Hillview Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Come hear our wonderful ensembles this coming Wednesday at the Spring Concert! The music begins at 6:30 p.m. with Jazz Bands, followed by the Band at 7:00 p.m. The orchestras will take to the stage at 7:45 p.m! We will be playing our Disneyland set that will be performed in Disneyland on Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day weekend!

Hillview Open House

Thursday, May 23, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m., Hillview Quad
Gather at 6:30 for a welcome address from Mr. Haug. Classrooms and other spaces on campus will be open from the end of the address until 8:15 p.m. We look forward to hosting you and celebrating a year of learning!

  • Hillview Music – 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra will perform from 6:10 – 6:30 p.m. before the Open House begins. Come hear some wonderful music in the spirit of celebrating Hillview!
  • Book Give Away – during Open house, between gym and D building, giving away obsolete and damaged instructional materials, textbooks, and English language novels. All are free; bring your own bag.
  • Baked Goods on sale for 8th-Grade Fundraiser to support graduation

Return Textbooks to Hillview

Thursday, May 23 – Thursday, May 30
It is time to start the process of returning Hillview property and materials, beginning with textbooks. We will collect all textbooks that have gone home for student reference starting May 23. Remind your student to return textbooks (Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language) to the Hillview office.

Parent and Community Tech Talk

Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Room G-4
The Hillview Technology Team is hosting a follow-up to our first Parent and Community Tech Talk on February 27. In this second parent-engagement session we discuss next steps and plans for the future in making the best use of technology while at Hillview. At our first parent engagement session, we discussed several aspects of our 1:1 iPad program. See the discussion slides here and the initial slide presentation here.

Fall Sports 2019

Boys Flag Football and Girls Volleyball will begin in the Fall. We need your information to contact you about registration information before school starts next year. You do not need to make a decision now, just provide your information here and you will receive fall sports registration information before school starts.

Early Sign up – Washington D.C./New York Trip

Thursday, June 6
Attention Class of 2020! Interested in spending your spring break making some fantastic memories with your friends? Sign up and you will have memories to last a lifetime. Space is limited, take advantage of the discounted price. For questions, contact Ms. Malquist here.

Lost and Found

Tuesday, June 11
The last donation for the school year is coming, collect your clothes before they are donated.

Information for 8th-Grade Parents

Baked Goods for 8th-Grade Fundraiser
Thursday, May 23
We are raising funds to cover graduation expenses and need homemade baked goods for the for Thursday, May 23, Open House. Help us create an awesome graduation experience for your student. The sign-up sheet is here. Direct any questions to Kelley McGrath here.

8th-Grade Grad Party – Donations
Just four weeks to go! A huge thanks to those parents who have already supported our Grad Night Party fundraising efforts. To date, we have received donations from 66% of the graduating class. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation, however we hope for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. As a reminder, this is a 100% parent-organized and funded event. Help us make the party great for everyone. 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.

8th-Grade Decades Dance
Wednesday, June 5, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., PAC
The Hillview PE and Dance Department is excited to present the 8th-Grade Decades Dance, . We welcome families to watch the performances. Last names A – L come for the 5:00 p.m. show; Last names M – Z come for the 6:00 p.m. show. Please follow these attendance rules so that all families can watch the show. See you all there!

Parents – Decades Dance Costumes
Due May 24 in PE class
Your students will soon dance on stage for family and friends. Costume ideas and instructions for the Decades Dance here. Place costumes in a bag labeled with your student’s name.

8th-Grade Awards Assembly
Monday, June 10, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Families of those 8th-grade students recognized by departments and the faculty will be notified if their students will be honored.

Promotion Ceremony Details and Other End-of-Year Notes
A letter from Willy Haug, Principal, with essential information about the 8th-grade promotion ceremony and other end-of-year events, and links to graduation gown ordering, the Great America field trip, and much more here.

Hillview PTO News

Hillview Book Fair – Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 20 – Thursday, May 23, open each day before school 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., during brunch, and lunch, and 30 minutes after school, library.
Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshman. We will have a hand-picked selection of books for younger elementary siblings. The Book Fair will be open during the Hillview Open House Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hillview PTO Congratulates Houjun Liu and Emi Maeda!
Last week we incorrectly named Eri Maeda as the winner, but it was in fact, Emi Maeda, 6th-grade student, who won first place in the San Mateo County STEAM Fair and 3rd place in the Regional STEM Fair with her science project, “The Art of Skipping Stones.” Our apologies, Emi.

8th-grade student, Houjun “Jack” Liu, won third place at the state-wide Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles last week. Read the summary of Jack’s project, “Observing Behavior of Actor-Critic Driven Disturbance Agents on Cryptocurrency Exchanges” here. Congratulations, Jack and Eri!

Hillview PTO General Meeting and Proposed Hillview PTO Executive Board Slate for 2019-20
The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate for the 2019-20 Hillview PTO Executive Board.
The PTO General Membership will vote on this slate of officers at the Hillview PTO General Meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., in the Hillview Large Conference Room.

