April 4, 2018



Principal’s Message: Multicultural Celebration

Diversity is one of Huff’s greatest strengths. Join us as we celebrate this during our Multi-Cultural Day Celebration: April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This PTA and ELAC-hosted event will include special kid-friendly activities representing the many countries and cultures at Huff, including a cultural fashion show. And of course, there will be food! Hope to see you there.

Principal’s Coffee

The next Principal’s Coffee will be on Thursday, April 5, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Mr. Chang would love to hear your thoughts and questions about our academic, enrichment, and social-emotional programming at Huff as we plan for months to come.

Spring Break: April 9-13

There will be no school next week. Have a restful break, everybody!

Construction Updates

Our new MUR is coming together! The plan is to finish by the end of the school year so that the contractors can turn their attention to the next big projects: our summer classroom and office upgrades and the renovation of our old MUR into our new library and two adjoining Special Education classrooms.

To prepare for the classroom upgrades (all rooms except the new portables on the blacktop will be affected), we will be doing quite a bit of packing and labeling. This is a big job and we’ll need the community’s help. Teachers will begin to pack away items starting after Spring Break, so please look out for and respond to Konstella messages and emails about volunteering.

These boxes and furniture will be placed in storage containers that will be arriving on campus in May. Unfortunately, the only available space on campus for these large items will be the front parking lots. We currently do not know how much it will affect traffic, but be on the lookout for updates from me as soon as new information comes in.

Reminders

  • Traffic Guidelines. Recall that we should not be walking on the non-sidewalk side of Martens and to cross at crosswalks whenever possible. Thank you.
  • After school supervision of students. Parents, please remember that students are not to remain unsupervised on campus for any period of time after school hours. They should be supervised by caregivers, waiting for a ride at the front pick up area, or accounted for by our various after-school programs.
  • All visitors must sign in. For security and legal reasons, all visitors (volunteers, parents, community members) who come to campus during school hours must sign in at the school office. Any exceptions will only be granted at the discretion of the site administrator.

Hawkfest 2018 T-shirt Design Contest

Thank you for all your submissions for the Hawkfest 2018 T-shirt design contest. We received so many wonderful designs which we plan to display around campus after the spring break week.

The final Hawkfest 2018 T-shirt will combine elements from the designs submitted by these three students: Ryan B - Room 11, Thomas S - Room 12, Hector A - Room 22. Congratulations!

School Safety Town Hall

Wednesday, April 18 -- 6:30 p.m. - Graham Middle School Auditorium
With Mountain View Police Department, El Camino YMCA, and CHAC.

How can we we all work together to keep our schools safe? Join us for a community conversation about school safety hosted in conjunction with our partners. Please reserve your free seat here. www.mvwsd.org/safety

MVEF

MVEF hopes you enjoyed the Open Houses at our elementary schools last week and the Middle School open houses this week. MVEF is proud to fund some of the programs that make our schools incredible. MVEF funds Living Classroom, environmental field trips, hands-on science, middle school athletics and extended day electives, as well as Community School of Music and Arts in class art and music lessons. If you have not donated yet, or want to learn more about MVEF's contribution to your child's education go to mvef.org

SELPA 1 CAC Steering Committee Meeting

Come on and help us finalize Parent Education selections and plan for next year. SELPA 1 CAC helps families of students receiving special education services and educates the public about disabilities and inclusion.

Monday, April 16, 9:30-11, Los Altos School District Office, 201 Covington Rd

Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress. The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions. Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.

Parent Chat

Tue. Apr. 10, 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Los Altos Library
Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Let's Talk

Mon. Apr. 16, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Los Altos Library
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.

All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Auction Parties for Kids and Families - Sign Up Now!

There are still a few spots remaining in upcoming parties for both kids and adults! Don’t miss out on these great events! To sign up simply email auction@huffpta.org.

You can sign up online at https://www.huffptaauction.com or simply email auction@huffpta.org. Payment for parties can be made via cash or check payable to ‘Huff PTA’ and left in the Huff Office with any of our amazing office staff.

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., Apr. 5, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Apr. 5, 11:30 a.m. - Multi-Cultural Day Celebration

April 9 - 13 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thu., Apr. 19, 11:30 a.m. - Multicultural Festival (Rain Date)

Thu., Apr. 19, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council

Thu., Apr. 26, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Gr Science Fair

Tue., May 1, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Tue., May 8, 7:30 p.m. - 5th Grade Concerts at CSMA

Thu., May 10, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Spring Concert

Thu., May 15, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Fri., May 18, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest

Mon., May 21, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Wed., May 23, 8:30 a.m. - Field Day

Thu., May 24, 7:30 a.m. - Volunteer Breakfast

Fri., May 25 - MINIMUM DAY

Fri., May 25, 9:00 a.m. - 5th Gr visits to middle schools

Mon., May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Wed., May 30, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation

Fri., June 1 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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Flyers and Attachments

April Lunch Menu

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