In This Issue
Yearbook Orders
8th-Grade Grad Night
Safe Routes Survey
Quiz Bowl Tournament
Applicants Site Council
Earn Block H

Re-Enrollment Begins
Mat Club
Relay for Life
Basketball Playoffs
Tennis Team

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 -Boys Volleyball

 -Basketball Clinic


Online Auction 
Get Ready to Run

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday,  March 20
  • School Safety - Lockdown/Barricade Drill
Wednesday, March 21
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series,"Parenting in the Age of Social Media," 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 22
  • M-A Open House and New Family Resource Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A PAC
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Monday, March 26
  • Mindfulness Lesson Number 4

Tuesday, March 27

  • Washington D.C. Trip - Mandatory Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 30
  • No School - Staff Professional Work Day
Monday, April 2
  • Hillview Second Trimester Report Cards, Mailed Home
  • MPCSD Re-enrollment Begins

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2018 Hillview Grad Night Funds Needed 
In just three months, our 8th-grade students will celebrate the end of middle school! It is a long-standing Hillview tradition that the 8th-grade parents plan and fund a party immediately following the formal graduation commencement ceremony. It's a special evening which provides one last chance for the kids to have fun and spend time with their Hillview friends on campus, before moving on to high school. The evening includes dancing, food and beverages, and many fun entertainment activities.

The planning committee has received donations from less than half of our 8th-grade families. We suggest a $50 contribution per 8th-grade student, however, as little or as much as your family can offer will be greatly appreciated. Y ou may check to see whether you have already donated by emailing Rina Balogh here

Learn more about the event and donate here. Thank you for your  support! We will be hosting two dinner fundraisers for the event:
  • Tuesday, March 27 at 11:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Amici's in Menlo Park
  • Tuesday, March 24 at 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Stanford Chipotle
Come out enjoy dinner or takeout and a portion of the monies will go to our 8th-Grade Grad Night. Thank you Amici's and Chipotle.

Parents, Last Call for Yearbooks!
Don't let your child get caught without a yearbook at the end of the year!   If you purchased an ASB card, then your child automatically gets a yearbook.   If your child doesn't have an ASB card, or you would like a second yearbook, please order one online today.   Supplies are limited, and we will sell out quickly.  Visit the yearbook website here and enter school code 10070 to purchase a yearbook for $45.   The price will increase to $55 on April 16 until we sell out. For q uestions regarding yearbook orders, contact Amy Kingsley, yearbook advisor here.

Safe Routes to School Spring Survey
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.  English survey  here

Rutas Seguras a la Escuela Encuesta
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para llenar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar las características de educación y fomento del programa Rutas Seguras a la Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela.  Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura acerca de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad. La encuesta no tomará más de five minutos en completarse.  Spanish survey  here .

Quiz Bowl Tournament  
Saturday, March 24. Does your student enjoy the TV quiz show Jeopardy? This is their chance to pick up the buzzer and answer trivia questions. Hillview will be hosting a middle school quiz bowl tournament. Quiz bowl is like Jeopardy, but with easier questions. Student can sign up individually, or as a team of three or four students.  

Schools from all over Northern California will be participating, so this is a fun way to meet students from other schools. Pass this along to other middle school families in the area. Since Hillview is hosting, there is no entry fee for Hillview students, but teams from other schools pay an entry fee to cover the cost of the questions, moderators, room rental fee, and pizza lunch.  
Information here for some sample questions that were used in a tournament a few years ago.
For more information and to sign-up, contact Sue Kayton at (650) 853-1711 or email here
Block H Points Available
Would you like to earn block H points and help out our wonderful hot lunch program on Friday pizza day? Earn block H, see your friends, or sign up with a friend to work a shift. The hot lunch program will train you. Looking for friendly, responsible students to help us hand out the pizza every Friday. Contact Mr. Darmanin in room G3.

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Call for Service Award Nominations - Tell Us About an Exceptional Volunteer! 
Nominations due Sunday, April 1. N ominate an individual, complete the nomination form online here.   Each year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers give generously their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist if 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. Please take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. 

District Council Nominating Committee - Looking for Volunteers
Would you like to have a birds-eye view of what is happening in our district? The search for MPCSD volunteers to serve on next year's District Council is underway. The District Council exists to foster cooperative relationships among the Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview PTOs, the MPAEF, the Principals, the District office, and the School Board in order to facilitate communication and collaboration in the District. If you are interested, please contact the nominating committee here.

Re-Enrollment for 2018 - 2019 begins Monday, April 2
To help our schools and district better plan and prepare for the upcoming 2018 - 2019 school year, our annual re-enrollment process will begin April 2 and close on April 20.  On Monday, April 2 all parents of current K - 7 grade students will receive their student's re-enrollment notification email from SchoolMint. Parents will be asked to complete their student's re-enrollment no later than Friday, April 20. Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, please complete the re-enrollment process in any case. You always have the option of contacting our Registrar to update your enrollment status.  After April 23, parents who have not completed their student's re-enrollment will be required to schedule an appointment with the registrar to re-verify their student's information and submit new proof of residency as part of completing their student's re-enrollment for the 2018 -2019 school year.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact the District Registrar   here .

