Official results will be published after the many corporate matches and other generous company donations are received. Thanks again to this wonderful community for coming together to invest in our children’s future.
Conferences are coming this week, Tuesday, October 16 – Friday, October 19. During this time our PTO and families would like to support our teachers by providing daily treats, breakfast, or lunch. If you would like to help out, see here.
The online directory has been updated with the current year registration information and class lists. Access the directory here.
Your username and password remain the same if you have registered in previous years. New users should register on the sign-in page using the email address that you used to register with the district. You will receive a verification link and be able to set a password for access. Your directory account is currently independent from the district login accounts and requires a separate login. Once signed in, you can search for student or parent/guardian names and view class lists. The directory is also mobile-browser friendly. You can add its icon to your home screen on both iOS and Android devices.
If you have trouble accessing the directory or see any information that needs to be corrected or have suggestions and/or feedback, email here. Any changes of physical addresses need to be verified by the District Registrar first.
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
Mary and Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors here
Cameron L. Aboudara DDS MS, Orthodontics for Children and Adults here
Dulcy Freeman, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realtor here
Hessler Plastic Surgery here
Keri Nicholas, Alain Pinel Realtors here
Left Bank Brasserie, Menlo Park here
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association here
Applications due by Friday, October 19, 2018. The Menlo Park City School District Board of Education is seeking one volunteer community member to serve on the School Board Finance and Audit Committee. The committee was established in 2012 to facilitate public understanding of the district’s financial reporting process and to assist staff in the delivery of timely, clear and reliable financial information to the public. The committee will review and analyze multi-year projection assumptions, can provide input on strategic decisions regarding fiscal health i.e., bonding decisions, long-term economic uncertainty reserve, retiree actuarial report, etc., and on an annual basis, review the audit with an independent auditor. For more information on the mandate and bylaws, click here.
The committee meets 5 – 7 times per year, usually Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Menlo Park City School District Office. Interested in this position? Submit a letter of interest, resume, as well as, background information about yourself as it relates to the position to: Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent’s Office, Attention: Lanita Villasenor, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027 or you may email your information here.
Friday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Superintendent Burmeister invites the community to join him for conversation about our school district over a casual lunch. Erik will host his first Sup & Sandwich event. Assorted sandwiches will be provided for those who RSVP by October 15. You can RSVP here.
Book Squad | Mrs. Piombo | Mondays
Classical Musicals Club | Mr. Vaughan | Mondays
Drawing Club | Mrs. Kogan | Mondays
Math Club | Mrs. Dutta | Monday (every other)
Moe’s Kitchen Business Club | Mr. Darmanin | Mondays
Quiz Bowl | Ms. Kayton | Tuesdays
Spanish Club | Mrs. Marchal | Tuesdays
Club Fergie | Officer Mary Ferguson | 1st Wednesday
French Culture | Madame Kingsley | Wednesdays
Cheer Dance | Mrs. DeAnda | Thursdays (beginning January)
Chess Club | Mr. Sullivan | Thursdays
Club 41 | Ms. Ellis | Thursdays
Community Service | Ms. Batiste, Mrs. Goldman, Ms. Lang | Thursday (every other)
Cooking Club | Mr. Coscia | Thursdays
Drama Tech Club | Mr. Hairston | Thursdays
WE Club | Mrs. Schlegel | Thursdays
Book Club | Mrs. Mathenia | Friday (every other)
Maker Space | Ms. Kogan | Fridays
Science Rocks | Ms. Ritter, Mr. Espinoza | (October-January)
We appreciate you for donating gently used books at Back to School Night. We collected nearly 100 books! We are still collecting books. Send any gently used books to the library. They will be distributed to the classroom to update the classroom libraries.
Looking for a Great Book
You or your students can find books to read on our library website, we have lists! Take a look here. And Ms. Piombo and Mrs. Mathenia LOVE helping kids find books, so we hope to see them in the library if they need recommendations.
Mature Content and Language
The Hillview Library offers books with more mature content and language in the Teen section of the library.
