In This Issue
Student Survey
Air Quality Policy
Expect Respect
Medication at School
Science Volunteers

The Lunchmaster

Winter Classes
New Audiobooks! 
Basketball News 
Service Team 

Wine Walk
Good Egg

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, November 26
  • No School - Staff Development Day
  • The Lunchmaster December Menu available here
Tuesday, November 27
  • Trimester Two Begins
  • Panorama SEL Survey
  • #GivingTuesday here to the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching
Wednesday, November 28
  • Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
Thursday, November 29
  • Student Survey on Walking/Biking here
Friday, 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
Tuesday, December 11
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview Office
Tuesday, December 18
  • Hillview Music Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m., PAC
Friday, December 21
  • Minimum Day - Dismissal 11:45 a.m.
Monday, December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • No School - Winter Break
Monday, January 7, 2019
  • No School - Teacher Work Day

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

  • No School - Staff Collaboratively Developed PD Day

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Student Survey - Biking and Walking to School
We are asking all students to fill out a survey that Hillview is conducting on walking or biking to and from school. The survey here has ten quick questions for students about how you got to and from school on November 28 and 29. We are hoping that students complete the survey (easy!) by the end of Thursday, November 29.

Policy on Air Quality and Student Safety
Hillview uses data through Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Air Now. Our practice is to operate under Shelter in Place protocol - no outdoor activity - when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is in the low range of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101 - 150 AQI.) We also advise our students to come to the office if they are not feeling well. 

The official advisory for the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Active Children and Adults, and People with Respiratory Disease, such as asthma) is that this group should limit outdoor exertion . When the Unhealthy range is reached, the advisory changes to say that the same group should  avoid  prolonged outdoor exertion , and that all others,  especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion .

Refer to Superintendent Burmeister's November 16 communication   here on MPCSD's position on conducting school during times of poor air quality. 

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.  

Parent Volunteers for Science Project
Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., or any part thereof. Your job: provide feedback to students on their Follow the Heat project insulator inventions. We are open to the entire community of Hillview parents. Contact Julie Hilborn here for more information.

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The Lunchmaster Menu 
The December menu will be available on November 26  here.

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Hillview After-School Programs
The following after-school programs are now open for Winter registration:

Lacrosse, offered by Matt Bond from SixFifty Lacrosse
As a follow-up to our fun and successful Fall After-School Class program at Hillview, SixFifty is thrilled to announce the 6th year of our Winter After-School class. Open to all students between 5th and 8th grades, this class will be held once a week on Mondays beginning December 10. Registration available here.

Winter Conditioning Program, offered by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT
The Stella Fit Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program is for kids who would like to keep up their conditioning or improve their conditioning over the winter months. This program will help improve running endurance, speed, quickness, strength, and balance. We will be doing running drills on the track, along with foundational mobility, strength, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine. More information and register here.

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 have made contact with players and provided 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 it 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


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Community Newscommunitynews
Card Making and Design Workshop with Tiny Prints founder on Saturday, 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 .

West Bay Model Railroad Holiday Train Show Saturday, December 1, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 1:00 - 8:00 p.m., Menlo Park CalTrain Station near Ravenswood Avenue. Watch trains run on a scenic two-level layout while club members answer your questions. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Bonus: The CalTrain Holiday Train arrives in Menlo Park at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday. More information here or call 650-322-0685.

Dancers Repertory Theatre's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas December 2, and 8-9, Woodside Performing Arts Center This delightful dance production following the famous Clement C. Moore poem. With dancing mice, prancing reindeer and a bag of toys that all come to life, it is guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit to all! This lively and colorful holiday show with a cast of 85+ dancers entertains all ages. Congratulations to MPCSD students who are performing! Tickets available here.

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund Teens Open House Sunday, December 2, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-Redwood Shores, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 103, Redwood City. SV2 here, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, an organization committed to teaching effective giving and investing in innovative social ventures, offers a fun and exciting program to engage teenagers (grades 7 - 12) in social impact. More information and register here or contact Lucinda Brommersma 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 that 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.

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