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After-School Programs
Registration for After-School Wrestling Program, Mat Club, is Now Open! Mat Club's mission is to help you become more athletic, stronger, and faster through the high-energy learning experience of wrestling. Our practices consist of constant movement, strength training, flexibility, and dynamic agility exercises. By the end of 6 weeks you will have basic defense and offense skills such as a double-leg takedown, arm throw, and escapes. Invite your friends! You will need partners! Practices consist of a significant amount of partner workouts such as having to lift, roll, and carry your partner across the mat. We play games such as the Queen/King of the mat, Sumo, mat ball. As a team, we will have an opportunity to compete in tournaments or against local teams. Join us for the most fun and challenging workout of your life! Girls are especially encouraged as wrestling is the fastest growing sport nationwide. Get more information and register here Please contact Abby Ericson here with any questions!  See you there!

Hillview Service Team
Relay for Life
Relay-for-Life Spirit Day, Thursday, March 22, students can wear either their Relay for Life
t-shirt or wear purple to show support in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life team sign-up sheets will be collected in the quad on Thursday at lunch. You may sign up here.

4th Annual Relay for Life, Friday, May 18 from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., at Hillview. Each team is required to have an adult chaperone for the evening as they walk around the track. All students who sign up for the event are required to attend our lunchtime Relay for Life kick-off meeting on Thursday, March 29, in the PAC where we will share all the details about the event (logistics, how to fundraise, etc.). Parents are welcome to attend. 

After-School Sports
Basketball League Playoffs
We congratulate and thank all players/coaches/parents for their efforts regarding 8th-grade, 6th- grade boys, and 7th-grade boys playoffs.  

6th-grade boys results
  • 3rd tier finals | HV6 Bell defeated HV4 Yeh/Easom by one point in double overtime
  • 2nd tier finals | HV3 Hunt/Marshall defeated Corte Madera by 6 points
  • League Championship (top tier) | La Entrada defeated HV2 Diepenbrock/Anderson by 3 points
7th-grade boys results
  • 2nd tier: HV Pimentel/Nordlund Champions
  • 2nd tier: HV Thomson/Zell Runner Up
  • 3rd tier: HV Randall/Martin Runner Up
8th-grade girls results
  • League Championship (top tier) | Coached by Rich Nieva and Bob Beckstrom, defeated Hillview Girls Team, coached by Louis Olson and Steve Shaw, by 3 points
8th-grade boys results
  • 3rd tier finals | Hillview 9, coached by Collin Shen, John Gardner, and Dave Discher, defeated Hillview 7, coached by Brett Kessler, Jake Hoffman, Gavin Lombardi, and Jeff Keare, also by 3 points
  • 2nd tier finals | Hillview 11, coached by Karlis Felzenberg and Brian Roberts, lost to a La Entrada team in overtime by 1 point
  • League Championship | Hillview 6, coached by Mark Meyer and Jevan Anderson, beat Hillview 8, coached by Barry and Russell Gurman, completing an undefeated season
All 8th-grade teams enjoyed a great season.

Parents and Students - Return basketball jerseys to front office or coach/team coordinator. Should be in a bag and labeled with player and coach names.

Website to check standings for 6th/7th grade
here . 8th-grade standings are sent to coaches. 

Boys Volleyball 
Practices begin this week.
  • Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tennis Program
Practices and matches continue this week.

Upcoming Spring Sports still available
  • Track (30 slots remain)
  • May Madness Basketball (15 slots remain)
Registration open here for these activities.
For information regarding after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.

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"It's For The Kids!" Auction Party was a huge success, thank you to everyone for an amazing night of FUN and FUNdraising for our kids!

Online Auction In Full Swing!
Make sure you get your bids in for our fabulous Online Auction that includes all Teacher sponsored parties and events, Fund-A-Need, as well as other items. The online auction closes Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m.

You should have received an online auction booklet sent home with your child last week.

Click here to access our fabulous ONLINE AUCTION!

Click here to participate in this year's Fund-A-Need: STEM Labs!

Check out your Fund-A-Need: STEM LABS donations at work!
STEM Education

Get Ready To RUN!
Save the date for the Schoolhouse Rocks RUN & Festival May 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School.


Celebrating Easter? Get your baskets and goodies at Target or See's Candy. Celebrating Spring? Shop for new clothes at Old Navy, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom Rack. There are 83 great retailers to choose from, all while supporting your child's school. Shop through this link here and retailers will give back up to 8% of your purchase to Menlo Park Schools! Must shop through to count.

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Community News communitynews      

M-A High School Open House and New Family Resource Fair Thursday March 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Visit our website here for the event flyer and full program details  

Menlo Park Public Library - Free Events     "World Storytelling Day," March 20. W ith two renowned storytellers, Muriel Johnson and Erica Lann-Clark, information here.

Object Art - Art in Action Annual Benefit , March 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Computer History Museum. A magical night, benefitting Art in Action, in its mission to bring arts education to all children. This fabulous cocktail party features one-of-a-kind live auction items, a silent auction with original artwork and exclusive art-themed experiences, and a spread of delectable food. Buy tickets here!

Facebook Open House About Willow Village, March 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. A Community Open House about the proposed Willow Village, a "mixed-use neighborhood that provides retails services, open space areas, community amenities, and housing and transit solutions... to be located near the Facebook Headquarters." All Open Houses are bilingual English and Spanish.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat March 23, M-A PAC.  Featuring many Oak Knoll, Laurel, and Encinal alums, current Encinal students, the Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to M-A High School. This entertaining show for all audiences is a rollicking and heartwarming story of staying true to who you are. Buy your tickets here.

Parent Ed, 
Roni Habib, "Fostering Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence in Teens" March 28, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A PAC. Emotional Intelligence skills are more predictive of a person's long-term success than academic achievement. Teens who are emotionally intelligent are more resilient and optimistic about their lives. Roni Habib, founder of EQ Schools, will explore what our kids need to thrive and offer concrete tools to help us in our parenting journey.   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.
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