In This Issue
Student Voice 
SEL Survey

Order Hot Lunch

Safe Routes Speaker Series 
Anxiety in Children

Makerspace Donations
Hillview STEM Fair
Basketball Tryouts
Service Team 

Wine Walk
Good Egg

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

 Sunday, November 4
  • Order The LunchMaster for November here
Monday, November 5
  • Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Drive, Bins in Front Office, November 5 - November 8 

Wednesday, November 7 

  • Hillview STEM Fair First Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC (Students do not have to be registered to attend)
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series - Documentary and Panel, "ANGST: Raising Awareness about Anxiety," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC  
Thursday, November 8
  • Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
Saturday, November 10
  • Boys Basketball Evaluations, Time and Location in Programs and Activities here
  • Hillview STEM Fair Registration Closes
Sunday, November 11
  • Girls Basketball Evaluations, Time and Location in Programs and Activities here
Monday, November 12
  • No School, Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 13
  • AMC 8 Math Contest, 3:15 - 4:10 p.m., Room G2, Hillview
  • Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office Large Conference room
  • School Board, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC,  181 Encinal Avenue,  Atherton

Wednesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 15

  • Turkey Trot, during PE 
Friday, November 16
  • Social Emotional Learning Survey
  • End of First Trimester
Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 26
  • No School - Staff Development Day

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Students Voice Your Opinions on MP Recreation Spaces
Tuesday, November 13, lunchtime, PAC. Have you ever wanted to provide input on Menlo Park's recreation spaces? Interested in what the city will look like in 10 years? Now is your chance. All students are welcome to come to the PAC at lunch on November 13 to meet with the city's Parks and Recreation department to talk about what kind of recreational spaces, parks, and fields you think the city should build. All students are welcome! Contact Danny Chui here for more information.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey
Friday, November 16. This year, all MPCSD grades 5 - 8 students are invited to complete a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey. The results from these surveys help us understand how our schools and programs are supporting student wellness in the aggregate so we can adapt and improve our programs.  If you would like more information or would like to opt your child out of the survey, please complete the form attached here and return it to the Hillview office as soon as possible. To preview the survey please click here.

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Time To Order Hot Lunch
The LunchMaster menu is re ady for November orders here Menus become ready for ordering the 4th week of the month.

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MPCSD Community Meetings
Safe Routes to School 
A city-wide Safe Routes to School program that aims to make travel
fun and easier for families to walk and bike to school while improving health, well-being, and safety.   Join one of the upcoming meetings that are drop-in style with a brief presentation at 7:00 p.m. Materials will be provided in both English and Spanish. A Spanish interpreter is available on Wednesday. There will be light refreshments and activities for children.

Come participate:
  • Find out more about the  city-wide program
  • Brainstorm projects and activities that you would like to see at your schools
  • Help make walking and riding a bike to school feel safe and comfortable for Menlo Park residents 
Meeting opportunities:
  • Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.,Hillview Middle School Library, 1100 Elder Avenue
  • Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Avenue
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series  
An amazing line-up this year! Upcoming speakers include Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO, Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School. Event descriptions schedule are here. Join us for our next event:

"ANGST: Raising Awareness About Anxiety"
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. A documentary and panel, Anxiety in our Children. This 56-minute film explores anxiety - its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. After the film, stay for a panel discussion with MPCSD counselors and wellness staff, moderated by our Superintendent, Erik Burmeister. This film is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

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Lunchtime Clubs
Makerspace Club - Donations Needed
If you have old Legos not in use at home, consider donating them to Hillview Makerspace Club. Bring donations to the art room, B2. Questions? Contact Ms. Kogan here.

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Hillview STEM Fair
Encourage your student to participate! Last year there were over 100 students who participated in the Hillview STEM Fair with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!
  • Wednesday, November 7, first meeting, lunchtime, in the PAC. Students do not have to be registered to attend.
  • Registration closes on Saturday, November 10
  • Students can earn up to 10 Block H points!
  • STEM Fair will be held January 31, 2019 
  • STEM Fair support meetings will be available until the fair.
Questions? Students can see Mr. Espinoza  Mr. Ritter , Ms. Hilborn , or Mr. Green .
Hillview After-School Sports
Registration is now closed. We had a great response to basketball registration. If you have not signed up, but your student would like to participate, contact Huck Hunt, athletic director immediately  here

If you were notified by Sportability or Mr. Hunt that your student has been moved off the waitlist, go back and complete the registration.  

We need a few more volunteer coaches for 6th- and 7th-grade boys. If you have not coached before and are worried about a lack of experience, we have created a Coach Handbook this year which will help with setting up a practice schedule, game planning, and we will pair you with an experienced coach.

Mandatory Player Evaluation and Team Selection at Hillview Gym
Saturday, November 10
6th-grade boys, 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.
7th-grade boys, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
8th-grade boys, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Sunday, November 11
6th-grade girls, 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.
7th-grade girls, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
8th-grade girls, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Practice starts the week of November 12. The coach will contact players' parents after the evaluation and team selection is completed. 

Hillview Service Team
Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Drive
Monday, November 5 - Thursday, November 8, collection bin in the office. If your student collects more Halloween candy than you know what to do with, we have an answer! Drop extra candy in a bin in the office and we will send a candy care package to our troops serving overseas. At our service team meeting on Thursday, November 8, we will be making cards to be sent with the candy that is collected (no powder candy.)

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Thank You for the Strong Start to the 2018-2019 Fundraising Year!

We would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all families who donated to the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign so far this fall. We have had a very strong start to our fundraising this year - raising almost $3.3M in donations and pledges as of this week (95% of our APC fundraising goal, with 63% of district households participating.)   

A big thank you as well to the many families that supported our first Dine Out event of the year. Be on the lookout for more fun MPAEF-sponsored events here, such as Wine Walk, Auction, and Schoolhouse Rocks here.

We know the shorter campaign period might have made it harder for some of you to donate, so if you have not had time to donate or pledge yet, click here. Every dollar helps get us closer to our $3.7 million grant.

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 talking, 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.

Here are more details and to purchase $49 advance tickets.

Good Food and Good For Our Schools - Offer from Good Eggs
Get entered to win a Good Eggs Tour of the Ferry Building!
Five families across all participating schools will be chosen to win 10 gift cards to Good Eggs producers in the Ferry Building, a $100 value.

All month long during October and 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!
Michael Repka and Ken Deleon, Deleon Realty here  
Alain Pinel Realtors here

Mary Giles, Alain Pinel Realtors  here


Supple Homes here
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Vote! Vote! Vote!  Three days to go, so find your Mail-in Ballot, fill it out, and put it in the mail by end-of-day on Tuesday, November 6. Need help? Take advantage of the League of Women Voters' resources. Visit LWV's site here   or Voters Edge here . Questions about the LWV? email here

SafeSpace and Parent's Place Holiday Online Workshop Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. Join SafeSpace and Parent's Place for a special discussion on family stress around the holidays. This online workshop will explore the common stressors that families face at this time of year and strategize ways to engage the whole family for a more peaceful season. You too can "stay chill" and survive the holidays! Please RSVP here

Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls "A Conversation with author Katherine Applegate," hereSaturday, November 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Applegate is the New York Times bestselling author of over 150 books including Wishtree, and the Endling Series. In 2013, The One and Only Ivan won the Newbery Medal, given out by the American Literary Association, for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Katherine will talk about her life as an author, the role of confidence in her success, and mingle with girls over food. Girls can sign up at Object, which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls.

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