Volume 21 | 19 January 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, January 20
No School - Martin Luther King holiday

After-School Enrollment extended until 8:00 pm here

Wednesday, January 22
MPCSD screening of No Small Matter,
6:00 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Thursday, January 23
Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School,
6:30 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Friday, January 24
Hillview Concert Orchestra to Disneyland
(through January 26)

Tuesday, January 28
Menlo Atherton and Hillview Joint Concert, 7:00 pm, M-A PAC

Thursday, January 30
Hillview STEM Fair, 7:00 - 7:45 pm, PAC

Looking Ahead
Monday, February 3
Spirit Week
(through Friday, February 7)

Wednesday, February 5
MPCSD Speaker Series - " Parenting Landmines: Peer Pressure, Vaping, Concussions, Sleep, Stress , and More", 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Friday, February 7
6/7 Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Thursday, February 13
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Hillview large conference room

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

Friday, February 14
Expect Respect Workshop, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Hillview School News
Still waiting for your ASB Orders?

If you have not received your orders from the ASB store, drop an email to ASB co-director Katrina Hagg here with your receipt, and she'll make sure to get all orders filled.
Hillview School Spelling Bee  
Tuesday, January 21, during 7th period
The Hillview spelling bee, associated with Scripps National Spelling Bee, is a written format, double elimination competition that determines a school champion. The winning competitor will move on to the online Regional Semi-Final Spelling Bee for a chance to compete in the Regional Final in San Francisco.

No registration needed. All students who would like to participate come to the library at the beginning of Qu3ST. It’s totally optional and everyone can join!

The study list is attached here , and more helpful study lists and tips are attached here . The study lists are NOT the same as the word list used in the competition, but designed to give sample words, spelling patterns, and sound patterns typical of the Scripps Spelling Bee wo rds. 

 More study information is available here at the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.
School Climate Workshop
Friday, February 14, 12:30 - 3:00 pm in the Hillview PAC   

The Hillview team is looking for 30-40 students from 7th- and 8th-grade to take part in a school climate workshop called Expect Respect.

Students will put together an action plan to continue to improve upon our school climate as the year goes on. Parents and students that are interested, email Assistant Principal Chui here for more information.
Hillview PTO News
Conversation Chat for Hillview Parents and Students
March 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Hillview Gym

Our speaker is Julie Metzger, RN, MN, founder of Great Conversations and helped build the curriculum of Heart to Heart at LPCH.

This seminar will give families the tools to change the way they take on disagreements, and help create opportunities to connect.

Bring your favorite Hillview student and walk out with new ideas for engaging in healthy conflict.
Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
Get ready Mouseketeers! 
The Hillview Concert Orchestra will be traveling to Disneyland this coming weekend, January 24 - 26. This hybrid ensemble combines the string orchestra and concert band. They will perform on Friday, January 24; then our musicians will participate in workshops while in Disneyland.
Hillview and Menlo Atherton Joint Concert 
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm, Menlo Atherton PAC

Want to hear our fantastic ensembles, Hillview Jazz Band, 7/8 Concert Band, and 7/8 Orchestra and the M-A Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestra? Come to the M-A Joint Concert. It's free at the Menlo Atherton PAC.
Congratulations to Hillview Orchestra Musician

Selected to participate in the CA All-State Junior High School Orchestra based on a taped audition. Kavi Bidlack, student of local teacher, Joyce Mallick, will join the orchestra for a performance at the CASMEC All-State Conference in Fresno on February 23.
Hillview Service Club
chosen 11Dec2019
Cereal Drive - Project WeeCare Samaritan House
Monday, January 13 - Thursday, January 30, blue bins near PAC and rear bike racks

The Hillview service team is running an all-school cereal drive as part of Project WeeCare Samaritan House. Items such as oatmeal, granola, pancake, waffle mix, cocoa, instant coffee, and creamer can be dropped off.

Samaritan House Wee Care Program provides tools and experiences to build local poverty awareness and empathy skills in young students. All items will be distributed to families in need across San Mateo.
Hillview Winter 2020

Sign-up! Enrollment Extended to Monday, January 20 until 8:00 pm
After-School Program (ASP) enrollment is a single online portal called Homeroom here . Visit here for more class description, information on individual programs, vendors, and registration.

