In This Issue
SBAC Testing
Teacher Appreciation
8th-Grade Info

Book Fair Volunteer
Board Positions

Safe Routes

Service Team
After-School Sports

Donor Roll
Jean Ritchie
Schoolhouse 5K

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, May 6
  • Hillview Music - volunteers needed for CMEA Choral Festival, Friday and Saturday, sign-up here
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
  • Teacher Appreciation week begins 
Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9
  • SBAC state testing
Tuesday, May 7
  • MPCSD Reclassification Ceremony, 6:00 p.m., Encinal School, small multipurpose building
  • School Board meeting - regular, 6:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, May 8
  • PTO Executive Board meeting, 9:00 a.m., Hillview office
Thursday, May 9
  • Relay for Life, mandatory meeting, waivers due, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, May 10 
  • Great America field trip - permission slip due here 
  • CMEA Choral Festival, 3:00 p.m., G4, G5, and PAC
Saturday, May 11
  • CMEA Choral Festival, 8:00 a.m., G4, G5, and PAC
  • 8th-grade gown order due here
Wednesday, May 15 - Thursday, May 16
  • 8th-grade CAST testing, during science classes 
Thursday, May 16
  • Relay for Life, mandatory meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18
  • Hillview Talent Show, 6:15 - 9:00 p.m., PAC 
Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 23
  • Hillview Book Fair, open before school, brunch, lunch and after school, Hillview Library
Wednesday, May 22   
  • Hillview Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, May 23    
  • Hillview Open House, 6:30 p.m., Hillview campus
  • Hillview Book Fair, during Open House, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Hillview Library
Monday, May 27
  • No School, Memorial Day

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Hillview School News  hillviewschoolnews
SBAC Testing - this week
At Hillview, SBAC testing, including English Language Arts and Math tests, will take place Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9. Eighth-grade students will also take the CAST, the California Science Assessment, in their science classes Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16. 

See the testing schedule here. School will begin and end at the same time as usual, and students will go to even numbered class periods on Monday and Wednesday and odd numbered class periods on Tuesday and Thursday to create adequate time for testing.  

We want to make sure all students have a positive testing experience and that all students feel relaxed yet focused as we move into our testing week. 

During the testing week, students will have limited homework in order to be well rested and ready for the tests each day. 

Throughout the school year, students have been well prepared by our outstanding teachers to do their very best. These tests are important to us because they help us, as teachers and as a school, understand what students know and are able to do and give us good feedback on all of our students' annual growth and progress. For a positive testing experience, read the tips below:
  • Get a good night's sleep each night - we recommend keeping electronic devices out of bedrooms to encourage healthy sleep habits.
  • Charge your iPad each night - this can be done in a room other than the bedroom as mentioned above.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast each morning and bring a healthy snack for the break between testing sessions.
  • Bring WIRED earbuds or headphones - not bluetooth headphones or airpods - to testing sessions each day.
  • Bring a silent reading book each day. The library is open to help with book recommendations and checkouts.
  • No electronic devices are allowed in the testing sessions - leave Apple Watches, Fitbits, or other devices at home.
Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
A Message from Mr. Haug
"Teacher Appreciation Week is here. I encourage you to talk to your students about ways they can express gratitude to one or more of their teachers. This week is a perfect opportunity for students to write a thoughtful note of appreciation, for example, that acknowledges a teacher's efforts, disposition, successes, and more. It means so much to our teachers to receive this heartfelt thanks for their hard work. Let's love on our teachers next week. Thank you!"

Information for 8th-Grade Parents
Volunteers for 8th-Grade BBQ
Friday, June 7
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist with the 8th-Grade BBQ, a fun Hillview tradition. This year, the lunchtime event will be catered by The Dutch Goose. The entire graduating class will attend. If you have a few hours of your time to donate, help is needed with set-up, clean-up, serving, and prep. Email event lead, Regina Riviello here for more information.

