In This Issue
M-A Intro Night
Annual School Survey
Site Council Nominees
Attendance Corner
Health Corner
Academic Integrity 
Smart Watches
Hillview STEM Fair
Tinsley Bus  

Breakfast Café

New Student Register
2018-19 Update

Science Star Party
Return Sport Uniforms
Basketball Games
Tennis Team

Auction Tickets
Auction Donations
MPAEF Shopping
Business and Realtor


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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, January 22 
  • Great Kindness Challenge Week
Friday, January 26
  • Deadline to Donate MPAEF Auction Items, Events, Parties 
Looking Ahead LookingAhead

Monday, January 29
  • ASB Spirit Week
Tuesday, January 30
  • Panorama Student Survey
Wednesday, January 31
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Dawn Patrol Star Party, Hillview Science Team, 5:30 to 7:00 a.m., basketball courts at Hillview
Thursday, February 1
  • Hillview STEM Fair, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Fall 2018 MPCSD New Student Registration, here
Friday, February 2
  • 7th/8th Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
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
Tuesday, February 13
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., TERC

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Eighth-Grade Parents and Students: Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. Mark your calendars to hear Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of M-A High School, give an overview of M-A's academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings. Q & A following with Mrs. Kennel, M-A's College Advisor, Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen, and Laura Duran, M-A Counselor, along with the perspectives from a panel of former Hillview students on what life at M-A is really like. An evening open to everyone. For queries email Alice Hom here.

Mr. Haug Invites You - Annual School Survey
You should have received your email from Mr. Wiily Haug  with your unique login information to take the annual Hillview Parent Survey by January 27. Your responses are confidential and this year Panorama Education will be managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security.
The survey will take about 30 minutes and you will be able to provide feedback to Hillview as a whole, as well as to specific teachers. To ensure that Hillview continues providing high-quality, rigorous learning experiences to our students, your participation is essential. Thank you so much for your time and input.

Hillview Site Council Seeks Parent Nominees to Serve 2-Year Term
Applications due March 1.  The Hillview Site Council has three open parent positions for the two-year term beginning March 2018 extending through  June 2020. Applicants should have at least one child attending Hillview for the duration of the term. One of the positions is for a parent of a student who is an English learner. The council meets approximately once a month after school.

Interested parents should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council by Wednesday, March 1. You may nominate someone by submitting their name and reasons why you nominated them. We will hold an election during the Site Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room. Candidates must be present at the meeting on March 13. All parents of current Hillview students or of incoming Hillview students for the 2018-19 school year who are in attendance are eligible to vote. New members should plan to participate in the Site Council meetings on March 13, April 17, May 8, and June 5.

The Hillview Site Council, consisting of the principal, teachers, staff, student representatives, and six elected parents is the body responsible for developing and monitoring the School Site Plan. This plan specifies the goals and metrics that drive major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and any other significant areas related to the school. The Site Council is also responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating the annual school survey. For more information and to submit your application, email Theanne Thomson here.

Attendance Corner
Good school attendance is critical for student success at Hillview. We know that good school attendance is learned early in a child's school career. Students who go to school every day develop healthy patterns for life and positive mindsets that continue throughout their educational career and beyond. Thank you for modeling this for your child by making sure they are at school and on time every day.

