Gratitude for Profile of a Hillview Graduate Sessions

Mr. Haug and the Hillview Site Council would like to thank the 47 parents who attended either the morning or evening Profile of a Hillview Graduate input sessions on January 30. It was inspiring to see you work together to identify key skills, attitudes, and dispositions that you want to see your students develop during their Hillview years. More information to come as this work moves forward!

Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, February 13, Hillview campus.
Staff and students will be practicing an emergency drill called Secure Campus. The drill prepares teachers to be on alert mode when there is a nearby danger, practice closing and locking their doors, and learn how this drill segues into Lockdown drill. We do not plan on practicing a lockdown this time, but we will differentiate the Secure Campus drill from a Lockdown drill for our students.

New Student Advisory

Hillview has developed a new advisory program to address important issues such as respect, compassion, and self-worth. Each month students will have a special program with their teachers. Beginning next week, the topic is honesty and believing in yourself. Each teacher will have a group of advisory students and will continue to work with them through the rest of the year building relationships and a fostering a greater sense of belonging at Hillview. The program was developed in part, based on student feedback collected through SEL surveys, the Expect Respect workshops, California Healthy Kids, and the Asset surveys from Project Cornerstone.

Parent and Community Tech Talk

Wednesday, February 27, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Room G-4.
The Hillview Technology Team is hosting the first Parent and Community Tech Talk. This will be a parent engagement session on the Hillview 1:1 iPad program and a conversation about how to best support our students in making the best use of technology while at the same time minimizing the temptations. Join us!

Spelling Bee Champion Qualifies for Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 8th-grade student, Quinn Follmer, our Hillview Spelling Bee champion. After taking an online test, Quinn qualified for the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee in Livermore, California. Over 200 school champions took the online test and only 57 moved on the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee represents the Bay Area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. We wish her the best of luck!

Parents of 8th-Grade Students

Yearbook – Baby Photo
Wednesday, February 27 is the final deadline to submit your 8th-grade student’s baby picture. Information for submitting the photo is here. You may email the yearbook lead here for questions.

Yearbook – Dedication
Wednesday, February 27 is the final deadline. Parents of 8th-grade students may buy a dedication to their student to be placed in the yearbook. More information is here or you may contact the yearbook lead here.

8th-Grade Graduation Celebration
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. We ask for a contribution of $50 per 8th-grade student. Only 23% of our 8th-grade families have donate to date. We also also ask you to consider donating to the scholarship fund to support additional students and to ensure that all costs are covered. All 8th-grade students are welcome regardless of donation. You may make your donation here. If you are also 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.

Hillview PTO News

Hillview 2019-20 PTO Board Nominations
The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is actively seeking volunteers to serve on the Hillview PTO Board for the 2019-20 school year. The Board is a great way to get involved with Hillview. New parents are welcome and encouraged to submit their names and if you know others who might be great Board members, nominate them as well! Send nominations or contact us if you are interested in learning more. Email the Hillview PTO Nominating Committee here to learn how you can get involved.


The LunchMaster Menu is available for February here.


Parent Survey about Hillview
Friday, February 15, final opportunity to participate in survey.
You have received via email your unique login information for taking the annual School Parent Survey. Your responses are confidential and Panorama Education is managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security.

The survey will take about 10-20 minutes and you will be able to provide feedback to your child’s school as a whole as well as to their specific teachers. To ensure that Hillview continues providing high-quality, rigorous learning experiences to our students, your participation is essential. Every parent received a unique code. Please complete your survey even if another parent for your student already has completed theirs. We want feedback from all perspectives.

Did not receive your survey link? These links are unique to each individual. Email here (or Include your name and email address, your student’s name, and your student’s school. Thank you for your time and input.

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. at the TERC Boardroom, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton.

Items on the agenda include approval of the District Teacher Compensation Philosophy, approval of the 2019-20 school calendar, and Early Learning Center update. See the full agenda here. You may reach the School Board here.

Sup & Sandwich – An Informal Conversation with Erik Burmeister
Friday, April 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. You are invited to a conversation about the state of our district over a light sandwich lunch. Mr. Burmeister will give a brief presentation and then answer all your questions about the programs and experience here at MPCSD. RSVP by filling out the Google form here.

Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series

“How Social Media Affects Children’s Mental Health, and What We Can Do to Protect Them”
Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillview PAC

A presentation by Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a former Stanford brain researcher. Dr. Barnea-Goraly will present the latest evidence-based research on the effects social media has on youths’ mental health and provide recommendations on how to guide your children touse smartphones and social media without jeopardizing their well-being.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with local favorite Steve & Kate’s Camp, who will provide free onsite childcare for potty-trained children. Steve & Kate’s will have games and arts and crafts activities as well as pizza and healthy snacks for all kids in the childcare room.

Hillview Dance

The Hillview Dance Show Is Coming
Tickets are available online here. $8 for adults, $5 for students, $4 for students with ASB.

  • Thursday, February 28 at 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a great show!

Hillview Music

Parent Booster/Advisory Group
A call to parents to form a group that will work with the director of the Hillview music program to help strengthen and sustain it. This advisory group will examine the as-is state of the Hillview Music Program and dream about what it could be, looking at factors like elementary music enrollment, the challenge of maintaining music as students transition to middle school, and preparing them for participation in high-school music programs. Reach out here if you would like to be part of this group.

Disney Update
Parents should be receiving email communication from Richard Vaughan. Email here to be added to his direct communication.

Last week the 7/8 Concert Band, Jazz Band and 7/8 Orchestra performed at M-A in the Joint Concert. A heartfelt congratulations to all for your efforts and musicianship. For 8th-grade students who are heading to M-A, the music program is a wonderful community. You will have friends in all grades. Opportunities open up. The M-A Orchestra will be traveling to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall in March! Yes, it is true, you can get to Carnegie by practicing! Keep playing! Keep music strong in Menlo Park!

Hillview Quiz Bowl Clubs

Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournaments
Do your kids like the TV show Jeopardy? Do they wish they could hit the buzzer? Now they can! There are three upcoming middle school quiz bowl tournaments this spring. Groups of 3-5 students compete with students from dozens of other area schools. Groups do not all need to be from the same school – it could be a mix of La Entrada, Hillview, Menlo, etc. You don’t need to provide the complete group since students will be signing up from other local schools.
  • Sunday, February 17, middle-school tournament, San Jose
  • Saturday, March 9, middle-school tournament, Fremont
  • Saturday, March 30, middle-school tournament, Sunnnyvale
Tournaments generally run from about 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. For more information visit here or contact Sue Kayton, the advisor for the Hillview and M-A High quiz bowl clubs here or 650-853-1711.

Hillview Service Club

Service Team Meeting – Skip the Straw Taste Tests
Thursday, February 14, lunchtime, PAC
Do you know how many straws we consumer per day? The equivalent of 127 school buses! Wonder where those straws go and how they hurt the environment? Join Service team as we gear up for National Skip the Straw Day! We’ll “test” some plastic straw alternatives. Warning: some may be edible and tasty!

Fundraiser for Paradise Fire Victims
Through Friday, February 15, Hillview office.
Hillview is teaming up with the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club for their Fire Aid Drive for Paradise Elementary School. Paradise Elementary needs summer clothing for girls and boys grades Kindergarten to 5th grade, and monetary donations. Please donate here on our GoFundMe. Make checks out to the M-A Leo Club, as the Leo Club will write one big check that includes all of the donations. Checks can go to the Hillview office. There is a bin in the Hillview front office for clothing donations. Questions can be directed here.


Hillview Sports

After-School Tennis Registration Open  Only 15 Spots Left
The after-school tennis program is open to all Hillview students. Our head coach is USPTA tennis pro and high school coach Yasuo Fukui, you may email here. To register, visit Sportability here.

Tryouts to determine Varsity A and Varsity B teams are Sunday, March 3, at Menlo Atherton High School, and on Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8, at Nealon Park. Once registration is full, your student will be placed on a waiting list. Often waitlisted students are added to the program. Tennis season extends from the beginning of March through early- to mid-May. There will be no program during Spring Break.

For students who have registered, sign up for your tennis tryout slots here. Some detailed information about the Hillview Tennis Team can be found here.

Boys Volleyball Coming Soon
Additional information and registration coming soon.

Questions regarding these sports programs, email here.

MPCSD Early Learning Center Registration Now Open!

Pre-registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open from November 1- February 15, 2019 for children 2.9 – 5 years old hereThe Early Learning Center opened August 2018 at Laurel School lower campus. We provide a high-quality, mission-driven preschool program. MPCSD Early Learning Center nurtures young children’s curiosity, sense of wonder, belonging, and deep engagement with the world around them preparing them to develop the critical skills needed to enter kindergarten and reach their full potential. Email here or 650-324-0186 ext 8900.


