In This Issue
End of First Trimester
Turkey Trot PE
Thanksgiving Break
8th Grade Graduation Party
Board Meeting

Hillview 6th-Grade Bike Rodeo

Drama Bugsy Malone
After-School Sports
Register Basketball

Campaign Deadline

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This Week ThisWeek
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, 6th/7th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday

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Wednesday, November 8
  • Parent Education Speaker Series "Anxiety and Depression in Teenagers," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, November 10
  • No School - Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 14
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, November 15
  • LunchMaster BBQ, 11:40 a.m. Hillview Quad
Friday, November 17
  • End of First Trimester
  • Turkey Trot PE
Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24
  • Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 27
  • No School Staff Work Day

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After-School Academic Support
Is your student looking for additional support with academics? Go here to review the after-school academic supports Hillview has to offer. Hillview offers several programs to help students boost their learning. Go Hawks! 

Parents of Students Applying out to Private School
This is a reminder that if your student is applying out to private school for the 2018-19 school year, there is a process that Hillview requires you to follow listed here including the submission of the Student Information Form hereAlthough the final deadline for this information is December 1, the teachers and office would greatly appreciate the information provided sooner than later. This allows us time to provide meaningful and rich information to your student's prospective schools as well as meet the application deadlines. If you are applying to schools that DO NOT use the Ravenna electronic system, you will need to provide the office with stamped envelopespre-addressed with the receiving school's information.

Community Building 
Hillview's Fall Family Dinner for our Tinsley Transfer families took place at the East Palo Alto Senior Center last Thursday, October 19. Hillview meets annually with the East Palo Alto/East Menlo Park community for an evening of food, fellowship, conferencing, and programming. Families of 41 students attended (over a hundred people!), meeting with the 38 Hillview and district staff to talk about student progress and learn more about Edmodo, PowerSchool, Smarter Balanced Assessment Results, English Learner Redesignation, and High School Registration. A great success! Thanks to all the teachers and staff who helped make this a very positive evening. 

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8th Grade Graduation Party
Thanks to those who volunteered this week to help organize this fun filled event honoring our 8th graders. The class will be so grateful.

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Hillview 6th-Grade Bike Rodeo 
Wednesday, November 8 through Thursday, November 9, 2017. To help our students bike safely, Hillview is holding a bike rodeo for 6th graders during P.E. class. The event is led by the Menlo Park Police officers, but they need extra hands to make sure the event goes smoothly, which is where you come in  hopefully!  You don't need to be an expert bicyclist, you just need to help groups of kids at the different stations. It's a great chance to see your 6th grader during school and win civic brownie points. There will be a pizza lunch for volunteers between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Click here to volunteer! 

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Last year, Randeep Nandal, Hillview ASB Vice President, ran for office on a platform that included a promise to work on having the school day start later. In order to explore the viability of this plan, he has developed a survey here to gauge the thoughts of parents, students, and staff. Randeep's efforts are supported by the Hillview administration, but please know that while your responses are welcome, they will not commit us to any particular path. Any changes would require a recommendation from the MPCSD Board of Trustees.

Hillview Drama Proudly Presents Bugsy Malone  Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 4 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.  In this slapstick musical comedy, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs, the message is one of good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful cartoon cutouts; and the weapons of choice are "splurge" whip cream guns, flour bombs, and custard,
pies.  Tickets are $8.00 for students and seniors, and $10.00 for adults. Tickets are for sale at the door and online  here . Hope to see you there!

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

Congratulations to the Hillview Band for their outstanding performance in the Menlo Park downtown Halloween Parade! If you missed it and want to hear more, the Hillview Band's next performances will be at Oak Knoll on Halloween, leading the costume parade at 8:30 a.m. On November 1, the Hillview Band will be performing for the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Upper Laurel from 10:35 - 11:10 a.m. In Jazz News, this past Friday, October 27 we had a Special Guest NYC tenor sax artist and Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member, Jessica Jones, at Hillview to work with the students on improvisation concepts. This Thursday, November 2, M-A's Jazz Band will be coming at lunchtime to present a special noontime concert! All students are invited to come by and enjoy the music in the Quad!