Health Corner
At times it is difficult to decide whether to send your child to school. Your child needs to stay at home when they have:  
  • Any contagious disease
  • Nausea or vomiting within the last 24 hours or temperature over 100 degrees F; temperature needs to be normal for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Frequent coughing or very runny nose
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Sore throat
  • Severe headache
  • Skin rash-ALL rashes must be diagnosed by a doctor
  • Open sores, unless the area can be covered with a dressing
  • Earache, toothache or other severe pain
Our school office has competent and qualified personnel. If your child becomes ill or injured at school:
  • Basic First Aid will be administered by designated school personnel.
  • For more complex illnesses and injuries, you will be notified and asked to pick up your child immediately.
  • If you work or are unavailable, please arrange for an alternate plan of care and pick up.
  • Evaluate your child's readiness to return to school base on the guidelines listed above.
If your child needs to take medication at school: 
  • A Medication Authorization form must be completed and returned to the school office with medication(s) before your child begins school.
  •  All medication (prescription and over-the-counter) must be in the original labeled container.
  • Consider asking your child's doctor to arrange the dosage intervals so that medication can be given during non-school hours. Medication Authorization forms may be obtained here or in any school office.
Academic Integrity Policy
Our  updated academic integrity policy  here is in our Hillview Handbook here. Carefully review this policy with your student. Our new policy is highlighted by our Hillview academic integrity pledge, which outlines our academic integrity expectations for all students, and requires a student signature. Last Tuesday, January 16, students were given the Academic Integrity Signature pagehere, which required both a student and parent/guardian signature. Students should have returned these signed forms to their Launch teachers last Friday, January 19.

Smart Watches
Per our  personal electronics policy  here, Smart Watches, such as Apple Watches are not allowed at school. Smart Watches, like cell phones or other personal electronic devices, should be "off and invisible" during the school day.

Hillview STEM Fair 
February 1, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m., Hillview PAC. Parent volunteers are needed to make it a success! The sign-up page  here provides more details.

Attention Tinsley Route Bus Riders!
Due to heavy morning traffic on Willow Road, we adjusted the morning Tinsley routes for Hillview Middle School so that students can arrive to on time. Pickup times are five minutes earlier at each site, allowing ample time for students to get to school. This change began Tuesday, January 9. The schedule is listed below. Information on this change is here.

6:45 a.m. p/u Euclid Avenue and O'Connor Street
6:55 a.m. p/u Boy's & Girl's Club EPA (Pulgas Avenue and O'Connor Street)
7:05 a.m. p/u Castano School (Purdue Avenue and Fordham Street)
7:10 a.m. p/u Cesar Chaves School (Bay Road and Oakwood Drive)
7:20 a.m. p/u Belle Haven School (Almanor Avenue and Hamilton Avenue)
7:50 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and University Drive
7:52 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and Arbor Road (front of Baptist Church)
7:54 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and Cotton Street
8:00 a.m. d/o Oak Knoll School
8:10 a.m. d/o Hillview School


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Breakfast Café Needs Your Help!
We are looking for volunteers to bring food for Breakfast Café, a program that provides daily breakfast to Hillview students in the College Bound Program, offering an opportunity for these students to gather and enjoy a healthy breakfast and a positive connection to a member of the Hillview staff before school begins. For more information and/or to sign up, go  here.


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Community Input Session of the School Board about the District's Long-Term Financial Planning Initiative, February 6, 6:00 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton. The district now has more information on its financial position and seeks community input on what should be prioritized based on current financial models. Questions that will be discussed include how MPCSD should 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.

If you have thoughts that you'd like to share on these and other factors that will influence the long-term priorities of the district, join the conversation on February 6. Superintendent Burmeister plans to present the results of the Long-Term Financial Planning Initiative at the regular Board meeting scheduled for June 5, 2018. If you can't make the meeting and wish to provide comments, send an email here.

2018-19 School Calendar Update
The District and the Teachers Union (MPEA) are in the process of negotiating the 2018-19 school calendar. As much as possible, MPCSD tries to align our calendar with Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) to help families with students in both districts. MPCSD is considering a start date as early as Wednesday, August 15 and as late as Friday, August 24. When scheduling vacations, please consider, MPCSD will begin its 2018-19 school year sometime between Wednesday, August 15 and Friday, August 24.

A draft of MPCSD's 2018-19 school calendar will be submitted to the School Board for approval at the February 13 Board meeting. Once Board-approved, the final calendar will be posted on the District's website and will be emailed to all current parents.

MPCSD Parent Education  Speaker Series 
Thanks everyone who attended our January event with Sheryl Sandberg.


