In This Issue
Cold/Flu Stay-Home
Increase Immunity
Hillview Television
Yearbook Photos

Video-Speaker Series
Sold Out "Option B"
Early Learning Program

Audition Spring Musical
Music Happenings
Toiletry Kit Donation
Volleyball Results
Basketball Teams

Canned Food Drive

Giving Tuesday 
Wine Walk

Wed. Noon Deadline
Q uick Links

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Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24
  • Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 27
  • No School - Staff Work Day
Looking Ahead LookingAhead

Tuesday, November 28
  • Giving Tuesday - #GivingTuesday
Monday, December 4
  • Menlo Park Wine Walk, Benefit Our Schools, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5
  • Auditions for Hillview Drama Spring Musical, Beauty and the Beast, after school, sign-up online
Wednesday, December 6
  • Dance Auditions for Hillview Drama Spring Musical, Beauty and the Beast, after school
  • Hillview Orchestra 2, San Francisco City Hall Holiday Concert, 12 noon, free
Thursday, December 7
  • Callbacks for Hillview Drama Spring Musical, Beauty and the Beast, after school
Monday, December 4 - Friday December 8
  • Hillview First Trimester Report Cards, mailed home

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Stay Home Guidelines - Flu and Cold Season
To help keep our students and staff healthy during cold and flu season, we ask you to report all illnesses and to keep your children home when they are sick.
Your child needs to stay at home when he/she has:
  • Any contagious disease
  • Nausea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Temperature over 100 degrees F. Temperature needs to be normal for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Frequent coughing or very runny nose
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Sore throat
  • Severe headache
  • Skin rash - All rashes must be diagnosed by a doctor
  • Open sores, unless the area can be covered with a dressing
  • Earache, toothache or other severe pain
If your child displays any of the above symptoms, or if a communicable disease has been confirmed, report it to the school office right away and keep your child home until they are no longer contagious.

Hillview realizes that helping us to maintain a safe classroom takes a certain amount of effort and diligence on your part, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe, healthy environment for all of our students.

Ramping up your Immune System and Environmental Defenses 
with the following suggestions:
  • Remind children to wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol hand cleaner, and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Get a flu vaccine. San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.
  • Drink lots of water (8 glasses is a good target).
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your house regularly using a bleach-based household cleaner, as directed on the product label.
Flu information here

HVTV Hillview Television
Our latest episode of HVTV is now online for viewing. Parents, enjoy Hillview's national award- winning, student produced newscasts featuring stories made by students....for students, but parents can enjoy too! Our Vimeo channel is here Thanks for your support!

Yearbook Photos 
The Hillview yearbook team is looking for action photos of Hillview students doing sports outside of Hillview-sponsored activities. Send us photos of your student ice skating, dancing, playing soccer, skiing, sailing, and all other sports. Send to Amy Kingsley here, with  "outside of school sports" in the subject line.

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
Video of "Anxiety and Depression in Teenagers"
If you missed the talk by Jacob Towery on anxiety and depression in teenagers, the video is now available on the MPCSD Parent Education website  here.

"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy"
Sheryl Sandberg, Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. Sold out, waitlist open. 
Join the wait list, by using the link in the email you received. Click the Details button to join the waitlist. If seats become available, they will be offered in chronological order of date/time you joined the waitlist. I f you are a ticket holder and can no longer attend, please use your original Eventbrite link to release your tickets. If you no longer have your invitation and wish to release tickets, email Kate Kennedy  here More details at the Speaker Series website

Community Input - MPCSD Plan Early Learning Program
We are looking for community input as we shape the Early Learning Program. Share your thoughts on what you value in an early learning program, whether you have young children at home now, or have insight from when your children were preschool age, complete our survey
We value ideas from the community and want to hear from as many parents as possible. The district new Early Learning Program is opening Fall 2018. Read the article in our recent district newsletter  here

MPCSD Early Learning Survey in English  here and  in Spanish  here. Thank you for your input!

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Programs & Activities Programs 

Auditions for Hillview Drama Spring Musical, Beauty and the Beast
December 4 and 5, after school. Dance auditions will be held on December 6, after school, and callbacks, December 7. You will find more information about what to prepare for your audition, tips to make your audition more successful and details about the schedule here. The sign-up document can be accessed here too!

Dance and Cheerleading Spirit Squad
Practices - Wednesdays, December 6 - March 7, 2:35 - 3:35 p.m., Fitness Room. We are looking for enthusiastic students to join the team! Students will represent Hillview! You will learn dance and cheer technique, stunts, sideline cheers, and pom pom routines. Students will perform at various school events, basketball games, and Hillview's annual Dance Show on March 1- 3, 2018. Register and find more information here.  Questions to Katie DeAnda here .

Hillview Holiday Music Happenings
  • Hillview Orchestra 2, San Francisco City Hall Holiday Concert, 12 noon, free 
  • Hillview at "Holidays at Filoli," Friday, December 8, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m., ticket purchase here.
  • Joint Jazz Concert with Hillview, La Entrada & Stanford Jazz Workshop's Giant Steps Middle School Band, December 13. 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC, free
  • Winter Music Concert featuring all HV Ensembles, December 20, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Service Team
Toiletry Kit Drive
Monday, November 27 - Tuesday, December 5, drop-off at Hillview office. We will be assembling toiletry kits for the individuals and families living in the interim CityTeam Shelters,a non-profit serving the homeless in the Bay area. We would appreciate any donations of travel sized toiletries for this project. Sign-up here to donate supplies to make 100 kits! You may drop off your items in the bin in the Hillview office.

