In This Issue
Medication at School
Smarter Balanced

Five Days Remain

Wear Orange Friday

2017-18 Online Directory
Facebook Page

Music Potluck Dinner
After-School Sports

Auction Party Date Change March 10

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Wednesday, September 27
  • Music Potluck Dinner, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview picnic tables near music room
  • PTO Campaign ends
  • Wear Orange Friday to support the PTO Campaign
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Tuesday, October 3

  • Parent Education - Principals Panel, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, October 12
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m., TERC building
Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20
  • ASB Spirit Week
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.
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Medication at School  If your child requires any medication at school, prescribed and/or over-the-counter, authorization from your child's health care provider is required. Forms may be printed from the district website here.  

If you received new forms in the mail in June 2017 and you have not brought your completed paperwork and medications to the school office, please do so immediately. Medications should expire in June 2018 or later. 

If your child no longer requires medication at school, please indicate so in writing to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here.

Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports  Families of fourth through eight graders will be receiving  Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports within the next two weeks .  These Score Reports provide information on how your child performed against the California Common Core Standards.  The Educational Testing Services (ETS) alerted all school districts that there was an  error  on some of the reports. As a result, MPCSD delayed mailing the reports until we had the complete details. MPCSD discovered a minor text error affecting only reports of scaled scores or performance bands, and we will be sending all reports, even those containing the text error. ETS is reprinting and we will send corrected reports to impacted families as soon as we receive them. View examples of the report here  and explanations here.

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FIVE DAYS REMAIN in the 2017- 2018 Hillview PTO campaign. Thanks to 54% of Hillview families we are at 77% of our fundraising goal.  

Things like well-supplied classrooms, lunchtime clubs, and the MPCSD speaker series are made possible by your donations. If you haven't already, please donate to the PTO here by September 29 to support the activities and programs that help make Hillview so special.
Our partner organization is Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation,  which provides vital funding to increase the per-pupil spending in our District. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. Make your commitment to the MPAEF by November 3 here.
The PTO and MPAEF are working together to make the best schools it can be for our kids. Thank you for your support of both organizations. 
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Hillview students  are encouraged to wear orange on Friday, September 29 to celebrate the end of the PTO campaign.  Hillview parents,  you can match their spirit and express your support with a donation ! Many thanks for your community spirit!

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Parent Education Speaker Series "The Future of Education: Menlo Park and Beyond," A panel event with the Superintendent and Principals of MPCSD, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC.

Join MPCSD's new Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, and MPCSD Principals, Willy Haug, Sharon Burns, Linda Creighton and Kristin Gracia, for an engaging and thoughtful conversation about the future of education both in our community and throughout our nation. Hear more about the visions for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview, as well as Early Learning efforts, Personalized Learning, Project-Based Learning, Multi-Graded Classrooms, homework policies, grading re-imagination and more.

Free childcare for potty-trained children. Light refreshments and beverages served.  More Information can be found here.

The 2017-18 Online Directory is here!  We have moved to an all-new, stand-alone version of the online directory this year. It's available here. 

To access the directory for the first time, please use your District email to sign in. You'll receive a confirmation link that will allow you to create a new password for your directory account. Because your directory account is independent from your district account, it requires a separate login. The directory allows you to search by student or parent/guardian names and to view class lists. It's mobile friendly so you can add its icon to your iOS and Android home screens.

If you have trouble accessing the directory, see information that needs to be corrected, or have suggestions and/or feedback, send email here. 

MPCSD Facebook Page is Live!  Check out our newly updated district Facebook page here . Like us and share your stories! Let's get social and tell the story of our wonderful community-funded district together. #goMPCSD!

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Programs & Activities Programs 

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Annual Hillview Music Potluck Dinner!
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillview picnic tables next to the music room

Get ready for the Fun and Music to start! All families are invited to join us for an evening of food, friendship and music. The 6/7/8 Chorus, 7/8 Orchestra and 7/8 Band will all be performing as well as guest soloists. If there are students who would like to perform, I w ill be creating a sign-up list, so please see me! This can include piano soloists, instrumental soloists, singers and chamber groups. Invitation is included here. Bring a friend or a neighbor to the best night of the year!

Given that it's a potluck, we need everyone to bring a little something.  Based on the first letter of your last name, please bring the following:

A-H   Substantial Side Dish or Salad to feed 8-10 
I-P    Dessert to feed 8-10
Q-Z   Main Dish to feed 8-10

Please bring a refillable water bottle for your family's refreshment. We will provide lemonade for the kids.

5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Set-up (a couple of volunteers would be appreciated)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Dinner (dessert table opens at 6:30 p.m.)
6:45 - 7:30/8:00 p.m. Musicians perform in the PAC followed by final clean-up

After-School Sports
Flag Football 
Games this week include: 
Tuesday, September 26

7th/8th-grade teams will play at Corte Madera at 3:45 and 4:45 p.m.

6th-grade Blue hosts JSL at Hillview at 4:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, September 27

6th grade Gold at Corte Madera at 3:30 p.m. 

