In This Issue
6th-Grade Bikes
Volunteer-Bike Rodeo
Sing! Movie Night
"... Teen Transitions"

Music Auditions
Choral Festival
WEB Leaders
Tennis Team
Track Team
MayMadness Basketball

Schoolhouse 5K Run
Shopping Support

Q uick Links

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Monday, April 23 
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment, Appointment Only
  • M-A Auditions for Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band
Tuesday, April 24
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
  • M-A Auditions for Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band
Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26
  • 6th-Grade Bike Rodeo, During PE
Friday, April 27
  • Outdoor Family Movie Night, Sing, 7:30 p.m., Hillview Field
  • After-School Sports Jerseys - Return to Front Office, in Bag Labeled with Names of Player and Coach
Saturday, April 28
  • Hillview Environmental Club, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., San Francisquito Creek, Palo Alto
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Wednesday, May 2
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, Erik Burmeister, "Managing PreTeen and Teen Transitions," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC 

Thursday, May 3

  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue
Tuesday, May 8
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
  • MPCSD Reclassification Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.,  Encinal School, Small Multipurpose Building
Monday, May 28 
  • No School - Memorial Day

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6th-Grade Bike Rodeo
Our 2nd annual bike rodeo, led by Officer Ferguson with Menlo Park Police Department, is happening this week on block days - Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26. Some important information about our upcoming bike rodeo:
  • We encourage all 6th-grade students to ride bikes or scooters to school on their PE class day (either Wednesday or Thursday) and bring a helmet to school. We will also have bikes, scooters, and helmets available for students to use.
  • We will be riding our bikes on the streets around Hillview with safety support from the Menlo Park Police Department. Be especially careful as you drive near campus on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26.
  • Continue discussing bike safety with your child. Topics to be discussed during the bike rodeo include helmet fitting, hand signals, and general rules of the road - ride on the right side of the road, stay in the bike lanes, ride single file, obey all traffic signs. 
Bike Rodeo - 
Interested in Volunteering? 
Sign up  here. Yee-haw! Help Hillview students learn how to bike safely to school during the annual Bike Rodeo. 6th-grade students will navigate a bike course set up by the Menlo Park police department. Your job is to take groups of students through the different stations. No bike experience necessary.  

For parents, it's a rare chance to volunteer on campus. For community members, it's a great opportunity to promote bicycling and a sustainable future. Feel free to sign up for more than one time slot. Your experience will come in handy for subsequent slots!

Join Us for Outdoor Family Movie Night at Hillview Middle School!
Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., Hillview Middle School will be hosting a family outdoor movie night on the field. This event is open to all ages, a chance for parents and their children to enjoy time together. We especially want to encourage current 5th-grade students (incoming 6th-grade students) and their families to join us for this exciting community event. We do require that there be one adult present for every eight children who attend and that they stay with their group throughout the movie.

The movie playing will be Sing! from Illumination Entertainment, a story of perseverance and determination, rated PG. Bring small bills as we will have a bake sale with affordable homemade treats, $2 popcorn, and $1 water. Los Carnalitos, a 5-star Yelp food truck with Mexican cuisine, will be on site at 7:30 p.m. for those that wish to eat dinner.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an international organization dedicated to raising money to fund research for Type 1 Diabetes.

Interested in attending? RSVP here to give us an accurate headcount. Bring the whole family! Any questions? Contact our Activities Director Brian Darmanin here.

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The Menlo Park City School District has a new email address that you can  use when you'd like to contact the district. The MPCSD Public Information Officer welcomes your inquiries, questions, and comments at

MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
"Managing PreTeen and Teen Transitions"
Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC, with speaker Erik Burmeister, Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District

Do you have a fourth- or fifth-grade student who is anxious about the transition to middle school? Are you terrified at the idea of your eighth-grade student heading off to high school? Then this talk is for you. Join MPCSD Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, as he shares stories from the field and parenting strategies for preparing your son or daughter for the demands, opportunities, rigors, and challenges of the "next" chapter. This talk is open to all and is encouraged for parents of fourth-, fifth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students.  

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

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Hillview Performs for 5th-Grade Visitors!
Congratulations to the Concert Band, Chorus and Jazz Band for their rousing performances. It really inspired the 5th-grade students!

M-A Auditions for Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band
Auditions will take place on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 in the Hillview Music Room. See Mr. Vaughan with questions.

Music Takes You Around The World!
Congratulations to the M-A Jazz Band for their performances this past week in Spain. And also to the M-A Orchestra for their Gold Medal Award at the Heritage Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. This award allows them to, once again, travel to NYC for a performance in the famed Carnegie Hall!!

CMEA Choral Festival West
Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5 at Hillview. Mark Your Calendars! 22 high-school and middle-school choirs will be coming to perform at Hillview on the first weekend in May. This is free and open to the public! If you love choral music, come hear some of the best, from the peninsula and surrounding region.

Attention 7th-Grade Students! Get Caught in the WEB!
WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs and it is part of the transition program for incoming 6th graders. WEB leaders assists with Camp Hillview, the program that helps 6th-grade students feel more comfortable and achieve success in their first year of middle school.

Soon, we will be recruiting WEB leaders for 2018-2019 school year. We're looking for students who are willing to lead, who are kind, enthusiastic, and present a positive role model. If you are thinking about applying, join the edmodo group for WEB applicants with the code: e3727u
On the edmodo group, you can access the application, see announcements, and ask questions. If you have any specific questions, contact Mr. Sullivan here.

After-School Sports
Parents/Students - return basketball and volleyball jerseys to the front office, in a bag labeled with player and coach names. We are missing 40 boys and 20 girls basketball uniforms and 15 volleyball uniforms.

