In This Issue
Movie Night
TIDE Academy
Walk Bike Day
Math Clinic
iPad Issues Solved
iClick Retakes
Parent Conferences

Corporate Match
Last Week to Donate
Campaign Challenge
Hot Lunch
Speaker Series
"Math Mindsets"
Burmeister Committee
Open Position

Book Donations
Reading Ideas
Mature Content
Service Team Meeting
Grades 7/8 Dance

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Monday, October 1
  • Photo Retakes with iClick by Appointment Only, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview
  • Trick or Treat Campaign Challenge Kicks Off for PTO and MPAEF Participation
Tuesday, October 2
  • TIDE Academy Information Night, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Wednesday, October 3
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, "Promoting Math Mindsets: Helping Your Child Love and Achieve Highly in Mathematics," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
 Friday, October 5
  • Fall Family Movie Night, 7:15 - 10:15 p.m., Hillview Field
  • Last Day to Contribute to the PTO and MPAEF Campaigns for the Trick or Treat Challenge. Celebration for All Students During Lunch

Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12
  • Spirit Week 
Wednesday, October 10
  • Walk or Bike to School Day  
Thursday, October 11
  • Hillview Service Team Meeting, Lunchtime, PAC
Friday, October 12 
  • Fright Night Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, October 16 - Friday, October 19
  • Minimum Days, 8:25 - 11:45 a.m., Middle
    School Conferences

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Fall Family Outdoor Movie Night
Friday, October 5, from 7:15 - 10:15 p.m., Hillview field. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening watching the comedy classic, Home Alone. Admission is FREE, however, our Hillview ASB (Student Council) is kicking off their Second Harvest Food Drive and would love your canned food donations (no glass.) Our suggested donation is five cans or $5 per person. We will have snacks for sale and the 5-star Yelp-rated Los Carnalitos Food Truck on campus. Come enjoy an evening (bring a blanket, chairs, pillow, or stuffed animal). Note: One parent chaperone is required per group of eight children/students. Any questions, email here.

TIDE Academy Information Night
Tuesday, October 2, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hillview will be hosting Menlo Park Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering Academy. Speakers will present information about the school. TIDE Academy will develop the critical skills and aspirations of each student through the intimate attention of a small-school setting. The STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math)-focused curriculum will feature project-based learning. Projected to open in August 2019 with the founding class of 100 ninth-grade students.

Walk or Bike to School Day 
Tuesday, October 10. We encourage you to prepare for this day as the Hillview community walks and bikes to promote community participation and healthier lifestyles. 

After-School Math Clinic at Hillview
Help and support in math are available at Hillview Math Clinic! Several Hillview math teachers run the Math Clinic each week, Monday through Thursday in the library conference room. Students can drop in with quick questions, sit down to start and finish homework, or get help with material learned in class. It is individual math help for individual math students. Come one day or all days. Come for part of the time or the whole time. Math Clinic is here to help!
  • Mondays and Tuesdays | 3:20 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays | 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
*After-school bus is available for students who need transportation

iPad Issues
We have various ways for students to get help with iPad issues, such as not being able to access the internet at home, or not being able to log in to particular apps. For internet issues, students can see Mr. Benelli in the library during brunch, lunch, and Qu3ST. For app issues, students can see Mr. Doroquez in room G-2 during 7th period. At any other time, students can see Mrs. O'Brien in the office. Email Danielle O'Brien here with questions.  
Photo Retakes
Photo retakes are scheduled for October 1, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. If you haven't yet made an appointment with iClick, please do so through their website soon. If you need help viewing proofs or troubleshooting an issue, email here.   
Parent Conferences Coming Soon
Hillview's Parent Conferences will be held in the afternoons during the week of Tuesday, October 16 through Friday October 19. Monday, October 15 is a regular day, 3:05 dismissal.  Conferences days, Tuesday, 10/16 through Friday, 10/19 will be minimum days for students, with dismissal at 11:45. Some additional information about minimum days is as follows:
  • The MPCSD yellow bus runs each day, leaving Hillview at 11:50 on minimum days
  • There are NO SamTrans buses after school on minimum days. Morning SamTrans routes will run as usually scheduled
  • There are NO after school classes during minimum days - no enrichment classes, no Homework Center or Math Clinic
More specific information about how to sign up for a parent conference with your teachers will be sent via email, including the link to sign up for conferences. Our online conference scheduler will open to all parents on Tuesday, October 9.  
Midtrimester is Friday October 5
Friday October 5 is the midpoint of Trimester 1!  When you log in to PowerSchool to check your child's progress, please note two things.  First, if you are unable to log in, please contact Danielle O'Brien  here.  Second, you may notice both T1 grades and H1/H2 grades.  This year, we have wheel electives during 5th and 6th period only that are predominantly for 6th grade students.  These wheel classes use a Hexmester (1/2 trimester) for their grading period.  If your student is in a Hexmester wheel elective class during 5th or 6th period, you will see grades for this class in H1.  All other classes should look at T1 grades.  Trimester grades (T1, T2, and T3) are the official grades for every class at Hillview, except 5th and 6th period wheel elective classes.  

