In This Issue
Earthquake Drill
Parent Conferences
Minimum Days
Coach Basketball 

Support Teachers

Dine Out
Halloween Costumes
MPAEF Donors
2018-2019 Directory
Burmeister Sup's On

After-School Chorus
Music 21 Century Skills
My Fair Lady Preview
ASB Food Drive
Lunchtime Clubs
Basketball News

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek 

Monday, October 15
  • Regular Day, 3:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Food Drive Begins and continues through October, drop-off 8:00 - 8:20 a.m. in PAC or during school hours, Hillview office
Tuesday, October 16 
  • Minimum Day, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m. due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Dine Out for the Kids - MPAEF Restaurant List here
Wednesday, October 17
  • Minimum Day, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m. due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Dine Out for the Kids - MPAEF Restaurant List here
Thursday, October 18
  • Minimum Day, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m. due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Earthquake Preparedness Drill,  10:18 a.m., Hillview
  • Service Team, After-School Visit to Pets In Need  
  • Dine Out for the Kids - MPAEF Restaurant List here
Friday, October 19
  • Minimum Day, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m. due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 22
  • Basketball Registration Opens on Sportability here
Tuesday, October 23
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Thursday, October 25
  • Special Preview of My Fair Lady - Free to Hillview Students, TBA, Woodside Community Theater 

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Earthquake Preparedness Drill
Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m. This marks the Great California Shakeout, a statewide day to prepare for earthquakes. We will be holding an earthquake drill along with the rest of the state to practice one of our most important emergency drills. It will be a quick but important run-through to ensure our staff and students are well-equipped to deal with an actual earthquake.
Parent / Teacher/ Student Conferences 
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19, afternoons. Specific information about how to sign up for a parent conference has been sent via email, including the link to sign up for conferences. Our online conference scheduler has been open to all parents since Tuesday, October 9.  
Minimum Days - Students Dismissed 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19 are conference days and therefore will be minimum days for students with dismissal at 11:45. (Monday, October 15 is a regular day with 3:05 p.m. dismissal.) On minimum days:
  • SamTrans morning routes will run as usually scheduled
  • MPCSD yellow bus will run each day, leaving Hillview at 11:50 p.m. on minimum days
  • NO SamTrans buses after school on minimum days
  • NO after-school classes - no enrichment classes, no homework center, and no math clinic on minimum days
Hillview Basketball Volunteer Coaching Positions
We want to fill the coaching positions before registration begins in a couple of weeks. For a fulfilling experience, c onsider donating your time and passion for basketball to your students. We are excited for a great season of girls and boys basketball. C ontact Huck Hunt, athletic director  here .  

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Ways To Show The LOVE Towards Our Wonderful Staff
Conferences are coming this week, Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19. During this time our PTO and families would like to support our teachers by providing daily treats, breakfast, or lunch. If you would like to help out, see here

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Dine Out for Lunch and Dinner - Raise Money for Our Schools 
Looking for an excuse to eat out? MPAEF can help! On Tuesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 18 and December 5 - 6, when you eat out (or take out) at participating restaurants in Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Palo Alto - they will donate 6-20% of proceeds to MPAEF. It's a win-win for everyone! Here is a list of participating restaurants.
Buy Your Kids' Halloween Costumes and Earn Free Money for School!
You can purchase costumes this year while also giving money back to your school! The MPAEF has partnered with retailers such as Target and Amazon to bring you a wide selection of awesome kids and adult costumes, while also giving back up to 8% of all purchases to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation to support our schools. It's FREE MONEY on products you would buy anyway. Visit the link here to reach the retailer of your choice. Only spooky detail is that you need to use this link to get the % back, going direct to the site will not reward us. Thanks for shopping at your favorite places while also doing good for our kids!
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!
Mary and Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors here
Cameron L. Aboudara DDS MS, Orthodontics for Children and Adults here
Dulcy Freeman, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realtor here
Hessler Plastic Surgery here
Keri Nicholas, Alain Pinel Realtors here
Left Bank Brasserie, Menlo Park here
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association here
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Join Superintendent Burmeister for Sup & Sandwich
Friday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Superintendent Burmeister invites the community to join him for conversation about our school district over a casual lunch. Erik will host his first Sup & Sandwich event. Assorted sandwiches will be provided for those who RSVP by October 15. You can RSVP here.  

The 2018-19 Student-Family Directory
The online directory has been updated with the current year registration information and class lists. Access the directory  here

Your username and password remain the same if you have registered in previous years. New users should register on the sign-in page using the email address that you used to register with the district. You will receive a verification link and be able to set a password for access. Your directory account is currently independent from the district login accounts and requires a separate login. Once signed in, you can search for student or parent/guardian names and view class lists. The directory is also mobile-browser friendly. You can add its icon to your home screen on both iOS and Android devices.

If you have trouble accessing the directory or see any information that needs to be corrected or have suggestions and/or feedback, email  here . Any changes of physical addresses need to be verified by the District Registrar first. 

