In This Issue
Staff Gifts
Biking Safety
Electives / PE
Biking Survey

Volunteer for Book Fair
PTO Meeting
Join Newsletter
Volunteer Luncheon
Appreciation Week
PTO Executive Board

Service Awards
Science Fair Winners
Candidate Information MPCSD Newsletter
MPCSD Survey
ELC Correction

Music Happenings
Relay for Life
Volleyball Victory
Track Practice

Schoolhouse 5K Run
Taste of Mountain

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, May 14 
  • Electives and PE Selection Deadline, Paper Form to Hillview Office 
  • SBAC Makeups, May 14 - 22
Tuesday, May 15
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
  • Relay for Life Mandatory Meeting, lunchtime, PAC
  • Concert Band / Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Thursday, May 17
  • Relay for Life Mandatory Meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, May 18
  • 6/7 Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC
  • Relay for Life, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Hillview Track 
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Sunday, May 20
  • Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run and Festival, 9:00 a.m., Hillview Middle School
Tuesday, May 22
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
Monday, May 21 -  Thursday, May 24
  • Hillview Book Fair, open before and after school and during brunch and lunch
Wednesday, May 23
  • Hillview PTO General Meeting, 8:45 a.m., PAC
Thursday, May 24
  • Hillview Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview Campus
Monday, May 28 
  • No School - Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 30
  • Volunteer Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., PAC
  • Chorus/Jazz/Lab Bands Spring Concert, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC

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Hillview Teacher and Staff Year-End Gifts
At Hillview, we have a tradition of gifting to the staff as a community. Parents are encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund (organized by PTO volunteers) and all proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team. The benefits of this approach are that:
  • Teachers and staff choose something they like with gift cards.
  • It recognizes all 80+ Hillview employees. The Gift Fund is used to recognize all academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians, and staff.
Gift cards are delivered the last week of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community.  There are several ways to participate. Use PayPal here . Leave cash at the Hillview Office. Leave a check (made out to Molly Gibbons) in the Hillview office or mail to Molly Gibbons, 115 Pineview Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Questions contact Molly Gibbons here
Hillview Bike Rodeo | Thank you and Bike Safety Tips!
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Hillview Bike Rodeo! It was great to see so many kids on bikes and scooters. Read the local press coverage of the event: "Hillview Bike Rodeo Offers Safety Training to Middle Schoolers" here and "Hillview Middle School Hosts Second Annual Bike Rodeo" here. And here  are some tips you can use to support safe biking:  
  • Do make sure your student has a snugly fitting helmet and knows how to adjust it themselves. It is easy for those helmets to become loose over time, and we saw quite a few loose helmets at the rodeo!
  • Do have your student watch this 7-minute video to review good practices: "Bike Safe, Bike Smart."
  • Do be aware of student bicyclists when driving and don't drop off/pick up students in areas where it is expressly prohibited (Olive Street at intersection Santa Cruz Avenue).
  • Do encourage the city to provide dedicated bike lanes by filling out the Oak Grove Bike Route survey.

Write about any concerns you have here about student and bicycle pedestrian safety (this is how we know what to work on!).

Electives and PE for Next Year
2018-2019 Course Registration forms were handed out to students today and emailed home earlier this week. You can review the Hillview Course Catalog here. Fill out the form with your student and return it to the office by Monday, May 14.  Students who have missed the deadline will be assigned electives based on availability rather than their choice of electives.

Oak Grove Bike Route - Yea or Nay?
The Oak Grove Bike Route, which was installed on a trial basis last year, is currently being evaluated by the city of Menlo Park. The route was specifically designed to help students biking to Hillview and M-A get across El Camino safely and provides dedicated bike lanes along Oak Grove and University Avenues. The city will only make the bike lanes permanent if the community wants them. To provide feedback to the city, fill out the survey here
For more information on the project, visit the Oak Grove webpage here .            

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Hillview Book Fair Coming May 21 - 24!
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24. Open each day before school from 8:00 - 8:30, during brunch and lunch, and for 30 minutes after school. We will also be open during Hillview Open House on May 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshman. We will have a hand-picked selection of books for younger elementary siblings. Book Fair proceeds support Hillview PTO.

We still need a few more volunteers to help with set up, take down, and running the registers.
Sign up  hereQuestions? Contact Laurel Holman  here  or Kari Riedel  here

Spring PTO General Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 8:45 a.m., in the Hillview PAC. There is a lot happening at this meeting and everyone is invited to join. Superintendent Erik Burmeister will share the new plan for the new Community Campaign which will kick off with the 2019 school year. The PTO, with the new PTO Executive Board in attendance, will share the proposed budget for the upcoming school year. Join the Community and learn about what is going on at Hillview.

