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Upcoming Events
Tomorrow
5/28/2015
- Volunteer Luncheon
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
6/5/2015
- Yearbook Signing Party
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
6/8/2015
6/9/2015
 
District Announcements
ARE YOU IN RUN FOR EDUCATION - SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015 AT 9:00 A.M.
Posted May 13, 2015
On Sunday May 31, 2015 over 3,000 Menlo Park and Atherton residents will lace-up their running shoes and run, walk or cheer in support of quality education.
 
The Are You In Run for Education, presented by Nelson Roberts will take place at Oak Knoll School on Sunday May 31, 2015.  You can enter either the 2.5K (1.5 mile) family walk/ run, or the competitive, chip-timed 5K.  Both runs will start at 9:00 a.m. and the course will wind through the streets of Menlo Park.
 
A Wellness Fair will occur after the run at Oak Knoll School.  There will be a stretching station, food, family fun and awards.
 
The Are You In RUN for Education is being organized by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, as well as the PTO’s of the Menlo Park City School District: Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview schools.  Funds raised will support our children’s education.
 
Family Sponsor
Consider becoming a Family Sponsor.  With a donation of $500 (by May 12) you will receive:
  • up to five race entries,
  • your family’s name will appear on the RUN t-shirt, and
  • an invitation to the Nelson Roberts Family Pasta Night (let’s carb-load) on the eve of the race.  Held on Saturday May 30, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Griffith family home in Atherton.  There will be fun and games for the kids and your race packet will be available for easy collection.
Volunteer
Interested in being part of the fun but don’t feel like walking or running?  Why not volunteer to help on the day? To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact David Korn at davids.korn@gmail.com
 
Register
To register and learn more about the RUN, visit our website, areyouin.mpcsd.org
 
Thank you
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!  The 2015 run, presented by Nelson Roberts, is sponsored also by:  DeLeon Realty, Greenheart Land Company, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Scott Kaloust DDS, Fleet Feet Sports, Magnussen Toyota, Magnussen Lexus, Mary Gilles Real Estate, Vivre, AMR, 24 Lost Soles, Alkalign, Axis Personal Trainers, Bulldog Sports, Cameron Aboudara DDS MS, Gold Arrow Camp, Curious.com, Pacific Peninsula Custom Group, Penelope Jones Interior Design, Principia, Stanford University Real Estate, Studio Rincon, and Z-Ultimate Karate.
2015-16 CALENDAR and 2016-17 START DATE
Updated March 11, 2015
Please click here to view the final 2015-16 school calendar.
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

Coming up at Encinal...

Mon, May 18: 3rd gr. Music Selection
Thurs, May 21: Open House
Thurs, May 21: Art Festival
Mon, May 25: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day


 
 
Coming Up...
May 31: Are You In Run
June 5: Yearbook party


 
                                          

 
This Week...
 PTO News
Attention 3rd Grade Parents:  2015/2016 4th Grade Music Selection Night
Monday, May 18th, 2015 from 6:30-7:00 pm, Encinal Large Multi
Parking also available in back Middlefield lot

All current 3rd graders (Encinal and Laurel) and their parents need to attend. WHY? All options for next year's 4th grade music will be demonstrated; Strings, Band and Orff, by our very own music teachers. Students will then select their top choices of strand and/or instrument for the upcoming school year. All current third graders should attend.
Questions? Please email Rachel Knight.
Open House and Art Festival
Thursday, May 21; 5:30-7:45 pm
Come to Encinal's annual Open House and Art Festival! See what your child has been doing all year, both in the classroom and in the art studio. Pieces by each student will be on display in the Multi; let your child be your docent!
Art Festival (Large Multi): 5:30-7:45 pm
K-2 Open Houses: 6-6:45 pm
3-5 Open Houses: 7-7:45 pm
Bring a picnic or order a dinner delivery (we have it on good authority that DoorDash will drop off your meal at Encinal). *Due to high demand, there will NOT be any food trucks this year.* However, the PTO is providing milk and cookies for everyone, so stay and enjoy our fabulous school community, celebrate our students and teachers, and welcome the beginning of summer!