Co-Presidents: Carolyn Kryger and Liliana Perazich
Co-Vice Presidents: Alison Matthews and Tricia Mulcahy
Treasurer: Claudia Tedesco
Vice Treasurer: Jennifer Roberts
Financial Secretary: Nayoung Suh
Recording Secretary: Katherine Robinson
Communications Chair: Emily Record
Auditor: Allison Marakovic
Volunteer Coordinator: Emily Robinson
After-School Programs Coordinator: Patricia Zahedani
After-School Sports Coordinator: Ward Bullard and Derrik Shirley
Parliamentarian: Suzanne Watson


Transportation Message from the Superintendent
The 2019 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass (SYP) goes on sale May 21, and we’re reaching out to parents about this heavily discounted bus pass. The SYP is only $40 and is good for unlimited rides on any SamTrans route for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through August 31. Details about the Summer Youth Pass are online here.

2018-19 MPCSD Service Award Winners
Join us in congratulating our 2018-19 Menlo Park City School District service award winners. These are parents, community members, teachers, and staff who have gone above and beyond to help our schools and district. Many school programs would not exist were it not for this talented and dedicated group of volunteers.

District Council
District Service Award (new award for 2018-19. Congratulations to the Launch Team for the One Community Campaign): Alexandra Norcross, Astor Toyos, Azadeh Rasmussen, Ben Wang, Carolyn Kryger, Carrie Chen, Erik Burmeister, Eunice Cardenas, Franci Maletis, James Loftus, Janelle McCombs, Jenny Buddin, Jessica Gilmartin, Jill Vizas, John Donald, Joy Shih, Julie Borra, Karen Dearing, Katie Gardner, Katherine Bicer, Katie Rottier, Kelly Parisi, Ken Scheible, Ken Wang, Lil Perazich, Paige Arata, Parke Treadway, Sarah Sobel, Sarah Thayer, Stacey Wueste, Stacy Bissell, Suzanne Yonkers, Teresa Kwon, Tracy Roeder
Golden Oak Awards: Joan Lambert, Terry Thygessen
President’s Award: Janelle McCombs

Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation
Honorary Service Awards: Colleen Cutcliffe, Darcy Gamble, Jaime D’Allesandro, Jessica Gilmartin, Maria Lehmkuhl, Sarah Thayer
Continuing Service Award: Alison Poirier, Bill Thompson
President’s Awards: Astor Toyos, Katie Rottier

Hillview Middle School
Honorary Service Awards: Anna Kogan, Carolyn Kryger, Danielle O’Brien, Johanna Woll, Julia Molise, Matt Ericksen, Mimi Nguyen
Continuing Service Awards: Anneliese Abdella, Claudia Tedesco, Emily Moberg Robinson, Liliana Perazich, Stacey Bissell, Tamara Russel
Golden Oak Awards: Alice Hom, Gina Skinner, John Donald, Theanne Thompson
President’s Awards: Laura Paul, Suzanne Watson

Encinal Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Avani Khatri, Bob Rider, Laura Wiggs, Noelle Johnstone, Sara Salmon, Sima Westwood
Continuing Service Award: Alicia Payton, Amy McGaraghan, Sara Davis Teeple
Golden Oak Awards: Kathleen Russell, Margie Rubin
President’s Award: Eunice Cardenas Schneider, Ken Scheible

Laurel Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Deany Brady, Juliana Johnson, Justina Cortes, James Loftus, Molly Kossow
Continuing Service Award: Caryn Wasserstein
Golden Oak Awards: Charlene Mattos, Judy Fairbrother, Kathy Orciuoli, Renee Pyle, Ruth Peterson
President’s Awards: Azadeh Rasmussen, Ben Wang

Oak Knoll Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Becky Bullard, Emily Record, Hope Scheid, Jenny Ryan, Renee Gorzynski Bache
Continuing Service Awards: Alison Matthews, Karen Clancy, Karen Dearing, Katie Gardner
Golden Oak Award: Caryl Brewbaker, Gina Skinner, Linda Rossi, Renee Lavezzo, Stephenie Chen
President’s Award: Jenny Buddin

Action Required! Attention: Parents of Current 6th-Grade Students

Vaccinations due before Thursday, August 22 (first day of school)

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
  • NEW LAW* for Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination

All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2019-20 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement) AND a second Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination. *(This new law is effective July 1, 2019 and is required for 7th-grade entry.)

To avoid exclusion on the first day of school, bring an updated copy of your student’s immunization record showing proof of Tdap administered on/or after the 7th birthday and a second Varicella vaccination to the school office or email a pdf to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here.

Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide a written statement from a California licensed doctor (MD or DO). The specific information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website here.

Acceptable proof of immunization includes the following and must have your student’s first and last name, date of birth, date Tdap and 2nd Varicella was administered, and if not on medical clinic letterhead, a stamp or physician’s signature from the clinic:

  • Print-out or copy of immunization record from your student’s clinic or physician’s office
  • A stamped or signed copy of the yellow immunization record
  • A certification of Tdap booster notice from your student’s clinic, physician’s office, or pharmacy

For more information about the law and immunizations for school, visit here.

