In This Issue
Conference Sign-Ups
Absences/ Tardies
Site Council
Lunchmaster BBQ

General PTO Meeting

Private Info-Social    Media
Online Directory

ASB Canned Food Drive
Knitting/Crochet Club
 Books Come Alive
Music at Disneyland  
Service-Costume Drive
 Flag Football/ Volleyball
Register Basketball

8th-Grade Info Night

Halloween Costumes

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek
Monday, October 9 - Thursday, October 12
  • Halloween Costume Drive, drop-off at carline or bins in office
Tuesday, October 10
  • Board Meeting - Student Information and Social Media Access, 6:00 p.m., District Office
  • Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
Tuesday, October 10 - Friday, November 3
  • ASB Canned Food Drive, 7:55 - 8:20 a.m., carline and PAC 
  Thursday, October 12
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m., MPCSD TERC building
Saturday, October 14 - Friday, October 20
  • Conference Sign-Ups, October 14, 12:00 a.m. - October 20, 11:59 a.m.

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Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20
  • ASB Spirit Week
Wednesday, October 18, 
  • 8th-Grade Information Night, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m., M-A
Friday, October 20
  • Halloween Dance, 7/8 Grade, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, October 24 
  • Special "Open Session" Board Meeting re: Long-Term Financial Planning and Community Input Session, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m, MPCSD TERC building
Tuesday, October 24 - Friday October 27
  • Minimum Days - Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25
  • General PTO Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Hillview PAC
Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5
  • Mandatory Team-Placement Workout for Basketball, 6/7th Saturday and 8th Sunday

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Hillview Parent Teacher Conferences 
Hillview will hold conferences during the afternoons of October 24 - 27, 2017. Conference days are minimum days and students are dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Hillview employs a third-party online conference scheduler to help teachers and parents schedule meetings. The time frame for parents to sign on and schedule a conference is from October 14, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. through October 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. If parents want to schedule a meeting after this window, they must contact the teacher directly. Please note that it is not possible for our teachers to conference with all families. Hillview's practice is to set up high-priority conferences first, and then open up the conference scheduler for the remaining slots on a first come, first served basis.  All Hillview families will receive an email with instructions for scheduling a conference on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Reporting an Absence 
If your student is going to be absent from school, report the absence and the reason for the absence to Mrs. Cathy Bell, our Attendance Clerk. She is available by phone at 650-326-4341 or by email here. If an absence is not reported, Mrs. Bell will contact parents/guardians to get the reason for the absence for attendance reporting purposes. See the Hillview Handbook here for more information.

Tardy Policy  
Set yourself up for success! Being on time for school and for each class at Hillview is important! A student earns a tardy for being late to school or class without a valid reason.  Our tardy policy is as follows:  
  •     Tardy 1 and 2 are "Free."
  •     Tardy 3, 4, and 5 each earn an office detention.
  •     Tardy 6 and up each earn a Saturday School.
We ask that families encourage students to get to school and to class on time! Our  Hillview Handbook is  here for more information. 

Hillview Site Council  
We meet this Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. We will receive updates on the 2017-18 Site Plan and our student wellness goals. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

We are a collaborative group of parents, teachers, and staff who meet monthly to discuss and establish school-wide goals and actions. Our mission is to inspire and empower all students to be resilient problem solvers, compassionate contributors, and lifelong learners during their journey of academic and personal growth.

Hillview School Counselors  
We have compiled some resources for Hillview families in light of the events in Las Vegas. This senseless act of violence could cause fear among our students, and we want to equip you with resources to thoughtfully respond and process the information with your child. We recommend keeping the message simple. Focusing on the things that are in place to keep our children safe, such as, first responders and school personnel. Many of the resources listed here advise similar actions on the part of parents, such as taking breaks from the news, making ourselves available for conversations, and remaining calm and reassuring. More resources here , here , here , and here .

The LunchMaster Live Hillview BBQ!  
Wednesday, October 11 at the Hillview Quad. All BBQ orders can be placed in your LunchMaster account  here. The BBQ meals will be accompanied by a fruit, vegetable, and beverage.  October live BBQ Options:  1)  BBQ Chicken and Pineapple on a Hoagie,  2)  Philly Cheesesteak,  3) Sub Garden Burger (vegetarian).  The LunchMaster office is happy to help  place your BBQ orders.  All other meal options are available to order as well. Order deadline is Tuesday, October 10 by 10:00 a.m.

