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Tuesday, April 18
  • MPCSD Re-enrollment begins
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m., MPCSD TERC Building, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton
Thursday, April 20
  • 5th Grade Parent Night and Elective Faire, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • 7/8 Orchestra Run-Out to Laurel Upper Campus
  • 7/8 Band Run-Out to Oak Knoll
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Monday, April 24
  • MPCSD Speaker Series: Health Connected Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, April 25
  • MPCSD Re-enrollment ends
  • Spring Concert - Jazz/Lab Bands & 6, 7/8 Concert Bands, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, April 26
  • Spring Concert - 6th & 7/8 Orchestras, 6/7/8 Chorus, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
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8th Grade Graduation Party Update
Thank you so much for the recent generous donations made by so many 8th grade families! As a reminder, the Grad Night Party is put on by the parents of the graduating students. It is NOT paid for by the school or PTO. The PTO simply acts as a "pass through" for funds, so that the committee doesn't have to open a bank account. If you haven't had a chance to donate, click here to do so now.   

A very special Thank You to Sundance Steakhouse for offering to pay for the dance floor!  If you, or your company, would like to sponsor a specific portion of the event, there are several larger items available for sponsorship such as the DJ and entertainment booth(s). Please contact Cristy Barnes for more details.

8th Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed 
The 8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you or your spouse are skilled with a hammer, paintbrush or scissors, we are looking for volunteers to help construct props and other decorations. Some tasks may be completed on your own, but we also plan to schedule a couple of work days in March and April. If interested, please email Gina Skinner or Sonya Fletcher for more details. Please also keep a lookout in future newsletters for other volunteer requests. We hope to soon publish a wish list of items that we would love to borrow (or have donated!) from our parent community for this special party for the 8th graders.

6th & 7th Grade Parents - Save the Date!
It is a long standing Hillview tradition that following the graduation ceremony, all 8th graders head into a Grad Night party. The party takes place in the gym, which is transformed in the days prior, according to a surprise theme. To pull off this night for the graduates, we especially need the help of the 6th and 7th grade parents. Much of the final touches and food prep takes place while the 8th graders and their parents are attending the graduation ceremony. We will send out a sign up in the next few weeks, but please consider keeping the late afternoon or early evening of Friday, June 16, open, to help pay it forward by volunteering to help with the party and food set up. Please contact Beth Shvodian if you'd like to help out.
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Hillview PTO Board Nominations
The Hillview PTO is looking for two capable volunteers to serve as Co-Vice Presidents of the Hillview PTO Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board, with parent volunteers, works with Hillview's administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. If you are the parent/guardian of a rising sixth grader or rising seventh grader and want to serve on the board of the Hillview Middle School PTO in this important role, please email PTO Nominating for more information. 
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Re-Enrollment for 2017-18 begins April 18
To help our schools and district better plan and prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, our annual re-enrollment process will begin April 18 and close on April 25.

On April 18, all parents of current K-7 grade students will receive their student's re-enrollment notification email. Parents will be asked to complete their student's re-enrollment no later than April 25. Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, please complete the re-enrollment process in any case. You always have the option of contacting our Registrar to update your enrollment status.

After April 28, parents who have not completed their student's re-enrollment will be required to schedule an appointment with the registrar to re-verify their student's information and to re-verify residency as part of completing their student's re-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the District at

Get Connected: Talking with your Adolescent about Sexual Health

Perryn Reis, Associate Director & Abi Karlin-Resnick, Executive Director of Health Connected

April 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

This parent-only interactive workshop 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, as a parent, to create an environment of comfort and trust with your child to discuss puberty and their emerging sexuality. The workshop is designed for adults who have teens and pre-teens. It is particularly recommended for parents of 5th graders as the same facilitators will be providing a workshop for students in 5th grade.
Childcare available for potty trained children. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Attention 7th graders! Get Caught in the WEB! 
WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs and it is part of the transition program for incoming 6th graders. WEB is a nationwide program that  runs the Camp Hillview program, which helps  6th graders feel more comfortable and help them achieve success in their first year of middle school. Soon, we will be recruiting WEB leaders for 2017-2018 school year. We're looking for students who are willing to lead, who are kind, enthusiastic, and a positive role model. More information will be announced after spring break! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chang, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Mathenia or Ms. Watts.

