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District Announcements
2015-16 CALENDAR and 2016-17 START DATE
Updated March 11, 2015 (Originally posted February 22, 2015)

Please click here to view the final 2015-16 school calendar.

Background: On March 10 the School Board approved the proposed 2015-16 school calendar with the recommendation to staff to align MPCSD and Sequoia Union High School District’s (SUHSD) February 2016 break. The only change from the calendar you received on February 23, the Spring Collaborative Planning Day was moved from Monday, March 14 to Friday, February 12 to align with SUHSD. 

The 2016-17 school year will begin on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The full calendar will be released once finalized.
2015-16 NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION
Posted January 6, 2015
For New Student Registration Information, please click here.

MPCSD PARENT PAGES
Posted February 21, 2014
The parent pages are a source for news and information on major district initiatives including access to information about the Common Core Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, what teachers are learning, and news articles featuring our schools. Click here to view MPCSD Parent Pages
MPCSD RECEIVES CHARTER PETITION FROM MENLO MANDARIN IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL
Posted September 5, 2014
Please be informed, on February 4 the San Mateo County Board of Education voted 7-0 to deny the appeal of the Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School. We will continue to update our website as information becomes available. For background, information and documents related to the Charter Petition, click here.
School Announcements
This Week...
This Week At Hillview...
Wed, March 25: Smarter Balanced Assesment Parent Information Meeting
6:45 - 8:00pm, Encinal Large Multi
Wed, March 25: Star Party
7:45 - 9:15pm, HV Basketball Courts, weather permitting
Sun, March 29th: 7/8 Ensembles/Jazz @ Disneyland!
Mon, March 30: NO SCHOOL
Coming Up...
Mar 31: HS Registration Form Deadline
Apr 5: 5th Gr. Parent Night

Apr 9: MAHS Open House 6-8:30pm
Apr 11: MPAEF Auction 7:30-11:30pm

 



Hillview News...

Important dates for 8th Grade Parents
: An end of the year expectations assembly will be held tomorrow, Monday, March 23, for all 8th grade students. A letter was sent home this past week outlining our expectations for students. Please review them with your child.

Along with learning about end of the year expectations, students will receive their high school registration form from Sequoia district. It requires a parent signature and an elective choice. If you disagree with any of the class recommendations, the time to address this is during the Online Information Update during the first two weeks of May. Please return these forms to Ms. Watts as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, March 31. Important: If your student will not be attending a Sequoia district school, you will need to attach an acceptance email or letter from an alternate school to the district registration form and turn that in by the due date. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Watts.

Eighth Grade Graduation Party: The graduation party is an annual celebration funded by 8th grade families. The ceremony, reception and party are free for all students, but every donation helps to send off our 8th graders in grand fashion. Recently letters went out to 8th grade families that did not donate during online registration last summer - please accept our apologies if you received one in error. We are asking for a minimum donation of $50 from parents to support the graduation party. Any contribution above $50 will provide scholarship funding for those with financial constraints. A gift of any size is appreciated, though you need not contribute for your student to attend. Please donate by March 28th online. Questions? Want to help? Please contact Kasia Lewis or Carol Kelly.

M-A Open House for 8th Grade Families: Interested in learning more about M-A? Come to the Open House on Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., starting in the M-A PAC. This is a great opportunity for families to meet 9th grade and elective teachers, gather information from a 9th grade Resource Fair, and learn about M-A's many programs. Information will be available about registration and address validation. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Hillview Middle School 5th Grade Parent Night: All parents and guardians of 5th grade students are invited to attend on Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. Meet teachers, learn about middle school transition, attend our Elective Fair and hear about all the great advantages of Hillview's program. See our flyer for more information. Student attendance is optional.

New Link to Report Absences and Tardies: Did you know that it is now possible to report your child's absence or tardy via a form on the Hillview web site? Check out the new link on the left side navigation bar; a link is also on the home page (scroll down below the School Announcements).
District News...
Smarter Balanced Assessments Parent Information Meeting: On Tuesday, March 25, from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m., Educational Services leaders, Alicia Bowman, Jennifer Kollmann and Ginny Maiwald will provide information about teaching and learning updates related to the Common Core and the upcoming assessment for grades 3 - 8. We will also be talking about health and wellness tips for supporting and preparing your child for testing, and how our current instructional program design prepares students for assessment. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. We look forward to sharing this important and timely information with our families. The session will take place in the Encinal Large Multi, 195 Encinal Avenue, Atherton.

