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This Weektop 
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
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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.

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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
If you haven't already done so, there is still time for YOU to make your voice heard. Please complete your Panorama survey and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same. The response deadline has been extended to December 9. You may use your original mailed survey or the additional reminder that reached homes last week. Questions? 
Reductions and Parcel Tax 
The conversation continues about how to address the district's deficit situation. Two final meetings have been scheduled to make a decision. The public is invited to attend: 
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. Hillview PAC
  • Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. Hillview PAC
For detailed responses to many questions about the district's financial situation, please use the great resource on the district website, Structural Deficit FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) here. The FAQ's will be refreshed often. Should you not find the answer for which you are looking, please email

2016 Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools
Concerned parents and community members are coming together to support the district's schools and be ready to mobilize should a parcel tax be put up for election. There will be volunteer opportunities for anyone interested! To help out, please email Stacey Wueste or complete this Volunteer Interest Form 
Save the Date: A volunteer kick-off meeting is planned forTuesday, December 67:00 - 9:00 p.m. Location TBA. By emailing Stacey or completing the Volunteer Interest Form, you will be included on the invitations to the kick-off meeting. Join other parents and community members committed to supporting our amazing schools.

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Programs & Activities Programs 

Intramural Sports 
Intramural sports continues through holiday break with indoor soccer and hockey. Spectators are welcome as long as they sit on bleachers or the stage. No food or drinks  in gym.

After School Sports Notes
Burgess League Volleyball
We ask all players  to please return jerseys to team coordinators, coaches, or the Hillview
front office as soon as possible if you haven't already. We thank those of  you who already have.

Tournament Team Basketball Announcements
Both boys and girls tournament teams continue to play games this week.  They will both play Ralston at Hillview on Monday, November 28. The  Hillview community is invited to attend and support your fellow Hawks.  The girls will play at 4:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 5:30 p.m.

Burgess League and 8th grade MPMSL Basketball 
Teams  have been formed. Practice officially starts Monday, November 29. Players should check with coaches if they are not sure when practice is. Game schedules are now available online here for the 6th and 7th graders. The 8th grade schedule will be available this week with coaches and will be posted on the PTO website Sunday, December 4. Games for the 6th grade boys will be Wednesday, December 7, games for the 7th grade girls Thursday, December 8, and for the 7th grade boys Friday, December 9.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell Athletic Director or 650-483-4049.  
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Giving Tuesday 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 !

Click Once Before You Shop
Have you started your holiday shopping list? Thinking about getting away or visiting family over the holiday break?  Make MPAEF's shopping portal your first stop when shopping online. You can help us earn money for our schools when you shop. It's just one click away and there's no registration necessary. Here's how you can support our schools by shopping at your favorite online  merchants:

1. Click on your favorite merchant   
2. Shop and pay for items as you normally would
3. Earn up to 10% of your purchase for our schools! 

We have more than 80 great merchants including Amazon, Target, iTunes, Staples, Nordstrom, and many more. We don't collect any personally identifiable information, no new IDs or passwords to remember.

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Children's Holiday Tea  December 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Please join the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park for their annual Children's Holiday Tea at the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Individual seats are $40. A table of 10 seats is $380. All proceeds benefit Holbrook-Palmer Park. Please visit  here  to purchase your seats.
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. at  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.

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 ages 6-18. Look  here  for more information and to register. If you are a returning family, use your existing email to log in.

United States Youth Volleyball League, Palo Alto  Our eight-week instructional league is designed for boys and girls ages 7-15 looking to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. Discounts available for early registration until December 1  here.

Alpine Strikers Needs 2004 Boys  Alpine Strikers FC 2004 Boys soccer team is looking for a few more players to round out its rosters. Field players and goalies are welcome. Players must be born in 2004. Please contact the age group coordinator, Miles Keep,  for more info.   

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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