Volume 9 | 13 October 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Tuesday, October 15
Annual Second Harvest Food Drive “We Scare Hunger” Campaign, 8:00 - 8:20 am, PAC lobby
(through Friday, November 1)

Hillview Parent Conferences and Minimum Days begin, dismissal 11:45 am (ends Friday, October 18)

Hillview Invites You to Start a Conversation, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, PAC

MPAEF Dine Out Days, restaurants here  
(through Thursday, October 17)

Friday, October 18
Basketball skill assessments, see schedule in Athletics section

Yearbook d eadline for summer photos

Saturday, October 19
Basketball skill assessments, see schedule in Athletics section
Looking Ahead

Thursday, October 24
Service Team meeting - service dog visit, lunchtime, PAC

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

Friday, October 25
Erik Burmeister lunch, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park

Thursday, November 7
Service team meeting - animal visit, lunchtime, PAC

Tuesday, November 12
Math Competition, after school, Room G2

Hillview School News
Hillview Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Conferences This Week   
Tuesday, October 15 - Friday October 18
Schedule your conference on the online conference scheduler here . The scheduler closes tomorrow Monday, October 14 at 11:00 pm. If the conference schedule is booked, email your student's teacher or academy, using: academyname@mpcsd.org.

Minimum Days This Week   
Tuesday, October 15 - Friday, October 18, 8:25 - 11:45 am

  • Monday is a regular day
  • Tuesday - Friday, usual morning service from SamTrans and MPCSD yellow bus
  • Usual afternoon bus service from the MPCSD yellow bus
  • There will be NO SamTrans afternoon bus service
  • There will also be NO after school programs Tuesday - Friday
Student Activities for the Yearbook
Deadline is Friday, October 18

Yearbook is covering all of the amazing things our students did this summer and the activities outside of school. Did your student volunteer at a local kids' camp this summer, build houses, play an instrument in a band outside of school, do karate, pictures of flag football or volleyball practices and games, recognized for work in the community? Upload your pictures here , then enter our school code: hillviewmiddle20  
Hillview Advisory

Our 2nd advisory session took place last week, many students went through a process of fear setting here , working through worst-case scenarios with their goals and how to prevent or overcome those scenarios as a way to build resilience.

However, many teachers noticed a need to press pause on these activities and take time to build community and get to know their students more. Some worked on compassion, some played games with their students, and others had conversations about what they wanted the advisory space to look and feel like for the rest of the year. This was a great way to meet the students where they were emotionally and collaboratively build the space together. If parents are looking for extra resources on resilience, this article in The New Yorker here is a fantastic one.
Math Competition
Tuesday, November 12, after school, Room G2

Does your student want to get involved in this nation-wide math competition that involves problem-solving skills in a timed format? Enter the AMC 8 contest. This is a timed math competition (in an exam-like format) that over 170,000 students from over 2,300 schools participated in last year. Students compete for both local and national awards. Your student can contact Mr. Doroquez (Mr. D) here or in his classroom, Room G2. More information at competition website here . Your student can also join his Edmodo class with group code: 8upzgn.
Student Health Forms  
Medication at School form required for prescription and over-the-counter medication.
  • If your child requires medication at school, you must complete the Medication Authorization Form here found on the District website (Section I by parent/guardian; Section II by authorized health care provider). 

  • For food allergies, the FARE form here must be completed. 

  • For insect stings/bites or other non-food allergies, the Allergy Health Care Plan form here must be completed.

  • For diabetes, seizures or other health conditions, send an email to Nancy McMahon here.

PE Modification
If your child requires PE modification due to an injury or other health condition, you must provide a completed Physical Education Modification form here to the school office.  

