Monday, March 18
- Vaping - Proactive Strategies with Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, 6:00 p.m, PAC
- After-School Track registration continues here
- May Madness Basketball registration continues here
- Hillview Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview office conference room
Wednesday, March 20
- MPAEF Online Auction opens 11:00 a.m.
- Boys Volleyball registration here ends today
Thursday, March 21
- Menlo-Atherton High School Open House and New Family Resource Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A campus, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
- MPAEF Online Auction ends at 9:00 p.m.
- Newsletter Deadline for after spring break - noon
- Lost & Found will be donated, last chance to check
- MPCSD Parent Education - "The Importance of Teaching Compassion to our Kids," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 29
- No School - Staff Development Day
Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5
Monday, April 8
- 7th-Grade Students! WEB leader application period until April 17
Proactive Strategies - Vaping
Monday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., PAC
Learn proactive strategies for talking about and dealing 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.
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office.
Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here. Questions? Contact Theanne Thomson here.
Parent Volunteers Needed - 6th-Grade Science
Friday, March 22, morning
Ms. Hilborn, science teacher, requests volunteers to provide informal feedback to students on climate change projects. Volunteers will view the progress of the project, listen to presentations, and make suggestions. Very informal and "the students love hearing from other people besides their ole teacher Ms. Hilborn." Email here, if you are willing and able.
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.
Parents of 8th-Grade Students
Menlo-Atherton High School Open House
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A campus
Open House offers current and potential families the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of campus and meet teachers from all departments in their classrooms.
New families to M-A may attend our family resource fair in the PAC café. Families will receive information about course selection, address verification, summer programs, and much more.
- Food Trucks (food available for purchase), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., PAC Patio
- Welcome to M-A, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m., M-A PAC
- Meet M-A teachers, view student work and performances, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., classrooms
New Family Resource Fair
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., PAC Café
- Sign up for summer enrichment programs
- 9th-grade registration information
- Find information about athletics, electives, AVID, BUILD, and other support programs
- Meet Principal Simone Kennel
- Complete Address Verification - bring your documents
Visit our website
for the event flyer and full program details.
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 will be covered. So far, fewer than half of our 8th-grade families have donated. You may make your donation
. 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
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 to our District in an extraordinary way. 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 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.
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
The Importance of Teaching Compassion to our Kids
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Join us for a discussion moderated by Erik Burmeister - MPCSD Superintendent, featuring Jeff Weiner - CEO of LinkedIn and Kristen Gracia - Principal of Oak Knoll School.
They will be talking about
the importance of compassion and how
MPCSD teaches and promotes this integral life skill.
Steve & Kate
's Camp will provide free childcare for potty-trained children at our Speaker Series events. Activities that kids can enjoy - animation stations (kids can make stop-motion films), craft projects, card games, and board games. Free pizza dinner will be served to children in the childcare room.
Want more information? Check out event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here. All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.
Programs & Activities
WEB - Where Everybody Belongs
Attention 7th-Grade Students! Get Caught in the WEB!
As part of the transition program for incoming 6th-grade students, WEB leaders assist with Camp Hillview. This program helps 6th-grade students feel more comfortable and achieve success in their first year of middle school. Soon, we will be recruiting WEB leaders for 2019-2020 school year.
We are looking for students who are willing to lead, who are kind, enthusiastic, and a positive role model.
If you are thinking about applying, join the Google Classroom group for WEB applicants with the code: ptb64uw. In Google Classroom, you can access the application, see announcements, and ask questions. You may also contact Ms. Schlegel in room D4 or here.
Hillview Service Team
5th Annual Relay for Life
Friday, May 31, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Last year more than 300 students raised $95,000 for the American Cancer Society walking the track at the event.
It is time for students to form teams and register. Students can form teams of up to 10, and choose a team captain and parent chaperone. Let your student know sign-up sheets are available in the office, and should be handed in at the Thursday, March 28 flash mob lunchtime in the quad. There is more information about registering for this event
Students who sign up are required to attend the Relay for Life kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 11. We will share all the details about the event.
Relay for Life - Volunteer
This fun and inspiring event is not possible without your help. Look for specific volunteer needs on Thursday, March 28 here and sign up here if you are interested in hearing more about general volunteer opportunities. From lining up vendors to day-of volunteer opportunities, we have a role to suit your schedule!
Hillview After-School Sports
Registration and information is available
Practices will run for 8 weeks beginning
Games will run April 15 - May 31.
Registration and information is available
The program will run Monday, April 8 - May 15 at the Menlo-Atherton High School track.
May Madness Basketball Clinic
Registration and information
The 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 information, email here
Questions regarding these sports programs, email
In last week's newsletter, we incorrectly reported the following: "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."
The Hillview 2 team was coached by McBride. Our apologies apologies to Coach McBride.
Fund-A-Need: World Language and Global Citizenship
Help fund the World Language and Global Citizenship programs at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview by donating to this year's fund-a-need!
All four of our fabulous schools offer world language and global citizenship learning opportunities for all students. From the weekly Spanish instruction for all K-5 students to the school-wide activities such as Dia de los Muertos, these programs build awareness and empathy for other cultures. These opportunities directly support MPCSD's mission to inspire high academic achievement, challenge students' minds, enrich their lives by building a child's foundational knowledge of other cultures, and lay a foundation for success and participation as citizens of the world.
Anyone at anytime can support our 2019 Fund-A-Need by making a donation to this year's fund-a-need via our Auction Website here, click the "donate now" button on the right.
Sports Basement Shopping Days Coming Up
Saturday, March 16 - Saturday, March 23.
Don't miss out on 20-30% off!
- 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
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker here
Monica Corman, Compass here
W.L. Butler Construction here
The Man Who Came to Dinner performance by M-A students. 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 get more info here. Suitable for adult and teen audiences. Nonstop laughs and mayhem!
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.
Mental Health Workshop for Kids Thursday, March 28 and Thursday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park. The SafeSpace Youth Action Board in coordination with local mental health professionals presents "This Affects Us All: Helping a Friend in Crisis," a ninety-minute workshop on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health, handle and defuse crisis situations, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and discuss difficult topics. This free presentation offered twice is for kids ages 11-20. Register here.
SafeSpace Support Line In partnership with 7 Cups of Tea, SafeSpace now offers young people a new 24/7 compassionate listening app, SafeSpace Support Line here. Teens can anonymously chat one-on-one about their problems with a non-judgemental trained active listener in multiple languages in a secure environment at any time, on their own device, at no cost. This online emotional support service is not meant to replace therapy. Users can choose a random listener, or select one based on the life experiences, ethnicity, and expertise as provided on their profile. The app provides an extensive selection of exercises, or personal growth paths, that help users gain skills and knowledge on specific issues that concern them, like social anxiety, stress, or loneliness.
Educators Needed for Steve & Kate Spring Break Camp April 1 -5. Hillview is hosting a pilot spring program from Steve & Kate's Camp, established pioneers in progressive day camps. Offers hands-on, creative exploration in textiles, film, coding, and music workshops. If you're an educator looking to spend your break building relationships and departing on an adventure, Steve & Kate's program is looking for full and part-time folks interested in working with them for the week, as well as summer sessions all over the Peninsula. Email here for more info!
Legarza Basketball Spring Break Camp
Hillview is hosting Legarza Basketball Camp during Spring Break. Scholarships and discounts are offered to students who would like them. Use the coupon code HILLVIEWSAVE$60 for the Hillview camps. More information here.
Mountain View Tennis Academy Play on a tennis team with your friends! Join a local spring league for fun and match play. More info here.
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