In This Issue
Site Council Meeting
Spelling Bee
Intro to M-A
Hillview Graduate
New SamTrans
Yearbook Baby Photos
Graduation Party

T he LunchMaster

Head Lice
Speaker DeAngelis

Congratulations Music
After-School Program

Auction Donations

Q uick Links

Questions? Email:
This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, January 14
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, "From Columbine to Parkland: Is This the New Normal?", 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, January 15
  • Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting - Regular, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Monday,  January 21
  • No School - Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 22
  • Hillview's Annual School Spelling Bee, During 7th Period
Wednesday, January 23
  • MPAEF Auction Tickets Go On Sale
  • Menlo-Atherton High School Information Night for Parents and Students, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, January 25
  • Midpoint of Trimester 2
  • MPAEF Auction Donation Deadline, Form here
Wednesday, January 30
  • School Site Council - Envision the Hillview Graduate, morning 9:00 -10:00 a.m. or evening 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., location TBD

Thursday, January 31

  • STEM Fair, To be Announced, PAC

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Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 15, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office. Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here All parents in our community are welcome.

Hillview School Spelling Bee
Tuesday, January 22, during 7th period. Hillview's annual School Spelling Bee is associated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. All interested students are invited to participate. The School Spelling Bee is a written format, double elimination. Some helpful study lists are attached here, however the study lists are NOT the same as the word list used in the competition. The study lists are designed to give sample words, spelling patterns, and sound patterns typical of the Scripps Spelling Bee words. Our School Spelling Bee determines a school champion who will compete in the online Regional Semi-Final Spelling Bee for a chance to compete in the Regional Final in San Francisco.

Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School for Eighth-Grade Parents and Students
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC.  Principal of Menlo-Atherton High School, Simone Rick-Kennel, will give an overview of M-A academic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings. Q & A session following with Ms. Kennel and Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen, M-A College Advisor, along with the perspective from a panel of former Hillview students on what life is really like at M-A. The evening is open to everyone. For questions, email Alice Hom here .

Envision the Hillview Graduate
Wednesday, January 30, a morning session 9:00 -10:00 a.m. or an evening session 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., location TBD.  Willy Haug, Principal of Hillview, invites parents to participate in a visioning session. We will ask you to share with us the qualities, skills, attitudes, and dispositions that you would most like to see your students develop in their middle-school years. This is part of our effort to define a Hillview graduate  profile . This profile will serve as a lens for the environment and experiences we intentionally create in the future. We will look to staff, parents, and students to envision a Hillview graduate. Consider joining our School Site Council meeting. RSVP through the Google form here.

New Route on SamTrans
Route 83 will change, effective January 20, 2019, see the route  here. The times may be slightly affected, see schedule  here. This new SanTrans extension will go to Marsh Road. 

8th-Grade Parent Information
Yearbook Baby Pictures and Yearbook Ad
Wednesday, February 27 is the final deadline for 8th-grade parents to submit a baby picture to the yearbook. You may also choose to participate in a paid yearbook ad. See attached flyer  here   for more information or email here .

Graduation Party
The celebration party follows the 8th grade graduation on Friday, June 14. It is a memorable event for all 8th-grade students. The party is 100% funded and planned by 8th-grade families and is 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-grade students are welcome regardless of donation. To make your donation now, go to the Hillview website  here. If you are interested in  sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ), your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Joel Rutsky  here  with any questions.

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The LunchMaster menu for January is available here.

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A Reminder from Our District Nurse
To assist us in the prevention of head lice, speak with your student about not sharing personal items that touch the head, such as combs or hats, and also make a habit of checking your student's hair weekly and when your student may have been exposed. If head lice or nits are found, treat immediately and inform the school office. When a student who has been treated for head lice returns to school, their head should be checked by the school nurse or health representative to insure that it is free of live lice. For more information on the MPCSD head lice policy, see MPCSD Head Lice Policy  here Lianne Jemelian, RN  MPCSD District Nurse

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series
"From Columbine to Parkland: Is This the New Normal?"
Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. A "fireside chat" with Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School and Erik Burmeister, MPCSD Superintendent.  Mr. DeAngelis will share his experience as the principal of Columbine High School before, during, and after the 1999 tragedy. 

While children are welcome at Speaker Series events, due to the content of this event, parent discretion is advised. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

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Hillview Music
Exciting News from The Music Department
Congratulations to the following Hillview students on being selected to perform iBaySection in the CMEA Honor's Festival at San Jose State on January 12.
  • String Orchestra - Meghan Dodge, Cello; Pria Kuykendall, Bass
  • Concert Band - Justin Chen, Alto Sax
  • Chorus - Quinn Follmer and Ellen Forte, Soprano; Carter St. Clair and Mercedes Khan, Alto; Ben Siegel, Tenor
These musicians will join students from over 350 regional middle and junior high schools in this event. Congratulations!

