3/17/21 Huff n Stuff


Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.”

-Socrates



Dear Huff Families,


Reopening is right around the corner, please make sure you have attended at least one of the Principal’s Coffee before you set foot on campus this Thursday (K-2) or on the 29th for Grades 3-5. It is very important that you understand the new procedures set in place to keep everyone safe. Your cooperation is important for a successful and safe reopening. 


If you don’t know how to access PowerSchool to check your child’s new schedule, please make sure you email mbarron@mvwsd.org or tdiaz@mvwsd.org or call the office at 650-526-3490 for assistance. 


Reminders

1. Parents will not be allowed on campus beyond the check-in stations. 

2. The parking lot is reserved for staff members. Please plan on arriving early to walk your child  to the check-in stations or be ready to drop them off in a designated drop off area. 

3. The oktoreopen health screener should be filled out before arriving on campus. If you haven’t filled it out, it will hold up our lines and take longer for others to get through. 

4. Please remember that everyone helping out is doing their best. Do not take out your frustration on any of our employees or helpers. 


Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam


Upcoming Events

March

*17: PTA General Meeting -7pm

*31: SSC -3:15pm

*31: ELAC- 5:30pm

April

*2: Principal’s Coffee - 5pm

*10-16: Spring Recess -NO SCHOOL-

*19: DELAC - 5:30 - 7:30pm click here

*27: ELAC- 5:30pm

*28: SSC -3:15pm

May

*7: Principal’s Coffee - 5pm

*19: PTA General Meeting -7pm

*26: SSC -3:15pm

*26: ELAC- 5:30pm

* 28: End of Trimester - Minimum Day-

*31: Memorial Day -No School-

June

*4: Last day of school -Minimum Day-

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, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/8rOES


Board meeting preview: March 18

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 18. Some of the meeting topics include updates on: Strategic Plan, Wellness and the Monta Loma Work Group. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.


MVWSD is on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram @mvw.sd (https://www.instagram.com/mvw.sd/) to stay connected and updated with all that is going on in the district!

Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes

Date: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30pm  Register here: http://mvw.sd/VbH07 

As we prepare for transitions and changes to our routine, join district Health and Wellness Coordinator Karin Jinbo and our partners from CHAC and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health on a journey of self-awareness as we learn about self regulation, mindfulness and self care activities. Participants will receive activities or strategies to support children with Hybrid Learning and 100% Distance Learning. 

Submit your questions before the session here: http://mvw.sd/vCG5V

Registration Open for Afterschool/Care Programs

The District’s partners who provide parent-paid afterschool care and distance learning support are opening registration for the rest of this school year. 


Afterschool care

Right at School has opened registration for their afterschool programs and asynchronous support on Wednesdays. Please follow the links below to access programs for each school site, including asynchronous support on Wednesdays located at Crittenden.

Huff

Bubb

Vargas

Landels

Castro

Mistral

Theuerkauf

Stevenson

Monta Loma

 

YMCA is also providing aftercare at school sites. Contact Ecafterschool@ymcasv.org for more information and availability.

 

Distance Learning Support

Additionally, Right at School will continue to offer distance learning support for families that opt out of in-person learning. Registration can be found at Distance Learning Support.

 

YMCA will have "Y Learning Labs for Super Scholars"

Locations: Bubb, Monta Loma and Theuerkauf Elementary

Hours of Operation: 7:45am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Fee: $280 per youth per week ($20 per week non-refundable deposit) 

Sessions: Set in three week sessions. Session 14 is four weeks in length.

Registration: Available online via our website at https://www.ymcasv.org/child-care-camps

Questions: Please email ECSummer@ymcasv.org


In case you missed it: Better Together MVWSD Latinx Community event recording available

Last Wednesday, Better Together MVWSD presented the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity: “COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community” with a fantastic group of panelists from our Mountain View Latinx community. If you missed it, recordings of this event are available! Find the English recording at https://vimeo.com/522444450 and the Spanish at https://vimeo.com/522351281. For more information about the panelists and past Better Together events, head to https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


MVWSD seeks parents & staff members for Health and Wellness Committee

Committee and task force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. Applications are due by March 24 and found here: http://mvw.sd/health. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.


