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. It 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. It 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 click here.
For more information about the MPAEF and to donate or pledge, please go to mpaef.org/donate.
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. Hillview campus. An evening to celebrate a year of learning, explore classrooms, and meet teachers.
We have a tradition of gifting to the staff as a community. Parents are encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund (organized by PTO volunteers) and all proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team. The benefits of this approach are that teachers and staff choose something they like with gift cards and we recognize all 80 plus Hillview employees. The Gift Fund is used to recognize all academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians, and staff. Gift cards are delivered the last week of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community. There are several ways to participate:
Hillview is a community-supported school – not just with money but with time. Our volunteers contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours of time that save our school, and our district, literally 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 the most innovative education 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 Hillview’s PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Witeck, and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Hillview Bike Rodeo! It was great to see so many kids on bikes and scooters. Read the local press coverage of the event: “Hillview Bike Rodeo Offers Safety Training to Middle Schoolers” here and “Hillview Middle School Hosts Second Annual Bike Rodeo” here. And here are some tips you can use to support safe biking:
Write about any concerns you have here about student and bicycle pedestrian safety (this is how we know what to work on!).
The Oak Grove Bike Route, which was installed on a trial basis last year, is currently being evaluated by the city of Menlo Park. The route was specifically designed to help students biking to Hillview and M-A get across El Camino safely and provides dedicated bike lanes along Oak Grove and University Avenue. The city will only make the bike lanes permanent if the community wants them. To provide feedback to the city, fill out the survey here. For more information on the project, visit the Oak Grove webpage here.
Recently, the vaping and JUULing trend among middle and high school students has increased in the Bay Area and across the country. Our local high schools recently sent out information in the April 15 edition of M-A BearNotes here. More information about this important topic will follow. Email Assistant Principal Danielle O’Brien with any questions here.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination required. Students entering 7th grade next school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement.) Students will not be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school.
Bring an updated copy of your child’s immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide the school with a doctor’s written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website (see link below.)
Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
MPCSD responds to the most recent school shooting and to what degree school sites will participate in upcoming organized events for political expression, you will find it here.
The links below will provide more about each program including a course description, registration links, and pricing information. Note that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. Contact Hillview PTO After-School Programs Coordinator, Jamey Hawkins here.
Wrestling Program/Mat Clubs
Mat Club mission is to help you become more athletic, stronger, and faster through the high-energy learning experience of wrestling. Our practices consist of constant movement, strength training, flexibility, and dynamic agility exercises. By the end of six weeks you will have basic defense and offense skills such as a double-leg takedown, arm throw, and escapes. Invite your friends! You will need partners! Practices consist of a significant amount of partner workouts such as having to lift, roll, and carry your partner across the mat. We play games such as the Queen/King of the mat, Sumo, mat ball. As a team, we will have an opportunity to compete in tournaments or against local teams. Join us for the most fun and challenging workout of your life! Girls are especially encouraged as wrestling is the fastest growing sport nationwide. Get more information and register here. Contact Abby Ericson here with any questions! See you there!
MPCSD and Hillview Summer Drama Program
Register now! MPCSD and Hillview Drama will once again be offering a Summer Drama Program. This summer drama camp is for incoming 4th graders through exiting 8th graders who are enrolled in one of the MPCSD schools. Session 1 will present Disney’s the Lion King KIDS & JR and will run June 25 – July 6. Session 2 will present Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Little Mermaid JR and will run from July 9 – July 20. Join us and enjoy a summer of fun, singing, dancing, and acting (backstage roles available, too)! Register online here. You may also email Rachel M. Knight here or William Hairston here for any questions. Flyer is available in the school office.
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The school calendar here was approved at the School Board meeting February 13. Elementary parent/teacher conference dates will take place in December; this conferencing model was used by the district in years past. By December, teachers have more information and believe it is a more valuable time to discuss your student’s school experience with you.
Good school attendance is critical for student success at Hillview. We know that good school attendance is learned early in a child’s school career. Students who go to school every day develop healthy patterns for life and positive mindsets that continue throughout their educational career and beyond. Thank you for modeling this for your child by making sure they are at school and on time every day.
At times it is difficult to decide whether to send your child to school. Your child needs to stay at home when they have:
Our school office has competent and qualified personnel. If your child becomes ill or injured at school:
If your child needs to take medication at school:
To help keep our students and staff healthy during cold and flu season, we ask you to report all illnesses and to keep your children home when they are sick.
Your child needs to stay at home when he/she has:
If your child displays any of the above symptoms, or if a communicable disease has been confirmed, report it to the school office right away and keep your child home until they are no longer contagious.
Hillview realizes that helping us to maintain a safe classroom takes a certain amount of effort and diligence on your part, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe, healthy environment for all of our students.
Ramping up your Immune System and Environmental Defenses
with the following suggestions:
Flu information here.
If your child requires any medication at school, prescribed and/or over-the-counter, medication 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 here to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant.
Per our personal electronics policy here, Smart Watches, such as Apple Watches are not allowed at school. Smart Watches, like cell phones or other personal electronic devices, should be “off and invisible” during the school day.
On Friday night, over 300 Hillview students participated in the Relay for Life event, raising an incredible $91,000 for the American Cancer Society! All funds will go towards cancer research and services.
The event was the culmination of six weeks of preparation and fundraising by the 44 teams taking part, with students attending weekly meetings and engaging in various fundraising activities. Congratulations to all the students for their amazing efforts and for making an impact on the lives of others.
A big thank you to the 50 plus parent volunteers who helped organize the event and supported the students on the night! If you would like to donate to this Hillview event in support of the American Cancer Society, click here. For questions on Hillview’s Relay for Life, contact here.
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.
If you did not get a chance to go paperless yet and would like to save time and MPCSD money, please use this link to request your household receives only digital copies of announcements from the Hillview Office. This includes the Summer Mailer so keep an eye on your Inbox!
We are proud to announce that Hillview has been designated as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015 – 17!
This recognition validates the Hillview staff’s work in using the iPad to transform teaching and learning. From visionary leadership, to innovative teaching and learning, to ongoing professional development, Hillview – with the support of the district Tech Department, the PTO, and MPAEF – has in three years rolled out iPads to all its students, developed a suite of Apps that supports the development of such skills as collaboration and creativity, and implemented a Digital Drivers License program to enable our students to be efficient, productive, and responsible users of technology. Hillview is thrilled to be among 300 schools and districts worldwide to be cited for its exemplary 21st century learning environment, and looks forward to continuing to improve the experience of our students and teachers through the 1:1 iPad program.