Calling all wordsmiths! | Join the newsletter team!
Your editorial skills are in demand! The PTO communications team is looking for a second editor to help deliver the weekly newsletter to the Hillview community. It's a very gratifying role; you can do it from anywhere; the time commitment is totally manageable; and it's a collaborative effort. You'll help us gather submissions, pop them into our email template, then don your editing cap to pare down the prose and spruce up the grammar. Intrigued? Willing and able? We hope you'll be in touch. Contact us here.

Volunteer Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. All of you who helped teachers in classrooms, the library, with grade level activities, serving lunch, and in all the other important roles needed to make Hillview students, staff, and teachers able to do their jobs more easily, are invited to attend. Questions? Email Ashley Wagstaff here.  

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week a Success
Thanks to all the parents who helped the PTO. The Hillview staff was excited to get a delicious breakfast, lunch, and special sweet treats prepared by our community throughout the week. All your support was very much appreciated. GIANT thanks to those who helped out!

Hillview PTO Executive Board Slate for 2018-2019
The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate for the 2018-2019 Hillview PTO Executive Board. The PTO General Membership will vote on this slate of officers at the  Hillview PTO General Meeting, Wednesday, May 23 at 8:45 a.m. in the Hillview PAC.

Co-Presidents: Suzanne Watson and Laura Paul
Co-Vice Presidents: Lil Perazich and Carolyn Kryger
Treasurer: John Donald
Vice Treasurer: Claudia Tedesco
Financial Secretary: May Matsui
Auditor: Jenn Roberts
Recording Secretary: Julia Molise
Communications Chair: Johanna Woll
Volunteer Coordinator: Emily Robinson
After-School Activities Coordinator: Jamey Hawkins
After-School Sports Coordinator: Matt Ericksen
Parliamentarian: Gina Skinner       
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2017-18 MPCSD Service Award Winners
Join us in congratulating our 2017-18 Menlo Park City School District service award winners. These are parents, community members, teachers, and staff who have gone above and beyond to help our schools and district. Many school programs would not exist were it not for this talented and dedicated group of volunteers.
District Council
Continuing Service Award: Regina Skinner
Golden Oak Awards: Jody Buckley, Katie Ferrick, Heather Goudey, Singari Seshadri
President's Award: Janelle McCombs

Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation
Honorary Service Awards: Jennifer Bartle, Mary Grundy, Alison Poirier, Astor Toyos
Golden Oak Awards: Calla Griffith, Kathy Koenig, Scott Lohman, Carolyn Lynch
President's Awards: Amy Coolican, Stacey Wueste

Hillview Middle School
Honorary Service Awards: Charea Batiste, Cathy Bell, Joyce Dickerson,  Kristin Duriseti, Shannon Fahey, Annette Lewis, Gina Parks
Continuing Service AwardsMike Doroquez
Golden Oak Awards: Naed de la Vega, Alison Fleming, Betsy Muhlner, Steve Shaw, Christie Tonsfeldt, Nancy Witeck
President's Awards: Chris Sewell, Ashley Wagstaff

Encinal Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Twyla Cantrell, Roscoe Jennings, Amy McGaraghan, Maryam Picard, Carolina Whitty, Liza Zassenhaus
Golden Oak Awards: Kay Hatfield, Edward Lange
President's Award: Amy Kuhns

Laurel Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards:  Stacy Bissell, Julie Borra, Laura Jean Pisani, Audra Loftman, Kelly Shiozaki, Caryn Wasserstein
Continuing Service Award: Kelly Blythe
Golden Oak Awards: Bets McKnight, Robin Reding
President's Awards: Kathy Orciuoli, Katie Rottier

Oak Knoll Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Jayd Almquist, Amy Austin, Karen Dobbyn, Mags Keane, Katie Gardner, Mara Goldman, Claudia Tedesco
Book Fair Team:
     Continuing Service Award: Jennie Lang
     Continuing Service Award: Mary Speiser
Continuing Service Awards: Susan Hogan, Alison Matthews
Golden Oak Award: Tracy Watt
President's Award: Christa West

Hillview Students - State Science Fair Winners
Just posted on the The Almanac online here are the Hillview winners of the State Science Fair. It also showcases recent science events at Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel  schools. The district PTO and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation provide volunteers, supplies, and funding.

