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After-School Mandarin Moved
ASB Canned Food Drive
After-School Sports

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Tuesday, October 3
  • Parent Education - Principals Panel, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

Wednesday, October 4

  • International Walk/Bike to School Day

Tuesday, October 10 - Friday, November 3

  • ASB Canned Food Drive 

 Thursday, October 12

  • District English Learner Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m., MPCSD TERC building

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Saturday, October 14 - Friday, October 20

  • Conference Sign Ups, October 14, 12:00 a.m. - October 20, 11:59 a.m.

Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20

  • ASB Spirit Week
Friday, October 20
  • Halloween Dance, 7/8 Grade, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, October 24 
  • Special "Open Session" Board Meeting re: Long-Term Financial Planning and Community Input Session, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m, MPCSD TERC building
Tuesday, October 24 - Friday October 27
  • Minimum Days - Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
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Hillview Parent Teacher Conferences  Hillview will hold parent teacher conferences October 24-27, 2017. Conferences will be held during the afternoon of these days at Hillview School. Conference days are minimum days and students are dismissed at 11:45. Hillview employs a third-party online conference scheduler to help teachers and parents schedule meetings. The time frame for parents to sign on and schedule a conference is from October 14, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. through October 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. If a parent wants to schedule a meeting after this window, he/she must contact the teacher directly. Please note that conferences are not required and scheduling is on a first come, first served basis.

All Hillview families will receive an email with instructions for scheduling a conference on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Student Handbook and Reporting an Absence If your student is going to be absent from school, please report the absence and the reason for the absence to Mrs. Cathy Bell, our Attendance Clerk. She is available by phone at (650) 326-4341 or by email here. If an absence is not reported, Mrs. Bell will contact parents/guardians to get the reason for the absence for attendance reporting purposes. See the Hillview Handbook here for more information.

Tardies At Hillview, we stress the importance of being on time for school and for class so that students set themselves up for success each day. A student earns a tardy for being late to school or class without a valid reason. Please see our Hillview Handbook here for more information. Our tardy policy for any class period is as follows:  
Tardy 1 and 2 are "Free" 
Tardy 3, 4, and 5 each earn an office detention
Tardy 6 and up each earn a Saturday School

Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports  Families of fourth through eight graders will be receiving  Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports within the next two weeks .  These Score Reports provide information on how your child performed against the California Common Core Standards.  The Educational Testing Services (ETS) alerted all school districts that there was an  error  on some of the reports. As a result, MPCSD delayed mailing the reports until we had the complete details. MPCSD discovered a minor text error affecting only reports of scaled scores or performance bands, and we will be sending all reports, even those containing the text error. ETS is reprinting and we will send corrected reports to impacted families as soon as we receive them. View examples of the report here  and explanations here.

The LunchMaster is hosting the second live Hillview BBQ! Wednesday, October 11 at lunch in the Hillview Quad. All BBQ orders can be placed in your LunchMaster account  here. You will see the BBQ menu offerings available on your normal meal calendar. Simply add one of the three BBQ options available to your cart and confirm your order! The BBQ meals will be accompanied by a fruit, vegetable, and beverage. 

October BBQ Options:
  • BBQ Chicken and Pineapple on a Hoagie
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sub
  • Garden Burger (vegetarian)
If you need any help placing your BBQ orders, please contact The LunchMaster office. We will be more than happy to help. If you do not wish to participate in the BBQ, all of the other meal options are still available to order. Order deadline is Tuesday, October 10 by 10:00 a.m.

International Walk/Bike to School Day International Walk/Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 4. As students are walking and biking to school in great numbers at Hillview, please remind them of the "Rules of the Road" when biking and walking, as we are still noticing dangerous behavior, especially with our students on bikes. If your student does bike to school, please continue to talk about bike safety - riding in the bike lane, single-file, wearing a properly fitting helmet, and obeying all traffic signs. If your student walks to school, please remind them to stay on sidewalks and walk against traffic. Student safety to and from school is always of the utmost importance to us!

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PTO Membership Drive Ends; but there is still work to do

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Friday was the last day of the PTO membership drive but we are still hoping to reach our goal. If you haven't done so already, please join the 63% of Hillview families and 100% of our teachers who have shown their commitment to our community through their generous support. You can still donate here. If you are unsure if your family has contributed already, email us here and we will check for you.
Remember the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign continues until   November 3rd. If you haven't done so already, please make your pledge or gift to the MPAEF today. Thank you to the Hillview families and teachers who have pledged, donated and supported during the Joint Campaign.   

