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Upcoming Events
- Science Fair/SPINGO
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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.
Posted January 6, 2015
For New Student Registration Information, please click here.

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
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
Of Special Note...
Encinal School Smarter Balanced/CST Assessment Dates
  • Third Grade - May 26-June 8
  • Fourth Grade - April 28- May 8
  • Fifth Grade - May 11-May 22
  • CST 5th Grade Science Assessment - 4/29 AND 4/30, 10:15 - 11:45
Please refrain from scheduling appointments or planned absences for your child during their grade level testing windows. Assessments are expected to be completed by noon of each day. Kindergarten-second grade students do not participate in these state assessments.

Coming up at Encinal...

Fri, Mar 27: Willy Wonka
7:00pm, Hillview PAC
Sat, Mar 28: Willy Wonka
3:00pm, Hillview PAC
Mon, Mar 30: NO SCHOOL
Apr. 3: Science Fair
Apr 11: MPAEF Auction
Apr 20-24: Spring Break


This Week...
After School Activities Spring Registration is Open
The spring schedule for After School Activities is now up! Many of the classes from Winter term are back. Also, check out the new Wednesday Bookopolis class geared for boys. Most classes begin next week, so sign up now.
This week, we're featuring TGA PREMIER JUNIOR GOLF. TGA will introduce students to golf with a 5-Level Enrichment Program before transitioning them to the golf course through camps, tournaments, and clinics. The Spring session at Encinal starts March 26. Click here for more information.
Tickets will be for sale at the door!
Online tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets will be for sale before both shows for chairs on the floor (100 tickets - $10) and standing in the balcony (20 tickets - $5).  There will also be some assigned seats that will be released and sold at the door. 
Performances are at the Hillview PAC:
Friday, March 27, at 7pm
Saturday, March 28, at 3pm

Please note: Casts are different for each show. 
If you have any questions, please email Musical@EncinalSchool.com.
STEM-GO is coming! Our Second Annual SCIENCE FAIR!
Science Technology Engineering Math GO!
Friday, April 3rd from 5-7:30pm.
The fun filled science night includes hands-on science from Lawrence Hall of Science and science booths from the MA High School Science Alliance. Treats and pizza by the slice will be available from Encinal's girl scout troop #32217
If you have any questions, email Mberhow@yahoo.com
Relay for Life Fundraiser/Movie Night
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Friday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Encinal Multi
Last year, an Encinal 5th grader was diagnosed with lymphoma. Her class joined Relay for Life to support her, and raised over $4000! She is now a 6th grader at Hillview; she is doing remarkably well and loves school, and it is now a tradition that each year, a new cohort of Ms. Meister's students will do Relay for Life.
Ms. Meister's class is showing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as this year's fundraiser for Relay for Life. Help us raise money for our team of 5th and 6th graders, The Shining Diamond Eagle Cancer Killers! Enjoy a great movie while making a donation that will support cancer research and support those with cancer.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
$5/person, payable at door
Open to grades 3-5
Support our Relay for Life team by clicking here
Click here for our poster
Encinal Site Council - Two Open Positions
The Encinal Site Council has two open parent positions for the 2015-2016 thru 2016-2017 term. Consisting of a group of teachers, parents, and staff, the Site Council assists Encinal to:
  • develop, review and evaluate the school site plan
  • oversee site council expenditures
  • create, implement and evaluate parent and student survey results
The council meets once a month after school. Each member serves a two-year term. All meetings are open to the public.

Interested candidates should submit their name and a brief description of their background and reasons for wanting to serve on the council to Chris Sewell, chris.s.sewell@gmail.com, by Friday, March 27.
For more information, please contact Chris Sewell, chris.s.sewell@gmail.com,
or Vic Vuchic, vic@vuchic.com, Site Council Co-Chairs.

Show some Encinal Pride by joining the Spirit Wear Team!
The Encinal Spirit Wear committee is looking for one (or more) volunteers to learn the ins and outs of spirit wear this Spring and then chair the committee for the 2015-2016 school year.  The spirit wear committee is responsible for designing and selling Encinal gear as a fundraiser for the PTO.  It is also a great way to help students show their school pride.  Time commitment is about an hour a week plus attending school events and a few extra hours during the summer to prep for the upcoming school year.  For more information or to express interest, please email SpiritWear@encinalschool.com
Call for Service Award Nominations -
Tell Us About an Exceptional Volunteer!
Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff and community volunteers give generously of their time, skills and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist if it was not for this formidable group of volunteers, "the Pillars of our Community." Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) as well as the School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize those individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District.
Please take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, please complete an online nomination form by Friday, April 3
  MPCSD News
K-5 Math Adoption News
After an extensive math pilot process and review involving 34 teachers and 2 publishers and spanning all grade levels (including multi-age classes and Spanish Immersion), the Math Committee voted unanimously to propose adopting Math Expressions by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as the new MPCSD Common Core Curriculum for Grades K-5. There is a strong articulation between Math Expressions Common Core and Big Ideas Math (the recently adopted curriculum at Hillview Grades 6-8); this will create a seamless K-8 experience allowing teachers and students to easily transition from the world of elementary school math to middle school math.
The committee gave a presentation on Math Expressions at the March 10 Board meeting, and provided Board members with supplemental curricular material. The decision to adopt Math Expressions will go to the Board for action on April 14, 2015.
K-5 Math Expressions materials are on display in the small conference room at the District Office for public review until April 14. To preview this material on line:
Go to www-k6.thinkcentral.com and click "Evaluators Click Here"; click "Register."
Enter the access word: mathexpressions15CA
Click the boxes next to Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Enter your name and email address. Click "Next."
Next to the name of your evaluation site, select a role (e.g., teacher) and then click "Log in."
Click "View Resources."
Smarter Balanced Parent Information Meeting
March 25, 2015, 6:45-8:00pm
Encinal Large Multi, 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA
Educational Services leaders, Alicia Bowman, Jennifer Kollmann and Ginny Maiwald will be conducting a session that will include 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.
Discover the 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 website: www.mpcsd.org. (You can find the link to "Parent Pages" in the drop down list under the parents tab). The Parent Pages are space on our website dedicated to keeping parents up to date on the Educational Initiatives happening in our district.
Hillview Speaker Series Final Event - CANCELLED
Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker/Author
THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER: Building On Our Strengths For a Happier Life

The final speaker in this year's Hillview Speaker Series is unfortunately double booked and unable to be here for the event on April 27. Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker/Author was to discuss her film, "The Science of Character: Building On Our Strengths For a Happier Life." The Hillview PTO thanks all attendees who joined us throughout the series and looks forward to providing another beneficial speaker series during the 2015-16 school year.
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