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Sunday, October 9 
  • Burgess League and 8th Grade MPMSL Basketball Registration open to all Hillview students
Monday, October 10 
  • School Picture Makeup Day in P.E. classes
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office Conference Room
  • Hillview Service Team Halloween Costume Drive begins

Wednesday, October 12

  • Hillview Asset Team Meeting, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Large Conference Room, Hillview Office
Looking Ahead 

Tuesday, October 18
  • Menlo-Atherton High School 8th Grade Information Night, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m., Meet in M-A PAC
  • MPCSD School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hillview PAC

Wednesday, October 19

  • Author Marie Lu visiting 7th and 8th grade Qu3st classes

Friday, October 21

  • 7/8 Halloween Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, October 24 to Thursday, October 27
  • Minimum Days: K-8 Conferences, dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
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ASB Cards 
You can still order your ASB Card. They are $65 and include a Hillview Spirit t-shirt, discounts on tickets to school events, and a Hillview yearbook! The money raised supports our Hillview ASB Student Activities and the awesome student-centered events they organize including dances,
Fun Friday events at lunch, school spirit competitions, the Talent Show, and Hawkapalooza. ASB  cards include student pictures and will be delivered once school pictures are finalized.

Asset Team
Hillview's  Asset Team, a group dedicated to school climate and focused on students and their successes, is looking for parents to join our team. Our team vision is: When we take care of the academic, social, and emotional needs of students, then they will be engaged in learning and successful in life. This year, our Asset Team will focus on Character with a goal of revamping our Character Education program. Interested in joining this conversation? Our first meeting is Wednesday, October 12, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Hillview in the Large Conference Room. Please email Mrs. O'Brien for more information.

Makeup Picture Day is Monday, October 10
If you missed picture day, you will take your school picture on   Monday, October 10  in your P.E. class. If your student needs a retake, please sign up at

Spend Quality Time at Hillview
Want to spend some quality time at Hillview? Join us as a lunchtime supervisor! We are looking for two 1-hour lunchtime supervisors to help with student supervision around campus. Hours are from   11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and from   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please email Mrs. O'Brien if you are interested.

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PTO General Meeting
We will be holding our biannual meeting held in the PAC on Wednesday, October 26 from   9:00 - 11:00 a.m. We will be voting on a revised 2016-17 school year budget. A copy of the proposed budget will be available for public review at the Hillview office by October 12. We will be joined by Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister to discuss the District plans and process for funding shortfalls.
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2016 Welcome for District English Learners Advisory Council (DELAC)
On October 13, MPCSD will hold a welcome event in the kinder yard at Encinal Elementary from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to Jennifer Kollmann at (650) 321-7140 x 5619.

Budget cuts? Teacher pink slips? Larger class sizes? Higher taxes?
Hopefully, you are one of the many parents who are becoming more informed about the district's need to address its structural deficit. On the Board's behalf, the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Communication is reaching out for your input and perspective. There's still time to come up with a plan to address our fiscal needs, but we need your feedback and we need it soon. Check out the "Announcement" section at for information. Want to submit your feedback online? Join the conversation by clicking HERE. Mark your calendars for the following upcoming Board meetings ( all meetings held at Hillview's PAC):

October 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
Superintendent presents preliminary reduction recommendations; community input sought.

October 24 @ 9:00 a.m. 
Day-time Special Board Meeting to hear from community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring Measure C parcel tax.

October 25 @ 6:00 p.m. 
Evening-time Special Board Meeting to hear from community on willingness to renew or increase the expiring Measure C parcel tax.

November 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
Board discusses potential reductions and interest level in pursuing a parcel tax renewal or increase. 

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The library is open for business
All students may now check out 4 books at a time. We're no longer assigning fines for overdue books.

Books Come Alive
All students who dress like a character from a book and come to the library for a photo will receive a small prize, a block H point, and eternal fame on our walls.

Marie Lu Is Coming to Hillview
On October 19, during Qu3st class, many 7th and 8th grade students will hear from acclaimed YA author Marie Lu. All students are welcome to purchase a signed copy of any of the books in the Young Elites trilogy, including the upcoming Midnight  Star. Return preorder forms and payment to the library.

Service Team
Halloween Costume Drive from Monday, October 10 t o Monday, October 17
The Hillview Service Team is leading a costume drive to collect Halloween costumes that are gently worn and in good condition. The Children's Fund San Mateo County Human Services Agency needs a lot of costumes to give to children that do not have them. Service Team  students will be collecting costumes by the PAC doors before school, during brunch and lunch. When students bring their costumes make sure they staple/tape a sticky note with their name and grade on the costume. Thank you for providing a costume for kids that otherwise could not afford to buy one!

Service Opportunity After School on Minimum Day
The Hillview Service team is hosting an  environmental service project  in conjunction with Grassroots Ecology on Tuesday,  October 25  between  12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m . This is a minimum day with an 11:45 a.m. dismissal. We welcome student volunteers to help protect the Franciscquito Creek Watershed. Under the direction of 4 fabulous leaders from Grassroots Ecology, students will be measuring water quality, learning about native ecosystems while working to restore local habitat. We encourage kids to bring a sack lunch to school and we plan to coordinate carpools to and from school.  Please send us an e-mail  if your child would like to participate. Parents can come too. Also, let us know if you are able to drive. Block H points will be awarded for participation. There are limited spaces available so please sign up by Tuesday, October 18.