Promotion Ceremony Details and Other End of Year Notes
Willy Haug, Principal has created a letter 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

Scholarships Available
The Menlo Park Police Officers' Association is offering several scholarships (up to $1,000) to Hillview 8th-grade students who are planning to enroll in a four-year university or join the armed forces after high school. For more information and an application, email School Resource Officer Trask here or see Mr. Chui at school. Applications due Tuesday, May 28.

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Hillview PTO News 
Hillview Book Fair  - Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 23
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. The Book Fair will be open each day before school 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, and for 30 minutes after school. We will be open during the Hillview Open House on Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

This is a PTO-sponsored event and we need your help. Sign up here to help with set-up on Friday, May 17, take-down on Friday May 24, and running the registers during the week of the Book Fair. Questions? Contact Laurel Holman here or Tanya Dodge here.

2019-20 Hillview PTO Board Positions Available
The Hillview PTO Board is a meaningful way to get involved at Hillview and be a part of a great team of fellow parents and administration. The Board for the 2019-20 school year is currently being appointed; some positions have already been filled. The following positions are currently open: Auditor, After-School Activities, and Communications. If you are interested in serving on the Board, we would love to hear from you, whether you are a veteran or new to Hillview! Don't delay, email the Hillview PTO Nominating Committee here to find out more!

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MPCSD News  mpcsdnews
2019 Reclassification Ceremony
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m., Encinal School, small multipurpose building
MPCSD will be celebrating another important step in the successful academic career of our students. This ceremony is the official presentation for our English learners who have met the requirements for being reclassified to English Proficient. Congratulations to our students and families for all their dedication and hard work!

Safe Routes
Our Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the Menlo Park City School District is looking for feedback on the new Hillview Safe Routes plan for pedestrians and cyclists. We would love to hear from you. Check out the plan and leave feedback here.

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Hillview Service Team
Relay for Life - Waivers
Students received waivers on May 2. Parents should sign and students should return the waiver to their team captain as soon as possible. Team captains are responsible for turning waivers in at the meeting on Thursday, May 9. Your student cannot participate in Relay for Life without a signed waiver.

Calling All Bakers!
We need home baked goods for the bake sales for the Hillview talent show on Saturday, May 18, and Relay for Life on Friday, May 31. All proceeds raised from the bake sales go to cover the expenses for the Relay for Life Event for the American Cancer Society. Sign up here if you can bake for either of these nights.

Hillview Music
Volunteers Needed for CMEA Choral Festival
Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11
Hillview is hosting the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Region West Choral Festival. In order to run a festival like this, Hillview needs your help. Some of the opportunities include checking groups in, monitoring doors, guiding people around our beautiful campus, running scores to and from judges, uploading data from flash drives and, with enough people, selling concessions which will benefit the Disney trip. Both adults and older students are welcome. The sign-up sheet is   here . Thank you for being a parent that supports the arts at Hillview!

Hillview ASB 
Talent Show 2019 Tickets - Now on Sale!
The ASB proudly presents a talent show variety act that will make you laugh, cringe, and roar with applause as students demonstrate their incredible talent at singing, dancing, music, and so much more! Don't miss this annual community tradition where we gather to celebrate together in an evening guaranteed to please. This year's theme is "HillviewTube Rewind" and don't worry, there are enough pop culture references that adults and children alike will enjoy.  
Both shows typically sell out, so hurry now and get your tickets here. (Note: you have to enter the calendar to see the May 17-18 Talent Show ticket sales after the Mary Poppins image appears).  Direct your questions to Brian Darmanin here .
Hillview After-School Sports
Boys Volleyball
Tuesday, May 7.  JV and Varsity play home games again this week. 
  • 4:15 p.m. JV team v. Bowditch, Hillview gym
  • 5:00 p.m. Varsity team v. Harker, Hillview gym
Come by and see your teams play. Support your Hawks! Let's show our school spirit.

Track Team
Wednesday, May 8 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo Atherton High School

Parking at M-A High School is limited due to the many other programs occurring at the time our track practice takes place - spring football, baseball, etc. If you would like to park and stay at M-A during track practice, park in the main school lot and walk across campus to the field. Avoid all red zones; you may be towed. For emergencies that may occur during the various sports practices, we would like emergency services to have a clear path. Keep red zones clear at all times.  

