In This Issue
Lost & Found

Site Council

Bike Rodeo
Summer Drama

 Girls Volleyball
 Boys Volleyball
 Basketball Clinic
Basketball Playoffs

Auction Catalog

Q uick Links

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Monday, March 4
  • After-School Track registration here 
  • May Madness Basketball registration here
  • Basketball Semi-Finals and Finals - details in Program and Activities
Tuesday, March 5
  • Basketball Semi-Finals and Finals - details in Program and Activities
Wednesday, March 6
  • Girls Volleyball - registration here, last day
  • Boys Volleyball - registration here, last day 
Friday, March 8
  • Boys Volleyball - evaluations for placement, 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
  • End of Second Trimester
  • Site Council applications due
Tuesday, March 12
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting (Regular), 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, March 13
  • Girls Volleyball Festival Tournament - mandatory parent and player meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
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.
Wednesday, March 27
  • Lost & Found will be donated Thursday, last chance to check

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Lost & Found
Thursday, March 28 all items will be donated. Have your student swing by during lunch before March 28 to look for lost or misplaced items.

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Hillview Site Council - Seeks Parents For Two-Year Term
Applications due Friday, March 8
Hillview Site Council is looking for four parent volunteers for the 2019-2021 term. All interested parents should submit their nominations by March 8. Click here for more information. Questions? contact Theanne Thomson here.

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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.

Family Bike Event
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oak Knoll is hosting a bike safety event that is open to all family members and will include a presentation on safety and bike rodeo skills course on our blacktop, followed by a neighborhood group ride. This will be a great opportunity to develop a common language with our students in how we talk about bicycle safety, and practice important skills and habits to take to the road. The event is open to families throughout the district.  Sign-up here.

Summer Drama at Hillview
Our 7th annual MPCSD Summer Drama at Hillview is happening this June! We offer two camp sessions, each with two age ranges - incoming 4th and 5th grades, and incoming 6th through exiting 8th grade. This year we will be performing Frozen Jr, Mulan Jr, The Jungle Book, and 101 Dalmatians! Look for information details and sign-ups here.  Past years have sold out quickly, so get your registration completed soon.

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Hillview Sports
Girls Volleyball Festival - Registration
Ends Wednesday, March 6, here
Hillview Spring Festival Volleyball is a new PTO-sponsored after-school program intended to help players practice and improve their volleyball skills, and participate in clinics and scrimmages using regulation ball and net height. Coaching provided by parent volunteers and occasional guest coaches. 
  • Practices run March 8 - June 30 (except spring break)
  • Meet twice weekly on Wednesdays - Fridays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and/or Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hillview gym (exact schedule TBD in coordination with the boys volleyball)
Participants will have the option to try out for a team of approximately eight players who will travel to the Volleyball Festival tournament in Phoenix June 26 - 30. Tournament and travel costs are additional. Travel to tournament will be chaperoned by coach and a parent volunteer. If interested in the Volleyball Festival tournament - there will be a mandatory parent and player meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Gym.  Contact Heather Buch here for questions.  

Boys Volleyball - Registration
Ends Wednesday, March 6, here
Hillview Boys Volleyball is open to boys all grades. Coaching will be provided by parent volunteers. Volleyball is part of the Spring Boys Volleyball League, known as ADAL. This league includes middle schools JLS, Terman, Jordan, Harker, King's Academy, and others.  
  • Evaluation for team placement, Friday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym
  • Practices run eight weeks starting March 11 (except spring break), tentatively Wednesday or Thursday, 5:00 - 6:30/7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30/12:00 p.m.; possibly Friday practices (exact schedule TBD in coordination with the girls volleyball)
  • Games run April 15 - May 31, Mondays - Thursdays with playoffs beginning the week of May 20, eight games scheduled, four home games and four away at ADAL schools.
After-School Track -  Registration
Opens  here Monday , March 4 at 8:00 a.m. The program will run Monday, April 8 - May 15 at the Menlo-Atherton High School track. Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays usually 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Participating schools include Hillview, Oak Knoll, Encinal, Woodside Elementary, La Entrada, and Corte Madera. 

May Madness Basketball Clinic - Registration
Opens here on Monday, March 4 at 8:00 a.m. The four clinics are Fridays, April 19 and 27, May 3 and 10, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym. We encourage all three grade levels, both boys and girls, to attend. The clinic is run by Jeff Bell, Huck Hunt, and Coach Art Weil. All have coached or played in high school as well as coached Hillview teams.

It is the PTO objective to ensure that anyone can participate in after-school activities. If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship. All 8th-grade students and 7th-grade students M-Z, contact Robyn Watts here. All 6th-grade students and 7th-grade students A-L, contact Kristyn Cardosi here.

Questions regarding these sports programs, email  here .

