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Sunday, May 21
  • Schoolhouse Rocks 5K, 9:00 a.m., Hillview
  • Jazz Band, 9:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m., MP Farmers Market
Monday, May 22 - Thursday, May 25
  • Hillview Book Fair 2017, before school 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, and 30 minutes after school.
Monday, May 22 - Friday, May 26
  •  Greek Olympics - 6th grade PE
Thursday, May 25
  • Hillview PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Hillview PAC
  • Hillview Flower Day - bring flowers to drop-off 
  • Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 7/8 Band performs from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m., Bake Sale Fundraiser for 8th Grade Grad Night
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Monday, May 29
  • No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 2

  • ASB Mayhem Week
  • Last Block Days on Wednesday, May 31 & Thursday, June 1
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8th Grade Grad Party Update
With just under 4 weeks to go, planning is almost complete, for what should be a night to remember for every Hillview 8th grader!  Few reminders about the night and how you can help:
  • PLEASE HELP 8th GRADE PARENTS! We need your help to decorate the gym the week of June 13-16. We need everyone to put in a few hours if possible, and especially would love a few dads to help with some of the heavier lifting (evening slots are available)!  Please click the Sign Up Genius to help. 
  • LEND AN ITEM? We are looking for various items to borrow for the grad party (i.e. garden cafe light strings, small card tables, power strips). Please check this wish list link and see if you have any items to lend us.  
6th & 7th Grade Parent Chaperones Needed
Please help pay it forward! It is a Hillview tradition that parents from the 6th and 7th grade classes chaperone the Grad Night party, so that the 8th graders can celebrate without the watchful eyes of their own parents.  Please tell a friend and sign up here for one of the following shifts during the evening of Friday June 16.

Big Thanks to New Sponsors
Finally we'd like to thank our new sponsors -- the Karp, Henry, Wong, Sapp, Goyle, Silverman, Ouren and Yeh families generously sponsored the photo booth and take home souvenir. Your financial support is greatly appreciated! 
 
For any questions on anything above, please contact Sharon Purcell or Cristy Barnes.

8th Grade End of Year Information
The end of the school year is fast approaching! For our 8th graders, we have a number of great activities coming up, including the class trip to Great America, the 8th grade Awards Assembly, the promotion ceremony, and the Grad Night Party! On the Hillview Webpage, under both  QuickLinks and  Parent Information, please find the Parent Letter, Great America Permission Slip, and other important end of year information.

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Hillview Book Fair is This Week - May 22-25 
Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshmen. This year we will also have a hand-picked selection of books for younger elementary age siblings. The Book Fair will run from Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25. We'll be open each day before school from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, and for 30 minutes after school. The Book Fair will also be open during Hillview's Open House on May 25 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Hillview Flower Day on Thursday, May 25
Please help make the Hillview campus beautiful for Open House and show your teachers and staff how much you appreciate all that they do by bringing in flowers on Thursday morning,  May 25. You can bring flowers from your garden or store-bought bouquets. Even greenery (if you have no blossoms in the yard) will be most helpful to our parent volunteers who will arrange all of the donated flowers into lovely bouquets for each teacher and staff member on campus. We hope that all students will participate in this great effort. Volunteers will be collecting flowers at drop off and if parents wish to stay and help, you are most welcome! 
 
Hillview PTO Spring General Meeting
All members of the Hillview PTO are invited to attend the Spring General Meeting on Thursday, May 25, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Hillview PAC. The membership will vote on next year's Executive Board Slate, approve the 2017-2018 budget and proposed stand rule changes.  Copies of the proposed budget and standing rule changes are available in the Hillview office or you can review the 2017-2018 PTO budget here
 
Hillview PTO Executive Board Slate for 2017-2018
The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate for the 2017-18 Hillview PTO Executive Board. The PTO's General Membership will vote on this slate of officers at the Hillview PTO General Meeting on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Hillview PAC.

Co-Presidents: Chris Sewell & Ashley Wagstaff
Co-Vice Presidents: Suzanne Watson & Laura Paul
Treasurer: Christine Tonsfeldt
Vice Treasurer: John Donald
Financial Secretary: Gina Skinner
Auditor: Matt Ericksen
Recording Secretary: Julia Molise
Communications Chair: Johanna Woll
Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Witeck
After-School Activities Coordinator: Jamey Hawkins
Parliamentarian: Julie Nelson         
Note: Co-Presidents and Treasurer were elected to serve 2 year terms in May 2016; the Parliamentarian is appointed by the Co-Presidents.   

