In This Issue
Hillview graduate
Safe Routes
New SamTrans
Intro M-A
Intro TIDE

T he Lunchmaster

Head Lice
Parent Education
Speaker DeAngelis

After-School Classes
HawkTalk Awards
Toy Drive Success

It's For the Kids
Auction Items

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Sunday, January 6
  • Time to Order - The Lunchmaster for January here
Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8
  • No School - Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Resumes
  • Safe Routes to School - Presentation, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview PAC



Tuesday, January 15
  • School Board Meeting - Regular, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC 
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
Wednesday, January 30
  • School Site Council, morning 9:00 -10:00 a.m. or evening 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., location TBD.

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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.

Safe Routes to School Parent Education Night
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., PAC. Hillview will be hosting the evening with discussion of new initiatives in the area and transportation safety opportunities for Hillview families.  All are welcome to attend and participate in this information.

New From 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. 

Information for 8th Grade Families
Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hillview PAC. Mark your calendars to hear Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of Menlo-Atherton High School, give an overview of M-A academic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings. There will Q's and A's with Mrs. Kennel and M-A College Advisor, Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen, along with the perspectives from a panel of former Hillview students on what life at M-A is really like. The evening is open to everyone. Email Alice Hom here with questions

TIDE Academy Information Night
January 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Redwood City Library. Sequoia Union High School District has a new school, TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design, Engineering) Academy, which is enrolling now. This is the first public high school within the Peninsula to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Teachers will develop the critical skills and aspirations of each student through the intimate attention of a small school setting. All curriculum will be STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based and interdisciplinary learning as a focal point. TIDE Academy will open August 2019 and will start with the founding class of approximately 100 ninth-grade students. The district's priority window is open November 15 - February 1, 2019. Visit our website here  for more information.

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Time to order from The Lunchmaster for January here.

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MPCSD  News  mpcsdnews
Head Lice at School
Tens of millions of school-age children get head lice every year worldwide. While head lice can be a nuisance, they do not cause disease and they are not a sign of poor hygiene or uncleanliness. Head lice, commonly known as pediculosis, is spread through close person-to-person contact. They cannot fly, jump or hop, but they do crawl. For school-age children, the highest probability of contracting head lice comes from sharing personal belongings like brushes, combs, helmets and hats.

To assist us in the prevention of head lice, please speak with your child about not sharing personal items that touch the head, such as combs or hats, and also make a habit of checking your child/ren's hair weekly and when your child may have been exposed. If head lice or nits are found, please treat immediately and inform the school office. When the child that has been treated for head lice returns to school, his or her head should be checked by the school nurse or health representative to insure that it is free of lice and nits. For more information on the MPCSD head lice policy, use the following link: MPCSD Head Lice Policy hereLianne Jemelian, RN  MPCSD District Nurse

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series
MPCSD Parent Ed Speaker Series Continues in 2019 
Amazing speakers and timely topics! Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here . All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. (Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.)

"From Columbine to Parkland: Is This the New Normal?"
Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the 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. Join us for an enlightening and educational conversation about violence, guns, schools, student mental health, and more. While children are welcome at Speaker Series events, due to the content of this event, parent discretion is advised.

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Programs & Activities programsandactivities
Hillview After-School Programs
Winter program registration is open!

Winter 2019 | After-School Programs
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
Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School here
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC - Contact John Jordan for information and registration.
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Contact, Hillview ASP Coordinator, here  with questions.

Hillview HawkTalk
Hillview Broadcast Students Garner National Recognition
Congrats to 8th-grade students, Lucy Low and Isa Arizini, for placing in the top five at Student Television Network nationwide contest for young broadcast journalists. Their PSA entry, Stop Plastic Pollution, was designated honorable mention out of hundreds of entries from competing middle schools and high schools across the United States. This marks the second time Hillview Middle School has been honored by STN, an organization that is dedicated to supporting high school and middle school broadcasting, film, media programs such as Hillview HawkTalk. To view their winning PSA entry and other content produced by Hillview broadcast students, visit here.

Hillview ASB News
Toy Drive Success
ASB completed our annual new toy drive and delivered over 200+ toys, books, and games for kids of all ages to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital! Thank you to the Hillview community for their support to this excellent cause. If you would still like to donate, contact Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to drop off your toys directly with their wonderful staff.

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Looking for Donations For Our Annual Auction & Party
Consider making a donation for our It's For the Kids Auction & Party.
Some ideas include...
  • Tickets to a Bay Area sports event
  • A Kids-in-Training experience hosted by your business
  • A stay at your fabulous second home
  • Hosting a fun adult party, or
  • You can donate money for an item
Visit here  to fill out our Auction Donation Google Form.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation to raise funds to support teachers and innovative curriculum at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview.

Thank you for your generosity!

It's For the Kids Auction & Party - Tickets Go On Sale On January 23rd!

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location:  Hotel Nia  here , Menlo Park
Tickets:  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 23, 2019. There are 2 ticket options to choose from:
  • Dinner Plus Experience $195/ticket. This premier event starts at 6:00 pm and includes a delicious sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, beer/wine, complimentary cocktail, and early access to the silent auction - followed by a live band, dancing, and dessert bar!
  • Auction Party Only $95/ticket. This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 pm including beer/wine, live band, dancing, and dessert.
Attire:  Casual Cocktail
Fund-A-Need Theme World Language & Global Citizenship

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