Volume 25 | 23 February 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Wednesday, February 26
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Let's Talk About Sex...and Puberty", 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Registration for Spring Sports - Tennis, Track, and Boys Volleyball closing tonight

Thursday, February 27
Service team meeting, lunchtime, PAC

Hillview Annual Dance Show, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, PAC

Friday, February 28
Hillview Annual Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, PAC

Saturday, February 29
Hillview Annual Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, PAC
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, March 3
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 pm, TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Wednesday, March 4
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear", 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Friday, March 6
End of Trimester 2

 Saturday, March 7
MPAEF Auction

Wednesday, March 11
Hillview Conversation Chat, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Hillview gym

Thursday, March 12
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Hillview office large conference room

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

Hillview School News
Addendum to Parent Communication Protocol
Following up on a recent email to you about our communication protocol, we want to provide you guidance about setting up in-person meetings at Hillview. 

We understand that some situations feel urgent and that you may want to meet directly with a teacher. In this instance, please call the office to leave a phone message with the teacher, or email to set up a time to meet. Teachers will not be able to meet you if you show up in person without prior arrangement, as they are either engaged in teaching, planning, or collaboration. 

When you do visit Hillview, please follow our posted procedures by signing in at the front office and wearing a visitor's badge. Any parent who does show up without having made a prior appointment should expect a response of, "I can see that a meeting is important to you. I'm unable to meet right now, but please contact me and we'll set a time at our earliest mutual convenience," and then be directed to the main office.

Thank you, t he Hillview Team
Hillview Annual Dance Show
February 27, 28, and 29, times above in calendar, Hillview PAC
Tickets are available here . Prices: $8/Adults, $5/Students, $4/ASB

If you are interested in helping with the show, sign up here . Questions? Contact Katie DeAnda here .    
Biking Safety
Hillview would like to request that parents reinforce bike safety expectations with their children.

The Menlo Park police have been observing biking violations by Hillview students - 2 and 3 riders across in the bike lane, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the street. 

We want to protect the physical health of our students while encouraging a healthy way to get to and from school.

Menlo Park Police have been kind in providing guidance through observations. Going forward their traffic division cannot continue to ignore the violations.

Let's all work together to keep our kids safe.
Introducing Peaceful Paws - A Therapy Dog Pilot Program at Hillview
Hillview is excited to announce our participation in a pilot program to bring a highly trained service dog from Canine Assistants to campus. A Menlo Park family has a dog named Eclair, and they are donating Eclair to Hillview for some time each week.

Studies have demonstrated that time with animals can improve attitudes toward school and learning and can have a significant positive impact on children’s social and emotional health.

We are capitalizing on this connection by allowing a pilot group of Hillview students to have optional, regular visits, on campus, with Eclair, the service dog. Eclair will be on campus under direct supervision of counselor Kellie Raczkowski or 6/7th grade teacher Jacky Schlegel on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Tuesday, February 25.

More information here .
8th-Grade Parent Information
Graduation Party Class of 2020!

After the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12 , the 8th-grade students will gather for a celebration party. This long-standing tradition at Hillview is a memorable event for graduating students, including the secret transformation of the gym, revealed on that night.

This party is 100% planned and funded by 8th-grade parents. We ask for a contribution of $50 for each student to make this a fabulous evening. Consider donating additionally to support student scholarships.

More information and your contribution here. A check to the office payable to "Hillview Middle School PTO". Note online or check payment is for "8th-Grade Grad Party". Email Tamara here

PTO News

The LunchMaster offers convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind for parents. Parents and students can select delicious and nutritious lunches here .

Hillview Athletics
Registration for Spring Sports Closes Wednesday, February 26
Tennis, Track, and Boys Volleyball
Hillview Tennis here
Hillview Track here
Hillview Boys Volleyball here
Hillview Tennis - Fees are $295 for the season. 
Hillview Track - Fees are $200 for the season. 
Hillview Boys Volleyball - Fees are $225 for the season. 

More details can be found about each sport on the Hillview After-School Athletics website here .

We are in need of Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Parent Volunteers for all three sports. We value all of your help to provide our students with the best possible experience we can.
Scholarships are available via Hillview school counselors here .

Contact Hillview Athletic Director, Amar Patel here .

