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This Week thisweek 
Tuesday, May 9
  • Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m., TERC
Friday May 12 and Saturday, May 13
  • Hillview Talent Show, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  Looking Ahead lookingahead

Monday, May 15 - Thursday, May 18
  • SBAC Testing
Tuesday, May  16
  • After School Exchange Concert with La Entrada for 7/8 Band and pizza afterwards, 3:30, Hillview PAC
Wednesday, May 17
  • 6/7/8 Chorus spring concert, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, May 19
  • Hillview 6/7 Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Relay for Life, 9:00 p.m. - midnight, Hillview Track
  Sunday, May 21
  •  Schoolhouse Rocks 5K, 9:00 a.m., Hillview Middle  School
  • Jazz Band performs, 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m., MP Farmers Market
Monday, May 22 - Thursday, May 25
  • Hillview Book Fair 2017, before school 8 - 8:30, during brunch and lunch, and 30 minutes after school.
Monday, May 22 - Friday, May 26
  •  Greek Olympics - 6th grade PE
Thursday, May 25
  • Hillview PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Hillview PAC
  • Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Jazz Band performs

Monday, May 29

  • No School - Memorial Day
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Celebrate Hillview teachers
This week,  May 8 - 12 , is Teacher Appreciation Week, with National Teacher Appreciation Day and California's Day of the Teacher on  Tuesday, May 9 .  Take a minute to say THANKS to our amazing Hillview teachers who inspire our students and make a difference in their futures!  

SBAC is coming to Hillview! 
The students all took some time on May 3 and 4 with a special  schedule to prepare for the experience of taking the SBAC this year. As a reminder, students can practice on their own by visiting the CAASPP website, log in as a guest, and further familiarize themselves with the platform if they wish. The 8th graders will be taking the pilot science test, known as the California Science Test (CAST) on May 10 and 11 in their science block periods. The entire school will have only four days of testing and special schedules this year, May 15 - 19, so please make every effort to schedule or reschedule appointments that may cause your student to miss the assessment window. Make-ups for absences will be done until June 2, feel free to contact Mrs. Martin at  with any questions around SBAC testing at Hillview.

Academic Centers at Hillview - Annual Survey  
Academic Centers at Hillview is funded by our PTO and MPAEF support, however we do receive a grant from the San Mateo County Office of Education. They send out an annual survey for staff, students, and parents each year. If your student attends Math Clinic, Homework Center, Flight School, or Hawk Stars please complete the survey at: 2016-17 Academic Center Parent/Guardian Survey by May 16th.

Registration is upon us! 
The registration window will be open for Hillview 2017-18 school year from May 1 until May 15. Use the Quick Link that will be provided on the Hillview Homepage, and will also be sent home to you via School Messenger. 5th grade parents will be sent the username and password for their students in a separate email. Please take time prior to registering to review the Electives and PE Course Catalogs on the Hillview website within each grade level, as well as the video catalogs to best select the Electives and PE courses for your student. There is a Quick Link to help with the registration process.

Dress for Success Norms
As the weather warms up, it is important that students dress for success at Hillview.  In the Hillview Handbook, we stress the importance of choosing the appropriate attire for different contexts, one of which is school. Our gender neutral dress for success norms are listed below and the Dress for Success Norm section in the handbook is linked  here.
  1. All students must be covered completely from mid-thigh to top of chest in non-see-through materials
  2. The front and back of a shirt (or top of any kind) must be connected over both shoulders.
  3. Clothing must cover all undergarments.
  4. Hats and head coverings (except those worn for religious purposes) are only allowed outside of classrooms.
  5. Clothing must be free of obscene or inappropriate words and/or logos.
8th Grade Awards Assembly Time Change:   
The 8th grade awards assembly will be held from  8:40 - 10:20 a.m.  on  Friday June 9 , not in the afternoon.  Due to the Decades Dance Assembly, the time will change from an afternoon awards assembly to the morning time.  

8th Grade Grad Party Update
With just seven 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:
  • All 8th grade students are invited to this special party, taking place in the gym immediately following the graduation ceremony. There will be food, a DJ and a variety of games and other entertainment.
  • We are thrilled to report that two-thirds of the class has generously made donations to support the event. As a reminder, the party is 100% paid for by 8th grade families. 
This is our last plea... if you haven't had a chance to DONATE yet, click here to do so now However, please remember that all students are welcome, regardless of a donation! 

