Curtesy of our very own Hawk families!!!
Mon, Feb 19 - Fri, Mar 1

Update #7: is also filled with donated experiences from our beloved Haceinda community members!!! The items below all came from current or alumni Hawks! 

*MANY NEW ITEMS WERE ALSO ADDED TODAY! The mailbox was full of treasures upon returning from break! 

{1} DJ Puzzle Lesly and Randy Ta provide professional DJ services for company parties, weddings, and personal events. This service includes equipment rental and various music genres to get guests in the party mood! MSRP $900

{2} Join Quinn, Monte & Ellenie at their community pool to celebrate the end of the school year! The pool offers a swimming pool, playground, and a large grassy area. The hosts will be providing a BBQ lunch for all attendees. The party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, from 12 PM to 3 PM. This is NOT a drop-off event! The buy-in is per family, but at least one adult must accompany the child.

{3} Luke Combs is a popular country music singer and songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina. He is on his “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old” tour, scheduled to perform at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on May 17 and 18, 2024. The concert on May 18, 2024, will start at 5:45 PM and will feature Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker, and Colby Acuff as opening acts. The auction winner will receive (2) tickets to the Luke Combs concert on Saturday, May 18 at 5:45 PM. *Seat location: Sec C239, Row 5, Seat 19-20 MSRP $390, Donated by the Kapper Family 

{4} Walt's Cycle is a family-owned and run bike shop and bicycle dealer serving Sunnyvale, California, and the South San Francisco Bay Area since 1953 with bicycle sales, quality service, and a wide range of cycling accessories. Walt's offers in-store sales for cycling equipment and a large selection of bikes. The auction winner will receive a bicycle tune-up and a gift basket with various cycling items totaling $311.91.

{5}  The auction winner will receive a (1) hour backyard batting cage session with access to Hittrax and Hack Attack Jr for up to (6) kids. You can even schedule hitting under the lights when the weather warms up! HitTrax is so much more than just a training aid. From home run derbies to full 9-inning games, HitTrax unlocks a new level of competition in a batting cage. The Junior Hack Attack Baseball Pitching Machine by Sports Attack is designed to develop serious young players using an exclusive three-wheel vision that allows the hitter to see the ball clearly all the way through the feeding motion, just like with a live pitcher.

{6} Genealogy and Research Services: This certificate includes a one-hour genealogy research consultation (location to be mutually determined) and three hours of independent family history research.  All work will be conducted on via my paid worldwide membership (MSRP $409 annually)  *THE WINNER MUST HAVE A TEST ALREADY CONDUCTED ON ANCESTRY.COM IF DNA MATCHING IS REQUESTED.

{7} Mr Weber's parking spot!!! Raining? No problem! Garbage day? No worries! Why??? Because you have the BEST spot on campus for drop off, pick up, graduation, open house, or any other time of day. Enjoy this spot in March, April & May to make life easier in so many ways.

{8} The auction winner will receive six weeks of scholastic chess instruction taught by US Chess Federation coaches after school at Hacienda in Room #31 from 3-4 PM, valued at $204. Classes will be held on Fridays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 & 4/19.

 {9} Friends of Levitt San Jose has one mission: Build community through accessible, all-ages, high-quality live music shows and performances in historic St. James Park. The Levitt Pavilion San Jose will join the community of permanent Levitt venues across the country, where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to create connections and moments of joy through the power of free, live music. The winner will be able to reserve a private VIP area for (15) of their closest friends, family, co-workers, etc., at a Levitt San Jose Sunday afternoon concert taking place on a day of their choice (including a fenced, 20’x10 shaded area with seating) and food truck and beverage tickets for up to 15 guests, during either a Spring concert or a Fall concert. Concert dates TBD but will be Sunday afternoons in May/June/September/October 2024 Last year's lineup can be found at MSRP $600 donated by Messenger Events, the small female-owned event business of Annie Hermes.  


Update #6: Summer is coming, and that means camp! has MANY camp opportunities your child is sure to love.