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Hillview Music
Hillview After-School Chorus
Come sing with us!  Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and Thursdays 2:40 - 3:40 p.m. for an hour after school. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to come the week after conferences. The Hillview Chorus is actively seeking new members. If you like to sing, come on by! Just want to stop by and try it out? No problem! It is a fun group and we will also be going to Disneyland with the Band and Orchestra in the Spring. Chorus is open to all grade levels 6 - 8.
Special Preview of My Fair Lady - Free to Hillview Students
Thursday, October 25, time TBA, at Woodside Community Theater 
A wonderful production, with elegant costumes, a 26-piece orchestra, and an incredible cast. Mr. Vaughan and Ms. Connelly, who taught science and Spanish last year at Hillview, are in the cast. We have been rehearsing at Hillview since August. As a show of appreciation for letting the company use our great facilities, they have offered a free preview performance to all Hillview students. Bring your Hillview ID. Accompanying adults are asked to make a $15 donation. More information and general ticket information  here.
Fun Music Facts - Did You Know?
Music provides all of these 21st-century skills:
  • Creativity - Students learn to think about problems from a variety of viewpoints and increase their problem-solving skills.
  • Collaboration - Through working together to create a finished product, students learn to incorporate different approaches and to leverage individual strengths for a higher-quality outcome.
  • Confidence - Through consistent performance for their peers and for audiences, music study helps students develop greater confidence in themselves and their abilities.
  • Critical Thinking - Through the creative process, students strengthen their skills in synthesizing and evaluating information, and apply these skills to changing their assumptions and actions.
Keep your student involved in music! Music is a life skill!
Hillview ASB
Food Drive Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank
October 15 until November 1, 8:00 - 8:20 a.m., in the PAC lobby or anytime during school hours in the school office. Place cans in a clearly marked bag for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (so we can award spirit points.)

The most needed items are canned tuna, chicken, or salmon, peanut butter , meals in a can (like soup, stew, and chili,) low sodium canned vegetables, and cereal boxes. We will not be accepting any items packaged in glass, rice, or any candy or sweetened drinks.

Our goal this year is 3500 items! CAN we do it? This is a great cause and a friendly spirit competition between 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students. Thank you for your help in this annual tradition where our Hillview community typically places among the leaders in the Bay Area and has been awarded Bronze and Silver status for our generosity every year since 2006. For more information, visit the Second Harvest Food Bank here.
Hillview Lunchtime Clubs

Book Squad | Mrs. Piombo | Mondays
Classical Musicals Club | Mr. Vaughan | Mondays
Drawing Club | Mrs. Kogan | Mondays
Math Club | Mrs. Dutta | Monday (every other)
Moe's Kitchen Business Club | Mr. Darmanin | Mondays
Quiz Bowl | Ms. Kayton | Tuesdays
Spanish Club | Mrs. Marchal | Tuesdays
Club Fergie | Officer Mary Ferguson | 1st Wednesday
French Culture | Madame Kingsley | Wednesdays
Cheer Dance | Mrs. DeAnda | Thursdays (beginning January)
Chess Club | Mr. Sullivan | Thursdays
Club 41 | Ms. Ellis | Thursdays
Community Service | Ms. Batiste, Mrs. Goldman, Ms. Lang | Thursday (every other)
Cooking Club | Mr. Coscia | Thursdays
Drama Tech Club | Mr. Hairston | Thursdays
WE Club | Mrs. Schlegel | Thursdays
Book Club | Mrs. Mathenia | Friday (every other)
Maker Space | Ms. Kogan | Fridays
Science Rocks | Ms. Ritter, Mr. Espinoza | (October-January)

Hillview After-School Sports
Basketball Season Coming Up
Girls and Boys Basketball registration will open on Sportability here on Monday, October 22 through November 1. Evaluations and team selection will take place:
  • Saturday, November 10 for Boys Basketball
  • Sunday, November 11 for Girls Basketball

Be sure to sign up when registration opens and be ready for league games to start the week of December 3. 


Hillview sports emphasizes player participation, safe and fair play, and overall fun.

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Community Newscommunitynews
Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls: Robotics in Food  Saturday, October 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Join us for a workshop with Julia Collins, the President and Co-Founder of Zume Pizza, a company using robots and humans to make the freshest pizzas. Julia will talk about the restaurant industry, robotics, and the role of confidence in her success. Girls can sign up here. This event is organized by Object which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls.

Summer 2019 Italy Trip  Hillview Social Studies teachers Marianne Santo and Mike Rogers will be taking students and parents on an educational tour to Italy during summer break June 2019. Email Ms. Santo and Mr. Rogers here . There are a limited number of spots available and registration ends soon! ( Be advised, this trip is not sponsored by Hillview Middle School or by Menlo Park City School District. )
Square Dancing  Sundays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Stanford Quads square dance club welcomes singles, couples, and families with children ages 10 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Not affiliated with either Stanford University or the church. Free introductory class October 14 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sign up for our weekly class. Information is available  here  or the flyer here.
Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support  Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. Fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa here or contact Sharon Purcell  here.
TIDE  Academy Informational Meeting  Thursday, October 18,  6:30 p.m., Sequoia Union High School District Office. The f irst public high school within the Peninsula to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Curriculum is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based and interdisciplinary learning as a focal point. TIDE Academy opens in August 2019 and will start with the founding class of about 100 ninth-grade students. Located at 150 Jefferson Drive, Menlo Park. Additional information here . We look forward to seeing you.
"'Say What?' The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids," Friday, November 2, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall. Challenge Success 15th Annual Parent Education Event. Dr. Wendy Mogel, acclaimed speaker and author, will join Dr. Madeline Levine and Dr. Denise Pope for an evening of education, conversation, and inspiration about the power of communication to strengthen family relationships and support our kids to be healthy and engaged with learning. Dr. Mogel will share tips for communicating with children and teens at each age and stage from her new book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. Tickets are available on the Challenge Success website here. 
California Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons  Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County, a non-partisan organization, which helps to educate community members on Candidates running for election and on the Propositions that will be voted on November 6, 2018. Ballot Propositions will be also discussed.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m., Little House, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park
  • Saturday, October 20, 2:30 p.m., Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
See the Menlo Park City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., Belle Haven Library.
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