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Tdap Vaccination
After School
The Memory Project

Service Team
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This Weektop 

Tuesday, December 20
  • 7/8 Orchestra Concert, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., San Francisco City Hall
Wednesday, December 21
  • No Block Schedule, 2:30 p.m. Dismissal
Thursday, December 22
  • No Block Schedule, Minimum Day, 11:45 a.m Dismissal
Friday, December 23 to Friday, January 6
  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break  
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Monday, January 9
  • NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Tuesday, January 10

  • School Resumes

Monday, January 16

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 17
  •  PTO General Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview PAC
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ACTION REQUIRED! Attn: Parents of Current 6th Graders - Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
All incoming 7th graders in the 2017-18 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. 
To avoid exclusion on 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;
  • A 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, date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic. 

For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit, or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant at or  (650) 321-7140, x5912
After School On Campus
After school, we are still a school!  We have a number of classes so it needs to continue to be a school setting, and we are noticing students hanging out in the quad, under the lunch shelter, and on the field after our 15 minute bell. Students are not allowed to hang out on campus after school without being in an after school class, including Homework Center. Please make sure your student has a plan to leave campus and get home in a timely fashion.

The Memory Project with Ms. Kogan's Advanced Art Class
Each year, Ms. Kogan's Advanced Art class works on a portrait drawing project supporting the organization, The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits of children around the world that face various hardships; many of whom live in orphanages. Hillview art students drew realistic portraits based on photographs of three year olds in an orphanage in Columbia. They learned the names of the children as well as their favorite color, which they had to incorporate into the drawings. Most students spent about two weeks on the portraits and focused carefully on creating the best drawing possible as the drawing would become a cherished possession of the children. Click here to see video footage of the portrait delivery from The Memory Project. You can easily see how thrilled the children are to receive such a personal present. What a wonderful gift our students gave to these children, touching their lives thousands of miles away from Menlo Park. Collectively, The Memory Project donated $5300 to the orphanages in Columbia that participated in the portrait program to help the youth at these locations.  

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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 8. Deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday, January 4.
Character Ed Returns in 2017 - Please Volunteer to Lead Community Wellness Circles
Ms. O'Brien, Ms. Watts and Ms. Staff are looking for parent volunteers to lead groups of students as part of the new "re-mixed and re-branded" Character Ed, now known as Community Wellness!
Training takes place at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, with guest trainer Karen Junker, who works with area schools developing community building circles, conflict resolution circles, suspension diversion and bullying intervention.
Parent volunteers will train on January 19 with Ms. Junker and the Hillview Community Wellness team, then facilitate groups of 15-20 students on one   Friday  in February and one   Friday  in March around a discussion prompt. The prompt in December, led by Hillview teachers, was "What stresses you out?" Please   email  Hillview parent Susannah Hill to sign up or learn more.

Holiday Teacher Gifts
Please note that the PTO coordinates a year end thank you gift collection for all our wonderful teachers and staff at Hillview in May. So as you are making your list of naughty and nice, remember that gifting this holiday season is entirely optional and not expected.
PTO General Meeting
The PTO will be holding the second of three general membership meetings on Tuesday, January 17 from   9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  in the Hillview PAC. In addition to regular business and reports there will be two major items on the agenda. The Hillview PTO Executive Committee will be discussing Measure X and Mr. Haug will be answering questions about the Family Survey.

Winter After-School Programs
Hillview's PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this Winter! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. Starfire is not only offering a coding class again, but they have also added a new Design Thinking and Engineering class this Winter. There is something for every student's interest! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including a description of the program, registration links and pricing. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. There are scholarships arranged by the PTO for qualifying students; please contact your child's counselor, or  click here . For more information, see Hillview After-School Programs.
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Programs & Activities Programs 

Hillview 7/8 Orchestra at San Francisco City Hall
For parents who work in San Francisco, come spend your lunch enjoying the sounds of the
Hillview 7/8 Orchestra as they perform a noontime Holiday Concert in City Hall on Tuesday, December 20.