Questions? Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, at (650) 321-7140, ext 5912 or email here
Love and Logic Tip from Mr. Haug
Dear Hillview Parents,
Hillview has had the privilege of working with Love and Logic, an organization that provides great parenting resources. Here is great tip from their "Insider's Club" that I would like to pass along. If you like this tip, sign up for the Insider's Club here. My personal experience is that they do not fill up your inbox with too much content.
Hillview Teachers and Students - World Mental Health Day

Last Thursday, Hillview teachers engaged students in an activity about World Mental Health Day. After a brief discussion students were asked to write uplifting notes on cards that will be posted in the quad for our campus community to observe. While the immediate response to the activity was good, we know that students may respond in a variety of ways, some that may require support, so we encourage you to continue the conversation at home and check-in with your students about how they felt about the activity. As always, the Hillview Counselors, Staff, and Faculty are here to help as well.  

Red Ribbon Week is coming up October 23 - October 31. The Counseling Department is planning fun and meaningful lunchtime activities. We'll send more information next week.
iPad insurance
Only about 50% of our students have iPad insurance! For $35, you can be insured for iPad damage, including iPad screen damage, iPad water damage, or lost or stolen iPads. For damaged iPad glass, repair costs $190, and to replace a lost or stolen iPad costs $400. Over the course of last school year, about 10% of our iPads were either damaged, lost or stolen. Purchase your iPad insurance here.
8th-Grade Parent Information
Submit your free baby picture and/or paid yearbook ad by Wednesday, February 19, our final deadline. See attached flyer here for much more information. Questions? email here . Email the newsletter here for any issues with links.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the  One Community Campaign ! Since we are still crunching the numbers, we will announce our final participation level and how much we raised in the next few weeks. Our collaboration between parents and teachers and staff are what make our District so special and unique.

View the #OperationBlueMohawk video here.

If you missed the chance to donate to the One Community Campaign before the deadline - it’s not too late! Donate or pledge here TODAY!
Hillview PTO News

Help Show Some Love to our Teachers!
Conference week starts this Tuesday. Give our teachers the gift of food, sign up here .
Hillview Invites You to Start a Conversation
Tuesday, October 15, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, PAC

This unique speaker series is designed for parents and their kids to explore important topics for your family! This week, we invite Purvi Mody to help us with Transitions into middle school, transitions into high school. RSVP here . Pizza and refreshments served!

Help Your Teens to Develop the Skills to Be Successful in School, College, and Life. A presentation by Purvi Mody, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Insight Education and Laurel parent. Through this interactive session, parents and teens learn about the skills that are necessary to be successful in middle school through college and life. Purvi has been working with families and the admissions process for more than 20 years. 

Act Today for a Healthier Future
World Obesity has an annual campaign to encourage fresh fruits and vegetables, adding a walk or biking. Small changes every day - success.
Programs & Activities
Hillview ASB
Annual Second Harvest Food Drive “We Scare Hunger” Campaign
Monday, October 7 - Friday, November 1, 8:00 - 8:20 am, PAC lobby

The top 4th period class each week will be rewarded with Moe Money for the student store. T he top three overall winners at the end of the driven will win a Pizza and Ice Cream Party paid for by the ASB. 

The ASB food drive benefits families in need. Do your part to help out the community! Here are Second Harvest most wanted items:
  • Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
  • Peanut butter
  • Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
  • Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Avoid items packed in glass.
  • Canned foods - pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar whole grain cereals 
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
  • No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks
Hillview Music News and Notes
Free Admission to Monty Python Spamalot
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm, Woodside High School

Woodside Community Theatre presents Monty Python Spamalot . As a "Thank You" to Hillview for the use of rehearsal space, Woodside Community Theatre is offering Hillview students free admission for preview night. Parents are asked to make a donation for admission. Just show your Hillview ID for entry. See you there!
Hillview Service Team
Meet the Service Dogs
The Hillview Service team is a student-driven, parent-supported lunchtime club that meets every other Thursday. Our goal is simple - give back to the community and have fun while doing so! With our initial focus on animal welfare/service, we are excited to welcome four-legged friends to our upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday, October 24 - Paws for Purple Hearts presentation and service dog visi

  • Thursday, November 7 - Pets in Need presentation and animal visit

Email here for more information or interested in volunteering.  Everyone is welcome!
After-School Basketball
Hawk Basketball Skills Assessments
Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19

The skills assessment will be run by Art Weil, head coach of Menlo-Atherton High School boys freshman basketball. All registered students and coaches should plan to attend.

