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District Announcements
On September 12 our District received its first Charter School petition from the parents of the Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School. Click here to see the entire Charter petition including petition signatures.

We encourage parents and community members to attend the following public meetings:

  • Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 14 atá6:30 p.m. at Encinal Elementary School, Multi-Use Room, 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton​
  • Study Session on Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Encinal Elementary School, Multi-Use Room, 195áEncinaláAve., Atherton​
  • Final Decision on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. atáEncinal Elementary School, Multi-Use Room, 195áEncinaláAve., Atherton​
A presentation on Charter School fundamentals was presented to the board on September 3, and is accessible, click here.

Click here to read Charter Petition FAQs.
School Announcements

Coming up at Encinal...

All Week: 3rd-5th Basketball Registration
Fri, Oct 31: K-1 Halloween Parade
11:00am, Kinder yard and Blacktop
Fri, Oct 31: 2nd-5th Halloween Parade
1:15pm, Field

Nov 10: No School, Planning Day
Nov 11: No School, Holiday

Nov 17: Cultural Arts Day



Halloween Parades
Watch our students show off their costumes at school on October 31!
K and 1st grade parades from 11-11:30 am
2nd-5th grade parade from 1:15-2 pm
Remember: no weapons, real or pretend; and the parades will be canceled if it rains.

Encinal School Needs You!
The PTO has two unfilled positions. Please consider volunteering to be our Financial Secretary or Co-Vice President. á
  • The Financial Secretary is in charge of things like cutting checks, depositing money, and other fun jobs. This is a two-year position; the second year, the secretary becomes the treasurer. If you'd like to learn more about this job, email Erin or Winnie at ptopresident@encinalschool.com.
  • We have one Vice-President this year, but she would love to have a co-VP. If you're interested, please contact Jill.

Counselor's Corner
Social & Emotional Learning Update: Talk It Out
Our counselor, Ms. Bloom, is sharing a tried and true conflict resolution process - "Talk It Out" - with every 1st - 5th grade class during October and November.

Students are taught to make their problems smaller by using three steps:
1. Eye Contact
2. I-statements
3. Pick a Problem Solving tool
Click to see the handouts that she uses to teach this to 1st-3rd graders and 4th-5th graders.á You'll see this info displayed around campus, in classrooms, and on the playground.á The goal is to empower students to "Talk It Out" on their own, but if the problem is too big or complicated, they are encouraged to seek an adult at school to help them put the process into action.
For Kinders, Ms. Bloom will also teach an age appropriate lesson on manners and using kind words to encourage our youngest students to practice Caring for Others.
Ask your students to teach the "Talk It Out" process to you to use at home!
Come Play Encinal Basketball!
Calling ALL 3rd and 4th and 5th grade BASKETBALL players. Player Evaluation Days are on November 4th-6th. And teams will be formed by Nov. 14th.á Girls and boys of all skill levels welcomed. (Don't worry if you are a beginner, we are here to learn basketball and have fun!)

Registration is open now through November 3rd.á Season will begin in early December and continue through early March. For more information and to register, click here or go to the Encinal website and find basketball under the After-School Athletic Teams section.
VERY IMPORTANT: Interested in coaching a team?á Email Semisi Siu atá afterschoolathletics@encinalschool.com
Announcing the Encinal Spring
4th & 5th Grade Musical!!
First Rehearsal/Audition
Tuesday, January 6 at 3 pm
Encinal Large Multi
Rehearsals start January 6 and auditions will take place during the first two weeks of rehearsals. Students do not need to prepare a monologue or song for the audition. No sign-ups beforehand; just show up for the first rehearsal! Casting lists will go up on Monday, January 19. Every effort will be made to cast every child in some role.
Students are expected to be at every rehearsal:
Mondays 3:00-4:15 pm, Tuesdays 3:00-4:15 pm, and Thursdays 1:20-2:35 pm.
Mandatory parent meeting will be on Thursday, January 8, 7-8 pm in Encinal Large Multi. á
Click here for more information. Email Rachel Knight, musical director, at RMKnight@mpcsd.org with any questions or concerns.
Volunteer for Encinal's Bluebird Nesting Program!
Are you an avid birder? If so, consider volunteering to lead the Bluebird Nesting Program at Encinal. You will be responsible for keeping an eye on the nesting boxes, which are located in the trees along the sports field, to monitor when nesting starts in the spring. Then you'll use the special nesting box tool to lower down the box, so that your class can see the baby birds inside! Training by experts will be provided. Email garden@encinalschool.com to sign up.
Cultural Arts Day
Monday, November 17
Call for Volunteers!
Cultural Arts Day, celebrating the British Isles, is THREE WEEKS away. Please consider helping us on Nov. 17 as a School-Wide volunteer. Just click the link Cultural Arts Day Volunteers to enter your email address and volunteer.

