In This Issue
Tech Talks
6th-Grade Action
Site Council
M-A Music
8th-Grade Party

The Lunchmaster

Speaker Series-

Music Camps
Relay for Life
Volunteers Needed
After-School Programs
Schoolhouse 5K

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, April 8
  • After-School Programs registration open, see Programs & Activities below
  • 7th-Grade WEB leader applications, until April 17
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment for 2019-20 begins
  • After-School Track - first meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo Atherton High School track
Tuesday, April 9
  • Hillview School Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview office
  • School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, April 10
  • MPCSD Parent Education, "Let's Talk about Sex...and Puberty," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC    
Thursday, April 11
  • Relay for Life, mandatory meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Tuesday, April 16  
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview office, large conference room
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue
Tuesday, April 23
  • 5th-Grade Visit, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Hillview campus
Wednesday, April 24
  • 5th-Grade Parent Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., PAC
Thursday, April 25
  • Relay for Life, fundraising meeting, lunchtime, PAC
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 6:30 p.m., PAC
Friday, April 26
  • Trimester 3 midpoint
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Saturday, April 27
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., PAC

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Tech Talks at Hillview
Our first Tech Talk at Hillview on student technology and iPads is available  here  in slide deck format. Parents' responses to the four questions asked in the slide deck are   here . Look over the responses and email Danielle O'Brien here with any comments or additions.

Action Required! Attention: Parents of Current 6th-Grade Students 
Vaccinations due before Thursday, August 22 (first day of school)
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
  • NEW LAW* for Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination
All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2019-20 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement) AND a second Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination. *(This new law is effective July 1, 2019 and is required for 7th-grade entry.)

To avoid exclusion on the first day of school, bring an updated copy of your student's immunization record showing proof of Tdap administered on/or after the 7th birthday and a second Varicella vaccination to the school office or email a pdf to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here.

Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide a written statement from a California licensed doctor (MD or DO). The specific information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website here

Acceptable proof of immunization includes the following and must have your student's first and last name, date of birth, date Tdap and 2nd Varicella was administered, and if not on medical clinic letterhead, a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic:
  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your student's clinic or physician's office
  • A stamped or signed copy of the yellow immunization record
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your student's clinic, physician's office, or pharmacy
For more information about the law and immunizations for school, visit here.

Hillview Site Council Meeting and Election
Tuesday, April 9, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office  
Site Council is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff, and students, who meet monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here
. Elections for the 2019-2021 term will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview conference room. All parent nominees are asked to attend, and all interested Hillview parents are welcome to participate in the election and site council meeting. Questions? Contact Theanne Thomson here.

Parents of 8th-Grade Students
M-A Music Auditions Required for Placement
Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band are offered at M-A. Specific audition information is here,  and the link for sign-up here . M-A Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC this year, and the Jazz Band travelled to Spain last year. The Concert Band also tours. Mr. Kurrus, M_A Musical Director, will be coming to Hillview in April. Look over the material and sign up for a time. For questions, ask Mr. Vaughan or email Mr. Kurrus here Keep music in your life!

Graduation Celebration
Now is the time to make your donation to the Graduation Night Celebration. Many of the fees for creating this celebration are due in April; we have only heard from about half of the 8th-grade class. Consider making a donation here $50 per student is the recommended amount.

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Re-Enrollment for 2019-20
Monday, April 8 - Friday, April 26
Help our schools and district better plan and prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Monday, April 8, all parents of current K-7 grade students will receive their student's re-enrollment notification email from PowerSchool Registration. Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, complete the re-enrollment process by April 26. 
If your plans change, you can still contact our registrar to update your enrollment status at a later date.

Note that using PowerSchool before April 26 is a simpler process. After April 26, you will be required to schedule an appointment with the registrar to re-verify your student's information and submit new proof of residency as part of completing student's re-enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. For questions about this process, contact the District Registrar here.

MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
"Let's Talk about Sex...and Puberty"
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. 
Join us for a parents-only interactive workshop with Vanessa Kellam, Parent Engagement Coordinator with Health Connected. Health Connected is 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. This workshop is designed for adults who have teens and pre-teens.

Steve & Kate 's Camp will provide free childcare for potty-trained children at our Speaker Series events. Activities that kids can enjoy - animation stations (kids can make stop-motion films), craft projects, card games, and board games. Free pizza dinner will be served to children in the childcare room.  Event descriptions and the full schedule are on our website here . All events are free to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

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Hillview Music
Summer Music Enrichment Programs
Our own Mr. Vaughan has thoughtfully assembled a quick-reference guide for anyone interested in continuing their musical education over the summer. The information is available here. If you are interested in the "Summer In The City" program at San Jose State, Directors Scholarships are available. Contact Mr. Vaughan  here to apply.

Hillview Service Team
Fighting Cancer
After a fun few months of finding our inner activist with a guest speaker from, learning about sustainable choices from a compostable toothbrush inventor at, and conducting our own "plastic straw alternative" experiment, the Hillview Service Team is moving on from environmental awareness to fighting cancer!

Hillview 5th Annual Relay for Life
Hillview is kicking off our 5th annual Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students can still grab sign-up sheets in the office and submit Thursday, April 11 at our kickoff meeting to participate. Flyer here and below.

