In This Issue
Air Quality
Expect Respect
Medication at School
Walk To School Survey
Science Volunteers

The Lunchmaster

New Audiobooks! 
Basketball News 
Service Team 

Wine Walk
Good Egg

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, November 19
  • School Open - Regular Hours
Tuesday, November 20
  • School Open - Regular Hours
Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 26
  • No School - Staff Development Day
Tuesday, November 27
  • #GivingTuesday here to the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching
Wednesday, November 28
  • Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
Thursday, November 30 
  • Expect Respect Workshop, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., PAC
Saturday, December 1 
  • Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Downtown Menlo Park
Friday, December 7
  • 7/8 Winter Semi-Formal Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., PAC

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Air Quality and Student Safety
Please know that your child's safety is always our number one priority. Due to the poor air quality, we have been regularly monitoring data through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Air Now. Our practice is that once the Air Quality Index (AQI) gets above the low range of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (this range is 101 - 150 AQI), we move to our Shelter in Place protocol, which means no outdoor activity. We also advise our students to come to the office if they are not feeling well. It's important to note the official advisory for the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups: Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit outdoor exertion . When we reach the Unhealthy range, the advisory changes to say that the same group should avoid  prolonged outdoor exertion , and that furthermore, everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion .

This past week has been tough, but our teachers and the students have been troopers. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered loss as a result of the fires raging in California.

Refer to Superintendent Burmeister's November 16 communication   here on MPCSD's position on conducting school during times of poor air quality. School will be open on Monday,  November 19  and Tuesday, November 20, unless otherwise announced.

Expect Respect Workshop
Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the PAC.  Hillview is looking for 35 great student leaders to help drive the next school culture initiative. If you have great ideas to help improve the school, a desire to lend a helping hand, a passion for doing good, or all of the above, check in with Mr. Chui before Friday, November 30 to sign up for the Expect Respect Workshop. 

Medication at School
If your student carries or requires any medication (including over-the counter) at school, medication authorization from your student's health care provider is required.  Forms may be printed from the district website here  or you can email Nancy McMahon here  for the necessary forms.  

Walk to School Day 2018 Survey
Survey deadline is November 19.  Thank you for your wonderful participation in Walk to School Day 2018. Due to 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 and 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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The Lunchmaster Menu 
The December menu will be available on November 25  here.

Holiday Message from The LunchMaster
Don't spoil your holiday! Following a few simple best practices can help you and your guests from contracting food poisoning on Thanksgiving. Visit  here to read about tips on food safety from the USDA. Learn how to safely thaw your turkey, keep your kitchen clean, prevent cross-contamination, cook food to proper temperatures, and how to store any leftovers. Keep memories of Thanksgiving to what matters most--family, good food, and gratitude. 

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Hillview Library
New Audiobooks!
Thanks to a generous donation from the PTO, we just added 24 books to our OverDrive digital collection! These are GREAT for long drives. Details and directions can be found on the slideshow here. Still have elementary schoolers in the car with you? Check out the library website for a list of family-friendly audiobooks here.

If your student gets bored over Thanksgiving break, remind them that they can check out up to five items (eBooks and audiobooks) on OverDrive using virtually any device, computer or dedicated eReader. The password is six digits, starting with 62 and ending with their iPad passcode. We are happy to help with the OverDrive and Sora apps!

Hillview After-School Sports
Thank you to everyone who came out for our basketball evaluations. A huge  thank-you to everyone who offered to help coach a team this year. Thank you  also to the many people who helped recruit our coaches. We ended up with a  great group of coaches that you will enjoy heading your teams.

A Special Thank You also to the people who helped run this event for us - Jeff Bell,  Mary Briot, Art Weil, and Harry Bell. Without their support this weekend would not  have been possible.

Teams should have made contact with players and informed them of practice schedules. Practice schedules will change or may be canceled over the holiday break. Refer to your coaches for what those schedule changes will be.

League Games will be starting the week of December 3 for 6th-grade boys  and girls and 7th-grade boys. Games will start the following week for 7/8th-grade  girls and 8th-grade boys. 
Go Hawks!

Hillview Service Team
Join Us at the Service Team Meeting
Wednesday, November 28 during lunchtime. Learn how we can help our local homeless community, assemble toiletry kits to donate, and brainstorm how we can help California fire victims .

Thank you to all of the students who donated their leftover candy for Operation Gratitude! 

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Sip Wine and Support Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools!

Don't miss this fun event - a great way to gather with friends and neighbors, sip wine and support our schools. Check in at Fremont Park - and then kick off the holiday season and enjoy a fun, sunny afternoon of tasting, strolling and shopping. Purchase a bottle from your favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Winery and then stay downtown to enjoy over dinner. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview Schools.

Visit here for more details and to purchase $49 advance tickets.

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is November 27

#GivingTuesday here 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 on #Giving Tuesday!

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

Good Food and Good For Our Schools  Win a locally baked pie for our teachers if 3 new families join the fundraiser this week.

With just 2 weeks left of the school fundraiser, now is the time to join! And if you're already a Good Eggs customer, share our school code with family and friends to help us earn pie for our teachers.

Order must be placed between November 19 and November 25 to qualify.

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


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!
Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors here

Pacific Union International here

Peninsula Pet Hospital here

Personify here

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Menlo-Atherton Drama Presents Hairspray, the Musical , Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. 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 .

Bear Bash High School Girls Wrestling Tournament Saturday, November 24, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m., M-A High School Ayers Gym, 555 Middlefield Road. Come see some of the best female high school wrestlers in California. Hosted by the Menlo-Atherton HS Girls Wrestling Team, one of the top five girls wrestling teams in California. Tickets at the door: $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors. Concession food available. More information here.

Card Making and Design Workshop with Tiny Prints founder on Tuesday, December 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Join the girls empowerment nonprofit Object for a conversation with Tiny Prints Laura Ching and its first card designer, Kirby Woodson. They will chat with the girls about their careers, the role of confidence in their success and mingle with them over food. They will lead an activity brainstorming and designing holiday cards. Girls in grades 3-10 can sign up here.

See Students Perform The Nutcracker! Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the Bay Area's most family-friendly Nutcracker performance at the historic Ballet America's show has it all: professional dancers alongside 100 local performers including MPCSD students. Tickets are available here.

Menlowe Ballet It's a Wonderful Nutcracker! December 14-16 and 21-23, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Blends the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra's 1940's iconic film, "It's a Wonderful Life." This production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, whimsy, and original blending of these two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet's humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel appears. Congratulations to MPCSD students who are performing! Tickets available here.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions Saturday, January 12 The Boys Chorus offers exceptional musical training and amazing performance opportunities. The boys in the Chorus tell us how much they enjoy singing and making friends. Parents appreciate the positive effects the Chorus has - building their sons' self-confidence, making them feel special, and being part of the Chorus team. Boys in Pre-School to age 12. Sign up online here to audition.

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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