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District Announcements
ERIK BURMEISTER RECOMMENDED FOR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
Posted April 15, 2015
At the April 15 School Board meeting, Superintendent Ghyselsárecommended a plan to appoint Hillview Principal Erik Burmeister to MPCSD Assistant Superintendent.

Click here to read Superintendent Ghysels'sáApril 15, 2015 community announcement.


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2015-16 CALENDAR and 2016-17 START DATE
Updated March 11, 2015
Please click here to view the final 2015-16 school calendar.
Theá2016-17áschool year will begin onáThursday, 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,ápleaseáclick 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.áClick hereáto 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.áFor background, information and documents related to the Charter Petition, click here.
School Announcements

Coming up at Encinal...

Thurs, Apr 16: Lost & Found Deadline
Apr 20-24: SPRING BREAK
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Coming Up...
May 9: Mother/Son Jamboree
May 25: Memorial Day - No School
May 31: Are You In Run


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This Week...
áNews from Superintendent Ghysels
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 29, 2015; 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: MPCSD TERC Building, 181 Encinal Ave, Atherton
The Parent Advisory Committee will be to review the Local Control Accountability Plan Draft in preparation for the public hearing on May 12, 2015 at the Regular Board of Education Meeting.
Smarter Balanced Information in the Parent Pages
The Smarter Balanced Assessment will begin right after spring break for students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information on the assessment please go to our Parent Pages.
MPCSD Water Conservation
Last week we announced Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) will be taking measures to save water per Governor Brown's directive for the first ever statewide mandatory water reductions; here is a list of the actions our district is taking:
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MPCSD has a modernized landscaping irrigation and plumbing system infrastructure that are very water efficient. The District's landscaping includes drought resistant plants and a synthetic field at Hillview Middle School.
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In order to meets the Governor's Executive Order B-29-15 to reduce water consumption, the District is implementing the following water conservation efforts:
  • Water conservation education for student and staff
    • Classroom education and school assemblies
    • Water conservation education through posters and newsletters
  • Landscape water irrigation reduction and shut off
    • Landscape areas to be limited to irrigation only twice a week
    • Irrigation to be shutdown and shutoff in certain area
    • Signs to be placed throughout the campuses informing the public of water conservation efforts
  • Inspection of all school plumbing fixtures and repairs as needed to ensure no water leakage
  • No hard-court or building wash downs
  • Reduced District vehicle and bus washing
  • Meet with local water company personal to explore further water reduction efforts
While MPCSD will do our part to save water, like so many in our State, the cut back in water usage will have an impact on not only the beauty of our landscaping, but it will have a negative financial impact until we recover from the drought.

While the cost to our landscaping depends on how long the drought lasts, we believe that it is essential to take steps to support the conservation of California's vital resource.á Please know that we will continually monitor our measures and will keep you informed.
áPTO News
Spring Cleaning! Visit the Lost and Foundááááááá á
áOur Lost and Found is in need of some MAJOR Spring cleaning. Please stop by before Thursday, April 16 to find your child's lost items. Encinal Lost-and-Found is located behind the 4th/5th grade building next to the large multi. Anything left after that will be donated to a local charity.
Note: Kinders have their own Lost-and-Found, which is in the Kinder courtyard.

Encinal 5th Grade Graduation Dance Party
Did you know that 37 Encinal Families are helping host the hottest party of the year ~ Encinal's 5th Grade Graduation Dance Party.á Get in the groove at this hip and happening Encinal Graduation Party, featuring an awesome DJ, fun games, a live entertainment show, plenty of snacks and drinks, and for kids who want to save the fun memories of their graduation day forever, a photo booth. The party will be in the evening, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the last day of school and to say goodbye to Encinal. This party will be THE place to be after the last day of school! The party is open to all Encinal fifth graders and will be on June 10, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the large multipurpose room at Encinal.

We want EVERY graduating 5th grader to attend. So, if you forgot to purchase your child a spot during the MPAEF auction, it is your lucky day. You can still buy a spot for $65. Please email Susan at smasetti@gmail.com or drop off a check in the Encinal Office made payable to MPAEF. Please reference your child's name and KD31 on the check.
Scholarships are available. Please contact Meg Morley in the Encinal Office.

