Volume 12 | 8 November 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, November 9
GOLD 6th - 8th grade students in-person week (Mavericks and Pioneers GOLD remain the DL academies)

Service Team Pets in Need dog toy collection, extended, bin in front PAC 
(through Friday, November 13)

Tuesday November 10
Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, via Zoom

Wednesday, November 11
No School - Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 12
Early release for in-person students (6th - 1:40; 7th - 2:15; 8th - 2:40)

Friday, November 13
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, virtual

Hawks Nest student submissions due

End of Trimester 1/Hexmester 2
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, November 17
MPCSD Speaker Series, "Mental Health and Learning: Living in Uncertain Times," 6:30 pm, via Zoom here

Wednesday, November 18
General PTO Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Thursday, November 19
Makeup Picture Day, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, parking lot, appointments here 

Monday, November 23
No School - Staff Development Day

Free 7-Day Meal Kits from LunchMaster, delivery time CHANGE 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thanksgiving week, Encinal carpool line

Tuesday, November 24
No School - Staff Collaborative Day

Wednesday, November 25
No School - Thanksgiving
(through Friday, November 27)

Quicklinks bottom of newsletter

Hillview School News

Dear Hillview Families,

This coming week we will welcome back our final group of in-person students, our GOLD 7th and 8th graders. Helpful resources for the return include the recorded parent presentation and Q & A here, and the recording of our student orientation and Q & A here (Passcode = h6=1*MCj), plus our slide deck here. A reminder that older siblings may arrive with younger siblings, and we will supervise them until their day begins. Likewise, younger siblings, if leaving with older siblings, may wait in a supervised area until that time comes.

We implore students to dress warmly. Not only are we in a bit of a cold snap, but also a reminder that to mitigate risk as much as possible, classrooms have their doors and windows open throughout the day.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for. There are very few communities that have done the work that MPCSD did to bring K - 8 students back as soon as the conditions allowed, and having students be able to attend school in person is truly a blessing. Also, as the holidays approach, we wish to remind you that families should avoid travel this holiday season, as well as avoid large gatherings. This is the holiday season to stay home, and thereby stay safe. Our schools will only remain open as long as the rate of spread in our community is contained, and published numbers in San Mateo County here are creeping up this past week. Let’s all continue to do our part. Thank you.

All the best,

Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday November 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, via Zoom

The Hillview Site Council comprises Hillview parents, teachers, staff, and students.The site council meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals.

All parents in our community are welcome! Email Karen Dearing here, if you would like the Zoom link to join the meeting.
School Photos
iClick has emailed parents information on ordering school photos for those students who participated in the first school picture day or your may find the information here.
Makeup Picture Day
Thursday, November 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, in the back parking lot of Hillview

Appointments are in 5 minute increments; each student needs to have their own appointment. Picture tents will be set up in the back parking lot.

Schedule an appointment with iClickSmiles here
Bring a Water Bottle and an Extra Mask

Bring a filled water bottle or canteen and an extra mask to school every day.

Drinking water fountains remain off and masks can break during the day.
SamTrans resumes Line 83
Returned on Monday, November 2

Ridership of line 83 and demand will determine whether or not it stays, but for now, see the following timetable for stops here.
Fare payment and front-door boarding have returned so students are encouraged to use contactless payment methods like Clipper or the SamTrans Mobile app. Exact fare is required for cash payment as change cards are no longer issued onboard.
iPad Policy change

iPads are allowed for usage during brunch and lunch this year as a way to provide students with more options during brunch and lunch times.

PTO News
Free 7-Day Meal Kits delivery time CHANGE
Monday, November 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Encinal carpool lane

The families who preorder boxed meals with The LunchMaster, note the new time. The Free 7-Day Meal Kits will have a new delivery time for Monday of Thanksgiving week.

Additional information here on the free 7-day meal kits.
Spirit Wear for the Holidays!
20% off of Hillview Spirit Wear in time for the Holidays (New Styles Added)!

Just in time for the holidays, get 20% off your purchase in the Hillview Spirit Wear Store powered by SquadLocker here. Use code HILLVIEWNOV20 at checkout (offer expires November 18).

New jackets, warm hats, blankets and sweats have been added! Make sure you order your gear before November 30 here to ensure a Christmas delivery. 
Show your Hillview pride whether you are on campus or Zooming with classmates!

Each week a staff member will be randomly selected to share a little bit more about themselves so the Hillview Community can get to know them better.

Katie Rippentrop
Teaches 6th grade humanities core and has been at Hillview for 6 years.
When not teaching Katie enjoys traveling, hiking and camping.
Favorite Quote: Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: Science

Words of Wisdom for Hillview students: Stay curious!
What you probably didn’t know about me: I rode my bike across the state of Missouri on the Katy Trail, from St. Louis to Kansas City!
November Staff Birthdays! 

Ricky Nicholes, Brian Darmanin, Sayre Dolan, Janet Rampa, Becky Galvez, Danielle O’Brien, Sarah Dara-Abrams

Hillview Athletics
TopYa! Virtual Competitions
through December 10

After School Athletics - TopYa! Is LIVE. The PTO After-School Athletics team has teamed up with TopYa! to offer three unique virtual competitions for our Hillview students which will last through December 10. 

Each challenge path requires registration and a registration fee of $12.99 (scholarships are available). Registration and more information available here.


The Menlo Park City School District wants to thank you for your unbelievable generosity to the MenloHelps program during these difficult covid 19 times. Our families have been overwhelmed by your kindness. Each and every recipient is grateful for the food donations, gift cards and clothes that have come their way since March of this year. As we move forward into the holiday season we ask that you please consider us once again. Our MenloHelps page here on the district website outlines several options to help our families and allows you to donate directly so that we may purchase gift cards and groceries. Donations through our website allow us to limit the exposure to this terrible virus for our most vulnerable. Thank you all for considering MenloHelps here. We can do this together!
Next Curative Testing at Hillview
Thursday, November 12, 3:00 - 8:30 pm

COVID testing with Curative here will be available at Hillview Middle School. MPCSD recommends students attending school in person be tested every two weeks. If your child attends on A Week or is in kindergarten or first grade, please consider testing this week. Sign-up for a spot here.The Hillview events fill up quickly.

Other testing options are daily at the San Mateo County Event Center here, or one of the local options listed at our COVID FAQ Testing and Contact Tracing webpage here or in Quicklinks at bottom of the newsletter.
MPCSD Speaker Series
"Mental Health & Learning: Living in Uncertain Times"
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm, via Zoom

A webinar and live Q&A with Children's Health Council (CHC) experts to discuss what you can do to support your children

We know that stress and anxiety impact learning. With the complications of the pandemic and sheltering in place, we are finding more and more students feeling overwhelmed with distance learning, not free to see their friends, and feeling trapped at home. Join us to learn what you can do to help your children feel safe and supported. Register here.

CHC has been part of our community for almost 70 years and offers best-in-class learning and mental health services for children, teens, and young adults.

We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

Elyse Barca, Compass here
Cameron L. Aboudara DDS MS here

Community News
Object presents: Saturday, November 21, 9:30 - 10:15 am
Join us for a virtual workshop with Jennifer Widom, Dean of Stanford's School of Engineering. In addition to her role at the college, Dr. Widom is a professor in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering and was the Chair of Computer Science at Stanford from 2009 to 2014. She will discuss her day-to-day work, her journey as a computer scientist, and the role of confidence in her success. This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Sign up here. Link will be sent after registration.

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