Volume 12 | 3 November 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, November 4
Service Team-Halloween candy drop-off, office (through Thursday, November 7)

Lockdown/Barricade Drill, after lunch, Hillview campus

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

Wednesday, November 6
M-A Jazz Band performs at Hillview, lunchtime, Hillview quad

Thursday, November 7
Service Team meeting-Pets in Need, lunchtime, PAC

Thursday, November 7
- Saturday, November 9
 Hillview Drama, The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank , PAC

Friday, November 8
Hillview STEM Fair informational meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Looking Ahead

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)

Music Potluck, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Thursday, November 14
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

Friday, November 15
 Turkey Trot run, during PE, in Hillview neighborhood

End of Trimester

Thursday, November 21
General PTO Board Meeting, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, PAC

Wednesday, November 27
No School - Thanksgiving holiday
(through Friday, November 29)
Hillview School News
Lockdown/Barricade Drill
Monday, November 4, after lunch, Hillview campus
Our students will practice the Lockdown/Barricade drill as per Big 5 protocol. This protocol is part of the standard 5 emergency preparedness drills that Bay Area schools and first responders use when describing and responding to different situations. More information on the drills here .
Art Portfolio Showcase
Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 - 6:30 pm Art Room, B2

Students will show their art, photos, claymation movies, and Makerspace creations. This drop-in event will feature students doing pottery wheel demonstrations, presenting claymation movies on the Smartboard, and demonstrating their Makerspace projects. Contact Anna Kogan here .
Come anytime during the open hours.
Makerspace Class needs Legos

If you have any that you are ready to part with, consider donating your Legos to HIllview. Drop off at the office or in the art room, B2, with Anna Kogan.
Music Potluck - You are all invited!
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Enjoy an evening of art and music! Begin in the art room B2 at 4:30 pm to view our visual artist's work from Ms. Kogan's class.

Then come to the PAC for some food and music. The Jazz Band and the Disney Concert Orchestra will perform. Here is the invitation with what to bring! Sign-Up here to help!

Would anyone like to do a solo? Pianists and guitarists, reach out to Mr. Vaughan here . A solo should be under three minutes.

Support the Arts at Hillview!
Hillview Turkey Trot
Friday, November 15, during PE, in nearby neighborhoods
The PE Department will have a one mile fun-run for 7th- and 8th-grade students during PE starting at Hillview. They will wind through the neighborhood and finish on the school track. Students will run, jog, or walk. Staff and parent volunteers will be stationed throughout the course. Sign up here to help along the course! 
Newsletter How-to-Submit
Information on how to submit to the newsletter provided here . This submission information is always available in Quick Links at the bottom of the newsletter.
PTO News
PTO President Message - Giving Thanks

We would like to express our gratitude to the staff, students, and parents of our Hillview community and reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of such a special place in the world. Our children are growing up fast; remember to enjoy every moment possible, the smiles and the joy, as well as the tears; these special moments that our village helps us navigate with love and support. November is the month of giving - the best gift is kindness to your fellow man. Our hearts go out to those around us who have been affected by the fires up north and we wish them comfort soon. 

With heartfelt gratitude, Lil Perazich and Carolyn Kryger, Hillview PTO Co-Presidents
Banning flavored Tobacco and e-Cigarettes 
Tuesday, November 5, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park

The PTO would like parents to know that the ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes is being discussed at the Menlo Park City Council.

The Study Session is detailed here and is the second item on the evening's agenda; let our elected officials hear support from the community and make it easy to say YES!  We need your help:
  • Attend and/or comment at the meeting in support of the City Council taking action; banning sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes is second on the agenda

  • Email the City Council here before November 4. Your name and email content will be part of public record (not email address). Use a positive tone, "We're writing to support City Council action on this issue", "Let's do this! It's exciting you're tackling this...", etcetera.

Programs & Activities
Friday, November 8, lunchtime, PAC

The STEM Fair season has begun! Encourage your student to participate in our first informational meeting; no need to be registered to attend. 

Last year over 100 students who participated in the Hillview STEM Fair with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!

