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Upcoming Events
Repeating Event - Minimum Day
8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
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, to be held with Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, Board President Joan Lambert and Board Vice President Maria Hilton:

Parent/Community Informational Meetings:

  • For Encinal and Laurel communities: Wednesday, October 1 at 8:45 a.m. at Laurel Elementary School, 95 Edge Road, Atherton

  • For Oak Knoll and Hillview communities: Thursday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Oak Knoll Elementary School, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane, Menlo Park

You do not need to attend the meeting at your child's school. Please attend the meeting that best fits your schedule.

In addition, open School Board meetings will be held at the District Office-TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton:

  • Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Study Session on Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Final Decision on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.
A presentation on Charter School fundamentals was presented to the board on September 3, and is accessible, click here.
School Announcements

Coming up at Encinal...

Tues, Sept 30: Speech & Debate Parent Info
7:00 - 8:00pm, Large Multi
Thurs, Oct 2: PTO General Mtg.
8:45 - 9:45am, Small Multi
Thurs, Oct 2: My Digital Tat2 Parent Night
6:30 - 8:00pm, Large Multi
Fri, Oct 3: 4th/5th Harvest Festival
Mon, Oct 6: NO SCHOOL! Staff Dev. Day
Oct 6: No School
Next Week
: Parent Conferences/11:20 dismissal
Next Week: Book Fair
Oct 8: International Walk To School Day
Oct 9: Magic School Bus Movie Night



3rd Grade
Speech & Debate Parent Info Night
Tuesday, September 30, 7-8 pm, Large Multi

Come and meet Coach Brier, learn more about our program, and get information on the upcoming Student Debate Tournament, which will be held at Encinal in Winter, 2015.
Coach Brier Buchalter runs our weekly speech and debate classes in collaboration with our classroom teachers. Students have the opportunity to take part in regular debates designed to give them essential lifetime tools to leverage future success. Teachers have the benefit of elbow-to-elbow professional development to deepen their understanding of instructional strategies for argumentative writing, listening, and speaking.
PTO General Meeting
Thursday, October 2, 8:45-9:45 am, Small Multi

Please come to the Encinal PTO's General Meeting this Thursday! We will be voting on the budget, as well as getting updates from Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, MPCSD School Board Representative Terry Thygesen, Principal Sharon Burns, and our own fifth grade teacher, Janet Meister. Coffee will be served!
Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival: Volunteers NEEDED!
Friday, October 3
Harvest Festival is an annual tradition at Encinal for 4th and 5th graders. This year, the Encinal Garden will be turned into Thomas Jefferson's Colonial Garden for a day. Students get to learn more about the "three sister" crops, sample food the Colonials ate, play games and make crafts from that period, and even make their own food.

We need many parent volunteers to make this fun day possible for all 4th and 5th graders! Click here to volunteer on the day of the event (Fri, Oct 3rd)

Click here to donate needed items or prepare food such as Johnny Cakes with Apple Butter, Corn & Bean Succotash, and Hob Nob Cookies.

If you have any questions, please email Emily Robinson at harvestfestival@encinalschool.com.
Minimum Days
On October 7-10 (Parent-Teacher Conferences) and December 19, all Encinal students will be dismissed at 11:20 am.
The SamTrans buses and Menlo Park Assist Shuttle will not run in the afternoon on these days. If your child(ren) ride these buses, plan for other transportation arrangements.
All other bus services (District and Sequoia Tinsley) will run the usual routes, beginning at 11:20 am. See the school website for modified early dismissal day routes.
Book Fair
BOOK FAIR: Coming Soon & Volunteer Request!
Oct 7th - Oct 10th in Small Multi
Did you know that 20 minutes of reading every day is linked to improved academic performance and social-emotional learning? Stock up on the latest books that will hook your young reader at the Encinal Book Fair. We will be open during conference week (don't forget minimum days!) Stop in before or after your student's conference.
      Book Fair Hours
Tues 10/7 - 8:15am - 5pm
Wed 10/8 - 8:15am - 5pm
Thurs 10/9 - 8:15am - 5pm, 5:30 - 8pm (open during Magic School Bus Movie Night!)
Fri 10/10 - 8:15am - 3:30pm
Book Fair proceeds will benefit the Encinal PTO.
A Few More Volunteers Needed
Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to help. We are looking to fill a few more slots when the Fair is open and to help with breaking down the fair on Friday 10/10 from 3:30-5pm. Book Fair duties include helping students/families find books, run the register, and keep things organized & tidy.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.  
Questions? Contact bookfair@encinalschool.com
Family Movie Night
Meet Ms. Frizzle and see the Magic School Bus!
Thurs, Oct 9th - 5:30-8pm, Large Multi
Join us for a fun family event at Encinal on Thurs Oct 9th from 5:30-8pm. Visit Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus, watch episodes of this family favorite show in the Large Multi, and enjoy popcorn with friends. Board games will be available for older kids to play, too.
Parents can shop at the Book Fair in the Small Multi while students are watching the movie and playing games.
Kids Art
Kids' Art is back again this year! Just like last year, the PTO has chosen not to make this a fundraiser; instead, it's a pass-through program which allows us to keep the prices low for the benefit our Encinal families. This program is a wonderful way for parents to preserve their child's art work and share it with their friends and family.

On Monday, a packet will be coming home in your child's green folder. The packet will include an order form, a price list, and a product brochure, as well as your child's art work. To participate, you need only to complete the entire order form, and send it back to school along with your child's artwork and a cash or check payment. All checks need to be made to the Encinal PTO, and all orders must be turned in by the October 13 deadline.

To see what kinds of products are available, click here. For more information, email your class HRP.
Box Tops

Please cut out and save the box tops located on many of your food and household products. Our PTO receives 10 cents for each label and last year we raised over $800! The collection box is located in the main office window labeled "Box Tops." Our collection deadline is the end of October, so please bring in those box tops and we'll count them!
MPCSD Parent Ed
MPCSD ParentEd Conference:
"What Parents Need to Know About the Common Core and More"
Sunday, October 12, 1:30-5 pm
Hillview Middle School
This conference will give you an insider's view on important developments relating to your children's education. This year, we'll be covering the sweeping changes to the math curriculum lead by the Common Core, as well as new student assessments and report cards. There will also be workshops, taught by district teachers and staff, that will give you first-hand knowledge about what happens in the classroom, as well as tips and tricks for helping your student succeed in school. Free childcare will be available for children ages 2.5 through Middle School (special program for Middle School students to earn Block H points) to allow as many parents as possible to attend, but advance registration is required in order to take advantage of this option.
  • Register early to get your first choice of workshops and to reserve a childcare spot.
  • Conference Details are on the MPCSD ParentEd Page
  • Online Registration for Parents & Childcare - register by Monday, October 6.

Parent Education
Parent Ed Night @ Encinal:  My Digital TAT2
Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8 pm, Multi

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!
Bullying Prevention
4 Rules To Use To Avoid Being A Target for Bullying!
Friday, October 3, 4-8:30 pm, Arrillaga Recreation Center
This free event (for kids and their parents) will be held in the Sequoia Room; pizza and water will be provided for dinner. Sponsored by Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park Martial Arts and Character Development Academy. Register here.
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