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, at lunchtime, in the 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
Flag Football  Final games of the season:
Thursday, November 2
  • 6th-grade Blue vs 6th-grade Gold at 3:45 p.m. at Hillview
Friday, November 3
  • 6th grade at La Entrada at 3:45 p.m.
  • 8th grade at La Entrada at 3:45 p.m.
Girls Volleyball   League games at Arrillaga Family Gym this week:
  • Monday, October 30 7th/8th-grade teams
  • Tuesday, October 31 NO games for 6th-grade teams due to Halloween
Best of luck to all Hillview Teams!

Basketball Registration is closed!
Players are still welcome to sign up and be placed on a waiting list. We will do the best we can to place those players on teams. Registration is only available online here. Basketball is by far our most popular sport. Hillview will field at least 27 teams. We can only field as many teams as we have coaches. We are in dire need of coaches especially for the 6th-grade boys. Please consider coaching and let us know if you are willing to assist us in providing a great experience for your children. Coaching experience or basketball knowledge is not necessary.

Mandatory Basketball Team-Placement workouts for all Hillview teams:
  • Saturday, November 4
    • 8:30 - 9:50 a.m., 6th-grade Boys
    • 10:00 - 11:20 a.m., 6th-grade Girls
  • Saturday, November 4 
    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., 7th-grade Girls
    • 1:00 - 2:20 p.m., 7th-grade Boys
  • Sunday, November 5
    • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 8th-grade Boys
    • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., 8th-grade Girls
If your players are unable to attend workouts, please let us know in advance. They will still be placed on a team.

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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Caution: Deadline Approaching...
The MPAEF annual parent campaign deadline is this Friday, November 3. Thank you to the families who have already donated. However, without additional donations, the extra $40,000 of Growth Grant money from our generous, local business partners and realtors is at risk. Please get your donations in by  Friday in order to qualify us for this important $$.
There are various ways to make your tax-deductible donation. Visit here for more information!
  • By check sent to the MPAEF office
  • By pledging online today, and paying at a future date
  • By setting up recurring, monthly payments
  • By transferring appreciated stock
Donor Roll
We have revised our 2017-18 donor roll here and it will be printed in the auction catalog and sent home with each child this spring and will be available on our website as well. Of course, if you would like your donation to be anonymous, that is fine too!
Employer Matching
Remember Employer Matching is a great way to earn "free money" for our schools.

T he MPAEF Thanks our  Dine Out Partners !
The MPAEF Thanks our  Growth Grant Business Partners!

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If you feel like you are noticing more anxiety and depression in kids today - maybe even your own - you are not alone. Upcoming Speaker Series presenter, Jacob Towery, MD, also notes this increase in his own practice: "I have seen more teenagers seeking help for anxiety and depression recently than ever before. I think that screen time has become more ubiquitous and its effects on sleep and attention have been catastrophic. I plan to give parents several concrete things that they can do to improve the situation for their children including: 1) what parents can do to be at their best for themselves and their children; 2) the importance of modeling behavior for teens; and 3) how to deal with screens and sleep effectively so that teens can be well rested and better equipped for all of life's challenges."

You may have also noticed recent media coverage of children and mental health. Here are some resources, including a multi-angled article spread from teens for teens, written by the student journalists at MA. 

Please join us for a discussion about this important and increasingly common topic with Dr. Towery,  Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist; Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry; Author of "The Anti-Depressant Book: A Practical Guide for Teens and Young Adults to Overcome Depression and Stay Healthy" on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30pm  at the Hillview PAC. Books, Inc. will be selling, and Dr. Towery will be signing, his book at the event. This event is geared towards parents/adults.

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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 and 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 RoadThe 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!
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.

Storytelling Festival  Mondays in November at 7:00 p.m.  Throughout the month of November, the Menlo Park Library will present a series of performances by professional storytellers. A different teller will share tales at the Main Library, and there also will be performances on selected afternoons at the Belle Haven Branch Library. See the whole schedule   here .

Stanford Sleep Medicine Center Looking for Participants  Does your adolescent (age 13-17 years old) have symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome? If so, they may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center regarding an investigational medication that may be able to treat their condition. Participants will receive extensive sleep evaluation and reimbursement for participation. For more information, please email Polina Davidenko here .

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