In This Issue
Tech Talk
Lost and Found
Advisory Group
Graduation Party

Site Council
PTO Board

Hillview Survey
Bike Rodeo
Summer Drama

Dance Show
Quiz Bowl
Service Team
Girls Volleyball
Boys Volletball
After-School Tennis
Track Basketball Clinic

Auction Volunteers
Annual Report

Q uick Links

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Monday, February 25
  • Girls Volleyball registration open here at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Boys Volleyball registration open here at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27
  • Parent and Community Tech Talk, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room G-4., Hillview
  • Hillview Parent Survey (extended) due, use your individual link
Thursday, February 28
  • Service Team Meeting - with speaker, Gilmer Arrelano, lunchtime, Hillview PAC
  • 8th-Grade Parents - Yearbook baby pictures and yearbook dedication due
  • Hillview Dance Show, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 1
  • Start of Kindness Month - Character Strong
  • Hillview Service Team Fundraiser (extended), last day
  • Hillview Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, March 2
  • Hillview Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, March 4
  • After-School Track registration here 
  • May Madness Basketball registration here 
Friday, March 8
  • Evaluation - Boys Volleyball Team Placement, 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
  • End of Second Trimester
  • Site Council applications due
Tuesday, March 12
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting (Regular), 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, March 13
  • Girls Volleyball Festival Tournament - mandatory parent and player meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
Tuesday, March 19
  • Hillview Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview office conference room

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Parent and Community Tech Talk
Wednesday, February 27, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room G-4 
The Hillview Technology Team is hosting the first Parent and Community Tech Talk. This will be a parent engagement session on the Hillview 1:1 iPad program and a conversation about how to best support our students in making the best use of technology while at the same time minimizing the temptations. Join us!

Lost and Found
Thursday, March 28 all items will be donated. Have your student swing by during lunch to take a look for their lost or misplaced items before March 28.

New Student Advisory
Hillview has developed a new advisory program to address important issues such as respect, compassion, and self-worth. Each month students will have a special program with their teachers. Beginning next week, the topic is honesty and believing in yourself. Each teacher will have a group of advisory students and will continue to work with them through the rest of the year building relationships and a fostering a greater sense of belonging at Hillview. The program was developed, in part, based on student feedback collected through SEL surveys, the Expect Respect workshops, California Healthy Kids, and the Asset surveys from Project Cornerstone.

Parents of 8th-Grade Students
Yearbook - Baby Photo and Dedication
Extended one more day, Thursday, February 28
This is your last chance to submit a baby picture of your student for free and to create a paid yearbook dedication. We only have 30% of our 8th-grade students covered right now. Our final deadline for these pages has been extended to Thursday, February 28. Act soon to recognize your student.  Information for submitting the photo is here . You may email the yearbook lead  here for questions.

8th-Grade Graduation Celebration
Friday, June 14, evening after graduation, Hillview PAC 
The celebration is a long-standing tradition and a memorable event for ALL 8th-grade students. The party is 100% funded and planned by 8th-grade families and not a PTO-sponsored event. We ask for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. Only 23% of our 8th-grade families have donated to date. We also also ask you to consider donating to the scholarship fund to support additional students and to ensure that all costs are covered. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation. You may make your donation here. If you are also interested in sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ etc.) your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Joel Rutsky here with questions.

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Hillview Site Council - Seeks Parents For Two-Year Term
Applications due Friday, March 8
Hillview Site Council is looking for four parent volunteers for the 2019-2021 term. All interested parents should submit their nominations by March 8. Click here for more information. Questions? contact Theanne Thomson here.

Hillview 2019-20 PTO Board Nominations
The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is actively seeking volunteers to serve on the Hillview PTO Board for the 2019-20 school year. The Board is a great way to get involved with Hillview. New parents are welcome and encouraged to submit their names, and if you know others who might be great Board members, nominate them as well! Send nominations or contact us if you are interested in learning more. Email the Hillview PTO Nominating Committee here  to learn how you can get involved.

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Didn't receive your invitation to Hillview Survey?
Wednesday, February 27 extended opportunity
Some Hillview parents did not receive invitations earlier this month to participate in the annual Hillview School Survey, administered by Panorama Education. We have worked with Panorama to correct this inadvertent omission. New emails were sent on Friday, February 22 to parents who did not initially receive their unique survey links, check your email. The survey will remain open for all parents to allow parents time to complete their survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we hope to hear from all parents.

Family Bike Event
Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Oak Knoll is hosting a bike safety event that is open to all family members and will include a presentation on safety and bike rodeo skills course on our blacktop, followed by a neighborhood group ride. This will be a great opportunity to develop a common language with our students in how we talk about bicycle safety, and practice important skills and habits to take to the road. The event is open to families throughout the district.  Sign-up available soon.

