In This Issue
Host an Intern
Site Council

PTO News
Winter Recipes

After-School Winter
Music Concerts
Toy Drive 
Lost and Found
Return Sports Jerseys

Shop Online
MPAEF Auction
Auction Donations
Business & Realtors

Wed. Noon Deadline
Q uick Links

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Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15
  • ASB Holiday Spirit Week
  • ASB Toy Drive - New Toys Gift Cards, Front Office
  • ASB Lost and Found - Hangers needed
  • Return Basketball and Volleyball Jerseys - due now

Tuesday, December 12

  • Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, December 13
  • Jazz Concert - Hillview, La Entrada & Stanford Jazz Workshop's Giant Steps Middle School Band, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, December 14
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Winter Social, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Encinal School, Small Multipurpose Building
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Wednesday, December 20
  • Winter Music Concert featuring all HV Ensembles, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, December 21
  • Minimum Day, dismissal 11:45 p.m.
Friday, December 22 - January 5
  • Winter Break - No School
Monday, January 8
  • No School - Teacher Collaborative Planning Day

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Host a MP School Intern from Spain
We need a host family for our Hillview/Oak Knoll intern, Eva, early twenties, who comes from Soria, Spain. Her previously arranged hosts are not able to take an intern after all, so we have a great opportunity for another family. We ask host families to share their home with our intern for a 3 - 6 month period. The interns will return to their countries in mid-late June. Our interns assist in the Spanish specialist classrooms at Oak Knoll and in language classrooms at Hillview. They speak English and they are taking English enrichment classes through a Palo Alto adult program. 

Be a host family and share your American culture with our interns!  For questions regarding hosting an intern or additional information, contact parent volunteer coordinator, Liliana Perazich here   or call 415-297-0125.  Feel free to pass this info to anyone you may feel would be interested. The families do not need to be a MPCSD family.

Hillview Site Council
Tuesday, December 12, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. We will be discussing the district and school survey to be administered by Panorama in January. We will be receiving updates on student wellness programs and the new California Department of Education "Dashboard" to evaluate school performance.

We are a collaborative group who meet monthly to discuss school-wide goals. Our mission is to empower all students to be resilient problem solvers, compassionate contributors, and lifelong learners during their journey of academic and personal growth.  All parents in our community are welcome to attend these meetings.

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H eartwarming Winter Recipes
Cold winter months are the perfect time to whip up a bowl of vegetable-based soups and stews. Soups make it very easy to get in your daily servings of veggies and to try out something new. Satiating ingredients, including legumes, quinoa, and barley, offer an excellent source of fiber and protein and can easily be added to soups. Recipes  here!

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After-School Programs
Winter After-School Programs are now accepting registrations! Scholarships are available; if interested, please contact your student's counselor.
Winter Conditioning Program with Stella Fit
The winter class will run from January 22 to March 16, Mondays 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:40 - 3:40 p.m. Program cost is $250. The Stella Fit Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program is for kids who would like to keep up or improve their conditioning over the winter months. This program will help improve running endurance, speed, quickness, strength, and balance. We will be doing running drills on the track, along with foundational mobility, strength, speed, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine.

Stella Fit's programs are meant for kids at all levels and are designed for results in a safe and fun environment. This program will also weave in talks on nutritional support, mental strategies, and sleep for optimal health and performance. The program will be led by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT and assisted by Chelsea Fleher, a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.

Hillview Hawks, Listen Up!
Hillview Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. All ensembles - Chorus, Band 1, Band 2, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, Lab Band and Jazz Band will be performing. Come celebrate our children's musical talents!  

Jazz Collaboration Concert with the La Entrada Jazz Band and Stanford Jazz Workshop's Giant Steps Middle School Big Band and  Hillview's Lab and Jazz Band, Wednesday, December 13,  7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. It's going to be a great evening of music, celebrating America's truly original musical art form - Jazz!  Tickets are free, but everyone will need one. All ticket holders will receive a discount code that will give them a $25 discount off of tuition for  Stanford Jazz Workshop summer programs.  Get your tickets  here It's going to be a swinging time! Join us!

