In This Issue
Picture Day
Handbook/Signature    Page
ASB Cards
Free Book Giveaway

Volunteer at Hillview

MPCSD on Twitter
Speaker Series

Mandarin After-School

Open positions -
  MPAEF Director
  MPAEF Web master

Q uick Links

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This Week thisweek 
Monday, September 4
  • Labor Day - No School
Tuesday, September 5
  • School Pictures in PE class
  • Auditions - Bugsy Malone, after school
Wednesday, September 6
  • School Pictures in PE class
  • Auditions - Bugsy Malone, after school
Thursday, September 7
  • School Pictures in PE class
Friday, September 8
  • Hillview Parent and Student Handbook - Signature Page due 
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Monday September 11
  • Staff Development Day - No School
Thursday, September 14
  • Back to School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview Quad
Tuesday, September 19
  • Parent Education: "Between Home and School - Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them a Reality," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
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Picture Day Coming
Hillview school picture day will be done on block days:
  • 1st, 3rd, and 5th period PE classes will take pictures on Wednesday, September 6. 
  • 2nd, 4th, and 6th period PE classes will take pictures on Thursday, September 7. 
  • Open Session PE classes will take pictures on both days. Check in with your teachers to find out which day you'll take school pictures.
We are using iClickSmiles for our photographers. Stay tuned to your email for information on how to order your student's pictures. 
Hillview Handbook and Signature Slip  
Mrs. O'Brien and Ms. von der Linden have reviewed school expectations, technology expectations, and the student handbook with all students. Review the Hillview Parent and Student Handbook with your student here and together sign the Signature Page here. The Signature Pages, acknowledging that you have read and understand the information in the Hillview Parent and Student Handbook, are due back to school by Friday, September 8. This is an Academy Competition so be sure to return yours on time!

New Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue 
Remind your students to be safe on the way to and from school. Bicyclists should use our brand new bike lanes when on Santa Cruz Avenue and pedestrians should use the brand new sidewalks. Review bike safety with your students, including stopping at all stop signs, wearing a helmet, and riding single file in bike lanes and not in the street or on the sidewalk.  
ASB Cards
Still interested in purchasing an ASB card to support our student activities program? With an ASB card, you not only support ASB, but you also get your yearbook, a spirit shirt, and discounts to events like dances and the Talent Show. ASB cards with student photos will be delivered to students in their Launch class in late September. You can purchase here and bring your receipt to the student center to pick up your spirit shirt. Any questions? See Mrs. Fichou in the student center.  

When picking up your students, pay attention to our parking lot signs. Parking in red zones or in handicapped spaces is prohibited while waiting for your student. When parking in our surrounding neighborhoods, keep driveways and intersections clear.

Free Book Giveaway
Hillview Middle School will give away instructional materials, textbooks, and novels at our upcoming Back to School Night, September 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Books will be available at Hillview between the Gymnasium and D building facing Santa Cruz Avenue. Books and materials are free for the taking. Come with your own bags and enjoy our collection of books that are looking for a new home!

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Five Facts about the PTO and MPAEF
Support Our PTO and the MPAEF

1.   The Menlo Park City School District is "community-funded," meaning approximately 88% of our school funding comes from local sources, including property and parcel taxes, and your support of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). 


2.   Our PTO is a volunteer non-profit organization. 


3.   PTO organizes important school programs and activities and funds equipment and supplies for programs such as physical education, science, and the library.


4.   The MPAEF is a parent-led non-profit organization, raising funds to support education in our District schools -  Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview. 


5.   MPAEF funds comprehensive education programs in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library, and science.


For more information about the  PTO and  to donate, please go to 

For more information about the  MPAEF and  to donate or pledge, please go to

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        Moe Hawk and his ASB friends celebrate Spirit Day by showing support for the PTO and MPAEF.

Volunteer at Hillview
Hillview is a community-supported school, not just with money, but with time. Our volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of time that save our school and district, thousands of dollars and free up time for our teachers and administrators to concentrate on what is most important: educating our children.

