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Tuesday, March 28 
  • 7/8 Orchestra and Jazz Band perform for 5th Grade Hillview visitation
Wednesday, March 29
  • 6/7/8 Chorus Run-Out to Oak Knoll
  • Mandatory parent and student meeting for 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip, 7:00 p.m. Hillview PAC

Thursday, March 30

  • Hillview Service Team Meeting about Relay for Life, during lunch, Hillview PAC
Friday, March 31
  • NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
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Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
  • Mini-Course Week for 8th Graders

Monday, April 3

  • MPAEF Auction closes at 9:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14
  • NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
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Mandatory Meeting 8th Grade - Washington D.C. 
This is a reminder to parents and their students attending the Washington D.C. trip from April 2-7 that the  mandatory parent  AND student meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. 

Participants and their families will receive all the final details for the trip, hear what is expected of each child while on the trip and answer parent/student questions. We will also be collecting the $40 baggage fee and passing out necessary student ID badges and luggage tags. For the luggage fee, please bring a check made out to Carolyn Malquist or EXACT cash only. All students need to pay this fee. We will be checking in all bags. We will also collect any last minute Medical Authorization Forms and Menu Selections.

Finally, we understand that spring break follows this event. If you are planning to have your student leave the trip early or you want to pick them up at a location other than the Hillview PAC on April 7, please contact Monica Bosch as soon as possible so we can arrange the proper solution and have you sign the required paperwork. 

Questions? Contact Monica Bosch or Carolyn Malquist.

Mini-Course Week is next week! 
Some courses could still use your help to be successful! Please consider donating or volunteering. This week depends on all of us to run smoothly. 
  • Amazing Race: Do you love mind-benders and/or friendly competition, and being outdoors? We are in dire need of volunteer chaperones for our Stanford Day and our Great America Day! Please  click here to chaperone. If you have any questions, p lease contact the  Amazing Race Coordinator.
  • Stir It Up: Cooking Adventures Around the World: Are you a chef, casual cook or just enjoy food? We need you! The Stir It Up mini-course needs chaperones for several events and also needs loaner cooking equipment and food donations. If you are able to join us at events like Draeger's Cooking School or if you have extra pots and pans and other supplies you are willing to donate or lend for the week, please sign up through one of the Sign Up links below:
    • Click here to sign up to chaperone an event 
    • Click here to sign up to lend cooking equipment or donate food items
  • Str8 Shots Table Sports: Are you a talented pool player or a ping pong enthusiast? This year's Str8 Shots mini course (April 3-8) is looking for a few good people to share an hour of their time and their talent with a group of 8th grade students. Please contact the Str8 Shots Coordinator if you are interested.
  • Picture This! If you have a DSLR camera to loan for this wonderful photography course, please contact Jill Kispert
Please email  minicourse@mpcsd.org wit h any questions regarding mini-courses.

Sidewalk Construction on Santa Cruz Avenue
Santa Cruz construction is ongoing, as the city is working to make our streets safer for our students!  During construction, please advise your children to ride their bikes single file in the bike lane in the construction zone, as the road and bike lanes are narrow, and to not knock over cones or tamper with construction equipment. For more construction information, please check the Menlo Park city pages - the  project web page  and  construction update page . 
   
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Call for Service Award Nominations - Tell Us About an Exceptional Volunteer!
Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers give generously of their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist if not for this formidable group of volunteers, the "Pillars of our Community". Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) and School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District. Please take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, please complete the 
online nomination form by April 1.  

Hillview PTO Board Nominations
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  PTO Nominating to learn how you can get involved.    

After-School Programs
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 . 
Questions? Contact  Kim Hinshaw, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator.

Eighth Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed
Attention 8th grade parents!
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.
 
For general information regarding the party or to donate, click here. Thank you!

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. 
 
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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.

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Service Team
Student Sign Ups for Relay for Life on May 19 
Students sign
ups for Relay for Life continue this week on Thursday during lunch. The Hillview Service Team will host the  3rd Annual Relay for Life  on Friday, May 19, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (afte r the 6th/7th grade dance) benefiting the American Cancer S ociety. Last year the students raised $35,000 to help fund research and provide service for those battling cancer.  This Thursday at lunch in the quad, students may sign up in teams or they ca n sign up to suppor t the event in other ways (sell snacks, set up and clean up on event day, etc.). Each team is required to have an adult chaperone for the evening as they walk around the track. We nee d some parents who could also help with planning and set up. Students and parents are welcome to join our Service Team meeting on Thursday, March 30, during lunch to learn everything students need to know about the event (logistics, how to fundraise, etc.). Please email   hillviewserviceteam@gmail.com if you can help or if you have questions.

Sports
Intramural Sports
Intramural sports will start new activities this week. Indoor soccer and hockey 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.

After-School Sports  
We thank all of you who have returned basketball jerseys. We still have a number that need to be collected. Please return them as soon as possible. There are at least 30 girls jerseys we still need to collect. 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
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls will continue this Tuesday and Thursday.

Additional Spring Programs 
Other Spring Programs currently open for registration include: Track and May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic). Track still has openings for about 10 more students and will begin Monday, April 17. The May Madness Basketball Clinic also has room for more players and will begin on Friday, April 21.

Registration for all after-school sports is available on Sportability. 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.  
 
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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. All ages (and strollers) and ability levels welcome. It's a great activity for schools, families, teams, running clubs, neighborhoods, play groups, social groups. See the   Athletic Boosters website for more info or click here for online registration.

Class of 2021 Party; Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Auction  
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.

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TO THE ONLINE AUCTION, ROBIN!
The MPAEF Auction gets underway this morning at 9:00 a.m.! Shake off your sleepiness, register to bid online at BiddingForGood and get started with the fun. There are hundreds of items for children and adults! The action ends at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3.
 
THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who attended the Superheroes Auction Party last night and unleashed your fundraising superpowers. We are tabulating the results and will report out soon. Thank you to all the parent volunteers and MPAEF Board members who worked to make it happen. Special thanks to Auction Chairs  Tamara Striffler and  Amy Redell, whose creativity, humor, and hard work have made possible this wonderful opportunity to enjoy ourselves and support our schools.
 
Thanks to Our Realtor and Business Partners
We want to take the opportunity to  shout   out  some appreciation to just a few of our many realtor and business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
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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. Click here to learn more about us.

Library Volunteers Needed at Green Oaks Academy
: Tuesdays, between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2450 Ralmar Ave, East Palo Alto. Green Oaks Academy is looking for a few volunteers to help in the library. The children only have access one day/week, and the library coordinator is also the IT coordinator so he would love some help. Volunteers read a story to the class, and check out and reshelve books. If you are available for all or part of the time slot, please email  Xenophone Rhone for more information. The library is also looking for book donations, K-5, in both English and Spanish. If you're clearing out your shelves and have books to give, please email Martha Andrade .

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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 the preceding  Wednesday at noon . Please email your submission to hvnewsletter@mpcsd.org . Please 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.

To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to  communitynews@mpcsd.org. The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter. 

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