We'd like to thank entrepreneur and fellow 8th grade student Brendan Foody, for making a very generous donation from his business - Donut Dynasty - which will cover the dessert costs for the event! Another shout out to Sundance Steakhouse for paying for the dance floor. We are still looking for a few more sponsors to help cover the expense of the DJ, the photo booth, and the take-home party souvenir. Please contact Cristy Barnes for more details.

6th and 7th Grade Parents - Please Volunteer to Chaperone
It is a long standing Hillview tradition that following the graduation ceremony, all 8th graders head into a Grad Night party. The party takes place in the gym, which is transformed in the days prior, according to a surprise theme. To pull off this night for the graduates, we especially need the help of the 6th and 7th grade parents. Much of the final touches and food prep takes place while the 8th graders and their parents are attending the graduation ceremony. Please help pay it forward! Tell a friend and  Sign-Up for shifts during the afternoon and evening for the 8th Grade Grad Party - Friday, June 16.

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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Hillview PTO - General Meeting 
The Hillview PTO will be hosting its third and final General Meeting of the year on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the PAC. At this meeting we will be electing a new slate of officers for the 2017-18 school year and approving some administrative changes to the bylaws and standing rules. A list of the parent volunteers who have agreed to step up for next year, as well as the proposed bylaws and standing rule changes will be available in the Hillview office beginning Thursday, May 11.

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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Hillview Talent Show Tickets On Sale!
The wildly wacky and popular Hillview Talent Show returns Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillview PAC! Hillview ASB proudly presents the  Hillview Talent Show 2017: A Night at the Oscars! For those new to the excitement that awaits you, both shows typically SELL OUT BEFORE the night of the big show. With only limited obstructed view and standing room available at the door, it's important to get your tickets early starting today!  Tickets are now on sale!

We are also excited to announce that Hillview alumni and current M-A students Christopher Harris and Andrew Gordan have launched a video production business and have been hired to record both performances. Their professional work of live video switching, titles, credits, and multiple cameras and microphones at last year's talent show earned them special recognition and critical acclaim. They are back this year to use their own talents and skills to create an unforgettable memory available for sale to you! Please support student entrepreneurs and consider pre-ordering a copy ( makes a great gift!) at their webstore. Click  here to pre-order a DVD, Blu Ray, or digital Copy. Use promo code: Early10 for a pre-order discount. Pre-orders will also be available for purchase in cash at both performances.
We encourage you to buy your talent show tickets (all proceeds benefit Hillview ASB students and our activities program) in groups attending together as you will receive one print-at-home/digital ticket on your phone per group. If you are attending separately from your child, consider doing two separate orders to avoid confusion.  Come walk the red carpet and don't get left singing in the rain without a this year's  Talent Show 2017: A Night at the Oscars!

Relay for Life - Hillview Edition
Nearly 300 students have signed up to participate in the  3rd annual Relay for Life - Hillview Edition taking place on Friday, May 19 from 9 p.m. to midnight (immediately following the 6th and 7th grade dance). The students have formed teams, attended informational meetings, created team posters and started fundraising. As of May 4, they have received $17,500 in donations for the American Cancer Society in the battle against cancer (Goal is $40,000). We sincerely appreciate all support and encouragement that you can provide for this valiant effort in making the world a better place!   
PARENTS ARE NEEDED  to help us on May 19 for the following jobs. Sign up here .  
  • Make and bring baked goods for the concession stand
  • Work at the concession stand
  • Help with Event Security
  • Help at the first aid station (particularly for those with medical backgrounds)
  • Set-up and/or Clean-up 
Intramural Sports
Intramural sports continues with indoor soccer and hockey on Wednesday and Thursday. All students welcome. If there are too many players, we'll rotate. Spectators please stay on the bleachers or stage. As always, no food/drink in gym.
After-School Tennis Program 
This will be the final week of the tennis program.  We thank Coach Yasuo, his high school assistant, parent volunteers, and  of course, the players for a great season. Wish you all the best of luck in  future tennis programs.

After-School Boys Volleyball
Final week of league matches for both teams.  Matches this week will both be at Hillview on Tuesday and Thursday.  Game times are 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come support the  teams in their final matches. Next week will be playoffs. Schedule to be  announced later.

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls continues this Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

After-School Track
After-School Track continues this week on Monday and Wednesday, May 8 and 10. May 8 will be a meet. May 10 will be practice will be at Hillview. 
Both will be at  M-A High School from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May Madness Basketball Clinic
The May Madness Basketball Clinic will continue this Friday, May 12 from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. in the Hillview Gym for the final session.

