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Monday, October 17
  • Hllview Music Boosters meeting, 6:30 p.m., Music Room

Tuesday, October 18

  • Menlo-Atherton High School 8th Grade Information Night, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m., Meet in M-A PAC
  • MPCSD School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, October 19
  • Author Marie Lu visiting 7th and 8th grade Qu3st classes
Friday, October 21
  • 7/8 Halloween Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Looking Ahead 

Monday, October 24 to Thursday, October 27
  • Minimum Days: K-8 Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Monday, October 24
  • MPCSD School Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
  • Dine Out for MPAEF
Tuesday, October 25
  • MPCSD School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • Hillview Service Team environmental service project, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Dine Out for MPAEF
Wednesday, October 26
  • PTO General Meeting, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
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ASB Cards
It is NOT too late to buy your student an ASB card, a great value at only $65. The ASB card includes your student's yearbook, a spirit shirt, discounts to ALL of the dances, and many more discounts through out the school year. Click here to buy yours today!

Speaking of ASB cards, if you have already purchased your student one and are wondering where it is. Do not panic! The ASB card is actually your student's ID card. On the card it will say ASB if you have purchased it. Make up pictures were just the other day, so we should be seeing those ID cards along with your student's pictures very shortly. Any questions, please email Mrs. Fichou.

Marie Lu - This Wednesday at Hillview
Author Event!  Marie Lu, author of the Legend and Young Elites series, is coming to Hillview   THIS Wednesday  during Open Session! 7th and 8th graders who have a Qu3ST class that is not coming to the event may request permission from their teachers to attend. Please see a librarian to get your "golden ticket." Any Hillview student may preorder a signed copy of one of the Young Elites books, using the order form on the   library website. Let's give this accomplished author a big Hillview welcome!

7th/8th Grade Halloween Dance Chaperones Needed
The Halloween Dance for 7th and 8th graders is coming soon on  Friday, October 21, 2016. Doors will open at  6:30 p.m. and the dance will end promptly at  8:30 p.m. Please do not park in the carpool lane. If a student is dropped off after  7:00 p.m., a parent or guardian must walk the student to the door, and if a student needs to be picked up early, a parent or guardian must check in with a chaperone before the student leaves. And, we still need parent chaperones for the dance. So, if you would like to be one of those lucky chaperones, please contact  Nancy Witeck.

Spend Quality Time at Hillview

Want to spend some quality time at Hillview? Join us as a lunchtime supervisor! We are looking for two 1-hour lunchtime supervisors to help with student supervision around campus. Hours are from   11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and from   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please email Mrs. O'Brien if you are interested.

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Erik Burmeister to Speak at PTO General Meeting
Assistant Superintendent and former Hillview Principal, Erik Burmeister, will join our PTO General Meeting -- held in the Hillview PAC on Wednesday, October 26 from   9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  -- to highlight the impact of the district's structural deficit on the MPCSD program, particularly focusing on impacts to Hillview Middle School. 

Mr. Burmeister will share an overview of the feedback the Communication Advisory Team has received regarding support for a potential second shot at a parcel tax renewal or increase. He will welcome input from the audience and answer questions. Also on agenda will be the approval of the revised 2016-17 PTO budget and proposed bylaw changes. The documents are available for review at the Hillview office as well here (budget) and here (bylaws). 
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Budget cuts? Teacher pink slips? Larger class sizes? Higher taxes?
Hopefully, you are one of the many parents who are becoming more informed about the district's need to address its structural deficit caused by increasing enrollment, increasing mandated retirement costs for the state, and the sunsetting of 2010's Measure C. On the Board's behalf, the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Communication is reaching out for your input and perspective. There's still time to come up with a plan to address our fiscal needs, but we need your feedback and we need it soon. 

We encourage you to:
  • Check out our District's "Announcement" section for information 
  • Read this recent Almanac article and the recent editorial.
  • Join the conversation and click HERE to submit you feedback online
  • Mark your calendars for the following upcoming Board meetings at Hillview's PAC, especially either of the October 24 or October 25 Community Input Sessions:
October 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
Superintendent presents preliminary reduction recommendations; community input sought.
October 24 @ 9:00 a.m.
Day-time Special Board Meeting to hear from community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring Measure C parcel tax. 
October 25 @ 6:00 p.m. 
Evening-time Special Board Meeting to hear from community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring Measure C parcel tax.  
November 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
Board discusses potential reductions and interest level in pursuing a parcel tax renewal or increase. 

