In This Issue
Site Council
Spirit Day

8th grade volunteer
Volunteer at Hillview
Hot Lunch Volunteer
Service Team
Biking to Hillview

New Superintendent
Speaker Series

After-School Program
Music News
VolunteersSchool Dances Sports

New Family Social
Open positions -
  MPAEF Director
  MPAEF Web master

MPAEF/Hillview PTO Joint Campaign
Q uick Links

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This Week thisweek 
Tuesday, August 29
  • Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office Conference Room

Wednesday, August 30

  • Spirit Day-Wear Hawk blue
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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
  • Volleyball mandatory team placement workouts, 3:15 -

    7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6

  • School Pictures in PE class
Thursday, September 7
  • School Pictures in PE class
Monday September 11
  • 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 Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them a Reality", 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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The Site Council
A collaborative group of parents, teachers, and staff who meet monthly to establish school-wide goals to inspire and empower all students to be problem solvers, contributors, and lifelong learners during their journey of academic and personal growth.

Our first meeting will be next Tuesday, August 29, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. We will discuss plans to address student well-being, review our curriculum, and student achievement goals.  All parents in our community are welcome to attend these meetings.

Spirit Day
Wear Hillview Hawk blue for Spirit Day on Wednesday, August 30. Show  your support for the Hillview PTO and MPAEF.

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Thank You Luau Volunteers
Thanks to everyone for helping to make the Luau a success. It takes a village and we had many volunteers who helped the crowds receive PE clothing, iPads, schedules, and information about donating to PTO and MPAEF. Thanks to you ALL!

Volunteer at Hillview
Hillview is a community-supported school, not just with money, but with time. Our volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of time that save our school and district, 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 innovative educational programs 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!   

Have an 8th grader? 
Want to help out in a BIG way? We are looking for a few volunteers to put together the 8th-Grade Graduation Dance Party. Find friends and sign up to plan this fun-filled event. The graduates will be grateful. Contact Nancy  here.

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
For opportunities to volunteer with the service team e-mail here.
-Service Team Leader or one of two Co-Chairs
-Helpers for specific drives 
-Relay for Life Chairman, May 2018

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 safely crossing El Camino. 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 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 is 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 administrators. 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 are available for potty-trained children. Snacks and beverages will be 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. Use the links below to learn more about each program, including a course description, registration, and pricing information. Note that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. 
Questions? Contact Jamey Hawkins, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator

Library Volunteers Needed  to assist our brilliant librarians, Tracy Piombo and Aimee Mathenia.  Tasks are project based, including mending books, pulling books for research, etc.  The job is very flexible as far as your time and availability. E mail Alice Hom here  for queries or to sign up.

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

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

Join a 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.  C ome talk to Mr. Vaughan to ask questions or  email .

School Dances
Dance Chaperone Volunteers
The ASB and Mr. Darmanin are looking for volunteers to chaperone  once, twice, or three times throughout the school year for one to two hours shifts. Email here for questions or to sign up.

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 
Flag Football Registration open August 23 - August 31; available online at Sportability. We will field one team each for grades 6th - 8th with twenty players maximum per team. When registration is full, you'll be placed on the waiting list.

Practices and games are usually Tuesday/Thursday/Friday. Practices begin Thursday, September 7 and usually meet 3:00 to 5:00. Session will end November 3. Games normally begin at 4:00 or 5:00. Fridays are games only, no practice. Players must have a mouthpiece to participate. Experience in football is not necessary to participate.

Girls Volleyball Registration open August 23 - August 31 available online at Sportability. Each volleyball team has ten players and we can field as many teams as we have coaches. In the past, we've had 3-6 teams per grade level. We always need parent coaches to field teams. There will be some teams with non-parent coaches, but not nearly enough to cover all teams. Let us know if you are able to coach on the registration form or notify Harry Bell. When registration is full, you'll be placed on the waiting list.

If we don't have enough coaches for all players registered, we will give priority to those who registered first. Practice will begin after September 5. Games will begin Monday, September 18 for 7th/8th-grade teams and Tuesday, September 19 for 6th-grade teams. Season ends before Thanksgiving.

Mandatory Team Placement workouts will be held in Hillview Gym, Tuesday, September 5:
  • 6th grade 3:15 - 4:35 
  • 7th grade 4:45 - 6:05 
  • 8th grade 6:15 - 7:30
No refunds are available for all after school sports after the registration deadline. August 31 for all after school sports. We look forward to a great after school sports season!

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,  3:00 - 5:00 p.m. hosted by the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. You will meet our new Superintendent, Erik Burmeister,  for a discussion about our community-funded school district, how through local support our school leaders create comprehensive, innovative, and best-in-class education offerings for all of our children.
Our goal is to make this a fun and educational afternoon for you. You will meet other new, incoming parents, families and hear from district leaders including school principals, school board members and MPAEF and PTO leaders. We will also have Daffy Dave entertaining the younger kids, games for the middle schoolers, and treats for all. Please bring the whole family!   RSVP

Searching for our next MPAEF Director! 
Susannah Hill, our rockstar MPAEF Director, is retiring and we are searching for a new rockstar to lead our team! We are searching for someone passionate about MPCSD who believes in the value of providing an excellent public-school education. The Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management of the MPAEF to enable the organization to achieve its goals. Here is a job description. Forward resumes here. Contact Jennifer Dahmus for more information.  

Want to help contribute $1,000s to your kid's schools? Become our Volunteer MPAEF Web Master!  A fun and easy volunteer job that can be done on your own time. The MPAEF web master will maintain the MPAEF web site, its content management system, and the email capabilities on a virtual private server. The web master is also in charge of the  domain. The time commitment from October to July is 0 - 1 hour per week. The time commitment for August and September ranges from 2 - 4 hours per week. The web master will:
-Administer virtual private server on site5

-Update web page layout and content for and subdomains via Drupal

-Manage email addresses and forwarders for

-Contact Stacey  here  for information on joining our awesome MPAEF volunteer Board!

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

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Why We Give
Support Our PTO and the MPAEF  Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
When you support our  Parent Tea cher Organization (PTO), you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building  events, and well supplied  classrooms. M or e information  here  about the PTO and how to donate.
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The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) provides vital funding to increase the per-pupil spending in our District. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools - both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science.

For more information about the MPAEF and to donate or pledge, please go here.

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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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