2/3/21 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is  right.”

-Rosa Parks


Dear Parents,

 

One student from our school will represent us in the 2021 Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee spelling bee program, which will determine who moves on to the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. With a score of 28 out of 30, 4th grader Talia Samuel is our school-level champion! We wish her luck in the next level of competition.

 

Congratulations to all of our school spelling bee participants who improved their spelling, increased their vocabularies, learned concepts and developed correct English usage that will help them all their lives. We are all proud of your great achievements!

 

LCAP Survey (we need your support, please fill out the 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.

 

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

 

Fifth Grade Families

 Sixth Grade Informational Nights Presentations from our two middle schools

Crittenden

Graham

 

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events

February

*12 Principal’s Coffee- 8:30a,m

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

*15 - 19: Winter Break - 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:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish translation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/Daa1s


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

 

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

 

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

 

If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore...

Please return it to our technology department at our district office. Due to changes in individual circumstances and needs, we need every hotspot for families and students in need. If you have a non-working hotspot, please bring that back as well. Thank you in advance!

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

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: Save the date - March 6, 2021!

We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. 


We will also be having a raffle.  You could win an Oculus Quest 2, a one year license for the entire Adobe Creative Cloud or an Online CSMA art class!  Stay tuned for details on how to buy tickets!


The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 


Raising antiracist kids is imperative in today’s society, yet most of us are not well-equipped for the challenges of talking with our kids about race and racism.  Join us for an engaging discussion with Nicole Lee, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, as she shares research about the impact of talking - or not talking - to our kids about race and sheds light on common discomforts and misconceptions causing parents and other caregivers to avoid these important conversations.  

Audience:  Parents, caregivers, and educators

Register:  To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-nicolelee.eventbrite.com


“Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31

SCCOE’s Parent Engagement Program will present the “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event for 6th – 12th grade students and their parents. From February 1 to March 31, students will be able to access the “Keeping the Dream Alive” website to participate in interactive activities, webinars, and more to learn about college and career options. 


Visit the "Keeping the Dream Alive" event website at parentengagement.sccoe.org for more information and students can currently pre-register at http://bit.ly/KTDARegistration.


Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8 

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a live Zoom talk with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly books. The event will be held on Monday, February 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. Register at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


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.


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 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.


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


PTA News:

Nominating Committee: Huff PTA's work depends on parents like you! We're seeking fresh faces to serve on the executive board for next school year. There are various positions to fit people with different skills, talents and interests. Can you step up to serve, or maybe you can encourage someone else who'd be great? For more info or questions, contact anyone on this year's board or any of the members of our nominating committee: Derek Person, Martha Crosby, and Jennifer Chou

 

PARENTS NEED SOCIAL INTERACTION TOO! Come join us for a fun parent zoom social next Monday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:30pm. Given how different this school year has been, kids aren't the only ones missing social connections at school... parents are missing out on socializing and networking at drop-off and pickup! Come play some games with us and get a chance to meet other parents in small groups. Register/RSVP online here today!

 

(URL to embed for Register/RSVP)

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkceqvqT4tHdH_9i7JCL1MfbroJCoFyG73

 

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.

Attachments:

FREE PHONE SERVICE ENG SPA CHI

CHAC_FRCs_Distribution_flyer_English

CHAC Parent Flyer

Valentine's Celebration English

Keeping The Dream Alive Flyer Orig

Ben Clanton eng and spanish

MVLA Speaker Series_Flyer 5_Nicole Lee

February Equity Calendar 2021ENG

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