In This Issue
6th-Grade Tdap
Donate Racquets
Site Council Nominees

7th-Grade Science

District Calendar
Parks and Recreation Committee Members
"Minds of Boys/Girls" 

Musicians Disneyland
Honored Musicians
Tennis Team

Auction Catalog
Join the MPAEF
 Office Team
 Volunteer Board
Cannonball Wine Offer
Business and Realtor

Q uick Links

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Monday, February 26
  • School Resumes
Wednesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "The Minds of Boys and Girls," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 1
  • Open Enrollment Begins for Grades 1-8
  • Dance Show, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 2
  • Shadow Day
Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3
  • Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Wednesday, March 7 
  • Winter Chorus, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hilview PAC
Saturday, March 10
  • MPAEF Auction Party, Dinner 6:00 p.m., Auction 7:30 p.m., Hiller Aviation Museum
Tuesday, March 13 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC Building
Thursday, March 15 
  • Musical Show 3:30 - 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 16 
  • Musical Show 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, March 17 
  • Musical Show 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

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Action Required! Parents of Current 6th Grade Students 
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination. Students entering 7th grade in the 2018 - 2019 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement). Students will not be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school. 
Bring an updated copy of your child's immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide the school with a doctor's written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School web site (see link below).

Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your child's clinic or physician's office;
  • A copy of the yellow immunization record;
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your child's clinic, physician's office or pharmacy. 
  • All these documents must have your child's name, date of birth, date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic. 
For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit here, or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, at or (650) 321-7140, x5912.

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.  Start your spring cleaning early and drop them off at the Hillview office. Thank you!

Site Council Seeks Parent Nominees to Serve 2-Year Term 
Applications due Wednesday, March 1. 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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PTO Funds Library Books 
The library has been running "Blind Date with a Book," and it's been very popular! The PTO and MPAEF fund all of our books, so they've been supporting this activity. For "Blind Date with a Book," we identify quality books that aren't popular (e.g., bad covers or titles, older books that were once popular, classics, narrative nonfiction) and wrap them up. (Thank goodness we didn't go all out because they are flying off the shelves!) We write quick blurbs like want ads, and the kids choose from the blurbs. We ask kids to give each book 50 pages at least before giving up on their "date." All kids "Rate their Dates," so we know whether we made good choices. And if they love their books, they can write recommendations, which can become part of our library displays. So far most kids have either loved or liked their books (8 good to 1 bad). We will continue through the end of February Break and then draw winners from the rating cards. Winners receive chocolate. 

PTO Funds Science 
The 7th-Grade Science Team wishes to thank the PTO for supporting our program by purchasing lab materials. As a part of our unit on States of Matter, students made ice cream. They designed and conducted investigations answering two questions: the role of salt in making ice cream, and why the milk froze. The ice-cream activity is one of the "anchoring" activities for the unit. The students also will be doing a lab with dry ice. This activity helps the students understand the energy involved in changes of state and what happens to temperature during changes of state. Both of these activities lead to a culminating activity in which the students research how refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners work in regard to changes of state and thermal energy. The PTO money was used to purchase milk, ice, rock salt, sugar and vanilla for ice cream and dry ice for the "dry ice" lab.

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Spanish Immersion 
You must attend an information meeting. Remaining date is Monday,  February 26, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m., District Office, TERC Bldg., 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton.

2018 - 2019 School Calendar
The school calendar was approved at the School Board's February 13 meeting and is available here. The elementary conference dates will be in December because at that time of the year teachers have more information about your students and feel it is a more valuable time to discuss your child's school experience with you. This returns us to a conferencing model the district had used in years past.
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 Physical Education presents the Hillview Dance Show on March 1, 2, 3 in the Hillview PAC.  Thursday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March March 2, and Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available here.  $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Students, $4.00 for ASB.  Contact Katie Deanda here  with any questions

Hillview Music goes to Disneyland! 
We welcomed back our Hillview musicians from their performances at Disneyland. They were 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 attended the CASMEC All-State Conference in San Jose and performed last Sunday, February 18.

After-School Sports
Basketball League  
6th-grade girls will have their first playoff game on Tuesday, February 27. 6th and 7th-grade boys, and all 8th grade students will play their final league games this week. Playoffs will start next week.

