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PTO News
Jan Newsletter Due
Lunchmaster recipes
Teacher gift

SafeSpace Class

Music Concerts
Return Sports Jerseys

Shop Online
MPAEF Auction
Auction Donations
Business & Realtors

Wed Noon Deadline
Q uick Links

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W ednesday, December 20
  • Winter Music Concert - all Hillview Ensembles, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, December 21
  • Minimum Day, dismissal 11:45 a.m.
  • As on all minimum days, there is NO after school SamTrans bus service
Friday, December 22 - Friday, January 5
  • No School - Winter Break
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Monday, January 8 
  • No School - Teacher Collaborative Planning Day
Thursday, January 11 
  • School Board Meeting - 5:00 p.m., TERC Building
Monday, January, 15 
  • No School - Martin Luther King Day

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ACTION REQUIRED! Attention Parents of Current 6th Grade - Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Students entering 7th grade next school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement). Students will not be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school. 
Bring an updated copy of your child's immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. 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 doctor's written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School web site (see link below).
Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your child's clinic or physician's office
  • copy of the yellow immunization record
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your child's clinic, physician's office or pharmacy
All these documents must have your child's name, date of birth, and date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic

For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit here, or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant,  email or  (650) 321-7140, x5912

As on all minimum days, on 12/21, there is NO after school SamTrans bus service. Morning service and the Yellow Bus will run as usual. 

Bus 82 Morning Schedule Update 
SamTrans bus 82 has updated its morning schedule. The morning bus 82 arrives at each pick up point about 10 minutes earlier than published in the back to school information. Please see the updated morning pick up schedule here.

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Happy Holidays from the Newsletter Team 
We wish you a safe and happy holiday break. The next Hillview PTO newsletter will be delivered on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Holiday Teacher Gifts
Hillview PTO coordinates a year-end monetary thank you collection in May for all our wonderful teachers and staff. Gift giving now is entirely optional and not expected. 

Seasonal Sweets
Winter break is a perfect time to try out fun and festive recipes that you can make with your children. Click  here for some kid-friendly treats on the healthier side, including how to make a protein-packed gingerbread house! Craving something sweeter? Find adorable dessert recipes that you and your children can't resist  here. The snowman donut sticks and marshmallow snowmen are almost too cute to eat!  From our family to yours, The Lunchmaster.

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Parent Education
Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes Saturday, January 24, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, February 24, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. See the announcement here.

Open to teen and adults in San Mateo County. Register here through Eventbrite. Fee: $20

This is a one-day, eight-hour course that introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan on how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

The SafeSpace Center in Menlo Park is focused on advocacy, anti-stigma, and wellness initiatives. We believe this approach will lead to youth feeling heard and in charge of their path to mental well being. For more information, contact SafeSpace here or 650-714-4417.

Narges Dillon, a certified instructor and highly regarded Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Program Director for the Star Vista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center.

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After-School Programs
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!  

Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Hillview Music Potluck last Wednesday. Special thanks to parent volunteers for setting up and clean up!  You are the best! It was a lot of fun and great to hear the Jazz Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Choir.

Lastly, congratulations to the Concert Band 2, Orchestra 2 and Choir for being selected to perform in Disneyland! We are still locking in dates but the tour will be in Spring 2018! Congrats to all musicians!

After-School Sports
Fall Sports Jerseys  
Some volleyball and flag football jerseys have not been returned. Check your backpacks and laundry for flag football and  volleyball jerseys. Return them before winter break. Thank you for your  cooperation.

Basketball League 
After-School Basketball League game play continued last week with 1st-league games  for 6th-grade girls and boys.  7th grade played their 2nd-league games this past Thursday (girls)  and Friday (boys).   8th grade will start their league games tomorrow, Monday, December 18. 

8th grade will play at any of the following locations: Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary,  Corte Madera.   6th/7th grade play all their games at Arrillaga Gym. For  schedule, information, check with your coach or Mr. Bell.

Dance and Cheer Team Hillview offers a dance and cheer team during  basketball season. Contact Physical Education Dance Teacher Mrs. DeAnda here for  questions. Registration available  here

Scholarships  are available for all Hillview-supported sports.  Harry Bell, Athletic Director can be contacted  here or Matt Ericksen, PTO Registration Coordinator, here .

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Shop and Support our Schools This Holiday Season
MPAEF has partnered with 80+ retailers offering hundreds of 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.
Gifts for kids - Free shipping on orders of $29+ at Toys R Us and large toy discounts at Target ($10 off $50 & $25 off $100)

Gifts for the chef - up to 70% off hundreds of kitchen and entertaining items at Sur La Table
Gifts for the fashionable - 500 gift ideas at all price points in Bloomingdale's Gift Guide
Gifts for the sporty - Free Shipping at Nike, Northface and Athleta

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 here 
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!




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M-A Big Band Dance Returns New Orleans-Style  February 3, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., M-A Gym.  This New Orleans-themed evening will transport us to the French Quarter, we will dance to live jazz music by the M-A bands and orchestra, participate in a second line parade, and sample Creole/Cajun food... jambalaya or fresh beignets, anyone? Free dance instruction provided! The community is welcome to this fun-filled evening, our program's primary fundraiser. Get your tax-deductible tickets here now,  or support M-A's ensembles via the Menlo-Atherton Music Boosters here.

Menlo-Atherton Little League  Registration for the 2018 Spring Season is now open! Returning family, use 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 here by December 19 for more information.
We are registering youth umpires, age 12-17 with baseball experience. The M-ALL offers a Challenger Division for special needs players age 6 to 18.  For information and registration  visit  here

Palo Alto Girls Softball  Registration for the 2018 spring season  is open here 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.

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.

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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 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.

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