In This Issue
Parent Tips for Dance
Emergency Drill

Grab & Go

Early Learning Center

ASB Toy Drive
Winter Conditioning
Mary Poppins Auditions
7/8 Orchestra in SF
Toiletry Kit Drive
Basketball Games 

Dine Out
Sports Basement

Q uick Links

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Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7
  • Service Team - Toiletry Kit Drive, Bin in Hillview Office
Tuesday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 5
  • Auditions for Mary Poppins, After School, Drama Room
Wednesday, December 5 - Thursday December 6
  • MPAEF Dine Out - Support Our Schools here
Friday, December 7
  • 7/8 Winter Semi-Formal Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC
Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14
  • ASB Holiday Toy Drive, Wish List here, PAC
  • Spirit Week
Tuesday, December 11
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office
  • School Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
Wednesday, December 12
  • 7/8 Orchestra Concert, Lunchtime, San Francisco City Hall 
  • MPAEF Sports Basement Shopping Night, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., 202 Walnut Street, Redwood City
Thursday, December 13
  • Service Team, Lunchtime, PAC
Tuesday, December 18
  • 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
Friday, December 21
  • Minimum Day - Dismissal 11:45 a.m.
Monday, December 24, 2018 - January 8, 2019
  • No School - Winter Break

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Hillview Semi-Formal 7th/8th Grade Dance!
Friday, December 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Our first ever Hillview semi-formal dance. The theme is Yule Ball (from the Harry Potter universe). Here are seven tips for parents:
  • Semi-formal is just a suggestion and completely optional. Students may dress casually as well. All outfits must follow the Dress for Success Norms in our handbook here.
  • We have a no charge Bag Check system. Encourage your student to Bag Check their jacket or bag which will be monitored by parent volunteers.
  • We use a colored wristband system for admitting students to the dance. Students need to bring their prepaid ticket and student ID; this event is for 7th/8th grade Hillview students only. Tickets are also available for $10 at the door. If a student has lost their Student ID, see Mr. Chui about getting a replacement or alternative permission before the dance.
  • If a student is absent on the day of the dance, they may not attend the dance per handbook rules.
  • Dance starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. and students must arrive by 6:30 p.m. Students arriving after 6:30 p.m. will only be permitted with a parent chaperone. Similarly, students wishing to leave earlier than 8:00 p.m. must have a parent meet them in the PAC lobby. Students will not be allowed to leave early without a parent pick-up.
  • While it is a semi-formal, remind your student that this is a fun, inclusive event for all students. The expectation is to have a Harry Potter-themed winter dance but with no pressure to dress up if a student does not want to. There are no "couples" tickets. Remind your students that this is NOT a prom!
  • We will have concessions for sale in the kitchen that average about $1-$2 each. All food and drink must remain outside (weather permitting).
Tickets go on sale Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7 at lunch for a discounted price of $7 (ASB card holder) and $9 (non-ASB card holders) or $10 at the door. For questions, contact Mr. Chui here, Mr. Darmanin here, or Ms. Hagg here.

Emergency Drill Coming Up
Tuesday, December 11, during 2nd period (weather permitting). The Duck, Cover, Hold On, and Evacuate drill is a part of our emergency practice.

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Grab & Go 
The Hillview  Grab & Go is now open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. Wednesday BBQ items are now a part of Wednesday Grab & Go. Order here and enjoy!

Hot and cold meals available.

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MPCSD Early Learning Center Registration Now Open!
Pre-registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open from November 1- February 15, 2019 for children 2.9 - 5 years old 
here The Early Learning Center opened August 2018 at Laurel School lower campus. We provide a high-quality, mission-driven preschool program. MPCSD Early Learning Center nurtures young children's curiosity, sense of wonder, belonging, and deep engagement with the world around them preparing them to develop the critical skills needed to enter kindergarten and reach their full potential. Email   here or 650-324-0186 ext 8900.

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Hillview ASB
Holiday Toy Drive Benefiting Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14, PAC. All toy donations must be NEW (no used/opened toys for health reasons). We also have a selection of toys purchased by ASB that students can sponsor for as little as $1.00! ASB will be running the store at lunch all week, but you can drop off your donations in the office. Label with student name and grade level for applying spirit points!  For more information, visit LPCH wish list and donation guidelines here. For  questions, email Mr. Darmanin here or Ms. Hagg hereHillview ASB THANKS YOU for helping our student body think of others this holiday season and helping us spread joy in our community. 

Hillview After-School Programs
Lacrosse, offered by Matt Bond from SixFifty Lacrosse
SixFifty is thrilled to announce the 6th year of our Winter After-School class. Open to all students between 5th and 8th grades, this class will be held once a week on Mondays beginning December 10. Registration available here.

Winter Conditioning Program, offered by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT
The Stella Fit Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program is for kids who would like to keep up their conditioning 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, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine. More information and register here.

Hillview Drama
Auditions for Hillview Production of Mary Poppins  
Tuesday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 5, after school, Drama Room 
  • Sign up for an audition slot
  • Prepare a monologue and a Broadway-style song (not from Mary Poppins)
  • Auditions should last no longer than a minute-and-a-half total
  • Monologue and song help is available in the drama room
  • Report to drama room 15 minutes before your audition time
  • Performances are April 25 - 27. 

For questions contact Annie Holmes here or Bill Hairston here.

Hillview Music
7/8 Orchestra at SF City Hall
Wednesday, December 12, lunchtime concert, San Francisco City Hall. For everyone who works in San Francisco or visiting for the day, come and enjoy an hour of festive music!  

