In This Issue
Personal Electronics
Bike Safety
Digital Drivers License

Burmeister Video

Speaker Cancelled
Burmeister Committee
Sup's On Sunday

Quiz Bowl Club
ASB T-Shirts
Service Team Meeting
Summer in Italy

Q uick Links

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Sunday, September 16
  • Sup's On, Erik Burmeister, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Menlo Park Farmers Market
Monday, September 17
  • Picture Retakes
  • MPCSD Speaker Series - Cancelled "Restorative Parenting"
  • Hillview ASB Shirt or Sweatshirt, Last Chance to Order, here
Tuesday, September 18
  • Quiz Bowl Club, Lunchtime, Music Room
Friday, September 21 
  • Digital Drivers License Classes Begin 

Tuesday, September 25
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., District Office, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue
  • Summer 2019 Italy Trip Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview Room C-9
Thursday, September 27
  • Hillview Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC


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Personal Electronics
A reminder to students that personal electronics of all kinds, including AirPods, wireless earbuds, smartwatches, phones, etcetera, should be off and put away during the school day. We want our students to be interacting with each other and building social skills in person while they are at school.

Bike Safety
Follow all bike safety laws - stop signs and traffic laws apply to bicyclists
as well as cars. When riding in the bike lane or parking bikes, do so in single file to ensure that roadways and sidewalks are clear. Motorized scooters are not allowed on campus and should not be driven by students. Motorized vehicles cannot be legally operated by middle-school students; more information from the Menlo Park Police Department  here.

6th-Grade iPads
6th-grade students have received their iPads. Be sure to have conversations with your students about healthy boundaries around technology at home. You can refer to our Acceptable Use Policy here.  Common Sense Media's parent education site covers all kinds of technology and digital citizenship issues  here Our Digital Drivers License lessons start Friday, September 21. The lessons will run for six weeks. Each weekend for you will have access to each lesson. 

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Back to School Night Follow-Up
Thank you for joining us at Back to School Night! It is always exciting to see everyone and officially get the year started! A few quick reminders:

1. Donate or pledge to the PTO and Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) today here. To hear a message from our Superintendent Erik Burmeister about the important programs that your contributions fund, go here.  
2. If you have not already donated, one of our dedicated parent volunteer stewards listed below may be reaching out to you. If you have any questions about the campaign, or how your donations help fund our school's programs, feel free to contact them or our steward leads, Paige Arata here  and Sarah Thayer here .

Hillview stewards:
Joy Shih        
Tricia Mulcahy
Patricia Zahedani
Ryan Downey
Jason Banks

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series  
Cancelled - Monday, September 17  
Our Parent Education Speaker Series was set to kick off with Karen Junker's Restorative Parenting talk. Ms. Junker has experienced a death in her family and will be unable to present after all; our thoughts go out to Ms. Junker. We will reschedule and notify the community when we have a new date.

Our next event will be Wednesday, October 3 with esteemed Stanford Mathematics Professor Jo Boaler presenting "Promoting Math Mindsets." We will see you then. More information on the speaker series here. Events are free and take place at Hillview Middle School.

Unique Committee Opportunity
Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, is seeking parent and community members for a Superintendent Advisory Committee. The Committee, known as the Full Funding Advisory Committee, will meet four to six times this fall and winter to provide input in the development of the definition of fully funded for MPCSD. As a community-funded district that relies on parcel taxes and foundation-giving for one quarter of the budget, it is essential that we are able to define fully funded as it pertains to our children's education. This static benchmark will help us to achieve our targets, now and in the long term. If you have at least a basic understanding of our district funding sources and challenges, join us in this unique committee. Contact Superintendent Burmeister here for more information. The deadline to submit your interest is Friday, October 5.

Sup's On is Back at the Menlo Park Farmers Market
We had such fun seeing you and the whole community at the Menlo Park Farmers Market last year, and we are back again starting TODAY from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.! Come say hello to Superintendent Burmeister and other district leaders as you shop for your fresh fruits and veggies.

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Hillview Lunchtime Clubs
Quiz Bowl Club
Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Music Room. Does your student like the TV show Jeopardy? Do they wish they could buzz in to answer? Now they can. Come to the Quiz Bowl club. Our questions are easier than those on the TV show, and they cover a wide variety of topics. Have students bring their lunch and join us. Questions? Email Ms. Kayton here.

