In This Issue
Open House
Teacher/Staff Gifts
Biking Safety

Volunteer for Book Fair
PTO Meeting
Join Newsletter
Volunteer Luncheon

Service Awards
Science Fair Winners

Relay For Life
Music Happenings
Track Practice

Q uick Links

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Sunday, May 20
  • Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run and Festival, 9:00 a.m., Hillview Middle School. Warm-up 8:30 a.m.
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24
  • Hillview Book Fair, open before and after school and during brunch and lunch
Tuesday, May 22
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
Wednesday, May 23
  • Hillview PTO General Meeting, 8:45 a.m., PAC
Thursday, May 24
  • Hillview Open House, 6:30 - 8:15 p.m., Hillview Campus
  • Hillview Book Fair, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Hillview Library
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Monday, May 28 
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29 - Friday, June 1
  • ASB Mayhem Spirit Week
Wednesday, May 30 - Thursday May 31
  • Last block days
Wednesday, May 30
  • Volunteer Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., PAC
  • Chorus/Jazz/Lab Bands Spring Concert, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC
Tuesday, June 5
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC

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Hillview Open House
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. Hillview campus. A n evening to celebrate a year of learning, explore classrooms, and meet teachers. 
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. Parent greeting in the quad, State of School address by Principal, Willy Haug, review of this school year, sneak peak of what is ahead for Hillview
  • 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Visit your student classrooms to witness a year of engaging and rigorous instruction and learning
  • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Annual Book Faire and Art Show in the Library and s ee the  amazing exhibits created by talented Hillview artists in the upstairs PAC  balcony "gallery" and in the PAC lobby
Hillview Teacher and Staff Year-End Gifts
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 and we  recognize all 80 plus 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 in an envelope labeled Molly Gibbons 
  • Leave a check (made out to Molly Gibbons) in the Hillview office
  • 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! Here is 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. 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. It is easy for those helmets to become loose over time.
  • Do watch this 7-minute video with your student to review good practices: "Bike Safe, Bike Smart."
  • Do mind 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 fill out the Oak Grove Bike Route survey here to the encourage the city to provide dedicated bike lanes.
Write about any concerns you have here about student and bicycle pedestrian safety (this is how we know what to work on!)

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Hillview Book Fair Coming May 21 - 24!
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24. Open each day before school 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, 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.

Volunteers come join us to help with take down, and running the registers.  Sign up  here Questions? Contact Laurel Holman  here  or Kari Riedel  here

Spring PTO General Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 8:45 a.m., in the Hillview PAC. E veryone is invited to join us. The agenda includes 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. Come learn 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.  
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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: Gina 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, Mike Dunn, 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
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.

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4th Annual Menlo Park Relay for Life - Hillview Edition
On Friday night, over 300 Hillview students participated in the Relay for Life event, raising an incredible $91,000 for the American Cancer Society! All funds will go towards cancer research and services.

The event was the culmination of six weeks of preparation and fundraising by the 44 teams taking part, with students attending weekly meetings and engaging in various fundraising activities. Congratulations to all the students for their amazing efforts and for making an impact on the lives of others.

A big thank you to the 50 plus parent volunteers who helped organize the event and supported the students on the night!  If you would like to donate to this Hillview event in support of the American Cancer Society, click here. For questions on Hillview's Relay for Life, contact here.    

Chorus/Jazz/Lab Bands Spring Concert     
Wednesday,  May 30, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC. Come join us for the Spring Concert!

Did You Know?
Hillview Music department has put together over 35 concerts and community events this year! We brought music to the Menlo Park Halloween Parade and we participated in 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.

CMEA Choral Regional West Choral Festival at Hillview
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 and rating of Superior in Sight Reading. Congratulations to the Hillview Chorus!

After-School Sports
Track  Program - Final Week
  • Monday, May 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School
    Meet and Team Party
  • Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School (track jerseys will be    collected)

Bring Back your Jerseys! - After School Basketball /Volleyball/Flag Football

Students - return your basketball, volleyball, or flag football jerseys to the front office. Put into a bag labeled with player's name and the coach's name. The After-School Program is missing boys and girls basketball jerseys, and 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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Menlo-Atherton Bear Freshman Football Player  This is a "Freshman Only" team and there is no experience required. Visit our website to sign-up and get our summer schedule. Feel free to contact our Athletic Directors, Paul Snow here or Steven Kryger here with any questions.

Alpine Strikers Tryouts for Fall Soccer - End of May. Does your child want to try out for club soccer and receive coaching from our professional soccer coaches? Consider Alpine Strikers here

Sign Up for AYSO  Boys and girls born between January 1, 2000 and January 31, 2014 are invited to play soccer this fall. Parents can go here to complete the first step of registration and sign up to volunteer. Registration fees are $150 ($100 kinderleague.) After May 31, players will be put on wait list and pay fees of $200/$150 kinderleague if placed on a team. Scholarships are available.

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.  

Summer Camps
Stanford Men's Basketball Camp  For 1st - 7th grade students here, is designed to provide a safe, fun, and instructional environment for campers from the Bay Area and beyond. We emphasize the importance of Education, Lifetime Skills, Fundamental and Basketball Skill Development, and Individual and Team Competition.

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.

All Students Matter Classroom Volunteers Needed Next Year  Schools in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto are looking for volunteers to work with students in grades K-5. You'll go to the same classroom once a week, for about an hour, to help with reading or math. All Students Matter here provides training and coordinates everything. Sign up now to begin volunteering in September! For more details, email Keri Tully here.

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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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