After School Program YogiBirds Has Open Spots!
Grades K-2nd, Mondays
With these yoga classes your child will build focus, core strength, and balance all while engaging in a fun, afternoon exercise that is sure to help them unwind after school.á Check out www.yogibirds.com for more information and to register.
Are You In RUN for Education
On Your Marks, Get Ready - Early Registration Open!

Early online registration is now open for the Are You In RUN for Education to be held at Oak Knoll School on Sunday May 31, 2015.á Register prior to May 10, 2015 to secure the discounted entry fee of $25.00.á After May 10, the entry fee will rise to $40.00.

Choose to enter either the 2.5K (1.5 mile) family walk/ run, or the competitive, chip-timed 5K.á Both runs will start at 9:00 a.m. and the course will wind through the streets of West Menlo Park.

Consider becoming a Family Sponsor.á With a donation of $500 you will receive four race entries, your family or team's name will appear on the race t-shirt and you will be our VIP guest at an exclusive carbo-load dinner provided by our presenting sponsor, Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors.
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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 School District: Encinal, Hillview, Laurel and Oak Knoll schools.á Funds raised will support our children's education. To register and learn more about the RUN, visit our event website, areyouin.mpcsd.org.
Spirit Wear End of Season Sale
On Sale for $19
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Our newly released neon green zip sweatshirt originally priced at $39 is on sale for $19!!á Take advantage of this special price by visiting the spirit wear webstore.
All proceeds benefit the Encinal PTO.

Social Emotional Learning Update
PERSEVERANCE: Working hard toward a goal, even if it is difficult or you think you might fail.
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It's normal to feel sad, angry and frustrated when we try something new. We don't let that stop us. We keep at it, work hard and accomplish the task. There is nothing like authentic pride to keep us motivated to learn and grow.
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Class lessons this month are focused on "I can do it" and positive self talk. We all named times that we thought we couldn't do something and when we kept practicing, being persistent and persevering -á we succeeded. Tying our shoes, making our bed, riding a bike, writing our name, reading a chapter book, going across the monkey bars were among the many examples.
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It's important to remember the times we try and fail or makes mistakes. It's from these lessons that we learn personal strength and resilience. Letting your kids fail is critical for their journey. We want them to be disappointed sometimes and struggle to overcome these difficult emotions.
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Ask your child about a time they persevered and share your own stories. Students will read in class a book to reinforce the lesson of perseverance. K-1st will read I Can Do It! by Pat Thomas and 2nd-5th will read Wilma Unlimited.
Sidewalks on Encinal Avenue
Wouldn't it be nice if there were sidewalks on Encinal Ave. so our kids could have a safe and clear path to school? A group of parents are planning to ask the Atherton and Menlo Park city councils to make this a priority. Let's not wait for some dire incident to address this critical safety issue for our school!

Our message will be louder if you give us your input. So please take a moment and fill out this 5-question survey by April 15. And if you are an Atherton resident, let the City Council know that this is a priority for you.
If you have any questions or are interested in going to a council meeting, please contact Lydia Lee.
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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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Thank You for Being IN for Over 30 Years á
You did it! You made a big success of "A Night in Old Hollywood," the online auction, the raffle and Fund-A-Need for Music and Performing Arts! Thank you for donating amazing parties, events, items, and experiences to the auction. Thank you for being out there in front of the schools selling and buying raffle tickets. Thank you for participating in the online auction. Thank you for celebrating over 30 years of MPAEF with us atá "A Night in Old Hollywood." Thank you for donating so generously to the Fund-a-Need program for music and performing arts. Thank you to everyone in the community who volunteered time, resources and energy to make "A Night in Old Hollywood" a night to remember Thank you for being part of the MPAEF spirit and for supporting our schools. Thank you for being IN!

For over 30 years, MPAEF has provided the Menlo Park City School District with an annual grant, which becomes part of the district operating budget. For over 30 years, the foundation has relied on community volunteers to achieve the financial goals for this grant. Thank you for 31 years and counting of commitment and dedication from families like you!
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