Volume 14 | 17 November 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, November 18
Service Team toiletry drop-off, last day, bins in office

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

General PTO Board Meeting, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, PAC
Looking Ahead
Wednesday, November 27
No School - Thanksgiving holiday
(through Friday, November 29)

Monday, December 2
No School - Staff Development Day

Tuesday, December 3
Spirit Week (through December 6)

Wednesday, December 4
MPCSD Dine Out
(through Thursday, December 5)

Saturday, December 7
MPAEF Wine Walk, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, downtown Menlo Park

Hillview and La Entrada Band, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Redwood City Hometown Holiday Parade

Tuesday, December 10
Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, large conference room, Hillview office

Wednesday, December 11
College Bound Breakfast, 7:45 - 8:35 am

Reindeer Run 6th-Grade PE classes (through Thursday, December 12)

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

Hillview 7/8 Orchestra performs, 12:00 pm San Francisco City Hall

Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton 94027

Hillview School News
iPads over Holiday Breaks

Hillview is tech free over holiday breaks! Over Thanksgiving, internet access on school iPads will be shut off from 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 27 through 9:00 am on Sunday, December 1.

We encourage students and families to disconnect from technology and spend time together. One idea from Common Sense Media, one of our district partners, is to create a "Device-Free Dinner." Enjoy the tech free time!
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
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
Portion Guide from The Lunchmaster

Average portion sizes in a handy guide here for proper portion sizes.

Programs & Activities
Hillview Music and Notes
Hillview and La Entrada Bands 
Saturday, December 7, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Redwood City

Our school bands are marching together in the Redwood City Hometown Holiday Parade for the first time, a fantastic event ! There will be floats, marching bands, community groups, and Santa Claus! The Holiday CalTrain makes a stop at 6:10 pm. 
Hillview 7/8 Orchestra

Wednesday, December 11, noon, San Francisco City Hall. Come hear the music of the Hillview orchestra!

Hillview Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 17, time to be announced, 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 questions.
Service Team Meeting
Thursday, November 21, lunchtime, PAC
We will assemble and decorate toiletry kits to be distributed to a local shelter.

Childcare on Upcoming Non-School Days? We've Got You Covered

MPCSD has partnered with two organizations, Newton that provides after-school care at our campuses, and Steve & Kate's camp, that uses our facilities for summer camps and free childcare at the school district Speaker Series. These fee-based camps are offered for your convenience, but are not facilitated by MPCSD.

  • Monday, December 2, Newton will offer childcare at the Laurel lower campus for students in grades K-8. Registration is the same for Newton and non-Newton Families. Register here. Select "Camp" section and "Menlo Park registration."

  • Winter Break (December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31 and Jan 2, 3, 6, 7), Steve & Kate will offer childcare at Hillview. Available for children ages 4-12. Registration is open now here.
Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is December 3!   
On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, global charities, families and businesses come together to support #GivingTuesday here a global day dedicated to giving back and encouraging charitable giving after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence here in Teaching on Giving Tuesday!
Mark your calendar to participate in #GivingTuesday
on December 3!
Sports Basement Shopping Event to Support Our Schools!  (ending on November 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! The details are here .
Wine Walk on December 7 🍷

Get your tickets to the upcoming Wine Walk put on by the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Association on December 7. It’s a fun afternoon of wine tasting along Santa Cruz Avenue and all proceeds will benefit MPAEF! 

Saturday, December 7, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Tickets $49 per person, in advance / $55 at door (21 and over)
Buy now! here .
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!

Cameron L. Aboudara DDS, MS here

Keri Nicholas here

Left Bank here

Bow Wow Meow here
Community News
Menlo-Atherton High School Music Program Support music students in our community! The music program is seeking auction donations for our fundraiser that supports music ensembles comprised of more than 100 students. Contact Rebecca Goldsmith here to contribute items for auction, including instruments, tickets, gift certificates, and other goods and experiences. The online auction takes place in February 2020.
M-A Presents Urinetown: 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, Atherton. 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 for it's 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. 
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