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Halloween 7/8 Dance on Friday, October 21
The Hillview Student Government is hosting a Halloween party/dance on   October 21 , 2016, and your 7th and 8th grade student(s) are invited to join us all next Friday at the Hillview PAC. Students may buy a ticket at the door or purchase tickets in advance with early bird pricing ($5 for ASB card-holders, and $7 for non-ASB card-holders) in the student store during the week at lunch. There will be concession stands for buying snacks and drinks, so please remember to have your student carry a few extra dollars. We will offer free coat and bag checks for students who may need to have their belongings looked after while they enjoy themselves. Hillview dress code does apply. Thank you for having your student join us, and we hope to see you and your Hillview Hawk at the dance! Please contact Mr. Darmanin with any questions.

Spirit Week
Next week is Spirit Week! Each day next week there will be a specific theme where students will dress up.
  • Monday is Pajama Day where students can wear their pajamas to school.
  • Tuesday is College day where they can wear college gear such as shirts and jackets, etc.
  • Wednesday is Red, White, and Blue day and students can wear patriotic colors!
  • Thursday is Mathlete and Athlete day where students can wear team jerseys and preppy clothes!
  • Friday is Hillview Spirit Day to show your pride for the school!
When students dress up they can come to the stage at lunch to earn points for their academy and get a small treat.
Books Come Alive!  
Join your librarians in dressing up like characters from books! Come to the library on Halloween and let us take your picture - your photo will become part of our decor, and you'll receive a Block H point and a treat!

eBooks and Audiobooks
All Hillview students, including 6th graders, are now live on our OverDrive system, and can check out eBooks and audiobooks on their school iPads or personal devices. Your school ID# is your password. See us with any questions!

Special Ticket Offer from Woodside Community Theatre for Hillview Community
As some are aware, every weeknight for the past 2 months and on Saturdays, the Woodside Community Theatre has been rehearsing at Hillview for their upcoming production of Ragtime!  We are now ready and will open next weekend at Woodside High School for a limited 2 weekend run. Just as last year, they are offering free tickets to anyone affiliated with Hillview for the preview which is on  Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodside High School PAC. The show runs 3 hours. Since it is a school night, if kids just want to come for the first half, we understand. Anyone who comes just has to identify themselves as being from Hillview and that will be their ticket. Please be aware, the show is PG-13 with gun use and some objectionable language but the issues, of course, are very real, then and unfortunately now.
For the rest of the run, we are able to offer Hillview students and staff entry for $10.00, with tickets that must be purchased at the door. A Hillview ID should be shown. Adults (parents) are regular price.
Ragtime is a wonderful show. For more information, please visit the Woodside Community Theatre Website here .

Hillview Music Boosters Meeting :
The next meeting of the Hillview Music Boosters will be this   Monday, October 17  in the Music Room at   6:30 p.m. All interested parents are welcome to attend. Come and help support the Arts at Hillview.

Upcoming Concerts:
The Hillview Band will be performing at the Menlo Park Downtown Halloween Parade on  Saturday, October 29  from   11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Come out and hear our great group! On Halloween,   October 31, we will be performing at Oak Knoll from   8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Get your Spooky Vibe going and hear us!

Service Team
Halloween Costume Drive ends on Monday, October 17
The Hillview Service Team is leading a costume drive to collect Halloween costumes that are gently worn and in good condition. The Children's Fund San Mateo County Human Services Agency needs a lot of costumes to give to children that do not have them. Service Team  students will be collecting costumes by the PAC doors before school, during brunch and lunch. When students bring their costumes make sure they staple/tape a sticky note with their name and grade on the costume. Thank you for providing a costume for kids that otherwise could not afford to buy one!

Service Opportunity After School on Minimum Day
The Hillview Service team is hosting an  environmental service project  in conjunction with Grassroots Ecology on Tuesday,  October 25  between  12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m . This is a minimum day with an 11:45 a.m. dismissal. We welcome student volunteers to help protect the Franciscquito Creek Watershed. Under the direction of 4 fabulous leaders from Grassroots Ecology, students will be measuring water quality, learning about native ecosystems while working to restore local habitat. We encourage kids to bring a sack lunch to school and we plan to coordinate carpools to and from school. Please send us an e-mail  if your child would like to participate. Parents can come too. Also, let us know if you are able to drive. Block H points will be awarded for participation. There are limited spaces available so please sign up by Tuesday, October 18.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports continues this week with the final week of volleyball. We will continue on Wednesday and Thursday. Next week there will be no  intramurals because of Conference week early dismissal. When we resume the  week of October 31, the new activities will be indoor hockey and soccer. Please, no food or drink in gym.

Girls Volleyball Tournament Team
Tournament Team volleyball is to be commended for their efforts in the  Foundry Tournament over the weekend. This Tuesday is the final match  of the season for this year's tournament team.

