In This Issue
Character Building
8th Grade
Newsletter Deadline

School Board
Service Nominations

 Boys Volleyball
 Basketball Clinic
Basketball Results

Auction Volunteers
Sports Basement
Online Auction
School House Run

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Monday, March 11
  • After-School Track registration here 
  • May Madness Basketball registration here
  • Boys Volleyball registration here until March 13
  • Student Advisory - character building
  • Join Hillview ASB - last informational meeting, lunchtime, Room G-4
Tuesday, March 12
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting (Regular), 6:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, March 13
  • Girls Volleyball Festival Tournament - mandatory parent and player meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
Thursday, March 14
  • Relay for Life Spirit Day and Flash Mob sign-up, lunchtime, Quad
Saturday, March 16
  • MPAEF Auction Party, dinner guests 5:30 p.m. and party guests 7:30 p.m., Hotel Nia 200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park
Monday, March 18
  • Vaping - Proactive Strategies with Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, 6:00 p.m, PAC
Tuesday, March 19
  • Hillview Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview office conference room
Wednesday, March 20
  • MPAEF Online Auction opens 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 25
  • MPAEF Online Auction ends at 9:00 p.m.
  • Service Nominations due
Wednesday, March 27
  • Lost & Found will be donated Thursday, last chance to check
  • Newsletter Deadline for after spring break - noon
Friday, March 29
  • No School - Staff Development Day
Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 4
  • No School - Spring Break

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Hillview Student Advisory - Character Building
Monday, March 11
In the second session of the new student advisory, students will work on their definition of self-worth and how to think through peer pressure. These are two excellent topics to bring up with your kids when you sit down for some family time together. The new student advisory program was developed to work toward building relationships and fostering a greater sense of belonging at Hillview.

Proactive Strategies - Vaping
Monday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., PAC
Learn proactive strategies, like how to talk about and deal with the issue of vaping. Hillview is hosting Dr. Bonnie Hapern-Felsher, Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Founder and Executive Director, for a speaking event and discussion. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a leading expert and researcher on vape use and prevention in youth. Come ready with questions as she will have ample time to answer them after speaking about best practices and research around this issue.

8th-Grade Graduation Celebration - Donations Needed!
Friday, June 14, evening after graduation, Hillview PAC
The celebration is a long-standing tradition and a memorable event for ALL 8th-grade students. The party is 100% funded and planned by 8th-grade families and not a PTO-sponsored event. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation, however we ask for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. We also ask that you consider donating to the scholarship fund to support additional students and help us ensure that all costs can be covered. So far, fewer than half of our 8th-grade families have donated. You may make your donation  here . Separately, if you are interested in sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ etc.), your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Joel Rutsky here   with questions.

Newsletter Deadline
Wednesday, March 27, noon
Spring break is coming up, which means there will be  no newsletter March 31. The next newsletter will be published the following week, April 7.  Deadline for submissions is March 27 at noon.

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Regular School Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. TERC Boardroom, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
Items on the agenda include a highlight of Encinal students who volunteer as ENspired Leaders for their Maker Space, certification of the 2nd Interim Report for 2018-19 District Budget, and approval of the 2019-20 Board Meeting Calendar. See the full agenda here. You may reach the School Board here.

Call for Service Award Nominations
Due Monday, March 25
Tell us about an exceptional volunteer! Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers who give generously of their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist were it not for this formidable group of volunteers, the "Pillars of our Community." Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) and School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District. Take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, complete the online nomination form here.

Improve Fundraising for the MPCSD
Help us to improve the effectiveness of our future fundraising efforts in the MPCSD by completing an anonymous survey. District leadership and community parents have begun working together on some anticipated changes to our district fundraising efforts. We would be grateful to incorporate feedback from the broader community as we partner to better our Annual Parent Campaign and PTO fall fundraising drive. Complete a simple, anonymous survey and share your thoughts on our past fundraising, as well as your suggestions on areas for improvement here. If you prefer to reach out directly, you can send us an email here. Thank you in advance for sharing your perspective and for helping our district fundraising efforts to be positive and successful.

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Hillview Service Team
5th Annual Relay for Life 
Friday, May 31, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
We are excited to announce Hillview 5th Annual Relay for Life event. Last year more than 300 students raised $95,000 for the American Cancer Society by getting friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them to walk the track at the event. It's time for students to form teams and register. Let your student know sign-up sheets are available now in the office and will also be at the March 14 and March 24 sign-up flash mobs in the quad at lunch. For  more information about registering for this event, check here.
  • Thursday, March 14, lunchtime. Relay for Life Spirit Day, wear an old Relay shirt or purple in honor of fighting cancer to kick off Relay for Life!
  • Thursday, April 11 lunchtime. Students who sign up are required to attend the Relay for Life kick-off meeting. We will share all the details about the event.
This fun and inspiring event is not possible without your help. We have more  about volunteer opportunities here. From lining up vendors to day-of volunteer opportunities, we have a role to suit your schedule!

