4/28/21 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“Today is the opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.”

-Ken Poirot


Dear Huff Families,


School pictures have arrived. Please check your child’s backpack for them or the proofs if you need to place an order. The packet will be sent home tomorrow by your child’s teacher. If you are a zoomie, your child’s teacher will send the pictures home with the next material distribution.   ID’s are coming in a separate box and we will send those home as soon they arrive. This year we will not be doing retakes. 


If your child is a roomie, please remind them to bring their water bottle filled up daily. 


We are working on the logistics for our Fifth Grade Promotion.  Please be on the lookout for emails from your child’s teacher with all of the information. Our promotion will not be an in person event but we will have a car parade with a DJ, a photo booth and a promotion video.


Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events

May

*19: PTA General Meeting -7pm

*21: Principal’s Coffee - 8:30am

*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:

Mental Health Month Tools2Thrive: Awareness and Allyship

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  In particular, May 7 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.  We recognize this by wearing a lime green ribbon in support of those experiencing a mental health condition or challenge.


While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency - and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.


This month, MVWSD is highlighting #Tools2Thrive and encouraging students to #ExpressYourself.  #Tools2Thrive are the things that individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery. Topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive include recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others - all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.  Student empowerment to seek help and support others is how to #ExpressYourself


Pledge to be StigmaFree on FlipGrid

Just as we do in our equity and anti-racist work, the easiest and most meaningful efforts are with standing alongside those individuals experiencing mental health conditions or challenges.  This week we begin our direct efforts in pledging to be StigmaFree.  Join us in recording yourself, your family or a group in pledging to be StigmaFree on FlipGrid. https://flipgrid.com/b2c2849e 


Here is your StigmaFree script:

"I Pledge to:

Educate myself about mental health and wellness facts.

Reject stigmatizing mental health stereotypes by changing how I speak about others.

Suspend judgment by using person-first language.

I will learn about an individual before prejudging their behavior.

Avoid language that puts someone down because of differences such as mental health conditions.

Talk about what I have learned.

Together we can be #stigmafree"


We look forward to seeing everyone’s support of Mental Health Awareness Month with a green ribbon, participation on FlipGrid, or exercising your #Tools2Thrive #ExpressYourself and pledge to be #StigmaFree. 


For next year’s 6th, 7th, 8th grade students: Middle School electives selection coming soon

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students choose their electives for next year. Our middle schools are currently working to provide quality offerings that we hope will pique students’ interests and a great complement to our core academics. We are requesting each child's top 5 interests so that we can provide at least one of his/her top choices.


These electives are all subject to staffing, student interest and COVID safety guidance. Your child’s preference will help us plan and schedule courses for next year. 


Look for an email to parents on April 26 with links to course catalogs and selection directions. All 5th-7th graders will preference their course electives online through Powerschool on April 30-May 7, 2021.


Parent University: Preparing for Middle School 

Date: April 28th  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/XWF1A


Come and learn more on how to support your students as they transition to middle school. We will feature a panel of counselors, teachers and middle school students to answer questions and provide information about middle school.

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


In case you missed it: Courageous Conversations about Equity, Anti-Asian Racism and the Model Minority Myth recording available

Last week, Better Together MVWSD hosted The Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity, Anti-Asian Racism and the Model Minority Myth, a panel discussion with Asian American leaders in our community. Thank you to our incredible panelists for sharing their experiences and perspectives! A recording of this event can be found at: https://vimeo.com/540234012. (Spanish subtitles are available.) Check out https://mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD for videos of past events and our monthly infographics.

Better Together: Strengthening Communities
This month’s Better Together focus is on civic engagement and getting involved in the community. Please see the attached or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD for the infographic, which features activities for the family, engaging books about activism for students, and more!

Join the MVEF Board and make a difference!

MVEF is looking for board members! With as little as 5 hours a month, you can support a well-rounded education (arts, science, wellness) for all students in the district. MVEF needs your voice and opinions for living our vision, from promoting MVEF at back to school night, to crafting a survey for our donors. Attend our next meeting or email contact@mvef.org to learn more.


May CAC Meeting

May 3, 9:30 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:10 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be voting on officers for next year, discussing the SELPA Local Plan and planning for next years events and programs. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com


MVLA Speech & Debate Summer Camp 

The Mountain View - Los Altos High Schools Speech and Debate Team is holding our annual summer camp from June 14–18 and June 21–25! The camp will be completely virtual, and students will learn about fundamental concepts in speech and debate in order to help them become more persuasive speakers and stronger critical thinkers. Additionally, we’re offering three different courses to accommodate for different skill levels and allow students to build off of their existing knowledge. For more information about pricing and registration, visit our website at mvlasdcamp.org.



PTA News:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR VIRTUAL HAWKFEST: Hawkfest is back this year with a number of fun events (virtual and socially distanced) coming your way. More details on each of these events will come soon, but here's the general rundown:

  • Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt starts Saturday, May 8: You can do this on your own schedule with the whole family, submitting answers and photos from various challenges you'll complete around the Huff neighborhoods. Submitted photos will be shared in our school-wide Zoom event on May 21!

  • Spring Craft: Spring craft packets will be distributed at school for completion at home; submit photos of completed work for sharing in the school-wide Zoom.

  • Fun virtual events (Friday, May 14): Join the fun in scheduled Zoom events from the comfort of home, with separate events for grades K-2 and 3-5. Registration and more details coming soon!

  • Hawkfest Finale (Friday, May 21, 5pm): Grab some pizza and gather the family to join us for the Hawkfest finale on Zoom, including slideshows from the scavenger hunt and craft project, plus more online games played school-wide!

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

 

 

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