In This Issue
iPad Home Use
Medication at School
Bike Riders
Tech Free
8th-Grade Families

Donation Campaign

"Restorative Parenting"
Assistant Principal

After-School Program
Homework Center
Math Clinic
Library Hours
Student Survey
Library Volunteer
Teen Collection
Chorus Club
Jazz Band
Fall Sports

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Monday, September 3
  • No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 4
  • Homework Center and Math Clinic, Non-Block Days Begin, 3:20 p.m., Library 
  • After-School Programs Begin, (Time Information in Programs and Activities)
Wednesday, September 5 
  • Girls Volleyball Mandatory Workouts, 6th grade 3:30 - 4:50 p.m., 7th grade 5:00 - 6:20 p.m., and 8th grade 6:30 - 7:50 p.m., Hillview Gym
Thursday, September 6
  • Flag Football Practice Begins, 3:15 p.m., Hillview Field
  • Homework Center and Math Clinic, Block Days, Begin, 2:45 p.m., Library 

Monday, September 10 
  • No School, Staff Development Day
Tuesday, September 11 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., MPSCD, 181 Encinal Avenue
Thursday, September 13
  • Back To School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview
Friday, September 14
  • Fall Family Movie Night, 
Monday, September 17 
  • Picture Retakes
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, "Restorative Parenting: Introducing the Restorative Practices Used at School for Home," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC.
Wednesday, September 26
  • Bike Rodeo, during 6th-Grade PE
Thursday, September 27
  • Bike Rodeo, during 6th-Grade PE

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Difficulty with School iPad at Home?
Using a school iPad off-campus requires connection through the proxy server. Many students are having difficulty accessing this server. The problem, often due to iOS updates, is being addressed but may take several days to resolve. If your student is having difficulty accessing content on their iPads at home, work with them by allowing use of a computer at home, or at a public library, to access web content.

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. As a reminder, you can refer to our Acceptable Use Policy here.  Common Sense Media and their parent education site, which covers all kinds of technology and digital citizenship issues are available here Our Digital Driver's License lessons, including digital citizenship and appropriate use of technology, will run for six weeks and will begin Friday, September 7. Stay tuned each weekend for access to each lesson. 

Medication at School
If your child requires any medication at school, including over-the-counter medication, authorization from your child's health care provider is required.

If your child carries medication at any time during the school year, medication authorization is required.

If you received forms in the mail in June 2018 and you have not brought your completed paperwork and medications to the school office, please do so immediately. Medications should expire in June 2019 or later.

If your child no longer requires medication at school, you must indicate so in writing to Nancy McMahon here.

Forms may be printed from the district website here or email Nancy McMahon here for the necessary forms.  
Bike Riders
Hillview would like to remind you to obey all traffic laws. Look both ways before moving through intersections, use hand signals before turning, and obey all traffic signs, especially stop signs.

Technology-Free at Brunch and Lunch
This new policy restricts the use of smartphones, cell phones, iPads, tablets, Apple watches, gizmos, etc.  Fitbits are allowed, since these cannot send messages or access social media.

8th Grade-Students and Parents
Menlo-Atherton High School is presenting "Get-to-Know-M-A Programs" for prospective M-A students and their parents to learn about the school. Here
are important dates and information.

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It's Time to Make Your Donation to the PTO and MPAEF
We get it - the demands on your money and time never seem to end, particularly at the start of the school year. It's tempting to wait until the last minute to give, but please give early, some Hillview programs will have to be cut starting immediately if we don't raise our target funds. The sooner you give, the fewer emails our parent volunteers will send out.

Go here  right now, and make your donation or pledge of $250/student to the PTO and $1,500/student to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). This is the most important PTO and MPAEF fundraising campaign of the year. As a reminder, here are a few of the many things the PTO funds: 
  • Lunchtime clubs
  • Hawk Hurrahs
  • Student of the Month
  • Honor Roll
  • After-school programs, such as Homework Center, Math Clinic, and mentorship in HawkStars and Flight School
The MPAEF, in addition to supporting nearly 50 electives, funding critical on-site mental health resources, and enabling one of the smallest class sizes in the Bay Area, made one of the most innovative STEM programs in California a reality this year. You'll see the results shortly in your child's classroom! Please donate today here . Thank you for contributing to this wonderful community!

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
We have an amazing line-up for the 2018-2019 school year! You'll hear experts discuss relevant issues like restorative parenting, math mindsets, anxiety, school violence, smartphones, social media, compassion, and puberty. 

Our speakers include Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO,) Frank DeAngelis (former principal of Columbine High School,) Jo Boaler (Stanford math professor,) and many others.  Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here and mark your calendars! You won't want to miss these events! 

All events are free to the public and held at Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees. 
Join us for our first event!

"Restorative Parenting:
Introducing the Restorative Practices Used at School for Home" 
Monday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
A presentation by Karen Junker, certified trainer, International Institute for Restorative Practices

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Hillview After-School Programs
Program Registration is Open! 
The PTO is excited to offer students a variety of fun and enriching after-school programs. There's something for every student's interest! Check out the links below to find out more information on each program, including class registration and pricing information.  

