Monday, October 8
- Spirit Week Begins - PJ Day
Tuesday, October 9
- Online Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Opens
- School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, October 10
- Walk or Bike to School Day
Thursday, October 11
- Hillview Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
- Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
Friday, October 12
- Spirit Week - Hillview Spirit Day
- Fright Night Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, October 15
- Regular Schedule, 3:05 p.m. dismissal
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19
- Minimum Days, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m. due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, October 18
- Service Team, After-School Visit to Pets In Need
Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12 is going to be another busy week at Hillview Middle School. Our ASB students have worked diligently to put together a fun week of dressing up and spirit competitions for all grade levels, so come show your Hillview pride by donning your favorite outfits and playing some lunchtime games, including musical chairs and What's in the Box? Our spirit days are:
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 11, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office. Comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, Site Council meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here. All parents in our community are welcome!
Walk or Bike to School Day
Wednesday, October 10. This is a day when we promote physical well-being, safe routes to school, and a decreased ecological footprint. If you can, we highly encourage families to reduce carbon emissions by walking or biking to school together this Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19, afternoons. Specific information about how to sign up for a parent conference will be sent via email, including the link to sign up for conferences. Our online conference scheduler will open to all parents on Tuesday, October 9.
Minimum Days - Students Dismissed 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19 are conference days and therefore will be minimum days for students with dismissal at 11:45. (Monday, October 15 is a regular day with 3:05 dismissal.) Due to minimum days:
- Morning SamTrans routes will run as usually scheduled
- MPCSD yellow bus will run each day, leaving Hillview at 11:50 on minimum days
- There will be NO SamTrans buses after school on minimum days
- There will be NO after-school classes - no enrichment classes, no homework center and no math clinic on minimum days
PTO and MPAEF
Thank You for Your Donations
To everyone who participated in the One Community Campaign, we had a wonderful showing and appreciate your support for our kids and our schools.
PTO fundraising is complete.
MPAEF fundraising continues through the rest of the school year. If you have not had a chance to donate or pledge, or would like to increase your donation, there is still time to donate
Official results will be published after the many corporate matches and other generous company donations are received. Thanks again to this wonderful community for coming together to invest in our children's future.
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The 2018-19 Student-Family Directory Is Here!
The online directory has been updated with the current year registration information and class lists. Access the directory here.
Your username, usually your email address, and password will remain the same if you have registered in previous years. New users should register on the sign-in page using the email address that you used to register with the district. You will receive a verification link and be able to set a password for access. Your directory account is currently independent from the district login accounts and requires a separate login. Once signed in, you can search for student or parent/guardian names and view class lists. The directory is also mobile-browser friendly. You can add its icon to your home screen on both iOS and Android devices.
If you have trouble accessing the directory or see any information that needs to be corrected or have suggestions and/or feedback, email here. Any changes of physical addresses need to be verified by the District Registrar first.
Open Position - School Board Finance and Audit Committee
Applications due by Friday, October 19, 2018. The Menlo Park City School District Board of Education is seeking one volunteer community member to serve on the School Board Finance and Audit Committee. The committee was established in 2012 to facilitate public understanding of the district's financial reporting process and to assist staff in the delivery of timely, clear and reliable financial information to the public. The committee will review and analyze multi-year projection assumptions, can provide input on strategic decisions regarding fiscal health i.e., bonding decisions, long-term economic uncertainty reserve, retiree actuarial report, etc., and on an annual basis, review the audit with an independent auditor. For more information on the mandate and bylaws, click here.
The committee meets 5 - 7 times per year, usually Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Menlo Park City School District Office. Interested in this position? Submit a letter of interest, resume, as well as, background information about yourself as it relates to the position to: Menlo Park City S
chool District, Superintendent's Office, Attention: Lanita Villasenor, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027 or you may email your information
Join Superintendent Burmeister for Sup & Sandwich
Friday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Superintendent Burmeister invites the community to join him for conversation about our school district over a casual lunch. Erik will host his first Sup & Sandwich event. Assorted sandwiches will be provided for those who RSVP by October 15. You can RSVP here.
Programs & Activities
There are a variety of lunch clubs each day of the week. Encourage your child to get involved! You'll find the list
Community Service | Ms. Batiste, Mrs. Goldman, Ms. Lang | Thursday (every other)
Book Squad | Mrs. Piombo | Mondays
Classical Musicals Club | Mr. Vaughan | Mondays
Drawing Club | Mrs. Kogan | Mondays
Math Club | Mrs. Dutta | Monday (every other)
Moe's Kitchen Business Club | Mr. Darmanin | Mondays
Quiz Bowl | Ms. Kayton | Tuesdays
Spanish Club | Mrs. Marchal | Tuesdays
Club Fergie | Officer Mary Ferguson | 1st Wednesday
French Culture | Madame Kingsley | Wednesdays
Cheer Dance | Mrs. DeAnda | Thursdays (beginning January)
Chess Club | Mr. Sullivan | Thursdays
Club 41 | Ms. Ellis | Thursdays
Cooking Club | Mr. Coscia | Thursdays
Drama Tech Club | Mr. Hairston | Thursdays
WE Club | Mrs. Schlegel | Thursdays
Book Club | Mrs. Mathenia Friday (every other)
Maker Space | Ms. Kogan | Fridays
Science Rocks | Ms. Ritter, Mr. Espinoza | (Oct.-Jan.)
