Proactive Strategies – Vaping

Monday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., PAC
Learn proactive strategies, like how to talk about and deal with the issue of vaping. Hillview is hosting Dr. Bonnie Hapern-Felsher, Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Founder and Executive Director, for a speaking event and discussion. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a leading expert and researcher on vape use and prevention in youth. Come ready with questions as she will have ample time to answer them after speaking about best practices and research around this issue.

Hillview Site Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 19, 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. Questions? Contact Theanne Thomson here.

Parent Volunteers Needed – 6th-Grade Science

Friday, March 22, morning
Ms. Hilborn, science teacher, requests volunteers to provide informal feedback to students on climate change projects. Volunteers will view the progress of the project, listen to presentations, and make suggestions. Very informal and “the students love hearing from other people besides their ole teacher Ms. Hilborn.” Email here, if you are willing and able.

Newsletter Deadlined

Wednesday, March 27, noon
Spring break is coming up, which means there will be no newsletter March 31. The next newsletter will be published the following week, April 7. Deadline for submissions is March 27 at noon.

Parents of 8th-Grade Students

Menlo-Atherton High School Open House
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. M-A campus
Open House offers current and potential families the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of campus and meet teachers from all departments in their classrooms.

New families to M-A may attend our family resource fair in the PAC café. Families will receive information about course selection, address verification, summer programs, and much more.

  • Food Trucks (food available for purchase), 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., PAC Patio
  • Welcome to M-A, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m., M-A PAC
  • Meet M-A teachers, view student work and performances, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., classrooms

New Family Resource Fair
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., PAC Café

  • Sign up for summer enrichment programs
  • 9th-grade registration information
  • Find information about athletics, electives, AVID, BUILD, and other support programs
  • Meet Principal Simone Kennel
  • Complete Address Verification – bring your documents

Visit our website here for the event flyer and full program details.

8th-Grade Graduation Celebration – Donations Needed!
Friday, June 14, evening after graduation, Hillview PAC
The celebration is a long-standing tradition and a memorable event for ALL 8th-grade students. The party is 100% funded and planned by 8th-grade families and not a PTO-sponsored event. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation, however we ask for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. We also ask that you consider donating to the scholarship fund to support additional students and help us ensure that all costs will be covered. So far, fewer than half of our 8th-grade families have donated. You may make your donation here. Separately, if you are interested in sponsoring any portion of the party (such as the DJ etc.), your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Joel Rutsky here with questions.


Call for Service Award Nominations
Due Monday, March 25
Tell us about an exceptional volunteer! Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers who give generously of their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist were it not for this formidable group of volunteers, the “Pillars of our Community.” Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) and School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District. Take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, complete the online nomination form here.

Improve Fundraising for the MPCSD
Help us to improve the effectiveness of our future fundraising efforts in the MPCSD by completing an anonymous survey. District leadership and community parents have begun working together on some anticipated changes to our district fundraising efforts. We would be grateful to incorporate feedback from the broader community as we partner to better our Annual Parent Campaign and PTO fall fundraising drive. Complete a simple, anonymous survey and share your thoughts on our past fundraising, as well as your suggestions on areas for improvement here. If you prefer to reach out directly, you can send us an email here. Thank you in advance for sharing your perspective and for helping our district fundraising efforts to be positive and successful.


The Importance of Teaching Compassion to our Kids

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Join us for a discussion moderated by Erik Burmeister – MPCSD Superintendent, featuring Jeff Weiner – CEO of LinkedIn and Kristen Gracia – Principal of Oak Knoll School. They will be talking about the importance of compassion and how MPCSD teaches and promotes this integral life skill.

Steve & Kate’s Camp will provide free childcare for potty-trained children at our Speaker Series events. Activities that kids can enjoy – animation stations (kids can make stop-motion films), craft projects, card games, and board games. Free pizza dinner will be served to children in the childcare room. Want more information? Check out event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here. All events are free to the public and held at the Hillview PAC. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees.