Discover District Parent Pages: If you would like updated information on Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Student Wellness, please go to our "Parent Pages," located on our district web site. You can find the link to "Parent Pages" in the drop down list under the parents tab. The Parent Pages represent space on our web site dedicated to keeping parents up to date on the Educational Initiatives happening in our district.
PTO News...
Call for Volunteers
: The Hillview PTO sponsors community building and staff appreciation events throughout the school year, and we are looking for a small army of enthusiastic volunteers to keep it all going next year! There are openings on the Back to School Luau, Camp Hillview, Staff Appreciation, Campus Activities, Student Enrichment, and Parent Education teams, any one of which would be a great way to get involved and feel more closely connected with your child's Hillview experience. If you're interested, please contact Michelle Box or Kate Kennedy, 2015-2016 Hillview PTO Co-Presidents.

Business Sponsorship Opportunity: Do you know of a business that would benefit from getting their name and product out in front of 40,000 Menlo Park and Atherton residents? The Are You In - Run for Education held Sunday, May 31, is a perfect way to do it! We are currently accepting new sponsors. Benefits include your corporate logo on our banners over Santa Cruz and Marsh roads, a booth at our Wellness Fair with in-person access to 3,000 attendees, branding on t-shirts, on our website, in registration emails, direct-marketing materials and much, much more! Show the community your commitment to our children and to education! For more information, contact Krista or call 415-275-2453. Download our Sponsor Package and watch our Sponsorship Video.

Programs and Activities...

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Hillview Arts
Willy Wonka Production: Congratulations to everyone involved!  It was a great show.  Special thanks to all of the parents who helped out with building sets, costuming and production.  It truly takes a village!

Disney 2015: The music department leaves this coming Saturday for Disneyland.  89 musicians will be participating in the MagicMusic Days program. This includes performing on the Thunder Mountain stage in Disneyland and taking part in behind the scenes workshops involving studio recording sessions. The groups performing are the Jazz Band, Chorus, String Orchestra and Concert Band.  The Concert Band will take the stage on Sunday, March 29, at 1:35 p.m., followed by the String Orchestra at 2:45 p.m., the Jazz Band at at 3:55 p.m., and the Chorus at 5:05 p.m.

Did you Know?: M-A's Concert Band will also be down at Disneyland this same weekend! With luck, we shall get to meet up and share stories. Also, Good Luck to the M-A Orchestra with their debut performance at NYC's Carnegie Hall! Music truly does take you places!



Hillview Science
Star Party: On Wednesday, March 25 between 7:45 and 9:15 p.m., the Hillview Science Department is hosting a "Star Party" on the "greentop"/basketball courts. Come see Jupiter and its moons, craters on the moon, many stars and more. If you've never looked through a telescope and would like to give it a try or maybe you haven't had the scope out in while and need a good reason to wipe off the dust-this is a great opportunity. Family and friends are welcome! For more information, contact Tom Lyons. The event will be postponed if there is more than 50% cloud cover or rain.

Hillview Sports
Intramural Sports: Intramurals will resume with soccer and hockey.
 
Burgess League and MPMSL (8th Grade) Basketball: With the end of the season, we ask players to return their uniforms immediately. Uniforms should be laundered, and returned in a bag with the player's and coach's names written on it. They can be turned into the office individually unless the coach has other plans for team collection. We thank you for your cooperation.
 
After School Tennis: Varsity A and Varsity B teams continue to practice this week. The first set of matches for both teams will be Monday, March 23 at Menlo and Sacred Heart.
 
After School Track: Track Registration is now full. Students may still be added to the waiting list. The program runs from April 13 to May 27. The location is mostly at the M-A high school track from 6:00­ - 7:30 p.m. Most dates are Mondays and Wednesdays with one exception on Tuesday, May 26 because of the holiday. There is no program during Spring Break (April 20­-24).
 
After School Fencing: After School Fencing has already begun for this session. There are 2 sessions left.
 
Other Spring sports currently accepting registration include: May Madness Basketball Clinic, Spring Volleyball, and wrestling club (Mat Club). Mat Club and Spring Volleyball begin this week. May Madness begins Friday, May 1.
 
Questions regarding intramural and after school sports should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, or call 650.483.4049.: Hillview Spring Volleyball is a new after-school program intended to help players practice and improve their volleyball skills during the spring trimester at Hillview. The program is open to all Hillview students regardless of previous volleyball experience. Participants will be grouped into teams of six to eight players and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the Hillview gym for volleyball drills and scrimmage. The program will run for eight eeks from March 24 to May 28 (no practice during spring break and Mini-Course weeks). The cost is $110 per player and is open to all grades, boys and girls (co-ed). Scholarships are available. Click here to register.

