November 15, 2017



We want to hear from you! Just two days left to take the District climate survey

The MVWSD Climate Survey is open now through Friday for all staff, parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools. If you haven't taken the survey already, look for an email invitation in your inbox on Wednesday morning from "MVWSD." The subject line is: "We need to hear from you!" (Check your spam folder, too).

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. Your 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, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites. 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. Thank you in advance for your input.

Trimester 1 Report Cards

...are coming home on Friday, November 17 for grades K-4. Fifth graders will bring home their report cards on Monday, November 20.

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 22-24

There will be no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of next week. We wish all families a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Literacy Week

Literacy Week will be from Mon. 12/4 through Fri. 12/8 at Huff and is a new event sponsored by the Huff PTA. We will have literacy based activities at lunchtime all that week for the students. There will also be an author visit for grades K-3. We hope to encourage the students' love of reading, introduce them to some new books, and inspire them to try some new ones. More information on Literacy Week (including opportunities for you to volunteer at lunchtime) will be in the Huff N Stuff and on Konstella in the next couple of weeks.

Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Calling all artists! Here's your chance to create a design for the front or back cover of the 2017-2018 Huff yearbook. Read the design rules/guidelines and submit your entry by Dec. 11.

Huff 20th Annual Auction

Thank you to everyone who attended the Huff PTA 20th Annual Auction & Party last Saturday evening! It truly takes a school-wide effort to host a successful fundraising event like the auction each year. On behalf of the PTA Board we would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped plan this event from those of you who donated items, organized classroom & teacher donations, solicited donations from businesses, prepared auction catalog descriptions, reviewed item descriptions/bid sheets, prepared decorations and food and finally to all of the volunteers who helped transform the Senior Center into the 20/20 Experience on auction day and then cleanup when the party was over. Without so many amazing volunteers this auction would not have been possible!

There are many great items and parties still available for purchase so please take a look at the online catalog at http://www.huffptaauction.com.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 3 Raffles:

  • Premium Parking Spot Winner: Anne Grugan
  • Dozen Dinners Raffle Winner: Kimberly Schwarzhoff
  • Staff Raffle Winners:
    • 1st Place: Ms. Montgomery - 6 Free Lunches (ticket purchased by the Eastham Family)
    • 2nd Place: Mr. Hillman - Aqui Cal-Mex Gift Certificate (ticket purchased by the Bocchieri Family)
    • 3rd Place: Mrs. Schaefer - Sweet Tomatoes Gift Certificate (ticket purchased by the Gentin family)
    • 4th Place: Ms. Ramirez - New York Pizza Gift Certificate (ticket purchased by the Krishna family)
    • 5th Place: Mrs. Martincic - Eric's Deli Gift Certificate (ticket purchased by the Miyanaga family)

Do you still need to pick up items you won at the auction? All remaining items can be picked up in the Huff office.

If you have any question regarding anything auction related please email auction@huffpta.org.

Graham Performing Arts Fundraiser

We have a unique opportunity to raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour—as Lionsgate and the movie WONDER are donating $1.00 per movie ticket to our cause. Please help us by spreading the word to see the film opening weekend (Nov 17-19). Tickets are on sale now! For sales to count: Get tickets at Filmraiser.com/tickets. Select Graham Middle School Performing Arts—and you will checkout via Fandango. Thank you!

Executive Functioning with John Brentar, Morrissey Compton Educational Center

Wed. Nov. 15, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

Executive functioning is the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks. Success in school requires good executive functioning skills like working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Children with learning challenges often have problems with executive functioning skills, but there are techniques that can help train everyone to enhance these skills. Every student can benefit by improving memory, organizational skills, and learning how to make better choices. Join John Brentar, PhD from the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for a great night learning about executive functioning. See flyer.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair - Graham Middle School - Dec. 9

Music performance by Graham Middle School Band. Food provided Hosting a variety of arts & crafts vendors! All Mountain View School District is invited and if interested in being a vendor contact Joey Ordoñez at jordones@mvwsd.org. See flyer.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.

Colorcycle

We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 22 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30 - Huff Turkey Trot Walk to School Day

Dec. 4 - 8 - Literacy Week

Tue., Dec. 12, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council

Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Tue., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

Flyers and Attachments

November Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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