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  Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 21
  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day Plus
Wednesday, February 22
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon, 11:40 a.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, February 24
  • Deadline for Yearbook submission

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Tuesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education: Raising Empowered Girls, Lauren Hersh, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Library Winter Book Challenge deadline
Thursday, March 2
  • Hillview Dance Show, 3:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 3 and Saturday March 4
  • Hillview Dance Show, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, March 8
  • Spring Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Staff Appreciation Luncheon 
Urgent! Help requested: Chef volunteers and Family Recipes needed right away!
We are short a few cooks and can really use your help. Would you prepare a soup or dish for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon,  " Soup from the Heart" Wednesday, February 22.  This is comfort food at it's best. 
Please go to the signup or email with any questions. Prep cooks to executive chefs, all levels are welcome.

Be safe and sanitary when playing on the field at school!  
Hillview recommends the following good hygiene practices when playing on our synthetic field:
  • Before playing on the field, cover any cuts or abrasions with a clothing or a clean, dry bandage.
  • After playing on the field, wash your hands with soap or water.  
  • If you bring any personal equipment and use it on the field, wipe it with a clean, dry cloth after use.
Hillview Site Council Seeking Parent Nominees to Serve Two Year Term
The Hillview  Site  Council - a group consisting of Hillview's Principal, teachers, 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 any other significant areas related to the school. The  Site  Council is also responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating the annual school survey.

The Hillview  Site  Council has four open parent positions for the two year term from April 2017 through April 2019. 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. 

Interested paren
ts should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council to Elizabeth Ouren by Wednesday, March 1. You can also nominate someone by sending their name and reasons why you nominated them. We will hold an election on Monday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room.  Candidates must be present at the meeting. All parents of Hillview students, or of incoming Hillview students for the 2016 - 2017 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 April 17May 8, and June 5.

For more information, please contact  Site  Council President  Elizabeth Ouren or  Principal Haug

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Up next in the MPCSD Parent Education Series - a powerful topic with a nationally recognized speaker...

"Raising Empowered Girls" 

Lauren Hersh,  Anti Trafficking Policy & Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families 

In today's world, the importance of empowering our girls is taking on a whole new meaning. Join International Gender Justice Expert, Lauren Hersh to discuss the complicated landscape where online overexposure is the norm and porn often precedes a first kiss. This workshop will examine some of the toughest issues that today's teens are up against through a gender lens-- sexting, slut shaming and sexual violence - and provide parents with tools to equip our young women as they navigate their growing independence. 

February 28, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

Free childcare available. Refreshments will be served. 

Additional information  or  email  with questions.

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Programs & Activities Programs 

Hillview Dance Department 
Presents the annual  Dance Show featuring  Hillview on the Move, Advanced Dance, ASB, and the Hillview Cheer and Dance Team

Friday and  Saturday, March 3 and 4 at  7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hilliview PAC
Preview Show on  Thursday, March 2 from  3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview PAC

$8 for Adults, $5 for Kids, $4 for ASB holders
Purchase tickets online here

Young Inklings Book Contest
Hey authors and library lovers! The Young Inklings Book Contest is ON. The deadline is March 15. Winners get to work with a writing mentor and will see their work published in a book - you even get to have an author reading! Even if you don't win, it's a great experience for writers because everyone who applies will receive a personal, positive critique letter. More information here

Winter Book Challenge
One month down, one more month to go! Hillview Library's Winter Book Challenge is on! Check out the categories, see the rules and record your books on this  form  provided on the Hillview library website (make a copy for yourself). See your lovely librarians if you have any questions. 

Battle of the Books @ Hillview Library 
Get ready for the Battle of the Books Round 1! 
These are some of the best books of 2016, as voted by Hillview students.  
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  vs. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Barnhill)  
  • Stars Above (Meyer) vs. Library of Souls (Riggs) 
  • The Sun is Also a Star (Yoon) vs. Lady Midnight (Clare) 
  • Best Man (Peck)  vs. Bounce (Shull) 
  • As Brave As You (Reynolds)  vs. Where You'll Find Me (Friend) 
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Hammer of Thor (Riordan) vs. Trials of Apollo    The Hidden Oracle (Riordan) 
  • The Midnight Star (Lu)  vs. Scythe (Shusterman) 
  • Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Grabenstein)  vs. Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase (Mass) 

Intramural Sports 
Indoor half court or full court games will continue for the time being as long as there in interest. All students invited, but the maximum amount of players on the court at anytime will be 32. If there are more than 32 players, we'll rotate. Spectators are always welcome. Please remember, no food/drink in gym. 
After-School Sports 
Burgess League and 8th Grade MPMSL Basketball 
Games will not be played this week due to Presidents Day Holidays. Practice continues unless individual teams cancel. Be sure to check with coaches. 

