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This Weektop  
Monday, November 14
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office Conference Room
Wednesday, November 16
  • MPCSD Speaker Series: Parenting in the Digital Age: My Digital TAT2, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Middle PAC
  • Shopping to benefit the MPAEF - Kicks, Menlo Park
Thursday, November 17
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Hillview Middle PAC 
  • Hillview Lost and found items will be donated
  • Shopping to benefit the MPAEF - Romi Boutique, Palo Alto
Friday, November 18
  • 8th Grade Turkey Trot
Sunday, November 20 
  • Hillview Jazz Band at Farmer's Market, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Downtown Menlo Park
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Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, November 25
  • NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 30

  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview Middle PAC
Friday, December 2
  • Trimester One ends
Monday, December 5 
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview Middle PAC
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Annual Turkey Trot
The annual Turkey Trot is coming up on Friday, November 18, where our 7th and 8th grade PE students will have the opportunity to run the off-campus mile! We partner with the Menlo Park Police to ensure our students' safety as they run on our neighborhood streets. We are looking for volunteers to help with the event and donate snacks. See the signup genius linked  here to get involved! 

Cleaning Out the Closet Sale
Looking for an old style Hillview sweatshirt?  We have have some and they are on sale for only $10. We have sizes from youth large up to XXL. They come in white or blue and the numbers are limited to what we have on hand. They make a great holiday gift!

Crossing Guard 
Last Monday, November 7, our crossing guard at Valparaiso Avenue and Elder Avenue was moved to the front of school driveway on Elder Avenue. The city has committed to installing a lighted crosswalk at Valaparaiso and Elder, though it is not yet complete. In the interim, please discuss safe crossing at the intersection of Valparaiso and Elder with your children.

Lost and Found
We are coming up on the Thanksgiving break soon and just a reminder, ALL of the lost and found will be donated November 17. If you or your child is missing anything, please come by and take a look. Currently the lost and found in inside the Student Center due to the weather and the large amount of stuff we have.

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Community Survey
Hundreds of MPCSD parents still have yet to complete their community survey. Are you one of them?  We have extended the deadline to respond to December 9. Panorama will be sending a second mailing to all registered voters and emails to parents reminding them to complete the survey. 
As a reminder, in partnership with Panorama Education, the leading K-12 survey and data analytics company, all 16,000+ registered voters within the Menlo Park City School District boundaries and all parents received an invitation to participate in our first-ever community-wide online survey. Aligned to our Strategic Directions, we prioritize community input and engagement, as well as building a feedback-rich culture. The Community Survey will become an annual event as MPCSD pursues goals designed around the needs and desires of our students, staff, parents, and community. Help us get the word out. Remind your neighbors to complete their surveys. We want to hear from YOU. Questions? Contact 
Reductions and Parcel Tax Update
The numbers at a glance...
  • 2 months of discussion.
  • No less than 12 articles published in local papers.
  • 350+ attendees to 3 Board meetings and 3 public input sessions.
  • 469 online input forms submitted and read.
  • 60+ speakers during public comment.
  • 18,000 MPCSD residents invited to complete community survey.
  • 1000's of hours of staff and volunteer time.
On November 9, the MPCSD Board took into consideration all the input they have sought and received and thoughtfully debated the direction the district will take regarding how to address the district's structural deficit. The Board directed the staff to work with our strategy consultants to draft a parcel tax measure to be presented to the public in March 2017. While not a final decision, the parcel tax draft will be designed to offset the reductions closest to the student experience and maintain financial solvency in the midterm. 
The following meetings have been scheduled to further discuss the drafts and make a decision. The public is asked to attend. 
  • Thursday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. Hillview Middle PAC
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. Hillview Middle PAC
  • Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. Hillview Middle PAC
We have added a great resource on our website Structural Deficit FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions). The FAQ's will be refreshed often. Please visit our website for answers to your questions. Should you not find the answer for which you are looking, please email
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Programs & Activities Programs 