NEW Mat Club (Spring Wrestling): Mat Club's mission is to help you become more athletic, stronger, and faster through the high-energy learning experience of wrestling. Our practices consist of constant movement, strength training, flexibility, and dynamic agility exercises. On the first day of club you will learn how to safely move, roll, land, somersault on a shock-resistant mat. By the end of six weeks you will have basic defense and offense skills such as a double-leg takedown, arm throw, and escapes. Invite your friends! You will need partners! Practices consist of a significant amount of partner workouts such as having to lift, roll, and carry your partner across the mat. We play games such as the Queen/King of the mat, Sumo, mat ball. You will be flexible like a gymnast, be as explosive as a sprinter, and move and roll like a boxer. As a team we will have an opportunity to compete in tournaments or against local teams. Join us for the most fun and challenging workout of your life! The program will run for six weeks from March 23 to May 8 (no class during spring break). Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m in the Hillview gym. The cost is $135 per player and is open to all grades, boys and girls. Scholarships are available. Girls are especially encouraged as wrestling is the fastest growing sport nationwide. For more information please contact Charles Washington, Head Coach, or Advisors, Phil and Don. Click here to register.

Intramural Sports: Intramurals will resume with soccer and hockey unless Physical Education classes are using nets. If nets are up we'll offer badminton volleyball. This will continue through March as long as there is interest.

Burgess League and MPMSL (8th Grade) Basketball: The after school basketball program is officially over. Last week offered wonderful finals for 8th graders and 6th/7th girls. We congratulate all players, coaches, and families for making the season another huge success. With the end of the season, we ask players to return their uniforms immediately. They should be laundered in a bag with the player's and coach's names written on it. They can be turned into the office individually unless the coach has other plans for team collection. We thank you for your cooperation.

After School Tennis: Varsity A and Varsity B teams continue to practice this week.

After School Track: Track Registration is now full. Students may still be added to the waiting list. Click here to join the waiting list. Registration continues since there are still a few spots left. The program runs from April 13 to May 27. Location is mostly at the M-A high school track from 6:00­ - 7:30 p.m. Almost all dates are Mondays and Wednesdays with one exception on Tuesday, May 26 since Monday, May 25 is a holiday. There is no program during Spring Break (April 20­-24).

After School Fencing: After School Fencing has already begun for this session. There are 3 sessions left.

Questions regarding intramural and after school sports should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, or call 650.483.4049.
Parent Education...
La Entrada Parent Education Series - "Understanding Eating Disorders: Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Body Image"
Dr. Pamela Carlton, The Carlton Clinic,
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
La La Entrada MUR, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park
How can you help your child develop a healthy body image? In this interactive workshop, Dr. Pamela Carlton, creator and former director of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Adolescent Eating Disorder Parent Education and Support Program, will discuss general information and warning signs of eating disorders, things you can do at home to help your child develop a healthy body image, and suggestions for positive ways to reduce stress (e.g., yoga, mindfulness). Click here to register. Parent Education Series events are free and open to parents, faculty/staff and community members. This event is sponsored by the La Entrada PTA. For more information, contact Charlene Margot at 650.868.0590.

MPAEF News...
MPAEF "A Night in Old Hollywood" Event Preview & Sponsorship Opportunities: The MPAEF Spring Auction event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Raffle tickets will be on sale from March 30 - April 9. The online auction will take place from April 3 - 11.