Notice of Candidate Information Night for the MPCSD Governing Board
Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. in the District Office TERC building at 181 Encinal Avenue in Atherton, representatives from the Board of Education will conduct a Candidate Information Night for individuals who are interested in running for the Menlo Park City School District Board of Education here. The election is scheduled for November 6, 2018 and there will be three Board seats open.

Board Members, David Ackerman and Joan Lambert, will present the roles and responsibilities of School Board Members, discuss District initiatives and challenges, provide details on filing as candidates with San Mateo County, and respond to questions from citizens who are considering their candidacy.

The filing period to become a candidate for the Board of Education is July through August 2018 (exact dates to come,) and may be achieved by submitting candidate filing documents to Registration and Elections Division, County of San Mateo, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402. Visit the San Mateo County Elections Office website here for additional candidate information. For more information, contact the Menlo Park City School District Office at (650) 321-7140 or email here

MPCSD Early Learning Center Preschool - Correction
Opening in late August and we have openings in our full-day and afternoon classes for children born between September 1, 2013 and December 1, 2015. For more information, visit here or contact Jessica Mihaly here (corrected email address) or 321-7140 ext. 8900. 

MPCSD Community Matters Quarterly Newsletter
Here is a link to the MPCSD newsletter that was emailed to district families last week.

MPCSD Community Survey
Parents completed their school-specific surveys early this year. This survey here covers your thoughts on the MPCSD as a whole. We would like to hear from everyone in the community. 

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Did You Know?
Hillview Music department, this year, has put together over 35 concerts and community events! We brought music to the Menlo Park Halloween Parade and the Disney Tour, performed at SF City Hall and Filoli, had Joint Concerts with the M-A Music department, the Spring Musical, "Beauty and the Beast," and hosted the California Music Educator Association (CMEA) Regional West Choral Festival this past weekend.

CMEA Choral Regional West Choral Festival at Hillview
Last weekend at the CMEA Festival there were over 700 high school and middle school students representing 18 schools, including the Hillview Chorus. We had groups from as far as Merced, Dublin, and Gilroy, come to sing. They performed for a distinguished panel of judges, participated in clinics, and a sight reading session. Hillview received a composite rating of "Excellent" with a "Superior" in Sight Reading. Congratulations to the Hillview Chorus!

Congratulations to the Hillview Chorus and Jazz Band 
They performed in the Hillview Talent Show. Their next performances at the Chorus/Jazz/Lab Bands Spring Concert on May 30.

Concert Band and Orchestra Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. Bring a friend and neighbor to hear our wonderful groups!

Relay For Life and Schoolhouse Rocks Fun Run
The Hillview Orchestra will play at Relay for Life and the Hillview Band will play at the Schoolhouse Rocks Fun Run. Definitely a lot going on!

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Baked Goods Needed for Relay for Life Event on Friday!
Sign up here to bring baked goods to the Relay for Life on Friday, May 18. All proceeds raised will go to cover the costs of the event, with 100% of the donations secured by students during Relay for Life going directly to the American Cancer Society.

300+ students will participate in the Hillview Relay for Life Event, raising funds for the American Cancer Society! Thank you to all the parents who are already signed up to chaperone teams, help with concessions, and to man stations! Participating students and their parents will continue to receive event information by email. Students should attend the final lunchtime meeting this Thursday. Note that for security reasons, only students who have already signed up for this event and have submitted their waiver can participate. If you would like to donate to this Hillview event in support of the American Cancer Society go here. If you have questions, email the Hillview Service Team here.

After-School Sports
Track Program
  • Monday, May 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School
Boys Volleyball
A victory in the finals completes the season! Congratulations to Coach Lauren, Coach Edward, the players, and parent coordinators for a fun third season.

Missing Jerseys - After School Basketball /Volleyball/Flag Football
Parents - return basketball, volleyball, or flag football jerseys to the front office. Place in a bag that is labeled with your player's name and the coach's name. The After-School Program is missing 25 boys and 15 girls basketball jerseys, and 10-15 volleyball jerseys.

For information about after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.
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Schoolhouse Rock 2017
Lace up your running shoes and get ready to Rock this Run!
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (Warm-up at 8:30 a.m.!)
Hillview Middle School
Register today here.  

Here are some details to get you ready to run! 
  • Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a warm up to get your ready to Rock the Run!
  • 5K will begin at 9:00 a.m. and Fun Run will begin at 9:10. You will line up to start based on the color of your bib. The 5K Run results are based on chip time.
  • Sorry, no scooters or bikes!
The Community Festival begins at 9:30 a.m. immediately following the race and will feature games and activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a climbing wall, bouncy houses and even a kiddie corner with carnival games and bubble mania. Rock out to tunes from the DJ and the Hillview Band! Not a runner? Purchase tickets for the festival at the event!