Service Club
Guest Speaker
We will be having Bruce Ives, Executive Director of LifeMoves, as a guest speaker at our Service Team Meeting during lunch on November 17. He will discuss homelessness and share what he has learned over the years through his work.    
Toiletry Kit Drive for Families at Haven House Shelter 
We will be assembling toiletry kits on the December 1 Service Team Meeting for the families living in the interim shelter at Haven House.  We would appreciate any donations for this project. Please use this Sign-Up Genius to sign up to donate supplies to make 100 kits!  You may drop off your items in the bin in the Hillview office between Friday, November 18 to Tuesday, November 22. We will be delivering these kits to Haven House, a local shelter, on December 1 after school.  
Intramural Sports 
Intramural sports continue through holiday break with indoor soccer and hockey. One side of the gym will be soccer while the other side will be hockey. All students welcome, but only a certain number can play at a time. If there is more than the limit we will rotate players on and off the court. Spectators are welcome to sit on bleachers or stage. Please no food or drink in gym.

Burgess League Volleyball
We congratulate and commend the efforts of the  6th graders who had their playoffs last Tuesday. All six teams performed  very well. Special congratulations goes to Hillview Team 3 coached  by Julie Cronin and Adam Kerr. They won the championship defeating  the undefeated Woodside Elementary Team. This Monday the 7th and  8th graders will play their final league matches with the playoffs being  played on Tuesday. We wish them all the best of luck.

Flag Football
Flag football is now officially over. All three Hillview Teams had great seasons. The 8th grade team in particular won 8 games, lost 1, and tied  2. We ask all players to please return their jerseys if they haven't already.  Jerseys can be returned to Mrs. Bell in the administration office.

Tournament Team Basketball Announcements
Both boys and girls tournament teams will play their first games of the  season this week. The boys will play on Friday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. v Palo Alto  and Saturday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. The girls will play Saturday,  November 19, 5:00 p.m. We invite the Hillview community to  come and watch support both teams. All three games will be played in the
Hillview Gym.

Burgess League and 8th grade MPMSL Basketball 
Teams  have all been formed. Practice officially starts following Thanksgiving  Break. Many teams will start practicing earlier however. If you have  questions please check with your coaches or Mr. Bell. League games will  begin in early December.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell , Athletic, Director, or 650 483-4049.  
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Shopping to Benefit the MPAEF
J oin us  Wednesday, November 16, at Kicks, 1060 Evelyn Street, Menlo Park, and on T hursday, November 17, at Romi Boutique, 624 Emerson Street, Palo Alto for a shopping event with 20% of  proceeds to benefit the MPAEF.  You can choose gift items from m&m bling, Kicks, Romi, Neoclassic Chocolates, and Flutter Eyewear to get started on your holiday shopping! Come with friends and enjoy champagne and treats, knowing that all purchases support the MPAEF.   Click  here   for more information.

Sip & Stroll on Santa Cruz Avenue
Join us for the 2nd annual Menlo Park  Taste of the Mountains  on  Saturday, December 3,   2:00 - 5:00 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.   Buy tickets for this limited space event by clicking herePlease see attached flier for more details.

Participating wineries include: Bargetto Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Byington Vineyard and Winery, House Family Vineyards, Left Bend, Mindego Ridge Vineyards, Portola Vineyards, Roudon Smith, Russian Ridge Winery, Woodside Vineyard & Wrights Station Vineyards.   Participating Santa Cruz Avenue businesses are Cheeky Monkey Toys (an MPAEF Business Partner), Menlo Hardwoods, Peabody Fine Art, Gitane, Harvest, Rococo & Taupe, and The Oriental Carpet. Stroll Santa Cruz Avenue and enjoy local wine!

Thank You to LB Steak and Cannonball Wine
LB Steak   h osted a lovely Donor Appreciation reception in mi d October. We appreciate their partnership! Please consider  supporting them as you dine out this holiday season. We would like
to once again thank Cannonball Wine Company for their generous  support of the MPAEF  by donating their delicious wine to our Donor Appreciation event and all of our new family socials.  Remember them when you are wine shopping!