C ontact Jamey Hawkins, ASP Coordinator,  here  with questions.

Homework Center and Math Clinic
Begin Tuesday, September 4, after school in the library. Flight School and Hawk Stars will take applications next week and will start at a later date.
Homework Center:
  • Drop in homework space each day after school, Monday - Thursday
  • Monday - Tuesday:  3:20 - 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday - Thursday:  2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Teacher in charge - Phil Eaton, email here
  • Located in main part of library
  • Students bring their own work each day and are self-directed
  • Students sign in each day so there is an attendance record
Math Clinic:
  • Math focused homework help and/or re-teaching, Monday - Thursday
  • Monday - Tuesday, 3:20 - 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday - Thursday,  2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Located in a small library conference room
  • Teachers
    • Mondays: Ms. Park
    • Tuesdays:  Ms. Donahoe
    • Wednesdays: Mrs. Dutta
    • Thursdays: Ms. Donahoe
The Homework Center bus, will begin on Tuesday, September 4. See the schedule here.

Hillview Library
Book Drive
The library is accepting gently used books appropriate for middle school and young adults. You can drop off at the library or we will have a table during Back To School Night by the office.

Friends of the Library Funding Needed
This is a vital program, the library relies on your funds for special projects including:
  • building the OverDrive digital collection (eBooks and Audiobooks)
  • supplying the book club with books
  • ordering extra copies of popular books
  • acquiring new books in popular series
Donating to this program benefits all students.  You can donate online   here or download the form   here  and drop off a check at the office or at our table during Back To School Night.

Library Volunteers Needed
Fill out the  volunteer form  here under Specialist Support. Contact Alice Hom for questions  here.
Teen Collection
All 8th-grade students automatically have access to the Teen Collection, which is recommended for 8th- and 9th-grade students but also includes books with more mature material. If you would prefer that your 8th-grade student not be able to check out these books from the Hillview library, turn in an opt-out form here . 7th-grade students may access the Teen Collection with parent permission here . Parents of students in all grades may give permission for individual Teen books with this form here . Email Tracy Piombo here and Aimee Mathenia here with any questions or concerns.

Library Hours  
Come before school at 8:00ish, during lunch, and brunch. We strive to be a warm, safe place for all students! 

Best-Books-Ever Survey 
We're inviting students to help us compile a list of the best books ever, by taking this optional survey here. It's super quick!

Hillview Music
Music News and Notes
The Music Department is up and running! If anyone has questions about the program, email Mr. Vaughan directly here. It is never too late to start an instrument!

Chorus Club Begins Tuesday! 
We will meet Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and Thursdays, 2:40 -3:40 p.m. for an hour after school. Come join us! You don't have to be able to read music or have any experience, just a desire to make music. There's lots to work on--get ready to audition for a lead part in the Spring Musical, sing on tour with us during the holidays, and possibly during a Disney trip in May!

Jazz Band Update 
Auditions for the Jazz & Lab Band begin this week. Look for a sign-up list online here and additional audition information here. All musicians are welcome to be a part of the music program. See Mr. Vaughan with any and all questions!

Come See Pirates of Penzance
Hillview is hosting the production in the Hillview PAC! Check the Community News section below for all the details.

Hillview Sports
After-School Sports
Volleyball and Flag Football registration are now closed. Students who have not signed up and would still like to participate, should email our new Athletic Director,  Huck Hunt  here

Mandatory workouts starting Wednesday, September 5. Times will be 6th grade, 3:30 - 4:50 p.m., 7th grade, 5:00 - 6:20 p.m., and 8th grade, 6:30 - 7:50 p.m. 

Players will be put through drills, including hitting, setting, and serving. They will be observed and evaluated by the coaches. Teams will be chosen by the coaches in a separate meeting, ensuring even distribution among teams. Practices will be at Hillview Gym with specific time information to be announced. Games will be played at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.

Flag Football
Players will be assigned to a team at the first practice on Thursday, September 6, at 3:15 p.m., Hillview Field. Home games will be played at Hillview and away games at surrounding area school sites.

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Pirates of Penzance at Hillview! Hillview will be hosting the Bay Area Opera Collaborative production of Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance,  September 8 - 23. Use discount code MERMAID for $20 tickets here for more information.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory Classes  Fall session begins the week of September 10.  Inviting aspiring actors ages 2 through high school looking for a fun experience, join us this fall for theatre classes. Register here  for classes that inspire playfulness and imagination encouraging young artists to develop their own creativity through acting and musical theatre.

Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club Fall Co-Ed Programs  September 4 - November 1, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School.  The Mid-Pen Water Polo Club is offering a program for athletes who are 14 and younger, and a Splash Ball program designed for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. Splash Ball is a fun, dynamic, and safe way to learn the game of water polo! Sign-ups are open. Sign up here.

Stanford Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) Study  CIBSR is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years, diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability, to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. More information here .
Menlo Park Public Library Free Event Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. "Helping Your Teen Transition to High School" here. How can you help your teen take the leap into high school? Former high-school counselor Melissa Kelley, MFT, will share some useful pointers.
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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.

Submissions to the Newsletter : The deadline to submit to the Hillview Newsletter is Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . 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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