Calling Creatives and Graphic Designers!

Interested in helping Hillview with a creative project? The school administration and Site Council are looking for some graphic design help over the summer to create a package of visual assets that bring to life the attributes of a Hillview student. If interested, contact Principal Willy Haug here.


Friday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At the Hillview last-day-of-school party, all the students come together to celebrate before summer begins. Hawkapalooza is organized and supervised by the teachers and ASB, but they need a lot of parents to help with line control and operating the carnival games. For more details and to sign up, see here.

iPad Collection

Each grade level has a separate iPad collection date:

  • 7th-grade iPads will be collected in social studies classes on Wednesday, June 12
  • 6th grade iPads will be collected in science classes on Monday, June 10

Students will need to turn in the iPad in the case, with charging block, and charging cord. Fines will be assessed for damaged or lost items.

Last Day of School Bus Schedule

Friday, June 14, 11:45 a.m.
The last day of school is a minimum day, with dismissal at 11:45 a.m. All the morning bus routes will run as usual, including both the SAMTrans routes and the MPCSD yellow bus route. After school, there will be NO SAMTrans bus service so students will need to plan accordingly. The MPCSD yellow bus will run after school as usual, leaving Hillview at 11:50 am.

Families of 6th- and 7th-Grade Students – Help Needed for Graduation!

Hillview has a long-standing tradition for the families of 6th- and 7th-grade students to help out during the Grad Party for 8th-grade students. We need parents to assist with various activities and would be so grateful if you would sign up to be dance chaperones and do other easy jobs. View the sign-up here. Email here with questions!

Action Required! Parents of Current 6th-Grade Students

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

All incoming 7th-grade students for the 2019-20 school year are required by law to provide proof of:

  • whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot administered on or after the student’s 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement)
  • a second Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination
    *this new law is effective July 1, 2019 and is required for 7th-grade entry

In order for your student to pick up their class schedule at the Hillview Aloha Check-In on August 20 and 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 their 7th birthday and a second Varicella, to the school office, email a pdf to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here or fax to 650-292-2200.

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

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

  • 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.

Message from the Editors

The Hillview Newsletter wishes to thank all of you for another successful and informative school year. This is the last edition for 2018-2019, and we are now on summer hiatus Look for the next Newsletter in mid-August, with all of your Camp Hillview, Aloha Check-in, and other important start of the school year messages. If you would like to submit an announcement for the first Hillview Newsletter of the 2019-2020 over the summer, email here. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 8, 2019.

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

Grad Party Food
Your students need to be fed at Grad Celebration! Sign up for these really easy items – all doable! Sign up here! Queries, email Alice Hom 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 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
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

Teacher and Staff Gift Fund
Friday, June 7, donations due
Hillview has a tradition of gifting the staff as a community. Parents are encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund (organized by PTO volunteers) and all proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team. The benefits of this approach are that teachers and staff choose something that they like with gift cards and we recognize all 80+ Hillview employees. The Gift Fund is used to recognize all academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians, and staff. Gift cards are delivered the last week of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community. There are several ways to participate:

  • Leave a check (made out to Liliana Perazich with “Hillview Gift Fund” in the notes) or cash in the Hillview Office in an envelope labeled: Liliana Perazich – Hillview Gift Fund
  • Mail a check to Liliana Perazich at 627 Woodland Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • PayPal Liliana Perazich Hillview Gift Fund with “Hillview Gift Fund” in the notes,**we are using this as a last resort and prefer check or cash if possible!

Questions contact Liliana Perazich here.

Get On Board for Next Year!
We know…summer beckons, but the PTO has already begun gearing up for 2019 – 2020. Get involved for the first time or continue volunteering, we are excited to have you! Read through the Google form here and look at the PTO Volunteer page here for descriptions of the many different volunteer opportunities available. Checking a box indicates interest, not a commitment; the coordinators will contact you closer to an event to see if you are available.

We do have some time-sensitive needs for we are looking for help with the back-to-school activities in August, such as 6th-grade orientation, and to get rolling with Hot Lunch. Thank you in advance! Questions, email Emily Moberg Robinson here.

Aloha Check-In Help Needed
Tuesday, August 20
7th- and 8th-grade students will receive their class schedules for the 2019-2020 school year at Aloha check-in. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with set-up/clean-up and to assist with handing out schedules to students. It’s a fun way to start the year and meet a couple of Hillview parents! See SignUpGenius here for more information.

Be an Academy Lead Parent
Help Hillview by volunteering to be one of the Academy Lead Parents. It is the best way to interact with your children and see their teachers in action. The work is simple and takes overall less than two hours per trimester. We take multiple parents for each academy. If you are interested and have specific questions, contact Hillview Academy Parent Coordinator Hongran Stone here. Sign up with the Academy Lead Sign-Up Form here.


MPCSD Annual Community Survey
Every year, MPCSD gathers community feedback. Input from this survey is used to help the Board and staff in planning and prioritizing what is most important to our stakeholders. This is different from the school site surveys that were completed a couple of months ago. Please take five minutes to complete our annual community survey, and feel free to share the link with friends and neighbors in our district who don’t currently have children in our schools. We value feedback from all MPCSD community members. Thank you. Survey link here.

Hillview After-School Programs

New Registration Portal
Saturday, August 17, enrollment begins
Starting Fall 2019, we are moving After School Program (ASP) enrollment to a single online portal called Homeroom here. Homeroom streamlines ASP registration by allowing parents to easily enroll in one convenient location and track important dates for each trimester in one easy flow. You can learn more about the Fall 2019 ASP line-up here.

