In This Issue
Halloween Schedule
Lockdown Drill
Halloween Dress Code
Student Conduct
Math Contest

Order Hot Lunch
Pumpkin Seeds

Speaker Series
Anxiety in Children

Makerspace Donations
Hillview STEM Fair
Music Potluck
Coaches Needed
Basketball Sign-Up
Service Team 

Wine Walk
Good Egg

Q uick Links

Questions? Email:

This Week ThisWeek 

 Sunday, October 28
  • Basketball Registration Continues on Sportability here
  • Order The LunchMaster for November here
  • ASB Food Drive, through November 1
    • Drop-Off from 8:00 - 8:20 a.m., PAC
    • During School Hours, Hillview Office

Monday, October 29

  • Music Potluck Dinner, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Picnic Tables near the Music Room
Tuesday, October 30
  • After-School Chorus, Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Music Room
Wednesday, October 31
  • Modified Schedule for Halloween with Extended Lunch, Follow "Thursday" Block Day - 2nd, 4th, 6th, and OS classes
Thursday, November 1
  • Modified Schedule - Follow "Wednesday" Block Day - 1st, 3rd, 5th, and OS classes
  • After-School Chorus, Thursdays 2:40 - 3:40 p.m., Music Room
  • Hillview Service Team, After School, Pets in Need
Friday, November 2
  • Lockdown/Barricade Drill, Hillview campus

Wednesday, November 7
  • Hillview STEM Fair First Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
    (Students do not have to be registered to attend)
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series - Documentary and Panel, "ANGST: Raising Awareness about Anxiety," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, November 10
  • Boys Basketball Evaluations, Time and Location in Programs and Activities
  • Hillview STEM Fair Registration Closes
Sunday, November 11
  • Girls Basketball Evaluations, Time and Location in Programs and Activities
Monday, November 12
  • No School, Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 13
  • AMC 8 Math Contest, 3:15 - 4:10 p.m., Room G2, Hillview

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Halloween Special Schedule
Wednesday, October 31. Students will follow their "Thursday" Block Day schedule - 2nd, 4th, 6th, and OS classes. Each class will each be a few minutes shorter, so we can have an extended lunch for Halloween. 

Thursday, November 1. Students will follow their "Wednesday" Block Day schedule - 1st, 3rd, 5th, and OS classes.

Emergency Preparedness
Friday, November 2. Hillview will be practicing our first lockdown/barricade drill of the year. This drill provides practice on how to lockdown the school and all classes if there were ever a threat on campus. The Menlo Park Police will provide feedback on the drill. For questions or concerns, email Assistant Principal Chui here.

Halloween Costume Dress Code
We want to remind everyone that the Dress for Success norms still apply. We want all students to know that any weapons (real or fake) associated with costumes are not allowed at school. Costumes that are offensive or target race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etcetera are not permitted. For students who have questions about appropriate costumes, ask Mr. Chui or Ms. O'Brien for help.

Student Conduct Reminder
For parents and students looking to get a refresher on our student policies and expectations, visit our website here and the 2018-2019 Student and Parent Handbook here.

Math Contest
Tuesday, November 13, 3:15 - 4:10 p.m., Room G2, Hillview.   A nation-wide math competition that involves problem-solving skills in a timed format. The AMC 8 contest is a timed math competition (in an exam-like format) that over 170,000 students from over 2,300 schools participated in last year. Students compete for both local and national awards. 

Contact Mr. Doroquez (Mr. D) here or talk to him at his classroom - Room G2. Additional information available here and on Edmodo. Register for the contest through your Edmodo class with the group code: ikkaac.

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Time To Order Hot Lunch
The LunchMaster menu is re ady for November orders here Menus become ready for ordering the 4th week of the month.

Happy Healthy Halloween!
It may be the end of October, but don't throw your pumpkins away! Inside the pumpkins, you can find some of the world's most healthy seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, which is important for your student's immunity, heart health, and skin health, among many other benefits. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and seasoned in a variety of ways - salty, savory, or sweet! Discover various recipes and create a taste test for your student here .

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series  
An amazing line-up this year! Upcoming speakers include Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO, Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School. Event descriptions schedule are here. Join us for our next event:

"ANGST: Raising Awareness About Anxiety"
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. A documentary and panel, Anxiety in our Children. This 56-minute film explores anxiety - its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. After the film, stay for a panel discussion with MPCSD counselors and wellness staff, moderated by our Superintendent, Erik Burmeister. This film is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

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Lunchtime Clubs
Makerspace Club - Donations Needed
If you have old Legos not in use at home, consider donating them to Hillview Makerspace Club. Bring donations to the art room, B2. Questions? Contact Ms. Kogan here.

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Hillview STEM Fair
Encourage your student to participate! Last year there were over 100 students who participated in the Hillview STEM Fair with some truly innovative and interesting experiments on a wide range of topics!
  • Wednesday, November 7, first meeting, lunchtime, in the PAC. Students do not have to be registered to attend.
  • Registration closes on Saturday, November 10
  • Students can earn up to 10 Block H points!
  • STEM Fair will be held January 31, 2019 
  • STEM Fair support meetings will be available until the fair.
Questions? Students can see Mr. Espinoza  Mr. Ritter , Ms. Hilborn , or Mr. Green .

