In This Issue
Book Fair Volunteers
SBAC Testing
WEB Leaders

Grab n' Go

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"... Teen Transitions"
New Preschool

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

Schoolhouse 5K Run
Race Gear Shopping

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Tuesday, May 1
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
Wednesday, May 2
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, Erik Burmeister, "Managing PreTeen and Teen Transitions," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • 7th-Grade Students WEB Applications due 11:59 p.m. 
Thursday, May 3
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue
Friday, May 4
  • Mid-Trimester, T3
  • CMEA Choral Festival West at Hillview
Saturday, May 5
  • CMEA Choral Festival West at Hillview 
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Monday, May 7  - Thursday, May 10
  • SBAC Testing 6th - 8th Grade Students
Tuesday, May 8
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC

  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC

  • MPCSD Reclassification Ceremony, 6:00 p.m., Encinal School, Small Multipurpose Building
Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12
  • Talent Show, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, May 11 - Tuesday, May 22
  • SBAC Makeups
Friday, May 18
  • 6/7 Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Relay for Life, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Hillview Track 
Monday, May 28 
  • No School - Memorial Day

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6th Grade Bike Rodeo Recap  
Special thanks to Officer Ferguson, the Menlo Park Police Department, and all of our amazing volunteers who come out this past week to support our 6th-grade students and bike safety! Students learned how to properly fit their helmets, hand signals, and rules of the road, and finished with a bike ride through the streets near Hillview. To continue the discussion with your child, check out these bike safety tips here put together by our friends at Parents 4 Safe Routes.

Vaping and JUULing  
Recently, the vaping and JUULing trend among middle and high school students has increased in the Bay Area and across the country. Our local high schools recently sent out information in the April 15 edition of M-A BearNotes here. More information about this important topic will follow. Email Assistant Principal Danielle O'Brien with any questions here

Hillview Book Fair - Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24. This is a PTO-sponsored event and we need your help. Sign up here  to help with set up on Friday, May 18, take down on Friday, May 25, and to run the registers during the week of the Book Fair.  We'll be open each day before school from 8 - 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, for 30 minutes after school, and during Hillview Open House on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books, plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshman. We will have a handpicked selection of books for younger elementary siblings. Questions? Contact Laurel Holman here or Kari Riedel here

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC Testing)  May 7 - 11
Hillview School will administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), also known as the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium). This state assessment will be administered to all 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students at Hillview. Note these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments outside of school on those days.

Attention 7th-Grade Students
WEB applications are available now! The application is due May 2 by 11:59 p.m. You can access the application by joining edmodo group with the code: E3727U. On this edmodo group, you will see the link to the digital application pinned at the top. You can also find more information about the WEB program or ask questions.

Parents, note these important, mandatory dates and times for WEB leaders:
  • Thursday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (training)
  • Friday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (training)
  • Wednesday, August 22, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (6th-grade orientation)
  • Friday, August 24 (activities with 6th-grade students after lunch)
The WEB leaders must attend both training dates for the entire session to be fully prepared to lead the 6th-grade students at the orientation. These dates are mandatory.

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The LunchMaster New Grab n' Go Menu
Wednesday, May 2. Hillview will be piloting the first Grab n' Go menu,
 buffet style, including a side of fruits or veggies, drink, and snack. Students line up and display a special ID card from LunchMaster. We will hand out cards to LunchMaster students on Tuesday morning inhomerooms. If you are not currently a LunchMaster member, join  and enjoy a great lunch. Current LunchMaster members should cancel their pre-ordered meal for the day. The website does not reflect the Grab n' Go menu just yet, so you will not see it advertised on the menu selections.

Come enjoy our first Grab n' Go, which we hope to be offering soon, everyday at Hillview. Shaker salads, bistro boxes, sandwiches, cheeseburgers, yogurts/muffins, and hot dogs will rotate through the new menu which is different from the existing menu. Contact Debi Rice here.  
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MPCSD New Email Address
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.

Spots Available in MPCSD New Preschool
Menlo Park City School District is launching its new Early Learning Center preschool in late August and we have openings in our afternoon and full-day classes for children born between September 1, 2013 and December 1, 2015. The mission of the ELC is to nurture young children's curiosity, sense of wonder, belonging, and deep engagement with the world around them, preparing them to develop the critical skills needed to enter kindergarten and reach their full potential. For more information, contact Jessica Mihaly here or 321-7140 ext. 8900 or you can register online 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!

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.

Service Team
Calling All Bakers! 
We need home-baked goods for three bake sales:
  • Hillview Talent Show, Friday, May 11
  • Hillview Talent Show, Saturday, May 12
  • Relay for Life, Friday, May 18
All proceeds go to expenses for Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society. 

After-School Sports
Boys Volleyball  
  • Monday, April 30 at Jordan, 4:15 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 1 at Borel, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3 at Hillview vs. JLS, 4:30 p.m.  
  • Final league match - Tuesday, May 8 vs. Abbott, at Hillview, 4:30 p.m. 
Tennis Program
  • Varsity A Team Match - Wednesday, May 2, v. Harker, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • B2 Team Match - Friday, May 4 v. Woodside Elementary, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Track Program

  • Practices - Monday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview School
  • Meet - Wednesday, May 2, (second meet of the season) at Hillview     
May Madness Basketball 
  • Clinic - Friday, May 4, at 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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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, and more! Enjoy delicious food from The Waffle Roost here, Zoom Caffe here, Bowl'd Acai here, and Island Ice here.

Register Today! Here!

Become a Rockin' volunteer or course monitor! Email here to learn more.

Are you Ready to Rock?
Schoolhouse Rocks 5k RUN & Festival
Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Hillview M iddle School

Get Your Family Race-Ready 
Get 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



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Community News communitynews      

Voting in San Mateo County is Changing  Starting with the June 5 Election, ballots will be mailed to every registered voter on May 7. Voters should mail back their completed ballot, drop it off in one of 28 secure Ballot Drop-Off Boxes located throughout the County, or take it to any of the County's 39 Vote Centers, which will replace precinct polling locations (like Laurel School.) A list of Ballot Drop-Off Box and Vote Center locations and more information can be found at the San Mateo County Elections website here.

Apply for the San Mateo County Youth Commission  The Youth Commission offers young people the opportunity give their perspective on important issues facing their community and work directly with the Board of Supervisors and County departments. Commissioners engage in policy analysis and recommendations, skill building, leadership development, event planning, and more! Deadline for applications is May 4. For more information, visit here or talk to Hillview 8th-grade student, Vikram Seshadri, who is on the Youth Commission.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions  The Boys Chorus offers exceptional musical training and amazing performance opportunities for boys ages 5-12. Weekly rehearsals are held in San Mateo. Sign up here for auditions.

Springtide Comedy Medley May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A PAC. The Springtide Comedy Medley presents new experiences and 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.

Parent Education
San Mateo County Office of Education Events  
April 30, 6:45 - 8:30 p.m., Capuchino High School Auditorium, 1501 Magnolia Ave., San Bruno - School Emergency Preparedness and Big Five Safety Protocol Information Night here.
May 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parents-As-Partners Institute here.
May 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sequoia High School Carrington Hall - Talking to your Child about Cannabis.

SafeSpace Spring Workshops SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Avenue. Register for the following workshops:
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. 

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