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Science Team
Total Lunar Eclipse Dawn Patrol Star Party
Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 to 7:00 a.m., on basketball courts at Hillview.  Join the Hillview science team for a Star party. We will be setting up two telescopes. See the total Lunar Eclipse as the moon reemerges, Jupiter and several moons, Mars and more. Dust off that telescope in the garage and join us. Friends and family welcome. More than 50% cloud cover cancels. Contact Jack Kearns here or Tom Lyons here for more information.

Return of Volleyball and Flag Football Uniforms
Fall after-school sports uniforms should be returned to the Hillview front office; these are due back immediately.

After-School Basketball League 
Teams expect players to attend all practices and games in the spirit of team respect and unity. If a player must miss a practice or game, PLEASE notify coaches as soon as possible.

Games for 8th-grade players are at Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary, or Corte Madera gyms on Mondays.

Games at Arrillaga Gym are scheduled as follows:
6th-grade girls on Tuesdays
6th-grade boys  on Wednesdays
7th-grade girls on Thursdays
7th-grade boys on Fridays

After-School Tennis Program
Registration will begin soon.Tryouts will be in early March. We will have a Varsity A level and two Varsity B level teams depending on the number of players. Varsity B level players with less experience will play matches in practice against other players of approximately the same level. Practices will be  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday. Matches will be on Wednesdays for home, but will vary when we play away, and will begin end of March through mid May.

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

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Purchase Tickets to The Auction Party! Go  here.
The deadline to donate auction items, events, parties....is this Friday, January 26. Want to host a party but don't know what to do? Want to get rid of those unused gift cards you received during the Holidays? We can help! 

Contact Mary Grundy here or here if you're interested. Here are some ideas:  
  • Family Stanford Football Tailgate 
    • We have a tailgate spot, games, and ideas on food and drink to make this a fun family afternoon. We just need a few Cardinal fans to pull it all together!
  • Evening at the Rosewood Hotel
    • We have access to discounted gift cards to create a memorable get away sure to be a popular auction item.
       
  • Adult Paella Dinner Party 
    • We provide the contact for a wonderful paella caterer; you provide the hosts and the house.
  • Kid PartiesCut and paste! 
    • We have all the info to host an amazing Bird Extravaganza party, all you need to do is host it.
  • Kids In Training
    • Do you work at a cool company? Are you a Chef or an Artist or a Firefighter? Are you a Veterinarian or a Scientist? If you are willing to spend a few hours showing one or more enthusiastic children your profession, we need you! You decide how many kids, date time, etc. And, of course, we can help with any ideas!
  • Items
    • Get rid of those unused gift cards, purchase new ones, or get them donated from your favorite company
To donate a hosted event click here.

To donate an item click here.

Healthy New Year's Resolutions?  Get your work-out gear ready at Athleta, Lucy, Champs, Nike, Target, Macy's and more! Shop any of these retailers and give up to 8% back to Menlo Park Schools. You must click on this link here to qualify.


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Special Education Services in High School - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About
February 1, 6:00pm - 8:00 p.m., Menlo Atherton High School PAC Building, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton Representatives from each comprehensive site Menlo, Atherton, Carlmont, Woodside and Sequoia will be available to answer questions. Resources for the evening include childcare, translation, light supper.

CIBSR Looking for Volunteers  Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. Look here for more information.

Youth Mental Aid First Aid Classes  January 20, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.; February 24, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave.  Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are open to community teens and adults. Register through  Eventbrite here . This one-day, eight-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan on how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. For more information, visit  here .

Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Group Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., beginning January 16
San Mateo County Pride Center, 1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo.  Do you have a child between the ages of 10 and 18 who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning? Learn how you can best support and advocate for your child. Join us for this 8-week session. Group size is limited; $35 per group/$280 for the series, covered by medical. Information, registration, and set up an intake interview, contact Catherine Haueter here.

US Youth Volleyball League  Registration for the USYVL Spring 2018 season is open! Use coupon code ES18 for $20 off your registration until February 1. For more information, visit us online 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.

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