Girls Festival Volleyball
Wednesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m., Hillview Gym

May Madness Basketball
Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Hillview gym (last session)

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

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MPAEF News  mpaefnews 

Draft of the 2018 - 2019 District Family Donor Roll 
Take a moment to review this year's District Family Donor Roll here to ensure your name and donor level are accurate!

The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation thanks you, our district family donors, for your support of public education in the Menlo Park City School District. Annually, MPAEF includes the donor roll in our Annual Report, here , which allows us the opportunity to recognize and thank the many MPCSD families who have generously given to the Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year.  

This list reflects donations received between July 1, 2018 and April 26, 2019 by MPAEF from MPCSD district families 

Donor level calculations include all donations received between July 1, 2018 and April 26, 2019 to the annual parent campaign, MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching, auction sponsorships, Fund-A-Need, and any business/realtor partner donations by a district family. In-kind donations and auction/ticket purchases are not included in donor level calculations. Additionally, unpaid pledges are not included in the donor level calculations, but it is inclusive of any portion of the pledge that has been paid by April 26, 2019.

We make every effort to list each name correctly and apologize for any errors or omissions. Contact the MPAEF office here  no later than Monday, May 13 or phone 650-325-0100 with any questions or corrections. Any feedback received will be incorporated into the 2018-2019 MPAEF Annual Report (estimated production for the report is Summer 2019).

Your Foundation $$ in Action: Jeanie Ritchie Grants
Jeanie Ritchie Grants are funded by the MPAEF and enable teachers to pursue innovative teaching programs in their classroom, grade or school, providing educational experiences that students otherwise would not have. Each year, teachers with unique teaching concepts submit a comprehensive grant request to the Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee. Grants are awarded based on the program's three key criteria: innovation, creativity and enrichment.

Spotlight on: Fraction Bootcamp
Jocelyn Guerra, 4th-grade teacher at Encinal here, received a grant to run Fraction Bootcamp, a successful math enrichment program.

What were your overall impressions of this grant in action? Did it achieve the goals
outlined on the grant application?
"On average, students improved their pre to post test scores by 33%. Every day the students came to math they exclaimed with excitement that it was another "Fraction Bootcamp" activity. I also observed students using the fraction tiles outside of the bootcamp activities to further their understanding of fraction concepts."

In your opinion, what is the best part about this grant?
"The best part about this grant is the hands-on learning experience the 4th graders got with the manipulation of the fraction tiles when learning core fraction concepts. Students who often struggle in math were understanding the concepts, feeling successful in the activities, and in turn building self-confidence in math and their understanding of fractions."

Congratulations to all of this year's grant recipients and thank you for being amazing role models of innovation and hard work! For more information on the Jeanie Ritchie Teaching Innovation Grant program, here .

RUN, Don't Walk... Register NOW for the RUN on May 19 at  9:00 a.m. at Hillview!

Big SHOUT OUT to our sponsor FLEET FEET ! here.
Registration must completed online  here  by Tuesday, May 14 or at "Packet Pick-Up" on Friday, May 17, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet. T-shirt sizes are available on a first come, first served basis (except for Family Sponsors). If you want a specific t-shirt size, get to Fleet Feet early! There will be no race-day registration.

Fleet Feet Discount! People who stop by Fleet Feet here for packet pick-up and race registration get 10% off any purchases made that day. And, if they become a member of the Fleet Feet rewards program, they will get another 10% off + earn reward shopping points for their program (for every $150 you spend, get a $15 coupon).  

Not a runner? There are still lots of ways to ROCK on May 19!

1) Volunteer! The success of this event hinges on having a large number of volunteers to ensure the race runs smoothly. If you would like to cheer on our runners and watch the action with a cup of coffee in-hand, sign up here to be a Course Monitor the morning of the race. See map of race course below.

2) Come enjoy the FREE post-race festival! Starts at 10:00 a.m. race day - at Hillview Middle School - where your family can enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids' Zone, Food Trucks, DJ and more!  For more information on the Run, refer here to these Frequently Asked Questions .