{1} Athena Camps is designed for all girls regardless of athletic abilities or experiences. Coaches teach to all levels in their groups. Athena Camp's sports philosophy is to build confidence through successful experiences in sports through non-competitive skill building and games. Many campers walk out of Athena Camps with a love for a new sport and go on to join a team or take further lessons. Discover a camp where creativity thrives, where girls are encouraged to color outside the lines, where they cooperate rather than compete, and where they lift each other up. The auction winner will receive (1) week of camp for the week of your choice AND a light blue youth L hoodie. $580

{2} Destination Science is a science and technology camp program for children aged 5 to 11. The program aims to make science exciting and engaging for kids through hands-on experiments, activities, and projects. Participants can explore various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts in a fun and interactive way. The auction winner will receive a (1) Week of Summer Science Day Camp valued at $400. Camps are M-F from 9 AM-3 PM. Northern California Locations: San Mateo, Foster City, Los Altos, Saratoga, Campbell, CSU Sacramento THREE GREAT CAMPS TO CHOOSE FROM: Superhero Physics Fun Camp – Build a souped-up superhero car and dive into the superpower of science, DinoBot Builders & CrazyChem Camp– Create a dino-robot and conduct fun chemistry experiments, Space Base Astronaut Camp – Explore Mars while building your base colony and a solar-motorized Mars Rover.

{3} Legends is a nationally recognized premier baseball and softball program in California for FUN! Their mission is to inspire children to strive to be the best people and players through fun, memorable, and meaningful baseball and softball experiences. The auction winner will receive a (1) week of baseball or softball camp this summer of 2024. South Bay camps are available in either Cupertino or Willow Glen MSRP $600!!

{4} Steve & Kate Camp: Here, we put kids in charge. Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha. When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 43 years, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. They try, fail, and learn on their own. They learn to trust their own judgment and tackle the challenges of an ever-changing world with creativity and confidence. Campers choose minute-to-minute from various activities, including sewing, stop-motion animation, music, sports & recreation, makers crafts, bread making, and more. They’ll decide what they want to do and for how long. The auction winner will receive a Guest Pass for (3) Days, including lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours 8 AM–6 PM, valued at $360.

{5} At Avid4 Adventure, campers experience the transformative power of outdoor adventure, igniting a lifelong passion for being active outdoors. They empower kids to take positive risks and boost their confidence through sports like rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and hiking at local recreation areas through their Day and Overnight camp programs. Their summer Day Camps are in the Northern California Bay Area, the Colorado Front Range, and the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Bend in Oregon and Seattle-Bellevue in Washington. They also run Day Camps in Edina, Minnesota, and Falmouth, Maine. They run Overnight Camp programs in Colorado and Expedition Camp programs in California, Colorado, and Wyoming. The auction winner will receive a $100 summer camp gift certificate.

{6} Camp is in with Los Gatos Elite when school is out. Kids will enjoy learning gymnastics, playing games, and participating in team-building. The auction winner will receive (1) week of 1/2 day summer camp valued at $233.


Update #5: All the world's a stage! has MANY live performances that will give you the perfect date night, family night, or ladies' night out on the town! So many great shows are coming to our area; don't miss your chance to see the performances at a stellar price! 


{1} VIP seating for four and a round of drinks for a show of your choice at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall in Berkeley!!$450 MSRP 

{2} The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is a renowned nonprofit theater company and acting conservatory based in San Francisco, California. (2) tickets to any A.C.T. preview performance at the Toni Rembe Theater (formerly the Geary Theater), The Strand, or The Rueff (subject to availability), valued at $160.
{ 3} Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a vibrant and dynamic cultural institution that plays a vital role in the Bay Area's arts community. With its commitment to artistic excellence, innovation, and community engagement, Berkeley Rep is a leader in American theater, producing groundbreaking and memorable productions that resonate with audiences near and far. The winner of this auction will receive a voucher good for (2) tickets 

{4} City Lights Theater Company is a professional theater company based in San Jose, California, focusing on producing contemporary and classic plays and musicals. It is a vibrant and dynamic cultural institution dedicated to producing innovative and socially relevant theater that challenges, inspires, and entertains audiences while fostering artistic excellence and community engagement.

