02/10/21 Huff n Stuff


Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“Where there is love, there is life.” 

–Mahatma Gandhi


Dear Huff Families,


I am looking forward to putting the slide show together  for our next school wide assembly so don’t forget to send me your child’s picture with the February craft projects. We have a few kits left in the office if you didn’t get a chance to stop by the MUR to pick one up. Our next school  wide assembly will be on Monday, 2/22.


This Friday (2/12 at 8:30AM ) at our next Principal’s Coffee, Megan (Equity Coach) will give us an update on the renaming process for Huff. Come join us! Registration 


We want to hear from you: Please click here -  http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office at 650-526-3490

 

This Friday is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 11:20AM and don’t forget we are off the week of 02/15-02/19. 

 

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam


Upcoming Events

 

February

*12 Principal’s Coffee- 8:30am Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93416150192?pwd=SGpMK2RscnRYUXJOZ3RrbDArNXdDdz09

*12: End of 2nd trimester - minimum day-

*15 - 19: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL-

*23 - ELAC 5:30-6:30PM (zoom link sent via email)

*24 - SSC 3:30-4:30PM (email asiam@mvwsd.org or tdiaz@mvwsd.org if interested in joining)

 

Chromebooks that are not working

Please take your Chromebooks to the Technology department to the District office.  Instead of going in the front door of the district office, go around the back and their door is open.  They are working from 8:30am-3:30pm.

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:


Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

 

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click here -  http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year.  If you would like a paper copy, please call the school office at 650-526-3490.

 

Please look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process. Our school's meeting will be held on February 12th at 8:30am. Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93416150192?pwd=SGpMK2RscnRYUXJOZ3RrbDArNXdDdz09

 

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap.

 

Winter break meal schedule

MVWSD's free, multi-day to-go meal packs for children will be distributed at Castro Elementary only from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 for meals for Feb. 12 through Feb. 17. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, meals will be available at Castro Elementary for Feb 17 through Feb. 21. Regular meal service will resume on Monday, Feb. 22. 

 

 

Open House Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, our schools will not be holding Open House events this spring, as we traditionally do in April. This year is different since our students’ work has been done at home, and gathering in groups at school is not permitted. We certainly will miss seeing all of the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.


Black History Month

Even before children can talk, they are learning about the world and about race through the words and actions of others. Parents, teachers, and caregivers have the unique opportunity to frame their child's first attempts to understand and talk about race. Talking about race matters because (1) everyone has a racialized identity, (2) racialized identity significantly impacts a person's life, and (3) race is a defining social construct in America.

 

This Black History Month, use the Better Together infographic to begin racially-focused conversations with children acknowledging that conversations about race will look different for each family and classroom and there is no single way to talk to children about race. Have honest conversations with your students about the history of privilege and oppression as it relates to Black History and, where appropriate, connect this to local community and larger global issues.

 

Together, we can explore Black History. Together, we can become anti-racist.


For a closer look at the graphics, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students.
Arianna Mayes (Director) and Acantha Ellard (Coordinator) of MVWSD's Special Education Department will facilitate a panel discussion with Special Educators and professionals who support MVWSD schools and students. The discussion will include who and what the team does and how students are supported both in-person and during distance learning. Additionally, you can submit your own questions beforehand via this Google Form

Zoom link: Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/4JMka

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

**Please also take a look recordings and materials from our previous Parent University sessions at www.mvwsd.org/parentu

MVEF Virtual Gala is March 6, 2021

Attend and support science, technology, art and music in our schools from your home. Please join us for a lively evening of trivia and fun in support of our schools.  You can attend only for trivia OR enjoy the addition of appetizers and drinks (wine and cocktails) delivered to your home. Check it all out on the MVEF website!  mvef.org/virtualgala


In addition the MVEF Virtual Gala is featuring a Raffle. You don't need to be present to win.   

Ticket Prices 1 ticket: $5, 5 tickets: $20, 20 tickets: $60 To buy tickets please send email: jenn@mvef.org  

Raffle Prizes include:


Oculus Quest 2:

Oculus Quest 2 is the most advanced all-in-one VR system yet. No PC or console needed. Explore an expansive library of awe-inspiring games and immersive experiences with unparalleled freedom. Retail Value $399


CSMA Gift Certificate for classes:

$200 gift certificate for art and preschool classes.  Expires December 2021. 


Mike’s Bikes:

$200 gift certificate towards your purchase at Mike’s Bikes.


1 year subscription Adobe Creative Cloud:

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine.  Get all 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat.  Retail Value $600

February CAC Events


Happy New Year! 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


We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet


February 10, 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 or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-iep504-support-tickets-135554074887


MV Library Valentine’s Celebration

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, February 25th

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:             Thursday, February 25th

       Time:            12:00 - 1:00 pm

        Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

      Register:   REGISTER ONLINE

     Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org




PTA News:

PTA CELEBRATES FOUNDERS DAY: The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of all children and youth. February 17 is PTA’s Founder’s day, so in honor of that we want to share this: A Brief History: Working Together for Children Since 1897.


Huff PTA is continually grateful for the outstanding support from our school community of parents and teachers! Even in this time of distance learning, parents give their time helping classrooms and teachers, supporting PTA operations and with other activities at school.

PLEASE LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our PTA Historian tallies total volunteer hours each school year to help demonstrate what an important role parents play in our public schools. Please submit any volunteer hours you give on this short, simple online form. Thank you!


CAN YOU HELP HUFF PTA FOR NEXT YEAR? It's that time again! The PTA Nominating Committee is seeking parents to serve on our executive board for next school year. We need fresh perspectives and new energy to keep us going! No matter your personality, skill set or interest, there's a job to suit most anyone. 

Can you step up to serve? Contact anyone on this year's executive board, our nominating committee (below), or fill out this form to indicate your interest and someone will get back to you. Thank you!  From the PTA Nominating Committee: Derek Person, Martha Crosby and Jennifer Chou

 

 

In Need of Sock Snowmen, Talent Showcase, Class Party Photos, and More for the Yearbook!

We are depending on parents and teachers more than ever this year to provide photos for the yearbook. Please upload photos from the following events (or any class- or grade-wide events) to the Google Drive folder below:

 

  • Sock Snowmen

  • Snowflakes/Supply Pick-Up at the MUR

  • Unity Day

  • Author Visits

  • Valentine’s Day School Craft

  • Talent Showcase

 

Upload photos here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1sHtAxYqeSUzQDhg2T4hWvOgS--31elW3

 

Valentine’s Day class parties are a great time to take photos, too. If you have any photos from class parties (Halloween, December holiday, etc.) please put them in your room folder here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yR2H2LAdHz1K1LbaNKQUBg7SMTRwIcTt

JOIN OUR YEARBOOK TEAM!

 

Over the next few months we’ll be putting together the Huff yearbook. We’d love it if you can lay out a few pages - especially your child’s class page! The software is pretty easy (we can give you a quick online training session) and of course you can work from home.

 

If you’re interested in helping out, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

 

 

HAWKFEST SURVEY

Submit by March 1



We’re any ideas big or small, online or not, 


One idea per field (2-3 fields)

Followed by ‘would you be willing/able to help plan this?’


BUDGET --



Name (optional)

Email address

 

 

Attachments:

FREE PHONE SERVICE ENG SPA CHI

CHAC_FRCs_Distribution_flyer_English

CHAC Parent Flyer

Valentine's Celebration English

MVLA Speaker Series_Flyer 5_Nicole Lee

February Equity Calendar 2021ENG

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