Coaches are needed; we do not have enough coaches to meet the anticipated demand (currently at 20 teams in total for girls and boys). Without enough coaches, students will be wait-listed, based on the time of their completed registration. 

Friday, October 18
6-6:50 pm 6th-grade Girls, Last name A - L
7-7:50 pm 6th-grade Boys, Last name A - L
8-8:50 pm 8th-grade Boys, Last name A - Z
Saturday, October 19
11-11:50 am 7th and 8th-grade Girls, Last name A - L
12-12:50 pm 7th-grade Boys, Last name A - L
3-3:50 pm 6th-grade Girls, Last name M - Z
4-4:50 pm 7th and 8th-grade Girls, Last name M - Z
5-5:50 pm 6th-grade Boys, Last name M - Z
6-6:50 pm 7th-grade Boys, Last name M - Z

Questions, email Hillview Athletic Director, Amar Patel here .
2019-20 Online Directory is now available!
Visit here to get started.
If you've signed in during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year, your login should still work.
To access for the first time, register from the sign-in page using the email address that you registered with MPCSD. A confirmation link will be sent to verify your email address and you'll be able to set a new password for your account.

On the directory you can search for student or parent/guardian names and view class lists. The directory is mobile-browser friendly, and the icon can be added to your home screen for iOS and Android devices.
Trouble accessing the directory or see information that needs to be corrected, email here .
Have Lunch with Erik Burmeister
Friday, October 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park

Sup & Sandwich is back! Join Superintendent Burmeister for a town-hall style event on. Erik will update you on the state of our schools and be available to answer your questions. If you want a unique opportunity to connect with our superintendent this event is for you. Lunch will be served. RSVP here .
Dine Out Fundraiser
Looking for an excuse to eat out? MPAEF can help! Next week, on October 15-17, when you eat out (or take out) at participating restaurants in Menlo Park and Redwood City, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit MPAEF. It’s a win-win for everyone!  Here is a list of participating restaurants.

Make sure to mention the MPAEF Dine Out fundraiser to the restaurant so that your dining dollars are counted!
One Community. Investing Together.
MPAEF 2018-2019 Annual Report

We are happy to share with you our annual report from the 2018-2019 school year. Our theme was “One Community. Investing Together.” Thanks to all of your generous donations, hard work and support, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation granted $3.916 million to the schools.  
Here is for link to the annual report
The report is available on our website here and in print by calling the Foundation office at (650) 325-0100.  
Thank you for your contributions to a record-breaking year in both community building and financial support for the children of MPCSD. 
Save the Date
Throughout the year, the Foundation hosts fun, community building events that bring our parents, teachers and students together to support our schools:

November 15-20 MPAEF Shopping Days at Sports Basement - get your holiday shopping done early and enjoy 30% off.

December 4-5 MPAEF second Dine Out event - eat out (or take out) in support of our schools! 

December 7 Sip and shop during the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association Winter Wine Walk on Santa Cruz Avenue. Proceeds benefit MPAEF!

March 7, 2020 It’s For The Kids Spring Auction Party - last year’s event sold out, so make sure to mark your calendar now!    
Community News
“No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting”, The Parent Education Series, Thursday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Menlo-Atherton High School, PAC. Join us for a parent and community education event featuring prominent youth care expert Charlie Appelstein, MSW. His book is packed with positive techniques to help families develop powerful and transforming relationships with their children and teens. More information here . Free admission.

8th-Grade Parent Information
Notre Dame Belmont In-Home Admissions Events An opportunity for 7th-and 8th-grade girls and families to hear from Notre Dame students, teachers and administration in a small, informal setting, and find out why the Notre Dame experience is a gift. Discover all that is Notre Dame! Upcoming Tiger Teaser Home Events, all at 7:00 pm: Monday, October 14, Redwood Shores; Monday, October 21, San Mateo; Thursday, October 24, Redwood City; Tuesday November 5, Menlo Park. Email here to register.
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