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Burmeister Letter
School Safety
Washington DC Trip
6th-Grade Tdap

Katrina Hagg says

2018-2019 Calendar
"Kids..Social Media"
Service Team Meeting
Sports Gear Drive
Basketball Playoffs
Tennis Team

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Auction Catalog
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Spring Shopping
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Wednesday, March 7 
  • Winter Chorus Concert, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 8
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., District Office TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue
  • Service Team Meeting - Guest Speaker The Fit Kids Foundation, Lunchtime, Hillview PAC
Saturday, March 10
  • MPAEF Auction Party, Dinner 6:00 p.m., Auction 7:30 p.m., Hiller Aviation Museum
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Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16
  • Sports Equipment Drive, Bins in Hillview PAC
Tuesday, March 13 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC Building
Wednesday, March 14 
  • MPAEF Online Auction starts 11:00 a.m. through March 21, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m., in Hillview PAC
Friday, March 16 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., in Hillview PAC
  • End of Trimester 2
Saturday, March 17 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, 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
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

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Letter from Superintendent Burmeister
If you did not see Superintendent Burmeister's important letter to the community sent out on March 1 regarding the district's response to the school shooting in Parkland, and to what degree school sites will participate in upcoming organized events for political expression, please refer to it here .

School Safety
As a school and as a district, we take the safety of all our students and staff very seriously. Hillview follows The Big Five, San Mateo County's school safety protocols, available here. We practice each of the Big Five drills over the course of the school year. We have done Shelter in Place, Secure Campus, and Evacuation so far, and our next drill will be the Lockdown/Barricade drill. The Lockdown/Barricade protocol would be used in the event of an immediate threat of danger on campus. This drill will take place on Tuesday, March 20 in the afternoon. Our teachers and staff were trained by Officer Ferguson, our School Resource Officer, and she and the Menlo Park Police Department will support us at Hillview as we complete our drill. Over Hawk Talk in the two weeks before the drill, we will be giving students important information about our upcoming drill and campus safety.  Should you have any questions about our school safety and emergency preparedness, contact Danielle O'Brien here.  

In light of the recent events in Parkland, FL, several important publications are available for your information. The San Mateo County Office of Education released a statement here. The Atherton Chief of Police wrote an open letter to the community here.  

Washington D.C. Trip Participants - Mandatory Meeting
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. Eighth-grade students and families participating in the Washington, D.C. trip are required to attend this meeting. Students, and at least one parent, must attend. We will review the schedule of activities, outline expectations and safety rules, collect baggage fees, issue identification and luggage tags, collect and inspect medications, and much more. Plan to attend this important meeting.

Action Required! Parents of Current 6th-Grade Students 
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination. Students entering 7th grade in the 2018 - 2019 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement). Students will not be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school. 
Bring an updated copy of your child's immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide the school with a doctor's written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School web site (see link below.)

Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your child's clinic or physician's office
  • A copy of the yellow immunization record
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your child's clinic, physician's office or pharmacy
  • All these documents must have your child's name, date of birth, date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician's signature from the clinic
For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit here, or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here or (650) 321-7140, x5912.

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"Thank you, PTO!", Katrina Hagg, Math Teacher
"...for everything you do for us teachers and for our students! Thank you for our wonderful luncheons and for providing coffee for us... Also, thank you for providing us with budgets to use in our classrooms! I'm always thinking of ways to give my students access to the can I say this differently or show something another way to them so that they get it. I find myself thinking of new or different ways to teach them, or convey concepts to them so that more of them comprehend what I'm trying to convey. It's so comforting to know that if I need anything, if I need to buy something that will help these students better understand, my PTO will support me in buying it to make that happen. That is so incredible! And I know that doesn't happen at all schools and districts. So, thank you, sincerely! I'm so appreciative of the constant support from you all year, and year after year!"

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2018 - 2019 School Calendar
The school calendar here  was approved at the School Board meeting February 13. Elementary parent/teacher conference dates will take place in December; this  conferencing model was used by the district in years past. By December, teachers have more information and believe it is a more valuable time to discuss your student's school experience with you. 

MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
"Parenting in the Age of Social Media"
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC, with Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
Our kids are "digital natives," they have grown up in a wo rld of online access and ever-changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of the ir actions, and how best to parent them in the digital age?

Come join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative presentation, recommended for anyone interested in gaining an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with your children.

Topics include the evolving digital landscape and current trends, emotional and psychological responses to social media, responding to challenging issues such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, sleep, and sexting; strategies to engage your teen with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family. You'll come away with strategies that support both you and your child.  This is an event you won't want to miss! For more information about My Digital TAT2, visit here.