PTO Urgent Need: Membership Co-Chairs
Do you want to fulfill your PTO volunteer efforts by the end of October? Then we have the committee for you: PTO Membership! The Encinal PTO is seeking two co-chairs to lead the 2015-2016 Fall Membership Campaign. This is a great committee position to split between two people -- the membership coordinator (implements the Fall Membership Campaign) and the database coordinator (tracks all donations).

These positions are hugely rewarding -- and absolutely crucial -- as you help raise the PTO Budget for the school year!! We can't run Encinal's programs and events without this. Our current PTO Membership co-chairs have graduating 5th graders but will provide job training to the new co-chairs.
If you're interested, please email Jill Vizas, the 2015-2016 PTO President.

What is Encinal Doing to Support My Child's Social Emotional Learning?
If you're an avid newsletter reader -- or if you're that lucky parent with a child who tells you everything when you ask, "What did you do at school today??" -- you might already know about the various social emotional learning (SEL) lessons and programming happening at Encinal.

For the rest of us, this presentation is a quick overview of the vision, strategy, and practical lessons that your child has been learning over this past year. These all strengthen our childrens' social and emotional well-being, as well as foster life skills like Caring, Responsibility, and Perseverance. Research shows that SEL is a critical part of the elementary school experience. Academic learning can't happen if students are not feeling emotionally strong.

Ask your child to demonstrate a specific SEL lessons like the "Four Square Apology" or "Talk It Out."

Questions, feedback, or want to be involved with SEL at Encinal? Contact Encinal Counselor Karin Bloom.
Last Week of Book Drive
The Book Drive ends THIS FRIDAY, May 22. Please consider donating your child's previously enjoyed books to Encinal School's classroom libraries. You'll find collection boxes are by office, library, reading recovery room and where 4th and 5th graders line up in the morning. We are looking for gently-used books at all elementary-school reading levels.

Thank you for helping us expand and diversify our classroom reading resources! If you have any questions, email Emily or Caroline.
Library Announcement
It's amazing how quickly the year has flown! And it's also amazing how library books can sneak into toy boxes, doghouses, or under car seats. Please note that all library books will be due by May 22. We will stop checking out books during library time the week of May 18. Thank you to all our reading Eagles for helping return our treasured books to the library.

The library continues to accept gently used books for classroom libraries as well. Please continue to donate books either in the main office or in the library return bin. It is much appreciated!
"Spring into Summer" Debate Tournament
Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6; Hillview Middle School
All students in grades 2-5 with Speech and Debate experience are welcome to register for Hillview's first debate tournament, which will be held on June 5 and 6.
Please visit the website for more information and to register.

Encinal Shout Out: Mother-Son Jamboree
While perhaps not as... sedate... as the Father-Daughter Dance, the Mother-Son Jamboree last Saturday was a resounding success!! Everyone had a wonderful time taking silly photo booth pictures, cheering the lasso artist, dancing the Macarena, and beating the boys in a crazy game of dodgeball. (OK, maybe the boys won.) (But they cheated.)

If you had pictures taken of yourself and your child being lasso'd, you can access them here. Email ptoevents@encinalschool.com to get the site password. Thank you to Henry Wong for taking the portraits!
Many volunteers made this fantastic event possible. Carolyn Lynch, Erin Reyes, Brandy Spier, Teresa Reif, Caroline Bower, Winnie Root, and Sara Davis Teeple organized the Jamboree. Carl Teeple hung up all the lights, and Winnie and Sara worked until midnight on Friday and most of Saturday to get the multi looking amazing. Kenny Root, Julia Holman, Henry Wong, Joanthan Spier, Phil Marsh, Ricardo Reyes, Scott Marshall, and many other dads and siblings helped out at the event itself. Heidi Yamada, Tricia Barr, and Jen Coler came as guests -- and then stayed late to help get the multi back in shape for school on Monday. Thank you everyone!!!
2015 Service Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Menlo Park City School District service award winners. These are parents, teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond to help our schools and district. Many school programs would not exist were it not for this talented and dedicated group of volunteers.CONGRATULATIONS to this year's winners:
 
