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E Komo Mai Luau
Camp Hillview/WEB

Volunteer at Luau
Volunteer at Hillview
Hot Lunch Volunteer
Service Team
Biking to Hillview

New Superintendent
Parent Education


New Family Social

Q uick Links

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This Week thisweek 
Friday, August 18
  • 8th Grade WEB Training, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday, August 21
  • New-to-MPCSD Family Meet and Greet 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • E Komo Mai Luau, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Hillview campus
  • 8th Grade WEB Training, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 22

  • Board Meeting, 6 p.m. TERC 181 Encinal Avenue
Wednesday, August 23
  • First Day of Camp Hillview, 6th graders only, 9:00 - 1:30
  • 8th Grade WEB, 8:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Hillview New Parent Orientation, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, August 24
  • First Day of School, 8:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Monday, September 4
  • Labor Day - No School
Tuesday, September 5
  • After School Programs begin
  • First day of Homework Center, Math Clinic, and After School Activities Bus
Wednesday, September 6
  • School Pictures in PE class
Thursday, September 7
  • School Pictures in PE class

Monday September 7

  • Staff Development Day - No School
Thursday, September 14
  • Back to School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview Quad
Tuesday, September 19
  • Parent Education: "Between Home and School - Why SafeRouts Matter and How to Make Them a Reality", 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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E Komo Mai Luau
Monday, August 21, note time below.  Students pick up class schedules, 7th/8th graders with completed paperwork pick up iPads. Donate to Hillview PTO. Parents and siblings welcome!

Before arriving, print the Luau Checklist and complete/bring documentation included on list:
  • Signed iPad AUP
  • Printed Hillview ASB online Store receipt (PE uniforms, spirit wear, spirit packs)
  • Printed receipts for Hillview PTO and MPAEF donations, for drawing
  • 7th graders require proof of Tdap vaccination to pick up class schedules
  • 7th / 8th graders - outstanding fines/fees from 2016-17, pay at Luau
Enter the Luau at front entrance of Hillview, look for grade level banners, and plan to arrive in your time window:
  • Last Names A - L 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Last Names M - Z 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
LunchMaster will be BBQ-ing in the Quad! Sample lunch offerings, sign up for daily hot lunch.

VeloFix, l
ocal mobile bike shop - will provide bike safety checks by Santa Cruz Avenue bike racks/ gym at luau.

Parent To Do List for Back to School. Student Commute to School information. Hillview Dress for Success Norms - the Hillview Dress Code.

Can't make it to Luau? No worries! Stop by the Hillview office before school begins with all your paperwork.

Camp Hillview 6th Graders & Web Leaders
Beginning Middle School can be overwhelming for both students and parents, but we want all incoming Hillview Hawks to feel welcome and eager to start their journey. That's why we host Camp Hillview, our 6th grade orientation program that takes place at the start of each year.
 Camp Hillview Letter  has more details.

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Volunteer at the Luau 
The Luau is made possible by a creative and enthusiastic group of committed volunteers working behind the scenes, and we need additional helpers to make the event a success. If you'd like to help out, August 21 from 3:45 - 6:00 p.m., please  email to sign up. 

Volunteer at Hillview
Hillview is a community-supported school - not just with money but with time. Our volunteers contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours of time that save our school, and our district, literally thousands of dollars, and free up time for our teachers and administrators to concentrate on what is most important: educating our children.
To be able to continue to offer our students the most innovative education in a supportive environment, we need each family to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time per year. There are dozens of ways to share your time with our community - in a classroom, on campus, or from home. Would you like to co-lead your child's academy? Can you serve hot lunch once a month? Chaperone two dances, or a field trip? Coordinate a special event for a teacher via email from home? Fill out our volunteer questionnaire here or contact  Hillview's PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Witeck, and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!   

Hot Lunch Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to serve Hot Lunch to students.  It's a 45 to 55 minute commitment at lunchtime. Sign up for once a month, twice a month, weekly or more!  Each time you help serve lunch, you earn a free LunchMaster lunch for your student. Sign-up here.

Service Team Volunteers
Come by the volunteer table at the Luau for volunteer opportunities, or e-mail here.
  • Service Team Leader or one of two Co-Chairs
  • Helpers for specific Drives 
  • Relay for Life Chairman, May
Biking to Hillview 
New bike route! The city has just launched the Oak Grove Bike Route, with dedicated bike lanes along Oak Grove Avenue and "pocket lanes" for crossing Middlefield and El Camino safely. This route is specifically intended to help students get across town to Hillview and M-A High School. More information and a map of the complete route is available here.

