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Monday, January 16
  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 17
  •  PTO General Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview PAC
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Monday, January 23

  • MPCSD Parent Education: Susan Stone Belton, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

Thursday, January 26

  • Hillview Science Fair, 5:45 - 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

Friday, January 27

  • Hillview Site Survey Due

Tuesday, January 31

  • Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School with Simone Rick-Kennell, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 21

  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day Plus
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Annual School Site Survey
This month is your one and only opportunity to complete Hillview's annual site survey. You should have received an email on January 10 inviting you to give your input, with a link to your own personal "landing page." If you did not receive your personal invitation on  January 10 , please contact the school office and we will make sure you get your link. Please do not overlook this important opportunity to help us improve the experience for your students!

As of last Thursday morning of last week, only 84 parents -- 5.4% of our parent population -- had completed the survey. We encourage you to make time to provide this valuable feedback ASAP.

You will have until 
January 27  to complete the approximately 30-minute survey, and we will look forward to reviewing and reflecting on your thoughts during "Feedback February." All survey responses are confidential. If you have additional questions, please contact  Hillview 's Site Council President, Elizabeth Ouren.

Dropping Off Students
Please be careful when dropping off students in the mornings. Some students are being dropped off on the opposite of Elder Avenue and crossing the street in the driveway area. Whenever possible, please drop your students off on the school side of Elder Avenue so they can cross with the crossing guard.

Spelling Bee
Is your student interested in participating in Hillview's School Spelling Bee? Interested students should sign up with their Language Arts teacher to participate. The first round of the School Spelling Bee will be during 7th period on   Thursday, January 19  and the final round will be   Friday, January 20. Click here to check out the online resources and study guides to prepare. The study words and lists are NOT necessarily the words that will be used in the School Spelling Bee; rather, they provide spelling and pronunciation patterns that are common to many words. 

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Parents - Lead Hillview Kids in Community Wellness Discussions for a Half Day 
One half day in February and one half day in can lead one-hour "Wellness Circles"  as part of Hillview's Character Ed. Please volunteer
Parent volunteers will be trained for one hour and lead Wellness Circles. The program is run by Robyn Watts, Kim Staff and Danielle O'Brien.   Email parent Susannah Hill to volunteer.
PTO General Meeting
The PTO will be holding the second of three general membership meetings on Tuesday, January 17 from   9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  in the Hillview PAC. In addition to regular business and reports there will be two major items on the agenda. The Hillview PTO Executive Committee will be discussing Measure X and Mr. Haug will be answering questions about the Family Survey.
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Summer Camp Gift C
ertificate Auction Starts Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.! 
The MPAEF is auctioning off 22 gift certificates for summer camps starting this Tuesday morning! Auction is online from  9:00 a.m. this  Tuesday, January 17, and ends next  Mond ay, January 23, at  9:00 p.m. New this year! Make bids OR Buy It Now.
 Click here to preview. Email us with any questions. 
Click on MPAEF Before You Shop at Amazon
The MPAEF gets up to 8% when you click the link on our site first. Then Bookmark it! (and use the link every time you shop.) Please note - we get only 1/2% from Amazon Smile.
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!
Suneeta Chilukuri - Realtor Partner
Erica Galles - Realtor Partner
Doug Andrew Gonzalez - Realtor Partner
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The Online Directory is here!
The District Student Family Directory is available online, at last! By now you should have received an email with information about creating an account at the MPCSD district site. You'll need this account for secure access to the directory. If you didn't receive the email, please check your spam folder or contact Al Hart to get an account.

The directory is available when signed in to the site or directly at When signed in to the district site, under the Parents & Community menu you'll see Student Family Directory (you will not see this option unless you are signed in). We will also be making a printable PDF version of the directory information available soon as well. It will be posted to a link on the secure site when ready. Apologies for the delays in getting this first version out!

We welcome any feedback about the directory. Please send comments to If you see mistakes in your information that need to be corrected, please also contact with corrections.

MPCSD Parent Education Event with Susan Stone Belton on January 23
MPCSD Parent Education returns with a stellar line-up for the Winter and Spring. Click here to see the full line up. We kick off the next season with a must-attend for parents of all ages on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillview PAC.  

A talk by Susan Stone Belton, Coach, Speaker, Author   
Learn what discipline really means and really looks like, and why consistency is so important. Learn the three steps to calmly and competently manage your child's behavior (and yours!) in any situation.