After-School Sports
Girls Volleyball  
8th-grade teams had playoffs Monday, November 13. The matches were exciting and fun to watch. In the 2nd tier, after a very close Hillview v. Hillview match, the winner played a La Entrada team in the finals. Hillview 3 coached by Erin Stevenson and Kris Swanson were the 2nd tier champs. In the top tier, three of the four top teams were Hillview. The 4th-seeded Hillview team coached by Joe Nootbar, Sawyer Jones, and Gabby Rubio ended up as league champs!

The 6th grade girls team coached by Heather Buch won the Playoff Championship in an exciting 3 game match!

We congratulate all Hillview Teams and thank coaches for their efforts.
Volleyball players - return jerseys immediately to the Hillview front office or to their coaches.

After-school basketball teams have now been formed. Practices officially begin the week of November 20. We expect players to attend practice regularly. There will be two league games for 6th- and 7th-grade teams and one game for 8th-grade teams before winter break.

The 7th-grade girls' teams have room for a couple of players. Players of all grade levels who missed early sign-ups can join the waiting list here.

Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports.  Refund deadline for After-School Basketball has passed. There are no more refunds. We thank you for understanding.

For more information regarding these programs, click  here to contact Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049 or here to contact Matt Ericksen, PTO Registration Coordinator.

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Giving Tuesday 
Tuesday, November 28 #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving when individuals, charities, families and businesses come together to give back and encourage charitable giving after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Celebrate this global day of charity by giving back to your child's wonderful school!

Online Shop for Black Friday = $ For Our Schools
Friday, November 24, the largest online shopping day of the year! Find great deals for the holidays at retailers like Bloomingdale's, Amazon, Nike, Lego, Athleta, Toys R Us, Old Navy and more!  Every time you shop at one of these partners, they will give up to 8% back to Menlo Park Schools! Visit the MPAEF Shop here to see our full list of 80+ retailers. You need to click through our site here to count!

Wine Walk to Benefit Our Schools!
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Menlo Park Wine Walk to Benefit Our Schools!

Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries are coming to downtown Menlo Park! Purchase your advance tickets 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 Ave. Enjoy a special holiday afternoon with your friends and family while wine tasting, strolling, and shopping! Bottles will also be available for purchase at the event.

Advance tickets are only $49, tickets at the door are $55. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools. Get more details and buy  tickets here .

Thank you to our Business and Realtor Partners!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to our many business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

W. L. Butler Construction, Inc. 

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M-A News

M-A Canned Food Drive
M-A is a leader in public school canned food drives in the US, collecting over 238,000 pounds of food last year. This year the goal is 250,000 pounds of food. Let's join together to fight hunger by bringing canned food to M-A students at local grocery stores for the  M-A Canned Food Drive.  Contact Menlo-Atherton ASB here  for making a direct donation and for more information.

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Movie Night Arranged, November 28, 6:30 p.m., Menlo Park Library will present a free screening of the award-winning film about two young women of different religions who, as they become friends, discover that they are both going through arranged marriages. 

Holiday Tree Lighting December 1, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Fremont Park. The City of Menlo Park invites you to its fifth annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. Enjoy live entertainment from digital artist Jeremy Sutton and music by the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, free hot cocoa, a visit by Santa and his elves and Mayor Kirsten Keith lighting the holiday tree. The event is free and will occur rain or shine.

It's a Wonderful Nutcracker December 8 - 10 and 15 - 17, M-A PAC. Blended with the storyline of the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, Menlowe Ballet's production is set in the 1940s and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker. Your family will experience surprising twists on both stories and a heartfelt message that giving and receiving 'presents' is just part of what makes the holidays wonderful. Hillview performers include Katherine McLaughlin and Joanna Parks. Tickets available here.

Dance Connection Presents The Nutcracker December 1, 2; Smithwick Theater, Foothill College. It's a Bay Area tradition to celebrate the holiday season with an outing to see The Nutcracker. One very special Peninsula production features 103 young girls and boys (6 years to young adults) from several cities along the peninsula. Purchase tickets online here in advance.  

Dancers Repertory Theatre Presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
December 3, 9, 10; Woodside Performing Arts Center. This dance-theatre event includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults. We are pleased to announce that MPCSD's Brigid Cutright, Maia Goel, Madison Golbon, Marta Mordec, and Carolyn Sanie will be performing this season. All seats are reserved; get tickets here.

Restless Legs Syndrome Study, Stanford Sleep Medicine Center
Does your adolescent, age 13-17, have Restless Legs Syndrome? If so, he or she may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial of an investigational medication. Participants will receive extensive sleep evaluation and reimbursement. For more information, please call Polina Davidenko at (650) 721-7552.

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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 Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . 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.

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