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Minimum Days:
 no bus
 no after-school    programs

Special School Event
General PTO Meeting

"Open" Board Meeting

 6th Parent Volunteer 
After-School Sports
Register Basketball

Dine Out
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This Week ThisWeek
Sunday,  October 22
  • Hillview Service Team School-Wide Relief Event, sign-up online tonight for Tuesday, October 24
Sunday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 25
  • Online Registration for After-School Basketball
Monday, October 23 - Friday, November 3
  • ASB Canned Food Drive, 7:55 - 8:20 a.m., carline and PAC 
  • Hillview STEM Fair, Sign-up on Edmodo
Monday, October 23 - Thursday, October 26
  • MPAEF Dine Out For The Kids
Tuesday, October 24 
  • Hillview Disaster Relief Event, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., PAC
  • Special "Open Session"/Community Input Board Meeting Long-Term Financial Planning, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., MPCSD TERC building
Tuesday, October 24 - Friday October 27
  • Minimum Days - Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
  • No p.m. SamTrans or After-School Programs
Wednesday, October 25
  • General PTO Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
  • Summit and Everest High School Information Session, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Wednesday, November 1
  • Hillview STEM Fair Meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, November 3
  • MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign ends
Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5
  • Mandatory Team-Placement Workout for After-School Basketball, 6/7th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday
Wednesday, November 8
  • Parent Education Speaker Series "Anxiety and Depression in Teenagers," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, November 10
  • No School - Veteran's Day

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Apple Watch and Smartwatch
"Off and invisible" during the school day, these devices are included in our cell phone policy. 

Conference Week and After School Programs
During our Conference Week, October 24 - 27, students will have minimum days with dismissal at 11:45 a.m. There are several changes to our after-school offerings:
  • No afternoon SamTrans bus service. Please find alternate transportation home from school. Morning "bus" service will remain the same.
  • No after-school programs. No PTO programs - Homework Center, Math Clinic, Flight School, Hawk Stars or after-school Mastery Center.
  • Yellow bus will leave after school at 11:50 a.m. Morning yellow bus service will remain the same.
Summit and Everest High School Information Session with Q & A
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. Students and parents are invited to hear from the executive director of Everest High School. Summit Public Schools is a public charter school network with two high schools in Redwood City - Summit Prep High School and Everest High School. Hear how Summit students reach their highest potential:
  • College-prep curriculum, six AP classes, and 99% of graduates are accepted into 4-year college
  • Personalized learning experience - move at their own pace and learn how they best learn
  • Real-world learning projects - students develop the life skills and habits they need to be successful
  • World-class teaching faculty from the nation's top teacher-preparation programs
  • Small, safe, and diverse community - every student has a mentor, is truly cared for and known

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Special Hillview School-Wide Relief Event
Tuesday, October 24, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., sponsored by our Service Team, t his disaster relief event occurs on a  minimum day, so you have the opportunity to have your student stay at school for the full day. This special event is meant to inspire our youth, develop empathy, and bring the community together. Family members are also welcome to attend.

Hillview PTO hopes many will sign up to support those who are affected by the fires. Sign up
here  for this special event by tonight, Sunday, October 22.

General PTO Meeting
The Hillview Community is invited to attend the general meeting, October 25, 9:00 a.m., Hillview PAC. On the agenda will be the approval of the r evised 2017-18 Budget and the proposed changes to the Bylaws-Standing Rules: adding After-School Activities and After-School Sports volunteer positions to our Hillview PTO Board. Erik Burmeister, MPCSD Superintendent, will also be in attendance as our guest speaker.  You are invited to view the budget  here and the bylaws  here. These documents are also available in the Hillview office.      

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Special "Open Session" Community-Input Board Meeting
October 24,   6:00 p.m.,  TERC at  181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton. Make your voice heard about district priorities and financial planning.  Community input is sought for the District's Long-Term Financial Planning Initiative at the school board's public information and input session.

Measure X revenues combined with $2.2 million in cuts only mitigate the district's increasing costs for about the next four years, so now is the time to have a community-wide conversation regarding how we will prioritize the myriad of programs, staffing, and resources in the longer term. High-level financial information will be provided at the input session prior to public comment.

The October session will focus on general comments, with a follow-up session in February on specific options. Superintendent Burmeister plans to present the results of the Long-Term Financial Planning Initiative at the regular Board meeting scheduled for June 5, 2018. If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer your comment, email here

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Programs & Activities Programs 

Service Team
Hillview Disaster Relief Event  Tuesday, October 24, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. Sponsored by the Hillview Service Team, this afternoon event occurs on a minimum day, turning a half day of school into a full day of education with a twist on service. We will have lunch, movie, guest speakers and card-making opportunities.

We are suggesting a minimum donation of $5 to attend the event supporting California Wildfire relief efforts by the American Red Cross. Any donations above and beyond the minimum will be accepted with gratitude. Family members are also welcome to attend. Register to participate here. We will have a list of participants registered at the door, so no need to bring a ticket.  Many more details available here.

6th-Grade Parents!
At the end of October and through November, sixth graders will be starting a big research project. We need a few parents to help students during the visits to the library.  The sign-up, dates and times for your student's teacher, and more information are available  here . Thanks!