Don't forget your cash and enjoy delicious fruit bowls and smoothies from Bowl'd Acai here , Hawaiian shaved ice from Island Ice herewaffles and fried chicken from Waffle Roost here, and coffee from Zoom Caffe! here.

Help Make this Run Rock!
Each volunteer will receive free entrance to the post-race festival! Click here and volunteer! 
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Run and Festival Underwriting Opportunities!
Help us with some costs for the Schoolhouse Rocks Run & Festival by generously underwriting the items below. Contact the Schoolhouse Rocks team for more info here

$100: Race ribbons for Fun Run (1 mile) finishers
$250: Fruit for 1500 race finishers
$250: Bottled water for 1500 race finishers
$500: Race medals for 5K race finishers

Race-Ready Shopping
Get your whole family Race-Ready for the  Schoolhouse Rocks Run on May 20 with new running shoes and apparel from retail partners like Nike, Athleta, Champs, Target and more! Retailers will give up to 8% back to our Menlo Park schools with every purchase. Must click through here to qualify.

Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries Taste of the Mountain
June 2, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m., downtown Menlo Park. Purchase your advance tickets here for the event and taste a unique selection of Santa Cruz wines from local boutique wineries. 

Tastings will be available at participating shops all along Santa Cruz Avenue. Enjoy a fun, sunny afternoon with your friends and family while wine tasting, strolling, and shopping! Bottles will be available for purchase in Fremont Park across from Peet's Coffee. 

Advance tickets are only $49, tickets at the door are $55. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools.  You will find more details and ticket purchase here .   

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

Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors


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The Little Mermaid May 19, 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Senior Center, Redwood City. Come see The Little Mermaid, produced by Grab Bag Theater here,  a completely student-run theater company, involving local students from eighth grade through freshman year of college. This show is high energy and fun for the whole family! Tickets are $10 at the door.

Alpine Strikers Tryouts for Fall Soccer - End of May.  Parent Education Night on May 17, 7:30 p.m. at La Entrada School. Does your student want to try out for club soccer and receive coaching from our professional soccer coaches? Consider Alpine Strikers here! If you have any questions about our 7v7 or 9v9 teams, join our Technical Director, Gino Pucillo for this event.

United States Youth Volleyball League Registration for the Fall 2018 Palo Alto program (boys and girls ages 7-15) is open! Practice will take place Tuesdays and Saturdays at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. For more information regarding schedule and fees, visit us here.  

Mid-Pen Summer Co-Ed Water Polo Program for Middle Schoolers Sign-ups for the Summer Session are now open here. Not sure if water polo is for you? We offer a free trial on May 14 and 16. Offer valid for first-time players only! Participants need to sign up on the Mid-Pen website and have USAWP Membership here for insurance purposes: 14-day Trial Athlete Membership (available only once in a lifetime and as first-time membership) is free. Mid-Pen Water Polo Club ID is 24253.

Hi-Tech Kids Fundraising Family Carnival,  Sunday, May 13, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., M-A Turf Field, drop off your kids or stay and play some games! $100 donation/family; funds go to Hi-Tech Kids here , a free two-week summer camp supporting both technology-based learning and health and fitness programs for the children of Harbour Island, Bahamas.

SamTrans Summer Youth Pass 2018 on sale on May 21. The pass here is only $40 and is good for unlimited rides on any SamTrans route for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through August 31.

Census 2020 Informational Meeting May 15, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 S. El Camino, San Mateo. Counting everyone in our community is vital whether you are a citizen or not, as this will determine funding for many federal programs in San Mateo County. SMC is working with CommunityConnect Labs, along with partner agencies and non-profits, to expand the list of addresses for Census 2020. Join us to learn more about the Census and how you can be a part of this important process. Organized by the League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County.

Parent Education
M-A Parent Education "Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risk, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe," May 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A PAC.  Dr. Jess Shatkin brings more than two decades of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, and other disciplines. More information here

Volunteer Opportunities
Project Read, support literacy in your community with Project Read - Menlo Park here, which provides 1:1 tutor lessons, English Conversation Club, English courses, and lessons in digital literacy to adults in the Menlo Park community. You can support the program by volunteering your time or by making a tax-deductible donation online during the "Give for Literacy" campaign.
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Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday 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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