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 coaches. 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. Team placement tryouts will start Sunday, February 25. Tryouts will continue all week. Those of you registered should have signed up for 2 tryout slots by now. Following the tryouts Coach Yasuo will determine team placements. Players need to sign up for 2 permanent practice slots per week.

Upcoming Spring Sports 
Registration will begin Monday, February 26 for the following 3 Spring sports:
Track, Boys Volleyball, May Madness Basketball Clinic. Unfortunately Drop-In Volleyball for
Girls has been cancelled.

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

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

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Auction Catalog!
Review  our amazing Auction Catalog here We have hundreds of wonderful auction items from trips to parties to kids in training to wine..... there is definitely something for everyone!

All items included in this catalog will be available to bid on at the Auction Party on Saturday, March 10 at Hiller Aviation Museum. For those of you coming to the Dinner Experience and/or Auction Party only, you will receive a printed Auction Catalog in the mail during the week of February 26. 

All teacher-sponsored parties and events will be available to everyone (whether or not you attend the Auction Party) in the online auction after the event. The online auction starts Wednesday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. and ends Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Join the MPAEF Office Team
MPAEF is seeking a part-time Office Administrator who is passionate about education and believes in the value of providing excellent public-school education. The Office Administrator's primary role is to execute the daily operations of the organization, including donor tracking and management, finance, event coordination, outreach, and communications. This is a part-time, temporary paid position that will work in tandem with a second part-time Office Administrator that is already on staff at the Foundation. Expected term of employment is March 2018 - December 2018. Interested in learning more, including how to apply? See the full job posting here.    

Join the MPAEF Volunteer Board next year
We are looking for volunteers to join our organization of 62 parent volunteers from Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview! Please send us a note here if you're interested in joining our amazing team.

Cannonball Wine Offer
We extend our sincere thanks to Cannonball Wine for sponsoring the wine for our Auction Party, "It's For the Kids!" In addition, Cannonball is offering 10% OFF when you buy 6 or more bottles. Just click   here and enter code MPAEF at check out. In addition they will donate 10% of sales to MPAEF! Share A Splash  here.

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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Parks and Recreation Committee Members 
Menlo Park is undertaking an update to our 1998 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. We are looking for representatives for both our Oversight Committee as well as our Stakeholder Committee. These committees will include both adults and youths from the school districts.
More information included  here that defines the role of each committee. Committees meet 3 - 4 times over the next 10 months. We need to fill the Oversight Committee first. The kickoff meeting for the Oversight Committee will be held in early March. Interested candidates should email Todd Zeo  here  by Wednesday, February 28. 

Mid-Pen Water Polo Club Spring Session  February 28 - April 18. Sign up  here for Mid-Pen's spring session! Practices are at M-A and Woodside High. Not sure whether water polo is for you? Join us for a free practice on February 28 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at M-A. Offer valid for first-time players only! Participants need to sign up on the Mid-Pen website  here and have USAWP Membership   here for insurance purposes: 14-day Trial Athlete Membership (available only once in a lifetime and as first-time membership) is free. Mid-Pen Water Polo Club's ID is 24253.

Rethinking the College Arms Race What Do Companies really want?  March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.,  Carlmont High School PAC, 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont.  We hear a lot about "21st-Century Skills," but what qualities are companies really looking for in their new hires? Come hear from a panel of Silicon Valley HR professionals - Kleiner Perkins, Google, and Tesla - responsible for sourcing talent for their companies. Discussion moderated by Dr. Don Williams, Palo Alto child and adolescent psychologist. Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Spanish interpretation and light refreshments offered. Free admission offered  here.

Summer Camp Fair  March 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.  Join the City of Menlo Park for our Summer Camp Fair . When you register your child at the event   here , receive 10% OFF all city run camps! The fair will feature FREE pizza, games, crafts, a camp raffle for summer-themed prizes and even a FREE week of camp! Camps included are: Sports Camps, Camp Menlo, Mini Madness, Munchkin Madness, Menlo Madness, Sky's the Limit, Menlo Palooza, and many more. Summer Camp Fair programs are geared for children aged 3 - 12 years. Teens and adults will have the opportunity to submit applications   here for summer positions and meet with potential employers.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities -  All Students Matter  Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom? Consider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where your help is especially needed. You'll have a real impact tutoring kids in grades K-5, where about 90% are low income and over 80% are performing below grade level in reading and math. Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour with students eager to see you. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. Sign up now  here to start in September. For more details, email Keri Tully  here .  

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