Volume 10 | 20 October 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, October 21
Annual Second Harvest Food Drive “We Scare Hunger” Campaign, 8:00 - 8:20 am, PAC (through November 1)

Thursday, October 24
Service Team meeting - Paws for Purple Hearts, 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
Looking Ahead

Monday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week celebrations, lunchtime, Hillview campus

Thursday, October 31
Books Come Alive for Halloween, before school and at brunch, library

Friday, November 1
Last day, Annual Second Harvest Food Drive “We Scare Hunger” Campaign, 8:00 - 8:20 am, PAC

Tuesday, November 5
MPCSD Parent Speaker Series, "Everything You've Always wanted to Know about the Brain", 6:30 pm, PAC

Thursday, November 7
Service team meeting - Paws for Purple Hearts, lunchtime, PAC

Monday, November 11
No School - Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12
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)

Hillview School News
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.
Biking and Walking Routes

Resources for safe routes to school including Walk and Roll Maps here for Hillview students and other schools in the area. Tips for walking and safe biking. M ore details here on the Menlo Park website.
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.
Update on the Hillview Advisory Sessions

Teachers took some time to build community and get to know their students. They spent time on teaching compassion, playing games with their students, and 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 emotionally. Collaboratively teachers and students will build the advisory space together.

The last advisory session was on resilience, this article in The New Yorker here is a fantastic one.
8th-Grade Parent Information
Menlo-Atherton High School 8th-Grade Information Night
Tuesday, October 22, 6:15 - 8:20 pm, Performing Arts Center

An opportunity for parents and 8th-grade students to get to know Menlo-Atherton High School. The evening will highlight the strengths of M-A as an academic and social community, information about our athletic and enrichment opportunities. More information here . For questions, contact Mimi Menjivar here .
Check for more 8th-grade opportunities in the Community News section
Programs & Activities
Hillview Library 
Books Come Alive for Halloween
Thursday, October 31, before school and at brunch, library

Students can dress up as a favorite character or as something or someone inspired by a book. Students can come by the library for a photo op and a trick or treat on Halloween. 
Hillview Service Club
Next Meeting, Paws for Purple Hearts
Thursday, October 24, lunchtime, PAC

Meet the amazing service dogs from Paws for Purple Hearts, the world’s only service dog organization for wounded veterans.

Thank you to the animal lovers who came out to make over 200 dog toys at our last meeting! We will donate these to Paws for Purple Hearts and Pets in Need during their visits to Hillview.

Email here for more information or interested in volunteering.  Everyone is welcome!
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.

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 .
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.

Legarza Winter Sports Programs Come experience one of Legarza’s many programs with our highly trained and talented staff! Join us and enjoy the contagious enthusiasm and quality instruction that have been synonymous with Legarza Basketball for the past 30 years! Register here and enter code spen50 for $50 off!
Stanford Kappa Alpha Theta's Annual 5k/10k October 27, 9 am/9:05 am, Stanford University, Koret Plaza. Theta Breakers raises money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA does incredible work training volunteers to look out for foster children so they don't get overlooked in the bureaucracy of the legal system. All proceeds will be contributed directly to CASA volunteer training and supervision programs. Register here . Donate here . Learn More here .

8th-Grade Parent Information

Bellarmine College Preparatory Information Event for parents of 7th-and 8th-grade boys at the home of current parents, Zak and Aisling MacRunnels, Monday, October 21, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 1100 Arbor Road Menlo Park, CA 94025. RSVP Lauren Madison here or call 408-537-9259. Joe Wagstaffe, Admissions Director and Chris Meyercord, President, to speak about Bellarmine and answer admissions questions.

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: 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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