In This Issue
Hour of Code

After School Programs
Community Survey
Reductions / Parcel Tax
Intramural Sports
After School Sports

Click and Shop

Music events
Girl Scouts
Research opportunity

Q uick Links

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 This Weektop 
Monday, December 5 
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, December 6
  • 6/7/8 Chorus, Kiwani's luncheon, Circus Club, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, December 9
  • Hour of Code, during Qu3ST, in Qu3ST room, Hillview
  • Panorama survey deadline
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Monday, December 12 to Friday, December 16
  • ASB Spirit Week
Tuesday, December 13
  • Regular Board Meeting, 5 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, December 14
  • Winter Music Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, December 20
  • 7/8 Orchestra, City Hall, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., San Francisco
Wednesday, December 21
  • No Block Schedule, 3:05 Dismissal
Thursday, December 22
  • No Block Schedule, Minimum Day, 11:45 Dismissal
Friday, December 23 to Friday, January 6
  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break 
Monday, January 9
  • NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day 
Tuesday, January 17
  •  PTO General Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview PAC

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Hour of Code
During Qu3ST on Friday, December 9, students can participate in the Hour of Code. Each Academy will host a room for the Hour of Code and the other room will be for those working on homework. Here is our website with various links to support students, parents, and teachers.

Home access is available as well. Students and parents can access the Hour of Code  tutorials . Students can also access  through the  Clever portal , which is MPCSD new single sign-on portal for all of our on-line subscriptions. Through Clever, they should be able to easily sign up for an account and be able to access the self-paced coding courses that  Code  offers. These are 20+ hours long and provide instruction at levels from pre-reader through high-school.

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After School Activities
Perfectly Fit
Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program 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, speed, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine. 
A solid foundation of stability, strength, and endurance is essential for athletes to compete at their best. Perfectly 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.  The Winter Class will run from  January 23 - March 17, Mondays from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 2:40 - 3:40 p.m., program cost is $240. Register here or contact Stella Bergan or  650.245.8603.

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Community Survey
The Panorama survey deadline is this Friday, December 9. remember to complete yours and have your voice heard. The district will use this input as it moves forward with many issues. Want your feedback entered BEFORE the Parcel Tax vote on December 5? COMPLETE BEFORE MONDAY.
Reductions and Parcel Tax
The school board continues to look at a blend of some cuts and a parcel tax replacement as a potential solution to the district's financial situation. A draft resolution of a parcel tax measure was discussed at the November 30 school board meeting, with input from the outgoing and incoming boards. When the new board meets for the first time on  December 5 , they will make a final decision and vote on placing a parcel tax on the ballot in March 2017. The board decided to use a $350 parcel tax with a term of 6 years as the starting point for their final discussions. The public is invited to attend: 
  • Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. Hillview PAC
For detailed responses to many questions about the district's financial situation, please use the great resource on the district website, Structural Deficit FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) here. The FAQ's will be refreshed often. Should you not find the answer for which you are looking, please email

2016 Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools
Concerned parents and community members are coming together to support the district's schools and be ready to mobilize should a parcel tax be put up for election. There will be volunteer opportunities for anyone interested! To help out, please email Stacey Wueste or complete this Volunteer Interest Form 
A volunteer kick-off meeting is planned for Tuesday, December 67:00 - 9:00 p.m., at a home in Menlo Park. By emailing Stacey or completing the Volunteer Interest Form, you will be included on the invitations to the kick-off meeting. Join other parents and community members committed to supporting our amazing schools.

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Music News & Notes at Hillview
Congratulations to the 6/7/8 Chorus on a fantastic series of performances this past week!  On Tuesday  we presented our Fall Concert.  On Wednesday , the chorus performed at the Filoli Holiday Tradition Faire. This coming Tuesday, December 6, the Chorus will perform for the Kiwani's luncheon at the Circus Club at 1:00 p.m .

A big note of thanks also goes out to the members of the Hillview Jazz Band for their performance at the Menlo Park Farmer's Market the  Sunday  before Thanksgiving. They  received many great comments from the farmers and shoppers.

Hillview Winter Concert is  Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m., our amazing bands, orchestras, chorus, and jazz bands perform.  It is a great show and displays the breadth and depth of our program. Come hear great music and see your friends!

Lastly, 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.

There's great music at Hillview! Hope you can come and hear us!

