In This Issue
Spelling Bee
6/7 Dance

The Lunchmaster

Parent Survey
Speaker  Event

Music Advisory
Disney Details
Spirit Week
Rafiki Week
Cheers to Coaches
After-School Tennis
Boys Volleyball

Sponsor Auction Volunteer 

Q uick Links

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Sunday, February 3
  • After-School Tennis Registration - 20 spots remain, visit Sportability here
  • MPAEF Auction - tickets available here
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 8
  • The Lunchmaster - February menu, available here
  • Tickets for 6/7 Super Ball Dance, on sale at lunch
  • Hillview Service Club - Paradise Fire donations, checks to desk, clothing to bin in Hillview Office 
  • Spirit and Rafiki Week
                Monday - Cozy Day
                Tuesday - Camo Day
                Wednesday - Mismatched Day
                Thursday - Hillview Spirit Day
                Friday - Jersey Day (for Super Ball Dance)

Tuesday, February 5
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at District Office TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
Wednesday, February 6
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office, Large Conference Room
Friday, February 8
  • Grade 6/7 Super Ball Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, February 12
  • School Board Meeting - regular, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, February 13
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series - "How Social Media Affects Children's Mental Health, and What We Can Do to Protect Them," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, February 14
  • Student Panorama Survey
Monday, February 18 -  Friday, February 22
  • No School - Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, February 27
  • 8th-Grade Parents - Yearbook Baby Pictures and Yearbook Ad due

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Spelling Bee Champion
Congratulations to 8th grade student, Quinn Follmer, our Hillview Spelling Bee champion. She spelled 34 words correctly, including frippery, asseveration, and championship word ganache.  She recently took an online spelling and vocabulary test for entrance into the regional spelling bee. We wish her the best of luck!

Hillview 6th- and 7th-Grade Dance! It's the SUPER BALL!
Friday, February 8, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This dance includes the 6th-grade students! The theme is Super in Super Bowl...and the dress code is casual. Of course, you are welcome to wear your favorite NFL apparel as a part of the theme! Here are six tips for parents:
  • Themed apparel is a suggestion and completely optional. Students may dress casually. All outfits must follow the Dress for Success Norms in our handbook here.
  • We have a no-charge Bag Check system. Encourage your student to Bag Check their jacket or bag which will be monitored by parent volunteers.
  • We use a colored wristband system for admitting students to the dance. Students need to bring their prepaid ticket and student ID. This event is for 6th-/7th-grade Hillview students only. Tickets are also available for $10 at the door. If a student has lost their Student ID, see Mr. Chui about getting a replacement or alternative permission before the dance.
  • If a student is absent from school on the day of the dance, they may not attend the dance per handbook rules.
  • Dance starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.; students must arrive by 6:30 p.m. Students arriving after 6:30 p.m. will only be permitted with a parent chaperone. Similarly, students wishing to leave earlier than 8:00 p.m. must have a parent meet them in the PAC lobby. Students will not be allowed to leave early without a parent pick-up
  • Concessions - for sale in the kitchen, average $1-$2 each. All food and drink must remain outside (weather permitting).
Tickets on sale Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 8 at lunch for a discounted price of $7 (ASB card holder) and $9 (non-ASB card holders) or $10 at the door. For questions, contact Mr. Chui here, Mr. Darmanin here or Ms. Hagg here.

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The LunchMast er  Menu is available for February here

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Hillview Parent Survey
This week you will receive an email from Principal Haug with your unique login information for the annual Hillview School Parent Survey due February 15. Your responses are confidential and Panorama Education will be managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security. Each parent for each student will receive a unique survey link. We hope every individual parent will share their thoughts. The survey will take about 10-20 minutes and you will be able to provide anonymous feedback to your student's school as a whole, as well as, to their specific teachers. To ensure that Hillview continues providing high-quality, rigorous learning experiences for our students, your participation is essential. Thank you in advance for your time and input.

