In This Issue
Annual School Survey
Academic Integrity 
Spelling Bee
Smart Watches
Hillview STEM Fair
Tinsley Bus
Biking in Rain
8th-Grade Yearbook 

Meeting Cancelled
Breakfast Café

New Student Register
2018-19 Update

Basketball Games
Dance/Cheer Team
Tennis Team

Auction Tickets
Auction Volunteers
Auction Donations
Shopping - New Stores

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, January 15
  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 16
  • Invitation from Willy Haug, Annual School Survey, coming to your email inbox 
Wednesday, January 17
  • Parent Education Speaker Series - Sheryl Sandberg Option B, Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, 10:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
  • Hillview School Spelling Bee, 7th Period
  • PTO General Meeting, Cancelled
Thursday, January 18
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., District Office, TERC Building
Friday, January 19
  • MLK Assembly
  • Signed Academic Integrity Policy signature page due
Looking Ahead LookingAhead

Monday, January 22 
  • Great Kindness Challenge Week
Monday, January 29
  • ASB Spirit Week

Tuesday, January 30

  • Panorama Student Survey
Thursday, February 1
  • Hillview STEM Fair, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Fall 2018 New Student Registration
Friday, February 2
  • 7th/8th Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

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Mr. Haug Invites You - Annual School Survey
Watch your inboxes for an email from Mr. Haug inviting you to take part in our annual school survey, which has been improved and shortened in this, its second year. Starting Tuesday, and through the month of January, you will have the opportunity to give valuable feedback on your child's and your experience with Hillview. We thank you in advance for taking the time to help us better serve our community!

Academic Integrity Policy
Our  updated academic integrity policy here is now in our Hillview Handbook here. Please carefully review this policy with your child. Our new policy is highlighted by our Hillview academic integrity pledge, which outlines our academic integrity expectations for all students, and requires a student signature. The new academic integrity policy also includes an outline of consequences should the academic integrity pledge be violated. On Tuesday, January 16, students will be given the Academic Integrity Signature page here which requires both a student and parent/guardian signature. Students should return these signed forms to their Launch teachers by Friday, January 19.

Hillview School Spelling Bee   
Wednesday, January 17 during 7th period. All interested students are invited to participate. The School Spelling Bee, associated with the Scripps National 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 be entered into the Regional Semi-Final Spelling Bee taking place at Lawrence Hall of Science on Saturday, February 10.  

Smart Watches
Per our  personal electronics policy  here, Smart Watches, such as Apple Watches are not allowed at school. Smart Watches, like cell phones or other personal electronic devices, should be "off and invisible" during the school day.

Hillview STEM Fair 
February 1, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m., Hillview PAC. Parent volunteers are needed to make it a success! Go here for the sign-up page for more details and to sign up to volunteer.

Attention Tinsley Route Bus Riders!
Due to heavy morning traffic on Willow Road, we are adjusting our morning Tinsley routes for Hillview Middle School so that all students can arrive to school on time. Pickup times will be five minutes earlier at each site, allowing ample time for students to get to school. This change is in effect beginning Tuesday, January 9. The schedule is listed below. Questions regarding this change, go here.

6:45 a.m. p/u Euclid Avenue and O'Connor Street.
6:55 a.m. p/u Boy's & Girl's Club EPA (Pulgas Avenue and O'Connor Street)
7:05 a.m. p/u Castano School (Purdue Avenue and Fordham Street)
7:10 a.m. p/u Cesar Chaves School (Bay Road and Oakwood Drive)
7:20 a.m. p/u Belle Haven School (Almanor Avenue and Hamilton Avenue)
7:50 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and University Drive
7:52 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and Arbor Road (Front of Baptist Church)
7:54 a.m. p/u Middle Avenue and Cotton Street
8:00 a.m. d/o Oak Knoll School
8:10 a.m. d/o Hillview School

Biking and Walking Safely in Rainy Weather
Help your Hillview student make the trip safely by being highly visible to traffic.

Use a bike light *during the day* so that motorists can see you. Consider a light that has a blinking mode but is also bright enough (200-500 lumens.) 

Wear a neon-colored helmet, jacket, or rain gear

Allow extra time to get to school when weather is bad. 
Yearbook Dedications and Baby Pictures
Celebrate your 8th grader! D irections on how to submit a baby picture of your student for free and create a paid yearbook dedication can be found  here Space is limited, so turn in your pictures quickly.  The deadline is Friday, February 24. For questions email Amy Kingsley  here .

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PTO General Meeting
Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 17 has been cancelled.

Breakfast Café Needs Your Help!
We are looking for volunteers to bring food for Breakfast Café, a program that provides daily breakfast to Hillview students in the College Bound Program, offering an opportunity for these students to gather and enjoy a healthy breakfast and a positive connection to a member of the Hillview staff before school begins. For more information and/or to sign up, go  here.

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Fall 2018 New Student Registration Begins February 1
All students entering MPCSD schools in Fall 2018 - kindergarten and other new students - may register starting February 1. This year, we will use a new process called SchoolMint that is fully online and easier for parents to complete. You DO NOT need to go to a school office to get a code anymore. To register a new student for Fall 2018, see here starting February 1 and select the Enrollment tab at the top of the page. 

Each  elementary school will host an information session for new parents. Any parents interested in learning more about kindergarten and the full MPCSD program are encourage to attend.