Hillview After-School Programs

Register today!
Spring 2019 | After-School Programs

Starfire Coding – Python Level I hereMondays
Starfire Coding – Python Level II hereMondays
Starfire Coding – Advanced Python hereMondays
Spring 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 hereWednesdays
NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC hereWednesdays
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here

Contact, Hillview ASP Coordinator, here with questions.

Hillview Music

CMEA Choral Festival
Congratulations and thanks to the numerous student and parent volunteers who helped last Friday and Saturday to make the CMEA Choral Festival a great success! Hillview hosted over 1000 students and 22 choirs from throughout the Bay Area.

Congratulations to the Hillview 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra
They performed at the CMEA Band/Orchestra Festival yesterday at the SD School of the Arts!
You performed magnificently!

Jeanie Ritchie Grant was awarded to Hillview Music
Brett Strader, composer, created two music pieces for Hillview Music. Band and Orchestra will premiere these commissioned pieces at the Spring Concert; Mr. Strader will be conducting. Come out and celebrate these original works! They are dedicated to Jeanie Ritchie for her endless support of education in Menlo Park.

Hillview to Perform in Disneyland
Saturday, May 25, at Hollywood Backlot Stage
Hillview Orchestra and Band will be performing in the Disneyland California Adventure Park. If you are in the area, stop by and hear us! The band performs at 10:30 a.m. and the orchestra at 12:30 p.m. This is all part of the Disney Magic Music Days program.

Hillview Service Team

Relay for Life – Fundraising
We are so proud of our students for raising over $90,000 at Relay for Life last year to fight cancer, and even more excited about this year’s group of passionate students. See how you can support your student’s cancer fighting efforts here!

How Can I Donate?
To support the Hillview student community in their mission to fund cancer research, donate to the general Hillview Relay for Life event here. Contact us here for questions.

Cancer Survivors
If you are a cancer survivor (or know a cancer survivor) interested in walking in our survivor lap or saying a few words at Relay for Life, email here.

Hillview After-School Sports

Boys Volleyball

  • JV won against Bowditch in two sets. JV Finals – Monday, May 20, 4:15 p.m, Greene Middle School, 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto, 94303
  • Varsity had a good game, but lost to Bowditch in the semi-final game.

Girls Festival Volleyball

  • Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m., Hillview Gym


  • Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., M-A (last session)

Scholarships Apply for a need-based scholarship, email here. Questions regarding sports programs, email here.


You Rock! Thank You to our generous
In-kind donors for the Run: Fleet Feet (Menlo Park) here, Costco (Redwood City) here, Trader Joe’s (Menlo Park) here, Safeway (Menlo Park) here, and Kennolyn Camps here.

And our Family Sponsors: Atkins Family, Bartle Family, Chopra Family, Cronkey Family, Foroughi Family, George Family, Gilmartin Family, Hickingbotham Family, Lam Family, McBride Family, Mian/Hanif Family, Min/Harrick Family, Moeller Family, E. J. K. Parisi, Pfannenstiel Family, Purcell Family, Reif Family, Roberts Family, Scolnick Family, Shen Family, Solsona/Sadri Family, Swope Family, Thornborrow Family, Toyos Family, and Wellington Family.

We couldn’t have rocked this run without you!

Wine Walk on June 1 – Sip Wine and Support Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools!

Don’t miss this fun event taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. A great way to gather with friends and neighbors, sip wine and support our schools. Check in at Fremont Park (Santa Cruz Ave and University Drive) and enjoy a fun, sunny afternoon of tasting, strolling and shopping. Purchase a bottle from your favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Winery and then stay downtown to enjoy over dinner. All proceeds benefit Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools. See here for more details and to purchase $49 advance tickets.

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!

Compass here

Peninsula Pet Hospital here

Personify here

Mama Coco

Hampton Inn


Community News

Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree at Books Inc. Tuesday May 21, 6:30 p.m., Books Inc, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author Katherine Applegate joins us in celebration of the second installment in her much-buzzed new middle grade series, Endling #2: The First. Plus, Endling #1: The Last is now out in paperback! (Ages 8+)
Classic Math School Summer Camp Open House Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m., Greene Middle School, 750 North California Ave, Palo Alto. A great opportunity to meet our teachers, learn more about our teaching principles and ideas as well as School-Year-Round programs. After a live presentation, your questions will be answered, while your students will be offered a free Interactive Placement Test. Information here. Light refreshment served. 650-224-4226
Wanted – Old Laptop Computers Working or not, for M-A High PTA computer donation program. We securely erase your information, repair and refurbish the laptop, and send it home with a needy, hard-working student. Our goal-every M-A family to have access to one working computer at home. Corporate donations are especially welcome. All donations are tax-deductible; a donation receipt provided. Contact Sue Kayton here or phone 650-853-1711.

Youth Volleyball League Fall 2019 Registration Practice will take place Tuesdays and Saturdays at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Registration is open to boys and girls 7-15! For more information regarding schedule and fees visit here or call us toll-free at 888-988-7985.


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