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Monday, January 30 to Friday, February 3
  • ASB Rafiki Week, Colors for Causes
Tuesday, January 31
  • Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School with Simone Rick-Kennell, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, February 3
  • 7th/8th Grade Valentine's Day Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 21
  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day Plus
Tuesday, February 28
  • MPCSD Parent Education: Raising Empowered Girls, Lauren Hersh, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

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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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2017-2018 Hillview PTO Board Nominating Committee Formation
Six parent volunteers are needed to identify and nominate members to the 2017-2018 Hillview PTO Executive Board. The Nominating Committee will consist of three parent volunteers from the west side of town (Oak Knoll), and three parent volunteers from the east side of town (Encinal/Laurel). The Committee will meet a few times between February and April in order to identify potential candidates for the 2016-2017 Hillview PTO Executive Board slate. You may nominate yourself or someone you know to this committee. Please email Michelle Box with your nominations.

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
For queries - Alice Hom 
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MPCSD Parent Education Series
Up next in the  MPCSD Parent Education Series is Raising Empowered Girls, February 28, 6:30p.m., Hillview PAC.  , powerful topic with a nationally recognized speaker.  Lauren Hersh, Director, 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. Free childcare available. Refreshments will be served.  Additional information  or  email with questions.

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RAFIKI WEEK (Colors for Causes) at Hillview
In previous years, Hillview has dedicated a week for students to partake in charities and dress up for the spirit week. We are taking a new approach this year by celebrating one global charity, Me to We. They sell Rafiki bracelets in 5 designs and we felt it was important to support these 5 branches: Food, Health, Education, Income and Water. Each rafiki bracelet is dedicated to a pillar. The profits of that specific bracelet will help that pillar. For example, if a rafiki bracelet focusing on water is sold, the money will go to creating wells for people to have access to clean water.

You can assist us in our quest to get Hillview students involved in helping the world by letting them or giving them the funds to buy a rafiki bracelet. These bracelets sell for $10.00. At a high price, one bracelet can in fact change a life. Rafiki's are made by mothers who live in third world countries. The income that they get from making rafiki's enables them to support their families.This event will take place on Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3. Throughout the week we will be selling these rafiki bracelets in the PAC lobby at lunch.
Because we are taking a new approach this year, we are branding the name to Rafiki Week. We hope for students to engage and be aware for what and who they are supporting. There will be more information shared on HawkTalk to help students understand the cause and how the can help!

While we feel that buying a rafiki is important, there are other ways you and your child can help out without a donation.
  1. Dressing up each day with the colors of the week will help with their spirit competition as well as showing support for the cause.
  2. Pledging to be kind through our Character Strong program will also allow students to earn a chance to win a free Rafiki bracelet.
  3. Buying other spirit items during lunch for as little as $1.00.
The following are the themes and colors for each day of the week of January 30 to February 3: 
  • Monday: Food-- Green
  • Tuesday: Health-- Red
  • Wednesday: Education-- Orange
  • Thursday: Income-- Purple
  • Friday: Water-- Blue
Valentine's Dance for 7th/8th Graders on February 3
Hello Hillview Parents! This message is from your Hillview ASB students. As you know, we are approaching Valentine's Day, which means the annual Valentine's Dance for 7th and 8th graders is just around the corner. It will be held on   Friday, February 3, from   6:00 to 8:00 pm, and will be full of hearts and tons of fun! 
Like all of our dances, this is a  casual dance (no formal attire required!)  and nobody should ever feel obligated to 'bring someone' despite the Valentine's theme. Everyone is welcome! We will have a game room, concessions, and an awesome DJ.  A few reminders for parents: 
  • The dress for success norms outlined in our handbook apply so please have your child dress appropriately. 
  • The dance ends promptly at 8:00 p.m., so please be on time picking your child up.
  • If your child arrives after 7:00 p.m., he/she must be accompanied by a guardian.
  • If your child wants to leave prior to 8:00 p.m., he/she must be picked up in the PAC lobby by a guardian.
Chaperones are still needed. If you can volunteer for the dance, please contact  Nancy Witeck.

Thank you, and we hope to see your daughter or son at the valentine's Dance
on Friday, February 3!
Intramural Sports 
Indoor half court or full court basketball games will continue through at least February. 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 tournament teams for their efforts in
the Annual Saint Simon's Tournament. Results will be posted at a later time.  The Tournament Team season has now ended for the final season. There is an  alumni game planned with last year's tournament teams.  Specific dates and times will be scheduled soon.

After-School Tennis Program
Registration will begin tomorrow, Monday, January 30 and will continue for one week through Sunday, February 5. The program will begin with tryouts on February 26. All players who register will attend two tryouts. There will be three teams this season - one Varsity A team and two Varsity B teams. Depending on the number of players that attend tryouts, we will do our best to place everyone. (Initially registration was announced in the newsletter as beginning today, January 29. The date has been changed to Monday, January 30.) Register here. For more information, check here.

Other Spring Programs to keep an eye out for include: Track, Boys Volleyball, Spring Volleyball, May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May).

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!

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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.
Wildlife Open House  February 4 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Wildlife Care Center is hosting a Wildlife Open House. There will be kid-friendly activities, including owl pellet dissection, washing oil off bird feathers, coloring pages, pin the tail on the raccoon, and more! For more  information .

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 .

Camp MAC: Give your rising eighth or ninth grader an introduction to journalism and advance his or her writing skills by signing him or her up for Camp MAC, a five day summer camp held from July 31 - August 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the state-of-the-art Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School (50 Embarcadero Road, 94301)! All proceeds of the camp go to support Paly's Media Arts program. Camp MAC is taught exclusively by student journalists from Paly's award-winning publications. Campers will write news stories, sports features and food reviews, as well as learn 21st century journalism skills like video broadcasting. At the end of the week they will work with their counselors to make their own printed publication! Early bird ends March 1, so sign up now! Click here to view sign ups, prices, and more information!

Galileo Innovation Camps: Pre-K-8th Grade : 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). 
Musical Teamwork Happens at BandWorks Summer Camp! For kids 8+, BandWorks award-winning Rock n' Roll Camp is open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Top professional musician-instructors create a team environment while teaching kids the skills they need to play in a rock band! By the end of the week, students are rocking out in a live performance in the classroom. Locations in Oakland, San Rafael, and Los Altos. For registration and more info about BandWorks Summer Camp, please contact us today or call 1-800-854-3684, or visit the BandWorks website. Register by February 28 to save $25 per week. 

Steve & Kate's Camp - Atherton Info Night: February 1, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Encinal Library
This summer, put your kids in charge. At Steve & Kate's Camp, we put kids in the driver's seat of their own learning experience by giving the freedom to make their own choices, explore their passions, and trust their own judgment. So whether they want to be the next big film director, an up-and-coming fashion designer, or the best baker in town, we've got something for everyone. Want to know more? You're invited to join us at Encinal Elementary to learn more about our program and meet the camp director, Hannah. RSVP here .

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.
Wildlife Open House  February 4 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Wildlife Care Center is hosting a Wildlife Open House. There will be kid-friendly activities, including owl pellet dissection, washing oil off bird feathers, coloring pages, pin the tail on the raccoon, and more! For more information .

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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.

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