11/18/20 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.”

-Maya Angelou


Dear Huff Families,


We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2020-2021 school year!


November is the time of year when we reflect and think of those whom we are grateful for. Teachers, school staff and parents all have an important role in the success of all our students. MVWSD would like to show our gratitude to everyone for their dedication and commitment over the past several months. 


On Tuesday, November 24th, MVWSD will have a district-wide staff / team building day.  To accommodate this, Tuesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous day for students. This means that, instead of live lessons, we’ll have a day that looks more like our typical Wednesdays. Students will still have morning check-ins, art, music, and PE classes that are live sessions and have been previously scheduled. The rest of the day will feature fun learning activities that students can do at their own pace. 


The intention is that this day of thankfulness is a little more fun and relaxed, and starts off our Thanksgiving holiday during which we will count our many blessings for health, family, friends, and all who support us in every way.


Upcoming event

December 15, 2020 5-6PM

Mindful Parent Event

Please register here


Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and staff. 


Sincerely,


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events

November

-18: PTA General Association Mtg (virtual) 7PM

-25 - 27: Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

December

-4: Virtual Principal’s Coffee 5pm

-9: Kinder Info Night 6 - 7 pm

-16: SSC 3:15 pm 

-21 - 31: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL

January

-1: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL

- 4: Teacher Service Day NO SCHOOL

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:

Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/wq0ZK


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history 

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 


MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:


  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra


Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdOqorTgtGtXg5trN1qiFh5EefCHgIAm1


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January


School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.


  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/info.


  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. For our school, the link for this meeting is http://mvw.sd/HuffKinder.


  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.


  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


 Upcoming MVEF Phonathon


Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!


We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!


Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.


MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk 

See the attached flyers for registration information.


MVLA holiday tree lot 

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.

 

Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present this talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  

 

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distance-learning-toolkit-increasing-focus-through-a-sensory-lens-tickets-128302360815

 

PTA News:

 

In Need of Halloween, School Spirit, Crazy Hair Day 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:

 

  • Halloween (costumes, class parties)

  • School Spirit Day

  • Crazy Hair Day

  • Kinder Pumpkin Patch

  • 1st-5th Pumpkin Patch

  • Book Fair/Author Visit

  • First Day of School

Upload photos here:

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

 

MINTED - November and December Fundraiser on Holiday Cards and Gift Purchases

15% of the proceeds are donated to the Huff PTA

AND

You get 20% off Minted holiday card and gift orders in November and December when you use your promo code

Minted makes beautiful photo holiday cards. This is also a great site for buying photo calendars and other photo art gifts this holiday season. (See attachment.)

Just go to minted.com and use the unique Huff coupon code FUNDRAISEHUFF

 

The code is valid toward all Minted holiday cards and gifts, including foil-pressed art gifts, personal stationery, notebooks and day planners, personalized pillows, aprons, wrapping paper and gift tags, holiday home decor, custom art, and photo art and calendar gifts. (It’s good on anything on the Minted main site page under the Holiday and Gifts tabs except for limited edition fine art and stamps.)

 

This code is ONLY valid during the months of November and December and can be used an unlimited amount of times, but it cannot be combined with other promotions. Please share your code with friends and family.

YOU SAVE 20%. THEY DONATE 15%

Attachments:                


Spartan Turkey Trot Flyer 2020 

Tree Lot Flyer 2020

November Equity Calendar 2020 

Try a Sensory Diet

Minted_Banner

DL Sensory Tools

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