Sup & Sandwich - An Informal Conversation with Erik Burmeister
Friday, April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.  You are invited to a conversation about the state of our district over a light sandwich lunch. Mr. Burmeister will give a brief presentation and then answer all your questions about the programs and experience here at MPCSD. RSVP by filling out the Google form here.

Summer Drama at Hillview
Our 7th annual MPCSD Summer Drama at Hillview is happening this June! We offer two camp sessions, each with two age ranges - incoming 4th and 5th grades, and incoming 6th through exiting 8th grade. This year we will be performing Frozen Jr, Mulan Jr, The Jungle Book, and 101 Dalmatians! Look for information details and sign-ups here.  Past years have sold out quickly, so get your registration completed soon.

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Hillview Dance Program
The Hillview Dance Show this Week
Tickets are available online here. $8 for adults, $5 for students, $4 for students with ASB. Join us for a great show! 
  • Thursday, February 28, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Hillview Quiz Bowl Clubs
Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournaments
Do your kids like the TV show Jeopardy? Do they wish they could hit the buzzer? Now they can! There are three upcoming middle school quiz bowl tournaments this spring. Groups of 3-5 students compete with students from dozens of other area schools. Groups do not all need to be from the same school - it could be a mix of La Entrada, Hillview, Menlo, etc. You don't need to provide the complete group since students will be signing up from other local schools.  
  • Saturday, March 9, middle-school tournament, Fremont 
  • Saturday, March 30, middle-school tournament, Sunnnyvale
Tournaments generally run from about 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. For more information visit here  or contact Sue Kayton, the advisor for the Hillview and M-A High quiz bowl clubs here or 650-853-1711.

Hillview Service Club
Service Team Meeting - 
Making Sustainable Choices
Thursday, February 28, at lunchtime in the PAC
Is your child concerned about the environment, but unsure if they can make a difference on their own? All students are welcome to join our Service Team meeting to hear from Gilmer Arrelano, one of the innovators behind "Hay! Straws" and "Mable Bamboo Toothbrushes." Students will learn about making small sustainable choices and the power they have to affect change.

Fundraiser for Paradise Fire Victims
Date extended through Friday, March 1,  Hillview office 
Hillview and Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club are partnering in the Fire Aid Drive for Paradise Elementary School. Accepting summer clothing for grades K -5, and monetary donations. Donate here on our GoFundMe or make checks out to the M-A Leo Club and leave at the  Hillview office. Clothing donations bin in the Hillview office. Questions can be directed here

Hillview Sports
Girls Volleyball Festival - Registration
Monday, February 25 - Wednesday, March 6, here
Hillview Spring Festival Volleyball is a new PTO-sponsored after-school program intended to help players practice and improve their volleyball skills, and participate in clinics and scrimmages using regulation ball and net height. Coaching provided by parent volunteers and occasional guest coaches. 
  • Practices run March 8 - June 30 (except spring break), meeting twice weekly on Wednesdays - Fridays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and/or Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hillview gym (exact schedule TBD in coordination with the boys volleyball program)
Participants will have the option to try out for a team of approximately eight players who will travel to the Volleyball Festival tournament in Phoenix June 26 - 30. Tournament and travel costs are additional. Travel to tournament will be chaperoned by coach and a parent volunteer. If interested in the Volleyball Festival tournament - there will be a mandatory parent and player meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Gym.  Contact Heather Buch here for questions.  

Boys Volleyball - Registration
Monday, February 25 - Wednesday, March 6, here
Hillview Boys Volleyball is open to boys all grades. Coaching will be provided by parent volunteers. Volleyball is part of the Spring Boys Volleyball League, known as ADAL. This league includes middle schools JLS, Terman, Jordan, Harker, King's Academy, and others.  
  • Evaluation for team placement, Friday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
  • Practices run eight weeks starting March 11 (except spring break), tentatively Wednesday or Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; possibly Friday practices (exact schedule TBD in coordination with the girls volleyball program)
  • Games run from April 15 - May 31, Mondays - Thursdays with playoffs beginning the week of May 20, eight games scheduled, four home games  and four away at ADAL schools.
After-School Tennis Registration - only 6 Spots remaining
Through Friday, February 28
The after-school tennis program is open to all Hillview students. Register at Sportability  here . After registering, sign up for your try-out  here . Additional information can be found  here .

After-School Track  
Registration opening here Monday , March 4. The program will run Monday, April 8 - May 15 at the Menlo-Atherton High School track. Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays usually from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Participating schools include Hillview, Oak Knoll, Encinal, Woodside Elementary, La Entrada, and Corte Madera. 