  • Students should join the Edmodo (code: 3mr5ca) or Google Classroom (code: n8z7a) groups. Then follow the registration link to register

  • Students can earn up to 50 Block H points

  • The STEM Fair will be held on January 30, 2020 with support meetings between now and then

Questions? Students can see Mr. Espinoza, Mr. Ritter, Ms. Hilborn, or Mr. Green
Hillview Drama
The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank - Faces of Resilience

November 7, 6:30 pm

November 8, 7:00 pm

November 9, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

All performances at Hillview PAC

The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank, presented in an evening of theatre, celebrating two of the most iconic, courageous women of our time. These women met unimaginable adversity with grace and resilience; offering us lessons in acceptance and meeting supremely difficult circumstances with gratitude and love. Join us! Tickets available here.
Hillview Music and Notes
Congratulations 7/8 Band
Spooktacular performances at the Menlo Park Halloween Hoopla Parade and Oak Knoll Costume Parade. Your music supports our community!
M-A Jazz Band Performs at Hillview
Wednesday, November. 6, lunchtime, Hillview quad

Following yearly tradition, the M-A Jazz 3 Band will perform! The band is two-thirds Hillview musicians! Come hear our outstanding Hillview grads!
Hillview Service Club
Operation Gratitude
Monday, November 4 - Thursday, November 7, mornings, drop-off bins in office
If your student has collected more Halloween candy than you know what to do with, we have an answer! Service Team is participating in Operation Gratitude - candy care packages will be sent to troops serving overseas.
Pets in Need come to Hillview
Thursday, November 7, lunchtime, PAC

Students will meet some furry four-legged friends and learn about volunteer opportunities at a local animal shelter. If your student has severe pet allergies, it may be advisable for them not to attend this meeting.
Parent Education Speaker Series
“Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About the Brain”
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

David Eagleman, Stanford neuroscientist, author, and Oak Knoll parent, shares his research and experience on decision-making, how the brain matures through time, what it means to grow up in a digital world, and how the brain thinks about ingroups, outgroups, and empathy. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated series on PBS and BBC.

Childcare and pizza dinner provided for children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees. Additional information here .
MPCSD Guest Teacher and Paraprofessional Recruitment Event
November 6, 10:00 - 11:00 am or 4:00 - 5:00 pm, District Office, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Make a difference in a student's life. No teaching experience? We can help! MPCSD is holding two recruiting events. All the information you need to apply will be available.

MPCSD needs a cadre of Guest Teachers and Guest Paraprofessionals ready to step in for our professionals on the days they are attending training or when they are ill. 

The School Board recently approved increasing the daily pay and added a bonus for all guest teachers who work long term in MPCSD here . If you cannot attend the recruiting event, email here or read more at MPCSD Human Resources here .
Social Emotional Learning Survey
Tuesday, November 12 - Friday, November 15

All 3rd-through 8th-grade students will be invited to complete a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey, administered at school.

MPCSD is gathering feedback from all stakeholders to ensure meaningful learning experiences for students, foster positive school climate, and support all students in their social emotional development.

You will receive an email with a preview of the survey and opt-out directions if you do not want your student to participate. The opt-out letter is due to your school by Thursday, November 7. If you did not receive this information, email MPCSD here .
How does MPCSD handle air quality issues?
 The recent fires remind us that there is a new "normal" in California. Our area is regularly impacted by air quality, and now, power outages.

MPCSD led the way among school districts in developing air quality protocols. Those protocols, informed by several different and reliable sources, are available at the district website year-round. Parents may make their own decisions about air quality and whether or not to send their student to school. Should you keep your student home for air quality reasons, your student's absence will be excused.

For more information about air quality protocols, visit our website here
Mark Your Calendars for the MPAEF Auction!

Our annual auction "It's for the Kids!" will be held at the Computer History Museum on March 7, 2020 . This is a night you won't want to miss! More details to come soon.  
Great Donations Make Great Auctions!
We are looking for auction items! A home, sports tickets, items to donate? Email us here with ideas! Auction Donation Google Form here .
Wine Walk and Wine Purchase Opportunity 
Saturday, December 7, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park

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

Tickets $49 per person, in advance / $55 at door (21 and over)
Available here .

Looking to restock your wine rack or cellar before the holidays? Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Association has rolled out their yearly “Mountain Collection” and has offered MPAEF a 15% revenue share of all sales from our community through November 15. See the flyer here for details.
Planning to order things from Amazon? Shop via Amazon Smile link here , choose to support the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation, and we'll receive 0.5% of the purchase price! 
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

L&P Aesthetics here
Community News
Alpine Strikers FC - Tryouts for Spring Soccer We are excited about soccer in preparation for our spring season! If you are currently playing recreational soccer and would like to start club soccer in the spring and beyond, we will hold tryouts starting the week of October 29! See here for information and registration. 
The Color of Law: Menlo Park Edition Sunday, November 17, 5:00 pm, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Join Community Equity Collaborative here , Menlo Together and other local community organizations in exploring the policies and practices that segregated America and how they affect our schools/ neighborhoods today. We will look deep into Menlo Park history to see how Richard Rothstein's bestselling book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, is reflected in one Peninsula community. More information/tickets here
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