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Thursday, November 10
  • Deadline to register for Hillview Science Fair
Friday, November 11
  • NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day
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Monday, November 14
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office Conference Room
Wednesday, November 9
  • MPCSD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, November 16
  • MPCSD Speaker Series: Parenting in the Digital Age: My Digital TAT2 , 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, November 20
  • Hillview Jazz Band at Farmer's Market, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Downtown Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, November 25
  • NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving
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The Annual PE Turkey Trot
The annual Turkey Trot is coming up on Friday, November 18, where our 7th and 8th grade PE students will have the opportunity to run the off-campus mile! We partner with the Menlo Park Police to ensure our students' safety as they run on our neighborhood streets. We are looking for volunteers to help with the event and donate snacks.  See the signup genius linked  here to get involved! 

Cleaning Out the Closet Sale
Looking for an old style Hillview sweatshirt?  We have have some and they are on sale for only $10. We have sizes from youth large up to XXL. They come in white or blue and the numbers are limited to what we have on hand. They make a great holiday gift!

Crossing Guard 
Beginning on Monday, November 7, our crossing guard at Valparaiso Ave. and Elder Ave. will be moved to our front of school driveway on Elder Ave. The city has committed to installing a lighted crosswalk at Valaparaiso and Elder, though it is not yet complete. In the interim, please discuss safe crossing at the intersection of Valparaiso and Elder with your children.

Lost and Found
We are coming up on the Thanksgiving break soon and just a reminder, ALL of the lost and found will be donated November 17. If you or your child is missing anything, please come by and take a look. Currently the lost and found in inside the Student Center due to the weather and the large amount of stuff we have.

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School Board Election - Please Vote!

"This is the most consequential election for school board in Menlo Park history."
- Erik Burmeister, Asst. Superintendent, 10/26/16
Hillview PTO General Meeting Q&A
This is a special message from the  Hillview PTO. Please educate yourself and vote in this November's election for the two open positions for The Menlo Park City School District Board.
This board will have a great deal of influence over the resolution of the district's structural deficit and the outcome of any potential parcel tax measure. These individual board members will impact the tenor of and priorities for the working relationship with MPCSD's leadership, teachers, and staff. The importance of this election cannot be overstated.
Please take the time necessary to visit each candidate's website and familiarize yourself with his or her positions before you vote by  November 8 (note that Scott Hinshaw has withdrawn from the race, even though his name still appears on the ballot): 
Be informed. Spread the word. Vote.
School Board to Discuss Budget Cuts and Parcel Tax this Week and More Information Now Available
Thanks to the over 300 people who attended one of the public input sessions regarding MPCSD's Budget Deficit and to the over 465 people who provide input online. Transcripts and videos of the sessions are or will be available on the front page of the district website at A robust, new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was also launched - check it out  here for more information.

Everyone is invited to the next regular Board meeting on  Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. Superintendent Dr. Ghysels will present a prioritized list of reductions set against various levels of a potential parcel tax. The Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Communication will present the record of public input received from the community. The Board will begin public discussion regarding next steps and can offer direction to staff on reductions and/or parcel tax efforts.
How can you help? Please encourage your friends, neighbors and community members to attend this important meeting on November 9. Get educated by reviewing the new  FAQ so you can play an active role in this vital community discussion.

MPCSD wants to hear from YOU
Have you checked your mailbox?  DON'T THROW AWAY the white envelope with no return address that began arriving in Menlo Park on Friday, October 28. This envelope includes your personal invitation to the First Annual MPCSD Community Survey we've been advertising for the last few weeks. You may also receive the invitation by email and can choose to complete the survey online.
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 will receive 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

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Mock Election
Katniss Everdeen of the Hero Party is running against the Grinch, of the Villain party. Who will win? Students get to vote on election day,   November 8! Check with ASB or the library for information on this spirit competition.

November is National Novel Writing Month! Young writers interested in the program are invited to take our survey  so we can see how to best support them. Check out more info on NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program.

Science Fair
Registration Is Now Open for the Hillview Science Fair 
Last year there were over 100 students who participated in the Hillview Science Fair with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!
  • Students can register by joining the Edmodo group using the code: 58pzah, then following the link.
  • Our first meeting will take place on November 9, at lunch in the PAC. Students do not have to be registered to attend. 
  • Registration closes on November 10, 2016.
  • Students can earn up to 10 Block H points!
  • The Science Fair will be held on January 26, with support meetings between now and then. 
  • Questions? Students can go see Mr. Espinoza, Mr. Ritter, Ms. Hilborn, or Mr. Green
Service Club
Halloween Candy Drive
If your student collects more candy than you know what to do with for Halloween, we have an answer! Please drop your extra candy in a bin in the office by  Thursday, November 10. The Service Team is participating in Operation Gratitude again this year where we will be sending a candy care package to our troops who are serving overseas. At our Service Team meeting on November 10, we will be making cards to be sent with the candy that is collected (no powder candy, please).

Guest Speaker
We will be having Bruce Ives, Executive Director of LifeMoves, as a guest speaker at our Service Team Meeting during lunch on November 17. He will discuss homelessness and share what he has learned over the years through his work.    

Toiletry Kit Drive for Families at Haven House Shelter
We will be assembling toiletry kits on 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 between Friday, November 18 to Tuesday, November 22. We will be delivering these kits to Haven House, a local shelter, on December 1 after school.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports will continue this week with indoor soccer and hockey. One side of the gym will be soccer while the other side will be hockey. All students welcome, but only a certain number can play at a time. If there is more than the limit we will rotate players on and off the court. Spectators are welcome to sit on bleachers or stage. Please no food/drink in gym.

