10/7/20 Huff n Stuff

Quote of the week:

Explaining is much harder than learning.

 - Zoey S., Room 8, Grade 2 

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Huff families,

 

This week we congratulate the following students for reaching the status of English proficient. We are very proud of their hard work and for them having met this new milestone.  


Fall Reclassification 

Himani             Timur

Nhi Gautham

Aleksandr Elizabeth

Eden Sofia

David Mya

Keethana My 

Farheen

 

Gentle Reminders

-Please read the classroom teacher's weekly newsletter and/or watch the videos either through their email or the classroom site (teachers spend a lot of time and effort putting these together

-Gather the materials needed for the following week per teacher's list/video/picture sent 

-Check the week's schedule to know which small group their child belongs to, which Zoom link they need to join, and the time they need to log on

-Proper/appropriate use of educational platforms: chat, Zoom names should be their first and last names (without Emojis and other icons)

-Remind the students to completely shut down their Chrombooks each day (not just close it) so software is updated accordingly

-If there are any technical difficulties with their Zoom, GC, etc., to please contact our Tech Department so instructional time is not being compromised

 

Upcoming events

Huff and Bubb Community Meeting on Fences

Thursday, Oct 8, 3:30-4:30

Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/v7rUl

 

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events


October

-8: Huff and Bubb Community Meeting on Fences 3:30-4:30pm 

Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/v7rUl

-12: Recess Day - No School

-14: School Site Council (SSC)  3:30pm * new date

-28: School Site Council (SSC)  3pm

-28: ELAC 5:30pm

November

-6: End of 1st Trimester - Minimum Day-

-6: Principal’s (Virtual) Coffee 5pm

-11: Veterans Day -No School

-17: ELAC 5:30 -6:30 pm

-18: SSC 3pm

-18: PTA General Association Mtg (virtual) 7PM

-25 - 27: Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the attendance line at (650)526-3490 ext 3080.

Reminder: Please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!


District News:

How you can protect yourself from COVID: Hand washing

handwashing video thumbnail Washing your hands is the single most effective way you can protect yourself from germs, like the COVID-19 virus. Our MVWSD school nurse Jennifer gives important tips in this video: https://vimeo.com/464378808.  Please review and practice with your family.


Parent University: Raising Digitally Resilient Children and Teens during Quarantine

Kids are online more than ever in this post-COVID world, with increased use of digital technology for academics, entertainment, and social connection.


Join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative webinar at the MVWSD Parent University event on Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Hear how young people are affected by the latest news, trends, and data from the world of technology. Get tips and strategies for how to teach responsibility and balanced and healthy use of the internet and social media.


NEW ZOOM LINK (no registration required)

 

Recommended for all adults who support youth and want to learn thoughtful and supportive ways to navigate media with children. For more information about My Digital TAT2 and their mission, please visit: www.mydigitaltat2.org


“Enriching the Learning Experience” Symposium

The Santa Clara County Office of Education Parent Engagement team is pleased to announce our FREE virtual event "Enriching the Learning Experience: Vision for 2020 and Beyond" which will be held from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday, Oct 17 and 24, 2020. Together with 6th District PTA, we are putting together a Parent Engagement symposium for parents, students, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and liaisons to focus on student success. We have lined up a number of dynamic speakers and 10 workshops each day of the symposium. Here's a sneak peak of our workshops: 

  

Dr. Joyce Epstein, professor of education and director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University. She has over one hundred fifty publications, including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, 4th edition (2019). Her Keynote will address school administrators in the area of parent engagement and her Workshop will address teachers and how they can involve parents in homework. 

  

Ruby Ibarra, local bay area COVID-19 researcher and hip-hop recording artist. Her Keynote will address parents and share her inspiring story of how to channel obstacles into opportunities. She will present a Spoken Word Writing Workshop for students! 

  

Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist of American Born Chinese, Secret Coders, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Superman. In 2016, he was the Library of Congress's 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; he was also the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in that same year. His workshop for teachers will address adopting a rich, diverse reading curriculum for the classroom. 

 

A Financial Literacy Workshop series “Understanding Debt and How to Improve Your Credit Score,” “Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis,” and “Learning the Value of a Dollar” by Excite Credit Union will give good money management tips for students and adults alike.  

 

Registration is open! Visit “Enriching the Learning Experience” event Website to see all 10 workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and registration form. 