Parent Education Speaker Series
“Let's talk about Sex...and Puberty”
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC
A presentation by Vanessa Kellam, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Health Connected. A parent-only interactive workshop that will be facilitated by Health Connected, the leading provider of puberty and education in San Mateo County schools. The session will provide tips and strategies for you to create an environment of comfort and trust with your child to discuss puberty and their emerging sexuality. Designed for adults who have teens and pre-teens.
“Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear”
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC
A presentation by Kim Brooks, author, writer, public speaker. Named an NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Small Animals is Kim Brooks' personal story. She will discuss her experiences and her book, which Goodreads calls "a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.”
Both events offer childcare free by Steve & Kate's Camp for potty-trained children. Free pizza will be served to children. More information? Check our website here. All events are free. Light snacks and beverages provided.

MPCSD Coronavirus Information
For the most up-to-date information on MPCSD guidelines about Coronavirus look for information on the website here .
Silent Auction Sneak Peek
Whether you attend the Dinner & Party here (or just the Party here ) on March 7, you will have access to the Silent Auction with TONS of new items. Don't miss out! There are only 19 dinner + 44 party tickets left! Ticket information here .
Lunch or Dinner for 16 at The Alpine Inn
Check out the updated, iconic Alpine Inn here in Portola Valley. Picnic tables will be reserved for your group of 16. Enjoy pitchers of beer, wood-fired pizzas and burgers while the kids play. May - August 2020. Value : $500 Starting bid : $250
Hooky in Healdsburg
Escape for two nights at the Harmon Guest House here in a King Guest Room (valid Sunday through Thursday). This chic new hotel is steps from Healdsburg Plaza. Visit nearby Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery here for a special guided tour. Value : $1,020 Starting bid : $500
The Online Auction (open to everyone) is coming March 11-March 16
The Online Auction includes Kid Parties, Teacher-Hosted Parties, Kids Camps and a limited number of items that did not sell on March 7. It starts at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 11, and ends at 9:00 pm on Monday, March 16, hosted on BiddingForGood. For more information, visit the MPAEF Auction webpage here .
Are you shopping on Amazon?
Don't forget about Amazon Smile here . Use this link here and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. Bookmark it here for future purchases - it's good anytime!
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!

Tom LeMieux here
L&P Aesthetics here
Gold Arrow Camp here

Community News
“Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens” , Thursday, February 27,
7:00 - 8:30 pm, Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room. As one of the most fundamental aspects of self, gender impacts everybody, particularly developing children and teens. Join Joel Baum, Senior Director at Gender Spectrum here , for a timely discussion about creating “gender inclusive environments” at home and school. The Parent Education Series here . Free admission and light refreshments.
“Your Permanent Record: Defining Healthy Boundaries in the Digital Age” , Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall. Discusses kids and reputation and privacy. A national expert in kids’ media, Dr. Devorah Heitner here is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives. The Parent Education Series here . Free admission and light refreshments. 
M-A Leadership Class Charity Wiffleball Event March 1, 10:00 am to mid-afternoon, Red Morton Field, Redwood City. Sign up in teams of four within three age brackets (7-11, 12-14, 15+). Parents are encouraged to play. We are asking for a $5 buy-in per person. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. More information and sign up here or contact Shane here .

Individual Human Flying Machine Competition  Saturday, February 29, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field. Come see the Giant LEAP into the Future of Transportation with the GoFly Fly-Off, the exciting culmination of the First-Ever Global Competition to create personal human flight machines (Flying Motorcycles, Hoverboards, Human Drones and more) at NASA Ames Research Center. Email Pam Nootbaar here for complimentary tickets hosted by Kennolyn Camps.

Legends Baseball Camps Going into our 11th year, the Legends Experience Baseball camps have built a reputation based on positive coaching, innovative teaching methods, and holistic development of the entire athlete. All-Star, Legends camp offers a high energy, positive learning environment for kids of all levels! Early-bird pricing and registration is now open for the 2020 summer here .

All Students Matter Volunteer - An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students every week for an hour during the school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. Training provided. Sign up now, start mid-September. Information and to sign up here . Contact Keri Tully here .

Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair Thursday February 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Palo Verde School Multi-Purpose Room. Discover terrific summer camps (for grades K-12) all around Palo Alto, meet camp vendors in person, and get help planning a summer your entire family will love. Free to attend. Free pizza, plus activities for kids, giveaways, and camp discounts. More info here .

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