Huff n Stuff, October 9, 2019

Principal’s Message:

October is safety month in our district. During this month, our schools will practice safety drills that are crucial for preparing us for potential crisis events. This month is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. 

We know some of these drills may be unsettling for parents and students. Please know that we approach our practices with sensitivity and age-appropriate activities. In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our students and staff members know what to do to keep themselves and others safe. 

During this month, practices to be held:

  • Fire drill: Monthly. 

We practice how a building would be evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergencies, and how students are accounted for.

  • Earthquake drill: Annual. To be held the week of October 14.

Students and staff members practice strategies for evacuation, accounting for students, parent-student reunification, search and rescue techniques, first aid, and school operations without power, food or water.

  • Active shooter/dangerous intruder practice: Annual in October.

We practice what to do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus. 

    • For elementary schools, a video will be shown sometime during the week of October 21.  Classes will view the “dangerous intruder” video that encourages children to stay calm, listen to trusted adults and stick to the plan. You may preview the video at www.mvwsd.org/safety
    • For information about how parents can talk with their children about school violence, please see these resources:

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Talking to your children about lockdown drills

While talking about and practicing for events like this is uncomfortable, we believe that if students know what to do, they will feel more confident, and ultimately be better equipped to react with safety in mind. If you have concerns or questions specific to your child, please contact your principal. 

In addition to these practices, MVWSD offers lessons and technology to help keep students safe online. MVWSD enables teachers to deliver monthly Digital Citizenship lessons with content from Common Sense Media. Some of the topics students cover are identity theft, safe searches, privacy, cyberbullying, and appropriate communication. Additionally, parents can be aware of their student’s online activities on school-provided devices through District-provided Securly (www.securly.com).  Securly allows you to see what choices your student is making online on school-issued devices so that you will be alerted to potential issues. 

Safety month is part of a much larger effort by MVWSD as it continues to work to ensure the safety of its students and staff members on its campuses. To learn more about preparation, planning and current District work on school safety, please visit www.mvwsd.org/safety.

We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Owen B - Room 1
  • Jenya S - Room 2
  • Mine S - Room 4
  • Neo G - Room 7
  • Elena S - Room 9
  • David M - Room 8
  • Sasha K - Room 25
  • Kai J - Room 12

Upcoming Events

October--Safety Month

15- ELAC in the MUR at 8 AM

15- School Site Council (SSC): 3:13 - 4:40PM 

23- Parent U: Mental Health Basics 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

31- Halloween Parade - Minimum Day

November

1- End of the 1st trimester- Minimum Day

6- Yogurtland all day dine out fundraiser

11- Veterans Day (Holiday) - NO SCHOOL

27 - 29- Thanksgiving Recess -NO SCHOOL

Traffic Guideline

  • Pedestrians may now use both sidewalks on Martens Ave between Grant and the school. When using the crosswalk in front of the school, please be safe - make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
  • Do not park in the “reserved” parking spaces
  • The side parking lot directly adjacent to the MUR is now available for visitor and staff parking.
  • Please, no drop offs or pickups there. Continue to use the driveway or park on the street to walk students to class. (Better yet, park across Grant)
  • When dropping off or picking up drive all the way down, do not leave the car unattended, and follow the instructions of the staff on yard duty. 

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!

PTA News:

Arctic Adventure Book Fair is this week!!

Regular Book Fair hours:

Wednesday and Thursday  12- 4pm 

with upcoming Special Events

Thurs. Oct. 10th 4-7pm Family Night! Bring your whole family to enjoy shopping, a food truck, and a special appearance by Dog Man. Remember to check your teacher’s wish-list bin. 

Fri. Oct. 11th 7am – 8am Dads ‘ n ‘ Donuts – and Cowgirls ‘ n ’ Coffee! Wander your way to the last day of book & gift shopping to help raise money for Huff Library and classrooms!

Ewallet- New Feature this Year!

Give students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a spending limit on their credit card.  

Huff Book Fair Library Fundraiser available ONLINE too!

Can't make it to the fair? Order Online. Book Fair proceeds benefit the Huff library and classroom libraries! Simply go to:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/huffelementaryschool

“All for Books” - Book Fair Spare Change ziplock Fundraiser

Donate spare change to this generous Scholastic fundraising program, which:

·      For every dollar collected, Scholastic matches and donates books to two great non-profit organizations that help at-risk children.

·      Allows us to purchase additional books & supplies for Huff’s Library

·      Gives your kids access to more books in Huff classrooms

Return your baggie full of spare change to the Huff Main Office by Fri., 10/11. (Include your child’s signed slip in the baggie to be displayed at the Fair.)

If you donate at the fair, we have special games, treats, and prizes when you donate at the fair.  

Get your raffle tickets- New prizes added this year! 

This year you can enter not 1, not 2, but 3 different raffles all with amazing prizes! Check out the AMAZING raffles you can enter... 

“Pick A Prize” Raffle. Autographed books by Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Chelsea Clinton, Dav Pilkey, and others amazing authors.  A box set of the new illustrated Harry Potter series, LEGOs, and other amazing items will be in our “Pick A Prize” Raffle.

Disneyland Ticket Raffle. Win FOUR One-Day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets at Disneyland and California Adventure parks. Enjoy a family day in the Magic Kingdom!

Premier Parking Raffle. Tired of having to park far away?  The lucky winner of this raffle will receive a dedicated Huff parking spot starting November 1, 2019! 

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 each or four tickets for $10, and payment can be made via cash or check (payable to Huff PTA) during Book Fair hours. Save checkout time at the Book Fair and print your raffle tickets at home using the attached PDF! Just print, add your name, and bring your tickets to the Book Fair.  

Still Need More Volunteers at the Book Fair!

We can't say thank you enough to all our volunteers, but we still new more help! Make this book fair an amazing event for your child! There are still lots of spots open for you to volunteer and help out.  You can sign up here Book Fair Volunteer Sign-up. Questions? Contact Emi Notohardjono (enotohardjono@gmail.com) 

Dine Out for Huff at Yogurtland

On Wednesday, 11/6, go any time all day long and Yogurtland will donate 20% of your total purchases to the Huff PTA. 

But how can you make the most of your Yogurtland visit?

  • Stop in for some precious kid-free me time after lunch
  • Come right after school and meet up with friends
  • Bring the whole family for an after dinner treat

You don’t need to bring a flyer, just tell the person at the counter that you are from Huff. This is only at the El Monte Ave. location in Mountain View (by the Panera and Pizza My Heart).

Everyone will be there. Don’t miss it!

District News:

MVEF phonathon

MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child! Mvef.org/donate.

RAS open house

Right at School, a before and afterschool care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD's afterschool programs, please visit: https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/supporting_learning/before__afterschool

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Max Stossel, "Education in the Age of Distraction" on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA

Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, will explore the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.

To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-maxstossel.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 

Exciting Parent Education Event!

Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Springer Elementary Multi

1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View


Attachments:
Starting Arts Enrollment Form

Monster Bash

MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

MV Parent U: Fundamentos de la salud mental

Right At School (English)

Right At School (Spanish)

MVLA Speaker Series (English)

MVLA Speaker Series (Spanish)

Parent Guide Evacuation

 

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