Hillview ASB
Parents of 7th-Grade Students 
Monday, March 11, lunchtime, Room G-4
This is the final informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Hillview ASB election process. Mr. Darmanin and Ms. Hagg will review expectations, share a Google Classroom code, and pass out digital applications. Current ASB officers will answer questions and offer support.

Last Friday was the first meeting. If students miss the Monday meeting, they should see Mr. Darmanin soon. The first component of the election process is due Friday, March 15. More details will be emailed to parents of candidates regarding expectations and providing support to the courageous students who are taking a risk and running for Hillview ASB. Email Brian Darmanin with questions here

Hillview After-School Sports
Boys Volleyball
Registration and information is available  herePractices will run for 8 weeks starting 
March 11.  Games will run April 15 - May 31. 

After-School Track  
Registration and information is available   here .  The program will run Monday, April 8 - May 15 at the Menlo-Atherton High School track. 

May Madness Basketball Clinic 
Registration and information   hereThe 4 clinics are Fridays, April 19 and 27, May 3 and 10, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym. 

If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please email the appropriate contact as follows: 
  • all 8th-grade students and 7th-grade students with last names M-Z, contact Debbie DeVoto here or Michelle Mangiardi here
  • all 6th-grade students and 7th-grade students with last names A-L, contact Kristyn Cardosi here
  • for general informationemail here
Questions regarding these sports programs, email  here .

Basketball Playoffs
Thank You Coaches
Thank you for all the time you spent assembling practice plans, teaching, mentoring, practicing, and developing basketball skills with our student athletes. You have created memories that will last a lifetime. You are all champions. Thank you for a great season!

6th-Grade Boys Championship Teams
  • T1 - Congratulations to the Hillview 5 (Gorey) for reaching the Championship game vs. La Entrada by defeating Woodside. Hillview put up a great fight before falling to La Entrada 33-39.
  • T2 - Congratulations to both Hillview 4 (Roberts) and Hillview 3 (Auer) teams for reaching the T2 finals. Hillview 4 prevailed 39-32 in a battle of Hillview teams.  Congratulations Hillview teams.
6th-Grade Girls - Finals
Played Monday, March 4, Arrillaga Gym  
  • T1  Hillview 1 (Nieva) vs. La Entrada, 3:45 p.m., Hillview was edged out by La Entrada 24-23.
  • T2  Hillview 2 (Ota) vs. Corte Madera, 4:40 p.m. In a close battle, Corte Madera exceeded Hillview by 2 to escape 10-12
7th-Grade Boys - Finals
Played Tuesday, March 5, Arrillaga  Gym
  • T1 Hillview 3 (Missan) vs. La Entrada 4, 3:45 p.m. 
    Hillview takes home the championship by overcoming La Entrada 50-48.  Well done boys!
  • T2 Hillview 6 (Bell) vs. La Entrada 2, 4:40 p.m. Hillview was out paced by La Entrada 44-40. Great season Hillview!
  • T3 Hillview 2 (Diepenbrock) vs. Hillview 4 (Hartman/Marshall), 5:35 p.m. In another battle of Hillview teams, Hillview 2 prevailed over Hillview 4 45-40.  What a great season boys!
8th-Grade Boys - Semi-Finals
Played Monday, March 4
  • T1 - Hillview 10 (Martin/Randal/Lee) vs Beachwood. - Beachwood defeated
    Hillview 10
  • T2 - Hillview 8 (Patrick/Patrick) vs. Woodside 4, 4:00 p.m.
  • T2 - Hillview 7 (Pimentel/Falzenberg) vs Hillview 8 (Meyer/Evans), Hillview. Hillview 7 over Hillview 8
  • T2 - Hillview 6 (Gurman/Gurman) vs Hillview 9 (Thompson/Dacey), 3:50, La Entrada. Hillview 9 over Hillview 6
  • T2 - Hillview 2 (Giurlani) vs. Kennedy 5:00 p.m.
8th-Grade Boys - Finals
Played Tuesday, March 5  
  • T2 - Hillview 4:50 p.m. Hillview 7 lost to Hillview 9, 47-40
8th Grade Girls - Semi-Finals 
Played Tuesday, March 5, 3:50 p.m., La Entrada. Both teams lost in the T2 semi-finals.

