Nov. 7, 2018
We want to hear from you! District surveys are here
The MVWSD Climate Survey opens on Monday, Nov. 5 for all staff, all parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Additionally, students in grades 6 and 8 will take a social-emotional survey of critical skills and mindsets that enable school success. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools.
This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Personal results will not be identifiable.
In addition to completing LCAP requirements, the data will help inform work on the District's strategic plan goals and provide longitudinal data for year-to year comparisons. The questions are drawn from an archive of research-based questions in broad theme areas of engagement, instruction, school safety and school environment. We will be asking students in grades 5 and 7, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites. We will be asking students in grades 6 and 8 about how they persist, think and feel about school. This is a great opportunity for us to get feedback and continue to work together to improve our schools.
We look forward to seeing the results and working with the leadership of our bargaining units and staff to look for ways we can continue to improve. Look for an email invitation in your inbox on Nov. 5. from Panorama Education. The subject line will be: "Request for your feedback!" Thank you in advance for your input.
- Carol Avenue: Pedestrians, please scoot to the right so bikers can get through on the left.
- Martens Avenue: Avoid using the crosswalk directly in front of the school, as it slows traffic coming into the driveway. Instead, if you’re coming from the shopping center, cross Martens at Grant instead.
- Above all--exercise patience. If you think you are running late, it’s much better to be tardy and safe than on-time and hurt!
Operation Gratitude - Part 2 is back!
Too much candy in your house after Halloween? Why not donate your extra candy to Operation Gratitude? Huff is teaming up with Grant Road Dental to collect and donate extra candy to our men and women in the Armed Services. There will be collection bins outside of the office for a week after Halloween (until Friday, Nov. 9). Special thanks to 4th grader Lara P for spearheading this 4 years in a row!
Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours!
If you didn’t do it when you signed in and out at the office, or if you did work at home for Huff, log your hours at tinyurl.com/huffvolunteers. Help us get to our goal of 11,500 hours by the end of the year (that’s approximately 1,200 hours per month). Thank you for your help.
Dropping off items for your child during the school day?
Please leave all items at the office and we will either have your child come to pick it up or we will bring it to the classroom for you. Let the office know if for some reason you need to bring it personally.
Noon Duty Assistant position
We are looking for one more individual to help with supervision at lunch time. More coverage is always better! If you are available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in the position, please contact Mr. Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Send us your photos for the yearbook!
If you have any photos from the activities below, we’d love it if you’d share them with us so we can include them in the yearbook!
- Book Fair
- College Week (10/15-10/19)
Please put them in the folders at the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...
News from MVEF- Final Phoneathon reminder and last dine out event of the year!
MVEF’s Phoneathon is just around the corner! Donate today at MVEF.org/donate. On November 7 take a night off from cooking, and head to PIZZA MY HEART, at the corner of El Camino and El Monte (1037 El Monte), in Mountain View from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m! Mention MVEF and 30% of your bill will fund art, music, science, athletics and more! Support your child and every child!
Let Me Run
Let Me Run is looking for at least two parent volunteers to coach the spring Let Me Run season at Huff. Let Me Run is a 7-week wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, we encourage boys to develop their psychological, emotional, and social health, in addition to their physical health. (think Healthy Masculinity). This program is for 4th-5th grade boys. Your boy can participate in 3rd grade if you are a coach. The program prepares all boys to run a 5K in mid-May (May 11, 2019)
Practice times and days are TBD based on the coaches. They can be any time after school and/or on weekends. Coaches do not need to be runners. Head coach needs to attend a training led by fellow Huff parent, Sheetal Shah, on Jan 12 or Feb. 9 at the El Camino YMCA. Training is 3.5 hours long. Assistant coaches will be trained by the head coach before the season begins.
Please help us continue this program at the school where it all started on the west coast!
ELS Parent Classes
Mountain View Whisman School District is happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are once again being offered at Mariano Castro. Come to Castro’s Teachers’ Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. to register. You may join class any day during the course duration. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. All levels and all home languages are welcome. Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Check the flyer for class schedule.
Be in School; Be on Time
What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.For more information, click here.
Mountain View Parent U Presents: Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.
Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.
- Interpretation (Spanish support)
- Child care
- Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle School at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
- Raffle prizes!!!
Crittenden Middle School Annual Hawaiian Luau
The Crittenden Music Department’s Annual Hawaiian Luau is Friday, November 9 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Crittenden Middle School M.U.R. at 1701 Rock St. in Mountain View. Proceeds benefit the Crittenden Music Department.
Come check out Hawaiian dancers, our Crittenden music ensembles, a silent auction and really good Hawaiian food. It’s a Hawaiian party you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children under 12 if ordered by before November 9th using the order form attached.
Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Show at Crittenden
Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. on November 15 - 17. A 2:00 p.m. matinee is also available on November 18.
Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.
Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.
Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions
MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.
Parent Coffees for Special Education and Learning Challenges will be held at Stevenson Elementary on 11/5 at 8:40, Theuerkauf Elementary on 11/9 at 8:45, Egan Junior High on 11/14 at 9. SELPA 1 CAC will be presenting at Springer PTA meeting on 11/8 at 7:30 pm.
Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+
Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC
7:00-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month
Los Altos Library Orchard Room , 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
SELPA 1 CAC's
December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.
Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)
ColorCycle is a wonderful program devised to turn used markers into energy!
Since the pilot of the program in the spring of 2016, Huff families have collected almost 12,000 used markers/sharpies/highlighters/dry erase markers and kept them out of landfill. The markers are sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!
Please continue to help support our efforts by having your kids drop off throughout the year, any used markers, sharpies, highlighters or dry erase markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers. This is being organized through the 3rd/4th grade girl scout troop #60070.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (email@example.com).
After School Program schedule now available
Click here to see the list of after school programs at Huff. Please note: these programs are financially and programmatically separate from official school events. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Huff Elementary School or MVWSD.
Mon., Nov. 12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day
Tue., Nov. 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting
Nov. 21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Wed., Nov. 28, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee
Tue., Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.
Flyers and Attachments
- Mountain View Parent U - The Transformative Power of Education - Nov. 7
- LAHS Fall Finale - Marching Band, Color Guard show and Silent Auction - Nov. 10
- Turkey Trot benefiting MVHS Athletics - Nov. 22
- Community Tree Lighting - Dec. 3
- Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 8
Submitting blurbs for the Huff n Stuff
If you are publicizing a pre-approved program and would like a short blurb in the newsletter, please send your submission directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Sunday before the issue in which you would ideally like it to appear. Please keep blurbs concise and make sure to include all details that your audience (parents) would need. Thank you!