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Double Your Impact with Corporate Match
Did you know that most employers will match your donation to the PTO and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation? Free money to support your child's education is awesome, and it only takes a few minutes of your time to make it happen. If you've already donated, contact your company HR department or visit the Matching Gift Search here to see how easy it is to double your impact. And if you haven't donated, what are you waiting for? Visit here to make your donation of $250/student to the PTO and $1,500/student to the MPAEF today, then submit your corporate match!
Need a tax receipt before November from the PTO for your corporate match? Email  here .
One Week to Make Our Goal 
Thank you so much if you have already donated to the One Community campaign. For those of you who haven't, we need your help NOW! There's only one week left to donate or pledge, and as of now we're at 50% of our funding target for the PTO and 62% of our funding target for the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF.) Without your donations, we'll have to cut critical programs and staff members in science, art, music, library, counseling and more.
Thank you so much if you have already donated to the One Community campaign. For those of you who haven't, we need your help NOW! There's only one week left to donate or pledge, so we can meet our funding target for the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF.) Without your donations, we'll have to cut critical programs and staff members in science, art, music, library, counseling and more.

Two checks, two great needs. We need $250/student for the PTO and $1,500/student for the MPAEF to make up our funding gap, but we will gratefully accept any amount. If you prefer to pay later, you can pledge.

We're all part of this community, investing together in our children. To make your donation, visit here.

Trick or Treat Campaign Challenge  During the last week of the district funding drive for the Hillview PTO and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF,) students are helping to raise awareness so that we can hit our goal of 80% PTO participation and 50% MPAEF participation by the close of the campaign on October 5. We are currently at 56% and 41% respectively.
If we reach the participation goals, we will host an extended lunchtime Trick or Treat Celebration on Halloween for all students at Hillview!
Beyond a strong academic foundation, your child's education is enriched by art, music, science, library, field trips, drama programs, highly-qualified teachers, and smaller class sizes. Please donate or pledge to the Hillview PTO and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation here.
If you have already given, thank you so much for your generosity and support! 


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Time to Order Hot Lunch  
The LunchMaster menu is ready for October orders here
Menus become ready for ordering the 4th week of the month. 
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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
2018 - 2019 Events 
Experts discuss relevant issues like math mindsets, anxiety, school violence, smartphones, 
Jo Boaler
social media, compassion, mental health, and puberty. Speakers include Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO,) Frank DeAngelis (former principal of Columbine High School,) Jo Boaler (S tanford professor of math education,) and many others. 
All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and  pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

"Promoting Math Mindsets: Helping Your Child Love and Achieve Highly in Mathematics," Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillview PAC, a presentation by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford, and co-founder and faculty director of youcubed 
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Opportunity to Serve on a Unique Advisory Committee
Friday, October 5 is the deadline to communicate your interest.  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. 
Open Position - School Board Finance and Audit Committee 
Applications due by Friday, October 19, 2018. The Menlo Park City School District Board of Education is seeking one volunteer community member to serve on the School Board Finance and Audit Committee. The committee was established in 2012 to facilitate public understanding of the district's financial reporting process and to assist staff in the delivery of timely, clear and reliable financial information to the public. The committee will review and analyze multi-year projection assumptions, can provide input on strategic decisions regarding fiscal health i.e., bonding decisions, long-term economic uncertainty reserve, retiree actuarial report, etc., and on an annual basis, review the audit with an independent auditor. For more information on the mandate and bylaws, click here.