WEB – Where Everybody Belongs

Attention 7th-Grade Students! Get Caught in the WEB!
As part of the transition program for incoming 6th-grade students, WEB leaders assist with Camp Hillview. This program helps 6th-grade students feel more comfortable and achieve success in their first year of middle school. Soon, we will be recruiting WEB leaders for 2019-2020 school year.
We are looking for students who are willing to lead, who are kind, enthusiastic, and a positive role model. If you are thinking about applying, join the Google Classroom group for WEB applicants with the code: ptb64uw. In Google Classroom, you can access the application, see announcements, and ask questions. You may also contact Ms. Schlegel in room D4 or here.

Hillview Service Team

5th Annual Relay for Life
Friday, May 31, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Last year more than 300 students raised $95,000 for the American Cancer Society walking the track at the event. It is time for students to form teams and register. Students can form teams of up to 10, and choose a team captain and parent chaperone. Let your student know sign-up sheets are available in the office, and should be handed in at the Thursday, March 28 flash mob lunchtime in the quad. There is more information about registering for this event here.

Students who sign up are required to attend the Relay for Life kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 11. We will share all the details about the event.

Relay for Life – Volunteer
This fun and inspiring event is not possible without your help. Look for specific volunteer needs on Thursday, March 28 here and sign up here if you are interested in hearing more about general volunteer opportunities. From lining up vendors to day-of volunteer opportunities, we have a role to suit your schedule!

Hillview After-School Sports

Boys Volleyball
Registration and information is available here. Practices will run for 8 weeks starting
March 11. Games will run April 15 – May 31.

After-School Track
Registration and information is available here. The program will run Monday, April 8 – May 15 at the Menlo-Atherton High School track.

May Madness Basketball Clinic
Registration and information here. The 4 clinics are Fridays, April 19 and 27, May 3 and 10, 3:15 – 5:30 p.m., Hillview Gym.

If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please email the appropriate contact as follows:

  • all 8th-grade students and 7th-grade students with last names M-Z, contact Debbie DeVoto here or Michelle Mangiardi here
  • all 6th-grade students and 7th-grade students with last names A-L, contact Kristyn Cardosi here
  • for general information, email here

Questions regarding these sports programs, email here.

Basketball Playoffs

In last week’s newsletter, we incorrectly reported the following: “T2 Hillview 2 (Ota) vs. Corte Madera, 4:40 p.m. In a close battle, Corte Madera exceeded Hillview by 2 to escape 10-12.” The Hillview 2 team was coached by McBride. Our apologies apologies to Coach McBride.


Fund-A-Need: World Language and Global Citizenshipd

Help fund the World Language and Global Citizenship programs at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview by donating to this year’s fund-a-need!

All four of our fabulous schools offer world language and global citizenship learning opportunities for all students. From the weekly Spanish instruction for all K-5 students to the school-wide activities such as Dia de los Muertos, these programs build awareness and empathy for other cultures. These opportunities directly support MPCSD’s mission to inspire high academic achievement, challenge students’ minds, enrich their lives by building a child’s foundational knowledge of other cultures, and lay a foundation for success and participation as citizens of the world.

Anyone at anytime can support our 2019 Fund-A-Need by making a donation to this year’s fund-a-need via our Auction Website here, click the “donate now” button on the right.
If you are interested in making your fund-a-need donation via a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) – you can! Contact Carrie Chen here to learn more.
Any fund-a-need donation will be counted towards your family’s total giving in the calculation of the Foundation donor roll at the end of the school year.

Sports Basement Shopping Days Coming Up
Saturday, March 16 – Saturday, March 23
Don’t miss out on 20-30% off!

How it works

  • Step #1: Join Sports Basement’s Basementeer Program here – $25 annual fee waived when you sign up at the new Redwood City location (202 Walnut Street) or online here by March 31 and make MPAEF your beneficiary.
  • Step #2: Choose Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation as your beneficiary. Then, every time you shop – you get 10% off and 10% goes to support our schools! If you are already a Basementeer – you can change the non-profit you support at store check-out.
  • Step #3: From Saturday, March 16 through Saturday, March 23 – you get an extra 20% off your purchases! Sports Basement Redwood City store hours – here.

Shopping at the store? Mention MPAEF at the checkout counter to receive discount.
Shopping online? Use promo code 20050009488741 at checkout to receive discount.

Full-page flyers in English and Spanish here.

Online Auction: What to Know!
All teacher-hosted parties and events will be available to everyone (whether you attend the Auction Party or not) in the online auction. The online auction opens Wednesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. and closes Monday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. More information about the online auction items will be sent home in mid-March. Additionally, a limited number of remaining items that did not sell out at the March 16 event will be available for bidding during the online auction.