Friendly reminder If anyone has any after school sports uniforms that need to be
returned (basketball, girls volleyball, flag football, track) please do so

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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On Your Marks, Get R eady - Let's Rock This Early Registration!
Lace up those running shoes for our Schoolhouse Rocks 5K this May 21Invite your families, friends and neighbors to run the streets of downtown Menlo to support our schools. Our new, exciting route has expanded to start at our very own Hillview Middle School and run through the heart of our town.  Register  here now!

Get pumped for Spirit Day this May 12 , where our kids will sprint and relay and rock their crazy running gear in preparation for the big run. Look for Schoolhouse Rocks wrist bands coming home that day!

Enter either the 1 mile family walk/run, or the full, chip-timed 5K. Both runs start at 9:00 a.m. The 5K runs down Santa Cruz and wraps through downtown to end at Hillview, where a Wellness Fair will occur after the run. This year's after-party promises to be fun for everyone-runners, walkers, big kids, little kids, and adults!!  There will be entertainment (including our Hillview students' rock band), activities, food trucks, bounce houses, games, and sponsor tents.

Consid er becoming a Family Sponsor. With a donation of $500 you will receive five free race entries and your family or team's name on the race t-shirt. Our families truly ROCK and we couldn't do it without you!
The Schoolhouse Rocks 5K is being organized by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. Funds raised will support our children's education.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors! The run 2017, supported by: Nelson Roberts, Gullixson, Omar Kinaan, Gold Arrow Camp, Pollock Financial, Jacobson Gould Dermatology, iD Tech.

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!

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Menlo-Atherton Little League Hit-a-Thon is TODAY! :  May 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Burgess Park.  The Menlo-Atherton Little League annual "Hit-a-Thon" fundraiser is in full swing! The amazing support we get from our donors allows us to maintain top quality fields, invest in player development, promote accessibility (via player scholarships and our Challenger League) and keep all our equipment and uniforms up to date, among many other things.  Please also consider donating to Menlo-Atherton Little League here.

SamTrans Summer Pass:  The Summer Youth Pass allows kids and teens to be independent with safe and affordable transportation to fun summer destinations. The pass costs only $40 and is good for unlimited travel on any SamTrans route for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through August 31. Details about this year's Summer Youth Pass program are online here.

SUHSD Parent Education Mini-Series: "Safe and Healthy Teens": In a series of four SUHSD Parent Education Mini-Series events on "Safe and Healthy Teens," attendees will learn from leading mental health professionals, psychologists, and nonprofit organizations. Free admission; parents, students, faculty/staff, and community members welcome! See the lecture titles and dates, as well as, register  here. Speaker series presented at  Sequoia Union High School District Office - Birch Room,  480 James Avenue, Redwood City.
Children's Champions Fundraiser:  May 20 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. , Menlo College Football Field
Children's Champions is a fun, family-friendly event benefiting Bay Area at-risk children. This year, the event will feature ten Stanford athletic teams, professional athletes, and Fit Kids activities. There is a VIP hour from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. More information and tickets can be purchased on the  event website .

  AYSO Fall Soccer Registration:  Registration for AYSO Soccer Fall Season starts on May 1 is here !   Walk-in registration is on May 13 and May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hillview Middle School Library. First-time players must register in person. Returning players simply register online. $100 for kinderleague, $150 for first grade and older. All participate, regardless of level (no try-outs). See you on the field!

Summer Camps
Summer Program for Students with Learning Differences:  June 12 - 30 , Compass High School. Compass High School is offering a 3-week summer program for students in grades 6-12 with learning differences. Writing and math workshops, in addition to a focus on executive functioning. All offered in a fun, supportive environment by experienced, engaging teachers.  Click here  for registration information.

Mid-Pen Water Polo Club Summer Session and Free Clinic:  Registration , running May 16 - July 23 at M-A, is now open. First-time players may attend a free clinic on May 20, 10:00 - 12:00. Participants need to sign up on the Mid-Pen  website  and have USAWP Membership  for insurance purposes: 14-day Trial Athlete Membership (available only once in a lifetime and as first-time membership) is free. Mid-Pen Water Polo Club ID is 24253.

Legarza Sports Camp:  Register  here for Legarza Sport camp.  Our camp provides a service that everyone in our community can afford. Our goal is for all campers to work hard and feel good about themselves in a safe, disciplined, highly structured and motivating environment of learning and fun. Players learn to work together in a team setting while playing games and tournaments.
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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.
Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday Hillview Newsletter is the preceding  Wednesday at noon . Please email your submission to . Please 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.

To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter. 

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