As always, free childcare for potty trained children will be available.  

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Hillview Science Fair 
Science Fair Volunteers Needed
The Science Fair is fast approaching on January 26!

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 volunteers!  As a volunteer:
  • Your time commitment will be from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
  • You will interview 2-3 projects/students.
  • You will fill out an assessment form for each interview.
  • Absolutely no Science experience or background needed.
Please email Suneeta Chilukuri if you can volunteer or if you have any questions.

Congratulations to the following music students for their selection and participation in this weekend's California Music Educator's Bay Section Honors Festival held at Chabot College.  These students joined fellow junior high students chosen from throughout the Bay Area. All of   Friday  was spent rehearsing with their respective ensembles -- Concert Band, Orchestra and Chorus.   On Saturday  afternoon they presented a formal concert. 

Elizabeth Higgins - Violin 
Rebekah Lindsay - Oboe 
Hannah Drucker - Flute 
Charlie Smith & Ingrid Standifer - Soprano 
Elisabeth Leon & Lily Bacon - Alto

Additional CONGRATULATIONS are due to flautist Hannah Drucker! She was chosen to participate in the All State Junior High School Concert Band at this year's CASMEC All-State Conference. The concert will be held in conjunction with the statewide music educator's conference in San Jose during February. Hannah is only the second student in Hillview's history to have been selected as a member of an all-state ensemble.

Intramural Sports 
Intramural sports will continue this week on Wednesday and Thursday with half court or full court basketball games for the next couple of months. 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. Monday will be an exception in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 8th graders will play on Tuesday, January 17 this week. Click here to see the game schedules for 6th and 7th graders. The 8th grade schedule is available here on the PTO website.

We congratulate the boys basketball tournament team for their efforts in the annual Evergreen Tournament in San Jose. Hillview won the tournament for the first time after 8 years. Teddy Purcell and Sathvik Nori were All Tournament Team selections. Spencer Lin was the Tournament MVP.

After-School Tennis Program
Keep an eye out for after-school tennis registration. Onine Registration via Sportability is scheduled to begin the the final week of January.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.  
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Eighth Grade Parents and Students: Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School
Mark your calendars to hear Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of Menlo-Atherton High School, give an overview of M-A's academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hillview PAC. Get the inside scoop on life at M-A from Mrs. Kennel, M-A's Counselor, Megan Corazza, and former Hillview students as part of our panel.

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Girls' Softball: For girls ages 5-14 who live in Menlo Park and Atherton, there are two local options for playing softball: Redwood City Girls Softball (RCGSL) and Palo Alto Girls Softball (PAGS). PAGS and RCGSL are both non-profit organizations that offer a recreational league in the spring and a more competitive league in the summer. Both organizations accommodate beginners to advanced players and have catcher and pitching clinics for all levels. Registration for both leagues is now open, and there are no residency requirements. Visit our websites for more information -- Redwood City Girls Softball and Palo Alto Girls Softball.

Little League:
The last day to register for the Menlo-Atherton Little League 2017 Spring Season is January 28! If you are a returning family, please use your existing email to log in when prompted -- this will save significant time when registering. M-ALL is offering seven playing divisions to players age 5 to 13:
  • T-Ball (minimum of age 5 as of 8/31/17), Coach Pitch (advanced T-Ball)
  • Single A (machine pitch), Double A, Triple A (player-pitch)
  • Minors, Majors
We are also registering YOUTH UMPIRES, ages 12-17 (as of April 30, 2017). The M-ALL also offers a Challenger Division for special needs players age 6 to 18. For more information and to register, please visit our website.
M-A PTA Computer Donation Program: WANTED: old computers and parts, working or not, for M-A PTA computer donation program. We also need cameras and camera memory cards for the Digital Photography students. We securely erase all information from all donated computers, and your donations are fully tax-deductible. For individual or corporate donations please contact Sue Kayton at (650) 853-1711. Click here to visit our program website for more information.  

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 .

At Galileo, we combine a mindset-shaping, innovation-based approach with crazy, summertime fun -- and run captivating camps that kids love. Our 2017 programs include Camp Galileo (pre-K-5th graders), Galileo Summer Quest (rising 5th-8th graders), and Summer Camps @ The Tech (rising 4th-8th graders).

Register by February 28 to save $25 per week. Visit our website or call 1-800-854-3684.
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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 the preceding  Wednesday at noon . Please email your submission to . Please 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.

To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter. 

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