In This Issue
Musical Assembly
Device Contracts
Lost and Found
Safe Routes
8th-Grade Info

Holiday Cooking
Newsletter Deadline

Head Lice
Speaker Series

After-School Classes
HawkTalk Awards
Music Competition
Service Team 

Auction Tickets
Donate To  Auction

Q uick Links

Questions? Email:
This Week ThisWeek 

Tuesday, December 18
  • Change to Schedule for Musical Assemblies, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Hillview
  • English Learner Family Winter Social, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Encinal School, 195 Encinal Avenue
  • Hillview Music Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Wednesday, December 19
  • Device Contracts Due, Signed and Returned to School
  • Hillview Newsletter Submissions Due, 12:00 Noon, for Newsletter after Winter Break
  • Lost and Found Donated Today
Friday, December 21
  • Minimum Day - Dismissal 11:45 a.m.
Monday, December 24, 2018 - January 8, 2019
  • No School - Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Resumes
  • Safe Routes to School - Presentation, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, January 23
  • MPAEF Auction Tickets Go on Sale
  • Menlo Atherton High School Information Night for Parents and Students, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

Newsletter Button
Musical Assembly - Change of School Day Schedule
Tuesday, December 18, 1:10 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., PAC. Hillview Winter Concert Assembly will be taking place during open session. The school will have a special schedule that will split students into two groups, so that everyone may enjoy the musical delights of our student musicians. The first assembly begins at 1:10 p.m. (Lab Band, 6th Band, and 7/8 Concert Band) and the second at 2:10 p.m. (Jazz Band, 6th Orchestra, 7/8 Orchestra). The evening performance with all ensembles begins at 7:00 p.m. Invite a friend and bring a neighbor!  

Device Contracts  
This past week, device contracts here were emailed home along with a note here regarding device use at home. Be sure to complete the device contract and return it to school by Wednesday, December 19. It is important that iPads are used as an academic tool and that they are used appropriately both at school and outside of school.

iPads During Winter Break
Winter break allows for time away from school, and we value this time as family time and time away from technology. For these reasons, internet access on the school iPad will be shut down from Sunday, December 23 at midnight through Sunday, January 6 at midnight. This allows for two days on either end of break for students to do any academic work necessary. Should students want to read on their iPads over break using OverDrive, our online library, they will need to download the books to their iPads. If traveling over the break, make sure the iPad does not leave the country.

Action Required - Please Read 
Parents of Current 6th Grade students - Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination and 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 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 the school with a licensed doctor's written statement. The information required in this statement may be found  here .

Acceptable proof of immunization includes the following and must have your student's name, date of birth, date Tdap and second Varicella were 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.

Lost and Found
Wednesday, December 19 everything will be donated.  The holiday break is fast approaching which means it is once again time for the lost and found to be donated. The lost and found is filling up fast. Come by the student center and check it out. Everything is located outside hanging up.

Safe Routes to School Parent Session
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., PAC. For parents interested in bike education, Hillview will be hosting a parent session in the new year on bike safety and education. All are welcome to attend and participate in this information session put on by Safe Routes to School.

Information for 8th Grade Families
Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hillview PAC. Mark your calendars to hear Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of Menlo-Atherton High School, give an overview of M-A academic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings. There will Q's and A's with Mrs. Kennel and M-A College Advisor, Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen, along with the perspectives from a panel of former Hillview students on what life at M-A is really like. The evening is open to everyone. Email Alice Hom here with questions

TIDE Academy Information Night
January 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Redwood City Library. Sequoia Union High School District has a new school, TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design, Engineering) Academy, which is enrolling now. This is the first public high school within the Peninsula to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Teachers will develop the critical skills and aspirations of each student through the intimate attention of a small school setting. All curriculum will be STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based and interdisciplinary learning as a focal point. TIDE Academy will open August 2019 and will start with the founding class of approximately 100 ninth-grade students. The district's priority window is open November 15 - February 1, 2019. Visit our website here  for more information.

Newsletter Button
Happy Holiday Cooking
Get everyone involved with making festive food this winter. Have them help decorate cookies, make a gingerbread house, or thread popcorn for a tree. You can even make a snowman scene by using all of the five MyPlate groups for this recipe here With so many fun possibilities, your family will love preparing food for the holidays!

Newsletter Submission Early Deadline
Wednesday, December 19, noon is the deadline for the January 6, 2019 newsletter. 

Newsletter Button
MPCSD  News  mpcsdnews
Head Lice at School
Tens of millions of school-age children get head lice every year worldwide. While head lice can be a nuisance, they do not cause disease and they are not a sign of poor hygiene or uncleanliness. Head lice, commonly known as pediculosis, is spread through close person-to-person contact. They cannot fly, jump or hop, but they do crawl. For school-age children, the highest probability of contracting head lice comes from sharing personal belongings like brushes, combs, helmets and hats.

To assist us in the prevention of head lice, please speak with your child about not sharing personal items that touch the head, such as combs or hats, and also make a habit of checking your child/ren's hair weekly and when your child may have been exposed. If head lice or nits are found, please treat immediately and inform the school office. When the child that has been treated for head lice returns to school, his or her head should be checked by the school nurse or health representative to insure that it is free of lice and nits. For more information on the MPCSD head lice policy, use the following link: MPCSD Head Lice Policy hereLianne Jemelian, RN  MPCSD District Nurse

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series
Series Continues in 2019 
More amazing speakers and timely topics. Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here . All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.  Join us for our next event:
"From Columbine to Parkland: Is This the New Normal?"  Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillview PAC. A "fireside chat" with Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School and Erik Burmeister, MPCSD Superintendent.  Mr. DeAngelis will share his experience as the principal of Columbine High School before, during, and after the 1999 tragedy. Join us for an enlightening and educational conversation about violence, guns, schools, student mental health, and more. While children are welcome at Speaker Series events, due to the content of this event, parent discretion is advised.