Intramural Sports
This week, intramural sports will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday during lunchtime in the gym. The activity will be volleyball. Both nets will be up and the choice of activity is based on popular demand. Please note there is no food or drink in the gym.
Girls Volleyball Tournament Team
Tournament Team volleyball has a home match scheduled this week on Tuesday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and support the team.

Burgess League Volleyball
The fourth set of League games will be held this week at Arrillaga Gym. The 6th graders will play on Tuesday and the 7th/8th graders will play on Monday. Click here to see the schedules. 

Flag Football
The games this week include:
  • Tuesday, October 11: 6th grade will host JLS at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 11: 8th grade will host Blach at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12: 7th grade will travel to La Entrada at 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14: 8th grade will host Woodside Elementary at 3:45 p.m.
The full Flag Football schedule can be found here.

Girls Tournament Basketball Team
A tentative schedule of open gym, tryouts, season practice and game schedule has been sent to those who played in 7th grade last year. Please note that this program is only for 8th graders. Tryouts for this year's tournament team will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26 and 27, from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Boys Tournament Basketball Team
Last year's 7th grade boys have been sent information regarding the practice and game schedule for this final year of the tournament team program. Tryouts will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Burgess League Basketball
Registration for all Hillview Students will open on Sunday, October 9 and close on Thursday, October 20 on Sportability. All 8th graders trying out for the Tournament Team must be registered for the MPMSL (the 8th grade version of the Burgess League) in order to be eligible for tryouts. Burgess League Basketball Team Placement workouts will be held on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 3, 5, and 6. Specific times and gender/grade levels will be announced.

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

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Congratulations to the 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 join so that our students benefit from the field trips, classroom supplies and many programs that a well-supported PTO makes possible. Join the PTO  here if you haven't already.

Our MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign continues  until November 4. Click  here to make your tax-deductible gift to the MPAEF. Our goal is to raise $1,500 per student to enable excellence in our schools by investing in:
  • Teachers and professional development
  • Arts, sciences & electives
  • Innovation & technology
  • Guidance & wellness
We ask everyone to make a gift at a level that is meaningful to them and we welcome all gifts large and small. When we give to the MPAEF together, we support the education of every child. Click  here to make your donation.

The MPAEF's Dine Out event returns in 2016  on October 24 and 25! Enjoy lunch or dinner on these days during Minimum Week and a percentage of proceeds go the MPAEF. Participating restaurants are  Amici's East Coast Pizzeria Bradley's Fine Diner Bistro Vida, Carpaccio Freewheel Brewing Company Jeffrey's Hamburgers LB Steak , Left Bank,  Mama Coco Cocina Mexicana , Mardini's Deli Cafe and  Yogurt Stop . Click  here  for more.
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Menlo-Atherton 8th Grade Information Night & Campus Tours
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. Meet in the Performing Art Center.

8th Grade Information Night is a wonderful opportunity for parents and 8th graders to get to know Menlo-Atherton High School. The evening 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. In addition, campus Tours will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. Meet at the library. Click here to view the flyer.

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Field Day on a Minimum Day! 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 11:30 - 2:30 p.m. The cost is $65 to the MPAEF. Please contact Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti to sign up. All proceeds benefit the MPAEF.  
Family Day at the Pumpkin Patch: October 11, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Webb Ranch, 2720 Alpine Road. Join   Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford  for a fun afternoon at the pumpkin patch. Buy some pumpkins for your family and some for the patients at the hospital. 100% of proceeds benefit LPCH.

Help Needed for Willows Family: Two weeks ago, Oscar and Maria Corona suffered a devastating fire at their home and business in the Willows - they run Imagina Menlo daycare, where they have been loving caretakers and teachers to many of our children. In addition to running the daycare, they are also our parents and neighbors as their children have attended Laurel, Encinal and Hillview. Oscar and Maria do not currently have a place to live and most of their daycare materials were destroyed in the fire. There are 3 ways to help: 1) Cash donations via GoFundMe.; 2) Donate new or gently used items for the daycare here OR: There is a donation bin available in the Laurel School office or you can drop items at 651 Coleman Ave front porch.; 3) Share leads on rental properties where they can relocate and reopen the day care while they rebuild. Please contact Oscar.

NJB Winter Basketball:
Registration is now open at our website. Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids in grades 1-8 in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and East Palo Alto. The season runs from November through February.

Spring Select 2017 Tryouts: Is your child passionate about soccer? AYSO Spring Select is holding tryouts for the Spring 2017 season on Sunday, October 30, at Willow Oaks Park. Spring Select is a competitive AYSO soccer program running from February through May 2017 for U9 and up players who played the preceding fall season. $195 registration fee. Click here to apply online.

St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival: October 14,   3:30 - 9:00 p.m. and October 15,   12:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1100 Santa Cruz Ave.The St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival is a great family event with something for everyone...pony rides, climbing spider maze, bungee trampoline, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin sales, carnival games, food, beer garden, live music, and more! Open to the public with free admission.

Woodside School's Annual High School Fair: On Thursday, October 13, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., come to Woodside School's Sellman Auditorium to hear program descriptions and to learn about shadow opportunities and open house information from local high schools. See the flyer for more information. 

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