After-School Tennis Program
Registration is now closed. Anyone signing up now will be placed on a waiting list. The program will begin with tryouts on February 26. All players who register will receive two tryouts. We'll have three  teams this season, one Varsity A team and two Varsity B teams. Depending on the number of players that tryout, we'll do our best to place all those who attend the tryouts.

Other Spring Programs to keep an eye out for include: Track, Boys Volleyball, Spring Volleyball, May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May). Boys Volleyball and Open Play Spring Volleyball will have registration first. They may begin as early as today or next Sunday at the latest. Both programs will begin the week of March 20. Track will have registration near March 1 with programming beginning right after Spring Break. May Madness Basketball Clinic will be four Fridays in late April and early May. Watch for further announcements for all four programs. 

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.  

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Save the Date! MPAEF Auction: Calling All Superheroes
Join fellow crime fighters (and a few villains, too) for a fundraising event like no other! Flex your superhero muscles at the MPAEF Spring Auction & Event. Our Superhero Bash will bring together the area's bravest Avengers, X-Men, Justice League members and local heroes in support of our kids! Feel free to come dressed in your favorite superhero gear and be ready to have fun!
                     Party                                                Online Auction
             March 25, 2017                                     March 26 to April 3
            7:00 - 11:00 p.m.                                  400+ items to bid on!
MacArthur Park, 27 University, Palo Alto           Donate your auction items here

Donate Your Unique Item to the MPAEF Auction Before February 24
The MPAEF Auction Team is now collecting donations for items for the auction. The deadline for your parties, gift certificates and adventures is February 24! Click on a link below or click  here
Interested in Getting Involved with Supporting Our Schools?
Consider volunteering with the MPAEF next year to help create an enriching educational experience for our kids. There are many ways to get involved. Please  email for more information about joining our Board and volunteering.

Want to help this year with the Auction or the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K? We'd love to have you! Click here.

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!
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Spring Session at Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club  February 26 - April 23 ; M-A High School.  Playing water polo and wanting more time in the water or interested in learning how to play? Here is your chance! The Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club is open to strong swimmers who are at least in 6 th  grade. Must be able to swim 200 yards minimum and be comfortable in the water. Participants need to have  USAWP Membership  for insurance purposes. Mid-Pen Water Polo Club ID is 24253.  To sign up, go here.

The Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Annual Fundraiser and Party  The extended Menlo Park and Atherton communities are encouraged to support M-A -- you need not be a current M-A family to participate! The Foundation's goal is to provide an excellent education for every M-A student by funding smaller class sizes, an expanded course offering, professional development for teachers, college and career prep, and other essential programs and services. The online auction runs March 10 - 17; the party is March 18.  Click here   for tickets, and to bid on everything from fun getaways and restaurant certificates to sports events and private parties.

M-A Drama Presents The Addams Family Musical  They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky.... Wednesday Addams has fallen in love, and begs Gomez and Morticia and the family to act "normal" when she brings her boyfriend and his parents to dinner. Laughs for the whole family at the M-A Performing Arts Center. 
  • February 17, 18, 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • February 19, 25, 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets available  here; $10 for students/seniors; $14 for adults; group discounts.
Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Studies Research, Stanford University: Seeking Research Participants The study is a brief social skills and eye contact intervention. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst utilizes discrete trial training and positive reinforcement to increase eye contact during social conversation. Contact Ali Touros  or  visit our website  for more information. Please note that although the website says "boys with Fragile X Syndrome," we are recruiting boys with developmental/intellectual disabilities as well.

All Students Matter Classroom Volunteers Needed Next School Year  Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom? Consider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where there are virtually no parent volunteers, and 88% of the students are low income and 40% are homeless. Work for about an hour, once a week in the same classroom (K-5), helping students with reading, writing, or math.  All Students Matter  provides training and coordinates everything. Sign up now to start in September. For more details, visit their website or contact Keri Tully .

SUMMER CAMPS  Summer camp registration is here! MPCSD runs blurbs for 501c3 non-profit camps in the newsletters; for a more comprehensive list, see the  District summer camp webpage .

Hillview Summer Drama Camp is offering its  5th annual   Summer Drama Camp at Hillview from June 21 to July 26.  Each camp is two weeks long with a performance at the end. This year we are doing Suessical the Musical and Annie. We have a total of four. There are two separate camps each two-week session, one for incoming 4th and 5th graders and one for incoming 6th through exiting 8th graders. Please go here  and click on the Summer Drama 2017 page for details and registration! Spaces are limited.

Steve and Kate's Camp Info Night  March 1 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. , Hillview PAC.  Want a chance to win 5 days of camp? All you have to do is come to our Info Night at Hillview Middle School and you'll be entered in a drawing to receive 5 days at  Steve & Kate's Camp in Atherton.  But that's not all... This is your chance to watch a short presentation about Steve and Kate's Camp and have all of your camp-related questions answered by Atherton's very own director, Hannah. On this night, we will also talk about our Mentorship Program  designed for our older campers (aged 13-17).  RSVP  or simply show up!

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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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