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Together We Are a Better MVWSD: National Coming Out Day

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is October's topic:


Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or an ally, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ+ equality this Coming Out Day! Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality. Inspired by National Coming Out Day on October 11th, this month’s calendar provides resources for the MVWSD community around the topic of LGBTQ+ and gender identities. Developmentally appropriate lesson plans have been provided for teachers, while articles and parenting guides appear this month in the parent section of the calendar. Check out the literature section at the bottom of the calendar for age-appropriate literature to support your discussions in school and at-home.


For a look at this month's graphic, please see attached flyers or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD


Free Student Meals:  *New* Pick up meals for multiple days

Free meals are again available to all children in the Mountain View Whisman School District age 18 and younger. No IDs required. 

Daily breakfast and lunch at all schools, except Stevenson (pickup for Stevenson is at Theuerkauf). Times: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the elementary schools. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the middle schools. 

Come to Graham Middle School between 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to pick up meals for multiple days. Food items will be different from what is served during daily pickups. On Monday: Pick up for four days. On Friday: Pick up for three days.

Walk, drive or roll up to grab a free meal and go! For menus and information, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition.

MVEF news: Did you know that your donations to MVEF support CSMA art and music for your student?

Fifth grade art and music started on 9/23! TK-4 art and music started the week before! All TK-4th students will have virtual art and music classes led by a teacher from CSMA. This year 5th grade students chose instrumental music or art with CSMA.  We thank the CSMA teachers for sharing their engaging and FUN talents as well as filling a need for creativity and active learning on Zoom.

MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding.  Please see the website at https://www.mvef.org/ for more information and to donate online. Please consider joining our team of volunteers or emailing us with any questions at contact@mvef.org. Thank you for your support!

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Wednesday, October 14th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

Please note: Our programs are currently remote and will remain so until students are back in school and the school district permits volunteers in the classroom

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:             Wednesday, October 14th
Time:           10:00 - 11:00 am
Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)
Register:   REGISTER ONLINE:
Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org
Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org

October CAC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

 

October 7, 7 - 9 PM - College with Mental Health, Learning or Developmental Challenges with Dr. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer. Dr. Leventhal-Belfer, PhD is the author of, “College on the Autism Spectrum“. Contact selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for Zoom link.

 

October 13, 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.

 

October 14, 7 pm - Evening Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting.

 

October 19, 7:30 pm - Decoding Dyslexia meeting on Zoom. Melissa Baten Caswell, PAUSD board trustee and parent of dyslexic child. Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-iprDgiGtNHAaoHhQzOLq_q8qMjndCW

 

October 24 10am - 12 pm - IEP Goals & Progress Monitoring Webinar Presented by Disability Rights California and organized by Palo Alto CAC. Topics: – IEP Process -Your Rights at an IEP Meeting -Goals & Objectives – FAPE and LRE -Related Services -Assistive Technology -Transition Services/Vocational Services  Zoom link at cacpaloalto.org

 

PTA News:

ONLINE BOOK FAIR COMING - NEW DATES! Our online Scholastic Book Fair begins TODAY WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, running until Oct. 20. Support your students’ love for reading AND earn rewards for our school and library in the virtual book fair. You’ll have access to thousands of best-selling books, collections, educational toys, games and more, shipped directly to your home. 

Sales are now active from our bookfair webpage. See the attached 4-page Book Fair catalog with featured titles for you and your students to browse.

 

HUFF PTA Volunteer Hours Log

Hi Huff Parents!

We appreciate all the support you are providing our school!  Please use the link below to log any time (class help etc, not just PTA-related activities) you have volunteered starting July 1, 2020 . Our total hours as a school are submitted to the State PTA at the end of the school year in order to maintain our federal tax exempt status as well as raises awareness to our legislatures.   Thanks for all the Huff Love!  :)

 

HUFF PTA Volunteer Hours Log

 

Huff PTA Membership Contest

.........And the winning classroom is...(drumroll)...Ms Schaefer, Room 16!

 

Congratulations! 

 

Huff PTA will liaise with your teacher to arrange your winning magician party.

Thank you to everyone who signed up and supported Huff PTA for this contest.

 

Your membership team

Ann Walsh and Katie Swirsding

www.huffpta.org/join (still gladly accepting memberships! :-)

 

Attachments:

  Multi Meals Flyer            

 LCC: Sensory Handout          

Online Book Fair         

 Scholastic Book Fair flyer                

College with Challenges        

 October Equity Calendar 2020_finalENG.

CHAC_FRCs_Distribution_flyer_English

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