Attention parents of 7th Graders at Hillview 
Hillview ASB for the 2017-2018 8th Grade Class is beginning the application and interview process for student council. There are some important deadlines coming up and this information was recently shared with over 100 eager 7th grade leaders. If you would like to know more about this process, we encourage you to review this  informational flyer that your child may have received and discuss the process of student leadership with your son or daughter. We need all types of students! If you have any questions about the process, please email Mr. Darmanin.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports continue with indoor soccer and hockey which will be played on Wednesday and Thursday. All students are welcome. If there are too many players, we'll rotate. Spectators should stay on the bleachers or stage. As always, no food/drink in gym.

After-School Sports  
After-School Tennis Program 
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Matches for all three teams are on this week's schedule.

After-School Boys Volleyball
First league match vs JLS will played on Tuesday, April 18. The Jr. Varsity will play at 6:00 p.m. with Varsity to follow. The match will be played here at Hillview. We invite the Hillview community to attend and support both teams. 

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls will continue this Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

After-School Track
After-School Track begins this week on Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19. All participants should be prepared and plan to meet each day at Menlo-Atherton High School from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May Madness Basketball Clinic
The May Madness Basketball Clinic will begin this Friday, April 21 from 3:15-5:30 p.m. in the Hillview Gym. All participants should come prepared as soon as school is over.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports.
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Thank You to All Who Participated in the MPAEF Superheroes Auction 
Thank you to all the parents and families who participated in the MPAEF's Superheroes Online Auction and Party. We are still tallying up our final numbers and will announce what our community raised in support of our schools in our upcoming MPAEF newsletter.

And thank you to everyone who supported the Fund a Need for our Librarians and Art & Music Teachers. There was wonderful donor response to the $5,000 Matching Challenge and we are thrilled to announce that we met the Challenge!

Special thanks goes out to the entire Auction committee and all the volunteers across all four schools who made the night and weeks leading up to the auction memorable and fun for all.

Thanks to Our Realtor and Business Partners
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to just a few of our many realtor and business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

On Your Marks, Get R
eady - Let's Rock This Early Registration!
Lace up those running shoes for our Schoolhouse Rocks 5K! On May 21, 2017, hundreds of students, families and community members will be hitting the streets of downtown Menlo for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K run for education. Our new, exciting route has expanded to start at our very own Hillview Middle School and run through the heart of our town. Early online registration opens today for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K. Register prior to May 4, 2017 to secure the discounted entry fee of $30.00. After May 4, the entry fee will rise to $40.00.

Choose to enter either the 1 mile family walk/run, or the competitive, chip-timed 5K. Both runs will start at 9:00 a.m. and the course will run down Santa Cruz and the heart of Menlo Park downtown, then wrap around to end where we begin, at Hillview Middle School.

Consider becoming a Family Sponsor. With a donation of $500 you will receive five race entries and your family or team's name will appear on the race t-shirt. Our families truly ROCK and we couldn't do it without you! 

The Schoolhouse Rocks 5K is being organized by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, as well as the PTO's of the Menlo Park School District: Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview schools.  Funds raised will support our children's education.

To register and learn more about the run, visit our event website.

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12th Annual Big Bear Run
Save the date! Or at least the morning...the 12th annual Menlo-Atherton High School Big Bear Run is Sunday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  This 5K walk/run will start and end at Menlo- Atherton High School (neighborhood route blocked for safety, water stations along the way). Prizes will be awarded to those who plan to run and race it. All ages (and strollers) and ability levels welcome. It's a great activity for schools, families, teams, running clubs, neighborhoods, play groups, social groups. See the   Athletic Boosters website for more info or click here for online registration.

Class of 2021 Party; Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Auction  
Parents of 8th grade students who will be attending M-A High School this fall please join us on Saturday, August 26 to celebrate our children being brand new freshmen. Join fellow 2021 parents for a casual evening of food and drinks at the home of a fellow 2021 parent. To purchase tickets for this auction item or for more information, click here.

