In This Issue
Spelling Bee
Intro to M-A
Hillview Graduate
Yearbook Baby Photos
Graduation Party

Nominating Committee
The Lunchmaster

Enrollment Time
Stay Home If Sick

Congratulations Music
After-School Tennis
After-School Track

Auction Donations
Tickets for Auction

Q uick Links

Questions? Email:

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Monday, January 21
  • No School - Martin Luther King Day
  • After-School Tennis Registration here, (will appear on Sportability website starting January 21, not before).
Tuesday, January 22
  • Hillview's Annual School Spelling Bee, During 7th Period 
  • Due to Monday Holiday, Basketball Games for 8th-Grade Boys and Girls are Today
Wednesday, January 23
  • MPAEF Auction Tickets Go on Sale, 12:00 p.m., here
  • Menlo-Atherton High School Information Night for Parents and Students, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, January 24
  • Hillview Service Club - Speaker from We.Org, Lunchtime, PAC
Friday, January 25
  • Midpoint of Trimester 2
  • MPAEF Auction Donation Deadline, Form here
Wednesday, January 30
  • Parent Input Session to Envision the Profile of a Hillview Graduate - (See School News below for details),either a morning 9:00 -10:00 a.m. or evening 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.session, Room G4
Thursday, January 31
  • STEM Fair - Open for Viewing, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Wednesday, February 6 
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office, Large Conference Room

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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.

Attention Rising Freshmen
8th-Grade Parents and Students: Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School 
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 .

Parents Needed to Help Envision the Profile of a Hillview Graduate
Wednesday, January 30, a morning session 9:00 -10:00 a.m. or an evening session 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Hillview Room G4.  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.

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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Hillview Nominating Committee Members Needed!  
This five-person committee will work together to find parents who would like to serve on the Hillview PTO Board for the 2019-20 school year. The goal of the nominating committee as described here is to help ensure that the Board is balanced geographically and to get new people involved. The group will meet each other in February and then can work independently and communicate as a group as they decide. The 2019-20 slate will be presented to the current Board in the spring of 2019. Contact Gina Skinner here if you are interested in serving on this fun committee!

New Year Message from The LunchMaster
Place your hot lunch orders for January! Visit here to order today.

Did you set New Year's resolutions for 2019? Here are some simple strategies on improving your success in achieving your goals. Make your goals specific and measurable, for example, instead of planning to exercise this year, aim to go to a gym class three days a week for at least thirty minutes. Share your goals with your friends and family. Getting them involved will help keep you accountable. Why not invite them to work out with you? Make sure to track your successes and customize them as needed. Small, incremental actions have a greater chance of creating healthy, long-lasting change.

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Enrollment Time
All NEW students entering MPCSD schools in Fall 2019 - kindergarten through 8th grade - may register starting Monday, February 1. To register a new student for Fall 2019, visit here and select the Enrollment link (horizontal menu at the top of the page).

Each elementary school will host an information session for new and prospective 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:
  • January 31, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Oak Knoll School Library, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane, Menlo Park
  • February 7, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Laurel Lower Campus, 95 Edge Road, Atherton
  • February 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Encinal School, 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton
  • February 27, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - District Office TERC Bldg, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton
  • February 27, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Encinal Kindergarten Immersion Class Visit, 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton
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.

A Note from the Nurse
Many students become sick throughout the school year, and it is important that we work together to help prevent the spread of illnesses to other students. We would like to remind parents that if your student has a confirmed case of a communicable disease (e.g., pink eye, mononucleosis, influenza, etc.), you must provide the school with a doctor's note, and your student must stay at home until your student meets the readmission criteria for that disease. Thank you and stay healthy!

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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 Sports
After-School Tennis Registration Now Open Monday, January 21
Registration for our after-school tennis program begins tomorrow, Monday January 21. The registration will become available on Sportability January 21, not before. Sign-ups fill up very quickly. We are limited to the number of players we can accommodate. For more information and to register, go here Once registration is full, your student will be placed on a waiting list. Often, waitlisted students are added to the program. Tennis season extends from the beginning of March through early to mid-May. There will be no program during Spring Break.

