up to two weeks.

Submissions for Off-Campus Community Event: E mail your announcement to  communitynews@mpcsd.org . The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon.

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