Hillview Music
Music Potluck Dinner
Monday, October 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., by the picnic tables next to the music room.  Get ready for the fun and music to start! All families are invited to join us for an evening of food, friendship, and music. The Jazz Band, Orchestra 2, Band 2 and guest soloists will perform. If there are students who would like to perform, see Mr. Vaughan in the music room and here. This can include piano soloists, instrumental soloists, singers and chamber groups.
It's a potluck, we need everyone to bring a little something - based on first letter of your last name:
  • A-G       Substantial side dish or salad to feed 8-10
  • H-N       Dessert to feed 8-10
  • O-Z       Main dish to feed 8-10

Bring a refillable water bottle for your family's refreshment. We will also have some lemonade drink for the kids.

 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.  Set-up
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.  Dinner (dessert table opens at 6:30)
6:45-7:30/8:00 p.m.Our musicians perform in the PAC, followed by final clean-up

Sign-up here to help with set-up, organization, and clean-up!

Hillview After-School Sports
Basketball Coaches Needed
There is still a tremendous need for volunteers to coach basketball. Some of our teams are nearing capacity because we do not have enough coaches. We can only have as many teams as we have coaches. Our goal is to give all players who want to participate the opportunity to play. Parent participation as coaches or team coordinators is vital to the success of our program. Experience is not necessary. Contact Huck Hunt here  if you can help.

Basketball Sign-Ups
Girls and boys basketball registration continues on Sportability here  (corrected link) through November 1.

Mandatory Workout for Team Placement All who registered for basketball are expected to participate, held in the Hillview Gym:

6th-Grade Boys Saturday, November 10, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
7th-Grade Boys Saturday, November 10, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
8th-Grade Boys Saturday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
6th-Grade Girls Sunday, November 11, 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.
7th-Grade Girls Sunday, November 11, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.
8th-Grade Girls Sunday, November 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Practices generally twice a week - to be determined by the coach

League games to start the week of December 3.  
6th-Grade Girls - Mondays
6th-Grade Boys - Wednesdays

7th-Grade Boys - Tuesdays
7th-Grade Girls  - Mondays*
(*Possibly combined with 8th-grade girls due to league availability or games could be Fridays)
8th Grade (MPMSL) - Mondays with a couple exceptions

6th and 7th grades play games in Arrillaga Gym; 8th grade plays games at Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary

Hillview Service Team
Thank You
To the students who assembled over 100 dog and cat toys! Students will bring the toys to Pets in Need on Thursday, November 1. The students will get a tour of the shelter and meet the animals! Another visit is being planned due to overwhelming response from the kids.

Join our next few lunchtime club meetings to delve more into animal service dogs, learn about Operation Smile - cheering up servicemen abroad with Halloween treats, and other upcoming events.

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Sip Wine and Support Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools!
Don't miss this fun event - a great way to gather with friends and neighbors, sip wine and support our schools. Check in at Fremont Park - and then kick off the holiday season and enjoy a fun, sunny afternoon of talking, strolling and shopping. Purchase a bottle from your favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Winery and then stay downtown to enjoy over dinner. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools.

Here are more details and to purchase $49 advance tickets.

Good Food and Good For Our Schools - Offer from Good Eggs
All month long during October and November, 5% of every grocery order
you place on Good Eggs will go back to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation! New customers receive $15 off their first order and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser from Hillview - MPAEF gets a $500 bonus!

How to join the fundraiser:
  • Visit the website here
  • Enter the code MPAEFHILLVIEW, and click "Shop Now."
  • Add your groceries to your GoodEggs basket and simply check out.


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!
Keith Willig Landscape here

Kristin Gray,  Bespoke Real Estate  here

L&P Aesthetics here

Michael Johnston, Broker Associate, Alain Pinel Realtors here

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Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls "A Conversation with author Katherine Applegate," hereSaturday, November 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Applegate is the New York Times bestselling author of over 150 books including Wishtree, and the Endling Series. In 2013, The One and Only Ivan won the Newbery Medal, given out by the American Literary Association, for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Katherine will talk about her life as an author, the role of confidence in her success, and mingle with girls over food. Girls can sign up at Object, which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls.

Junípero Serra High School Preview  Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., home of Kelly and Michael Morehead. Learn why Junípero Serra High School could be the right choice for your son during the transformative years of high school, when character is shaped and foundational values are determined. Come meet Serra students, parents, and teachers who will speak to the rigor of the academics, the extracurricular programs, and the legendary Serra brotherhood. Register here .

Vote! Ten Days Until Election Day. You can vote by mail now! Take advantage of the League of Women Voters resources if you are looking for some help. Visit the LWV site here or Voters Edge here. If you have questions about the LWV, email us here.

Stanford Brexfit LAB  Recruiting volunteers for a brain and exercise study. We are looking for adolescents aged 12-17 years old with or without attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to take part in a neuroimaging research study exploring the effects of cycling=exercise upon brain function. The study involves 3 sessions lasting up to 3 hours. Participants will receive $50 Amazon voucher. Sessions will be arranged at times convenient for you (weekdays, after-school, and holidays). More information here.

Redwood National Junior Basketball Winter Season  R egistration is now open here. Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8th grades in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, or East Palo Alto. The season runs from November through February.

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