{5} Luna Mexicana is one of the Bay Area’s most elaborate and inclusive Dia de los Muertos events. Like the celebration that inspires it, Luna Mexicana is a beautiful blend of exuberant dance, joyful music, colorful costumes, flowers, candles, food, and – most of all – the celebration of family. Ideal for ages 7 and up! The auction winner will receive (2) tickets to the 2024 performance of Luna Mexicana, valued at $110.

{6} Shotgun Players is a company of artists determined to create bold, relevant, affordable theatre that inspires and challenges audiences and artists alike to re-examine our lives, our community, and the ever-changing world around us. The auction winner will receive a certificate that entitles them to (2) tickets to a Shotgun Players performance (live or digital) in their 2024 season, good for any performance through December 30, 2024.

{7} As one of the nation's leading professional theatre companies and the 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's productions include bold re-imaginings of the classics and regional and West Coat debuts of recent Broadway hits. The auction winner will receive (2) guest passes to any Season #53 live performance or streamed mainstage production, valued at $170.



Update #4: SWING batter batter! has loads of baseball items for all the sports aficionados! 

{1}  The auction winner will receive a (1) hour backyard batting cage session with access to Hittrax and Hack Attack Jr for up to (6) kids. You can even schedule hitting under the lights when the weather warms up! HitTrax is so much more than just a training aid. From home run derbies to full 9-inning games, HitTrax unlocks a new level of competition in a batting cage.

{2} Legends is a nationally recognized premier baseball and softball program in California for FUN! Their mission is to inspire children to strive to be the best people and players through fun, memorable, and meaningful baseball and softball experiences. The auction winner will receive a (1) week of baseball or softball camp this summer of 2024. South Bay camps are available in either Cupertino or Willow Glen MSRP $600!!

{3} Enjoy watching the Oakland A's with (4) field level vouchers for select A's 2024 regular season home games MSRP $300

{4}  Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to spend spring/summer evenings? Look no further than the San Jose Giants! The 8-Ticket Flex Plan allows you to exchange tickets into Bowl Reserved, Box, Upper Luxury Box, or Luxury Box seating. 


Update #3:

Has being home for a week reminded you of all the spaces you need to organize and regain control of? Has tax season helped you realize your filing system is not, actually, a system? Have no fear- several organization experts on the auction want to help you! 

{1} The Time Butler, is a board-certified professional organizer with over 15,000 hours of experience helping clients achieve their goals for their space, time, and lives. Valued at $350, Lisa & her team specialize in:

Office Organizing
Large Spaces: Garages, Storage Units, Attics, Sheds & Basements
Time Management & Productivity
Move Management, including organized packing & unpacking
Working with Medically Fragile Clients

{2} Marisa Smart, owner of Smart Shopping and Organizing, will motivate you to get organized and feel good about yourself and your home. Marisa started her organizing business over ten years ago but has been organized all her life. She earned her Marriage and Family Sociology degree at San Jose State University. Marisa works with men and women in various stages of their lives and those who have ADD/ADHD to organize, de-clutter, and sell their no longer wanted items. The auction winner will receive two (2) hours of organizing, downsizing, or unpacking a moving service valued at $80.



Update #2: 

Does the rainy weather have you making future plans to dive into clear blue water with the sun warming your skin? If so, bid on one of these excellent summer oasis getaways!

{1} Chaminade Resort & Spa is a luxury resort known for its picturesque setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, offering stunning views of the Monterey Bay. The resort is situated on 300 acres of woodlands, providing a peaceful and secluded atmosphere while still being close to downtown Santa Cruz and the beach. The winner of this auction will receive a (1) night stay with breakfast for 2 valued at around $700!!!