Newsletter Button
Programs & Activities programsandactivities
Hillview After-School Programs
Winter program registration is open!

Winter 2019 | After-School Programs
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here
Starfire Coding - Python Level I here
Starfire Coding - Advanced Python here
Winter 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 -
Info coming soon!
Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School here
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC - Info coming soon!
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays

Contact, Hillview ASP Coordinator, here with questions.

Hillview HawkTalk
Hillview Broadcast Students Garner National Recognition
Congrats to 8th-grade students, Lucy Low and Isa Arizini, for placing in the top five at Student Television Network nationwide contest for young broadcast journalists. Their PSA entry, Stop Plastic Pollution, was designated honorable mention out of hundreds of entries from competing middle schools and high schools across the United States. This marks the second time Hillview Middle School has been honored by STN, an organization that is dedicated to supporting high school and middle school broadcasting, film, media programs such as Hillview HawkTalk. To view their winning PSA entry and other content produced by Hillview broadcast students, visit here.

Hillview Library
Tons of Ways to Connect with the Library Over the Break!
Bonus Book Week - All students with clear library accounts may check out up to EIGHT print books over the break!

eBooks and audiobooks - Students may check out up to five. Note that student iPads will lose internet over the break, so download any content to your iPad before end of school Friday. Or use your personal devices - just about anything that connects to the internet or wifi!

Public Libraries 
Closed on holidays but otherwise open over the break! Menlo Park Library Events here. Atherton Library here has fun events for toddlers and elementary school kids. Lots of crafts and meals going on at the East Palo Alto Library here.

Hillview Music News
Concerto Competition
To all musicians - a local community orchestra, the new Millennium Chamber Orchestra will be holding a Concerto Competition in February. Read the flyer here and if you have questions, ask Mr. Vaughan here.

Hillview Service Team News
A Great Month Giving Back to our Community! 
Hillview students donated 300 pounds (!) of candy to troops through our Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Drive .

Students had the opportunity to bring toys to the animals at Pets in Need and tour the shelter. 


Ten students offered companionship, conversation, and crack bingo skills to the Seniors at Lytton Gardens on our monthly bingo visit.

Service Team Speaker - Charles Knuckles, Director of City Teams    
An Outreach Program for homeless individuals in San Jose spoke to our students this past week. Having once been homeless himself, Charles kicked off a great discussion on what kind of actions and donations restore dignity and hygiene for his shelter residents. The kids had some great insights and are excited to begin assembly of toiletry kits this week.

The Service Team is grateful for your support. We look forward to finding meaningful ways for your kids to give back to their community.

Newsletter Button
MPAEF News  mpaefnews 
Save the Date - It's For the Kids Auction and Party
Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location:   Hotel Nia , Menlo Park
Tickets:  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 23, 2019. There are 2 ticket options to choose from:
  • Dinner Plus Experience $195/ticket. This premier event starts at 6:00 pm and includes a delicious sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, beer/wine, complimentary cocktail, and early access to the silent auction - followed by a live band, dancing, and dessert bar!
  • Auction Party Only $95/ticket. This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 pm including beer/wine, live band, dancing, and dessert.
Attire:  Casual Cocktail
Fund-A-Need Theme World Language & Global Citizenship

Great Donations Make Great Auctions! We are looking for auction items.
Do you have a fabulous second home? Season tickets to some fantastic Bay Area sports teams? Would your business like to host a Kids in Training experience? Want to host a fun adult party with your friends? Or just want to donate money for an item?

Fill out our Auction Donation Google Form here Thank you for your generosity!

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!


C ameron L. Aboudara DDS MS - Orthodontics for Children and Adults here

Dulcy Freeman, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realtor here

Hessler Plastic Surgery here

Keri Nicholas, Pinel Realtor s here

back to top

Newsletter Button
Community Newscommunitynews
Menlowe Ballet It's a Wonderful Nutcracker! Friday, December 21 - Sunday, December 23, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Blending the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra's 1940's iconic film, It's a Wonderful Life. This production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, whimsy, and original blending of these two classic tales. Congratulations to MPCSD students who are performing! Tickets available here.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory Theater Classes  945 Portola Road, Portola Valley Check out a variety of fun classes for actors ages 3 years old to high school. Classes inspire playfulness and imagination encouraging young artists to develop their own creativity through acting and musical theatre. Register online here for the winter session, which begins week of January 14.

PALY Journalism Camp If you have a rising 8th- or 9th-grade student interested in journalism, check out Palo Alto High School Camp MAC here, a week-long summer program teaching the basics of reporting and journalistic writing in the state of the art Media Arts Center. Sign up before March 1 to receive $20 off the total cost! More info and sign-up here.

Newsletter Button
Newsletter Details Newsletter
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 to the Newsletter : The deadline to submit to the Hillview Newsletter is Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . 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.

Submissions with Photos or Names of Students: Provide the names of the students in the photo to the administrator of the school that the student attends. Request that the administrator send approval for the use of photos and student names to

Submissions for Off-Campus Community event: E mail your announcement to . The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon.

Archives: Look up past issues in our  online archive.