Basketball Playoffs
Congratulations to all the Hillview teams making the playoffs. Come support the madness with your friends and cheer for Hillview. 
6th-Grade Boys Championship Teams
  • T1 - Congratulations to the Hillview 5 (Gorey) for reaching the Championship game vs. La Entrada by defeating Woodside
  • T2 - Congratulations to both Hillview 4 (Roberts) and Hillview 3 (Auer) teams for reaching the T2 finals
6th-Grade Girls - Finals
Monday, March 4, Arrillaga Gym  
  • T1  Hillview 1 (Nieva) vs. La Entrada, 3:45 p.m.
  • T2  Hillview 2 (Ota) vs. Corte Madera, 4:40 p.m.
7th-Grade Boys - Finals
Tuesday, March 5, Arrillaga  Gym
  • T1 Hillview 3 (Missan) vs. La Entrada 4, 3:45 p.m
  • T2 Hillview 6 (Bell) vs. La Entrada 2, 4:40 p.m.
  • T3 Hillview 2 (Diepenbrock) vs. Hillview 4 (Hartman/Marshall), 5:35 p.m.
8th-Grade Boys - Semi-Finals
Monday, March 4
  • T1 - Hillview 10 (Martin/Randal/Lee) vs. Beachwood, 4:50 p.m., Hillview 
  • T2 - Hillview 7 (Pimentel/Falzenberg) vs. Hillview 8 (Meyer/Evans), 5:50 p.m., Hillview
  • T2 - Hillview 6 (Gurman/Gurman) vs. Hillview 9 (Thompson/Dacey), 3:50 p.m., La Entrada
8th-Grade Boys - Finals
Tuesday, March 5, Hillview 
  • Boys T1 - 3:50 p.m.
  • Boys T2 - 4:50 p.m.
8th-Grade Girls - Semi-Finals
Monday, March 4, Woodside Elementary
T2 - Hillview 8 (Patrick/Patrick) vs. Woodside 4, 4:00 p.m.
T2 - Hillview 2 (Giurlani) vs. Kennedy 5:00 p.m.

8th Grade Girls - Finals
Tuesday, March 5, 3:50 p.m., La Entrada

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What's New This Year at the Auction!
This year the auction committee is bringing you lots of new things to make the auction an unforgettable night!
  • Venue at Hotel Nia is hip and exciting!
  • 80s band,  Fast Times,  here, is fun and well, gnarly, dude!
  • A wine pull is sure to send you home with a special premium bottle of wine: simply buy a cork for $50 and take home a "surprise" bottle valued at $50 or higher. Hope you get lucky!
  • Amazing selection of items in our live and silent auctions.
Sneak Peek of Live Auction
Take a look at our fabulous Live Auction items available at the Auction Dinner Experience on March 16 at Hotel Nia. Come see the KCBS Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem , here, our local celebrity auctioneer and start organizing your bidding groups now so you're ready to raise a paddle!
  • Montage Cabo 5-night stay in a 3-bedroom luxury residence, here
  • Oakland A's Luxury Suite
  • Superintendent for a Day!
  • 3 nights at a beautiful Lakeside 4-bedroom Tahoe House here
  • Emerald Cut Diamond Ring from Neil Dahl here
  • San Francisco Mission Foodie tour with Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem here
  • Wine & Paella Dinner with Erik Burmeister and Advanced Sommelier Yohannah Burmeister 
If you would like to bid on a Live Auction item, but are not coming to the Dinner Experience, find a friend to bid for you!

Preview of Auction Catalog!

Review our amazing Auction Catalog  here! We have hundreds of wonderful auction items from trips to parties to kids in training to wine...there is definitely something for everyone!
All items included in this catalog will be available to bid on at the Auction Party on March 16 at Hotel Nia. For those of you coming to the Dinner Experience or Auction Party only, you will receive a printed Auction Catalog in the mail soon.

Reminder that all teacher sponsored parties and events will be available to all (whether or not you attend the Auction Party) in the online auction after the event. More information about these items will be sent home in your student's backpack in the coming weeks. The online auction starts Wednesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. and ends Monday, March 25 at 9 p.m.

Help make the School House Rocks Run and and Festival ROCK!
On Sunday, May 19 our community members will lace up their 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:
  • Family Sponsor Lead: Coordinate packet and t-shirt delivery to family sponsors and host the Family Sponsors at Hillview during the event
  • 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!


Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors here 


Michael Repka and Ken Deleon, Deleon Realty here


Keith Willig Landscape here

Kristing Gray, Bespoke Real Estate here

Mary Gilles, Alain Pinel Realtors here


Supple Homes here

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Technology Mindfulness for Families Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m., M-A High School library. America Offline believes engaging and educating kids directly about their technology usage habits is the first step to developing a healthier relationship with their devices. America Offline will host an event to educate families about the potential harms of too much screen time while motivating them to seek out more enriching offline experiences. 8 years and older. Admission is free, register here.

Menlo Atherton High School - Course Planning and Placement Night
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., M-A, PAC (Spanish) and Library (English)

Annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 9, 8:00 a.m. - noon, Trinity Church Parish Hall, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park. Join your community as we come together for the greatest of those American traditions - the pancake breakfast! Menlo Park/Atherton Boy Scout Troop 206 here is hosting their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast here for the community. Cost is $5 for adults or two children 8 and under. Cub and Girl Scouts in uniform eat free!

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 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 from 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 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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