In This Issue
Student Voice
Site Meeting 
SEL Survey
Lost and Found
Walk To School Survey
Science Volunteers

Board Members Retire
Safe Routes 

Hillview Drama
Basketball Tryouts

Jeanie Ritchie Grant
Good Egg

Q uick Links

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Sunday, November 11
  • Girls Basketball Evaluations, Time and Location in Programs and Activities Section in Newsletter
Monday, November 12
  • No School, Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 13
  • Student Opinions on Recreational Spaces in Menlo Park, Lunchtime, PAC
  • AMC 8 Math Contest, 3:15 - 4:10 p.m., Room G2, Hillview
  • Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office, Large Conference Room
  • School Board, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
Wednesday, November 14 
  • Turkey Trot, During PE
Thursday, November 15
  • Turkey Trot, During PE 
  • Hillview Drama - The Ghost Train, 3:30 p.m. Special Student - Pizza and a Play, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Friday, November 16
  • Social Emotional Learning Survey
  • Lost and Found, All Donated Today
  • End of First Trimester
  • Hillview Drama - The Ghost Train, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Saturday, November 17
  • Hillview Drama -The Ghost Train, 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., PAC
Monday, November 19
  • Deadline to Participate in Walk to School Day 2018 Survey here
Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 26
  • No School - Staff Development Day
Tuesday, November 27
  • #GivingTuesday here

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Student Opinions on Recreational Spaces in Menlo Park
Tuesday, November 13, lunchtime, PAC. All students are welcome to meet with the city's Parks and Recreation department to talk about what kind of recreational spaces, parks, and fields you think the city should build. Contact Mr. Chui here for more information.

Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 13, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office. Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here. All parents in our community are welcome!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey
Friday, November 16, all MPCSD grades 6 - 8 students are invited to complete a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey. The results from these surveys help us understand how our schools and programs are supporting student wellness in the aggregate so we can adapt and improve our programs. If you would like more information or would like to opt your student out of the survey, complete the form attached here and return it to the Hillview office. Preview the survey here.

Lost and Found
Friday, November 16, everything will be donated. If you think or know your student has lost something, now is the time to come by and take a look in the container located outside of the student center.

Walk to School Day 2018 Survey
Survey deadline is November 19.  Thank you for your wonderful participation in Walk to School Day 2018. Due your commitment to safe walking and biking for students, a record-breaking 5,613 communities participated in walking activities. We want to hear from you! How did you participate? What worked well? What would you like to try differently in the future? Take a few minutes to complete our Walk to School Day 2018 Survey here. Your feedback will help make future Walk and Bike to School Days even better. 

Parent Volunteers for Science Project
Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 8:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. 6th-grade science is looking for parent volunteers to come in to class during our Follow the Heat project. Your job is to provide feedback to students on their insulator inventions. Engineering background is helpful, but not required! We would like volunteers, we are open to the entire community of Hillview parents, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., or any part thereof, on Wednesday or Thursday or both. Contact Julie Hilborn here for more information. 

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MPCSD School Board Members Retire - Joan Lambert and Terry Thygesen
Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m., TERC 181 Encinal Avenue. All parents are invited to say thank you and farewell as two MPCSD long-serving School Board members retire. Join us at the School Board meeting where Joan and Terry will be formally recognized and celebrated, with cake for all. Joan and Terry, who between them also raised seven children in our schools, have been instrumental in so many milestones for our district  including the Spanish Immersion program, maintaining stron g funding for our excellent teachers and programs , the building of new campuses as  we have grown, and the opening our our newest venture, the Early Learning Center. To read more about their accomplishments, visit  here .

MPCSD Community Meetings
Safe Routes to School 
A city-wide Safe Routes to School program that aims to make walking and biking fun and easier for families. Walk and bike to school to improve health and well-being while also being safe. Join one of the upcoming meetings that are drop-in style with a brief presentation at 7:00 p.m. Materials will be provided in both English and Spanish. A Spanish interpreter is available on Wednesday. There will be light refreshments and activities for children.

Come participate:
  • Find out more about the city-wide program
  • Brainstorm projects and activities that you would like to see at your schools
  • Help make walking and riding a bike to school feel safe and comfortable for Menlo Park residents 
Meeting opportunities:
  • Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview Middle School Library, 1100 Elder Avenue
  • Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Avenue 

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Hillview Drama
Arnold Ridley's The Ghost Train  

Thursday, November 15, 3:30 p.m., a special matinee for  students, $5 pizza and a play, (students may stay after school to attend the play), PAC
  • Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., PAC
  • Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17, 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., PAC
In this comedy thriller, a group of travelers gets stranded overnight at a rural railway station in 1920s England. The locals are superstitious about a phantom train that travels in the dead of night with ghosts from a long-ago train accident. The travelers uncover the truth, but not before one obnoxious passenger drives them mad with his antics and tom foolery.

