In This Issue
Electives / PE
Biking Survey
Site Council
Vaping JUUling

PTO Executive Board
Volunteer for Book Fair

Board of Education MPCSD Newsletter
MPCSD Survey
MPCSD email
Preschool Openings

Calling All Bakers
Relay for Life
Hillview Talent Show
Volleyball Games
Tennis Matches
Track Meets
MayMadness Bball

Spirit Day May 11
Schoolhouse 5K Run
Taste of Mountain

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, May 7  
  • SBAC Testing 6th - 8th Grade Students, May 7 - 10
Tuesday, May 8
  • Take It Personally Workshop, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., PAC
  • Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., large conference room Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
  • MPCSD Reclassification Ceremony, 6:00 p.m., Encinal School, Small Multipurpose Building
Thursday, May 10
  • Relay for Life Mandatory Meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, May 11
  • Hillview Talent Show 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., PAC
  • SBAC Makeups
Saturday, May 12
  • Hillview Talent Show 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., PAC
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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
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 
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

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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 for 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 Avenue. 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 .            

Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 8, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. A collaborative group of parents, staff, and students meets monthly to evaluate school-wide goals and actions in support of the Hillview mission to empower all students to be resilient problem solvers, compassionate contributors, and lifelong learners during their journey of academic and personal growth. We will be discussing the Panorama survey results. Here is the agenda. All parents in our community are welcome to attend.

Vaping and JUULing  
Use among middle and high school students has increased in the Bay Area. Local high schools sent out information in M-A BearNotes here. More information about this important topic will follow. Email Assistant Principal Danielle O'Brien with any questions here

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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       

Hillview Book Fair - Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24. This is a PTO-sponsored event and we need your help. Sign up  here to help with set-up on Friday, May 18, take-down on Friday, May 25, and to run the registers during the week of the Book Fair.  We'll be open each day before school from 8 to 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, for 30 minutes after school, and during Hillview Open House on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 to 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 M-A freshman. We will have a handpicked selection of books for younger elementary siblings. Questions? Contact Laurel Holman  here or Kari Riedel  here
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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 Community Matters Quarterly Newsletter
Here is a link to the MPCSD newsletter that was emailed to district families this 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. 

MPCSD New Email Address
The Menlo Park City School District has a new email address that you can use when you'd like to contact the district. The MPCSD Public Information Officer welcomes your inquiries, questions, and comments at

Spots Available in MPCSD New Preschool
Early Learning Center preschool begins in late August and openings are available in our afternoon and full-day classes for children born between September 1, 2013 and December 1, 2015. Contact Jessica Mihaly here or 321-7140 ext. 8900 or you can register online here!

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Service Team
Calling All Bakers! 
Would you consider making home baked goods for the bake sales at the upcoming Hillview Talent Shows and Relay for Life. All proceeds raised from the bake sales will go to cover the costs of the Relay for Life Event. 100% of the funds raised by students during Relay for Life going directly to the American Cancer Society. For questions, email the Hillview Service Team

To bring baked goods to the Talent Show on Friday, May 11 or Saturday, May 12, sign up here.
And sign up here to bring baked goods to the Relay for Life Event on Friday, May 18.

Relay for Life - Mandatory Student Meetings
Thursdays, May 10 and May 17, during lunch, PAC. We will be discussing important event information, learning more about how the American Cancer Society puts the funds raised to good use, making team posters, giving fundraising tips. Parents are welcome to come. The meetings lead up to the event Friday, May 18 from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Hillview track. More event details and fundraising tips here. Email the Hillview Service Team here.

Student Council 
Hillview Talent Show 2018
Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 6:15 p.m., Hillview PAC. The legendary (in our own minds!) Hillview Talent Show 2018 is upon us and you are cordially invited to attend this wacky, phenomenal, stupendously ah-mazing performance here. Not only will we be featuring some of Hillview's very talented musicians, dancers, singers, and more, but Hillview ASB has cooked up a few hilarious (and equally bizarre!) surprises to keep you entertained as we tell the story of three Hillview 8th-grade students who get Trapped in the TV!
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You won't check your watch! Buy your tickets to this very popular annual event. All proceeds benefit the Hillview student council which funds our amazing activities program including clubs, fun Fridays, spirit games, and Hawkapalooza! Thank you for your support!!

