Huff n Stuff, April 22, 2020

Quote of the week

“There is no place like home”

L. Frank Baum


Principal’s Message: 

Hello families,


As we continue on this unprecedented journey, we appreciate the outpouring of positivity from our community. Thank you for your continued support as we work to provide the best educational opportunities to our students during this difficult time. Please enjoy our we miss you video.


Agenda Cover Contest theme: Hawks at Home (Homebound Hawks) DUE May 1st

Draw your best hawk at home in a location staying safe in a letter size paper. 

Include the year 2020-2021 in your design.
Please use colors, crayons or markers.

Send final drawing to Mrs. Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org 

 

This month's Project cornerstone book is "Rene has two last names" by René Colato Laínez. 


The focus of this book is to help students learn to respect different cultural customs and traditions, understand the importance of maintaining customs, and have an inclusive mindset. Culture is a shared system of meanings, beliefs, values, and behaviors through which we interpret our experiences. It is learned, collective, and changes over time. Each of us has a cultural identity. This makes us unique and contributes to diversity in our communities.


For the month's discussion:


1.Talk about your family history.

2. Call a grandparent or great grandparent or other relatives and ask about something from their life.

3. Tell your child the story about how you decided what their name would be.

4. Ask if your child would like to change their name. What would it be? Why?

5. How does it make you feel when someone knows your name? How does it make you feel when someone doesn't know your name?


This is the English version to the book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP0qjzj6oEE


This is the Spanish version of the book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsBUi4kYmFE

 

Gift Card Donation

I hope you and your families are staying healthy during this unprecedented time    As you may know, there are several families in our district that need help to meet some basic needs.  The district is providing 2 meals a day M-F.  With kids being home from school, some families need more support for providing dinner and weekend meals.    There is a critical need for gift cards for these families to use for food.  If you are able, please consider donating a gift card to families in our own district.  Thanks so much for your help!  Let’s show these families some Huff Love!  

Things to remember:

 Gift cards should only be for Safeway and should be electronic.   (https://www.giftcardmall.com/e-gift-cards/safeway-egift-card

Electronic gift cards should be sent to our principal, Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org and she will send them on to the district office for distribution.  

Families are welcome to donate more than 1 gift card.  Each individual gift card should be no more than $20 to make it easier to split them up among many families.   

If you have any questions, please contact Aishwarya Rengan at arengan@yahoo.com.

PTA News:

 

IMPORTANT: Receiving your 2019-2020 Huff Yearbook

If you ordered a yearbook early, prior to March 29th, Treering will ship the yearbook free-of-charge to your home! To have your yearbook shipped directly to your home, you will need to log into Treering, go to My Orders, select your order, and edit your mailing address.

 

Note: If you do not change your mailing address, your child's yearbook will be mailed directly to Huff and will not be available for pick up until the start of the next school year.

 

Keep in mind, yearbooks this year were not included with your PTA membership and donation. However, it's not too late to order a yearbook! All yearbook orders from March 29th and later will be mailed directly to your home with a reduced shipping fee of $2.99. Take advantage of the lower shipping costs now!

 

Need Photos for “Shelter in Place” Coronavirus Page

We’re adding a page to this year’s yearbook called “Shelter in Place.” The most memorable event of your child’s year will be this time at home staying safe from the Coronavirus. Are your kids learning new skills online? Having Zoom calls with their friends or their class? Cooking, playing outside, or going on hikes? Whatever they’re doing, we would love to have your photos. Please upload them here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1PKO1mVINmYOuZK6cPQPb_WKDtvHKd6iZ

 

If you don’t want your child to appear in the yearbook, or if you have any other questions please email Dorothy and Kathleen at yearbook@huffpta.org  

District News:

Free, low cost internet for students

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.

 

Parking lot wifi

While using parking lot wifi, you must remain in your car in order to practice social distancing. Students must have an adult accompanying them.

 

Incoming middle school parents:  Prepare to select electives for 2020-21 

Use your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to select Electives for 2020-21


Beginning April 29, 2020, incoming middle school parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2020-21. You will receive an email when the course catalogs are posted on April 24.

 

Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/.  You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.

 

If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.

 

2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians!

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.

 

Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years.

 

Attachments:

 

Free Internet Flyer-English


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