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.
Would you like to participate in the Auction without hosting a party or donating an item? Help us by underwriting something for the Auction Party event on March 10 at Hiller Aviation Museum, and you will be generously thanked in event signage and an upcoming eNewsletter. If you are interested in underwriting any of the below items, please contact us here.
Auction Party and Sponsor-a-Teacher tickets are still available here. Dinner Experience Auction tickets are sold out, but if you would like to bid on a Live Auction item and not coming to the Dinner Experience, find a friend to bid for you!
Thank you to our Business and Realtor Partners!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to some of our many business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
To donate a hosted event click here.
To donate an item click here.
Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m., review the Donor Roll draft to ensure that your name and donor status are accurate! The draft of the 2017-18 Annual Parent Campaign Donor Roll is here. Any issues? Notify the MPAEF Office at 650-325-0100 or here in order to have the information updated in our printed auction catalog.
Bike Safety Week at Hillview! Each day, students will hear morning announcements from Officer Ferguson about bike safety. We are partnering with Parents 4 Safe Routes and the Menlo Park Police Department to ensure that all students get to school safely each day. This includes bike safety, but also pedestrian safety and drop-off and pick-up safety. If your student bicycles to school, review the following safety tips:
As a parent, you can:
If you drop off or pick up your student:
Wednesday, February 14, 5th live BBQ. Order through your LunchMaster account here. Simply add one of the three BBQ options, accompanied by a fruit, vegetable, and beverage to your cart, and confirm! All of the other meal options are still available to order here now. BBQ options – Cheddar Cheese Burger, Garden Burger, Polish Sausage on a Hoagie
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, also known as. the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), a state assessment will be administered to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Note these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments outside of school on those days.
As you read this, 96 Hillview musicians are getting ready to enjoy their last day in Disneyland. We arrived on Friday and have been involved in numerous performances and workshops. The Concert Band, Orchestra, and Choir all participated. Many thanks to all of the parents who supported our scholarship fundraising efforts and have volunteered to be chaperones. It couldn’t have happened without you!
Hillview students performed in the CMEA Bay Section Regional Honors Festival Concert. Each ensemble is made up of the top musicians nominated by their school’s director.
A very, special congratulations to Conor Dunne. He was selected as a flautist in the California All-State Junior High School Band. Conor is only the third musician in Hillview’s history to be selected to participate. He will be attending the CASMEC All-State Conference in San Jose and will be performing on Sunday, February 18.
Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the TERC office to review the results of the January parent and student Site Survey. All meetings are open to the public.
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC. Mark your calendars to hear Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of M-A High School, give an overview of M-A’s academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings. Q & A following with Mrs. Kennel, M-A’s College Advisor, Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen, and Laura Duran, M-A Counselor, along with the perspectives from a panel of former Hillview students on what life at M-A is really like. An evening open to everyone. For queries email Alice Hom here.
Applications due March 1. The Hillview Site Council has three open parent positions for the two-year term beginning March 2018 extending through June 2020. Applicants should have at least one child attending Hillview for the duration of the term. One of the positions is for a parent of a student who is an English learner. The council meets approximately once a month after school.
Interested parents should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council by Wednesday, March 1. You may nominate someone by submitting their name and reasons why you nominated them. We will hold an election during the Site Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room. Candidates must be present at the meeting on March 13. All parents of current Hillview students or of incoming Hillview students for the 2018-19 school year who are in attendance are eligible to vote. New members should plan to participate in the Site Council meetings on March 13, April 17, May 8, and June 5.
The Hillview Site Council, consisting of the principal, teachers, staff, student representatives, and six elected parents is the body responsible for developing and monitoring the School Site Plan. This plan specifies the goals and metrics that drive major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and any other significant areas related to the school. The Site Council is also responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating the annual school survey. For more information and to submit your application, email Theanne Thomson here.
Friday, February 15. Stop by the Student Center to check whether they have a missing jacket, lunch box, scarf, the single shoe you have been looking all over your house for, or maybe that nice water bottle that keeps your drink cold for hours. We have it all and more!
This five-person committee works to find parents who would like to serve on the Hillview PTO for the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the nominating committee, found here, is to help ensure that the board is balanced geographically and with old and new faces. The group will meet in February and then work independently to communicate how they make their selections, to be presented to the board in the spring of 2018. Contact Julie Nelson here if you are interested in serving on this fun committee!
Valentine’s Day, be sweet to your heart and your health. Treat yourself and your loved ones to some heart-healthy delights, including a fresh fruit bouquet, volunteering, or making a nutritious candlelit dinner. Go here to learn more about how you can spread the love this holiday.
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:
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.
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 web site (see link below).
Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
All these documents must have your child’s name, date of birth, and date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician’s signature from the clinic
Celebrate your 8th grader! Directions on how to submit a baby picture of your student (free) and create a yearbook dedication (for a fee) can be found in the pdf here. Space is limited, so turn in your pictures quickly.
The deadline for creating and submitting your ad online is Friday, February 24, 2018. Direct your questions to Amy Kingsley here.
“The Minds of Boys and Girls”
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC with Michael Gurian. In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, bestselling author Michael Gurian focuses on helping boys and girls across the gender spectrum to succeed in school and life. Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly – and how parents, educators, therapists, and others can care for and support the needs of our children. Based on more than thirty years of research and counseling practice, Michael traces how a child’s learning mind grows, how the genders learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences boys and girls, and how crucial school success has become to life success.
Michael will be available to sign books following the event. Books will be available for purchase.
Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Childcare will be available for potty-trained children. More information here.
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.
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!
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.
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)!
Flower Vase Donations
February 12 – 14, show your love for our community this Valentine’s Day and by bringing to school used vases, 6 – 9 inches high and 5 inches wide, to donate. There will be a bin for collection in the office. The vases will go to Random Acts of Kindness, who will send bouquets to local healthcare facilities.
Parent Volunteers Needed to Coordinate Hillview’s 4th Annual Relay for Life Event
Friday, May 18. We are excited to announce our annual event. We need a group of volunteers to help coordinate. Last year over 300 students participated and raised more than $65,000 for the American Cancer Society by getting friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them for walking at the event. This is a very fun and inspiring event and we hope to have a great group of parent volunteers this year. Sign up here or email here to be part of the adult volunteer team. Student sign-up will start in March. We will have a kick-off lunch for the volunteers on Wednesday, February 7 at noon.
Inform the Hillview office if you have lost or did not return your uniform.
Final week of the season for 7th-grade girls!
Go to the website to check team standings here for 6th and 7th grades; 8th-grade standings are available from the team coach.
Many after-school basketball players have regularly missed practice and games without notifying their coach. Some players have just quit due to other activities. Giving up on one activity while starting another is pretty discouraging to players and coaches. Work with your team to do your best in following through on your commitment. Thank you for your cooperation.
Registration closed Friday, February 9. There is a waiting list. We’ll do the best we can to place you on a team.
The Tennis Program consists of three teams – one Varsity A level and two Varsity B level teams. Varsity B level players that are less experienced may not play in matches, but will get to play matches in practice against other players of the same level. Tryouts are in late February to early March. Practice will begin immediately after teams are formed. Practices will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sunday sand some Fridays. Matches are on Wednesdays for home matches and vary for away matches. Matches run from the end of March through mid-May.
Upcoming Spring Sports
Upcoming Spring Sports include: Track, Boys Volleyball, Drop-In Volleyball for girls (tentative), May Madness Basketball Clinic (tentative). Registration for all these activities will be in February. Watch for further announcements.
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.
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.
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!
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.