WARNING: Both shows typically sell out and we only have a VERY limited quantity of obstructed view seats at the door. Buy online and guarantee yourself admission.

DOUBLE WARNING: We are not professional actors and we will (badly) ruin a song you probably adore. Did someone say teacher skit?!?

Don't delay! Buy your tickets here. Any questions, email here.  

After-School Sports
Boys Volleyball  
The last practice and match of the season are listed below. Thank you to Coaches Lauren and Edward for a great season.
  • Game - Tuesday, May 8, home v. Abbott at 4:30 p.m., Hillview
  • Practice - Tuesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m., Hillview
Tennis Program
This is the final week of the program. Match schedule:
  • Varsity B2 Team - Monday, May 7, at Castilleja
  • Varsity A Team - Tuesday, May 8 at Menlo School
  • Varsity A Team - Wednesday, May 9  v. Sacred Heart at Nealon Park
  • Varsity B1 Team - Thursday, May 10, at Crystal Springs
  • Varsity B1 Team - Friday, May 11, v. Sacred Heart at Nealon Park
Thank you to Coach Yasuo, his staff, and families for working together and making this a very successful season.

  • Practices - Monday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 9 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview School
  • Meet - Wednesday, May 9, (third meet of the season) at Hillview     
May Madness Basketball 
  • Clinic - Friday, May 11, at 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., for the last session
For information about after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.
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Spirit Day Rocks! 
Friday, May 11

All Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview kids will show their Run spirit at school on Friday, May 11!

Kids should wear their favorite "vintage"  Schoolhouse Rocks Run t-shirt or sports jersey! They will enjoy games and fun at school to get them pumped and ready to Run!

Get Ready to Rock and Register Today!

Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run & Festival

May 20, 2018

9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School

Not a Runner?
Purchase tickets ($5) to the Festival at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids' Zone, delicious food from
 The Waffle Roost here , Zoom Caffe here , Bowl'd Acai here , and Island Ice here .
Help Make the Run and Festival Rock!
Do you, your family or friends live on the Race Course? Register to be a Course Monitor! Each volunteer gets free entry to the post-race festival. There are many opportunities to get involved before and during the Run and Festival, contact the mpaef here.

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

Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries Taste of the Mountain
June 2 from 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 .   

Summer Shopping
Summer is around the corner, get your family ready with swim gear, camp supplies, travel goods and more at any of these great retailers: Target, Old Navy, Amazon, Macy's. Visit here to see our full list of 82 partners- must click through here to earn up to 8% of your purchase cash back to Menlo Park schools!

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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Hit-A-Thon and Home Run Derby  Sunday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Burgess Park. Menlo-Atherton Little League annual fundraiser! The snack shack will be open, music will be playing, and we will end the day with baseballs flying out of the ballpark in the 12-year-old HR Derby. Funds generated go toward player and coach development, field fees, maintenance, and equipment, scholarships, and the Challenger League. Support the community-building efforts of Menlo-Atherton Little League, donate here!

Voting in San Mateo County is Changing  Starting with the June 5 election, ballots will be mailed to every registered voter on May 7. Voters should mail back their completed ballot, drop it off in one of 28 secure Ballot Drop-Off Boxes located throughout the County, or take it to any of the County's 39 Vote Centers, which will replace precinct polling locations (like Laurel School.) A list of Ballot Drop-Off Box and Vote Center locations and more information can be found at the San Mateo County Elections website here

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.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions  The Boys Chorus offers exceptional musical training and amazing performance opportunities for boys ages 5-12. Weekly rehearsals are held in San Mateo. Sign up here for auditions.

Parent Education
SUHSD Parent Education, "Mindful Parenting: How to Raise Kids While Reclaiming your Sanity," Leah Weiss  here. Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., SUHSD Office, Birch Room.

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, Jess Shatkin here
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