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General PTO Meeting
The Hillview Community is invited to attend the general meeting, October 25, at 9 a.m. in the 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. You are invited to view the budget  here and the bylaws  here, as well as in the Hillview office.      
Congratulations Hillview PTO
The MPAEF would like to congratulate the Hillview PTO on the completion of their annual membership campaign. Thank you to all the PTO supporters who volunteer and donate. Join the PTO here if you haven't already.  

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MPCSD Student Information and Social Media Notice
By state law, any ti me a school district considers a plan to gather pupil information obtained from social media, it must n otify students and parents about the proposed progr am and provide the opportunity for public comment prior  to adoption of the program.
While the District does not intend to make a practice of reviewing student social media accounts, from time to time we may be required to investigate publicly available online content in response to reports of cyberbullying, threats or other misconduct, or in connection with a student suicide risk assessment in an effort to ensure a safe learning environment. Student safety is the District's top priority and we welcome the opportunity to further discuss the components  of our school safety programs that may involve a review of publicly available student social media at the October 10, 2017, Board meeting. The Board meeting begins at  6:00 p.m.  and will be held at the District Office, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton. 

MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
Anxiety and Depression in Teenagers 
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. , Hillview PAC. Come listen to Jacob Towery, MD talk about anxiety and depression in teenagers. The evening will include time for questions and answers. 

Does your child struggle with symptoms of anxiety or depression?  Do you wonder what you can do about it?  Or are you looking for strategies to help keep your child on track? 

Jacob Towery, MD, 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."  Dr. Towery will be available to sign books after the event. Books will be available for purchase. 

Free childcare for potty-trained children. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.  More information, as well as, videos of past parent education events are available here, including 10/3/2017 "The Future Of Education, in MPCSD and Beyond."

Online Directory Reminder
Quick reminder that the district student/family directory is available online at .  If you've had trouble signing on, try the password-help link to get access. If you are still having issues or need to change your information, contact  for help.  Your student can also access the online directory using their @  email address!

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Programs & Activities Programs 

After-School Programs
Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin  - Wednesdays 
Classes will be on Wednesdays (instead of Fridays)  2:45 - 4:30 p.m.,  and we have space for two more students. This class is for students who have had at least three years of Chinese classes and who want to gain confidence in their speaking and writing in a fun, engaging classroom.  Learn more and sign up on the PTO After-School Programs page here.

We Scare Hunger Canned Food Drive Hillview's Associated Student Body is hosting our annual food drive October 10 - November 3. Bring cans of food to school and drop them off in the PAC lobby from 7:55 to 8:20 a.m. We have bins labeled for each academy; these bins will be picked up by the Second Harvest Food Bank. We can take any type of canned food, but no bulk rice, flour, or sugar, and no glass. The preferred items are hereThank you!

eBooks and Audiobooks now available to all Hillview students! Your student ID gives you access to over 80 audiobooks and over 800 eBooks through the OverDrive app. It works on your school iPad or virtually any device, tablet, computer or phone. Use your student ID and ask the library if you need any help!        
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Books Come Alive this Halloween at your library! Come dressed up as a character from a book. Come to the library before school or at brunch to get a prize and a block H point. We will also take your photo and display it in the library!

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner! All creative writers interested in meeting up with other writers are invited to bring your lunch to the library this Tuesday for an organizing meeting of the Writing Club. 

Lunch Clubs
Hillview's Knitting and Crochet Club Mondays and Thursdays during lunch in Room A8. We would like donations of yarn, knitting needles (wood preferred) and crochet hooks. Some of the students will be learning how to knit and crochet, while others will have the opportunity to work on projects and improve their skills. All students are welcome!  Questions about donations or more information on how you can help, email Kristyn Cardosi here

The Concert Band 2, Orchestra 2, and Choir have been selected to perform at Disneyland! We are still locking in dates, but the tour will be in Spring 2018. Congrats to all musicians!

Service Team
Halloween Costume Drive from Friday , October 6 to Thursday, October 12
The Hillview Service Team is leading a Halloween costume drive for the San Mateo County Children's Fund. Please provide new or gently worn costumes that are in good condition. Service Team students will be at carpool lane to collect costumes. Costumes can also be dropped in the costume bin inside the office. This program distributes costumes to hundreds of youth in our county who otherwise could not afford to buy one!  All contributions are   greatly appreciated!

