In This Issue
Report Cards 
Dress for Success
Summer Math Bridge
Tdap Vaccination
Lost and Found

PTO News
A la Carte Menu

Sexual Health
Parent Workshop

AfterSchool Programs
Environmental Club
Piano Volunteer
CMEA Choral Festival
Register Now
 May Madness 
Return Jerseys

Register Today
Schoolhouse Run
Family Sponsor
Auction Results
Auction Party Pictures
Realtor Partners

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Sunday, April 1
  • Service Award Nominations for Exceptional Volunteers, Due 
Monday, April 2
  • Hillview Second Trimester Report Cards, Mailed Home
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment for 2018 - 2019, Begins
Tuesday, April 3
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC

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Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13
  • No School - Spring Break
Tuesday, April 17
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Talking With Your Adolescent About Sexual Health," 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, April 20 
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment, Closes
Monday, April 23 
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment, Appointment Only
Saturday, April 28
  • Hillview Environmental Club, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., San Francisquito Creek, Palo Alto
Tuesday, May 8
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Monday, May 28 
  • No School - Memorial Day

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Report Cards
Hillview is wrapping up the second trimester. Families can expect to receive mailed report cards the week of April 2, 2018.

Hillview is going to pilot SafeArrival after spring break. SafeArrival is an electronic way of reporting absences similar to the system at Menlo-Atherton High School. We are excited to launch this system soon! More information will be forthcoming in the report card mailing.

Dress for Success Norms
As the weather gets warmer, we want to refocus on our Hillview Dress for Success Norms. If students do not comply with our Dress for Success norms, they have three options: change into other clothing they currently have with them, change into PE clothes - either their own or clean loaner sets in the office, or call home for a change of clothes. 

Dress for Success Norms are as follows:
  • All students must be covered completely from mid-thigh to top of chest in non-see-through materials.
  • The front and back of a shirt (or top of any kind) must be connected over both shoulders.
  • Clothing must cover all undergarments.
  • Hats and head coverings (except those worn for religious purposes) are only allowed outside of classrooms.
  • Clothing must be free of obscene or inappropriate words and/or logos.
Hillview Summer Math Bridge Courses
Invitations to students recommended by their teachers for a summer math bridge course were sent to families March 16, 2018. If you have a question regarding these summer courses, reach out to your student's counselor.

Action Required! Parents of Current 6th-Grade Students
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination required.  Students entering 7th grade next school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement.) Students will not be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school.

Bring an updated copy of your child's immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide the school with a doctor's written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website (see link below.)

Acceptable proof of immunization includes:  
  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your child's clinic or physician's office; a copy of the yellow immunization record
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your child's clinic, physician's office or pharmacy 
  • All these documents must have your child's name, date of birth, date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic
For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit here or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here or (650) 321-7140, x5912.

Lost and Found
It is that time again for the donation of the Lost and Found. Everything will be donated on April 5. Your student should come by to look for jackets, water bottles, lawn chairs, or shoes. It's all here, waiting either to go home with their owners or to donation.

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A la Carte Menu Coming Soon!
Coming soon to the Hillview campus a "new" A la Carte Menu. The "daily" A la Carte Bar will have delicious options different from the existing monthly menu. Students and staff must have a LunchMaster account to participate. You will simply scan your new student ID card and your account will be automatically deducted. See flyer here!

Watch the LunchMaster website here for the details!

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
Get Connected:  Talking With Your Adolescent About Sexual Health
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hillview PAC. A fun and interactive workshop, in a safe and friendly environment, to explore the why, what, when, and how of talking with adolescents about sexual health. Facilitated by Health Connected, the leading provider of puberty-focused education in San Mateo County schools, the goal of this event is to equip and encourage parents to become "Askable Adults," so that they can confidently engage their children in conversations about sexual health and relationships. This is a parents-only workshop designed for parents with children in middle school. 

Free childcare for potty-trained children. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. 
More information on the MPCSD Speaker Series available here.

Take It Personally Parent Workshop 
Menlo Park City School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone's engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting Tuesday, April 17, 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at Hillview PAC. You do not need to be a parent from Hillview, just an adult who cares about all kids.
We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6 - week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life!

Learn tools you can use now - to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive. More information regarding the Take It Personally 6 - week workshop found in the flyer here. Sign up for a Take It Personally workshop hereQuestions? Contact Ziem Neubert   here

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After-School Programs
Register for PTO-Sponsored Spring Programs!   
The links below will provide more about each program including a course description, registration links, and pricing information. Note that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. Contact Hillview PTO After-School Programs Coordinator, Jamey Hawkins  here.