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series
Series continues in 2019 
Amazing speakers and timely topics! Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website  here. All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees. Join us for our next speaker:

"How Social Media  Affects Children's Mental Health, and What We Can Do to Protect Them"
Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillview PAC 

A presentation by Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a former Stanford brain researcher. Dr. Barnea-Goraly will present the latest evidence-based research on the effects social media has on youths' mental health and provide recommendations on how to guide your children to  use smartphones and social media without jeopardizing their well-being.

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Hillview Music
Parent Booster/Advisory Group
Looking to form a group of parents with director of the music program to help strengthen and sustain the program.  The advisory group will examine the as-is state of the Hillview Music Program and dream about what it could be. We will look at such factors as elementary music enrollment, the challenge of maintaining music as students transition to middle school, and preparing them for participation in high-school music programs.  Reach out  here  if you would like to be part of this group.

Disney Update
Parents should be receiving email communication from Richard Vaughan. Email here to be added to his direct communication. 

Last week the 7/8 Concert Band, Jazz Band and 7/8 Orchestra performed at M-A in the Joint Concert. A heartfelt congratulations to all for your efforts and musicianship.  For 8th-grade students who are heading to M-A, the music program is a wonderful community. You will have friends in all grades. Opportunities open up. The M-A Orchestra will be traveling to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall in March! Yes, it is true, you can get to Carnegie by practicing! Keep playing! Keep music strong in Menlo Park!

Hillview ASB
Spirit Week
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 8 is Spirit Week! Each day will have a theme, in which students can dress up accordingly to win spirit points for their grade. Encourage your student to show their school spirit and get involved!
  • Monday - Cozy Day
  • Tuesday - Camo Day
  • Wednesday - Mismatched Day
  • Thursday - Hillview Spirit Day
  • Friday - Jersey Day (for the Super Ball Dance)
Rafiki Week
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 8, (same as Spirit Week). ASB will be selling "Rafikis" for $8 or $10 depending on the type of Rafiki you choose. ASB has chosen to partner with Me to We because it is a reputable organization that strives to make a difference in the world. Rafiki is the Swahili word for friend. But what is a Rafiki you may ask? A Rafiki is a bracelet made by women in Kenya. The money made from these bracelets goes to help families access clean drinking water, medical supplies, nutritious meals, and schooling for their children. There are five different types of Rafikis: food, water, education, opportunity, and health. Each Rafiki bought helps in one of these five areas of life. For more information visit here and here.

Hillview Service Club
Fundraiser for Paradise Fire Victims
Hillview is teaming up with the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club for their Fire Aid Drive for Paradise Elementary School. Paradise Elementary needs summer clothing for girls and boys grades Kindergarten to 5th grade, as well as monetary donations. Make checks out to the M-A Leo Club, as the Leo Club will write one big check that includes all of the donations. Checks can go to the Hillview office. There is a bin in the Hillview front office for clothing donations. The drive runs through February 15. Questions can be directed here.

Hillview Sports
Thank You Hillview 8th-Grade Tournament Team Coaches
Coaches Gerard Zell and Kirt Thomson took it upon themselves to lead our 8th-Grade Hillview team. We cannot thank them enough for their time and commitment. The successful team finished their season this weekend at the Father Murray Memorial Tournament held at Saint Simon Parish School. The boys won two of their three games, with one in overtime. What a great showing and great experience for the boys!

After-School Tennis Registration Open 
Only 20 Spots Left
Registration is filling very quickly. For more information and to register, visit Sportability here

For students who have registered, sign up for your tennis tryout slots here. Some detailed information about the Hillview Tennis Team can be found here.

Boys Volleyball Coming Soon
Additional information and registration coming soon.

Questions regarding these sports programs, email here .

