Volume 2 | 23 August 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, August 23
After-School Program for Fall, open to enroll until September 11

Monday August 24
Library Book Pick-up, 7th grade students, Hillview Office

Return Hillview Instruments, Music, and Performance clothing, Hillview office

Tuesday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 26
Library Book Pick-up, 6th grade students, Hillview Office
Looking Ahead
Friday, September 4
Last day to submit 7th grade vaccination records to Nancy McMahon here

Tuesday, September 8
"Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism", 6:30 pm, via Zoom

Wednesday, September 9
Back-to-School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, virtual


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Hillview School News
Return Music, Instruments, and Performance Clothing

Students who were in Music last year and who are not continuing, would you return all Hillview instruments, music, and performance clothing that was borrowed.

Return all items to the Hillview office.
Hillview Yearbooks last year
Last year's yearbook is available in the office, waiting for pick-up for those families that purchased.

Oak Knoll Yearbook from last year
Tuesday, August 25, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Oak Knoll School carline

6th grade students / parents, this is the 4th and final chance to pick up, remain in car, wear a mask, make every effort to come pick up your yearbook. Contact Tamara Russel here for questions. 
FAQ for 2020-21 School Reopening

Hillview has composed a running list of Frequently Asked Questions around school reopening planning, learning models, schedules, and more. Visit 2020-21 Reopening FAQ here for more information.
School Supplies List
A comprehensive list of recommended school supplies compiled by your Hillview staff is here. For students who cannot obtain particular supplies, email Cathy Garragozzo, front office, here. Hillview will be happy to provide them.
New Hillview Spirit Wear Store

Check out the new Hillview Middle School Spirit Wear Store here powered by SquadLocker. 

Performance t-shirts, hoodies, hats, pj bottoms and even face masks are available and will ship directly to your home.

Let’s show our Hawk pride! 20% off your order for a limited time (expires August 30) by using the code HILLVIEW20 at checkout. Get your gear today! 
Required Vaccinations - 7th Grade Students

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is closely following the rate of immunization during the Covid-19 pandemic; immunization requirements will remain in place, even during Distance Learning. All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2020-21 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap), administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement). Schools are a mechanism through which the state ensures public health and herd immunity, so we all need to do our part.
  • Provide an updated copy of your student's immunization record with your student's first and last name, date of birth, and proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday

  • The updated vaccination record should be received in the District Office before the first day of school on Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • If you are unable to meet this deadline, but are actively pursuing the immunization, we will extend your deadline to September 4. If you have not submitted proof of your child's TDAP immunization by September 4, your child will be disenrolled from MPCSD until we do receive it. We recommend that families immediately contact their health providers to set up appointments if they have not already done so.

  • If you received a notice stating that your child has unrecorded vaccinations for any immunization (Tdap, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chicken pox), and/or needs a signed, written statement for a permanent medical exemption, you must also provide that information with the proof of Tdap booster.
Do not highlight or mark the vaccination record. 
Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here, mail to the attention of Nancy McMahon, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton CA 94027, or by fax to 650-292-2200.

One Community Campaign

Parents, Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. We’re grateful for your support during this extraordinary time..  

Our goal for the One Community Campaign is 100% participation from all families. The suggested donation is $2,000 per student - the first $250 of which will go to the Hillview PTO and the remainder will go to the MPAEF. Donate or pledge here today!

Your donations cover the funding we need for:
  • 27 additional teachers. 
  • More effective distance learning with the latest in communication and curriculum tools and wi-fi and computers for every student in need. 
  • A mental health safety net including 10 counselors across all schools.

Thank you in advance for your support.  

P.S. Don’t forget about corporate matching. If you’re contributing through your employer, please PLEDGE here on our website the full amount so we can record your donation and spare your email from future requests!  
PTO News
Welcome back
The first week of school can be an anxious time for most students, we understand that this week was an anxious time for the parents too. We hope you were able to successfully navigate your way through all your back to school information emails, orientation zooms, material pick ups and getting your kids on their first day grade level convocations successfully. Congrats for navigating yourself through a historically hectic first week of school.

Last Monday, August 17, we were able to welcome our 6th grade families on campus for their material pick-up and provide them with a tour that was led by our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders. It was so refreshing to see happy incoming 6th grade students and be able to allow them to have their first experience on campus.