Monday: Coding Python Level I here, Coding Python Level II here, Mat Club/Wrestling here
Tuesday: Speech and Debate here
Wednesday: Bookopolis Book Club here, Spring Master Cooking (information coming,) Mat Club/Wrestling here, Mandarin here, Writing Workouts here 
Thursday: Writing Workouts here
Friday: Currently no scheduled programs

Environmental Club
Service Opportunity at San Francisquito Creek!
Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Palo Alto. All families welcome! Block H points available for students. Join Hillview Environmental Club as we restore San Francisquito Creek. We will bioengineer the banks of the creek (build structures out of willow and other natural materials) to prevent erosion along the creek. We will also explore the creek and discuss ways to keep our creeks healthy. Use Eventbrite to sign up and get more information here. The password is "willow." Questions, contact Hillview teacher Julie Hilborn here. Hope to see you there!

Music Department Volunteer 
The music department is looking for a volunteer who can play piano once or twice a week for the chorus class.  Contact Mr. Vaughan here .

Save The Date - CMEA Choral Festival 
Friday, May 4, 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. Hillview will be hosting the CMEA Choral Festival. Come hear some of the finest high school and junior high choruses on the peninsula. This event is free and open to the public!

After-School Sports
Jerseys may be returned to coaches or the Hillview office!

Boys Volleyball 
Practice continues for the 3rd week. Games will start right after Spring Break, the week of April 16.

Tennis Program
Practice and matches continue this week. 

Registration open here.  The school track program is joined with Woodside Elementary, La Entrada, and Corte Madera schools.
May Madness Basketball 
Registration is open  here . B egins the week of April 16.  

For information about after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.

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Schoolhouse Rocks Run & Festival 
Register here TODAY!
Sunday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School

Early registration ends and prices go up after April 18
Register   here to become a Family Sponsor  by April 18

Not a runner? Buy a ticket   here ($5) to the Festival at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids' Zone, Food Trucks, DJ, and more!

Help make this Run Rock!
Become a volunteer or course monitor, see course map below!
Email  here

to learn more! 

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Auction Results Are In!
The results are in and this year's MPAEF Auction, It's For The Kids!, raised $400k for our schools! We want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who donated auction items, organized events and volunteered to make this event such a huge success!

A special thank you to co-chairs Alison Poirier and Mary Grundy for all their hard work!

Auction Party Pictures!

Click here  to see all the pictures from the auction party. A huge thank you to Laurel dad, Michael Rothstein, for donating his time and talent to capture photos of a fabulous evening!

Thank you to our Realtor Partners!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to one of our many business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!


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M-A High School Dance Team Show and Fundraiser, April 5, 6:30 p.m., M-A PAC.  Favorite dances from football and basketball seasons, senior captains' dance!  Delicious home-baked treats will be for sale, deals on local restaurants and retailers in the Silent Auction. Tickets available online here.

Kiersten Hewitt: Just Say Yes: Encouraging Healthy Conversations about Substance Use and Abuse  April 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room. FCD Prevention Works is the world's leading non-profit provider of school-based substance use prevention services. In this workshop, Kiersten Hewitt, FCD Executive Director, will discuss what parents can do to keep their kids healthy, and how they can learn to facilitate dialogue with their teens regarding substance use (alcohol, marijuana, e-cigs/vaping, etc.). Free admission; info and tickets   here .

Storyteller John Weaver, "Strange Journeys", April 5, 4:00 p.m., Menlo Park Public Library. Professional storyteller John Weaver will share tales especially for listeners in elementary school and above. Information here.

Peninsula Cantare Choral Concert Saturday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. The Peninsula Cantare will be holding its Spring Concert at the Convenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto. This adult community choir is led by Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Studies at San Jose State. Two Hillview teachers sing with this group, Richard Vaughan and Claire Dikas. It will be an amazing concert! We are singing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and many more from traditional to jazz and Broadway. For more information and advance ticket sales, go here.

Summer Camps
Galileo Summer Quest, June 18 - August 3, Hillview Middle School. At Galileo, we mix day camp fun with hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Supported by the best staff around. Galileo Summer Quest here (entering 5th - 8th grades) emerging as confident creators ready to turn their ideas into reality. In order to make our program available for all, we are awarding financial assistance scholarships here

Wizbots Summer Camps Encinal Elementary School, t he premier place for girls and boys ages 8-14 to learn the art and science of building and coding robots. We offer affordable half-day, full-day, and extended care options, as well as scholarships. Learn more and enroll here .  

Code for Fun We are offering several week-long Computer Science Summer camps at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center this summer. Click here for information, a full description of each camp, and a direct registration link here.

Academic Youth Development Summer Intern The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) is looking for summer interns (rising 9th graders only) to implement a summer academic and enrichment program for elementary school kids. BGCP internships provide practical experience for job training and college preparation, as well as, eligibility for national service awards. Learn more here. Apply here. Email Jenny Saba with any questions here.

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