The information below is a correction from last week. There’s still time to register your student for an after-school course before fall programs begin!
The PTO is excited to offer a variety of fun and enriching after-school programs. Click on the links below to find out more information on each program, including class registration and pricing information.
|Fall 2018 After-School Programs|
|Starfire Coding – Python Level I here||Mondays|
|Starfire Coding – Python Level II here||Mondays|
|Starfire Coding – Advanced Python here||Mondays|
|LaCrosse offered by SixFifty LaCrosse here||Mondays|
|Cross Country offered by Stella Bergan here||Mondays and Wednesdays|
|Speech / Debate offered by Coach Brier Buchalter here||Tuesdays|
|Chorus Club with Mr. Vaughan||Tuesdays and Thursdays|
|Bay Area Chess (will not be offered this Fall)|
|Mandarin offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School here||Wednesdays|
|Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here||Wednesdays and Thursdays|
|Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here||Thursdays|
Contact Jamey Hawkins, ASP Coordinator, here for questions.
The Homework Center bus, will begin on Tuesday, September 4. See the schedule here.
Be sure to sign up when registration opens and be ready for league games to start the week of December 3.
Next Meeting, Thursday, October 11, lunchtime, PAC. This week we will make dog and cat toys to deliver on two separate after-school field trip opportunities. All students interested in volunteering at Pets in Need should come to the next meeting and join the Service Team Google classroom to hear about upcoming opportunities. Last week we had close to 100 students attend our lunchtime presentation from Pets in Need! Students learned about rescues, how a “no kill” animal shelter like Pets in Need is run, and even met some of the shelter pups!
Parent Volunteer Opportunity
Are you a parent interested in supporting or leading one of our service team projects or chaperoning an after-school outing? Email here to find an opportunity that fits into your schedule.
Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls: Robotics in Food Saturday, October 20, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Join us for a workshop with Julia Collins, the President and Co-Founder of Zume Pizza, a company using robots and humans to make the freshest pizzas. Julia will talk about the restaurant industry, robotics, and the role of confidence in her success. Girls can sign up here. This event is organized by Object which is focused on promoting self-image, confidence, and self-esteem in young girls.
Summer 2019 Italy Trip Hillview Social Studies teachers Marianne Santo and Mike Rogers will be taking students and parents on an educational tour to Italy during summer break June 2019. Email Ms. Santo and Mr. Rogers here. There are a limited number of spots available and registration ends soon! (Be advised, this trip is not sponsored by Hillview Middle School or by Menlo Park City School District.)
Square Dancing Sundays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Stanford Quads square dance club welcomes singles, couples, and families with children ages 10 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Not affiliated with either Stanford University or the church. Free introductory class October 14 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sign up for our weekly class. Information is available here or the flyer here.
Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support Make a difference in a teacher’s life and impact students by “adopting” a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. Fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa here or contact Sharon Purcell here.
TIDE Academy Informational Meeting Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m., Sequoia Union High School District Office. The first public high school within the Peninsula to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Curriculum is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based and interdisciplinary learning as a focal point. TIDE Academy opens in August 2019 and will start with the founding class of about 100 ninth-grade students. Located at150 Jefferson Drive, Menlo Park. Additional information here. We look forward to seeing you.
“‘Say What?’ The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids,” Friday, November 2, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall. Challenge Success 15th Annual Parent Education Event. Dr. Wendy Mogel, acclaimed speaker and author, will join Dr. Madeline Levine and Dr. Denise Pope for an evening of education, conversation, and inspiration about the power of communication to strengthen family relationships and support our kids to be healthy and engaged with learning. Dr. Mogel will share tips for communicating with children and teens at each age and stage from her new book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. Tickets are available on the Challenge Success website here.
California Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County, a non-partisan organization, which helps to educate community members on Candidates running for election and on the Propositions that will be voted on November 6, 2018. Ballot Propositions will be also discussed.
See the Menlo Park City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m., Belle Haven Library.
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!