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8th Grade Updates

2017/18 Hillview PTO
  Executive Board
School Service Awards
Year End Gifts

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This Week thisweek 
Monday, May 29
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 2
  • ASB Mayhem Week
  • Last Block Days on Wednesday, May 31 & Thursday, June 1
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Monday, June 5
  • 8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, June 7
  • No Block Day
  • 8th Grade Decades Dance performances, 5:00 p.m. (last names A-M) & 6:00 p.m. (last names N-Z), Hillview PAC
Thursday, June 8
  • No Block Day

Friday, June 9

  • 8th Grade Awards Assembly, 8:40 - 10:20 a.m., HV PAC
  • 8th Grade BBQ and iPad Collection

Monday, June 12

  • 6th Grade iPad Collection

Tuesday, June 13

  • 7th Grade iPad Collection
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Graduation Gowns: 8th grade families - there's still time!! 
Sign up today to request a graduation gown! Use the link   here.
8th Grade Grad Party Update
With just under three weeks to go, planning is almost complete, for what should be a night to remember for every Hillview 8th grader! Few reminders about the night and how you can help:
  • PLEASE HELP 8th GRADE PARENTS! We need your help to decorate the gym the week of June 13-16. We need everyone to put in a few hours if possible, and especially would love a few dads to help with some of the heavier lifting (evening slots are available)!  Please click the Sign Up Genius to help. 
  • LEND AN ITEM? We are looking for various items to borrow for the grad party (i.e. garden cafe light strings, small card tables, power strips). Please check this wish list link and see if you have any items to lend us.  
6th & 7th Grade Parent Chaperones Needed
Please help pay it forward! It is a Hillview tradition that parents from the 6th and 7th grade classes chaperone the Grad Night party, so that the 8th graders can celebrate without the watchful eyes of their own parents. Please tell a friend and sign up here for one of the following shifts during the evening of Friday June 16.
For any questions on anything above, please contact Sharon Purcell or Cristy Barnes.

8th Grade End of Year Information
The end of the school year is fast approaching! For our 8th graders, we have a number of great activities coming up, including the class trip to Great America, the 8th Grade Awards Assembly, the promotion ceremony, and the Grad Night Party! On the Hillview Webpage, under both  QuickLinks and  Parent Information, please find the Parent Letter, Great America Permission Slip, and other important end of year information.

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Congratulations to the 2017/18 Hillview PTO Executive Board
The PTO general membership selected its new slate of officers during last week's Hillview PTO General Meeting.  Congratulations and thank you to these parents.

Co-Presidents: Chris Sewell & Ashley Wagstaff
Co-Vice Presidents: Suzanne Watson & Laura Paul
Treasurer: Christine Tonsfeldt
Vice Treasurer: John Donald
Financial Secretary: Gina Skinner
Auditor: Matt Ericksen
Recording Secretary: Julia Molise
Communications Chair: Johanna Woll
Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Witeck
After-School Activities Coordinator: Jamey Hawkins
Parliamentarian: Julie Nelson         
2016/17 School Service Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2016/17 Hillview School Service Award (SSA) recipients. These parents have spent countless volunteer hours - and years -- contributing to our community and enriching our students' experience. They will be honored at the PTO Volunteer Luncheon, Thursday, June 1, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the PAC.
Anneliese Abdella
Leigh Ann Bandet 
Cristy Barnes
Caroline Bowers
Julie Cronin
Lori Facey
Tatjana Faruqi
Allison Fleming
Nancy Fulton
Denise Henry
Susannah Hill
Laurel Holman
Kate Hu
Nathalie Joseph
Neil Laderman
Kristin McDonnell 
Kathy Motamedi
Ellen Naylor
Sharon Purcell
Julie Quinlan
Kari Riedel
Nidhi Sahni
Renee Schott
Karin Stinnes
Kris Swanson
Celine Truong 
Nina Villalba

Hillview Teacher and Staff Year End Gifts
Wondering how to recognize your child's teacher at the end of the school year? 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:
  • It's what the teachers and staff prefer.  With gift cards, they can pick out something they really want or need.
  • No one is overlooked. The Gift Fund is used to recognize all 80+ Hillview employees, including the academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians and staff.
It's easy! Just make a contribution and the committee does the rest! Gift cards are delivered on the last day of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community.
There are several ways to participate. PayPal here Cash can be left at the Hillview Office. Check (made out to Molly Gibbons) can be left in the Hillview office or mailed to Molly Gibbons,  115 Pineview Lane,  Menlo Park, CA 94025. Any questions? Contact Molly Gibbons Thank you!
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Programs & Activities Programs 

Intramural Sports
There will be one final day of Intramural Sports for this year on Wednesday, May 31. We will have a basketball Knock Out Tournament. All students are welcome to attend.   

After-School Sports
All After-School Sports progr ams have officially ended for this school year. We thank all of the coaches, parent volunteers, coordinators, and the players for their efforts and participation. Hillview continues to field the most players of all of the local schools. Sportsmanship and proper competitive spirit were displayed by all. We hope all of the players enjoyed the experience regardless of the sport. We look forward to another great program next year.

If any parent or player has any suggestions/comments/questions about our program please don't hesitate to contact us. Your input is always welcome. They can be returned to Hillview Main Office. We thank you for your cooperation. 
Friendly Reminder: If anyone has any after school sports uniforms that need to be
returned (basketball, girls volleyball, flag football, track) please do so immediately.  
Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports.
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M-A Admin/Volunteer Support List
Is your 8th grader attending Menlo-Atherton High School next year? If so, please sign up to be on the administrative/volunteer support list. There are no specific obligations. When the M-A Administration needs parent volunteers, the chairs will send you an email. If the volunteer opportunity fits in your schedule, you sign up; otherwise there's no need to respond. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and find out what's happening at M-A.
To be added to the list, please share your contact information here ; you will find other volunteer opportunities as well. Thank you and welcome to M-A! 