Friday, September 29
6th-grade Gold at Woodside Elementary at 3:45 p.m. 
8th-grade at Woodside Elementary at 4:45 p.m.
6th-grade Blue hosts Borel at Hillview at 4:00 p.m. 

All players must have a  mouthpiece to participate. The Flag Football schedule can be found here

Girls' Volleyball  League Games this week include:
Monday, September 25
Tuesday, September 26 

All games are played at Arrillaga Gym. 

Volleyball schedule can be found here.  Please come out and support the Hillview Teams!

Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports. Refunds are not available for after-school sports after the registration deadline.

Our PTO will sponsor basketball in winter; tennis, track, and boys' volleyball in spring.

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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MPAEF Spring Auction Party Change of Date  Mark your calendar for the MPAEF Auction Party, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Thank you to all the families who came to the New Family Social and for making it such a fun afternoon. We are very happy to welcome you to our amazing school district! We will share pictures of all the fun times soon! 

2 EASY Ways to Earn Free $$$ For Our Schools!
1) Grow Your Impact Local Business Challenge To encourage families to Grow Your Impact by increasing your donation to MPAEF, local business partners will contribute $5k to the MPAEF Annual Parent Campaign for each percentage point of growth we achieve. So if we can increase our donations 5% over last year we will earn an extra $25k for our schools! Our local businesses are excited about partnering with MPAEF and with YOU, our parent community, and they understand that a strong community begins with strong schools. Let's show them we are up to the challenge! 

And remember that Employer Matching  is  free money  to our schools and is included in your familie's overall total donation recognition. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help navigating the employer match process .

A huge thank you to these local businesses who have donated to the Grow Your Impact Local Business Challenge!  BKG Construction, Alain Pinel Realtors, Marc Bryman, CKA Architects, Keith Willig Landscaping, Lindsey Martin Interior Design, Rebuild Green, Sullivan Design Studio, Velo Fix, Young and Burton, inc. 

2) 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  Halloween Express,, Halloween Mart and Target  to bring you a wide selection of awesome kids and adult costumes, while also giving back up to 5% of all purchases to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation to support our schools. It's free money on products you would buy anyway. Please visit here   to reach the retailer of your choice. The 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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Video of Safe Routes to School Talk  For those who missed last Tuesday's talk, "Between Home and School: Why Safer Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen," the District video is available here.

Menlo Atherton Volleyball Community Clinic  September 29, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., M-A Ayers Gym  Calling all volleyball players grades 4 - 8! Join the Northern California Division I Championship M-A Girls Volleyball team at our annual Community Clinic! Learn the game or hone your skills during a fun afternoon. We welcome all players regardless of skill or experience. $35 in advance, $40 at the door; check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information and to sign-up, visit our website to  here.

Free Lacrosse Clinic  October 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Introductory clinics hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse Club, for boys and girls ages 6-14. R egister   here

Youth League Tennis Registration Open  Saturdays, October 7 through December 2, Riconada 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 5 levels of play ranging from beginners through advanced players. Our goal is to help you get ready to play High School Tennis. Scholarships are provided to disadvantaged families. Register here through our website or send us an email  here.

NJB Winter Basketball Registration is open.  Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8th grades. The season runs from November through February. Register by September 28 for reduced fees   here

St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival October 6, 3:30 - 9:00 p.m., October 7, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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.

Frozen Sing-Along!  October 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., M-A PAC  Sing along to the words of the Academy Award-Nominated film Frozen! Dress up as your favorite Frozen character! This sing-along event is highly interactive with in-movie antics and a special "Fun Pack" for advance ticket buyers. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets in advance  by clicking   here to ensure that you are not left out of the fun!

Woodside Community Theatre Presents Annie!   October 20-29 This is the full Broadway version with a full orchestra, a talented cast from around the entire Bay Area, and the perfect Sandy! Added bonus: Hillview's Mr. Vaughan is in the cast! Tickets are available  here.
In addition, there will be a special preview night for all Hillview students on Thursday, October 19. Simply show your Hillview ID at the door for FREE ADMISSION.

Cardinal Kids Day 2017 Stanford Football vs. Arizona State  Hillview students and parents are invited to join the fun on Stanford's campus, September 30, for a day filled with activities, giveaways, food trucks, and the chance to meet Stanford student-athletes, followed by the football game. Kids' tickets are free with the purchase of at least one adult ticket ($25 each.) Our school's families will all be seated together in the stadium! Get tickets  here  and enter Hillview's promo code, Stanford:Hillview.

Ongoing Study on Executive Function Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnosis to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves six sessions of cognitive training and two sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik  here for more information.

Community Service Opportunities
Ravenswood School District: Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher  The Ravenswood Education Foundation's Adopt-a-Teacher program offers the opportunity for individuals or small groups to help teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park purchase much-needed supplies. REF is also launching a new teacher appreciation program with an opportunity for volunteers to set up and provide food for two meals honoring faculty and staff at a school. For more information and to learn about other volunteering opportunities, email Jazmin Sosa  here  or visit REF's website here.  

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