Next Meeting, Thursday, October 11, lunchtime, PAC. This week we will make dog and cat toys to deliver on two separate after-school field trip opportunities. All students interested in volunteering at Pets in Need should come to the next meeting and join the Service Team Google classroom to hear about upcoming opportunities.
Last week we had close to 100 students attend our lunchtime presentation from Pets in Need! Students learned about rescues, how a "no kill" animal shelter like Pets in Need is run, and even met some of the shelter pups!
Parent Volunteer Opportunity
Are you a parent interested in supporting or leading one of our service team projects or chaperoning an after-school outing? Email here to find an opportunity that fits into your schedule.
Fright Night Dance
Friday, October 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the PAC (7th- and 8th-grade students only). There will be music, a game room to hang out in, a free photo booth, and $1-$2 bake sale concessions, sold outside. Dress for Success norms apply, and there will be staff and parent chaperones supervising the dance. While cell phones are allowed, the expectation is that phones will be invisible/off while on the dance floor and NOT used to take photographs/video. Students are allowed to use their phones for photos in the lobby, game room, and concession/kitchen area. Although it is a Halloween-themed dance, costumes are discouraged. If your child wants to dress up, they must follow some basic rules which will be reviewed on HawkTalk. These include, no covering the face/masks, no props of any kind, no excessive gore.
A discounted pre-sale is available at lunch in the quad (student store), $7 for ASB cardholders, $9 regular price. If you miss the discounted pre-sale all week at lunch, students can still attend for $10 at the door.
Students dropped off after 6:30 p.m. will need to be walked inside the PAC by a parent or guardian. Pick-up is promptly at 8:00 p.m., so our chaperones can go home to their families.
Family Day at the Pumpkin Patch with Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Webb Ranch. You can buy some pumpkins for your family and some to donate to the children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. There will be bouncy houses, corn mazes, and hayrides. Come join the fun!
Sundays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Stanford Quads square dance club welcomes singles, couples, and families with children ages 10 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Our club is not affiliated with either Stanford University or the church, we just rent space from them. Two free introductory nights (October 7 and October 14) or sign up for our weekly class. Information is available
or download the flyer
Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support
Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. Fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa
or contact Sharon Purcell
California Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons
Monday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. in Menlo Park (location details will be sent upon RSVP).
Join other Hillview parents as the League of Women Voters presents the Pros and Cons of the eleven California State Ballot Propositions included in the upcoming November 6, 2018 election. Come for coffee and cake, learn about the ballot measures that can affect our community. We are non-partisan and neither support nor oppose candidates or political parties. RSVP here.
Fit Kids Free Lecture Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m., Menlo Circus Club. Ron Jones, a credentialed PE teacher and historical kinesiologist who enjoys teaching and sharing classical physical education and vintage exercise methods. Jones, the executive director and PE historian for the award-winning documentary film, The Motivation Factor, which profiled the benefits of classical PE throughout history and how these methods are still valid for today's youth and adults. More information here and here. RSVP here.
TIDE Academy Sequoia Union High School District's new high school. There are
three opportunities for learning more about the first public high school within the Peninsula to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Curriculum is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based and interdisciplinary learning as a focal point. TIDE Academy opens in August 2019 and will start with the founding class of about 100 ninth-grade students. Located at
150 Jefferson Drive,
Menlo Park. Additional information
. We look forward to seeing you at these events.
- Tuesday, October 9, a parent coffee hosted by a Hillview parent, 6:30 p.m. If you wish to attend, RSVP here, so we can get a head count.
- Saturday, October 13, a student coffee, 9:30 a.m., Cafe Borrone located at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. This will be an opportunity for interested students to ask questions about TIDE Academy and give input on what they are looking for in a small school. We look forward to seeing you at these events.
- Thursday, October 18, Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sequoia Union High School District Office.
"'Say What?' The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids," Friday, November 2, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall. Challenge Success 15th Annual Parent Education Event. Dr. Wendy Mogel, acclaimed speaker and author, will join Dr. Madeline Levine and Dr. Denise Pope for an evening of education, conversation, and inspiration about the power of communication to strengthen family relationships and support our kids to be healthy and engaged with learning. Dr. Mogel will share tips for communicating with children and teens at each age and stage from her new book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. Tickets are available on the Challenge Success website here.
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