"A Night in Old Hollywood" is just around the corner! Stay tuned for the auction catalog, which is coming soon. We are still seeking donations of fine wines and unique bottles of tequila (yes, you heard us right!). Should you wish to contribute a bottle or two please email us. Here's a sneak preview of a few more fabulous auction items we have in store for you:
  • Driving in Style: Cruise around town in a 2015 Maserati Ghibli for an entire weekend
  • Moms' Day Out at Santana Row: Take a limo to Santana Row for champagne, lunch, and a personal shopping experience. Grab your seven best friends and get ready to bid.
  • Get Ready to Party: The Bollywood party is back. And don't miss out on Menlo Park's own Saturday Night Live extravaganza.
  • Tech Perfection: Apple Employee in Training for kids
  • And who can pass up Firefighter in Training for kids?
Finally, please consider underwriting our event! Underwriting support helps defray event costs, allowing money raised at the auction to go directly to our schools. As an underwriter, you will be recognized on our Hollywood Wall of Fame. We thank you in advance for your kind and generous support! Underwriting levels are as follows:
  • Producer $5,000: Two tickets to the Auction, four teacher tickets, 20 Raffle Tickets
  • Director $2,500: Two tickets to the Auction, three teacher tickets, 12 Raffle Tickets
  • Super Star $1,500: Two tickets to the Auction, two teacher tickets, 5 Raffle Tickets
  • Star $1,000: Two tickets to the Auction, one teacher ticket, 5 Raffle Tickets
  • Diva $500: Two tickets to the Auction
Individual auction tickets are $130. Raffle tickets are $10 each, 12 for $100, or 20 for $150. Please make your sponsorship donation online here and in the notes column add "2015 Spring Auction." If you have questions, please email Event Co-Chair Cyndy Hogan.

MPAEF Raffle Tickets On Sale March 30 to April 4 On Campus: We'll always have Paris! Or a fabulous m & m bling necklace, a night at the Rosewood, Soul Cycle classes in some Lululemon, An American Girl Doll, a GoPro or a Stanford Football home game! Glam it up or get your game on, the choice is yours for how you want to support the MPAEF "A Night in Old Hollywood" Auction event. Buy your raffle tickets to play in the game of treasures. Six incredible prizes just for the raffle alone. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 30 just until Friday, April 4. You can buy your tickets at all of the Willy Wonka performances too. Buy one ticket for $10 or 12 tickets for $100 or 20 tickets for $150. Raffle drawing will be on April 11 at the MPAEF "An Evening in Old Hollywood" Auction event. Must be present to win! Here's lookin' at you, kid!

Community News...
Stanford Splash: Splash is a program that brings high school and middle school students from everywhere to Stanford's campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members. Open to all students in grades 7-12, the next Splash will take place on April 11-12. Registration is now open. Click here to learn more.

Menlo-Atherton BearWear: Attention incoming M-A Freshmen! Ready to show your school spirit? BearWear is available for purchase online at www.m-aboosters.org. Free delivery (courtesy of the M-A Athletic Boosters Committee)! GO BEARS!

Menlo-Atherton Dance Team Show and Fundraiser: Please come to the beautiful M-A PAC to support the M-A Dance Team at the twelfth annual Dance Team Show and Fundraiser. The evening will be truly entertaining, highlighting our dancers' abilities in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, ballet and more!  Students, families and fans of dance always enjoy our show, which features dances from both our Varsity and JV teams. The event will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.).  Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students.  Purchase directly from Dance Team members, or contact Linda Garrett. Tickets may be available at the door, but often sell out before the show. Checks can be made payable to "M-A Dance Team," and cash will also be accepted.

M-A High School BearNotes: Interested in learning more about the weekly events at M-A? Please subscribe to M-A BearNotes. This weekly email is sent on Sunday evenings and contains information from the Administration, PTA, Foundation for the Future, Parent Education, Clubs and Activities, Sports, and Community Events. If you need additional information, please visit BearNotes or send an email. Go Bears!

Teen Spring Book Club: Menlo Park Library's Book Club program for ages 12-18 will meet on Saturdays, March 28th and May 2nd from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. The March 28 meeting will be to choose a  book to read. To register for the book club, please see our Teen Library webpage for registration.

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest: Throughout April's National Poetry Month, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a Blackout Poetry Contest! Participants create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Pick up a newspaper or stop by the Teen Section for used book pages. Entries should be one page and must be submitted with your name, age, contact information, and name of school. Submit at the library or email Sydnee.

Teen Game Night: Bring your friends and join us for a night of fun at the library on Friday, April 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Teens (12-18 years old) will have access to the library's computers and can challenge fellow teens to popular board games. Snacks and some games will be provided. Feel free to bring your own games and or gaming consoles! Please see our Teen Library webpage for registration.

TAG Meeting: The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group of teenagers who provide events, contests, and resources for teens at the Menlo Park Library. Our mission is to provide an environment in which teens can express their ideas about how to improve the library. Visit our website for more information on how to join.is "The Future of Youth" and an impressive group of speakers will discuss the discoveries and theories that will shape the future of our generation. This event is public and tickets are only $10 for this amazing opportunity, and the fee covers inspiration, game-changing speakers, and lunch. Registration is closing soon, so sign your student up now! Click here for more information about the event, speakers, registration, and directions.
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