Boys Volleyball  
Game - Monday, April 23, 5:00 p.m. at Terman
Game - Tuesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. at Hillview v. Harker

Practice - Thursday, April 26

Tennis Program
Practices - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Varsity A Team Matches
     Wednesday, April 25, v. The Kings Academy at Sunnyvale Tennis Center (Away)
     Friday, April 27, v. Pinewood at Nealon Park (Home)

B2 Tennis Match
     Wednesday, April 25, at Nealon Park v. Menlo VB

Track  Program
     Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at M-A High School

     Wednesday, April 25, (first meet of the season) at Hillview 
     Monday, April 30 at Hillview
     Wednesday, May 2 at Hillview 
     Monday, May 7 at Hillview
     Wednesday, May 9 at Hillview

May Madness Basketball Clinic
Friday, April 27, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m.
For information about after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.
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Are you Ready to Rock?
Schoolhouse Rocks 5k RUN & Festival
Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 a
Hillview M iddle School

Join 1,500 parents, kids, teachers, students, neighbors, runners and non-runners for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5k Run or 1 mile Fun Run.
After the race, rock out at the Festival, featuring bouncy houses, games, music, Fabulous Food Trucks and tons of FUN!
Register Today! Here!
Become a Rockin' volunteer or course monitor! Email here to learn more.

MPAEF Shopping
Get your whole family Race-Ready for the  Schoolhouse Rocks Run on May 20 with new running shoes and apparel from retail partners like Nike, Athleta, Champs, Target and more! Retailers will give up to 8% back to our Menlo Park schools with every purchase. Must click through here to qualify.

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

Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors

Mary Gilles  

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Big Five Protocols - Parent Training SessionMonday, April 30, registration details and sign-ups can be found here. Our knowledge of San Mateo County Big Five Emergency Protocols is more important than ever in our current climate. San Mateo County Office of Education is offering a parent information night. See the attached flyer here.   
8th-Grade Grad Night Fundraiser Stanford Mall, Chipotle, April 24, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner or order takeout. Let Chipotle know you are supporting the Hillview Grad Night effort by showing them the attached flyer here (cell phone image is fine) and 50% of your order will support Grad Night. Thank you Chipotle! And thank you Hillview Families!

Springtide Comedy Medley May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A PAC. The Springtide Comedy Medley presents new experiences fun for all ages. Nikki Borodi presents Kate and the Beanstalk: An Acrobatic Storytelling Experience as she plays a ukulele while being juggled on her partner's feet. Using only their voices, Business Casual performs a cappella. Un-scripted Theater Company provides an improvisational theatrical experience with guest participation. Tickets available here.

Family Movie Night Featuring Coco May 4, 6:00 p.m., Oak Knoll Large Gym Parents and guardians bring your kids for activities, a photo-booth, pizza and of course... a movie! This free event, sponsored by Steve and Kate's Camp, is open to all MPCSD families. Find out more information and RSVP (required) here.

Kite Day May 5, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Bedwell-Bayfront Park. Volunteers from the Menlo Park Kiwanis will barbeque hotdogs, while Menlo Park staff and volunteers will help you assemble your kite and get it up in the air. If the wind is strong enough, "Mega Fish," a 46' giant kite, might make an appearance.

13th Annual Big Bear Run May 6, 9:00 a.m. Join M-A for a fun-filled morning to benefit Menlo-Atherton Athletics. Rally your friends, come to compete or simply show your school spirit. Register here to run.

2018 Senior Fashion Show - Dare to Dream Big, April 28, at 1:00, 3:00, and 7:30 p.m., M-A PAC.  Come to Menlo-Atherton High School's annual senior fashion show! This 31-year tradition is the M-A PTA's biggest fundraiser, a professionally choreographed, high-energy production that stars our incredible senior class. Tickets available here.

Parent Education
"Unmasking Teen Mental Health: How to Recognize the Signs and Respond," April 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue. Members of the community, students, and parents are invited to a free evening focused on youth and mental health. There will be a resource fair, a viewing of the short film, "Unmasked," produced by Paly and Gunn students, and a panel discussion/question period with experts in the field. Information here.

SafeSpace Spring Workshops SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Avenue. Register for the following workshops:
April 24: "Movin on Up," Middle to High School, A Workshop for Parents and Teens here.
May 2: "How to Manage Your Worries So Your Teen Doesn't Have To: Modeling Strong and Calm," here.
May 22: "Rejection - The Silver Lining," A Workshop for Parents, here.
Thursdays, April 19 - 24, Mindfulness and Meditation for Teens Class here.

SUHSD Parent Education Series, "Mindful Parenting: How to Raise Kids While Reclaiming your Sanity," with Leah Weiss here. May 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., SUHSD Office, Birch Room.

M-A Parent Education Series, "Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe," with Jess Shatkin here, May 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A PAC.

Summer Camps
Dragon Theatre is offering single-day and week-long theatre camps for children and teens in downtown Redwood City this summer. See here for details and registration. 

Classic Math School Summer Math Camp - Open House, May 8, 7:00 p.m., Jordan Middle School. Meet our teachers and learn more about our teaching principles and our year-round programs. Your students will be offered a free interactive placement test. 

Volunteer Opportunities
All Students Matter Come learn about volunteering next school year with All Students Matter here! We are looking for people to help out once a week in a K-5th-grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Students in this District face many challenges and are eager for your support to build academic and social/emotional skills. Hear about the impact you can have by joining us on April 25 or April 26. Email Jeanette Kennedy to receive details here

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