In This Issue
6th/7th Families
Return Textbooks
Tech Talk
Fall Sports
8th-Grade Grad
Decades Dance
Promotion Ceremony

The Lunchmaster

Jeanie Ritchie Grant
Relay for Life
JV Volleyball Win
Girls Festival Volleyball

Schoolhouse Recap
Endowment- Teaching
Wine Walk

Q uick Links

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Monday, May 27
  • No School, Memorial Day
  • Fall Sports 2019 - flag football and girls volleyball, here for fall sign-up information

Thursday, May 23 - Thursday, May 30

  • Return Hillview textbooks to office
Wednesday, May 29
  • Parent and Community Tech Talk, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room G-4
Thursday, May 30
  • Hillview PTO Honorary Service Awards Ceremony in the PAC, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., PAC 
  • Relay for Life pre-party, lunchtime, gym
Friday, May 31
  • Relay for Life, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Hillview track

Tuesday, June 4
  • Change of date and time: PTO Executive Board Meeting, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Hillview Large Conference Room
  • School Board Meeting - Regular, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue
Wednesday, June 5
  • 8th-Grade Decades Dance Show, last names A - L, 5:00 p.m. show; last names M - Z, 6:00 p.m. show, PAC
  • No Block Day
Thursday, June 6
  • No Block Day
  • Class of 2020, D.C./New York Trip, early sign-up here 
Friday, June 7
  • 8th-Grade BBQ, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Hillview lunch tables
Monday, June 10
  • 8th-Grade Awards Assembly, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., PAC
Tuesday, June 11
  • Lost and Found, last day to collect your clothes before they are donated
Thursday, June 13
  • 8th-Grade Field Trip to Great America
Friday, June 14
  • Last Day of School - Minimum Day 11:45 a.m.
  • Hawkapalooza, 10:15 a.m., Hillview campus
  • Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 p.m., Hillview quad
  • 8th-Grade Grad Party, 7:00 p.m., Hillview gym

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Families of 6th- and 7th-Grade Students - Help Needed for Graduation!
Hillview has a long-standing tradition for the families of 6th- and 7th-grade students to help out during the Grad Party for 8th-grade students. We need parents to assist with various activities and would be so grateful if you would sign up to be dance chaperones and do other easy jobs. View the sign-up here . Email here  with questions!

Return Textbooks to Hillview
Thursday, May 23 - Thursday, May 30
It is time to start the process of returning Hillview property and materials, beginning with textbooks. We will collect all textbooks that have gone home for student reference starting May 23. Remind your student to return textbooks (Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language) to the Hillview office.

Parent and Community Tech Talk
Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room G-4
The Hillview Technology Team is hosting a follow-up to our first Parent and Community Tech Talk on February 27. In this second parent-engagement session we discuss next steps and plans for the future in making the best use of technology while at Hillview. At our first parent engagement session, we discussed several aspects of our 1:1 iPad program. See the discussion slides here and the initial slide presentation here.

Early Sign up - Washington D.C./New York Trip 
Thursday, June 6
Attention Class of 2020! Interested in spending your spring break making some fantastic memories with your friends? Sign up and you will have memories to last a lifetime. Space is limited, take advantage of the discounted price before June 6. For questions, contact Ms. Malquist here.

Information for 8th-Grade Parents
8th-Grade Grad Party - Donations
Just four weeks to go! A huge thanks to those parents who have already supported our Grad Night Party fundraising efforts. To date, we have received donations from 66% of the graduating class. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation, however we hope for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. As a reminder, this is a 100% parent-organized and funded event. Help us make the party great for everyone. You may make your donation hereSeparately, if you are interested in sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ, etc.), your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Joel Rutsky here with questions.

8th-Grade Decades Dance  
Wednesday, June 5, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., PAC
The Hillview PE and Dance Department is excited to present the 8th-Grade Decades Dance. We welcome families to join us the performances. Last names A - L come for the 5:00 p.m. show; last names M - Z come for the 6:00 p.m. show. Please follow these attendance rules so that all families can watch the show. See you all there!

Promotion Ceremony Details and Other End-of-Year Notes
A letter from Willy Haug, Principal, with essential information about the 8th-grade promotion ceremony and other end-of-year events, and links to graduation gown ordering, the Great America field trip, and much more here

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Hillview Music
What a great experience! The 7/8 Concert Band and 7/8 Orchestra, assisted by 6th-grade students, performed at the School of the Arts in the Region VI CMEA Band/Orchestra Festival in San Francisco. Both ensembles played incredibly well. Three judges listened to the performances and a separate judge evaluated the Sight Reading clinic. And for the first time in Hillview's history, the 7/8 Concert Band received a "Unanimous Superior"! The 7/8 Orchestra received two Excellent and one Superior rating for their performance and an Excellent for their Sight Reading clinic, resulting in a composite score of "Excellent"! Hillview and Mr. Vaughan are very proud of their performances! Magnificent!

Jeanie Ritchie Grant was awarded to Hillview Music
Brett Strader, composer, created two music pieces for Hillview Music. Band and Orchestra premiered these commissioned pieces at the Spring Concert; Mr. Strader conducted. These celebrated original works were dedicated to Jeanie Ritchie for her endless support of education in Menlo Park.

Hillview to Perform in Disneyland
Saturday, May 25, at Hollywood Backlot Stage 
Hillview Orchestra and Band will be performing in the Disneyland California Adventure Park. If you are in the area, stop by and hear us! The band performs at 10:30 a.m. and the orchestra at 12:30 p.m. This is all part of the Disney Magic Music Days program.