·    Beginner Mandarin
·     New French Club – Intermediate/ Advanced Speakers
·    Hillview Writing Workouts
·    Rock Music Band Class
·    Speech and Debate
·    Starfire Coding – Python Level I & II
·    Starfire Coding – Advanced Python
·    Starfire Electrical Engineering
·    Winter Cooking
·    Winter Cross Country with Coach Stella
After-School Tennis Registration open
Registration on TeamSnap here . Registration is $295 for the season.

Learn more about the program by visiting Coach Yasuo Fukui’s website here .

Team placements will occur for all registered players in early March.

The Hillview Tennis season runs from March through mid-May, with no activities during Spring Break.

Scholarships available via Hillview school counselors here. For questions contact Amar Patel here .
MPCSD Hosts Regional Conversation about Early Learning - Join Us!
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 pm, Hillview Middle School

A screening of No Small Matter , the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.

Join Menlo Park City School District, Community Equity Collaborative, All Five, the Primary School and Good2Know Network for the film screening and panel discussion featuring local early learning educators, preschool parents, San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, and Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor.

Free, on-site child care is available. Free tickets available through Eventbrite here .
Interested in Sponsoring the Auction Party? Here's How!
Keen to support the Auction on 3/7/20 without hosting a party or donating an item? We still need help covering the costs to put on this fabulous event! There are many opportunities for a family (or 2+ families could split one item):
  • Wine $10,000 - Thanks to Wine Access!
  • Meet the Band $3,500
  • Celebrity Auctioneer Liam Mayclem $2,500
  • Printed catalog $1,000 - Thanks to the Herbert Family!
  • Beer = $1000 - Thanks to Hermitage Brewing Co!
  • Colorful Event Signage $500
  • Tequila $500 - Thanks to The Lehmkuhl Family!
  • Vodka $500 - Thanks to Tito's Handmade Vodka!
  • Whiskey $500 - Thanks to The Low Ah Kee Family!
  • Champagne $500
  • Festive Party Decor $500
Sponsors will be generously thanked on the MPAEF website, auction catalog and event signage. If you are interested in underwriting any of these items, contact Carrie Chen here or (650) 325-0100.
Auction Party Tickets - On Sale January 23
Mark your calendars to purchase tickets to the best party of the year - all for our schools! Last year’s party sold out in record time, so don’t miss out!  
  • Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Location: Computer History Museum (short Uber ride to Mountain View) here
  • Attire: Casual Cocktail 

Ticket options to choose from: 
  • Dinner Plus Experience: $225/ticket. This premier event starts at 5:30 pm and includes a delicious sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, beer/wine, open Top Shelf bar, and early access to the silent auction - followed by a live band, dancing & late-night snacks!
  • Auction Party Only: $125/ticket. This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 pm and includes beer/wine, open Top Shelf bar, live band, dancing & late-night snacks.
Visit the MPAEF Auction webpage here for up-to-date information.
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!
Kelly Griggs here  
Personify here

Hessler Plastic Surgery here
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria here

Community News
M-A High School Band Dance 2020, a benefit for the M-A music program . February 1. The spirit of Mardi Gras and the ambiance of the French Quarter of New Orleans comes to M-A! Music, dancing and food from the Big Easy, catered by Nola, Palo Alto! Tickets here. Online Auction - The Big Band Dance online auction features an executive box for a Giants/Dodgers game, Eagles tickets, and more. View the auction here . Can't make the dance, but want to support our wonderful music programs, you can donate here .

Menlo-Atherton Little League - registration 2020 spring season is open until January 24. Divisions offered for players ages 5 to 13. Openings are available for youth umpires age 12-17. Visit the website here to register!
Little Ballers Clinics January 19 and 26, Woodside High School Small Gym, 199 Churchill Ave, Woodside, CA designed for young boys and girls (beginner/intermediate) to grow a love for the game, learn the fundamentals, and have fun! More information here .
Winter Theatre classes at Portola Valley Town Center Sessions begin January 13 at 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley Theatre classes for children ages 3 years+. Classes focus on artistic excellence and community building with the student at the center of creativity. Take the stage and let your imagination soar! Register here . Questions? Email here .

Help Your Child Fall in Love With Writing This Summer! Adventures in Writing Camp is returning to Atherton's Laurel School Lower Campus July 6 - 17, 2020. Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help students fall in love with writing! A two week “day camp” program where middle-schoolers work on digital storytelling! Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with extended care in the morning and afternoon. Grades 1-8. Register here .
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