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Introducing our new superintendent, Erik Burmeister
Welcome b ack to school! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer with your families bef ore the excitement of the First Day of School is upon us. I am experiencing my own first here in MPCSD, too, as I begin my journey as your superintendent. I know many of you already, but for those I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I'd like to introduce myself. This is my sixth year serving the Menlo Park, Atherton, and East Palo Alto community, having been Hillview's principal for three years and assistant superintendent for the past two years. I am also a part of the parent community here as my son is in the district. One of the things that most impresses me about our community-funded district is the collaboration between parents, teachers, staff, and administration. It is such a joy to serve in a district where we all have the same goal - providing a world class education to our children - and we continually work together to achieve that goal. Whether you are a new kindergarten family, or this is your last year of many in our district, I extend a warm welcome and hearty thank you for everything you do to make our district the special place that it is. I look forward to partnering with you, meeting as many families as I can, and seeing what amazing things we can continue to create together. Please reach out to me here.

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series 
The speaker series back with a stellar line-up for the 2017-18 school year. Events include inspiring and educational talks by Sheryl Sandberg, Michael Gurian, and other experts, as well as opportunities to hear from and interact with city, district, and school administration. Check out event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here and mark your calendars!  All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza is available for potty-trained children. Snacks and beverages provided for attendees.

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After-School Programs
The Hillview PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of After School Programs this Fall! We have a few new program offerings, as well as the returning favorites. From chess to Mandarin, Lacrosse or Cross Country, there is something for every student's interest! Links are provided below to learn 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. 
Questions? Please contact Jamey Hawkins PTO After-School Programs Coordinator

Music News
Band/Orchestra classes are restructured to include advanced 6th graders in 7/8th ensembles. 

Rockin' Orff - Rock Band classes with Mr. Ashfield twice weekly.

Join chorus, especially boys, sing, work on solo for the Spring Musical auditions. We will also work on some arrangements of acapella group Pentatonix. 

Interested in Jazz and Lab Band programs, review the Jazz Cover Letter for all information.  On Monday, August 21 and  Tuesday, August 22 there will be an open rehearsal from  1:00 - 3:00 p.m. C ome talk to Mr. Vaughan to ask questions or email .

Open before school at  8:00 a.m. , at brunch, lunch, and for 15 minutes after school. 
Ms. Piombo and Mrs. Mathenia are looking forward to seeing you,  hope you enjoyed some awesome books over the summer. We cannot wait to hear about your recommendations. 

We welcome all Hillview Families to the 2017-2018 School Year! Information about registration dates/times, practices, and game schedules for lunchtime intramurals and Hillview PTO-sponsored After-School Sports will be posted in weekly newsletters.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports will be held again this year, most likely on Wednesdays and Thursdays during lunchtime in the gym. Please watch for further announcements about the first set of days and activities.

After-School Sports 
After-School Sports Activities sponsored by the Hillview PTO will be up and running all year long. Season by season sports will include:
  • Burgess League Volleyball: All Hillview girls are eligible. Register from August 23 to August 30 on Sportability . Mandatory team placement workouts will take place on Tuesday, September 5. Specific times for your grade level workout will be 3:15 - 4:35 (6 th graders),  4:45 - 6:05 (7 th graders), 6:15 - 7:15 (8 th graders). League games begin week of September 18.
  • Flag Football: Open all Hillview Students. Registration begins on August 23 at 8:00 a.m. on Sportability and fills up fast. The first 20 students to register per grade level will be guaranteed a slot. The first practice will take place on Thursday, September 7.
  • Basketball Leagues are open to all Hillview students. Registration is tentatively scheduled to begin on Sportability in early October. Please watch for further announcements.
Activities will include: Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball, Spring Volleyball Clinic, and the May Madness Basketball Clinic (open to all Hillview students). Watch for further announcements about how to register.

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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New to Hillview? You're invited to the MPAEF New Family Social!
We look forward to welcoming all new families and those with incoming kindergartners to a casual Welcome Social on Sunday , September 24,  from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. You will meet our principal, Willy Huagour new Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, and our MPAEF and Hillview PTO leaders; they'll be talking about our amazing school and our community-funded school district.

Our goal is to make this a fun and educational afternoon for you to meet other parents and hear about what is happening at   Hillview  and in our District. We will also have entertainment and treats for kids so please bring the whole family!   RSVP

We also have a lot of fun and exciting activities planned for this year. Add these to your calendar.
  • Building Community New Families Social - September 24, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview 
  • Giving Thanks Donor Appreciation Evening - October 17, 2017, BBC
  • Community & Fun Dine Out in Menlo Park - Lunch & Dinner October 23, 24, 25, 26, 2017
  • Community & Fun Wine Walk on Santa Cruz Avenue - December 2, 2017
  • FUNdraising Auction and Party - March 17, 2018
  • FUNdraising Online Auction - March 18 - 22, 2018
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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.

To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter. 

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