Parents interested in Spanish Immersion must attend an information session. Choose one of the following Spanish Immersion New Parent Information Sessions:

Help us spread the word with your incoming kindergarten friends! All prospective parents are welcome to attend and learn more about the MPCSD educational experience.

2018-19 School Calendar Update
The District and the Teachers Union (MPEA) are in the process of negotiating the 2018-19 school calendar. As much as possible, MPCSD tries to align our calendar with Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) to help families with students in both districts. MPCSD is considering a start date as early as Wednesday, August 15 and as late as Friday, August 24. When scheduling vacations, please consider, MPCSD will begin its 2018-19 school year sometime between Wednesday, August 15 and Friday, August 24.

A draft of MPCSD's 2018-19 school calendar will be submitted to the School Board for approval at the February 13 Board meeting. Once Board-approved, the final calendar will be posted on the District's website and will be emailed to all current parents.

Parent Education  Speaker Series 
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. is sold out and a waiting list has been created.  Author Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org.

If seats become available, they will be offered to those on the waiting list in chronological order.  If you are a ticket holder and  can no longer attend, email  Kate Kennedy   here to release your tickets.  We are excited to offer this engaging event and thank all families for their interest in attending.

Parent Education Speaker Series next event: author, consultant, and philosopher  Michael Gurian will speak about "The Minds of Boys and Girls" on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. Please join us! More details will follow in upcoming newsletters and are currently available on the  Speaker Series website here.

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 Programs & Activities programsandactivities

After-School Basketball League 
Games for 8th-grade players are at Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary, or Corte Madera gyms on Mondays. 8th-grade games for January 15 will move to January 16 due to the Martin Luther King holiday. 

Games are at Arrillaga Gym on Tuesdays for 6th-grade girls, Wednesdays for 6th-grade boys, Thursdays for 7th-grade girls, and Fridays for 7th-grade boys. 

Hillview Dance and Cheer Team 
Registration is available  here. Contact Mrs. DeAnda here for questions.

After-School Tennis Program
Registration will begin at the end of January.

For questions, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 and Matt Ericksen here.

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You're Invited: "It's For The Kids" 2018 Auction Party

Join us for the best party of the year and support our community schools - all in one night!

Tickets On Sale Now: here

What's NEW This Year
  • An exciting new location! Enjoy the Hiller Aviation Museum's exhibits while sipping, snacking, and bidding on amazing auction items.
  • End the evening with dancing the night away to a Live Band.
  • All auction items will be available to bid on at the Auction Party. Want first crack at popular items? Then this party is for you!
  • Teacher-hosted events will be available exclusively to bid online after the event along with a limited number of remaining items that do not sell at event.
Types of Tickets Available

Auction Party $95 per ticket
Join us for the best party of the year! Come at 7:30 p.m. to bid on hundreds of amazing silent auction items while enjoying all you can drink beer and wine, a tasty dessert bar, amazing live band, and dancing!

Dinner Experience and Auction Party $175 per ticket
This premier event starts at 6:00 p.m. and includes a delicious and festive sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, premium open bar, swag bag valued at over $200, plus early access to the silent auction. In addition, you have full access to the Auction Party with all you can drink beer and wine, a tasty dessert bar, live band and dancing! During the ticket check-out process, you will be able to request table assignments with friends. Limited Dinner Experience tickets are available; so, if this is the ticket for you, act fast!

Calling All Volunteers - We Need You!  
Are you able to help at the event? We need you! Contact us here.    

And Don't Forget - There is Still Time to Donate Auction Items!
Help us create an amazing auction offering! Host a party or event for kids and/or parents, donate vacation homes, tickets to sporting events or other performances! Your donation will be featured in our printed auction catalog which will be distributed to every family in February. To donate, just go here and fill out the simple Google Form. Deadline for auction catalog submissions is January 26. Thank you!

Healthy New Year's Resolutions? Get your work out gear ready at Athleta, Lucy, Champs, Nike, Target, Macy's and more! Shop any of these retailers and give up to 8% back to Menlo Park Schools. You must click on this link here to qualify.

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Youth Mental Aid First Aid Classes  January 20, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.; February 24, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave.  SafeSpace is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid classes open to community teens and adults. Register through  Eventbrite here . This one-day, eight-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan on how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. For more information, visit  here .

Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Group Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., beginning January 16
San Mateo County Pride Center, 1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo.  Do you have a child between the ages of 10 and 18 who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning? Are you wondering how you can best support and advocate for your child? Join us as we learn share, and empower each other during this 8-week session. Group size is limited; $35 per group/$280 for the series, covered by medical. For more information, and to register and set up an intake interview (both mandatory,) contact Catherine Haueter here.

US Youth Volleyball League  Registration for the USYVL Spring 2018 season is open! Use coupon code ES18 for $20 off your registration until February 1. For more information, visit us online here.

Alpine Strikers FC  has a few spots open in our competitive program in the following age groups: Gi rls 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003 and  Boys 2007, 2003. E mail Keith Lambert here, Technical Director of Teams 06, 05, 04, and 03.

M-A Parent Education Series 
"Raising Screenwise Kids in the Digital Age"  January 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A PAC.  Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of digital devices. Often adults are less conscious about what they are modeling through their own relationship with technology. Author Dr. Devorah Heitner  helps parents become confident digital-media mentors to texters, gamers, and social media users from childhood to young adulthood.  Register here for her free lecture; Spanish interpretation available. 

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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 : The deadline to submit for the Sunday 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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