To be able to continue to offer our students innovative educational programs in a supportive environment, we need each family to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time per year. There are dozens of ways to share your time with our community - in a classroom, on campus, or from home. Would you like to co-lead your child's academy? Can you serve hot lunch once a month? Chaperone two dances or a field trip? Coordinate a special event for a teacher via email from home? Fill out our volunteer questionnaire here or contact Nancy  here and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!  

Do You Have An 8th-Grader? 
We are looking for two volunteers to help plan and organize the 8th-Grade Graduation Dance Party. Find friends and sign up to plan this fun-filled 8th-grade event. One person should be an organized, numbers person who can watch the bottom line with donations and spending, and the other could be a more creative type. You two will assemble a team of volunteers to help with everything. 7th-grade parents can volunteer to help out, too, to learn the process! We need volunteers to make this happen. Contact Nancy here.

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New Ways to Catch Up with MPCSD
If you're on Twitter, follow @goMPCSD for all the tweets and cute photos from district principals and campuses. And if you tweet, share your school story with  #gompcsd! If you want more details about upcoming initiatives and what's going on behind the scenes, videos of Board meetings are now uploaded to our website here. Find our Twitter and Vimeo channel on the district homepage. Let's get social.

"Between Home and School - Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen"
Jen Wolosin, Founder and Chair, Parents for Safe Routes, and MPCSD Parent.  In 1969, 50% of kids nationwide walked or biked to school. In 2009, just 13% did. Learn how your fellow parents are advocating for children in our community to be able to walk and bike to school safely. Through examining efforts around the country and internationally, be inspired to join the Safe Routes movement so your children and generations of kids to come, can experience the benefits of walking and biking to school (healthier bodies and minds, increased independence and confidence, more connectedness to neighbors and on.) If you're sick of driving your kids less than a mile to school and/or worried about traffic and safety on the streets, you won't want to miss this event. Following the speaker, there will also be a panel to answer questions including Menlo Park Mayor, Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park Complete Streets Commission Chair, Bianca Walser and others!  Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.  Hillview Middle School, PAC, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Programs & Activities Programs 

After-School Programs
Mandarin at Hillview After School
Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese or join our Intermediate/Advanced group and practice your Mandarin skills with your classmates! Hwa Shin Mandarin Chinese language instruction is tailored for students who do not speak Mandarin at home and focuses on teaching Mandarin in a fun and engaging atmosphere.  Hwa Shin has been teaching Mandarin in Menlo Park and Palo Alto schools for over 30 years. We will be offering two classes this year at Hillview - Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin. Learn more and sign up  here The day of the week is currently listed as  Friday , but we can switch it if there is interest.

Auditions for Hillview Drama Fall musical,"Bugsy Malone Jr.," are this  Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6 after school! Come to the drama room, G-4, to sign up for a time slot and to get info about what to bring to auditions. All grades are encouraged to audition!

Library Volunteers Needed  to assist our brilliant librarians, Tracy Piombo and Aimee Mathenia.  Tasks are project based, including mending books, pulling books for research, etc.  The job is very flexible as far as your time and availability. E mail Alice Hom here  for queries or to sign up.

School Dances
Dance Chaperone Volunteers
The ASB and Mr. Darmanin are looking for volunteers to chaperone  once, twice, or three times throughout the school year for one- to-two hour shifts. Email here for questions or to sign up.

After-School Sports
Flag Football Registration is now closed. Teams are full, but you are still welcome to be placed on the waiting list here. We will field one or two 6th grade teams, one 7th grade team, and one 8th grade team. Experience in football is n ot necessary to participate. Practice will begin Thursday, September 7, 3:30 - 5:00 for all teams. Players must have a mouthpiece to participate.

Girls Volleyball Registration is now closed. Players are still welcome to be placed on a waiting list here. We can only field as many teams as we have coaches. If we don't have enough coaches for all players registered, we will give priority to those who registered first.  Practice will begin after September 5. Games will begin Monday, September 18 for 7th/8th-grade teams and Tuesday, September 19 for 6th-grade teams. Season ends before Thanksgiving. Mandatory Team Placement workouts will be held in the Hillview Gym, Tuesday, September 5:
  • 6th grade 3:15 - 4:35 
  • 7th grade 4:45 - 6:05 
  • 8th grade 6:15 - 7:30
No refunds are available for all after-school sports after the registration deadline. Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. PTO Registration Coordinator is Matt Ericksen.