Spirit Day Rocks! Friday, May 10!
All Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview kids show your spirit on May 10! Sport your favorite vintage race t-shirt and enjoy games and fun at school to get you pumped and ready to RUN!
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!

Caitlin Darke, Alain Pinel Realtors here

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage here 

Darcy Gamble, Compass here

Gold Arrow Camp here

First Republic here

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Community News   communitynews
Rally for Mental Health Sunday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fremont Park. SafeSpace here, a teen-led organization that empowers young people to engage in mental health advocacy and awareness, is hosting a rally to kickoff Mental Health Awareness Month and will feature youth speakers, music, performances, activities and resources and more! All are invited!

Honk! A Musical Tale of "The Ugly Duckling," May 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. and May 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Memorial Avenue, Redwood City. Presented by Grab Bag Theater, a student-run theater company in the area for all students 8th-grade through sophomore year in college. Our show is entertaining for all ages but written for a younger audience as it is filled with positive messages about body positivity and self-confidence. Choreographer is Encinal alum Sophie Glinder.

The Night of the Robots - Gunn Robotics Friday, May 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Gunn Robotics Lab, Room L-5780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The award-winning Gunn Robotics Team will collaborate with BrainVyne - LEGO® & Money Camps + Birthday Parties, to offer a fun-tastic evening for 5 to 14-year-olds. Kids will build BrainVyne's highly rated LEGO® Zoom creation and will then have a chance to tour GRT's robotics lab and play with GRT's award winning robots, from National Competitions. Have a delightful date night while your kids enjoy pizza between building and playing with robots. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help GRT buy robotics components and supplies. Reserve a spot here now!

Washington D.C./New York Trip  Informational Meeting, May 14, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Attention Class of 2020! Interested in spending your spring break making some fantastic memories with your friends? Come join us on the Washington D.C. / New York Trip and you will have memories to last a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about the trip, join us at the meeting. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Malquist here. (This trip is not sponsored by Hillview Middle School or MPCSD.)

REF Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for the 2019-20 school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. It's fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa here or contact Sharon Purcell here with questions.

Summer X-Country Conditioning Program for Kids Do you have an 8th-grade who wants to go out for high school x-country, a high schooler who wants to keep up their conditioning over the summer, or a middle schooler (incoming 7-8th grade) who wants to keep up with their conditioning? StellaFit is offering her summer x-country conditioning program again this summer. Come train with a fun group of runners 3 days a week or just come on the days you can! More information and sign up here.

Is your child 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/child 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! More information about this program and sign-up here.

San Francisco Girls Chorus School Auditions We offer a program of unparalleled artistic and educational excellence, designed from an introduction to the art of choral singing through a full course of choral, vocal, and music theory instruction. Choristers perform diverse musical repertoire, learn form expert faculty, collaborate with world-class artists and organizations, and form lifelong friendships. Chorus school auditions for girls ages 6 and up are held by appointment in SF and Berkeley. Successful auditionees will be able to match pitch, sing both head voice and chest voice, have basic English reading comprehension, and have a desire to make music and perform in a collaborative and engaging environment. More details here.

Join Wizbots for an outrageously fun summer! Wizbots Robotics & Coding Camps revolve around robotics to provide campers (ages 8-14) with a fun, applied way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Perfect for both novices and advanced campers, they all learn coding, engineering, and design in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Girls and boys find Wizbots instantly engaging, social, and fun! Our affordable full and half day camps can be found in Menlo Park (at Encinal Elementary) and around the Bay Area. Learn more and enroll here

French American Summer Camp  Your child will love this French American summer camp! It's a fun multi-activity camp with outdoor/ nature, science/ technology, arts, dance, theater, cooking and sports. More information here.

Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts For Fall Soccer  Our local competitive soccer club will have tryouts at the beginning of May for team placement for fall competition. All of our teams are coached by experienced professional coaches. Parents are encouraged to volunteer off the field to make the team run smoothly administratively. Information and registration details here.

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