Service Team
ASB Toy Drive
Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15, drop-off at Hillview office.  The Service Team is working with ASB on the Hillview Toy Drive to benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The wish list from the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital is attached here. There is a bin in the office labeled New Toys and an envelope at the front desk for gift cards. Thanks for bringing joy over the holidays to those with seriously ill children.  

After-School Sports
Fall Sports Program Uniforms 
A fter-School  Fall Sports uniforms should be returned to the front office. Thank you for your

Basketball League 
After-School Basketball League Games:

6th-grade games 
  • Tuesday, December 12 - girls
  • Wednesday, December 13 - boys
7th-grade games
  • Thursday, December 14 -girls
  • Friday, December 15 - boys
8th-grade games
  • Monday, December 18
8th grade plays at the following locations: Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary, Corte Madera. 6th/7th  grade play all games at Arrillaga Gym.

Refund deadline for After-School Basketball has passed. Thank you for understanding.
Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports. 

For more information regarding these programs, email Harry Bell, Athletic Director here or call at 650-483-4049. Contact Matt Ericksen, PTO Registration Coordinator, here .

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Shop and Support our Schools This Holiday Season
Check out the largest December toy sale and free shipping on orders of $29 or more! Shop from hundreds of choices at Toys R US, while also giving back to your child's school. MPAEF has partnered with 80+ retailers to offer you specials deals, and they will give Menlo Park Schools up to 8% cash back on all purchases. Amazon, Target, Lego Store, Macy's and more! You must click through our site here to qualify. 

Come Party With Us!
The MPAEF Auction Party is March 10, 2018 at the Hiller Aviation Museum! Mark your calendars now, buy tickets here and come help us make this the best auction party yet! It's For The Kids!  Tickets go on sale January 15, 2018.

Call For 2018 Auction Donations!
Help us build a fantastic auction catalog! Your donation will be featured in our printed auction catalog which will be distributed to every family this coming February. Here are some of the ways you can help!
  • Host a party, event or experience for kids
  • Host a party, event or experience for parents
  • Do you have a vacation home? Consider donating an adventure/getaway
  • Donate tickets to a sporting event or other performance
  • Donate wine, dining experiences, culinary classes, etc.
  • Organize /donate an "insider tour" at Facebook, Google, Apple, EA, or other hot tech company
  • Other ideas are very welcome!! Contact us at
To donate, just go here and fill out the simple Google Form. Deadline for catalog submissions is January 26, 2018. Thank you!

Thank you to our Business and Realtor 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!

E2C Construction Company, Inc.

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Dancers Repertory Theatre Presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas December 10, Woodside Performing Arts Center. This dance-theatre event includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults. All seats are reserved. Get tickets here.

Menlo-Atherton Little League  Registration for the 2018 Spring Season is now open! If you are a returning family, use your existing email to log in. M-ALL is offering the following divisions to players age 5 to 13:
  • T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Machine Pitch
  • Triple A (player-pitch), Minors, Majors
  • 50/70: Generating interest list. Email by December 19 for more information
We are also registering youth umpires, age 12-17 with baseball experience. The M-ALL also offers a Challenger Division for special needs players age 6 to 18.  For more information and to register, visit our website here

Next Level Youth Flag Football at Menlo Atherton High School  Join the Menlo Atherton Varsity coaching staff and student-athletes this upcoming season for a unique youth sports experience. Open to all participants K-7th grades; no experience needed. The season runs from mid-January to mid-March; practices and games are on Sunday. Sign up here with friends and classmates and form your own team.

Palo Alto Girls Softball  Registration for the 2018 spring season is open until January 15. Girls ages 5-15 with all skill levels are welcome to join. Registered players can participate in numerous clinics that serve beginners and experienced players alike. Teams will be formed in January; practices start in February, and games go through May. Click  here or email us   here for more information.

Free Lacrosse Clinic  January 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hillview Middle School.  Introductory clinics hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. R egister here . Spring season runs January to May. A few spots remain available on our teams. New players are welcome.

Galileo Innovation Camps for Rising 5th - 8th Grade At Galileo, we believe that kids can change the world (and have a blast while they're at it.) That's why we combine a mindset-shaping, innovation-based approach with crazy, summertime fun and run captivating camps that kids love. Galileo Summer Quest  hosted by Hillview Middle School. Info here.

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