Attention all Hillview Parent Volunteers!
To show our appreciation for your efforts and support, all school volunteers are invited to attend Hillview's annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on  Thursday, June 1 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the PAC. Whether you volunteer at hot lunch, at a community event, in the library, as an academy parent, as a committee chair, on a committee, or in any way that supports our school and community, we invite you to attend our annual luncheon. At the luncheon, we will also recognize this year's Golden Oak, Continuing Service Award (CSA), Honorary Service Award (HSA), and School Service Award (SSA) recipients. Please RSVP here by May 26 so that we can get an accurate head count. Thank you! 

Lunchtime Club Advisors to receive SSA awards
Congratulations to the following teachers, parents and community members who provide support for our students during lunchtime clubs. Mr. Haug and the PTO will be honoring them with a 2016/17 School Service Award (SSA).
 
Julie Williams
Anna Kogan
Yogi Sullivan
Katie DeAnda
Bill Hairston
Diane Glasser
Harry Bell
Aruna Dutta
Richard Vaughan
Sue Kayton
Heiko Ritter
Arion Espinoza
Gina Parks
Brian Darmanin
Jeffrey Mead
Julie Hilborn
Officer Mary Ferguson
Amy Kingsley
Susan Churba
Janelle London
 
Awards, and thanks, will be given at the PTO Volunteer Luncheon, Thursday, June 1 , 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the PAC.
 
Hillview Teacher and Staff Year End Gifts
Wondering how to recognize your child's teacher at the end of the school year? At Hillview, we have a tradition of gifting to the staff as a community. Parents are encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund (organized by PTO volunteers) and ALL proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team.

The benefits of this approach are that:
  • It's what the teachers and staff prefer.  With gift cards, they can pick out something they really want or need.
  • No one is overlooked. The Gift Fund is used to recognize all 80+ Hillview employees, including the academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians and staff.
It's easy! Just make a contribution and the committee does the rest! Gift cards are delivered on the last day of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community.
 
There are several ways to participate. PayPal here Cash can be left at the Hillview Office. Check (made out to Molly Gibbons) can be left in the Hillview office or mailed to Molly Gibbons,  115 Pineview Lane,  Menlo Park, CA 94025. Any questions? Contact Molly Gibbons Thank you!
 
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2017 MPCSD Service Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating our  2017 Menlo Park City School District service award winners . These are parents, community members, teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond to help our schools and district. Many school programs would not exist were it not for this talented and dedicated group of volunteers.
 
District Council
Measure X Team:
   Honorary Service Awards Stacey Wueste, Amy Coolican, Jennifer Levey, Scott Saywell
   Continuing Service Awards:   Stephanie Chen, Katie Ferrick, Liliana Perazich, Tamara Russel,    
    Parke Treadway
Other Honorary Service Awards:  Sherwin Chen, Al Hart, Ginny Maiwald, Ken Wang
Golden Oak Awards:  Traci Brinton, Neela Gentile, Christine Keefer, Kate Kennedy, Jo Lofthouse, Elizabeth Ouren, Mark Box, Jeff Child, Maria Hilton, Dr. Maurice Ghysels
President's Award:  Kate Kennedy
 
Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation
Honorary Service Awards:  Bill Thompson, Cambridge Associates and Katherine Armstrong-Hochstetler, Cambridge Associates
President's Awards:  Alka Gupta, Jennifer Dahmus
 
Hillview Middle School
Honorary Service Awards:  Helen Chen, Aimee Mathenia, Tracy Piombo
Continuing Service Awards:  Deanna Schroder, Steve Shaw, Regina Skinner
Golden Oak Awards:  Michelle Box, Andrea Luskin, Maria Mills, Beth Shvodian
President's Awards:  Jody Buckley, Julie Nelson
 
Encinal Elementary School
Honorary Service Award:  Avani Khatri
Continuing Service Awards:  Emily Moberg Robinson, Sara Davis Teeple, Jill Vizas
President's Awards:  Claire Burks, May Matsui
 
Laurel Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards:  Beth Chopra, Theresa Fox, Shelley Winters, Jennifer Wolosin
Continuing Service Awards:  Christine Chan, Desiree Vogt
Golden Oak Award:  Cilla Seely
President's Award:  Joseph La Cava
 
Oak Knoll Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards:  Emily Chiet, Sherrie Feinstein, Janell Sanford, Amy Thornborrow
Continuing Service Award:  Tamara Russel
Golden Oak Awards:  Allison Chao, Susan Sanchez, Jan San Filippo, Heidi Veneman
President's Award:  Janelle McCombs 
 
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Programs & Activities Programs 

ASB 
The Hillview ASB will be hosting an item drive for Copper's Dream Animal Rescue this week. ASB will be running a shop in the PAC lobby at lunch where students can fully or partially sponsor various dog-related items to be donated including leashes, puppy training pads, crates, and small and medium dog collars. We will also be collecting all of these items in the form of donations, as well as new dog toys and gently used towels and blankets. Thank you in advance for your support.