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Hillview Service Team
Service Team Meeting
Thursday, March 8, lunchtime, PAC. Our guest speaker, Greta Aschbacher from The Fit Kids Foundation, will talk about the exciting physical activity programs that Fit Kids provides to underserved students in our area. Greta will also get Hillview students moving with some Fit Kids activities. Students and parents welcome!

Sports Equipment Drive 
March 12 - 16, place in bins at Hillview PAC. Donate gently used sports equipment (soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, footballs, bats, volleyballs, nets, cleats, shorts, old uniforms, gym shoes, etc.). Your contributions will be assisting fellow youth in your area, helping them enjoy more active and healthy lives.

After-School Sports
After-School Basketball League Playoffs
The 6th-grade girls ended their season last week with the Gaetano/Bass/Fisher team beating the Sanie/Budinger team in round one of playoffs. The game was extremely exciting. Budinger/Sanie made a great comeback to lose by only two points.

We congratulate and thank the 6th-grade girls basketball team for their efforts in league finals. The game was one of the most competitive to date. The lead switched teams at least eight times. In the end, La Entrada won by one point, scoring the winning basketball with less than a minute to go. The team was coached by Nino Gaetano, Jeff Fisher, and Carla Johnson-Bass. We thank players, coaches, and parents for a super exciting season.

We are entering the first round of playoffs for 6th-grade boys, 7th-grade boys, and all 8th-grade teams. Playoffs this week:
  • Monday - all 8th-grade teams, 1st-round games at Hillview, La Entrada, and Woodside Elementary 
  • Wednesday - 6th-grade boys, 1st-round games at Arrillaga
  • Friday - 7th-grade boys, 1st-round games at Arrillaga
Website to check standings for 6th/7th grade here. 8th-grade standings are sent to coaches.

After-School Tennis Program
Team tryouts are now finished. All players have been placed on teams. Official practice begins this week. Players should have selected their two permanent practice slots for each week. Hillview will host matches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The season extends through mid-May. 

Spring Sports 
Registration is open here for the following three Spring sports:
  • Track
  • Boys Volleyball
  • May Madness Basketball Clinic
Drop-In Volleyball for  Girls has been cancelled.

For information regarding after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.

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One Week Until the Auction Party on March 10!
Tickets to the event are Sold Out and will not be available at the door. Our apologies.

Check out 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 on March 10. 
  • For those of you coming to the Dinner Experience and/or Auction Party, you should have received a printed auction catalog in the mail last week. 
  • There are also printed auction catalogs available in each school office and at the MPAEF office if you would like a copy. 
  • If not attending the event, have a friend bid for you!
Online Auction Available March 14-21
Reminder that all teacher-sponsored parties and events will be available to everyone (whether or not you attend the Auction Party) in the online auction after the event. The online auction starts Wednesday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. and ends Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Join the MPAEF Office Team
MPAEF is seeking a part-time Office Administrator who is passionate about education and believes in the value of providing excellent public-school education. The Office Administrator's primary role is to execute the daily operations of the organization, including donor tracking and management, finance, event coordination, outreach, and communications. This is a part-time, temporary paid position that will work in tandem with a second part-time Office Administrator who is already on staff at the Foundation. Expected term of employment is March 2018 - December 2018. Interested in learning more, including how to apply? See the full job posting here.    

Umbrellas, Boots, and Hoods, Oh My!
Get all your rain gear for you and the kids at one of these retailers - Target, Amazon, Old Navy, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and more - while also giving up to 8% of your purchase back to your child's school. Shop here to find a retailer and buy (must click through on this link to qualify for cash back to our schools).

Thank You to our Business and Realtor Partners!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to some of our many realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

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Parent Ed, "Bullying: Signs, Signals, Technology, and Tips," March 6, 7:00 - 8 :30 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave. This next free (donations appreciated) workshop will include insights and lived experiences shared from a panel of teens from our SafeSpace Youth Advisory board. There will be questions and answers and tips on how to support your child through challenging social interactions, including social media interactions. Taught by Danielle Kelmar LCSW, SafeSpace Clinical Youth Mental Health Specialist, Lesley Martin, Ed.D, SafeSpace Managing Director, and members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board. Register here.  Other workshops in the series include:
  •  March 13, "The Introvert/ Extrovert Teen: Helping Them Thrive"
  •  March 20, "Navigating Social Relationships in the Teen Years"
  •  March 27,  "Self-Care ToolKit for Parents: Everyday Tips to Stay Balanced During the Teenage Years"
Camp MAC, July 30 - August 3, Palo Alto High School, Paly's distinguished journalism program will be returning again this summer with its third year of Camp MAC (Media Arts Center). New campers will learn a variety of journalistic skills, including critical thinking, research, graphic design, and expository writing techniques. The camp is open to all rising 8th- and 9th-grade students. Registration and more information available here.

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