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Get To Know M-A Programs 2017-18
8th-Grade Information Night Wednesday, October, 18, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Campus Tours, first Wednesday of the month, October through March
M-A Shadowing, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, October though February
More information here and on the M-A website.

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Be Our New MPAEF Director! 
Susannah Hill, our rockstar MPAEF Director, is retiring and we are searching for a new rockstar to lead our team! We are searching for someone passionate about MPCSD who believes in the value of providing an excellent public-school education. The Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management of the MPAEF to enable the organization to achieve its goals. Here is a job description. Forward resumes here. Contact Jennifer Dahmus for more information.  

Become our Volunteer MPAEF Web Master!  Help contribute $1,000s to your kid's schools!  
A fun and easy volunteer job that can be done on your own time. The MPAEF web master will maintain the MPAEF web site, its content management system, and the email capabilities on a virtual private server. The web master is also in charge of the  domain. The time commitment from October to July is 0 - 1 hour per week. The time commitment for August and September ranges from 2 - 4 hours per week. The web master will:
-Administer virtual private server on site5
-Update web page layout and content for  and subdomains via Drupal
-Manage email addresses and forwarders for
-Contact Stacey  here  for information on joining our awesome MPAEF volunteer Board!

Fun and exciting activities planned for this year. Add these to your calendar.
  • Building Community New Families Social - September 24, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview 
  • Community & Fun Dine Out in Menlo Park - Lunch & Dinner, October 23 - 26
  • Community & Fun Wine Walk on Santa Cruz Avenue - December 2
  • FUNdraising Auction and Party - March 17
  • FUNdraising Online Auction - March 18 - 22

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Cub Scout Pack 222 Ice Cream Social  September 17 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. , Oak Knoll Elementary School Playground.  Do you want to learn about Cub Scouting? All interested families with boys entering grades K through 5 are invited to join us for fun, activity-filled kickoff events! Email Oak Knoll parent, Jim Knox   for more information here, or visit the Pack 222 website here.

Safe Routes to School Check out the Parents for Safe Routes Back to School newsletter here to learn about two big Safe Routes events: the opening of the Oak Grove Bike Route, and the upcoming Safe Routes talk on September 19. Jennifer Wolosin will speak on "Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen." The newsletter also contains key tips for getting to and from school safely.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions By appointment through September, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news "best choir of the Peninsula," will teach your boy to sing! Schedule your 7-10 year-old boy for a fun group audition. He'll learn a song and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out. Ragazzi's opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, camps, and even world-wide touring. Appointments and more info here.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus' Music and Movement Class Open September-December, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City, Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging class is a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi's main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. Contact lspaeth here or the website here for more info.  

Ongoing Study on Executive Function Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses 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.

Creative Art For Young Children , Portola Valley Town Center. Native American Mythology will take us on a trip to the land of Kokopelli and his magical flute. The symbol of Kokopelli is well known; the kids will have fun drawing him, as well as. making clay pots to catch rainwater, big cardboard ladders to the stars, colorful cornmeal mandalas, Jackson Pollock splatter paintings, and other art projects. Register online here.

Parent Education Series
"Social Contagion: How to Catch Resilience," Lee Daniel Kravetz and Julie Lythcott-Haims. September 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. M-A PAC. Register here.

"Clearing the Smokescreen: The Evidence on Marijuana," Tauheed Zaman, M.D., September 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Woodside High School PAC. What does the current evidence show about marijuana (cannabis)? As a parent, what should you know about the potency of today's marijuana and its effect on the developing adolescent brain? Register here.

"The Well-Balanced Student: Challenge Success," Stanford University, September 28, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall. When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you'll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged student, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child's resilience, creativity, and well-being. Register here.

All three events are free and open to parents, students, faculty/staff and community members. Contact Charlene Margot, Director, for more information here.

Community Service Opportunities
Family Hands-On Volunteering with the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center A ll are welcome to join us in our ongoing hands-on volunteering opportunities for families, adults, and teens working on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, aging, the environment, and more. Check our website often for project updates and to register here.

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