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Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, November 25
  • NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 29
  • Chorus Fall Concert, 7 - 9 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, November 30
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, December 2
  • Trimester One ends
Monday, December 5 
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, December 12 to Friday, December 16
  • ASB Spirit Week

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Hillview Dance and Cheerleading Spirit Squad 
If you have spirit for our number one school, Hillview, then this team is for you! The Dance and Cheerleading Spirit Squad is looking for enthusiastic students to join the team.  Students will represent Hillview and learn dance and cheer technique, stunts, sideline cheers, and pom pom routines while refining performance skills.  Student informational meeting on December 1, at lunch in the Fitness Room. 
Practices are Tuesdays from  3:15 - 4:15 p.m.,  in the Fitness Room,  from  December 6  March 7 . No practice during winter break or on February 21.  Performance / Game information will follow, but most games will be on Tuesdays. Registration  at Sportability Registration closes on January 17.  Registration Fee - $120, no refunds after  December 6 Students will attend one practice a week and perform at various school events, basketball games, and Hillview's annual  Dance  Show on  March 2,  3, and 4.  A minimum of 10 registered students are needed to offer the program.  If not enough students register, the program will not be offered.   Questions contact  Katie DeAnda.

Library News
Bonus Book Week!  Students may check out an extra two books this week, for a maximum of six books, so long as their accounts are clear (no overdue books or no fines). Remember that we also have eBooks and audiobooks available on OverDrive, as well as Kindles for checkout! 

Family Audiobooks Check out the library blog  for suggestions of f amily audiobooks  the whole family can enjoy!

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The Online Directory is Coming!
We're finally putting the student directory online this year!  The directory team is working on final details for the database and, more importantly, secure access to it. Each parent and guardian in the district will be given an account on the MPCSD site through which they can access the directory information securely.  Accounts will be established using the email address on file from registering your students with the district.  Stay tuned for more information sent directly from the District IT Department (or SchoolWires) about your new account and how to sign in.

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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. 
  • 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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Toiletry Kit Drive for Families at Haven House Shelter  
We will be assembling toiletry kits at 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 until Tuesday, November 22. We will be delivering these kits to Haven House, a local shelter, on December 1 after school.  
Intramural Sports 
Due to Thanksgiving break there will be no intramural sports next week. The program will continue on Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1, following Thanksgiving. 

After School Sports Notes
Burgess League Volleyball
Volleyball season officially concluded this week. We thank and congratulate all players, coaches, and families for a great season . All six teams performed  very well. T he 7th and  8th graders just finished this past week. We ask all players to please return jerseys to team coordinators, coaches, or the Hillview front office as soon as possible.

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 Mr. Bell in the administration office.

Tournament Team Basketball Announcements
Both boys and girls tournament teams will continue to play games  this week. The boys will play Terman Middle School this Monday, November 21 at Hillview. The girls will play Monday, November 21 at Bret Hart in San Jose.

Burgess League and 8th grade MPMSL Basketball 
Teams  have all been formed. Practice officially starts following Thanksgiving  Break. Many teams are practicing this week however. If you have  questions please check with your coaches or Mr. Bell. League games will  begin in early December for 6th and 7th graders. 8th graders will begin December 19.  Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell Athletic Director or 650-483-4049.  
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GivingTuesday on November 29
$25 Gift to Support Our Schools
On  November 29, global charities, families, and businesses come together to support #GivingTuesday - a global day dedicated to giving back and encouraging charitable giving  after Black  Friday and Cyber  Monday.  
Please join these efforts by making a $25 gift to the MPAEF.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 on #GivingTuesday. Planned gifts, stock gifts and contributions of all sizes are welcome to help our school s . Thank you!

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.   Please 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. 
Buy tickets for this limited space event by   clicking  here
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 !

Shopping to Benefit the MPAEF 
Thank you to m&m Bling, Kicks and Romi Boutique for hosting a lovely shopping event to benefit the MPAEF. It was a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping and it was very generous of these local businesses to give the MPAEF 20% of proceeds. Thanks also to Neoclassic Chocolates and Flutter Eyewear for their support at the event. 

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'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!. Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved. Buy your tickets here; and for more information here
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. Tickets on sale now. S earch for the date and name of production when purchasing (Dance Connection).

It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!  M-A PAC,  December 9 - 11  and 16 - 18.  Menlowe Ballet presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet,  It's a Wonderful Nutcracker .  With all the magic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won't want to miss! Tickets are available here

Breakfast With Santa  December 3 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. ; Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Join us for a pancake breakfast, children's crafts, and Santa Claus! $7 for adults; $5 for children; and $1 off with the donation of an unwrapped toy for the Fire Fighter Toy Drive. Make required reservations  here . For more information.

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  .  

Menlo-Atherton Little League 2017 Spring Season: Registration is Open!!
M-ALL is offering seven playing divisions to players age 5 to 13:
  • T-Ball (minimum of age 5 as of August 31, 2017); Coach Pitch (advanced T-Ball)
  • Single A (machine pitch); Double A (advanced machine pitch)
  • Triple A (player-pitch); Minors; Majors
  • 50/70: Generating interest list. Please email  by December 11 for more information

We are also registering YOUTH UMPIRES age 12-17 as of April 30, 2017. The M-ALL also offers a Challenger Division for special needs players age 6-18. Look here for more information and to register. If you are a returning family, use your existing email to log in.

Community Service Opportunities

  Fit Kids A volunteer opportunity for kids ages 13 and older with a great local non profit called 
Fit Kids . It is called the Jr. Coach Program and kids can help run our fun fitness classes for at-risk children after school with our other paid coaches. More information on the program is here .

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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.

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