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.  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

Shop and Support our Schools This Holiday Season

Check out the largest December toy sale and free shipping on orders of $29 or more! Shop from hundreds of choices at Toys R US, while also giving back to your child’s school. MPAEF has partnered with 80+ retailers to offer you specials deals, and they will give Menlo Park Schools up to 8% cash back on all purchases. Amazon, Target, Lego Store, Macy’s and more! You must click through our site here to qualify.

Heart Warming Winter Recipes

Cold winter months are the perfect time to whip up a bowl of vegetable-based soups and stews. Soups make it very easy to get in your daily servings of veggies and to try out something new. Satiating ingredients, including legumes, quinoa, and barley, offer an excellent source of fiber and protein and can easily be added to soups. Recipes here!

Stay Home Guidelines – Flu and Cold Season

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:

  • Any contagious disease
  • Nausea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Temperature over 100 degrees F. Temperature needs to be normal for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Frequent coughing or very runny nose
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Sore throat
  • Severe headache
  • Skin rash – All rashes must be diagnosed by a doctor
  • Open sores, unless the area can be covered with a dressing
  • Earache, toothache or other severe pain

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:

  • Remind children to wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol hand cleaner, and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Get a flu vaccine. San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.
  • Drink lots of water (8 glasses is a good target).
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your house regularly using a bleach-based household cleaner, as directed on the product label.

Flu information here.

Medication at School

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.

Hillview Site Council

Tuesday, December 12, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. We will be discussing the district and school survey to be administered by Panorama in January. We will be receiving updates on student wellness programs and the new California Department of Education “Dashboard” to evaluate school performance.
We are a collaborative group who meet monthly to discuss school-wide goals. Our mission is to empower all students to be resilient problem solvers, compassionate contributors, and lifelong learners during their journey of academic and personal growth. All parents in our community are welcome to attend these meetings.

Service Team

ABS Toys Drive
Monday, December 11 – Friday, December 15, drop-off at Hillview office. The Service Team is working with ASB on the Hillview Toy Drive to benefit the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The wish list from the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital is attached here. There is a bin in the office labeled New Toys and an envelope at the front desk for gift cards. Thanks for bringing joy over the holidays to those with seriously ill children.
Disaster Relief 
Thanks to our Hillview community of students and family for making the Disaster Relief Event such a success. We raised over $7,200 for the American Red Cross – Wildfire Relief Fund.

Host a MP School Intern from Spain

We need a host family for our Hillview/Oak Knoll intern, Eva, early twenties, who comes from Soria, Spain. Her previously arranged hosts are not able to take an intern after all, so we have a great opportunity for another family. We ask host families to share their home with our intern for a three to six month period. The interns have been with us since the start of school and will depart back to their countries in mid-late June. Our interns assist in the Spanish Immersion classrooms at Laurel and Encinal, Spanish specialist classrooms at Laurel, Encinal, and Oak Knoll, and in all language classrooms at Hillview. They speak English and they are taking English enrichment classes through Palo Alto adult program. Interns get around town by bicycles that are provided for them.

Be a host family and share your American culture with our interns. For questions regarding hosting an intern or additional information, contact parent volunteer coordinator, Liliana Perazich here or call 415-297-0125. Feel free to pass this info to anyone you may feel would be interested. The families do not need to be a MPCSD family.

After-School Program Registration

Winter After-School Programs are now accepting registrations! Scholarships are available; if interested, please contact your student’s counselor. More class information is available here.

Winter Conditioning Program with Stella Fit

The winter class will run from January 22 to March 16, Mondays 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:40 – 3:40 p.m. Program cost is $250. The Stella Fit Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program is for kids who would like to keep up or improve their conditioning over the winter months. This program will help improve running endurance, speed, quickness, strength, and balance. We will be doing running drills on the track, along with foundational mobility, strength, speed, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine.

Stella Fit’s programs are meant for kids at all levels and are designed for results in a safe and fun environment. This program will also weave in talks on nutritional support, mental strategies, and sleep for optimal health and performance. The program will be led by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT and assisted by Chelsea Fleher, a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.


Hillview Hawks, Listen Up!

Hillview Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. All ensembles – Chorus, Band 1, Band 2, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, Lab Band and Jazz Band will be performing. Come celebrate our children’s musical talents!
Jazz Collaboration Concert with the La Entrada Jazz Band and Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Giant Steps Middle School Big Band and Hillview’s Lab and Jazz Band, Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. It’s going to be a great evening of music, celebrating America’s truly original musical art form – Jazz! Tickets are free, but everyone will need one. All ticket holders will receive a discount code that will give them a $25 discount off of tuition for Stanford Jazz Workshop summer programs. Get your tickets here. It’s going to be a swinging time! Join us!

After-School Sports

After-School Fall Sports uniforms should be returned to the front office.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Basketball League
After-School Basketball League Games:

6th-grade games

  • Tuesday, December 12 – girls
  • Wednesday, December 13 – boys

7th-grade games

  • Thursday, December 14 -girls
  • Friday, December 15 – boys

8th-grade games

  • Monday, December 18

8th grade plays at the following locations: Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside Elementary, Corte Madera. 6th/7th grade play all games at Arrillaga Gym.

Refund deadline for After-School Basketball has passed. Thank you for understanding.  Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports.