Hillview Service Team
Relay for Life 
Friday, May 31, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Hillview track
Last year the Hillview community raised $90,000 in support of caregivers, those going through a diagnosis, in honor of those who are in recovery, and in memory of loved ones that we have lost. With five days of fundraising left, students are about halfway to last year's total and our goal this year! Now is the time, and we cannot do it without our amazing parent community. You can help us fight cancer and celebrate/honor loved ones lost and/or cancer survivors in the following ways:
  • Donating to the general American Cancer Society - Hillview Relay for Life event here and choosing "I just want to support Relay for Life in general"
  • Donating to a specific Hillview team  here and then "Search by participant and team," e.g., "Silly Little Sisters"
  • Donating online via your student's personal fundraising URL (email  here  for help finding this)
  • Purchasing and dedicating a LUMINARIA here that will be lit and placed on the Hillview track on May 31 
  • Sending cash/check made out to American Cancer Society (in a sealed envelope) with your student to the Hillview office or Relay for Life lunchtime pre-party on May 30
  • Bringing coins to the Hillview office to contribute to our Change for Cancer collection bin
Thank you on behalf of the Hillview Service Team and over 250 Hillview Students participating in the 2019 Hillview Relay for Life!

Hillview After-School Sports
Hillview JV Boys' Volleyball Team Wins the Art David Athletic League Championship!
Congratulations to the JV Boys' Volleyball team for their win in the Championship game this last Monday. The team was 5-3 for the season and finished strong beating Bowditch in the semifinals and then triumphing over a tough JLS team in the finals in a straight two sets. Your Hillview JV Championship team includes Calvin Annison, Dominic Auer, Louis Belot , Jack Budinger , Stephen Eline , Jonny Kerr , Briggs Olson, Adrian Stadelmann, and coaches Tom Budinger and Adam Kerr.

Girls Festival Volleyball
Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31, 4:30 p.m., Hillview Gym

Scholarships A pply for a need-based scholarship, email  here Questions regarding sports programs, email  here .

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Schoolhouse Rocks Run Recap

Although weather on Sunday morning was stormy, the clouds parted and it turned out to be an awesome day! The spirit was alive, runners of all ages enjoyed the 1k and 5k, and the post-run festival was filled with tunes, Kona ice, rock climbing wall, bubbles, and bouncy house. The energy was contagious!

View this year's race results here.

Please note: Due to the rain, there were many runners who registered for the 5K run (and had a timing chip in their race bib) who only completed the 1K course. Therefore, some results listed could be from a runner who only completed the shorter course. We appreciate your understanding.

Check out pictures here from this year's event. Thank you to our volunteer photographers, Brian and Leigh Wilson, for capturing these wonderful images of race day.

We hope to see you at next year's race - May 17, 2020!  The Schoolhouse Rocks Run & Festival planning team.

Celebrate your student or a special teacher through a tribute gift to the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching

The end of the school year marks an important time in each student's education. Honor your child's elementary through middle school experience with a gift to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation's Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. Your gift can be made as a tribute to your student, a teacher, or staff member who made a difference in your student's life. It will be invested into our Endowment to support the District for generations.

Learn more here and make a tax-deductible gift to the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching today!

Wine Walk on June 1 -  Sip Wine and Support Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools!  

Saturday, June 1, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Check in at Fremont Park (Santa Cruz Ave and University Drive)
Enjoy a fun, sunny afternoon of wine tasting, strolling and shopping with friends and neighbors. Purchase a bottle from your favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Winery and stay downtown to enjoy over dinner. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview Schools.

See here for more details and to purchase $49 advance tickets.

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

Bohannon Development Company here

Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker here

iD Tech here

Black Pepper Restaurant here

The New Guild here

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Oak Knoll's Muralist holds Local Art Exhibition Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.  Flo de Bretagne, here, Oak Knoll's muralist, is having an exhibition of her paintings right now until June 15. The show is called "Seedscape, Alpha animals and endangered species." You'll have two opportunities to meet her: Saturday, June 1, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., and she has a reception on Saturday, June 8, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Is your rising 6th-, 7th-, or 8th-grade student planning to bike to Middle School in the Fall?  June 8, June 22 and July 28, Wheel Kids, together with the City of Menlo Park, have created a Menlo Park-specific Middle School Bike Skills parent/student class. The weekend morning class has three parts: in class instruction, blacktop practice and an on the road ride. Kids (and their parent - participation required), will learn how to navigate alongside traffic and through busy intersections to get around Menlo Park safely. We can not recommend this class enough! For more information about this program and to sign up click here .

Future Astrophysicists Workshop Sunday, June 16, 1:30. - 4:00 p.m., Redwood City Public Library.  Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Discover how rockets launch into space and send humans to other parts of the universe! In this workshop, students will investigate Newton's Laws of Motion and learn how rockets work by building and launching their own rocket. Snacks provided and no registration required!

Help Kids in Grades K-5 with Reading, Writing, Math Next Year - You Could Change a Life.  Sign up to volunteer in September to work with K-5 students attending school in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Just an hour a week, and you can make a real difference in a student's life. You'll go to the same classroom for an hour every week during the school year to help with reading or math. Studies show that you will make real change in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. For more details or to sign up, visit here or contact Program Director Keri Tully here .

Summer at Camp Newton Monday, June 17 - Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Laurel Elementary Lower Campus. Spend your summer at Camp Newton here where you choose what you explore.

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