M-A Bears Freshman Football Team
Interested in being a part of the M-A Bear Freshman Football Team? Join our championship program (coached by national Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) winner, Adhir Ravipati) this fall! Click here
to register and get more information. Questions? Contact Steven Kryger, M-A Athletic Director. An informational meeting will be held on June 22.  

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Get your Tickets today to Sip & Stroll on Santa Cruz Avenue, Saturday, June 3
Join us for the 3rd annual Menlo Park  "Taste of the Mountains"  Wine Walk on Saturday, June 3, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. "Taste of the Mountains" showcases wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is organized by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association with all proceeds going to the MPAEF.

Participating wineries include: Burrell School Vineyards & Winery, House Family Vineyards,  Kings Mountain Vineyards, Left Bend Winery, Mindego Ridge Vineyard, Portola Vineyards,  Roudon Smith Winery, Russian Ridge Winery, Silver Mountain Vineyards, Silvertip Vineyards,  Wrights Station Vineyards

Buy tickets for this limited space event by clicking here.

Participating Santa Cruz Avenue businesses include: Art Ventures Gallery, Cheeky Monkey Toys (An MPAEF Business Partner), Fleet Feet Sports, Frosch, Gitane, Harvest Furniture, Menlo Hardwoods, Peabody Fine Art & Framing, Rococo & Taupe, The Oriental Carpet

Restaurants waiving corkage fees: BBC, Galata Bistro, LB Steak, Left Bank

Stroll Santa Cruz Avenue and  enjoy local wine!
Make a Year End Tribute Gift to Honor Your Student or a Special Teacher
If you wish to salute the achievement of your child or to give a thank you tribute to a special teacher or staff member, the MPAEF Endowment Tribute program is a wonderful idea.

A Tribute gift adds to the MPAEF Endowment to support the district in perpetuity, and your  Tribute recipient's name is on the Endowment Tribute List for years to come. Click  here to see the Tribute list, at the bottom of the Donor List.

What is the Endowment? 
The MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching is a permanent resource for professional development in our school district. Its goal is to ensure the best teachers for our children. 

When you make a Tribute gift, your Tribute recipient receives a letter from the Endowment  letting them know about your gift on their behalf.

To make a Tribute gift, please  click here. Be sure to include the name of your Tribute honoree.

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


DeLeon Realty - Realtor Partner

Mary Gilles - Realtor Partner

Shadle Construction
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Calling All Middle Schoolers: Does your child use social media? Is it difficult to get him/her off a device for dinner? Do they love watching youtube or gaming? If so, we would like to invite them to be part of our Middle School Advisory Board for  My Digital TAT2 . The Advisory is made up of kids from around the Bay Area who are interested in sharing their experience and helping to create and promote positivity online. We meet in downtown Palo Alto once/month. Contact for more information. Please spread the word!  #forwardkindness#stoptheshade2k17  

Digital Dialogue: A Workshop for Tweens and Parents: June 13, 7:00 p.m. The founders of My Digital TAT2 , Erica Pelavin, LCSW, PhD and Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, LCSW, PPSC, present a lively, informative, and interactive workshop. This workshop brings tweens and parents together to facilitate and improve communication around safe, responsible, and conscious digital use. This workshop is open to the public. $50 per person; scholarships are available. Register here.

Dreams Happen Gala & Playhouse Auction 2017: Join Rebuilding Together Peninsula for our biennial fundraising event on June 3 hosted by the Stanford Shopping Center. Architects from near and far have been paired with local builders to create thirteen unique, elaborately designed, life-sized children's playhouses to auction off to the highest bidders at this evening party. All of the proceeds raised through Dreams Happen allow Rebuilding Together Peninsula  to realize its mission of improving the homes and lives of low-income neighbors in need by creating safe and healthy living environments.  Click here  for tickets.

Free Lacrosse Clinic: June 4, 3:00 -4:00 p.m. Introductory clinics hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse, for boys and girls ages 6-14. Please click here to register.

Help Kids in Grades K-5 with Reading, Writing, Math Next Year: Please join other parents volunteering with All Students Matter  in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. You'll work for an hour in the same classroom once a week, building a relationship with students eager to work with you. You'll have  real impact  in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math. Email Keri Tully  to start in September; ASM provides training and coordinates everything.

Nativity Carnival: June 9-11. The Nativity Carnival is celebrating its 37th  Year, continuing the Menlo Park tradition as a marker of the beginning of summer. This year, Nativity School would like to welcome the greater Menlo Park community, and the families of the students attending our community schools. We are offering special pricing for ride tickets and food tickets, and we look forward to welcoming all to our annual event.  Nativity Carnival has been a safe place for families to enjoy the warm June nights with great live entertainment, food and ride attractions. This year we are offering wristband sales for the rides throughout the weekend, bringing the cost down for our community families. We hope that you are able to join us and help kick off summer in Menlo Park. Click here for more information.

Summer Math Camp: June 26 - July 21, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto. Our unique math-centered curriculum with Math, English, Science, Art, and Coding lessons (K-8) is designed to boost each student's math potential and prepare for the next school year. Geometry, Algebra II Crash courses, and SAT I Prep offered to qualified 7th - 10th grade students. Free interactive placement test by appointment; half and full day options.  Click here for more information.

Tryouts for the Juventus Soccer Club: June 3-4; Red Morton Park, Redwood City. We are looking for boy and girl players born in the years 2003 to 2011. Grab a friend and come on out! Click here  for tryout dates and times; please  pre-register here. See you there! 
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