Burgess League Volleyball
The 5th set of League games is this week at Arrillaga Gym. 6th graders play Tuesday. 7th/8th graders play Monday. Click here to view the schedule.

Flag Football
The games this week include:
  • Tuesday, October 18 - 6th grade travels to JLS 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20 - 6th grade hosts Jordan 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20 - 7th grade hosts Jordan 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 21- 7th grade hosts La Entrada 3:45 p.m.
The full Flag Football schedule can be found here.

Girls Tournament Basketball Team
There is one more open gym this Friday, October 21 for interested 8th grade girls. Official tryouts for this year's  Girls Tournament Team will be Wednesday, October 26 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m  and Thursday, October 27 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m in the Hillview gym. Practice will start on Saturday October 29.  To tryout for the Girls Basketball Tournament Team you must be in 8th grade and registered for the MPMSL (8th grade version of Burgess Basketball League). Registration deadline is October 20. 

Boys Tournament Basketball Team
Tryouts will be Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Practice will begin Thursday, October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
To be eligible for either the boys or girls Tournament Team, you must be registered for the MPMSL (8th grade version of Burgess League). Tournament Team players play on two Hillview teams.

Burgess League Basketball
Burgess League Basketball registration for all Hillview Students remains open now through Thursday, October 20. Anyone trying to register after that  will be placed on a waiting list. Burgess League Basketball Team Placement workouts will be Thursday, November 3, Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. Specific times and gender/grade levels are noted when you register at Sportability

Please direct questions regarding any of the sports programs to   Harry Bell, Athletic Director,
(650) 483-4049.

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The MPAEF's Annual Parent Campaign Ends November 4th 
The MPAEF sincerely thanks all of our families and teachers who have already pledged, donated and supported the MPAEF's Annual Parent Campaign. 
There is still time to give! 
Your support helps us raise the $3.7 million that our district is counting on to fund four key areas: teachers and professional development, arts and sciences, innovation and technology, and guidance and wellness. To reach this goal, we need to raise $1,500 per student. Your contribution at a level that is meaningful for you and your family is greatly appreciated, and we hope that all families will participate to support our kids.
Click  here to make your MPAEF pledge or gift today!
Dine Out on October 24 and October 25
Two days to Dine Out! Leave the planning and clean up of either lunch or dinner or both to someone else for one day, or even two! Again this year MPAEF brings you TWO days to dine out at local, favorite restaurants. A percentage of proceeds from participating restaurants will be generously given to the MPAEF to support our schools. The restaurants included are: Amici's, BFD, Bistro Vida, Carpaccio, Freewheel Brewing Co, Galata Bistro, Jeffrey's, Left Bank, LB Steak, Lutticken's, Main & Elm, Mama Coco, Mardini's, Yogurt Stop! With minimum days on the calendar that week, what a perfect way to make the most of lunch or dinner with your kids, for you kids!  And with a second Dine Out day, plan a dinner with friends! Click here for more information.
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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

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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Menlo-Atherton 8th Grade Information Night & Campus Tours
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. Meet in the Performing Art Center.

8th Grade Information Night is a wonderful opportunity for parents and 8th graders to get to know Menlo-Atherton High School. The evening 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. In addition, campus tours will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. Meet at the library. Click here to view the flyer about both of these events.

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Bellarmine Admissions Event: Come to a current Bellarmaine family's home on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to learn more about this local school. See flyer for details.

Field Day on a Minimum Day!
Minimum days are so very short and finding ways to fill up your kid's afternoon is not always easy. Until, that is, you sign up your 6th grader for our Field Day Afternoon! Your boys and girls will join us for an afternoon of good old fashioned outdoor fun and games...think touch rugby, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, futsal, dodgeball, and handball. We'll have food and drinks to keep the kids happy and hydrated. Field Day will be on Tuesday, October 25, from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. The cost is $65 to the MPAEF. Please contact Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti to sign up. All proceeds benefit the MPAEF.     

Halloween Hoopla: October 29, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. October is here, and the City of Menlo Park Community Services Department is hosting the annual Halloween Hoopla! Come enjoy the downtown parade, crafts, live entertainment, and carnival games. Click here  for more information about the event.   

Spring Select 2017 Tryouts: Is your child passionate about soccer? AYSO Spring Select is holding tryouts for the Spring 2017 season on Sunday, October 30, at Willow Oaks Park. Spring Select is a competitive AYSO soccer program running from February through May 2017 for U9 and up players who played the preceding fall season. $195 registration fee. Click here to apply online.

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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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