Burgess League Volleyball
7th set of League games this week at  Arrillaga   Gym for 7th/8th graders. The 6th grade league has ended. Playoffs this  week on Tuesday, November 8. Best of luck to all Hillview Teams.         Schedule is posted   here .

Flag Football
The 6th grade season has ended. We congratulate and thank players,  parents, and coaches for a fine season. If you have not returned your  jerseys please do so to the front office or PE office as soon as possible.

7th/8th graders will play in a jamboree to finish off their seasons on Tuesday, November 8. The 7th graders will play at Hillview  and the 8th graders will play at La Entrada. First game time is 3:30 p.m. at each field. This will end their season. Please be sure to turn in  uniforms.

Tournament Team Basketball
Both boys and girls tournament teams continue practice this week. Check with Coach Art for the girls and Mr. Eaton for the boys if you have any questions.

Burgess League Basketball
Team placement workouts took place  over this past weekend. All players should know what team they are  by Monday, November 7 or Tuesday, November 8. Practices won't begin until after  volleyball season has ended at the earliest. Many teams won't begin  practice until just before or after Thanksgiving. League games will  begin the week of December 5 or December 12 for 6th/7th graders and not until December 19  for 8th graders.            

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to   Harry Bell, Athletic Director,
(650) 483-4049.

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Thank You for Investing in Education Together!
Bravo, Hillview!  With your donations and pledges during the 2016-17 MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign, our parent, teacher, and staff community raised $2.9M with 71% participation!
Thank you to all the families and students who gave of their time and wallets to spread the word and get us to this point. Thanks also goes out to the teachers, principals, and community leaders who encouraged giving.

Thanks, too, for being a part of "Are You IN?" Day -- it was wonderful to both see the activities across all four schools and to celebrate our collective commitment to creating extraordinary educational experiences for our children.

We are so grateful to our community for I nvesting in Education. Together.
If you have not yet committed your support, it's not too late to pitch in and help us make our goal of ensuring that every single student benefits from the very best our district can provide. Click  here  to get us there.

With warm appreciation,
Jennifer Dahmus & Alka Gupta, Co-Presidents

Dine Out Thank You
We are so grateful to our district families and the community-minded participating restaurants for another successful Dine Out for the Kids!  

Having more participating restaurants and having everyone turn out in larger numbers than ever before made this a great success. When dining out in the future, we hope you'll have a hankering for the delectable dishes at one of our Dine Out partners and thank them for supporting our schools!

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MPCSD Parent Education Series: "Parenting in the Digital Age: My Digital TAT2" 
Presenters: Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Erica Pelavin, co-founders of My Digital TAT2.
November 16, 6:30 p.m. , Hillview PAC, FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Our kids are "digital natives" - they have grown up in a world of online access and ever changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of their actions, and how to best parent them in the digital age? Come join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative discussion. Recommended for anyone interested in an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with their children. You will come away with strategies that support both you and your child. This event is free and open to the public. Free childcare available for potty trained children. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for additional information or  email.  

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Alpine Strikers Tryouts  
Is your middle schooler passionate about soccer? We hope so! Alpine Strikers will be holding tryouts for the spring season starting November 11. Please go here  for dates and registration. We look forward to seeing you on the field!

Boy Scouts Troop 206 - Come See What It's All About - No Experience Necessary
Come to a Monday meeting to learn about Troop 206, a group of 40 boys from Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City and Woodside. Troop 206 offers a strong tradition of boy leadership and a varied program of fun, adventure, learning and comradeship to boys in late 5th to 12th grade. We meet three Mondays a month in Menlo Park.  Monthly outings include backpacking, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, snow camping, skiing and Camporees. Experienced adult leaders work with Scouts. No prior Scouting experience necessary. To learn more visit our website, come to a meeting, or contact Assistant Scout Master Emma Shelton, or Recruiting Committee Chair, Gail O'Connor 
Family Bike Ride: November 12, 12:00 p.m., Burgess Park. Please join Bike Menlo Park for a free family-friendly bike ride on Saturday, November 12. We will be meeting beginning at 12 noon at Burgess Park for conversation and bike tune-ups, and will set out at 1:00 p.m. for an easy ride through Menlo Park. Click here for more information and weather updates.

La Entrada Used Book Fair: November 7-10, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., La Entrada Middle School MUR, 2200 Sharon Rd. Choose from over 6,000 books from all genres, ranging from children to adult books. Fiction, non-fiction, picture books, board books, early readers, young adults, biographies, business books, mysteries, cookbooks... you name it, we've got it! Books are priced from $1-8; cash and checks only. 

Palo Alto Children's Theater presents the premier of "The Ballad of Phineas McBoof", an adaption from Dr. Noize's children's book. Performances are geared toward ages 4-10 years old at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto on Sunday, November 6, 12, and 13 at 2:00 p.m., November 9 and 10 at 4:30 p.m., and November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Click   hereLook for Hillview students in the cast!

Science Night at the Menlo Park Main Library: Thursday, November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  
The Menlo Park Library's third Science Night is for grade schoolers on up to adults, and will feature activities and exhibits from a number of presenters. Scheduled to appear: NorCal Bats, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, San Mateo County Astronomical Society, and the Bay Area Amphibian & Reptile Society. 
The Nutcracker Preview at the Menlo Park Main Library: Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a brief preview dress rehearsal of Western Ballet's "The Nutcracker." Seating will be on floor of library, for this special after-hours event.
Community Service Opportunities
All Students Matter: February 6 - March 31, Brentwood Academy. If you've enjoyed helping in your own child's classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). This is a special project to work with low-income students. Volunteers will work in the same classroom once a week for eight weeks; the hour-long sessions will be held either at 9:45 a.m. (reading) or 11:40 a.m. (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details. You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit our website or email Keri Tully.

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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.

To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to The submission deadline is  Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter. 

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