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Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts: Alpine Strikers FC will hold tryouts for all age groups starting in early May. If your child is excited about soccer and wants to improve on their soccer skills or join a high level team to compete for our club, please click  here for details and registration. Due to Norcal's transfer ban between August 15, 2017 and May 2018, Alpine Strikers will not hold its typical club-wide tryouts in December. Come out now for tryouts to be placed on a team for the fall.

Humane Society Art Contest: In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week (May 1-5), Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Humane Education Department is hosting an art contest! Open to San Mateo County students in grades 1-12, we're asking students to create artwork showing how to treat ALL animals with kindness, compassion & respect. Please see our flyer for more information.

Important City Council Meeting on Oak Grove Bike Route: April 18, 7:00 p.m. The Menlo Park City Council will be discussing the Oak Grove bike route, designed to give students a safe way to cross El Camino. The route (a one-year trial) is scheduled to be implemented this summer; however, some community members are opposing it due to parking concerns. See the  Almanac article  for more information. If you'd like to see this critical safe route to school proceed as scheduled, please attend the City Council meeting or email them .

Internships with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula is currently recruiting 8th grade students to support as Academic Youth Development Interns for this summer. Our summer internships are a great opportunity for students who are interested in working with kids and seeking experience in the realm of education or youth services. Interns will work collaboratively with BGCP staff to implement a summer academic and enrichment program for elementary school kids. Must be rising 9th grade to qualify. More information can be found on their website or contact Jenny Saba at (650) 646-6062.

FLORAISON by Menlowe Ballet: April 28-30, 2017. Menlowe Ballet presents FLORAISON, including a world premiere by Michael Lowe & Sarah-Jane Measor, a new contemporary work choreographed by company dancers Stefanie Maughan and Ali McKeon, and the return of Portraits, honoring real women in history who have touched the world with their the courage and creativity.  Tickets are on sale now!

Fundraiser for Via Services: Via Services has been serving the special needs community since 1945. Join us for a fun-filled Poker Tournament on May 4 from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. at AutoVino in Menlo Park to raise funds for our programs. For more information, please click here.

Does Your Middle School Son Want to Try Water Polo?
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the MA High School pool. The MidPen Water Polo Club is having a FREE clinic for middle school boys. No experience necessary. Come spend the morning in the pool learning water polo basics and meeting the coaches and other players. The MidPen Water Polo Club is coached by Brandon Johnson, current Boys Varsity Head Coach at M-A High School and member of the  Stanford Water Polo Club staff. Brandon has been an assistant coach at  UC Irvine and coached for USA Water Polo as the  U18 Olympic Development Coach.
Narnia: The Musical Coming to a Stage Near You! April 20-30, CaƱada College Theater. Come experience the enchanted world of Narnia presented by Bay Area Educational Theater Company. As siblings travel through a magical wardrobe, they encounter mythical creatures, battle good vs. evil, and learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom. Tickets sold online. Student and Senior tickets only $16; adult tickets $21.

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp Dinner/Information Session: April 18, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Encinal Large Multi. At  Steve & Kate's Camp, we give kids the freedom to make their own choices, explore their passions, and trust their own judgment. You're invited to bring the whole family for a DINNER at our host school, Encinal Elementary! You'll also be able to watch a short presentation about camp and get all your 2017 camp questions answered! Just  don't forget to RSVP!

Learn About All Students Matter
: Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. You can make a true difference in the life of students in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto by volunteering for an hour a week in the same classroom (K-5) to tutor students in reading, writing, or math. Learn about All Students Matter from current parent volunteers. A light lunch will be served.  RSVP to Jeanette Kennedy. Click here to learn more about us.

Theatre Tech Camp: Do you like making creations from scratch? Do you wish you could help design lights for play, paint a set, or work backstage on a show? In this two week tech camp, students will explore technical theatre as they learn alongside theatre professionals and then work backstage as run crew for performances. This Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory camp includes hands-on instruction in a variety of technical theatre areas, including scenic carpentry, set painting, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, and props, as well as an introduction to the design concepts for a production. Open to students entering grades 6-8. 
Click here to register today!
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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.
Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday Hillview Newsletter is the preceding  Wednesday at noon . Please email your submission to . Please note that submissions may be edited for content and/or length. Submissions received after the deadline will be eligible for inclusion the following week. Submissions are eligible to run for up to two weeks.

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