In This Issue
Donate Racquets
SBAC May 7-11
Site Council Nominees

LunchMaster BBQ

Early Learning Center
"Minds of Boys/Girls" 

Musicians Disneyland
Honored Musicians
Missing Practice?
Tennis Team

Review Donor Roll
Auction Party Tickets
Sponsor a Teacher
Business and Realtor

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, February 12 - Wednesday, February 14
  • Flower Vase Donation, bin in front office
Tuesday, February 13
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., TERC
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, February 14
  • LunchMaster, 5th live BBQ during lunch time
Friday, February 15
  • Parent Information Night - MPCSD New Early Learning Center,  6:00 - 7:30 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue
  • Lost and Found, donated today, pick-up at Student Center
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Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 22
  • No School - Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "The Minds of Boys and Girls," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 1
  • Preview Student Show and Dress Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 2
  • Shadow Day
Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3
  • Hillview's Annual Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

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Physical Education...Is a Racquet
Hillview physical education needs more tennis racquets for use in some of our popular games and activities (Tennis Baseball, Eclipse Ball, Tennis Cricket, etc.). If you happen to have an old or unused racquet in good condition, we'd love to have it. We'll take all sizes, so that junior racquet that your 8th grader out grew is perfect for us.  Start your spring cleaning early and drop them off at the Hillview office. Thank you!

Hillview CAASPP Testing May 7-11, 2018
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, also known as the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), a state assessment, will be administered to all 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students. Note these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments outside of school on those days.

Site Council Meeting 
Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., at the TERC office to review the results of January parent and student Site Survey. All meetings are open to the public.  

Site Council Seeks Parent Nominees to Serve 2-Year Term 
Wednesday, March 1, applications due. The Hillview Site Council, consisting of the principal, staff, student representatives, and six elected parents, is the body responsible for developing and monitoring the School Site Plan. This plan specifies the goals and metrics that drive major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and other significant areas related to the school including the annual school survey.

The Hillview Site Council has three open parent positions for the two-year term from March 2018 through June 2020. Applicants should have at least one child attending Hillview for the duration of the term. One of the positions is for a parent of a student who is an English learner. The council meets approximately once a month after school. 

Submit your name, a brief description of your background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council by Wednesday, March 1. You may nominate someone by submitting their name and why you nominated them. We will hold an election during the site council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room. Candidates must be present at the meeting on March 13. All parents of current Hillview students or of incoming Hillview students for the 2018 - 2019 school year who are in attendance at the meeting are eligible to vote. New members should plan to participate in the Site Council meetings on March 13, April 17, May 8, and June 5. For more information and to submit your application, please contact Theanne Thomson here.

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LunchMaster BBQ
Wednesday, February 14, 5th live BBQ. Order through your LunchMaster account here. Simply add one of the three BBQ options,  accompanied by a fruit, vegetable, and beverage to your cart, and confirm! A ll of the other meal options are still available to order here now.  BBQ options -  Cheddar Cheese Burger,  Garden Burger,  Polish Sausage on a Hoagie

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Enrollment for Fall 2018 is NOW OPEN! 
Incoming Kindergartners and other new students beginning in Fall 2018 may register here. Choose the Enrollment tab. Welcome to our schools! 

Spanish Immersion 
You must attend an information meeting. Remaining dates are: 
  • February 12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., District Office TERC Bldg., 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton
  • February 26, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m., District Office TERC Bldg., 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
"The Minds of Boys and Girls"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Middle School PAC. MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series continues its great line-up with another renowned author and speaker, Michael Gurian.

Dr. Michael Gurian
In this practical and humorous presentation, family counselor and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian focuses on helping boys and girls across the gender spectrum to succeed in school and life. Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly - and how parents, educators, and others can support the needs of our children. Michael traces how a child's learning mind grows, how the genders learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences boys and girls, and how crucial school success has become to life success. He brings to life not only the developmental science of girls' and boys' minds, but also practical methods you can use to educate and mentor. 

Michael will be available to sign books following the event. Books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments and beverages served. Childcare available for potty-trained children.  More information here

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Hillview Music goes to Disneyland! 
As you read this, 96 Hillview musicians are getting ready to enjoy their last day in Disneyland. We arrived on Friday and have been involved in numerous performances and workshops. The Concert Band, Orchestra, and Choir all participated. Many thanks to all of the parents who supported our scholarship fundraising efforts and have volunteered to be chaperones. It couldn't have happened without you!