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Auction Volunteers Needed!
The March 16 auction party is only 6 days away and we still need volunteers! If you would like to help out with the auction, there are many ways to get involved, both leading up to the event and on the night of the event itself. Sign up for a fun volunteer slot on this sign-up sheet . Any questions, contact Sarah Thayer here.

Sports Basement Shopping Days Coming Up 
Saturday, March 16 - Saturday, March 23
Don't miss out on 20-30% off!

How it works:
  • Step #2: Choose Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation as your beneficiary. Then, every time you shop - you get 10% off and 10% goes to support our schools! If you are already a Basementeer - you can change the non-profit you support at store check-out.
  • Step #3: From Saturday, March 16 through Saturday, March 23 - you get an extra 20% off your purchases! Sports Basement Redwood City store hours - here.
Shopping at the store? Mention MPAEF at the checkout counter to receive discount.
Shopping online? Use promo code 20050009488741 at checkout to receive discount.

Full-page flyers in English and Spanish here.  

Online Auction: What to Know!
All teacher-hosted parties and events will be available to everyone (whether you attend the Auction Party or not) in the online auction. The online auction opens Wednesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. and closes Monday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. More information about the online auction items will be sent home in mid-March. Additionally, a limited number of remaining items that did not sell out at the March 16 event will be available for bidding during the online auction.

Help Make the School House Rocks Run and Festival ROCK!
On Sunday, May 19, our community will lace up its shoes and take to the streets in support of quality education and we need YOU!!!!

Join the run team in one of these key positions:
  • Event Volunteer Co-Lead: Help solicit the volunteers to make this Run and Festival a success.
  • Festival Co-Lead: Help to coordinate the post-run festival.
Interested? Email here

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!




JessiCat Taylor, Assistant to Michael Repka, Deleon Realty here

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The Man Who Came to Dinner performance by M-A students. March 15 - March 17 and March 22 - 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School's Performing Arts Center. Buy tickets and more info here. Suitable for adult and teen audiences. Nonstop laughs and mayhem! 

Rancho Day at Los Altos History Museum Saturday, March 16, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Enjoy hands-on activities and demos: sheep shearing, roping, blacksmithing, and adobe brick-making. This event is free and open to the public and held on the museum grounds. Heavy rain cancels. This program is in support of the exhibition, "Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera," appearing in the Museum Main Gallery, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Thursdays - Sundays, October 18, 2018 - March 31, 2019. Info here.

Menlo Park Youth Poetry Contest - Cash Prizes! Original works of poetry on the theme, "If I Were a Book..." may be entered for consideration. The deadline for entries is March 25. Entry forms are available at the Menlo Park Main Library at 800 Alma St. and at the Belle Haven Branch Library at 413 Ivy Drive. Winning poems will be presented in a special ceremony at the City Council at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. For contest details, visit here.

Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls: A Conversation with Jo Boaler, Stanford Math Education Professor and YouCubed co-founder. Saturday, March 16, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Boaler's YouCubed, in collaboration with Stanford's Graduate School of Education, is changing the way math is taught in schools. She advises Silicon Valley companies including Udacity and Novo-ed on the power of a growth mindset. She will talk to girls about the role of confidence and growth mindset in her success and lead an activity on problem-solving. Girls can sign up here at Object, which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory Summer Camp Calling all aspiring actors looking for an amazing experience to join us for summer camp at PVTC! Check out a variety of fun camps for age 3 to high school. Enjoy daily doses of music, acting activities, special projects and more! Register online here

Camp MAC Journalism Workshop Is your child interested in journalism? Palo Alto High School Camp MAC here is excited to host a week-long summer program (July 29 to August 2) for rising 8th- and 9th-grade students that will allow students to gain a new perspective of the media through workshops and interactive activities. Camp MAC is directed by students of Paly's nationally-renowned journalism program. They are preparing a unique summer program focused on the process of interviewing, writing, and editing in addition to learning to use new digital skills. Prominent guest speakers will be featured. Sign up here.

Help Your Child Fall in Love With Writing This Summer Adventures in Writing Camp is returning to Menlo Park's Laurel Elementary, July 8 - 19, for kids grades 1-8. Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help students fall in love with writing this summer! A two-week "day camp" program that allows elementary campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBooks, and middle-schoolers to work on digital storytelling! Campers learn and create under the guidance of credentialed teachers, musicians, and authors. Lessons are delivered as songs. New writing skills are practiced by writing rap songs. It's the writing camp that turns "writing camp" on its formerly stuffy head! Register here

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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 to the Newsletter : The deadline to submit to the 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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