Hillview STEM Fair
Registration is now open!  Last year there were over 100 students who participated with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!
  • Students register by joining the Edmodo group using the code: bvzm2, then following the link.
  • Our first meeting will take place on November 1, lunchtime, Hillview PAC. Students do not have to be registered to attend. 
  • Registration closes on November 3, 2017.
  • Students can earn up to 10 Block H points! The STEM Fair will be held on February 1, 2018 with support meetings between now and then. 
After-School Sports
Thank you for understanding the need to cancel practices and games last week due to air quality.
Flag Football  Games this week:
Monday, October 23
  • 6th grade Blue at Jordan 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24
  • 8th grade v. Borel at Hillview, 4:00 p.m.
  • 7th grade v. Borel at Fiesta Meadows, 4:00 p.m
  • 6th grade Gold v. Borel at Fiesta Meadows, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 26
  • 7th grade v. La Entrada at Hillview, 3:45 p.m.
  • 6th grade Blue at Bayside, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 27
  • 6th grade Gold v. La Entrada at Hillview, 3:45 p.m.
  • 8th grade v. La Entrada at Woodside High School, 3:45 p.m.
Girls Volleyball    League Games at Arrillaga Family Gym this week:
  • Monday, October 23, 7th/8th-grade teams
  • Tuesday, October 24, 6th-grade teams
Best of luck to all Hillview Teams!

Basketball Registration
Registration is  October 16 - 25; available online hereThere are mandatory b asketball team-placement workouts in November, as follows:
  • Saturday, November 4, 6th Boys 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.; 6th Girls 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 7th Girls 11:30 - 12:50 p.m.; 7th Boys 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 5, 8th Boys 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.; 8th Girls 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
After School Basketball registration is still open at the time of this newsletter. The deadline is Wednesday, October 25. Some grade divisions may already be full. If that occurs players will be placed on a waiting list. We'll do the best we can to place those players on teams.  Basketball is by far our most popular sport; Hillview normally fields 25 or more teams. If your student intends to play, we strongly recommend registering early. Teams usually fill up before the deadline.  We can only field as many teams as we have coaches. If we have 25 teams, we'll need at least 50 coaches. We will have some non-parent coaches, but most of the coaching staff is made up of parent volunteers. Consider coaching when you register your student to play; experience is not necessary.

Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports. Refunds are not available for after-school sports after October 31, 2017.

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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Dine Out for Lunch & Dinner 
October 23 - 26 and Raise Money for Our Schools! W hen you eat out (or take out) at participating restaurants in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, they will donate anywhere from 8-10% of proceeds to MPAEF. Participating restaurants include:

Monday 10/23
Tuesday 10/24
Wednesday 10/25
Thursday 10/26
J Wells Catering
J Wells Catering
J Wells Catering
Koma Sushi
(dinner only)
J Wells Catering
Koma Sushi
(dinner only)
Mama Coco
Mama Coco
Koma Sushi
(dinner only)
Freewheel Brewing Company
Black Pepper
Freewheel Brewing Company
Mama Coco
Main & Elm
Mama Coco
Main & Elm

Main & Elm
Main & Elm


Left Bank
Left Bank

LB Steak
LB Steak


Bistro Vida
Bistro Vida

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Because of your donations to the MPAEF, your children have a significantly different experience from children in the average California public school:
  • Our children experience 23% fewer students per class compared to the California average.
  • Our children experience art, music, and physical education programs, while most California public schools do not.
  • Our children benefit from dedicated school counselors and psychologists, not standard at most CA public schools.
Check out Superintendent Erik Burmeister, in the video here, explaining how important your MPAEF donation is in creating the Menlo Park City School District experience for all our kids.

Our MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign continues until November 3. Make your tax-deductible gift to the MPAEF  here.

Curious about other local Education Foundation asks? Look how MPAEF compares to our neighbors.

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Movie Night - Young Frankenstein  October 24, 6:30 p.m. , Menlo Park Library
The classic PG Mel Brooks comedy starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn. For more information on the free event see here.

Alpine Strikers Spring Teams Open Practices  October 26 - November 3. T he local soccer club for Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Atherton, and Woodside. Our professional coaches focus on technical skill development and emphasize the fun of the game. We will hold open practices for boys and girls for roster spot openings in players born between 2000 - 2009. F or registration and more details see here.

Family Fall Festival  October 29 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. , Home of Christ,  71 Bay RdThe Home of Christ invites the MPCSD community to its Family Fall Festival! Giant inflatable dual slides, 15x15 bounce house, hi-striker, electronic basketball, baseball toss, plus many more Carnival games, a full length fire truck from Menlo Park Fire Department, best costume contest, and spring rolls, California rolls, curry pastries, too! Everything is free! Everyone is welcome!

AYSO Spring Select Soccer Try-Outs  October 29 , Willow Oaks Park.  AYSO Spring Select is a competitive soccer program running from February 2018 to May 2018 for players U9 and up who played AYSO in the Fall of 2017. $265 registration fee. Learn more and register online here by October 27.   

Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research  CIBSR is recruiting for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on duration of social gaze. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. See here f or more information.

Community Service Opportunities
Los Ayudantes Informational Meeting  October 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. J oin us to learn from current volunteers about  an award-winning literacy non-profit in Redwood City. You can make a true difference in the lives of Redwood City students by volunteering an hour a week tutoring in reading and literacy. No special training or language skills are needed. To learn more see here and join us for a light lunch at a home in Atherton. RSVP Jenni Farrell here.

Random Acts of Flowers Looking for Volunteers  Local non-profit Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. They need floral volunteers who process and arrange donated flowers (requires a training session). Youth volunteers can host vase drives at their school and join floral activities in our shop during seasonal availability, as long as their parent completes the training. Contact Sara here  or go to the website here  for more information.

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