Health and Wellness Committee: Task: To align District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment.


Interested applicants would have some experience, knowledge, or interest in the content as described above. We are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated representative per school site and 3 community-based organization representatives.


Time commitment is approximately one meeting a month during the school year, beginning in April, but is dependent on the work. Meetings are online during the 2020-21 school year.


Your Donations to MVEF at Work!

MVEF is proud to fund both (New!) sessions of the Rhythm and Moves Optional fitness classes at the elementary schools.  We are also funding CSMA music and art, TechSmart, Living Classroom, and environmental education programs at the elementary level.


MVEF funds the Middle School Elective wheel including apps, music books, art supplies, robotics and TechSmart at both of the middle schools.


Thank you to all our Mountain View Educational Foundation donors for your support during this school year of remote learning!  If you haven't donated yet this year, there is still time to donate to support the MVWSD schools right now.  https://www.mvef.org/donate


Women’s History Month

In the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History. BetterTogether recognizes the people, movements, and ideas that challenge expectations and gender stereotypes that negatively affect us all. From women’s suffrage to the gender equality movements of modern day, it has become clear that when we all fight gender inequality, we all win. Celebrate this month by having meaningful conversations with your students, your children, and your fellow s(heroes). In addition to the infographic, this month we will also be highlighting amazing women from our organization and learning about the s(heroes) that have inspired their own commitment to gender equality.


For a closer look at this month’s infographic, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


March Wellness Series for Educators and Families

Educators and families are invited to attend the free 2021 Wellness Together Spring Event Series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education. Webinars will take place on Thursdays in March, and include topics such as social media usage, building emotional resilience, and parenting. For more information and registration, head to https://www.wellnesstogether.org/blogs/news/2021-wellness-together-spring-event-series?mc_cid=1cd9799b03&mc_eid=cd01a465eb.


Wolves of Yellowstone: Mountain View Public Library Event on Mar. 18

Join the Mountain View Public Library for a free Zoom talk on March 18th from 4:00 - 4:45 pm with wolf expert and author Rick McIntyre to learn about these mysterious creatures. For children ages 7-12, and registration is required at https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/7370162.



Groups for Spanish Speaking Parents 

CHAC is offering two groups for Spanish Speaking Parents: one is a support group for women (Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and the other is a parenting class (Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m). Both groups are free, and take place over Zoom. See attached flyers for registration information.



CAC Parent Education Event - Mental Health for the Whole Family - with Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D Wednesday. March 31, 7PM - 8:30 PM. 

Join us for a much needed discussion of mental health and mindfulness for the whole family. After the year we’ve all experienced, we all need to learn techniques to evaluate and improve our mental health and that of our families. Professor Thierry Kolpin of Brandman University will discuss the challenges we are facing and how every member of the family can improve their mental health. Special attention will be paid to the additional challenges in families of students with learning challenges. Prof. Kolpin is an Assoc. Professor at Brandman University and specializes in school counseling and mindfulness in counseling. Email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the link to the event.


*presentation at event will be recorded and available at www.selpa1cac.org, Q&A will not be recorded to protect personal information


PTA News:


Important Huff PTA General Meeting March 17

Join us next Wednesday, March 17, at 7pm for Huff PTA’s next general association meeting. Our agenda includes election of 2021-2022 officers, proposed budget modifications for the rest of the year, update from Principal Siam, and more! Register in advance to get Zoom meeting details and to receive meeting materials on the day of the meeting. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrd-GvpjkuG9T1neA3Zq7WwsrCzpU8ejw_


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!

 

YEARBOOK BACK COVER DESIGN CONTEST

Would your child like their artwork to grace the front or back cover of this year’s Huff yearbook? Then have them enter our yearbook design contest!

Guidelines:

  • Please have artwork follow this year’s theme of Virtually Together (however they want to interpret it - maybe it’s distance learning, maybe it’s ways they can still be together).