For more information regarding these programs, email Harry Bell, Athletic Director here or call at 650-483-4049. Contact Matt Ericksen, PTO Registration Coordinator, here.

HVTV Hillview Television

Our latest episode of HVTV is now online for viewing. Parents, enjoy Hillview’s national award- winning, student produced newscasts featuring stories made by students….for students, but parents can enjoy too! Our Vimeo channel is here. Thanks for your support!

Call for Yearbook Photos!

The Hillview yearbook team is looking for action photos of Hillview students doing sports outside of Hillview-sponsored activities. Send us photos of your student ice skating, dancing, playing soccer, skiing, sailing, and all other sports. Send to Amy Kingsley here, with “outside of school sports” in the subject line.

After-School Academic Support

Is your student looking for additional support with academics? Go here to review the after-school academic supports Hillview has to offer. Hillview offers several programs to help students boost their learning. Go Hawks!

Help MPCSD Plan Its Early Learning Program

The district is excited to be planning for the roll-out of its new Early Learning Program, opening Fall 2018. If you missed the article in our recent district newsletter, read about MPCSD’s vision for early learning here
We are looking for community input as we shape the Early Learning Program. If you would like to share your thoughts on what you value in an early learning program, whether you have young children at home now, or have insight from when your children were preschool age, please complete our survey. English and Spanish versions are available. 
Please feel free to send the survey links to friends living in our district who have young children, even if they are not current MPCSD families. We value the community’s ideas and want to hear from as many parents as possible. Thank you for your help!

Library – 6th Grader Parents!

At the end of October and through November, sixth graders will be starting a big research project. We need a few parents to help students during the visits to the library. The sign-up, dates and times for your student’s teacher, and more information are available here. Thanks!

Student Handbook and Reporting an Absence

If your student is going to be absent from school, please report the absence and the reason for the absence to Mrs. Cathy Bell, our Attendance Clerk. She is available by phone at (650) 326-4341 or by email here. If an absence is not reported, Mrs. Bell will contact parents/guardians to get the reason for the absence for attendance reporting purposes. See the Hillview Handbook here for more information.


At Hillview, we stress the importance of being on time for school and for class so that students set themselves up for success each day. A student earns a tardy for being late to school or class without a valid reason. Please see our Hillview Handbook here for more information. Our tardy policy for any class period is as follows:
Tardy 1 and 2 are “Free”
Tardy 3, 4, and 5 each earn an office detention
Tardy 6 and up each earn a Saturday School

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 register from the sign in page using your email address that is registered with the District. A confirmation link will be sent to verify your email address and you’ll be able to set a new password for your account. Your directory account is currently independent from the district login accounts and requires a separate login. Once signed in, you can search for student or parent/guardian names, and view class lists. The directory is also mobile-browser friendly. You can add its icon to your home screen on both iOS and Android devices.
If you have trouble accessing the directory, see information that needs to be corrected, or have suggestions and/or feedback, send email here.

Applications for Private School

If your student is applying to private school for 2018-19 school year, there is a process that Hillview requires you to follow listed here including the submission of the Student Information Form here. The final deadline for this information is December 1. The teachers and office would greatly appreciate receiving the information before Thanksgiving. This allows us time to provide meaningful and rich information to your student’s prospective schools as well as meet the application deadlines. If you are applying to schools that DO NOT use the Ravenna electronic system, you will need to provide the office with stamped envelopes, pre-addressed with the receiving school’s information.

8th-Grade Graduation Party 

Thank you to those who volunteered…we look forward to celebrating them at the 2018 Graduation Party and Dance.


Last year, Randeep Nandal, Hillview ASB Vice President, ran for office on a platform that included a promise to work on having the school day start later. In order to explore the viability of this plan, he has developed a survey here to gauge the thoughts of parents, students, and staff. Randeep’s efforts are supported by the Hillview administration, but please know that while your responses are welcome, they will not commit us to any particular path. Any changes would require a recommendation from the MPCSD Board of Trustees.

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.

Volunteer at Hillview in 2017-18

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!

Would you like to be an Academy Parent or part of the Academy Support Team?!

Do you wonder what middle school is really like?  Would you like to get a sneak peek of your kids in action and help out with events behind-the scenes?  Sign up to be part of the Academy Support team or Academy Parent.  It’s the middle school version of being a room parent and classroom volunteer – but less work with fewer events! If you are interested in learning more about how you can help starting in late August, please see the Hillview PTO Volunteer page under Academy Support.  If you have specific questions, please contact Academy Parent Coordinators Gina Skinner or Kelly Morehead.  Thank you!

For the future and to help to save our planet: Go Paperless for Announcements

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!

Lunch Clubs

Hillview has expanded its Lunch Club offerings!  Remind your students to check them out!
New to the lineup are: Club 41, Club Tech, Coding, Community Service, Electronic Makers, Fiber Arts Club, French Culture, Girls Learn International, Law Enforcement, and Pokemon & MTG. Continuing clubs include: Anime Club, Art Club, Book Club, Cheer/Dance Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, Game Room, Intramural Sports, Math Club, Quiz Bowl, and Science Rocks. Click here for more information about these and other Lunchtime Clubs. Lunch Clubs are supported by the Hillview PTO.

Hillview Earns Apple Distinguished School Status

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.


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