Hillview students performed in the CMEA Bay Section Regional Honors Festival Concert. Each ensemble is made up of the top musicians nominated by their school's director. 
  • Fatih Cropper and Ingrid Standifer - Chorus
  • Isabella Edylstein - Concert Band
  • Katherine Ahn, Andrew Ahn, and Lily Bacon - String Orchestra
A very, special congratulations to Conor Dunne. He was selected as a flautist in the California All-State Junior High School Band. Conor is only the third musician in Hillview's history to be selected to participate. He will be attending the CASMEC All-State Conference in San Jose and will be performing on Sunday, February 18.

Service Team
Flower Vase Donations
February 12 - 14, show your love for our community this Valentine's Day and by bringing to school used vases, 6 - 9 inches high and 5 inches wide, to donate. There will be a bin for collection in the office. The vases will go to Random Acts of Kindness, who will send bouquets to local healthcare facilities. 

After-School Sports
Basketball League  
Final week of the season for 7th-grade girls!

Team Standings 
Available here for 6th and 7th grades; 8th-grade standings are available from the team coach.

Missing Practices? 
Many after-school basketball players have regularly missed practice and games without notifying their coach. Some players have just quit due to other activities. Giving up on one activity while starting another is pretty discouraging to players and coaches. Work with your team to do your best in following through on your commitment. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tennis Program
Registration closed Friday, February 9. There is a waiting list. We'll do the best we can to place you on a team.

The Tennis Program consists of three teams - one Varsity A level and two Varsity B level teams.
Varsity B level players that are less experienced may not play in matches, but will get to play matches in practice against other players of the same level. Tryouts are in late February to early March. Practice will begin immediately after teams are formed. Practices will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sunday sand some Fridays. Matches are on Wednesdays for home matches and vary for away matches. Matches run from the end of March through mid-May.

Upcoming Spring Sports 
Track, Boys Volleyball, Drop-In Volleyball for girls (tentative), May Madness Basketball Clinic (tentative). Registration will be in February. 

Sports Uniforms
Inform the Hillview office if you have lost or did not return your uniform.

Information regarding after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 and Matt Ericksen here.

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Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m., review the Donor Roll draft to ensure that your name and donor status are accurate! The  draft of the 2017-18 Annual Parent Campaign Donor Roll is  here . Any issues? Notify the MPAEF Office at 650-325-0100 or here  in order to have the information updated in our printed auction catalog.

Auction Party Underwriting Opportunities 
Would you like to participate in the Auction without hosting a party or donating an item? Help us by underwriting something for the Auction Party event on March 10 at Hiller Aviation Museum, and you will be generously thanked in event signage and an upcoming eNewsletter. If you are interested in underwriting any of the below items, please contact us  here.
  • Beer = $1500
  • Printing Auction Catalog = $4500
  • Hairstrike! Meet the Band & VIP backstage pass = $3500
  • Signage for Auction event = $1000
  • Auctioneer = $2500
  • Wine = $10000  THANKS to Cannonball Winery!
  • Vodka = $2500  THANKS to House of Carbonadi!
  • Cocktail Bar (Whiskey) = $500 THANKS to a MPCSD family!
  • Cocktail Bar (Tequila) = $500 THANKS to a MPCSD family!
  • It's It Dessert Bar = $350 THANKS to a MPCSD family!
  • Champagne = $1000 THANKS to a MPCSD family!
Auction Party and Sponsor-a-Teacher tickets are still available here. Dinner Experience Auction tickets are sold out, but if you would like to bid on a Live Auction item and not coming to the Dinner Experience, find a friend to bid for 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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Menlo Green Challenge  Last year, almost 400 families signed on to the Green Challenge  here and took actions to reduce 120 tons of carbon emissions! We hope that you and your community can help us double our household participation goal to reduce even more carbon emissions in 2018. Starting January 29, keep an eye out for our competition series! Take action to reduce your carbon footprint, earn prizes for sustainability milestones, and help make Menlo Park a 100% Clean Energy City! Email Katrina  here for more information.

CIBSR Looking for Volunteers  Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8 - 18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3 - 4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. Click   here for more information.  

February Camps and Summer Camps  Silly Shenanigans Ski Week Camp at PVTC
February 19 - 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Portola Valley.  Join Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory for this quirky mid-winter camp for 1st through 8th graders! Performers will create a short collaborative show using tableau, movement, voice, and improvisation. There will also be time for costume and/or prop projects. Register online  here now!  

Hillview Summer Drama  Session 1: June 25 - July 6,  Session 2: July 9 - July 20  Hillview Drama will once again be offering a Summer Drama program for incoming 4th graders through exiting 8th graders who are enrolled in one of the MPCSD schools. Session 1 will present Disney's The Lion King KIDS & JR; Session 2 will present Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Little Mermaid JR. Enjoy a summer of fun, singing, dancing, and acting (backstage roles available, too)! Register online here , and visit Hillview Drama or email Rachel Knight  here or 
William Hairston   here for more information.

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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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