Service Team Needs Your Help!
Service Team is a parent-supported lunchtime club, and we cannot run this fun and inspiring event without you. You can learn more and sign up  here.

Hillview After-School Programs
Register today! 
Spring 2019 | After-School Programs

Starfire Coding - Python Level I here Mondays
Starfire Coding - Python Level II here
Starfire Coding - Advanced Python here
Spring Conditioning offered by Stella Bergan here
Mondays & Wednesdays
Speech and Debate by Coach Brier Buchalter here
NEW! Acoustic Guitar offered by J ACE J Music here
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC here
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here
Contact, Hillview ASP Coordinator, here with questions.
Hillview After-School Sports
After-School Track - First Week
Monday April 8,  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.,  Menlo Atherton High School track 
Parking is available at M-A Gym parking lot on Ringwood Avenue. Check in with Coach Hunt. 
On-time pick-up is 7:30 p.m. Reach Coach Hunt here. Our second meeting is  Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m., Hillview Middle School track.

Track Registration - open spots available
The program begins Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, May 15. Track practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays generally from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on the Menlo-Atherton High School track. Participating schools include Hillview, Oak Knoll, Encinal, Woodside Elementary, La Entrada, and Corte Madera. You can register for track   here .  

Scholarships A pply for a need-based scholarship, email here Questions regarding sports programs, email  here .

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Get Ready to Rock this Run!  
The 2019 Schoolhouse Rocks Run and Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School.

Join us for a 5K Race or Fun Run and celebrate afterwards at our Festival, complete with jumpy houses, rock climbing wall, kids' zone, food trucks, a DJ and more! Bring the whole family, this is an event not to be missed! Support our district schools and Rock this Run.

Race tickets are on sale NOW! Register here.
  • Register today to get early registration prices ($35 per person)
  • Prices go up to $45 per person after April 19
  • Register to become a Family Sponsor ($500) by April 14 to have your name listed on the rockin' run T-shirt - as well as many other cool benefits of supporting our run, including home delivery of your race packets and access to the VIP Family Sponsor area at the post-race festival!
Not a runner? Join us for the festival immediately following the race! Admission is free!  Visit here for more information and to register for the race TODAY.

Help Make this Run Rock
There are many volunteer opportunities both before and during the run and Festival. Sign up here! You Rock!

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


Alkalign here

Chris E. Lindsey, DDS here

CKA Architects here

CrossPond Law here

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Portola Valley Theater Company Spring classes now enrolling. Classes begin April 8, at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Check out a variety of fun classes and workshops for actors ages 3 years old through high school. Classes focus on artistic excellence and community building with the student at the center of the creativity. Workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore a specialized area of theatre. Our whole spring session will focus on theatrical process and experimentation! Register here.

Mental Health Workshop for Kids  Thursday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park. The SafeSpace Youth Action Board in coordination with local mental health professionals presents "This Affects Us All: Helping a Friend in Crisis," a ninety-minute workshop on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health, handle and defuse crisis situations, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and discuss difficult topics. This free presentation is for kids ages 11-20. Register here .

Help Students Who Need You Most: All Students Matter Wednesday, April 24, 10:00a.m., in Menlo Park at the home of a current volunteer. Come learn about volunteering next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. These students, who face many challenges, are eager for your support to help build their academic and social/emotional skills. Contact Keri Tully Program Director, here to receive details. Learn more about us here.

Hillview Drama Presents Mary Poppins! Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Hillview PAC. Grab your flying umbrella and your children, and get carried away into the world of Mary Poppins! Taking the two Banks children on magical adventures, Mary Poppins has a profound impact on the entire family, singing, "Anything can happen if you let it." Step in time with Hillview Middle School cast and crew as we celebrate this beloved musical. Tickets on sale here now. Adult $17 and Child $12.

Rally for Riekes 2019 Saturday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. The Riekes Center here for human enhancement was established in 1996 here as a non-profit providing programs and services here to the greater Peninsula/Bay Area communities. This annual Rally for Riekes makes it possible for all students to participate no matter their level of resources by raising scholarship funds. Join us for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, delicious food, and fun activities at our annual Rally for Riekes celebration here. Dress is casual. Come ready to play!

Host an International Student Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing your home and daily life with AFS Intercultural Programs. AFS is looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or here. See what our San Francisco Bay Area AFS Students do in the video here!

SafeSpace Support Line In partnership with 7 Cups of Tea, SafeSpace now offers young people a new 24/7 compassionate listening app, SafeSpace Support Line here. Teens can anonymously chat one-on-one about their problems with a non-judgemental trained active listener in multiple languages in a secure environment at any time, on their own device, at no cost. This online emotional support service is not meant to replace therapy. Users can choose a random listener, or select one based on the life experiences, ethnicity, and expertise as provided on their profile. The app provides an extensive selection of exercises, or personal growth paths, that help users gain skills and knowledge on specific issues that concern them, like social anxiety, stress, or loneliness.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions The mission of the San Francisco Boys Chorus is to provide music education, vocal training, and performance experience at the highest artistic level to boys from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Boys perform with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Jose Opera, and San Francisco Opera. San Mateo rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons. Learn more and sign up for auditions here

Holocaust Remembrance Day Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.; JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco. Come together for a community program honoring victims of the Shoah, with keynote speaker Father Patrick Desbois. All are welcome to this free, community-wide event. More info here.

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