Hillview ASB
T-Shirts, Last Chance to Order! 
Deadline to order is Monday, September 17.  Use the order form here to get your very own 2018-2019 Hillview ASB Shirt or Sweatshirt. This tie-dye gear is the same shirt and sweatshirt that ASB student council members wear to their even ts. The back will be blank and the front will have our logo and motto/theme null this year. Check out the design pictured! Payment will be made by check to Hillview Middle School and is not due until orders are delivered at the end of the month. These will not be sold for the rest of th e year, so this is it!

Hillview Service Team
Next Meeting!
Thursday, September 27, lunchtime, PAC.  This student-driven, parent-run lunchtime club meets twice a month in the PAC with about 50+ students. Our goal is to give back to the community and have fun doing it! Students participate in activities - making pet toys, cards for troops, and toiletry kids for the homeless, seasonal drives and after school and hands-on volunteer activities that vary month to month. The year culminates in our school-wide Relay for Life - a huge highlight for the kids. Doing for others feels good. It's a developmental asset that helps kids and teens learn and thrive. We want Hillview students to actively engage with service to others in a very meaningful way. Thanks for encouraging your kids to join us!

Summer 2019 Italy Trip - Informational Meeting

Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. in room C-9 at Hillview. Social Studies teachers Marianne Santo and Mike Rogers will be taking students and parents on an educational tour to Italy during summer break June 2019. You and your student have been invited to learn about this experience. Join us for an informational meeting where you'll hear more details. RSVP  here . If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in joining us on this memorable trip, email Ms. Santo  here . Hillview teachers will lead this  activity, but it is  not a Hillview-sponsored activity.

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14th Annual Disaster Preparedness Day  Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center. The event will provide vital information on preparing, surviving, and recovering from emergencies/disasters as well as great networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Free and open to the public. More information  here .

Menlo-Atherton Volleyball Community Clinic Saturday, September 29, Menlo-Atherton High School, Ayers Gym.  4th-grade and 5th-grade students: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.,  6th-grade to 8th-grade students: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Calling all volleyball players in grades 4-8! Join the M-A Girls Varsity Volleyball team at our annual Community Clinic! Learn the game or hone your skills during a fun afternoon with the M-A players and other fellow volleyball players. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. All proceeds support the M-A Girls Volleyball Program. For more information and to sign up, go here .

Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse Club Sundays from September 23 to November 11, Menlo-Atherton High School. Fall lacrosse hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. A great opportunity to learn to play or improve your game in a weekly practice format. Experienced and new players welcome. More information here

USTA Junior Tennis Team - Redwood City Play on a Tennis Team with your friends and play more matches. Join the team here for players ages 7-19 years old. More information here on the Junior Team Tennis.

SafeSpace - New Conversation
SafeSpace is a nonprofit located in downtown Menlo Park that is dedicated to revolutionizing mental health care for young people and committed to improving the lives of teens struggling with mental health issues through compassionate care and community support. We are pleased to have several Hillview students serving on our Middle School Youth Advisory Board this year. SafeSpace tackles topics such as how to cope with challenges, work through feelings of loneliness and balance the multitude of pressures teens face today. See "What is Mental Health," for more information here.

Join the Girl BAND Study (Girl Behavior and NeuroDevelopment)!  Stanford University researchers are looking for girls ages 6-14 with developmental disabilities or typical development to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls. Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scans (safe, non-invasive, no x-ray/radiation). Potential benefits include evaluation reports, annual follow-up, results of the study, and a $100 honorarium for participation. For more information email here or call 650-724-2951.

12 Values Program for Jewish Families September 21, 2018 - August 16, 2019, Palo Alto JCC.  Looking for ways to expose your children to core Jewish values? Want to create your own family rituals for Jewish holidays? Interested in learning basic Jewish history, heritage and culture as a family? Aspire to give back to the community with your family and your friends? Then this program here is for your family!

Community Color Run Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m., M-A Campus. We are excited to invite all students, staff, families, and friends to our Third Annual Community Color Run. The Color Run serves as a fundraiser for the Menlo-Atherton Leadership Program. This is a healthy, fun way to start off a Saturday morning with our awesome community! Register on Race Day at 8:30 a.m. at the back of M-A Ayers Gym. Tickets $15.

Bulldog Fall Youth Flag Football Skills and Conditioning Clinics  Sundays, September 9-30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Oak Knoll School. Our co-ed flag football clinics for 1st- through 6th-grade students help your child practice for the upcoming football season. Ball drills, running routes, man-to-man and zone coverage, quarterback and receiver drills! Even if your young athlete is not playing in a league, send them for a great, healthy Sunday workout! Register here.

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