Hillview ASB students supporting the PTO and MPAEF on Orange Spirit Day

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Parent Education Speaker Series "The Future of Education: Menlo Park and Beyond," a panel event with the Superintendent and Principals of MPCSD, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC.

Join MPCSD's new Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, and MPCSD Principals, Willy Haug, Sharon Burns, Linda Creighton and Kristin Gracia, for an engaging and thoughtful conversation about the future of education both in our community and throughout our nation. Hear more about the visions for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview, as well as Early Learning efforts, Personalized Learning, Project-Based Learning, Multi-Graded Classrooms, homework policies, grading re-imagination and more.

Free childcare for potty-trained children. Light refreshments and beverages served.  More information can be found here.

The 2017-18 Online Directory is here!  We have moved to an all-new, stand-alone version of the online directory this year. It's available here. 

To access the directory for the first time, please use your District email to sign in. You'll receive a confirmation link that will allow you to create a new password for your directory account. Because your directory account is independent from your district account, it requires a separate login. The directory allows you to search by student or parent/guardian names and to view class lists. It's mobile friendly so you can add its icon to your iOS and Android home screens.

If you have trouble accessing the directory, see information that needs to be corrected, or have suggestions and/or feedback, send email here. 

MPCSD Facebook Page is Live!  Check out our newly updated district Facebook page here . Like us and share your stories! Let's get social and tell the story of our wonderful community-funded district together. #goMPCSD!

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Programs & Activities Programs 

After-School Programs
After-School Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin moved from Fridays to Wednesdays  After-school Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin  Hwa Shin will be held on Wednesdays, from  2:45 - 4:30 p.m., 
and we have space for 2 more students. The Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin program is for students who have had at least 3 years of Chinese classes already, and who want to gain confidence in their speaking and writing in a fun and engaging classroom. This class will use Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Simplified Chinese version, a widely-used Chinese book in well-known universities such as UC, Harvard and others. Hwa Shin has been teaching Mandarin in Menlo Park and Palo Alto schools for over 30 years.  Learn more and sign up on the PTO After-School Programs page here.

Hillview's Associative Student Body, otherwise known as ASB, is hosting the annual We Scare Hunger Canned Food Drive from October 10 through November 3. You or your child can bring cans of food to school and drop them off in the PAC lobby, where we have bins labeled for each academy, from 7:55 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. These bins will be picked up by the Second Harvest Food Bank, a local organization that delivers/distributes food to those in need. We can take any type of canned food, but no bulk rice, flour, or sugar, and no glass. Here is a link for the preferred food items in need.  Thank you!

Lunch Clubs
We are kicking off Hillview's Knitting and Crochet Club on Mondays and Thursdays at lunch in Room A8. We are asking the community for donations of yarn, knitting needles (wood preferred) and/or crochet hooks. Some of the students will be learning how to knit/crochet, while others will have the opportunity to work on projects and improve their skills. All students are welcome! 

Questions about donations or more information on how you can help, please email Kristyn Cardosi here

Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Hillview Music Potluck last Wednesday. Special thanks to parent volunteers for setting up and clean up! You are the best! It was a lot of fun and great to hear the Jazz Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Choir.  Coming up,  this Friday  the Band 2 has been invited to perform with the M-A Band at the Varsity Football Game at M-A. The M-A Bears take on the Sacred Heart Gators in a local rivalry. Come and support our entire community's young musicians and cheer on your favorite team! The game starts at  7:00 p.m.  at M-A!
Lastly, congratulations to the Concert Band 2, Orchestra 2 and Choir for being selected to perform in Disneyland! We are still locking in dates but the tour will be in Spring 2018! Congrats to all musicians!

After-School Sports
Flag Football 
Games this week include:   
Monday, October 2
6th-grade Blue at Bowditch at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3
7th-grade vs Terman at Hillview at 4:00 p.m.
6th-grade Gold vs Borel at Hillview at 5:00 p.m.
6th-grade Blue at BRSSD (Nesbit in Belmont) at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 5
8th-grade at Jordan at 4:00 p.m.
7th-grade at Jordan at 5:00 p.m.
6th-grade Blue vs Terman at Hillview at 4:00 p.m.

Girls' Volleyball 
League Games this week include:
Monday, October 2
Tuesday, October 3

All games are played at Arrillaga Gym. 

Best of luck to all of the Hillview Teams!