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Interested in Sponsoring the Auction Party? Here's How!
Keen to support the Auction without hosting a party or donating an item? We still need help covering the costs to put on this fabulous event. There are many opportunities for a family (or 2 plus families could split one item) to underwrite these important party details:
  • Colorful Event Signage = $500 Thanks to Roshni Gurung & Amit Chaturvedy!
  • Festive Party Decor = $500 Thanks to the Hebert Family!
  • Celebratory Sparkling Wine at Dinner = $1000 Thanks to John & Jessica Gilmartin!
  • Beer = $1000 Thanks to Hermitage Brewing Co ! here
  • Printed Auction Catalog = $1000
  • Celebrity Auctioneer Liam Mayclem = $2500
  • Hairstrike ! here Meet the Band & VIP backstage pass = $3000
  • Dinner Cocktails = $5000
  • Wine = $5000 Thanks to SHARE A SPLASH wine co. ! here
Sponsors will be generously thanked in event signage and an upcoming e-Newsletter. If you are interested in underwriting any of these items, contact Carrie Chen here  or 650-325-0100.

Auction Volunteers Needed
If you would like to help out with the auction, contact Sarah Thayer, volunteer coordinator here. There will be ways to help out leading up to and the night of the event.

We need you! Lots of opportunities to volunteer to support our schools!
The MPAEF, District Council, and PTO are volunteer-run organizations, and we couldn't do all of the amazing work of supporting our district schools without lots of great parent volunteers. There are positions large and small for all skill sets at each of these organizations that will be open for the 2019-20 school year, and all are currently working on nominations. Want to learn more and chat with members of each organization?

Join our Meet & Greet at Art Ventures Gallery on Monday, February 11 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Wine, beer, and light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email Suzanne Yonkers, MPAEF Secretary, here

It's For the Kids Auction & Party! Tickets Are On Sale
There are 2 ticket options:
  • Dinner Plus Experience: $195/ticket - Starts at 5:30PM and includes a sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, beer/wine, complimentary cocktail, and early access to the silent auction - followed by live band, dancing & dessert bar
  • Auction Party Only: $95/ticket - Gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30PM and includes beer/wine, live band, dancing & dessert
Purchase tickets through the MPAEF website here
Date: Saturday March 16, 2019
Location: Hotel Nia , Menlo Park
Attire:  Casual Cocktail

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!


Left Bank Brasserie, Menlo Park here

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association here

Tavarez Orthodontics here


Colleen Foraker, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realtor here

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Classroom Volunteer Opportunity at RWC Middle Schools Volunteers needed to help Redwood City middle schoolers with literacy. One hour a week is all it takes to make difference for these kids, many of whom struggle with reading. You can become an important, trusted adult in the kids' lives when you make this commitment to tutor them throughout the remainder of the school year. Training is provided and you can also shadow with one of our volunteers before you decide. Learn more at Los Ayudantes here or contact our director, Jenni Farrell here

One Hour of Meditation For Young People Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (January 31, February 7, 21, 28). SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park. These classes introduce young people, ages 12-26, to the basic skills of a mindfulness practice. Each lesson will help guide to a more peaceful life by showing and engaging in the practices that help teens deal with everyday stress and anxiety. The lessons are simple and fun, yet effective. Taught by Julie Brody, BSN, MA in Women's Spirituality, Mindfulness Educator and Certified Yoga Instructor. Register through Eventbrite here.

Speaker - Selina Tobaccowala, Cofounder Evite and Gixo, Former CTO of Survey Monkey, Board Member Redfin, Saturday, February 9, 9:30 - 11 a.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Selina will talk about her journey, her experience as an entrepreneur and woman in computer science, and the role of confidence in her success. She will then lead an experiential activity and mingle with girls over food. Organized by Object, which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls. You can sign up here.

Volunteer - An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student's Life More than 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student every week for an hour during the school year. It's an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more, sign up to volunteer here, or you're welcome to contact Keri Tully here. You can make a real difference here!

Friends of Palo Alto Spring Choir Session Calling kids ages five to teens who love to sing! No music experience or audition required. All choir members must be able to read lyrics independently - no sheet music knowledge is required. Sign up here.

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp Our camp philosophy is pretty simple - when you trust kids to take charge of their own learning, they will learn and grow in ways we can't imagine. With activities galore, you'll see campers sewing everything from clothing to accessories, making animated movies complete with characters and sets, and creating their own musical masterpieces. Visit here to find out more about Summer 2019 in Menlo Park or email the Director, Alice here

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