We owe our WEB leaders a huge amount of gratitude for coming out in the heat and eloquently repeating their tour speech for multiple hour shifts through masks while successfully maintaining adequate social distancing to help secure a safe environment for our visiting families.

Thank you WEB team, you rock!
Hot Lunch 

LunchMaster will not be in service while all students are in Distance Learning mode (no students on campus). 

When school transitions to Hybrid mode with alternating in-person instruction, LunchMaster will be available. You may refer to the MPCSD reopening plan document here, in the Breakfast and Lunch Services section, for more information.

Families who receive free or reduced lunch services from the district will continue to receive deliveries at home as you have been. 
Volunteer at Hillview 2020-2021

This year looks different, but our teachers and students need us more than ever! To get a sense of the different types of opportunities available and to express interest, visit Volunteer at Hillview here.

Checking a box on the form only indicates interest, not commitment. Closer to the time of the event, coordinators will contact those interested to confirm availability. Given the uncertainty of the year, volunteer opportunities may have to be changed or canceled, so we appreciate your support and flexibility.

Email our volunteer coordinator, Kelly Morehead here with questions.

Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
Greetings from Hillview Music!

As we start up the new year, band and string orchestra will be offered as regular classes. Jazz Band will be offered as a before or after-school class. The schedule is still being worked out. 

If you are interested in Jazz Band, contact Mr. Vaughan here.

If you are interested in starting an instrument or thinking of coming back to music, contact Mr. Vaughan here.

"It seems like we all have a bit more time on our hands. Let's make good musical use of it! Welcome Back To Hillview!" -Mr. Vaughan
Hillview Library
Hillview Digital Library: eBooks and Audiobooks available through the Sora App 

Here is a video on how to access Sora eBooks and audiobooks through your school iPad. Note: Hillview Digital Library on Sora here can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smartphone. If you have any questions, email Aimee Mathenia, Hillview Librarian, here.
Request books from Hillview Library 

If your student would like books from Hillview Library...
  • check the library catalog for availability here.
  • fill out this form here
  • you'll be notified when books are ready
  • books will be left in the Hillview Office on a cart
Hillview Summer Reading

Over the summer, Hillview students were encouraged to read, read, read! The minimum reading requirement is two chapter books that students have not read before, but we hope students read more! Here is a review of the information about Hillview's Summer Reading. 

All students will turn in the list of books they read over the summer the first or second week of school. Seventh and eighth grade students have a short book review assignment to turn in. 
Hillview ASP
Fall 2020 Enrollment
open now through September 11
After-School Program (ASP) enrollment has moved to a single online portal called Homeroom. Visit Homeroom here for more information on individual programs, vendors, and registration.
  • French Club – intermediate/ advanced speakers
Some ASP vendors (Starfire Education, Omega Teaching, and Hwa Shin Chinese School) are offering virtual courses on their own, visit After School Programs here for more information. 

After-School Sports

MPCSD has announced that all Hillview after-school sports are on hold until further notice here per the 2020-21 School Reopening Plan document from Friday, July 31.

Hillview after-school sports is looking into creating a sport activity online platform. Stay tuned to the newsletter and the website for further information. 
MPCSD Speaker Series
Welcome to another year of our fabulous Speaker Series!

We are so pleased to bring you a variety of events this year, including talking to our kids about race, supporting families during distance learning, social emotional learning, social media, and more. Events will be held over Zoom though the end of the calendar year. Events in January and beyond will be held virtually or in person depending on circumstances at the time.

Don't miss our kick-off event with Juile Lythcott-Haims!
Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 pm, via Zoom
A conversation with author and former Stanford Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims and MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister discuss how to engage in meaningful discussions with our children about race, racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

the Zoom link can be found on the Speaker Series website here, then scroll to the event.

Community News

Help Students Who Need You Most, Virtually You can make a difference in the life of a student. Over 80% of students in the Ravenswood City School District are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a virtual classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with students and impact their lives. We provide training, coordinate logistics with you. Learn more or sign up here.

Behavioral health care for your kids Brightline, a new behavioral health provider for kids and families, is here to get you answers and the right care for your child now, without leaving home or dealing with a wait list. Their expert care teams include child psychologists and therapists, psychiatrists, speech-language specialists, and others. They provide a range of care for behavioral and developmental needs, all through telehealth. Learn more and get free membership through the end of 2020 here

Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation and school supplies. Financial commitment is $500. Time commitment is very flexible. It's fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up here or contact Jazmin Sosa here for questions.
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