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Wednesday, February 15
  • Regular School board Meeting 6:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Friday, February 17

  • Lost and Found - last day to check for lost items
Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 21
  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day Plus
Friday, February 24
  • Deadline for Yearbook submissions
Tuesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education: Raising Empowered Girls, Lauren Hersh, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Library Winter Book Challenge deadline
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Community Wellness Circles On Friday, February 3, all of our 7th and 8th grade students participated in our second round of Community Wellness Circles in PE classes. In the Community Wellness Circles led by parent volunteers, students studied empathy and revisited the skills learned in our first circle, such as listening skills and personal awareness. Check in with your 7th or 8th grade student this weekend to hear about the event. For a script of the lesson, click  here.  If you are interested in volunteering to lead one of these circles on  Friday, March 17, please email Robyn Watts .  

Drop off and Pick Up Manners During drop off and pick up, traffic can sometimes get congested on Elder Avenue and at the Elder-Santa Cruz intersection. Please make sure that you are not blocking our neighbors' driveways and not blocking the Santa Cruz Avenue bike lane. Also please do not drop off or pick up students at the bus stops on Santa Cruz Ave - these are reserved for our SamTrans and Menlo Park City School District buses. Your cooperation is much appreciated!
Sidewalk Construction Sidewalk construction has begun on Santa Cruz Ave! We are excited about having these sidewalks for the safety of our students, but please drive carefully during construction times.

Hillview Yearbook Attention Parents of 8th Graders - Two ways this school year to feature your child in the Hillview yearbook.  
  • Dedication ads - we continue to offer optional dedication ads that you purchase for your 8th grader. We use an online system that you and your middle schooler can personalize your ad, i.e., immortalize a message to your child along with a baby picture, create a timeline using multiple photos of your child through the years.
  • Collage - we encourage all families to participate in our baby picture collage - submit your 8th grader's baby picture to be displayed in a collage with other 8th graders. The collage is completely free to all 8th grade families to thank you for all your support. We had 200 families include their child's picture in the collage last year. We hope to have even more this year!
Here are more specific instructions on how to purchase the dedication ad and/or submit a baby picture for the collage. Note that both the dedication ad and the baby picture submissions are due Friday, February 24, 2017.

Lost and Found The pile has gotten HUGE again! Lost and found will be donated  Friday, February 17  (President's Weekend). PLEASE come by and check it out to see if any of your stuff is there!

8th Grade Graduation Celebration 
Attention  8th grade parents - the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration is held the evening of graduation, June 16, 2017, and is a long-standing tradition and a memorable event for ALL 8th graders. 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. 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 graders are welcome regardless of donation. To make your donation now, click the DONATE button below. If you are also interested in sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ etc.) your support would be greatly appreciated. Likewise, if you have any contacts in the food and beverage or event planning/staging industries, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sharon Purcell or Cristy Barnes for any questions or leads. Donate here .

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Summer Drama Camp at Hillview MPCSD 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. 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.

MPCSD Parent Education Series  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 28th, 6:30pm, Hillview PAC
Free childcare available. Refreshments will be served.  Additional information  or  email  with questions.

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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. 
Intramural Sports 
Indoor half court or full court basketball games will continue through at least February as long as there is 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 continue this week with 6th grade girls on Tuesdays, 6th grade boys on Wednesdays, 7th grade girls on Thursdays, and 7th grade boys on Fridays. All 8th graders will play on Mondays. Click here to see the game schedules for 6th and 7th graders. The 8th grade schedule is available here on the PTO website. 6th and 7th graders play in the Arrillaga Gym. 8th graders play at either Hillview, La Entrada, or Woodside Elementary.

We congratulate and thank the girls and boys basketball tournament teams for their efforts throughout this season. Both teams played extremely well  and were dedicated. This was the final season of the tournament team  program. Hillview was fortunate to end the program with this group of  players. The results of their final tournament this year at the annual  Saint Simons Invitational was: Girls ended up in 3rd place. Filippa  Lunggren was all Tournament Selection. The boys ended in 2nd place.  Spencer Lin and Teddy Purcell were all Tournament Selections.

After-School Tennis Program
Registration is now closed. Anyone signing up now will be placed on a waiting list. We'll do our best to add anyone from the waiting list to one of the teams. 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). For the Boys Volleyball Team we'll need an assistant coach and a team parent coordinator. If we don't get them, the program will be in jeopardy.

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

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Donate to the MPAEF Spring Auction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the summer camp gift certificate auction last week. There are still a few gift certificates available for purchase at face value. Please visit here or email us for more information.

The MPAEF Auction Committee is now  collecting donations for the Spring Auction. We would be grateful for any and all donations from our parent community! Click to donate... 
View last year's auction items  here.
Questions about what or how to donate?  Email us.

Make a Difference. Join the MPAEF Board and Invest in Education. Together.
Happy new year!  The MPAEF is looking for interested parent volunteers to join the MPAEF Board for the 2017-2018 school year. There is a place for everyone, so whether your interests are in event planning, donor or business stewardship, web sites or campaign leadership, we'd love to hear from you.

Your involvement directly supports excellence in your child's school, as we invest in best-in-class teachers, and innovation in arts, sciences, technology, guidance & wellness. We understand you all lead busy lives, so we have many flexible and low time-commitment, but highly impactful, volunteer opportunities.  Please email if interested to learn more.   

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!


Omar Kinaan  - Realtor Partner
Nathalie de Saint Andrieu  -  Realtor Partner
Cameron L. Aboudara DDS, MS

Katie Riggs  - Realtor Partner 
RGM  and Associates 

Marc Bryman - Realtor Partner
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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.
Parents for Safe Routes - Join Us to Make Menlo Park's Streets Safer for Kids
Parents for Safe Routes is a new Menlo Park advocacy group committed to getting kids to school safely. Over 150 people have signed up on our growing mailing list. Please join us  here . To learn more about us, visit here.  

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Characters @ Play Spring Break Camp  April 10 - 14 , Oak Knoll School  During this week-long camp, students will earn acting, movement, and stagecraft skills in a fun, playful, and engaging way; learn from professional Teaching Artists who are experienced artists and educators; and create a new character to bring to life with their new theatrical skills. For more information, visit here.

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 .

Adventures in Writing Camp  July 10 - 21 , Laurel School.  Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help students fall in love with writing this summer! Adventures in Writing Camp is a two week "day camp" program that allows middle-school campers to create their own blogs! Visit  here  for more information and to watch a short video overview of camp.

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