8th-grade trombonist, Gregory Lee, has been selected to be a member of the CA All-State JHS Symphonic Band. This is a very select group of musicians. For the seven ensembles that will play in Fresno at the All-State Convention, over 2600 students auditioned. Greg is the 4th student in Hillview's history to have been selected. He will perform on Sunday, February 17.

Hillview Orchestra Performance at San Francisco City Hall Last Month

Hillview Science
Thursday, January 31, Hillview PAC. The STEM Fair is fast approaching!
The Young Scientists have been hard at work on their projects and are excited to present them.  In order for the Science Fair to be a success, we need 30 volunteer coaches! Absolutely no science experience or background needed. As a volunteer, you can expect the following:
  • Time commitment from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Interview 2-3 students/project teams
  • Fill out an assessment form for each interview to provide positive feedback to our Young Scientists
Sign up here , or email Julie Hilborn here with questions. Thank you for supporting our Young Scientists!

Hillview After-School Programs
Winter programs are underway, but it's not too late to sign up! Don't delay, register today!

Winter 2019 
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here
Starfire Coding - Python Level I here
Starfire Coding - Advanced Python here
Winter Conditioning offered by Stella Bergan here
Mondays & Wednesdays
Speech and Debate by Coach Brier Buchalter here
NEW! Acoustic Guitar offered by J ACE J Music -
Contact John Jordan for information and registration here
Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School here
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC - Contact John Jordan for information and registration here
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Contact Hillview ASP Coordinator, here  with questions

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Great Donations Make Great Auctions!
Fill out our Auction Donation Google Form here.
Need ideas? Here are a few of the types of donations we are looking for:  
  • Getaways: An overnight stay at a Napa hotel or a few nights at your vacation home
  • Entertainment:
    • Theater or concert tickets
    • Museum tickets or experiences
    • Game tickets to watch a fantastic Bay Area sports team play
    • Hosting a fun adult party with your friends
  • Gift Cards: Get rid of those unused gift cards, purchase new ones, or get them donated from your favorite company
  • Kids in Training Experiences: Do you work at a cool company? Are you a Chef or an Artist, Firefighter, Veterinarian or a Scientist? If you are willing to spend a few hours showing enthusiastic children your profession, then we need you! You decide how many kids, date, time, etcetera.
  • Bundles and Baskets: Lots of fun ideas such as...
    • Sideline Sibling Wagon with blanket and activities a sibling can enjoy while on the sidelines of a soccer or basketball game
    • Date Night In Basket with candles, wine, cheese, crackers and a DoorDash gift card
    • Family Game Night Basket with popcorn, candy and as many board games and puzzles as you can fit!
We need it all! The deadline of Friday, January 25 is fast approaching. So, visit here to fill out our Auction Donation Google Form now.

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!

Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors here

Michael Repka and Ken Deleon, Deleon Realty here

Alain Pinel Realtors here 

BKG Structural Engineers here

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Community News  
Adult Sewing Class Beginning Clothing Construction Classes begin Monday, January 14 at Canada College. Clinical studies have shown that sewing lowers heart rate and blood pressure more than other pastimes or hobbies. Having a creative outlet helps keep the mind sharp and gives a break from tasks of the day. In this course you will learn to make your own clothes. Thursday mornings 9:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CRN 39272), Tuesday evenings: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (CRN 35481). Apply here. Information here or phone 650 306-3370.

Summer 2019 Italy Trip - Informational Meeting Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m., Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas. Looking for a warm, alternative place to send your children to other than camp this summer? Social Studies teachers Marianne Santo and Mike Rogers will be taking students and parents on an educational tour to Italy during summer break June 2019. If interested in joining us on this memorable trip, join us at the for an informational meeting. If you cannot make it, but are still interested, email Ms. Santo and Mr. Rogers here. We have a limited number of spots available and registration has been extended into January. (Be advised, this trip is not sponsored by Hillview Middle School or by Menlo Park City School District.)

Free Lacrosse Clinic Sunday, January 20, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School
Introductory lacrosse clinic hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse for boys and girls in 1st - 4th grades. Register on our website here. Spring season runs January to May. A few spots remain available on our teams. New players welcome.

Menlo-Atherton Little League Registration Closing Soon. For kids ages 5-12. Interested families can register here.   

Junior Team Tennis Join a winter local league for more fun and match play. For kids ages 7-18. Peninsula/South Bay (Dominant Duo). Register here by January 25.

Big Band Dance Fundraiser for M-A Music Saturday, February 2, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., M-A Performing Arts Center. Join the award winning Menlo-Atherton HS Music Program at the Big Band Dance, a benefit for the M-A Music Program. The event will bring the spirit of Mardi Gras and the ambiance of the French Quarter of New Orleans to M-A! For music, dancing and food from the Big Easy. Tickets here. The online auction here features an executive box for the Giants/Dodgers game, Hamilton tickets, a private concert and much more.

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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 to the Newsletter : The deadline to submit to the Hillview Newsletter is Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . 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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