May Madness Basketball Clinic
Registration opens here on Monday, March 4. The four clinics are Fridays, April 19 and 27, May 3 and 10, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym. We encourage all three grade levels, both boys and girls, to attend. The clinic is run by Jeff Bell, Huck Hunt, and Coach Art Weil. All have coached or played in high school as well as coached Hillview teams.

It is the PTO objective to ensure that anyone can participate in after-school activities . If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, contact: Robyn Watts here - all 8th-grade student and 7th-grade students, M-Z and Kristyn Cardosi here - all 6th-grade students and 7th-grade students, A-L.

Questions regarding these sports programs, email here .

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This Year's Fund-A-Need: World Language and Global Citizenship

Help fund the World Language & Global Citizenship programs at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview donating to this year's fund-a-need! All four of our fabulous schools offer world language and global citizenship learning opportunities for all students. From the weekly Spanish instruction for all K-5 students to the school-wide activities such as Dia de los Muertos, these programs build awareness and empathy for other cultures. These opportunities directly support MPCSD's mission to inspire high academic achievement, challenge students' minds, enrich their lives by building a child's foundational knowledge of other cultures, and lay a foundation for success and participation as citizens of the world.

New This Year  
If you are interested in making your fund-a-need donation via a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) - you can! Contact Carrie Chen here to learn more.
Any fund-a-need donation will be counted towards your family's total giving in the calculation of the Foundation's donor roll at the end of the school year.

3 Ways to Support our 2019 Fund-A-Need
  1. Attending the March 16 Auction Dinner Experience? You can "raise your paddle" in support of the world language and global citizenship programs for all of our kids.
  2. Attending the March 16 Auction Party only? You will also have a chance to make a donation during the event.
  3. And for anyone, anytime - you can make a donation to this year's fund-a-need here click the Donate Now button on the right.
Here is more information on the various levels of Fund-A-Need and what your donation means to our World Language & Global Citizenship programs.

Auction Volunteers Needed!
If you would like to help out with the auction, there are many ways to help out leading up to and the night of the event. Sign up for a fun volunteer slot here . Any questions, contact Sarah Thayer here .

"Growing Our Impact" MPAEF 2017-2018 Annual Report
We are happy to share with you our annual report from last year, the 2017-2018 school year. Our theme of the year was "Growing Our Impact" and thanks to all of your generous donations, hard work and support, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation did just that! With unwavering focus on supporting the children of the Menlo Park City School District, we granted $3.737 million to the schools.  V iew the Annual Report here.

In order to keep costs to a  minimu m and be environmentally conscious, we utilized graphic design volunteers to produce the report and chose to distribute it to the community electronically. The report is also available via the Foundation website here. We did print a limited number of reports. If you are interested in receiving a printed copy, call the Foundation office at (650) 325-0100.  

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!

Mary and Brent Gullixson, Compass here

Compass here

Peninsula Pet Hospital here

Personify here

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Cartooning Basics with Sirron Norris Sunday, February 24, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Belle Haven Library Branch, 413 Ivy Drive. The Menlo Park Library invites children from 7 to 15 years old to a free comic art class with professional artist Sirron Norris of "Bob's Burgers." Students will learn how to design characters and create expressions. The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. More information here  

The Next Big Think You are invited to San Mateo County Office of Education's learning extravaganza on Sunday, March 3, 11:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the San Mateo County Events Center. In addition to the regular county STEM Fair competition for grades 5-12, we will have an expanded student Arts Expo, our first-ever District Showcase, a pop-up Makerspace, a hackathon, and more - all under one giant roof! There's never been a celebration of San Mateo County learning quite like this one. MPCSD will be hosting a stomp rocket exhibit and some Hillview students will compete in the Science Fair. More information here .

Menlo Atherton High School - Course Planning and Placement Night
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., M-A PAC and Library

Community Service for Girls The new Sand Hill National Charity League chapter provides mothers and daughters a variety of organized activities that support local charities. National Charity League is dedicated to developing leadership for girls through hands-on volunteering to become confident, socially-aware, and well-rounded adults. Girls currently in 6th grade through 10th grade are eligible to participate. Email here for more information.

Alpine Strikers Spring Soccer FC is the local soccer club and teams are coached by professional coaches and still has room in many age groups. The season starts the week of February 25 and ends on June 2. Email our Technical Director Gino Pucillo with your interest and/or with questions here. Find out more here.

Legends Baseball Summer Camp Legends camp, for 6- to 12- year-olds, offers a high-energy, positive learning environment for kids of all levels! Early-bird registration is now open for the 2019 summer here

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