  • Artwork should be roughly 8 ½ x 11 portrait in size.

  • Please leave a half inch border around your artwork

  • Use mediums with good contrast (colored pencils often are too light against a white page unless they’re outlined in marker)

Please email entries to yearbook@huffpta.org and include your child’s name and grade. The deadline is March 31st.

 

 

IN NEED OF PHOTOS FOR 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 grade- or school-wide events) to the Google Drive folder below:

  • First Day of School

  • School Is Different (in pajamas, with pets, on laptops, at home PE, distribution days)

  • Crazy Hair Day

  • Kinder Pumpkin Patch

  • 1st-5th Grade Pumpkin Patch

  • Passing Out Valentines at School (or making valentines)

  • 5th Grade Instruments and Art

  • 5th Grade Poetry Cafe

  • Return to In-Person Learning

Upload school event photos here:

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

 

If you have any photos from your class of parties, projects, or just every day school photos, (screenshots or photos from home are both great!) please put them in your room folder here:

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

 

We need all pictures by March 31st!

 

Thanks so much!

Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin

 

If you have any questions or prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook, please contact us at yearbook@huffpta.org.

 

CALLING FOR “THEN AND NOW” YEARBOOK PICTURES FROM FIFTH GRADERS

A fun yearbook tradition for fifth graders at Huff is our "Then and Now" page. We’d like parents to submit a photo of their child now and one from kindergarten. In an ideal pandemic-less world these are usually photos of their child with a friend or two or three from kindergarten and then taken again with the same kids in the fifth grade.

 

So, how can you send a picture of your child with a friend during a pandemic? Here are some options:

-Use a pre-pandemic fourth grade photo

-Submit pictures of your child with a sibling instead

-Send a photo of your child by themselves (we predict this will be the popular option this year and it’s also great if your child didn’t attend Huff then)

 

We would prefer not to have photos with masks because the fun is in seeing how your child has changed in their grade school years. (Note: we are definitely not encouraging taking off masks for a photo!) Please no official school photos.

 

Parents, please send your kindergarten and fifth grade photos to us by putting them in the folder at the link below. Please identify in the file name who is shown in the pictures. (An example would be “JonS_MissyW_EmmaV.jpg”) The deadline is March 31st. Thanks!

Here is the link to submit your photos:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dluBLKv-1ItLq8QT5oiQo-muaunJXpnz

Please email us any questions at yearbook@huffpta.org.

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR YEARBOOK PAGES

This year you have the ability to add two custom pages of your child’s pictures selected by you. Just follow the directions below. 

1) Set up your account at the link below. Our school’s passcode is 1015335719921389. Setting Up a TreeRing Account

2) Next, login and select “My Photos” in the bar on the far left to upload your photos.

3) Click on “Edit custom pages.” Now you can add photos and design your pages!

To learn more about how to customize your page, please read:

Creating Custom Pages Step by Step Screenshots and Video Tutorial

Creating Custom Pages from Scratch and Using Page Layout

Also, a lot of kids last year (particularly ones from the older grades) enjoyed leaving virtual signatures on each other’s pages. This is totally optional. More information can be found here: 

Sending, Receiving, and Requesting Signatures

Adding Signatures to Custom Pages

If you opt to not customize your yearbook pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages.

The deadline to edit your yearbook pages is April 30th.

Reserve a yearbook now for $20. It includes two pages you get to customize for your child for free. 

https://www.huffpta.org/yearbook

Email any questions to yearbook@huffpta.org

 

Nominating Committee: Huff PTA's work depends on parents like you! We're still seeking a couple more fresh faces to serve on the executive board for next school year. Serving on the PTA Board is a great way to get involved, meet new friends and make a difference at Huff! Open positions include Parliamentarian, Historian, Financial Secretary and Auditor. 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

 

 

Attachments:

FREE PHONE SERVICE ENG SPA CHI

CHAC_FRCs_Distribution_flyer_English

CHAC Parent Flyer

March Equity Calendar 2021 (English)

Spanish Storytime at MVPL (1)

Wolves of Yellowstone

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