The committee meets 5 - 7 times per year, usually Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Menlo Park City School District Office. Interested in this position? Submit a letter of interest, resume, as well as, background information about yourself as it relates to the position to: Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent's Office, Attention: Lanita Villasenor, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027 or you may email your information here. 

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Hillview Library
Thank You for Donations!
We appreciate you for donating gently used books at Back to School Night. We collected nearly 100 books! We are still collecting books. Send any gently used books to the library. They will be distributed to the classroom to update the classroom libraries.
Looking for a Great Book 
You or your students can find books to read on our library website, we have lists! Take a look here. And Ms. Piombo and Mrs. Mathenia LOVE helping kids find books, so we hope to see them in the library if they need recommendations.
Mature Content and Language
The Hillview Library offers books with more mature content and language in the Teen section of the library.    
  • 8th-grade students automatically have access to Teen section unless parents opt out their students. You can opt out with the form here
  • 7th-grade students can access the Teen section with the permission slip here
  • 6th-grade students have access to Teen books title by title with parent signature on the form here. 
If you have any questions, contact Tracy Piombo here or Aimee Mathenia here.
Hillview Lunchtime Clubs
There are a variety of lunch clubs each day of the week. Encourage your child to get involved! You'll find the list here
Hillview Service Team
Toys for Pets
We are collecting donations of used t-shirts and gift ribbon through Friday, October 5. Drop any materials in the bin located in the office - each donation helps us make one more toy for a dog or cat living in a shelter! 
Parent Volunteer Opportunity 
Are you a parent interested in supporting or leading one of our service team projects or chaperoning an after-school outing? Email here to find an opportunity that fits into your schedule.
Hillview ASB   
Fright Night Dance
Friday, October 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the PAC (7th- and 8th-grade students only). There will be music, a game room to hang out in, a free photo booth, and $1-$2 bake sale concessions, sold outside. Dress for Success norms apply, and there will be staff and parent chaperones supervising the dance. While cell phones are allowed, the expectation is that phones will be invisible/off while on the dance floor and NOT used to take photographs/video. Students are allowed to use their phones for photos in the lobby, game room, and concession/kitchen area. Although it is a Halloween-themed dance, costumes are discouraged. If your child wants to dress up, they must follow some basic rules which will be reviewed on HawkTalk. These include, no covering the face/masks, no props of any kind, no excessive gore.
A discounted pre-sale is available at lunch in the quad (student store), $7 for ASB cardholders, $9 regular price. If you miss the discounted pre-sale all week at lunch, students can still attend for $10 at the door.
Students dropped off after 6:30 p.m. will need to be walked inside the PAC by a parent or guardian. Pick-up is promptly at 8:00 p.m., so our chaperones can go home to their families.

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City Council Candidate Forum Monday, October 1, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Juniper Room, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Join Menlo Together for an evening of conversation with all the candidates from across the city on the future of housing, transportation, and sustainability in Menlo Park. RSVP here by Sunday, September 30. 
REF Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. It's fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa here or contact Sharon Purcell  here with questions.
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community Wednesday October 3, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall Stanford. The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local elementary and middle school children, teachers, and their families. Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music. More information is available here.
California Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons - Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County Monday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. in Menlo Park (location details will be sent upon RSVP). Join other Hillview parents as the League of Women Voters presents the Pros and Cons of the elevent California State Ballot Propositions included in the upcoming November 6, 2018 election. Come for coffee and cake and learn about the ballot measures that can affect our community. We are non-partisan and neither support nor oppose candidates or political parties. RSVP here.             
Fit Kids Free Lecture with PE Expert Ron Jones Friday October 19, 10:00 a.m., Menlo Circus Club. Join Fit Kids for a morning with Ron Jones, a credentialed PE teacher and historical kinesiologist who enjoys teaching and sharing classical physical education and vintage exercise methods. Ron was also the Executive Director and PE historian for the award-winning documentary film "The Motivation Factor," which profiled the benefits of classical PE throughout history and how these methods are still valid for today's youth and adults. More information here and here. RSVP here.

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