After-School Basketball 
After-School Basketball registration begins Monday, October 16. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 25.  Registration is only available online here. Basketball is by far our most popular sport. Hillview normally fields 25 or more teams. If you intend on having your child/children play, we strongly recommend registering earlier rather than later. The deadline is October 25 unless teams fill up earlier.  We can only field as many teams as we have coaches. If we have 25 teams, we'll need at least 50 coaches. Normally we get some non-parent coaches, but the bulk of coaching staff is dependent on parent involvement. Please consider this when you register your children to play. Experience is not necessary.

Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports. Refunds are not available for after-school sports after the registration deadline.

We look forward to a great after-school sports season! Following Flag Football and Girls' Volleyball, our PTO sponsors Basketball in winter; Tennis, Track, and Boys' Volleyball in spring.

For more information regarding these programs, click  here to contact Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049 or here to contact Matt Ericksen, PTO Registration Coordinator.

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2 EASY Ways to Earn Free $$$ For Our Schools!
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1) Grow Your Impact Local Business Challenge To encourage families to Grow Your Impact by increasing your donation to MPAEF, local business partners will contribute $5k to the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign for each percentage point of growth we achieve. So if we can increase our donations 5% over last year, we will earn an extra $25k for our schools! Our local businesses are excited about partnering with MPAEF and with YOU, our parent community, and they understand that a strong community begins with strong schools. Let's show them we are up to the challenge! 

And remember that Employer Matching  is  free money  to our schools and is included in your family's overall donation recognition. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help navigating the employer match process .

2) Buy Your Kids' Halloween Costumes  It's not a trick but it is a treat! Buy costumes this year while  also giving money back to your school!  The MPAEF has partnered with retailers such as  Halloween Express,, Halloween Mart and Target  to bring you a wide selection of awesome kids and adult costumes, while also giving back up to 5% of all purchases to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation to support our schools. It's free money on products you would buy anyway. Please visit here   to reach the retailer of your choice. The only spooky detail is that you need to use this link to get the 5% back, going directly to the site will not reward us. Thanks for shopping at your favorite places while also doing good for our kids! Shop here  now! 


Thank You! to all the families who came to the New Family Social last weekend and for making it such a fun afternoon. We are very happy to welcome you to our amazing school district! 

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M-A's 8th-Grade Information Night October 18, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. This event will highlight the strengths of M-A as an academic and social community; share information about our athletic and enrichment opportunities; and personalize M-A through presentations by our students and faculty. The night begins at 6:15 p.m with the Principal's welcome and special student performance. At 6:45 p.m., groups will rotate through various sites on campus to learn more about our excellent academic programs from our teaching staff and hear from students about their M-A experience. Group tours will be led by students and PTA volunteers.
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St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival October 6, 3:30 - 9:00 p.m., October 7, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.,
1100 Santa Cruz Avenue. The St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival is a great family event with something for everyone: pony rides, climbing spider maze, bungee trampoline, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin sales, carnival games, food, beer garden, live music and more! Open to the public with free admission.

Youth League Tennis Registration Open Saturdays, October 7 through December 2, Riconada Park. Youth League Tennis was created by a former Wimbledon player to give all kids ages 5-14 the opportunity to learn, play, and compete in their own neighborhood. YLT groups kids into 5 levels of play ranging from beginners through advanced players. Our goal is to help you get ready to play High School Tennis. Scholarships are provided for eligible families. Register   here  through our website or send us an email   here .

Frozen Sing-Along!  October 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at M-A PAC s ing along to the words of the Academy Award-Nominated film Frozen! Dress up as your favorite Frozen character! This sing-along event is highly interactive with in-movie antics and a special "Fun Pack" for advance ticket buyers. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets in advance  by clicking   here to ensure that you are not left out of the fun!

Woodside Community Theatre Presents Annie!   October 20-29 This is the full Broadway version with a full orchestra, a talented cast from around the entire Bay Area, and the perfect Sandy! Added bonus: Hillview's Mr. Vaughan is in the cast! Tickets are available  here.
In addition, there will be a special preview night for all Hillview students on Thursday, October 19. Simply show your Hillview ID at the door for FREE ADMISSION.

Project Cornerstone Workshop for Parents and Caregivers  Fridays, October 6 - November 17, 10 - 11:30 a.m.,  La Entrada Middle School.  Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in a 6-week workshop, "Take It Personally," facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships and life! The workshop is free (suggested $20 for materials) and open to all parents and caregivers. Sign up  here  or  email Mary Crum   here with questions.

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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 . 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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