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Warm Coat Drive
Help keep families warm and dry this Winter! Bring in gently used coats for kids and adults that will be donated to the kids' closet at Samaritan House in San Mateo
. Families in need can select a free coat at the Holiday Workshop in December and throughout the winter at the Kids Closet. Drop coats at the school office from December 19 - 22 or off at the Gentile's house on the front porch at 40 Barbara Lane (off of Olive near Santa Cruz) anytime in December.      
Intramural Sports 
Intramural sports will continue until winter break with indoor soccer and hockey. Spectators are welcome as long as they sit on bleachers or the stage. No food or drinks 
in gym. This week we'll have intramurals on Tuesday and Wednesday since Thursday is a minimum day. Following the winter break, the activity will be half court or full court basketball. 
Burgess League Volleyball
We ask all players  to please return their jerseys to the team coordinators, coaches, or the Hillviewfront office as soon as possible if you haven't already done so. We only have a few outstanding jerseys. 
Burgess League and 8th Grade MPMSL Basketball 
Games continue this week with 6th grade girls playing on Tuesday. Games for 6th grade boys, 7th grade boys and girls will continue after the winter break. 8th graders will begin their league games on Monday, December 19 at Hillview, La Entrada, or Woodside Elementary.
Game schedules are now available online here for the 6th and 7th graders. The 8th grade schedule is available on the PTO website. 

The boys basketball tournament team will play over the holidays in the annual Evergreen Invitational Tournament in San Jose.

We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Break.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.  
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Announcing the 2017 MPAEF Spring Auction and Event
The MPAEF Auction team is pleased to announce that the 2017 Spring Auction Event will take place on  Saturday, March 25, at MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. The Online Auction will go live after the Event. Both will include wonderful items to bid on from valued donors from years past as well as exciting new items. There are more surprise details to come, so put on your cape and get ready!
New in 2017! MPAEF January Summer Camp Online Mini-Auction 
Plan your children's summer at the best camps in the area and enjoy a discount by participating in the MPAEF's brand-new  Summer Camp Online Mini Auction starting  January 17. We will offer about 20 gift certificates for area summer camps starting on  Tuesday, January 17. Stay tuned for more details -- same bat time, same bat channel...
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Thanks to Our Realtor and Business Partners
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to just a few of our many realtor and business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
Thank you for making "Taste of the Mountains" on December 3 a smashing success!
The MPAEF gratefully thanks Greenheart Land Company for sponsoring the "Taste of the Mountains" event with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Thank you to MPAEF Board member  Jamie D'Alessandro for organizing and to the City of Menlo Park for key support. We also thank retailer participants Bow Wow Meow, Cheeky Monkey (both are MPAEF Business Partners), Brogue, Ceci Wong, Gitane, Rococo & Taupe and Harvest. Gold sponsors were Personify (MPAEF Business Partner), Hampton Inn, Keri Nicholas, Residence Inn Marriott, and The Oriental Carpet. Silver sponsors were Menlo Grill (past MPAEF Dine Out partner), Fleet Feet Sports (Schoolhouse Rocks Partner), Menlo Hard Woods, Peabody Art Gallery and Menlo Atherton Auto Repair.

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Palo Alto Girls Softball Spring Registration Now Open: Sign up your player NOW for another fun season of learning skills, improving hand-eye coordination, having fun, and making new friends playing Palo Alto Girls Softball! Coming off a successful Summer and fun Fall season, we're looking forward to a great Spring season! Please visit our  TeamSnap registration page or for more details and information, please visit our website.

Portola Valley Theatre Class: Students ages three through high school are invited to join in the fun Under the Sea   in a theatre class this winter! Learn to act, explore characters different from you, and play fun games. Classes culminate in a short performance in April. Winter session starts the week of January 23. Click here to register  !
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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.

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