Feb. 13, 2019



Your input needed!

Thank you to those that have already taken the LCAP survey. As of today, only 21 families from Huff have completed the survey. We can do better! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before March 1 using the link below.

Parents: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/MVWSD-LCAP-Parent-Guardian-Sur...

Run, Hide, and Defend Training Video

A few weeks ago, our district newsletter announced that elementary schools would be showing an age-appropriate training video for what to do if there is an armed intruder on campus. Huff will be showing this video on Friday, February 15. You can preview the video here. Mr. Chang will send an email with more details soon.

Minimum Day Friday

Friday, February 15 is the end of Trimester 2 (wow!) and a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Due to the Winter Break, report cards will be sent home the week of March 4.

Winter Break next week

There will be no school February 18 to 22. Enjoy your week off!

Peter Pan this week!

Tonight and Thursday evening is Huff’s performance of Peter Pan Jr!! Please come to one of the shows to support your classmates.

Description: Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero

Tickets can be purchased at https://huffpeterpan.eventbrite.com/

When & Where:
Wednesday Feb 13 - 6:30 p.m.at Graham Middle School
Thursday Feb 14 - 6:30 p.m.at Graham Middle School

Family Science Night

Family Science Night will be coming to Huff on Friday, March 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the MUR. This year’s theme is Gadgets in Motion! Explore the physics of motion using fun creative gadgets. Escaping air causes a propeller to spin. A single marble uses momentum to move a mountain of marbles. Straws and paper transform into a launching rocket. Children and parents will look at science in a new way as they explore the way things move.

State of the Schools

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the 2019 State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St.

Dr. Rudolph will speak about the past year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. The event will feature student performances. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Please reserve your free seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mvwsd-state-of-the-sc...

Huff Multicultural Day

We are hosting our Multicultural Day! All families are invited to share elements of their culture or ethnicity with other members of the school community through food, dance arts and many other things that make our community culture unique.

What: Huff’s Multicultural Day “Arts Around The World”
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12-2:00pm
Where: MUR and Blacktop

Help us bring one or more aspects of your ethnic heritage to life for the students and families of our school community! We are looking for:

  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Traditional Past and Present Cultural Attire
  • Art

To prepare activity materials join us on the following Fridays at 10:30am: February 8, February 15, March 1, March 8, March 15, 2019.

Please contact Susie Morales, School Community Engagement Facilitator, with your ideas or assistance! Email smorales@mvwsd.org or call 650-526-3490 ext. 3002

Box Tops Raffle

Hey Huff Hawks! We have a Box Tops deadline coming up on March 1 so we’ll be having our raffle starting Feb. 7 until Feb. 26! Bring in any Box Tops you’ve been saving up and fill out a ticket to be entered into a drawing for some cool prizes! (Please only one ticket per student!) If you’ve brought in Box Tops since the holiday break in December, feel free to come in and fill out a ticket. You bring in little bits of cardboard and I turn them into money to support Huff students. Even if you only have a couple, bring them in!

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the main office to access the attendance line.

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!

Vargas PTA Positions

With the 2019-20 school year just seven months away, we are building the foundation for the community of our school. Now is the time to come together with your ideas and input for the activities of the school by becoming a founding board member of the Vargas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The Steering Committee is looking to fill the positions of President, Associate Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Auditor. If interested, please send an email to mjones@mvwsd.org by February 13, 2019. Previous PTA experience is not required and you’ll be trained in these roles, so please let us know if you’d like to contribute to the successful launch of our new school. Please note that your email will only been seen by the Nominating Committee and will be confidential.

ELPAC Testers Needed

JOB DESCRIPTION: MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. $21 an hour. Must be a fluent English speaker. Please email asiam@mvws.org if you are interested. .

Yearbook Back Cover Design Contest

Would your child like their artwork to grace the 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 carnival.
  • Artwork should be roughly 8 ½ x 11 in size.
  • On the back please include your child’s name, grade, and a parent’s email address.

Please drop off entries in the marked box in the school office. The deadline is March 8. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin 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. (Once you enter your children’s names, you will likely be logged in and won’t have to follow the rest of the steps in the link.) 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:

https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360...

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

The deadline to edit your yearbook pages is 3/29/19. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for both free, state preschool and fee-based spaces for the 2019-20 school year. The enrollment process will begin February 2019. We will be offering part-day and full-day classes to children who will be at least 2 years and 9 months old by September 1, 2019 until they are age eligible for kindergarten. Fee-based and full-day spaces will fill fast, so apply now! For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA

In a world that runs on stress, pressure, and competition, it can be difficult to build resilience in children. Katie Hurley, LCSW, gives parents the tools they need to:

  • identify and understand the obstacles their kids face
  • enable their kids to learn how to cope with setbacks
  • equip their kids to bounce back from stress.

By understanding how children internalize stress and pressure and learning how to empower kids to work through the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence, parents can raise kids who lead with confidence, compassion, and empathy.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-katiehurley2.eventbrite.com

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Feb. 13

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation. The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Let's Talk

How to Advocate for your child. A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.
Tuesday, February 26, 10AM-12PM, in front of Whole Foods Los Altos
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - February 28th

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. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

Date: February 28
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
Register: REGISTER ONLINE
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Parent Chat

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Second Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library

Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)

Please continue to help support our efforts by having your kids drop off throughout the year, any used markers, sharpies, highlighters or dry erase markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers. This is being organized through the 3rd/4th grade girl scout troop #60070.To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (annwalsh100@gmail.com).

District calendar for 2019-20

Click here for the official district calendar for the next school year.

After School Program schedule now available

Click here to see the list of after school programs at Huff. Please note: these programs are financially and programmatically separate from official school events. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Huff Elementary School or MVWSD.

Upcoming Dates

Wed., Feb. 13 and Thu., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - Peter Pan at Graham Middle School (tickets: https://huffpeterpan.eventbrite.com/)
Fri., Feb. 15 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Second Trimester
Feb. 18 - 22 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Sat., Mar. 2, 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair Kickoff
Thu., Mar. 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Huff Multicultural Day

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

Flyers and Attachments

February Lunch Menu

Submitting blurbs for the Huff n Stuff

If you are publicizing a pre-approved program and would like a short blurb in the newsletter, please send your submission directly to hawks@mvwsd.org by the Sunday before the issue in which you would ideally like it to appear. Please keep blurbs concise and make sure to include all details that your audience (parents) would need. Thank you!

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

Click here to send your thoughts directly to the principal. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us get better.