Intramural Sports 
Intramural sports - indoor soccer and hockey continue until winter break. Spectators are welcome as long as they sit on bleachers or the stage. No food or drinks  in gym.

After School Sports Notes
League Volleyball
We ask all players  to please return jerseys to team coordinators, coaches, or the Hillview
front office as soon as possible if you haven't already. We thank those of  you who already have.

Tournament Team Basketball Announcements
Both boys and girls tournament teams continue to play games this week.  They will both play Borel at Hillview on Monday, December 5. The  Hillview community is invited to attend and support your fellow Hawks.  The girls will play at 4:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 5:30 p.m.

Burgess League and 8th grade MPMSL Basketball 
Games will start this week with 6th grade boys on Wednesday, 7th grade girls on Thursday, and 7th grade boys on Friday.  Game schedules are now available online here for the 6th and 7th graders. The 8th grade schedule will be available this week with coaches and will be posted on the PTO website. 
Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell Athletic Director or 650-483-4049.  
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Thank You for Supporting the MPAEF on #GivingTuesday
The parent volunteers on the MPAEF Board wish to thank our community for your support on #GivingTuesday. We raised $14,205 in gifts and pledges! Every gift helps us fund our schools and we are grateful for every donation.

Click Once Before You Shop
Have you started your holiday shopping list? Thinking about getting away or visiting family over the holiday break?  Make MPAEF's shopping portal your first stop when shopping online. You can help us earn money for our schools when you shop. It's just one click away and there's no registration necessary. Here's how you can support our schools by shopping at your favorite online  merchants:

1. Click on your favorite merchant   
2. Shop and pay for items as you normally would
3. Earn up to 10% of your purchase for our schools! 

We have more than 80 great merchants including Amazon, Target, iTunes, Staples, Nordstrom, and many more. We don't collect any personally identifiable information, no new IDs or passwords to remember.

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 Community News community  

New Millenium Chamber Orchestra  Sunday, December 4, at 4:00 p.m., Hillview PAC, has a concert featuring international pianist, Donna Coleman, performing the Bach D Minor Concerto on Hillview's new concert piano. More information here .

Palo Alto Baroque Concerto Ensemble Sunday, December 11,  Lucy Stern Center in Palo Alto, 7:30 p.m., come hear Hillview music director Richard Vaughan and Oak Knoll violinst, Kavi BidlackMr. Vaughan will be performing the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto and Kavi will perform the Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major. It's free! Bring a friend or 3!  

United States Youth Volleyball League, Palo Alto  Our eight-week instructional league is designed for boys and girls ages 7-15 looking to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. Register with code S17EP for early bird pricing  here.

Alpine Strikers 2004 Boys Needed  Alpine Strikers FC 2004 Boys soccer team is looking for a few more players to round out its rosters. Field players and goalies are welcome. Players must be born in 2004. Please contact the age group coordinator, Miles Keep,  by December 9, for more info.  

Menlo Park Girl Scout Troop 62090 of 8th Grade Cadette's Parents Night Out  December 10, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m., at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in Palo Alto. If you need a night out to holiday shop or just a night off, we'll keep your kids entertained! Email for more information.

Little League Family Information Night  December 13, 7:00 p.m., at Encinal School Library
Menlo-Atherton Little League is hosting a new family informational session. Players and parents will be available for questions and there will be an overview of M-A Little League's mission and operations. All are welcome! Please  email with any questions.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp  January 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Let your 7 - 10 year old boy test-drive this 'best choir of the Peninsula' for himself at a free half-day SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January 2017. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Among its many concerts and tours, Ragazzi sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game. Minicamp is free, but advance registration requiredClick  here if you can't make it to SingFest but want to audition. 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Music and Movement Classes  Mondays, January 30 - May 8, for  3:15 and 4:15 p.m. sessions.  Registration for Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging classes for active young boys is now open. This class is tailored for boys ages 5 - 7 with little or no previous musical experience. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning, and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting. $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Register  here ; contact email for more information. 

ABCD Study Looking for Participants
The ABCD Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted by researchers across the country. The study will enroll 10,000+ healthy children and follow them from ages 9 to 10 into early adulthood to understand how children's experiences affect brain development and other aspects of their lives-including academic achievement, social development, and behavioral and overall health.  Email for more information.

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