After-School Basketball
Basketball games for all teams continue this week. Due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, game day will be Tuesday for 8th-grade boys and girls.

After-School Track Registration Coming Soon
Track registration will begin in February. The program will begin on Monday, April 8, immediately following Spring Break and will continue through Wednesday, May 15. Track practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays generally from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on the Menlo-Atherton High School Track. Participating schools include Hillview, Oak Knoll, Encinal, Woodside Elementary, La Entrada, and Corte Madera. 

For questions regarding these sports programs, email here.

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MPAEF News  mpaefnews 
It's For the Kids Auction & Party! Tickets Go On Sale On Wednesday, January 23
Starting Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m., you can purchase your tickets to the best party of the year - the MPAEF 2019 Auction! Last year's party sold out in record time. So, don't delay in buying your ticket.

There are 2 ticket options for this fun evening for you to choose from:  
  • Dinner Plus Experience: $195/ticket - This premier event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a delicious 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 - This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 p.m. and includes beer/wine, live band, dancing & dessert.
Purchase tickets here  starting Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location:  Hotel Nia , Menlo Park
Attire: Casual Cocktail

Great Donations Make Great Auctions! Deadline to Donate is Friday, January 25
Visit here to fill out our Auction Donation Google Form.
Want to help but not sure what to donate? Here are a few ideas of the types of donations that we are looking for:  
  • Overnight stay in a fabulous location
  • Theater or concert tickets
  • Host a fun party for kids, adults or families
  • Museum tickets or experiences
  • Services from local businesses - facials, massages, fitness classes
  • 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, etc.
  • Bundles and Baskets - 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!


Elyse Barca, Compass here

Judy Citron, Compass here

Lindsy Martin Interior Design here

Pacific Peninsula Group here

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Free Lacrosse Clinic  Sunday, January 20, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School

Bay Area Avian Science Research Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Main Library, 800 Alma Street.  The Menlo Park Library will host a free talk by San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Executive Director Yiwei Wang, who will share current projects and the issues the issues birds face in the Bay Area. For more information, visit here.

Storyteller John Weaver: These Stories are for the Birds, January 24, 4:00 p.m., Main Library, 800 Alma Street. The Menlo Park Library will present a free performance by professional storyteller John Weaver, sharing tales of amazing things that happen at sea, especially for listeners in elementary school and above. For more information, visit here.

Atherton Bulldogs Boys Basketball Tryouts All interested families with boys 3rd through 8th grades are invited to try out for our AAU basketball program. Tryout dates are January 24 and January 30 on Sacred Heart Prep campus. Boys grades 3rd - 5th at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Boys grades 6th - 8th at 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. here.

Galileo Innovation Summer Camps for Pre-K- through 8th-Grade Students We mix day camp fun with hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Supported by the best staff around, kids at Camp Galileo (pre-K-5th grade), Galileo Summer Quest (entering 5th-8th grade), and Summer Camps @ The Tech (entering 4th-8th grade) become confident creators ready to turn their ideas into reality. Sign up by February 28 to save $25 per week. Optional extended care and healthy lunch. Learn more here or call  800-854-3684.

Interested in Becoming a Preschool Teacher? Thursday, January 31, 10:00 a.m., Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach preschool? Local nonprofit Community Equity Collaborative is hosting an informational coffee for individuals who are interested in exploring a career in early childhood education.  More info here or RSVP here . Questions? Contact Dayna Chung  here .

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 Wednesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m., in Room C10 (Mr's Rodgers room). 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, come to the 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.)

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.

Screening of Documentary, "Child, Disrupted," with Q & A, Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., Menlo - Atherton High School Performing Arts Center. Is your family too dependent on screens? You are not alone! A number of local mental health organizations are combining forces for a unique evening program which includes a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Child, Disrupted," an open discussion and useful tools for changing tech usage habits. This event is free of charge. RSVP here.

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