After-School Sports
Flag Football 
Games this week include:   
Tuesday, October 10
   7th grade v. BRSSD (Nesbitt School in Belmont), 5:00 p.m.
   6th grade Gold at BRSSD (Nesbit School in Belmont), 5:00 p.m
   8th grade v. BRSSD at Hillview, 4:00 p.m.
 Thursday, October 12
   8th grade v. Eagen at Hillview, 5:00 p.m. 
   7th grade v. Blach at Hillview, 4:00 p.m.     
   6th grade Blue at JLS, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 13
   7th grade v. BCS at Hillview, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
League Games at Arrillaga this week  include:
   Monday, October 9,  7th/8th-grade teams
   Tuesday, October 10,  6th-grade teams

Basketball Registration
Registration available online hereOctober 16 - 25. There will be mandatory team-placement workouts on Saturday, November 4 for 6th and 7th graders; Sunday, November 5 for 8th graders. 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. The deadline for registration is October 25, but 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 the registration deadline.

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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M-A 8th-Grade Information Night October 18, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. This event will highlight the strengths of M-A as an academic and social community, share information about our athletic and enrichment opportunities, and personalize M-A through presentations by our students and faculty. The night begins with the principal's welcome and a special student performance  at 6:15 p.m. Then at 6:45 p.m., groups will tour various sites on campus to learn about the excellent academic programs from our teaching staff and hear from students about their M-A experience. Tours will be led by students and PTA volunteers.

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Two Ways To Make Your Donations Go Further!

1) Grow Your Impact Local Business Challenge
To encourage families to  Grow their Impact by increasing their donations, our amazing business partners will contribute $5k to t he MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign for each percentage point of growth we achieve over last year.  /Users/acoolican/Downloads/Grow Your Impact image.png

Our local businesses are excited about partnering with MPAEF and they understand that a strong community begins with strong schools. Let's show them we are up to the challenge! 

2)  Employer Match
Employer matching is free  money   to our schools and is included in your family's overall donation recognition. For questions, please contact us here.

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

Buy Your Kids' Halloween Costumes 
It's not a trick but it is a treat. Buy costumes this year while  also giving money back to your school!  The MPAEF has partnered with retailers such as Target and Amazon  on products you would buy anyway. Please visit here   to reach the retailer of your choice. Only spooky detail is that you need to use this link to get the 5% back, going direct to the site will not reward us. Thanks for shopping at your favorite places while also doing good for our kids!  Shop here  now! 

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Learn to Square Dance TONIGHT! October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., 1100 Middle Avenue,.
Free introductory session for everyone ages 9 to 99 (minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.) See here  for more information. 

Youth League Tennis Registration Open Saturdays, October 7 through December 2, Rinconada Park. Youth League Tennis was created by a former Wimbledon player to give all kids ages 5-14 the opportunity to learn, play, and compete in their own neighborhood. YLT groups kids into five levels of play ranging from beginners through advanced players. Our goal is to help players get ready to play High School Tennis. Scholarships are provided for eligible families. Register  here through our website or send us an email  here.

Community Service Opportunities
Challenge Day 2017 Volunteers needed. October 16 - 18, from 8:15 to 3:30 p.m., at M-A. Join us for a memorable one-day workshop that promotes compassion, communication, and community building, and that helps our teens break down barriers and create new levels of empathy and respect. Adult volunteers are critical to the program's success. Contact Taylor Perkins here to volunteer.

Parent Education Opportunities
"Fostering Resilience in Children and Teens and Why it Matters," October 20, 7:30 p.m. Join Challenge Success, a non-profit organization affiliated with Stanford's Graduate School of Education, for our annual public parent-education program. This year's event features Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Challenge Success Co-Founders Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine. For more information and event tickets go here.

"Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens: Advice from a College Admissions Expert," Cynthia Colón, Ed.D. offers a practical road map to follow throughout high school. October 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall. Register here. October 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Woodside High School, MUR. Register here.

"ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety," Documentary Film and Panel Discussion
November 9, 7:00 p.m., Carlmont High School PAC. This powerful film includes discussions with mental health professionals about the causes of anxiety, as well as help, resources, and tools for students and parents. Register here.

"Growth Mindset Parenting: The Myths, the Meanings, the Approaches," November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., M-A PAC. What is Growth Mindset Parenting? Join Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder and CEO, Mindset Works, to learn about the latest research in growth mindset - the myths, the meanings, the approaches. Register here.

Project Cornerstone Workshop for Parents and Caregivers   Fridays, October 6 - November 17, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., at  La Entrada Middle School. L earn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in a 6-week workshop, "Take It Personally," facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will discuss and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships and life! The workshop is free (suggested $20 for materials) and open to all parents and caregivers. Sign up  here  or  email Mary Crum   here with questions.

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Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday Hillview Newsletter is the preceding  Wednesday at noon . 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.

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