The MPCSD Parent Education Series Continues With a Star Line-Up For 2016-2017

Visit the Speaker Series website and mark your calendar now for all the great events of the 2016-17 school year.

Parenting in the Digital Age, My Digital TAT2
With Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Erica Pelavin, Co-Founders of My Digital TAT2

Wednesday, November 16 2016, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

Our children have never known a phone that wasn’t a camera or a world without technology. Through the use of interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios, this workshop will explore the rapidly changing digital landscape and how our children are using social media. The psychological responses to social media will be discussed including digital tethering, techno perfection, and lower capacity for solitude.

The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.

Please support these organizations today. Start by clicking the donate button below. Thank you!

PTO donations are due by September 30.


New Hot Lunch Vendor!

The Menlo Park City School District is pleased to announce The LunchMaster will be providing lunch service for the 2016-17 school year.

The LunchMaster has been in business for over 20 years and serves many local schools in San Mateo County and the Bay Area. They provide a large selection of meals that are well prepared and tasteful. All meals exceed USDA nutritional guidelines, contain at least 50% organic food content, and include meat and dairy that are antibiotic and hormone free.

To read a letter from the General Manager of The LunchMaster to district parents click here.

For more information about the new hot lunch program click here.

After-School Activities

Hillview’s PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this fall.  There is something for every student’s interest. There are so many great programs offered, from Mandarin, to Lacrosse and even Fencing! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including description, registration links and pricing.  Also, many of the different programs will be at the Back to School Luau on August 29 to answer any questions and take sign ups for the activities. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. Click here for more information.
Questions? Please contact Kim Hinshaw, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator

Hillview Paperless Mailer Opt-In

In the past, Hillview has been very intentional about sending physical mailings home via USPS. It is easy for things to become lost in an in-box of an email, so we have previously sent our annual Summer Mailer, Important Announcements/Reminders of Back-To-School-Night & Open House, Report Cards, and so on. In this way, important information that we wish to share with you gets your attention.

We normally send you this information by USPS “snail mail,” but this year, in order to be more environmentally friendly and cost-conscious, we are offering a “Paperless Mailer” opt-in. By completing the form linked below and choosing the paperless option, you will receive the Summer Mailer and other essential communications in a digital format.

While it is too late to receive the summer mailer in digital format, you can still sign-up for paperless mail for the rest of the school year.  Please click THIS LINK to sign-up.

The Hillview PTO – What Do We Do?

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.16.06 AMThe Hillview PTO supports academic enrichment and activities, such as field trips, lunch clubs and festivals; and special programs such as Camp Hillview. We also support expanded electives and the programs in music, art, and performing arts.

We sponsor and organize after-school classes, after-school academic support, after-school sports, and an engaging array of speakers for parents. In addition, we organize the parent volunteers for academy support, daily hot lunch service, after-school sports, staff appreciation, Breakfast Cafe, and Mini-Courses. We publish this website and draft a weekly newsletter to keep everyone informed of what’s going on at Hillview.

We can do all of this and more thanks to your generous donation of your time and financial support!



Hillview is a community-supported school — not just with money but with time. 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. 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? Please click here to fill out our volunteer questionnaire or contact PTO Volunteer Coordinator Patti Buck and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!


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.

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.

Transportation to and from Hillview

Fewer cars make Hillview feel more welcoming, safer, and easier to approach on foot. Please consider alternatives to single-family car rides for your family’s commute to and from school. More information can be found at the following links: Hillview transportation overviewHillview’s car drop off and pick up information, and Hillview’s bike and walk information. Hillview is well-stocked with bike racks, and many students do bike to school. If your child bikes, please review with him or her such bicycle safety guidelines as wearing the helmet properly and observing the rules of the road. We want all students to arrive safely at school each and every day.  Find clear and simple information on taking SamTrans to Hillview by clicking here. For the MPCSD Transportation web site, click here.  Registration for seats on the yellow bus serving Tinsley Transfer students is handled by the Hillview office; please call (650) 325-3861.


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