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8th Grade Graduation

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Monday, October 24 to Thursday, October 27
  • Minimum Day: Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, October 26
  • PTO General Meeting, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, October 27
  • Hillview Drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, 12:30 p.m. (student pizza performance), Hillview PAC
Friday, October 28
  • Hillview Drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, October 29
  • Hillview Drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • 7/8 Band performing at the Menlo Park City Halloween Parade, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Downtown Menlo Park
Looking Ahead 

Monday, October 31

  • 7/8 Band performing at the Oak Knoll Halloween Parade, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., Oak Knoll Elementary School
  • Halloween - Extended Lunch

Tuesday, November 1

  • Summit Prep and Everest High Schools Information Night, Hillview Tank (upstairs in the library), 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 3

  • 8th Grade Graduation Party Informational Luncheon, 12:00 p.m., RSVP to Sonya Fletcher by November 1
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Conferences This Week
Parent-teacher conferences are this week,   Monday, October 24 through   Thursday, October 27.  School ends at 11:45 a.m. and there are no after-school classes. SamTrans buses will ONLY operate in the mornings -- they will have regular morning routes on buses 82, 83 and 84, but WILL NOT run after school routes. Students who take SamTrans home from school will need to find alternative ways to get home. The yellow bus WILL run all routes as usual -- both before and after school. The after-school bus will leave Hillview at approximately   12 noon. Friday, October 28  is a regular school day with   3:05 p.m. dismissal and bus transportation as usual.  

Summit Prep and Everest High Schools Information Night
Join us at the Summit Prep and Everest High Schools Information Night on   Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Hillview Tank (upstairs in the library). Click here to see flyer.

Volunteer Opportunities for the 8th Grade Class Graduation Party
Looking for a wonderful opportunity to get involved with the 8th grade class of 2017? Come to this informational luncheon and learn how you can help make the final event of your child's years at Hillview a night to remember! Party co-chairs Sonya Fletcher & Sharon Purcell will fill you in with all the details on how you can help with planning and executing this super fun graduation tradition. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3 from   12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at 12 Wood Lane in Menlo Park, and lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Sonya by November 1. 

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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 the 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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Last Tuesday, Superintendent Maurice Ghysels presented   preliminary budget reductions  to the Board of over $5.5 million over the next three years to address the structural deficit faced by the district as a result of the expiring 2010 parcel tax and the failure to pass a new parcel tax last May. Additionally, the district faces increased enrollment as a result of the great program MPCSD offers and increased mandated contribution rates to the state teacher retirement system. 

A large crowd filled the Hillview PAC at the October 18 Board meeting; you can read the   Almanac's coverage  of the meeting and examples of the proposed cuts. 

The Communications Advisory Committee strongly encourages parents to be informed and involved. There's still time to come up with a plan to address the issues facing the district; we need your involvement now!

Please attend one of the Community Input Sessions at the Hillview Performing Arts Center (PAC) tomorrow and   Tuesday. For your convenience, the Board is offering a morning and evening session.
  • October 24 @ 9:00 a.m.: Day-time Special Board Meeting to hear from the community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring 2010 parcel tax. Comments regarding the proposed cuts are also welcome. 
  • October 25 @ 6:00 p.m.: Evening-time Special Board Meeting to hear from the community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring 2010 parcel tax. Comments regarding the proposed cuts are also welcome.

Can't attend? Don't like to speak at public meetings? We understand. We have developed an  online form for you to submit your online input before October 31. Feel free to submit today.


What will happen next? The Board will consider all the input and provide direction to the staff and community beginning at the   November 9  regular Board meeting, which will begin at   6:00 p.m.  in the Hillview PAC. 

Want to find out more information?  Keep up-to-date in the Announcement section of the   MPCSD website toward the bottom of the front page. 

Have questions? Want answers?  Email the Communication Advisory Team.

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Hillview Drama Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
Hillview Drama is proud to present The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Mr. Bill Hairston. The cast of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders performs this weekend in several shows. Come see the show on   Thursday, October 27 after school at   12:30 p.m. for Pizza and a Show,   on Friday  evening at   7:00 p.m., at the   Saturday  matinee at   3:00 p.m., and   on Saturday  evening at   7:00 p.m. All performances will be held in the Hillview Performing Arts Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. This Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman, allowing us to share her relatable experience of adolescence as a modern teenager. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, to hide in a secret annex space above her father's former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne's spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, "in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart." Anne's dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

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 opened this weekend at Woodside High School and will continue with performances next Thursday and over the weekend. 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 .