Relay for Life
THANK YOU to the 300+ Hillview students who participated in Relay for Life event on Friday night at the Hillview Track from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Our goal was to raise $40,000. The students blew the lid off our goal by raising over $60,000 for the American Cancer Society!!! Over $3,000 in cash and checks were collected yesterday and will show up in our online total after it is entered on Monday. 

We are so proud of your students for making such a big impact on the fight to end cancer! As a thank you gift from the American Cancer Society, every student who raised over $100 will be given a t-shirt that says Hillview Relay for Life with the event date. The t-shirts will take about 3 weeks to come in and will be distributed at our Hillview Student Service Team meeting on June 8. A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers, Hillview staff, and of course the amazing Hillview students who make this event such a huge success!

Sports
Intramural Sports
There will be a change from the normal routine in intramural sports this week to include a special activity of high jump practice for those 6th graders participating in the Greek Olympics Finals. The high jump will be the intramural activity on both Wednesday and Thursday. Students not in the Greek Olympics are also invited to jump. Any grade level is welcome.

After-School Boys Volleyball
The boys volleyball seasons are now completed. For a program that has only existed for two years, it is going extremely well. Last year, we had 12 students registered and this year we had 18. The varsity team was undefeated in league competition and won the league championship in playoffs. We thank all players and parents for their efforts and their enthusiasm. Special thanks to coaches Lauren Heller, Edward Falefa, and Hillview Staff member Russ Peterson. Without their guidance this program would never have been able to exist.

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic is now officially over. We thank Kutlu Aricanli for directing this program for the third year. We also thank Henry Wang, Tara Galvez, Jia Druell, and Ayda Aricanli for coaching throughout.

After-School Track  
After-School Track continues this week on Monday and Wednesday, May 22 and 24. The final meet will take place on May 22. On May 24, group relays and the team party will be held at M-A High School at the usual time from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This will be the final week of this year's track program. We ask all participants to please return their track jerseys on May 24 at the team party. 
 
Friendly Reminder: If anyone has any after school sports uniforms that need to be
returned (basketball, girls volleyball, flag football, track) please do so immediately.  
 
Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports.
 
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Thank you to our nearly 1,600 runners and fabulous sponsors for Rocking the Run! 
   

Sip & Stroll on Santa Cruz Avenue, Saturday, June 3
Join us for the 3rd annual Menlo Park  "Taste of the Mountains" Wine Walk on Saturday, June 3, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. "Taste of the Mountains" showcases wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is organized by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association with all proceeds going to the MPAEF.

Participating wineries include: Burrell School Vineyards & Winery, House Family Vineyards,  Kings Mountain Vineyards, Left Bend Winery, Mindego Ridge Vineyard, Portola Vineyards,  Roudon Smith Winery, Russian Ridge Winery, Silver Mountain Vineyards, Silvertip Vineyards,  Wrights Station Vineyards

Buy tickets for this limited space event by clicking here.

Participating Santa Cruz Avenue businesses include: Art Ventures Gallery, Cheeky Monkey Toys (An MPAEF Business Partner), Fleet Feet Sports, Frosch, Gitane, Harvest Furniture, Menlo Hardwoods, Peabody Fine Art & Framing, Rococo & Taupe, The Oriental Carpet

Restaurants waiving corkage fees: BBC, Galata Bistro, LB Steak, Left Bank

Stroll Santa Cruz Avenue and  enjoy local wine!
 
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Bollywood Dance Classes: Shruthi Reddy, a teacher and performer of Bollywood and Bhangra as well as a certified BollyX instructor, will be offering Bollywood dance classes in the Hillview Middle School Gym on Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information or contact at Shruthi by email or at (408) 341-5645 for more information and to register.

Dreams Happen Gala & Playhouse Auction 2017: Join Rebuilding Together Peninsula for our biennial fundraising event on June 3 hosted by the Stanford Shopping Center. Architects from near and far have been paired with local builders to create thirteen unique, elaborately designed, life-sized children's playhouses to auction off to the highest bidders at this evening party. All of the proceeds raised through Dreams Happen allow Rebuilding Together Peninsula  to realize its mission of improving the homes and lives of low-income neighbors in need by creating safe and healthy living environments.  Click here  for tickets.

Free Website - from Boys and Girls Club: Are you a local business, club or organization? Do you need a website? The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) is partnering with  Hack the Hood  to train low-income youth to create beautiful, mobile-friendly websites for local small organizations during 6-week boot camps. This is an opportunity for the youth in East Palo Alto to gain extraordinary experience while providing a free service to local businesses. Spanish speaking youth developers are also available. Click here to apply today!  

Tryouts for the Juventus Soccer Club: June 3-4; Red Morton Park, Redwood City. We are looking for boy and girl players born in the years 2003 to 2011. Grab a friend and come on out! Click here  for tryout dates and times; please  pre-register here. See you there! 
  
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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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