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MPCSD Parent Education Series: "Parenting in the Digital Age: My Digital TAT2" 
Presenters: Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Erica Pelavin, co-founders of My Digital TAT2.
November 16, 6:30 p.m. , Hillview PAC, FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Our kids are "digital natives" - they have grown up in a world of online access and ever changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of their actions, and how to best parent them in the digital age? Come join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative discussion. Recommended for anyone interested in an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with their children. You will come away with strategies that support both you and your child. This event is free and open to the public. Free childcare available for potty trained children. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for additional information or  email.  

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The Ballad of Phineas McBoof:  N ovember 13, 2:00 p.m Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.  Palo Alto Children's Theater presents the premier of an adaption from Dr. Noize's children's book. Performances are geared toward ages 4-10 years old. Click  here  for tickets. Look for Hillview students in the cast!
'Twas the Night Before Christmas: December 4, 10, and 11, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Woodside Performing Arts Center. Dancers Repertory Theatre presents a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults. Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved. Buy your tickets here; and click here for more information.
The Nutcracker  December 2, 7:00 p.m. December 3, 4:00 p.m.,  Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College,  Dance Connection & Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble present the 18th annual production of  The Nutcracker . Dancers 7 years old and up perform in this magical holiday favorite. S earch here for the date and name of production when purchasing (Dance Connection).
Alpine Strikers Tryouts  Is your middle schooler passionate about soccer? We hope so! Alpine Strikers will be holding tryouts for the spring season starting November 11. Please go here   for dates and registration. We look forward to seeing you on the field!
Red Star Soccer Academy Tryouts  December 5 - 11,  Red Star Soccer Academy is based in Los Altos and Mountain View and fashioned after classic European and South American style soccer. We take an individualized approach, set personalized goals, track individual player's progress, and leverage progressive coaching methods to assist our athletes in reaching their full potential.  Members of the positive coaching alliance, scholarships and financial aid are available. Go  here  for tryouts for Spring Teams (boys and girls ages 7 - 15).
YMCA Basketball Clinics  December 3 , 10, and 17,  11:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and   2:00 - 4:30 p.m. 1445 Hudson St., Redwood City.  Our clinics are a great way to introduce your child to the sport or to improve on basketball knowledge, skills, technique, and confidence in a fun environment. Each clinic is limited to 10 per age group for more one-on-one attention per child. For more information please  contact JR Cabauatan  .  
Boy Scouts Troop 206 - Come See What It's All About - No Experience Necessary
Come to a Monday meeting to learn about Troop 206, a group of 40 boys from Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City and Woodside. Troop 206 offers a strong tradition of boy leadership and a varied program of fun, adventure, learning and comradeship to boys in late 5th to 12th grade. We meet three Mondays a month in Menlo Park.  Monthly outings include backpacking, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, snow camping, skiing and Camporees. Experienced adult leaders work with Scouts. No prior Scouting experience necessary. To learn more visit our website, come to a meeting, or contact Assistant Scout Master Emma Shelton, or Recruiting Committee Chair, Gail O'Connor 
Science Night at the Menlo Park Main Library : Thursday, November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  
The Menlo Park Library's third Science Night is for grade schoolers on up to adults, and will feature activities and exhibits from a number of presenters. Scheduled to appear: NorCal Bats, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, San Mateo County Astronomical Society, and the Bay Area Amphibian & Reptile Society. 
The Nutcracker Preview at the Menlo Park Main Library: Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a brief preview dress rehearsal of Western Ballet's "The Nutcracker." Seating will be on floor of library, for this special after-hours event.
Community Service Opportunities
Cub Scouts Annual Food Drive 
N ovember 15 - 18
In support of Second Harvest Food Bank, Oak Knoll Cub Scout Pack 222 is again organizing the school food drive for those in need in the community. Please bring non-perishable food to the SHFB bins on the Drop-Off Line and next to the Front Office. The most needed items are meals in a can, tuna and other canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, low sugar cereals, and fruit juices. All contributions go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank  of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
All Students Matter  February 6 - March 31, Brentwood Academy. If you've enjoyed helping in your own child's classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). This is a special project to work with low-income students. Volunteers will work in the same classroom once a week for eight weeks; the hour-long sessions will be held either at 9:45 a.m. (reading) or 11:40 a.m. (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details. You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit our website or email Keri Tully.

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