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 come and hear us!

Intramural Sports
There will be no intramural sports program this week because of early dismissal during Conferences. Intramural sports will continue next week with indoor soccer and hockey in the gym. 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 the bleachers or the stage. Please, no food or drink in gym.

Tournament Team Volleyball
Tournament Team volleyball is now completed. We thank the coaches, parents, and especially the players for a great season. All players remain on Burgess League teams and we wish them the best of luck for the remainder of that season.

Burgess League Volleyball
The 6th set of League games will take place 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 25 - 6th grade hosts BRSSD at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28 - 6th grade hosts Woodside Elementary at 3:30 p.m.; 7th grade travels La Entrada at 3:45 p.m.; 8th grade hosts Woodside Elementary at 4:30 p.m.
The full Flag Football schedule can be found here.

Girls Tournament Team Basketball
Tryouts will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, October 26-27, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Team selection will occur immediately after. The first team practice will be on Saturday, October 29.

Boys Tournament Team Basketball
Tryouts will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 24-25, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Practice will begin on Thursday, October 27, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Team selection will be announced either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

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
Registration for all Hillview Students is now closed. Anyone attempting to register will be placed on a waiting list. We will try to get wait listed players on a team as best as we can. Burgess League Basketball Team Placement workouts will take place on Thursday, November 3 for 7th/8th grade girls, Saturday, November 5 for 6th/7th grade boys and 6th grade girls, and Sunday, November 6 for 8th grade boys. Specific times and gender/grade levels are noted on Sportability. We expect all players to attend team placement workouts unless you have notified Mr. Bell in advance. Teams will be formed by November 7 and practices will begin just before or after the Thanksgiving Break.

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

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Halloween Is Creeping Up and the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign Ends Soon
Forget ghosts and ghouls and goblins, it's pretty scary to think what would happen if the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign were to end on November 4th without us reaching our goal of $1500 per student that our district needs. 

Don't think our school specialists have a hand in Halloween happenings? Think again! 
  • Our physical education specialists help our kids develop the stamina they need to trick-or-treat on every street in the district
  • Our art specialists can inspire our kids do useful and beautiful things with all those candy wrappers
  • The guidance counselors we support can help our kids learn how to calm themselves down from the Halloween hangovers
  • Our science and innovation teams might help our students invent an antioxidant-rich candy that actually tastes amazing
With barely two weeks remaining in the campaign, remember how important your donation is to all of our students. Let's invest in education. Together. (And then go eat up all the leftover candy in celebration of a job well done.) Click  here to pledge or donate today!
Leave the planning and clean up of either lunch or dinner or both to someone else for one day, or even two. Once again, MPAEF brings you TWO days to  get out of the kitchen and dine out at local, favorite restaurants to benefit our schools. A percentage of the proceeds from participating restaurants will be generously given to the MPAEF to support our schools. The participating restaurants are: Amici's, Bradley's Fine Diner, Bistro Vida, Carpaccio, Freewheel Brewing Co, Galata Bistro, Jeffrey's, Left Bank, LB Steak, Lutticken's, Main & Elm, Mama Coco, Mardini's and Yogurt Stop! 
With minimum days on the calendar this week, what a perfect way to make the most of lunch or dinner with your kids, for your 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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Bellarmine Admissions Event: Come to a current Bellarmine 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! Still Spots Open for Hillview 6th Graders: 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 middle schooler 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   11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  All proceeds benefit MPAEF (cost is $65). Please contact Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti to sign up.

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.  

La Entrada Book Fair Donations: October 10-28, 2200 Sharon Rd. Please donate your gently used books to La Entrada Middle School. Bins will be located in front of the school. All genres accepted, as well as books for children and adults. (Please, no textbooks or reference books.) The Used Book Fair will be held on   November 7-10, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 100% of the sales go directly to PTA-funded programs, and many books will be donated to Ravenswood schools and the Menlo Park public libraries.

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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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