Volume 13 | 10 November 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, November 11
No School - Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12
Donation-toiletry items, drop-off bin, Hillview office (through Monday, November 18)

Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview office, large conference room

Math Competition, after school, Room G2

Wednesday, November 13
Hillview Art Show, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Art Room, B2 (drop-in event)

Music Potluck, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Thursday, November 14
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Hillview office, large conference room

Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, TERC Building 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Friday, November 15
Turkey Trot run, during PE, in Hillview neighborhood

End of Trimester
Looking Ahead

Thursday, November 21
Service team meeting-assembling toiletry kits, lunchtime, PAC

General PTO Board Meeting, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, PAC

Wednesday, November 27
No School - Thanksgiving holiday
(through Friday, November 29)
Hillview School News
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office.

The Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. All parents in our community are welcome!
Art Portfolio Showcase
Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 - 6:30 pm Art Room, B2

Students will show their art, photos, claymation movies, and Makerspace creations. This drop-in event will feature students doing pottery wheel demonstrations, presenting claymation movies on the Smartboard, and demonstrating their Makerspace projects. Contact Anna Kogan here .
Come anytime during the open hours.
Music Potluck - You are all invited!
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Enjoy an evening of art and music! Begin in the art room B2 at 4:30 pm to view our visual artist's work from Ms. Kogan's class.

Then come to the PAC for some food and music. The Jazz Band and the Disney Concert Orchestra will perform. Here is the invitation with what to bring! Sign-Up here to help!

Would anyone like to do a solo? Pianists and guitarists, reach out to Mr. Vaughan here . A solo should be under three minutes.

Support the Arts at Hillview!
Hillview Turkey Trot
Friday, November 15, during PE, in nearby neighborhoods
The PE Department will have a one mile fun-run for 7th- and 8th-grade students during PE starting at Hillview. They will wind through the neighborhood and finish on the school track. Students will run, jog, or walk. Staff and parent volunteers will be stationed throughout the course. Sign up here to help along the course! 
Yearbook Orders Available
Due by February 19

Parents! Have you bought a yearbook for your student? Order here and enter our school code: 10070 to order your yearbook. The Hillview yearbook usually sells out.
8th-Grade Parent Information
TIDE Academy Info Night
Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Students and parents looking for a future-ready small-school experience, come learn about TIDE Academy! Next year will be the second cohort of TIDE students. Current freshman, including Hillview alums, will talk about their experience at Sequoia Union High School District brand new public high school. Questions? Contact Ms. Chavez 650-306-1755 .
8th-Grade Baby Pictures and Yearbook Dedication
Due by February 19

Submit your free baby picture and a paid yearbook ad by the final deadline. The attached flyer here has much more information. Email here for any questions.
PTO News
PTO President Message - Giving Thanks

We would like to express our gratitude to the staff, students, and parents of our Hillview community and reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of such a special place in the world. Our children are growing up fast; remember to enjoy every moment possible, the smiles and the joy, as well as the tears; these special moments that our village helps us navigate with love and support. November is the month of giving - the best gift is kindness to your fellow man. Our hearts go out to those around us who have been affected by the fires up north and we wish them comfort soon. 

With heartfelt gratitude, Lil Perazich and Carolyn Kryger, Hillview PTO Co-Presidents
Portion Distortion from The Lunchmaster
Average portion sizes have skyrocketed in the past two decades, making it tricky to determine how much we should be eating at one sitting. Use this guide here to make sense of proper portion sizes. For example, the serving size of a bowl of cereal should be the size of your fist.
Programs & Activities
The STEM Fair season has begun !

Last year over 100 students who participated in the Hillview STEM Fair with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!

  • Students should join the Edmodo (code: 3mr5ca) or Google Classroom (code: n8z7a) groups. Then follow the registration link to register
  • Students can earn up to 50 Block H points
  • The STEM Fair will be held on January 30, 2020 with support meetings between now and then

Questions? Students can see Mr. Espinoza, Mr. Ritter, Ms. Hilborn, or Mr. Green
Hillview Music and Notes
Redwood City Hometown Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 7, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Hillview and La Entrada Bands are marching together in this fantastic parade, first time! There will be floats, marching bands, community groups, and Santa! The Holiday CalTrain makes a stop at 6:00 pm.  
Preparation for the Disney Tour 2020
Hillview 7/8 Band and 7/8 Strings joined together to form the Hillview Concert Orchestra. They recorded an audition tape for consideration to perform in Disneyland in January. Listen here. It came out very nicely!
Congratulations 7/8 Band
Spooktacular performances at the Menlo Park Halloween Hoopla Parade and Oak Knoll Costume Parade. Your music supports our community!
More Music Dates
Wednesday, December 11
7/8 Orchestra, 12 noon, San Francisco City Hall

Tuesday, December 17
Hillview Winter Concert, Hillview PAC
Hillview Service Team
Toiletry Kit Drive for the Homeless
Tuesday, November 12 - Monday, November 18, drop-off bin, Hillview office.

Sign up here to donate travel-sized toiletry items that will go to our local homeless community. Then the service team will assemble toiletry kits at the November 21 meeting. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Email here with any questions.
Service Team Meeting
Thursday, November 21, lunchtime, PAC

We will assemble and decorate toiletry kits to be distributed to a local shelter.
Share Your Expertise with Your School Board
Applications are due Friday, November 15

Are you looking for a meaningful way to advise the School Board, that uses your interest and expertise? The Menlo Park City School District Board of Education is seeking volunteer community members to serve on one of two “Committees of the Board:” the Finance and Audit Committee and the Innovation & Technology Committee.