Please direct any queries or comments to co-chair Diane at CulturalArtsDay@encinalschool.com.
á MPAEF News
MPAEF Presents: "Apply a Powerful
Design-Thinking Mindset to Your Everyday"

Wednesday, November 5, 6:30-8 pm
Hillview Performing Arts Center

A design-thinking mindset has the powerful potential to change many aspects of our personal, family and professional lives, as well as the personal, emotional and academic lives of our children. In fact, our kids have already been discovering its positive impact in classroom and school activities.

Since 2012, our school district has been collaborating with design-thinking influencers and innovation-focused leaders. And now the MPAEF has brought together these individuals to engage district parents and the greater Menlo Park-Atherton community in a panel discussion about how this innovations-based, problem-solving practice is applicable and purposeful to all of us.

Come learn these key pillars of design thinking as our children experience them in their classrooms. Discover how they extend and apply to areas of our every day: á
Empathize first!ááá á
Yes, and... á
Design for delightáá á
Fail fast; fail often
This event is free and open to the entire community! Seating is limited! Be sure to reserve your spot today! Click here for your online ticket.
5th Annual
MPAEF Gift Boutique
Thursday, November 13 & Friday, November 14
Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park

Featuring well-known designers and much-loved local vendors, there will sure to be something for everyone on your shopping list. We invite you to preview our vendors and recommend purchasing advance tickets to our special events.
Sips, Sweets & Shopping:
Enjoy wine and sweet treats while you shop the boutique.
Thursday, November 13, 6-9 pm
$30 per person advance purchase
$40 per person at the door

An Evening with the Experts:
We've partnered with the highly-regarded caterers and masterful mixologists of Palace Cafe and Catering, and fabulous florist Amanda Thorne to teach you the tricks of the trade and turn you into the hostess with the mostess.
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
$75 per person which includes entrance into MPAEF Gift Boutique- limited to 30 guests

Boutique Brunch and Lunch at the Blue Garden Cafe
Seating available Friday, November 14: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 12:30 pm
$50 per person; space is limited, advance purchase required

Boutique Shopping
Friday, November 14, 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Complimentary Entrance
Invite friends and family! All are welcome!
20% of boutique proceeds benefit the public schools of Menlo Park and Atherton through donations to the MPAEF.
Learn more about this event here.

Stock up oná Halloween supplies while earning money for our schools. Find children and adult costumes, party supplies, decorations and crafts.á And don't forget the candy!
Click here for all your Halloween needs!
Just CLICK on a featured merchant to activate our referral bonus.
SHOP as you normally would.
EARN money for our schools when you shop. It's that easy!
á Parent Education
Parenting in the Age of Social Media á
presented by My Digital TAT2
Monday, October 27, 7-8:30 pm
Oak Knoll Gym

Our kids are "Digital Natives" - they have grown up in a world of online access and ever changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of their actions, and how to best parent them in the digital age?
Recommended for anyone interested in an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with your children. You will come away with strategies that support both you and your child. This is an event you will not want to miss!
Please note that this is a parents-only event. Encinal Fifth grade students have already participated in classroom workshops focused on "Safety and Compassion in the Digital Age," also conducted by My Digital TAT2.
Learn more about My Digital TAT2.

Sleepy Students: The Adolescent Circadian Shift
Devin Prouty, Ph.D., Researcher/Expert
Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Hillview Middle School PAC

Join local researcher Devin Prouty, Ph.D. as he discusses practical strategies for dealing with adolescent sleep changes and how to help your whole family get enough sleep. He also will detail the biological mechanisms that affect sleep, biological changes that affect adolescent sleep patterns, the importance of sleep to overall health and academic achievement, and the problems that are associated with insufficient sleep. Dr. Prouty is a clinical psychologist (www.granitepsychology.com) who also studies adolescent brain development through NCANDA, the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (www.ncanda.org).
Click here for this year's line up of speakers. These events are open to all district parents and community members, and they take place in the Hillview Performing Arts Center. Free childcare is provided on-site for all potty trained children. For more information, contact Jennifer Allen.

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