Hillview Library

Summer Reading
Summer Reading lists and assignments are all online here. 6th-grade students have already received their packets and 7th-grade students will receive a packet this week. We hope you all find great books to enjoy this summer! Let us know if we can help!

Free eBooks and Audiobooks
Available to Hillview students and their families here through our OverDrive digital collection! You can read on nearly any phone, tablet, eReader or computer. Check out the new Sora app here. Tip – your User Id is a six-digit number beginning with 62 and ending with your iPad passcode. Email us if you have any questions!

Ms. Piombo Takes a Leave
Ms. Piombo will be taking a personal leave next year to spend more time with her family. She will still pop in from time to time and will retain her MPCSD email! Mrs. Mathenia will take over the library full-time.

Hillview Service Team

5th Annual Hillview Relay for Life

More than 200 On the night of May 31, more than 250 Hillview students participated in the Hillview Relay for Life, walking the Hillview track in glowing costumes, dancing to the DJ, honoring and remembering cancer warriors in their lives. The students raised an amazing $90,000 (and counting!) to benefit the American Cancer Society, matching last year’s fundraising numbers. An achievement made all the more impressive with a third fewer participants this year.

This event was the culmination of six weeks of weekly meetings, fundraiser activities, cancer education and learning to work as a team toward a greater cause. Congratulations to all the students for their amazing efforts and for making an impact on the lives of others.

A big thank you to event co-chairs Jennie Lang and Stacy Goldman, teacher liaison Charea Batiste, and to the 60+ parent volunteers who helped organize, prepare, bake, and chaperone the students on the big night.

If you did not get a chance to support the Hillview community Relay for Life, donations are still being accepted here; (Make sure to choose “I just want to support Relay for Life in General”).

Contact the Hillview Service team here if interested in learning about Relay for Life volunteer opportunities for the event next year.

Hillview After-School Sports

Fall Sports 2019
Flag football and girls volleyball sign-up information will be sent to families before school starts by providing contact information here.

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


Are you doing some online shopping to get ready for Summer? MPAEF gets up to 8% if you click here on our referral link before going to Amazon. (Amazon Smile only gives us 0.5%, so click through the MPAEF referral link. above) Thank you for supporting our schools!

Celebrate your student or a special teacher through a tribute gift to the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching

The end of the school year marks an important time in each student’s education. Honor your child’s elementary through middle school experience with a gift to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. Your gift can be made as a tribute to your student, a teacher, or staff member who made a difference in your student’s life. It will be invested into our Endowment to support the District for generations.
Learn more here and make a tax-deductible gift to the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching today!

Your Foundation $$ in Action! Jeanie Ritchie Grants
Jeanie Ritchie Grants are funded by the MPAEF and enable teachers to pursue innovative teaching programs in their classroom, grade or school. Grants are awarded based on the three key criteria of the program: innovation, creativity and enrichment.

Spotlight on Row, Ride, Run Grant
Awarded to Russ Peterson here, Physical Literacy and Education teacher at Hillview.

What were your overall impressions of this grant in action? Did it achieve the goals
outlined on the grant application?
“Bottom line is that cardiovascular fitness is important to everyone’s overall health. This grant was to offer students alternatives to working on that personal goal. Often times we run the track or do warm-up exercises where it is clear who runs fast/slow, or who does XYZ better than their neighbor. These machines took away any negative performance stigma and students just got to blast through their exercise.”

In your opinion, what is the best part about this grant?
“I saw students racing each other and laughing and smiling while accomplishing their workout. Win-win!”

Congratulations to all of this year’s grant recipients and thank you for being amazing role models of innovation and hard work! For more information on the Jeanie Ritchie Teaching Innovation Grant program, here.

Shopping for vacation, summer camp, or a camping trip this Summer? Become a Basmenteer and get 10% off at Sports Basement

Every time you shop, you get 10% off and 10% goes to support our schools! Here’s how it works:

  • Step #1: Join Sports Basement’s Basementeer Program here. $25 annual fee waived when you sign up at the Redwood City location (202 Walnut Street) or online here.
  • Step #2: Choose Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation as your beneficiary. If you are already a Basementeer, you can change the non-profit you support at store check-out.

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!

Michael Repka and Ken Deleon, Deleon Realty here

Bohannon Development Company here

Omar Kinaan, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty here

British Banker’s Club here

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria here

Community News

HEADS UP! Concussion Awareness Have you ever wondered what a concussion is, what to do if your child experiences one, or how a child should safely return to school and activity after a concussion? Visit the MPCSD website here to find the link to the CDC’s educational initiative Heads Up here. This initiative provides information for parents, schools and coaches on prevention of concussions and on what to do when a child experiences a concussion. If you have any questions regarding the Heads Up Initiative and how it is implemented in our schools, contact the District Nurse at 650-321-7140. Let’s all keep our kids safe!
Little Medical School Summer Camps hosted by Palo Alto Humane Society Weekly Sessions begin June 10 – August 9, on Laurel and Escondido S. Students participate in a variety of activities surrounding healthy lifestyles and fun topics in medicine! Summer Camps include: Little Veterinarian School, Little Medical School, Little Dental School, Wilderness Medicine, and Future Pediatrician. The children will also: hear from health professionals and students, get moving with physical activities, and have the option to make their own lunches with Cooking Round the World! Extended care (am-9am and 4pm-6pm) is available. Register here.
Attention Incoming Freshman Girl M-A Softball Players
If you are interested in playing girls softball for the Bears, we’d love to meet you. The M-A softball program offers competitive varsity play as well as a developmental program to build skills and advanced knowledge of the game. Whether you are currently on a travel team, just finished a recreation league season, or haven’t played in a while we’d like to welcome you to M-A!! Contact team parent Amy Travers here if you are interested.


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