The Finance and Audit Committee was established in 2012 to facilitate public understanding of the District’s financial reporting process and to assist staff in the delivery of timely, clear, and reliable financial information to the public. The Committee can review and analyze multi-year projection assumptions, provide input on strategic decisions regarding fiscal health i.e. bonding decisions, long-term economic uncertainty reserve, retiree actuarial report, etc., and on an annual basis, review the audit with an independent auditor. More information on MPCSD Finance and Audit Committee, its mandate and bylaws here .

The Innovation and Technology Committee was established in 2014 to help the community understand the role of innovation and technology in teaching and learning, as well as operational technologies in the District. The Committee shall monitor and maintain the District Technology plan, advise and/or recommend adoption or implementation of new technology solutions for every classroom in our District, and may disseminate relevant information related to technology to teachers, staff, and the community. More information the MPCSD Technology Committee, its mandate and bylaws here .

Submit a letter of interest, your resume as well as background information about yourself as it relates to the position of interest to: Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent’s Office, Attention: Lanita Villasenor, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027. Or you may email your information here . district@mpcsd.org. 
Social Emotional Learning Survey
Tuesday, November 12 - Friday, November 15

All 3rd-through 8th-grade students will be invited to complete a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey, administered at school.

MPCSD is gathering feedback from all stakeholders to ensure meaningful learning experiences for students, foster positive school climate, and support all students in their social emotional development.

You will receive an email with a preview of the survey and opt-out directions if you do not want your student to participate. The opt-out letter is due to your school by Thursday, November 7. If you did not receive this information, email MPCSD here .
How does MPCSD handle air quality issues?
 The recent fires remind us that there is a new "normal" in California. Our area is regularly impacted by air quality, and now, power outages.

MPCSD led the way among school districts in developing air quality protocols. Those protocols, informed by several different and reliable sources, are available at the district website year-round. Parents may make their own decisions about air quality and whether or not to send their student to school. Should you keep your student home for air quality reasons, your student's absence will be excused.

For more information about air quality protocols, visit our website here
The Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grants (JRG) program here enables teachers to pursue innovative teaching programs in their classroom, grade or school and provide educational experiences that students would otherwise not be able to have. The funding for these projects is supported through the annual grant given to the MPCSD by MPAEF - this year, over $39K of the $3.7M grant was earmarked for the JRG program!

Here are the 26 awardees this year and look for them at your school throughout the year! Thank these teachers for bringing extra innovation and creativity to school.

MPAEF Holiday Shopping Events to Support Our Schools! (November 15 - 24)

The holidays are right around the corner, so get a jump on everything you need this season, all while you earn money for our schools here

Cheeky Monkey – Menlo Park: Friday, November 15

Sports Basement - Redwood City: November 15 - 24

Linden Tree Books & Area 151 Arcade - Los Altos: November 17

Click here for details.
Thank You
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage  here

Alkalign here

Darcy Gamble, Compass here
Chris E. Lindsey, DDS here
Community News
The Color of Law: Menlo Park Edition Sunday, November 17, 5:00 pm, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Join Community Equity Collaborative here , Menlo Together and other local community organizations in exploring the policies and practices that segregated America and how they affect our schools/ neighborhoods today. We will look deep into Menlo Park history to see how Richard Rothstein's bestselling book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, is reflected in one Peninsula community. More information/tickets here

Menlo-Atherton High School Music Program Support music students in our community! The Menlo-Atherton High School music program is seeking auction donations for its annual fundraiser, which supports several ensembles comprised of more than 100 students. Contact Rebecca Goldsmith here if you can contribute anything that can be auctioned off for a good cause, including instruments, tickets, gift certificates and other goods and experiences. The online auction takes place in February 2020.
M-A Presents Urinetwon: The Musical November 15-17 and 22-24, 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 pm Sundays, M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Come see this hilarious Broadway hit at Menlo-Atherton High School. Buy your tickets here . Information here . Great for teens and adults, you gotta go to this witty Tony Award-winning musical!
Come See MPCSD Students Perform in The Nutcracker December 6, 7:00 pm, December 8 at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, Fox Theatre, Redwood City. Enjoy the Bay Area's most family-friendly Nutcracker performance! Ballet America's show has it all, professional dancers alongside 100 local performers including our own MPCSD students! Tickets are available here . See you at the Nutcracker!

Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas December 8 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, December 14 at 3:00 pm, December 15 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center A delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, includes Santa, his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, and a cast of over 85 children and adults. Come and support your MPCSD schoolmates! Tickets and reserved seating here .
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! December 13-15 and 21-22, Menlo-Atherton PAC, 555 Middlefield, Atherto. Blending the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” embraced by audiences for its warmth and whimsy. Adults appreciate the humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats. A holiday production that you will want to see! Tickets are available here .

Silicon Valley Boy Choir Auditions November 12-30 by appointment in Palo Alto for the January semester. Middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels, rehearsing once a week. A personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, with flexible scheduling. Perform in winter and spring concerts, and for local events- Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum, and sporting events. Email here or visit here .
Boy Scouts of America now Welcomes Girls Scouts BSA Troop 222 in Menlo Park wants to bring the same program and opportunities that boys have enjoyed for 110 years to girls. Girls and boys between 11 to 18 are welcome to join us for Shooting Sports, Outdoor Adventures, Hiking, Water Sports, Personal Growth, Leadership, and FUN. Scouting is a Game with a Purpose. Imagine your daughter being the first female Eagle Scout from Menlo Park. Visit here or email here for information. 
8th-Grade Parent Information
Notre Dame High School Belmont Information Night November 14 from 7:00-9:00 pm. For families with 8th-grade daughters, this program provides detailed information about student life, leadership, wellness, and academics. We also have Shadow dates available in November. Come explore the spirit of Notre Dame! Register here . Information here .
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