Auction Party Tickets – Sold Out!
As of January 31, 2019, auction dinner and party tickets are sold out, despite increasing the capacity by 20% from last year! Currently, we are taking names for the waitlist in case there are any ticket cancellations. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, email here. Note: individuals will be contacted from the waitlist in the order they were received and will only be offered tickets if a ticket cancellation occurs.

Interested in Sponsoring the Auction Party? Here’s How!
Keen to support the Auction without hosting a party or donating an item? We still need help covering the costs to put on this fabulous event. There are many opportunities for a family (or 2 plus families could split one item) to underwrite these important party details:

  • Colorful Event Signage = $500 Thanks to Roshni Gurung & Amit Chaturvedy!
  • Festive Party Decor = $500 Thanks to the Hebert Family!
  • Celebratory Sparkling Wine at Dinner = $1000 Thanks to John & Jessica Gilmartin!
  • Beer = $1000 Thanks to Hermitage Brewing Co! here
  • Printed Auction Catalog = $1000
  • Celebrity Auctioneer Liam Mayclem = $2500
  • Hairstrike! here Meet the Band & VIP backstage pass = $3000
  • Dinner Cocktails = $5000
  • Wine = $5000 Thanks to SHARE A SPLASH wine co.! here

Sponsors will be generously thanked in event signage and an upcoming e-Newsletter. If you are interested in underwriting any of these items, contact Carrie Chen here or 650-325-0100.

We need you! Lots of opportunities to volunteer to support our schools!
The MPAEF, District Council, and PTO are volunteer-run organizations, and we couldn’t do all of the amazing work of supporting our district schools without lots of great parent volunteers. There are positions large and small for all skill sets at each of these organizations that will be open for the 2019-20 school year, and all are currently working on nominations. Want to learn more and chat with members of each organization?

Join our Meet & Greet at Art Ventures Gallery on Monday, February 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wine, beer, and light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email Suzanne Yonkers, MPAEF Secretary, here

Save the Date to Rock this Run!
Mark your calendars…this year’s School House Rocks Run and Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019! Help make this run ROCK! Join the run team in one of these key positions:

  • Family Sponsor Lead: Coordinate packet and t-shirt delivery to family sponsors and host the Family Sponsors at Hillview during the event
  • 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!


Caitlin Darke, Alain Pinel Realtors here

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage here

Darcy Gamble, Compass here

Gold Arrow Camp 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

Volunteer – An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life More than 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student every week for an hour during the school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more, sign up to volunteer here, or you’re welcome to contact Keri Tully here. You can make a real difference here!
Community Service for Girls The new Sand Hill National Charity League chapter provides mothers and daughters a variety of organized activities that support local charities. National Charity League is dedicated to developing leadership for girls through hands-on volunteering to become confident, socially-aware, and well-rounded adults. Girls currently in 6th grade through 10th grade are eligible to participate. Email here for more information.
Alpine Strikers Spring Soccer FC is the local soccer club and teams are coached by professional coaches and still has room in many age groups. The season starts the week of February 25, and ends on June 2. Email our Technical Director Gino Pucillo with your interest and/or with questions here. Find out more here.
Legends Baseball Summer Camp Legends camp, for 6- to 12- year-olds, offers a high energy, positive learning environment for kids of all levels! Early-bird registration is now open for the 2019 summer here.
Cartooning Basics with Sirron Norris Sunday, February 24, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Belle Haven Library Branch, 413 Ivy Drive. The Menlo Park Library invites children from 7 to 15 years old to register for a free comic art class with professional artist Sirron Norris of “Bob’s Burgers.” Students will learn how to design characters and create expressions. The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. To register, visit here.
Friends of Palo Alto Spring Choir Session Calling kids ages five to teens who love to sing! No music experience or audition required. All choir members must be able to read lyrics independently – no sheet music knowledge is required. Sign up here.
Steve & Kate’s Summer Camp Our camp philosophy is pretty simple – when you trust kids to take charge of their own learning, they will learn and grow in ways we can’t imagine. With activities galore, you’ll see campers sewing everything from clothing to accessories, making animated movies complete with characters and sets, and creating their own musical masterpieces. Visit here to find out more about Summer 2019 in Menlo Park or email the Director, Alice here.


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