Tickets available to purchase online here, or at the door an hour before curtain, or at lunchtime at Hillview on November 13-15.  Adults $15 and children $12

Questions? Send an email to Francesca here or to Anne here.

Hillview After-School Sports
We had a great response to basketball registration. Registration is now closed. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who signed up to coach this season. You are the reason this season will be a success! Go Hawks!

Mandatory Player Evaluation and Team Selection
Sunday, November 11, Hillview Gym
6th-grade girls, 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.
7th-grade girls, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
8th-grade girls, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Teams will be determined on the day of the workouts.

Practice starts the week of November 12. The coach will contact players' parents after the evaluation and team selection is completed. 

Games b egin before Thanksgiving. Season ends mid to late March. Normally one game per week tentatively as follows:
6th-Grade Girls - Mondays
6th-Grade Boys - Wednesdays
7th-Grade Girls - Mondays (most likely combined with 8th grade due to league availability, also possible - Fridays)
7th-Grade Boys - Tuesdays
8th Grade (MPMSL) - Mondays with a couple exceptions

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MPAEF Funds in Action: Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grants
The Jean Ritchie Innovation Grants (JRG) Program here is a signature MPAEF initiative whose mission is to enable teachers to pursue innovative teaching programs in their classroom, grade or school. The funding for these projects is supported through the annual grant given to Menlo Park City School District by MPAEF - this year $26,694 of the $3.7M grant was earmarked for the JRG program.

We are excited to announce the 2018-2019 School Year Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grant awardees here.  Keep an eye out for these 19 MPAEF funded projects coming to your child's school - and take a moment to thank these teachers for taking extra effort to bring innovation and creativity into their classroom.

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is November 27

#GivingTuesday here, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day dedicated to giving back and encouraging charitable giving.

Our goal is to raise $5000 for the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching 
#Giving Tuesday!

The MPAEF Endowment here is a permanent funding resource for professional development for MPCSD teachers, and grows through donations and investment gains. Learn more here.

Good Food and Good For Our Schools - Offer from Good Eggs
All month long during November, 5% of every grocery order  
you place on Good Eggs will go back to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation! New customers receive $15 off their first order and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser from Hillview - MPAEF gets a $500 bonus!

How to join the fundraiser:
  • Visit the website here 
  • Enter the code MPAEFHILLVIEW, and click "Shop Now"
  • Add your groceries to your GoodEggs basket and simply check out

Good Food and Good For Our Schools  
Get entered to win a Good Eggs Thanksgiving meal for you, and one to gift to a friend.
One winner across all participating schools will win this delicious prize!  All month long during November...

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!
Cameron L. Aboudara DDS MS - Orthodontics for Children and Adults here

Dulcy Freeman, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realtor here

Hessler Plastic Surgery here

Keri Nicholas, Alain Pinel Realtors here

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Menlo-Atherton Drama Presents Hairspray, the Musical , November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. Sundays. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Great for all ages, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical is piled high with laughs, romance, dancing, and songs! Buy your tickets here . More info here .

SafeSpace and Parent's Place Holiday Online Workshop Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. Join SafeSpace and Parent's Place for a special discussion on family stress around the holidays. This online workshop will explore the common stressors that families face at this time of year and strategize ways to engage the whole family for a more peaceful season. You too can "stay chill" and survive the holidays! RSVP here .  

Cub Scouts and Fire Safety Meeting Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Fire Station 1, 300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Calling all 6th- through 8th-grade students interested in scouting! Troop 222 in Menlo Park is hosting a meeting at the Firehouse. Come join us and learn about scouting at our annual fire safety meeting. Both boys and girls are invited to this event. Questions? Contact Stephanie Seeger at 650-223-3082

United States Youth Volleyball League Tuesdays and Saturdays, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto.
Registration for the spring 2019 Palo Alto program is open. Registration is open to boys and girls, 7-15. For more information regarding schedule and fees, visit us here or call us toll-free at 888-988-7985.

Winter Water Polo for Middle School Girls Mayfield 650 Water Polo Club here , based out of Palo Alto High School, was founded to get more girls to try and play water polo at an earlier age. The winter session runs from late November to mid-February. Mayfield can offer up a skill level match whether your daughter swims in a summer league or club but has never tried water polo at all, or did a season or two of water polo camps somewhere and wants to learn and scrimmage other local teams at the same time. Contact Elizabeth Blair here with questions.

Summer 2019 Italy Trip Hillview Social Studies teachers Marianne Santo and Mike Rogers will be taking students and parents on an educational tour to Italy during summer break June 2019. Thanks for all who came to the informational meeting and share our excitement for visiting Italy! If you were unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in joining us on this memorable trip, email Ms. Santo and Mr. Rogers here . We have a limited number of spots available and registration ends soon! ( Be advised, this trip is not sponsored by Hillview Middle School or by Menlo Park City School District . )

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