Jean Ritchie Grant Awarded
Guest composer, Brett Strader, will come to Hillview for a three month Artist-In-Residence. He was the Music Director for Menlo Presbyterian Church before moving to the East Bay. The grant will fund Mr. Strader's visits to Hillview to review student compositions during our Composition Unit. Mr. Strader will write two pieces expressly for the 7/8 Band and Orchestra that will be premiered at the Spring Concert in May.

Hillview Service Team
Service Team Meeting - Toiletry Kit Drive 
December 13, lunchtime. We will be assembling toiletry kits to be distributed to our local homeless community through CityTeam and Haven House. We would appreciate any donations of travel-sized toiletries for this project. Visit Sign-Up Genius here to donate supplies to make 75 kits! Items can be dropped in the bin in the Hillview office between Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7. Email here if you have questions.

Hillview After-School Sports
Dance and Cheerleading Spirit Squad
We are looking for enthusiastic students to join the team! Students will represent Hillview and learn dance and cheer techniques, stunts, sideline cheers, and pom pom routines.
  • Practices: Wednesdays from 2:35 - 3:35 p.m., Fitness Room
  • Dates: January 9 - March 6. No practice February 20
  • Performance/Game information TBD, Register hereRegistration Fee - $120
Students will attend one practice a week and perform at school events, basketball games, and at the Hillview Annual Dance Show on February 28, March 1,  and March 2.

We are excited to start our regular basketball season. Games begin this week at Arrillaga Gym, 600 Alma Street, Menlo Park . Consult with your coach for game times or check here. There will be no games during winter break; games resume the week of January 14.
  • Monday, December 3, 6th-grade girls 
  • Tuesday, December 4, 7th-grade boys 
  • Wednesday, December 5, 6th-grade boys
Come to the games to cheer on all Hillview players!

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Giving Tuesday - Together, We Did It!
Thank you for your generous donations! We raised $6,800 on #GivingTuesday for the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching here a permanent fund dedicated to supporting professional development in our District to ensure that the best teachers lead our children, establishing a strong foundation for our entire community.

Dine Out for Lunch & Dinner and Raise Money for Our Schools!

Looking for an excuse to eat out? On Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6, when you eat out (or take out) at participating restaurants in Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Palo Alto - they will donate 6-20% of proceeds to MPAEF. It's a win win for everyone!  Here is a list of participating restaurants.

Sports Basement Shopping Night
Wednesday, December 12, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sports Basement in Redwood City. They have newly opened and are providing a great way to help you get some holiday shopping done and also to shop in the future to support our schools!

How it works:
  • Join the Sports Basement Basementeer Program here$25 annual fee waived when you sign up at the Redwood City location. 
  • Choose Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation as your beneficiary.
  • Every time you shop - you get 10% off and 10% goes to support our schools!
  • Attend our December 12 shopping night from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., and get an extra 20% off! There will be wine, beer and snacks to enjoy while shopping.
More details about December 12 here!
Here is a fun video about Sports Basement's Basmenteer Program. 

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!


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Chris E. Lindsey, DDS here

CKA Architects here

CrossPond Law here
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West Bay Model Railroad Holiday Train Show  Sunday, December 2, 1:00 - 8:00 p.m., Menlo Park CalTrain Station near Ravenswood Avenue. Watch trains run on a scenic two-level layout while club members answer your questions. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Bonus - The CalTrain Holiday Train arrives in Menlo Park at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday. More information here or call 650-322-0685.

Palo Alto Baroque Chamber Players Sunday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. at Lucie Stern Center on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. A MPCSD student will play. Come out and enjoy the music!

Dancers Repertory Theatre's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas December 2, and 8-9, Woodside Performing Arts Center. This delightful dance production following the famous Clement C. Moore poem. With dancing mice, prancing reindeer and a bag of toys that all come to life, it is guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit to all! This lively and colorful holiday show with a cast of 85+ dancers entertains all ages. Congratulations to MPCSD students who are performing! Tickets available here.

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund Teens Open House Sunday, December 2, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-Redwood Shores, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 103, Redwood City. SV2 here, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, an organization committed to teaching effective giving and investing in innovative social ventures, offers a fun and exciting program to engage teenagers (grades 7 - 12) in social impact. More information and to register here or contact Lucinda Brommersma here.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Winter Recital Saturday, December 8, 3:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto. Ragazzi's For the Beauty of the Earth concerts celebrate the holiday season and honor composers who have praised nature's gifts. Each performance concludes with Christmas carols, sung together by the boys and audience. Tickets here.

Peninsula Cantare Chorus Concert Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow. It is a truly stellar ensemble , Palo Alto-based and directed by San Jose State Choral Department Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Benson. Richard Vaughan of Hillview Middle school is part of the ensemble.

Menlo-Atherton Little League 2019 Spring Season Registration Open M-ALL is offering many divisions to players age 5 to 14. Also registering youth umpires age 12 to 17. M-ALL also offers a Challenger Division for special needs players age 6 to 18. If you are a returning family please use your existing email to log in here. Questions, email  here .

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball Prep Season Registration Open Prep Season is a developmental league designed to help younger players develop their skills on the full-sized diamond and prepare for our 15U Season. The Prep League season runs March to May and is open to all 7th- and 8th-grade students, as well as any high-school student not on a high-school baseball roster. Registration closes February 15, but $400 early-bird pricing ends January 15! For more information, visit our website here or contact Chris Lillios here.

College Admissions: M-A Parent Education Series Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A Performing Arts Center. What has changed in college admission over the past 20 years? And what has not changed? Join Alice Kleeman, former M-A College Advisor, and Angel PĂ©rez, PhD, Vice President of Trinity College, for a lively conversation around college admission, from both sides of the desk. Parents, students, educators and community members welcome. Information and free tickets here.
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