Help Make the School House Rocks Run and Festival ROCK!

On Sunday, May 19, our community will lace up its shoes and take to the streets in support of quality education and we need YOU!!!!

Join the run team in one of these key positions:
Event Volunteer Co-Lead: Help solicit the volunteers to make this Run and Festival a success.
Festival Co-Lead: Help to coordinate the post-run festival.
Interested? Email here

Thank You
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!


Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker here


Monica Corman, Compass here

RGM & Associates here

W.L. Butler Construction here

Hillview After-School Program

Winter programs are underway, but it’s not too late to sign up! Don’t delay, register today!
Winter 2019 
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here
Starfire Coding – Python Level I here
Starfire Coding – Advanced Python here
Winter Conditioning offered by Stella Bergan here
Mondays & Wednesdays
Speech and Debate by Coach Brier Buchalter here
NEW! Acoustic Guitar offered by J ACE J Music –
Contact John Jordan for information and registration here
Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School here
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC – Contact John Jordan for information and registration here
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Contact Hillview ASP Coordinator, here with questions

Homework Center and Math Clinic

Homework Center
  • Drop in homework space each day after school, Monday – Thursday
  • Monday – Tuesday:  3:20 – 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday – Thursday:  2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Teacher in charge – Phil Eaton, email here
  • Located in 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 re-teaching, Monday – Thursday
  • Monday – Tuesday, 3:20 – 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday – Thursday,  2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Located in a small library conference room
  • Teachers
    • Mondays: Ms. Park
    • Tuesdays:  Ms. Donahoe
    • Wednesdays: Mrs. Dutta
    • Thursdays: Ms. Donahoe

The Homework Center bus, will begin on Tuesday, September 4. See the schedule here.

Community News

The Man Who Came to Dinner performance by M-A students. March 17 and March 22 – 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School’s Performing Arts Center. Buy tickets and get more info here. Suitable for adult and teen audiences. Nonstop laughs and mayhem!
Menlo Park Youth Poetry Contest – Cash Prizes! Original works of poetry on the theme, “If I Were a Book…” may be entered for consideration. The deadline for entries is March 25. Entry forms are available at the Menlo Park Main Library at 800 Alma St. and at the Belle Haven Branch Library at 413 Ivy Drive. Winning poems will be presented in a special ceremony at the City Council at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. For contest details, visit here.
Mental Health Workshop for Kids Thursday, March 28 and Thursday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park. The SafeSpace Youth Action Board in coordination with local mental health professionals presents “This Affects Us All: Helping a Friend in Crisis,” a ninety-minute workshop on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health, handle and defuse crisis situations, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and discuss difficult topics. This free presentation offered twice is for kids ages 11-20. Register here.
SafeSpace Support Line In partnership with 7 Cups of Tea, SafeSpace now offers young people a new 24/7 compassionate listening app, SafeSpace Support Line here. Teens can anonymously chat one-on-one about their problems with a non-judgemental trained active listener in multiple languages in a secure environment at any time, on their own device, at no cost. This online emotional support service is not meant to replace therapy. Users can choose a random listener, or select one based on the life experiences, ethnicity, and expertise as provided on their profile. The app provides an extensive selection of exercises, or personal growth paths, that help users gain skills and knowledge on specific issues that concern them, like social anxiety, stress, or loneliness.
Educators Needed for Steve & Kate Spring Break Camp April 1 -5. Hillview is hosting a pilot spring program from Steve & Kate’s Camp, established pioneers in progressive day camps. Offers hands-on, creative exploration in textiles, film, coding, and music workshops. If you’re an educator looking to spend your break building relationships and departing on an adventure, Steve & Kate’s program is looking for full and part-time folks interested in working with them for the week, as well as summer sessions all over the Peninsula. Email here for more info!
Legarza Basketball Spring Break Camp Hillview is hosting Legarza Basketball Camp during Spring Break. Scholarships and discounts are offered to students who would like them. Use the coupon code HILLVIEWSAVE$60 for the Hillview camps. More information here.
Mountain View Tennis Academy Play on a tennis team with your friends! Join a local spring league for fun and match play. More info here.


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