{2} Santa Barbara package of three activities, including kayaking

{3} AVAC has been a favorite destination for families looking to lead an active & social life. Membership includes full access to Swimming, fitness classes, tennis, pickleball & more. 

{4} The Ravine Waterpark Two (2) 1-Day Admission Tickets

{5}  Waterworks Aquatics Four (4) Semi-Private Swim Lessons

{6} Blue Waters Kayaking Four (4) Hour “Takeaway” Rental of a Two-person Kayak

{7}  A Rafting Trip with All-Outdoors on South Fork American 




Update #1: Due to a snowy mid-winter break, we are opening the auction EARLY!

Starting with some of our ADVENTURE items, you will find martial arts, skiing & snowboarding, paddling, and so many more adventure-themed items at Check it out today! *Items will continue to be added up until the end of the auction, and its never too late to donate a parent experience!

{1} White water rafting

{2} Two ski vouchers for the 2024/2025 season at Tahoe/Donner, valued up to $180

{3} BUY IT NOW AND USE IT THIS WEEK!!! Boreal Woodward (4) lift tickets valued at $396. *Expires on 4/21/2024

'24 - Boreal Woodward

{4} Martial arts lesson

{5} Multiple train riding tickets

{6} Santa Barbara Weekend of discovery and adventure!  


It's back- HIPS 3rd annual auction will be here the last week of February with an impressive selection of silent auction items. Test your bidding skills on summer camps, family travel packages, services, date nights, and desirable merchandise. The silent auction will be housed online only- details coming soon! Before we can have an auction, we need to collect some awesome items, and that's where YOU come in! We are looking for donations of time, talent, and treasure!!! Your Auction Chair has already solicited hundreds of businesses. Still, there are 3 ways we would love our Hacienda family to pitch in, if possible, to be the best representation of our diverse and creative school community:

1) HOST a "Parent/Family Experiences": Ideas include Champagne Brunch, murder mystery, coaching clinics, poker nights, paint nights, movie nights, cupcake or jewelry making, progressive neighborhood dinners, spring pool parties, grad parties, bingo nights, and so much more. Guest attendance generally starts at 10 but can go up to 20, 30, or more based on your ideas and space to host!
2) If you own your own business or have a refined personal hobby, please consider donating a business item/service. Ideas include your own photography business, tax preparations, hair salon, Stella and Dot, LuLaRoe, Arbonne, face painting skills, music lessons, holiday gift wrapping, art lessons, pet sitting or walking, Mary Kay, flooring contractor, fly fishing, RV loan, baking cupcakes or a cake for a kids party, offering your garage band to perform at a private event, food truck or restaurant, a jumper/table rental business, babysitting, private swim lessons, yoga or personal training sessions! (HIPS can help create a certificate for you if gift certificates are not something you typically offer.) If you are in public service (fire, sheriff, police, ambulance....), what about offering a ride to school in a special vehicle for one lucky student? Are you in the medical field? Ideas include a free eye exam, teeth whitening, or a discount on braces.
3) You can also donate a physical item. Received something NWT for the holidays that just isn't you, but someone else might love? Based on past sales, items worth more than $30 in value, or gift cards for $20 or more, are ideal donations. This includes any timeshares, vacation properties, hotel points, air miles, etc. you might own! If you have an item to drop off, you can leave it in the front office marked HIPS Auction.


Special thanks to the Ta, Kapper, Dupee, Hermes-Bennardo, Lam, and Berg Families, and campus donors HiFive, YMCA, and Mr. Weber, as well as HIPS members who procured items through their connections, including the Banares Family for participating in these types of donations last year (and anyone who was accidentally let off this list, please let me know)!!!

Hacienda Involved Parents & Staff (HIPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving every child's educational experience at Hacienda Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School. Every parent/guardian is welcome and strongly encouraged to participate in HIPS!! Organization Tax ID: 77-0142543  Donation receipts can be provided upon request.

It also takes a TEAM to put on something so big! So please sign up to join the crew, with jobs that can be done almost exclusively from home.