In This Issue
Personal Electronics
Bike Safety
Site Council Meeting
Friends of the Library
iPad Home Use
Medication at School
M-A Tours

Donation Campaign

"Restorative Parenting"

After-School Programs 
Homework Center
Math Clinic
Book Drive
Library Volunteer
Teen Collection

Q uick Links

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Monday, September 10 
  • No School, Staff Development Day
Tuesday, September 11 
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., MPSCD, 181 Encinal Avenue
Thursday, September 13
  • Service Team - Pizza Party Kickoff Meeting, Lunchtime, Hillview PAC
  • Back To School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview
Friday, September 14
  • Fall Family Movie Night has moved. Join us on Friday, October 5

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
Tuesday,September 25
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., District Office, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue
Wednesday, September 26
  • Bike Rodeo, During 6th-Grade PE
Thursday, September 27
  • Bike Rodeo, During 6th-Grade PE

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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.

Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office. Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. The agenda is available here. All parents in our community are welcome!
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.

Difficulty with School iPad at Home?
Using a school iPad off-campus requires connection through the proxy server. Some 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. 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 Driver's License lessons start date has moved from Friday, September 7 to Friday September 21 to accommodate the Rally schedule and for additional set-up of Digital Driver's License. The lessons will run for six weeks. Each weekend for you will have 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.
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! Donate today here . Thank you for contributing to this wonderful community!

Five important facts about our district funding that you may not have known,
  1. Only 18% of our district's property taxes go to our local schools
  2. This equals only 62% of the cost to educate our children
  3. California ranks 46th in the nation in funding per student (adjusted for cost of living)
  4. Our school district spends $15,000 to educate each student, but we only receive $10,000 per student from California, leaving a $5,000 gap that the MPAEF needs to help fill
  5. Our spend per student is the lowest among neighboring districts (for example, Las Lomitas spends $18,000 per student)
If you believe, as we do, that your child's education is enriched by
  • Art, Music, Science, Library, Field Trips, and Drama programs
  • Qualified teachers
  • On-site mental health resources
  • Smaller class sizes
...don't let them be cut due to lack of support. Donate or pledge $250/student to the PTO and $1,500/student to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) today  here   today. We can only succeed as one community, investing together.

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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series   
"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 
The information below is a correction from last week. There's still time to register your student for an after-school course before fall programs begin!

The PTO is excited to offer a variety of fun and enriching after-school programs. Click on the links below to find out more information on each program, including class registration and pricing information.  

Fall 2018 After-School Programs

Starfire Coding - Python Level I here
Starfire Coding - Python Level II here
Starfire Coding - Advanced Python here
LaCrosse offered by SixFifty LaCrosse here
Cross Country offered by Stella Bergan here
Mondays and Wednesdays
Speech / Debate offered by Coach Brier Buchalter   here
Chorus Club with Mr. Vaughan   
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Bay Area Chess (will not be offered this Fall)

Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School  here
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here

Contact Jamey Hawkins, ASP Coordinator, here for questions.

Homework Center and Math Clinic
Homework Center
Drop in homework space each day after school, Monday - Thursday
Hours: Monday - Tuesday:  3:20 - 4:45 p.m. | Wednesday - Thursday:  2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Teacher in charge: Phil Eaton here
Location: 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 reteaching, Monday - Thursday
Hours: Monday - Tuesday:  3:20 - 4:45 p.m. | Wednesday - Thursday:  2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Located in a small library conference room
Mondays: Ms. Park
Tuesdays:  Ms. Donohoe
Wednesdays: Mrs. Dutta
Thursdays: Ms. Donohoe

The Homework Center bus schedule, including late bus information, can be found  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.

Library Volunteers Needed
Fill out the  volunteer form  here under Specialist Support. Contact Alice Hom with 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.

Hillview Service Team
Lunchtime Pizza Party Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, September 13, at lunchtime, in the PAC
Don't want to pack a lunch? Want your kids to learn about giving back to their community? Encourage your students to join us for pizza, treats, and an inspiring overview of the service team opportunities this year. 

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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.

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.

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 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." How can you help your teen take the leap into high school? Former high-school counselor Melissa Kelley, MFT, will share some useful pointers. Additional information 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 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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