District Council
Honorary Service Awards: Brian Benelli; RUN Team: Krista Glotzbach, Danielle Hayes, Angela Hayward & Tara Moeller
President's Awards: Carolyn Lynch, Tracy Watt
 
Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation
Honorary Service Awards: Eileen Rozanski, Kim Tomsen
Continuing Service Awards: Sam Bacic, Kathy Koenig
Golden Oak Award: Lisa Lajous
President's Awards: Calla Griffith, Kristin Seuell
 
Hillview Middle School
Honorary Service Awards: Michelle Box, Carol Kelly, Deanna Schroder, Travis Mowbray
Continuing Service Awards: Amy Boyle, Naed de la Vega, Kate Kennedy, Kristi Waldron
Golden Oak Awards: Roxy Bozdog, Daria Finstad, Mary Murphy, Parke Treadway, Dean Wilkins
President's Awards: Katie Angioletti, Jill Kispert
 
Encinal Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Marijane Leonard, Susan Masetti, Emily Moberg Robinson, Sarah Davis Teeple; Cultural Arts Day Team: Diane McGrath & Ami Bhow
Continuing Service Award: Jen Nelson
President's Awards: Erin Reyes, Winnie Root
 
Laurel Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Anneliese Abdella, Ashley Guilliot, Renee Pyle; Membership Team: Jenny Freiermuth & Fiona Walker (CSA); STEAM Fair Team: Jill Baker, Amanda Bower (CSA) & Christine Chan
Continuing Service Award (CSA): Cathy Tokic
President's Awards: Wendy Horton, Stacey Jones
 
Oak Knoll Elementary School
Honorary Service Awards: Jody Buckley, Rhonda Bucklin, Allison Chao, Tamara Russel, Gina Skinner
Continuing Service Awards: Alison Fleming, Betsy Muhlner
Golden Oak Awards: David Ackerman, Carolyn Bowsher, Cindy Stead
President's Award: Jill Wurster
 5th Graders
Fifth Grade Graduation Party!
It is not too late to purchase a spot for your graduating 5th grade student at the party of the year -- the 5th Grade Graduation Dance Party. The party gives your graduating 5th grader one last fun experience with his/her classmates... and it is going to be fun!!! This party will be THE place to be after the last day of school!  

The party is open to ALL Encinal fifth graders. It will be on June 10, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in Encinal's large multipurpose room.

To purchase a spot, please make a check payable to MPAEF for $65. Reference your child's name and KD31 on the check. Drop it in the MPAEF lockbox in Encinal's front office. Any questions, email Susan.
The DEADLINE to purchase a spot for the dance is Friday, May 22.
*NO tickets will be sold at the event.*
Scholarships are available. Please see Meg Morley in Encinal's front office.

Hillview Site Council Seeking Parent Nominees
The Hillview Site Council, a group consisting of Hillview's principal, teachers, staff, student representatives, and elected parents, is the body responsible for developing and monitoring the School Site Plan. This plan specifies the goals and metrics that drive the school's major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and any other significant areas related to the running of the school. The Site Council is also responsible for creating, implementing and evaluating the annual school survey.

The Hillview Site Council has three open parent positions (out of five regular parent positions) for the two-year term of 2015-2016 thru 2017-2018; and one English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) parent position open for this same term. The council meets approximately once a month after school. All meetings are open to the public.

Interested candidates should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council to Andrea Luskin by Sunday, May 31. Site Council nominees will be voted on at the council's last meeting of this year on Monday, June 8. The meeting will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Hillview front office conference room.

Candidates must be present at the meeting. All parents of Hillview students, or of incoming Hillview students for the 2015/16 school year who are in attendance at the meeting are eligible to vote.

For more information, please contact Site Council Chairperson Andrea Luskin or Principal Burmeister.
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