Jan. 16, 2019



Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

Mountain View Whisman School District enrollment for next fall is open online now. Please register as soon as you can so that our district office has the most up-to-date information to make plans for all of the boundary transitions and moves. Thanks!

For NEW students: Through February 3, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2019-20 school year here: www.mvwsd.org/register

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 through February 3. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. If you have difficulty with registration, please call 650-526-3500 ext. 1213 or email infoservices@mvwsd.org.

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

Principal’s Message: Facilities Update

Major construction on the library wing is done! Our librarian, Mrs. Kalb, and her group of volunteers are working hard to get the new space ready for students and teachers by the end of this month. Meanwhile, on the other side of the building, there are now two full-sized special education classrooms that will be occupied by new special education students next school year. In the meantime, for the remainder of this school year, one of the rooms will be used for STEM classes (Ms. Van Tuyl finally has her own room) and the others will be used as a flexible learning and working space. Furniture has yet to come in, but we’re hoping to have the rooms fully operational by February.

With this milestone, Huff’s Measure G renovations are complete. Thank you to the community and to all of the staff and volunteers who have worked to make these improvements a reality. They will benefit Huff students for years to come.

Next Principal’s Message: PTA-Sponsored Capstone Enrichment Program Update

Children’s Business Fair at Huff

This spring, our students will be able to unleash their creative potential during the first “Children’s Business Fair at Huff.” Huff’s young entrepreneurs will design and build a small business from the ground up, allowing them to practice many of the attributes in our Profile of a Graduate: critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, etc. The best part is... they’ll get to sell to real customers! To learn more about this event, hop over to www.childrensbusinessfair.org

There is a two-part application process to participate in the CBF. Here is the application timeline:

  • Jan 16: Part One of application available for parents to help children fill out online.
  • Jan 22: Paper copies of Part Two available for pickup in the Huff Office for students to complete.
  • Jan 28 - Feb 1: Completed Part Twos due back to the Huff Office.
  • Feb 8 or before: All applicants notified about next steps.

Click here to learn how to initiate the application process.

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!

District calendar for 2019-20

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

Artwork by 5th Grade Students

We are happy to announce that artwork by Art4Schools students, including 5th grade students at Huff, will be shown at the annual student and faculty show, Explore Identity Through Art.

The exhibit will be on display from February 1 - 28, 2019 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. Please join CSMA’s Art4Schools Program for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 8, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

We would like to recognize these outstanding artists and congratulate them on their great work: Yoyo L, Valen S, J.J. H, Andre O, Vasco V, Dana S, Jackson C, Gliyela M, Yuriy K

Cafecito with the Superintendent: Jan. 16

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 16 p.m. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Graham Middle School. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

Help with Meals During Government Shutdown

For any families affected by the federal government shutdown, MVWSD's Food and Nutrition Services Department encourages you to apply for school meal benefits for your children. It is easy and confidential! You may now qualify during this difficult financial time.

Applications are available at your child’s school office during regular school office hours Monday through Friday. Online applications are available anytime at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.

Are you Mad About Science? Come to the MVEF Gala on February 9!

Purchase you Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) Winter Gala tickets today and celebrate science in our schools Join fellow parents and community members from across Mountain View raise funds for all the schools in the district. Join MVEF at the full dinner and live auction, followed by dessert, dancing, and a silent auction or come later in the evening for the dessert, dancing and silent auction portion of the evening. There are some amazing auction items to inspire bidding including vacations homes, summer camps, beauty and fitness opportunities, museums, a Tesla factory tour and much much more!

For more information about the gala and to purchase tickets, go to www.mvef.org.

MVEF is also holding a raffle to support the event! You can win tickets to a concert at Shoreline Amphitheater, a VIP Earthquakes game experience for 4, or a Cognition Cyclery gift card for $250. Contact melissa@mvef.org to find your school site raffle seller!

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.

MV Parent U presents Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader, on activism, feminism and education.

The MVWSD MV Parent U event with Dolores Huerta planned for Jan. 16 unfortunately is cancelled due to her schedule. We will let you know if a new date is scheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please plan to join us on Feb. 13 for our talk with Health Connected. www.mvwsd.org/parentu

Movie and Panel: "Angst": Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

A screening of "Angst" is made possible through collaboration between the MVLA High School District, Los Altos School District, MVWSD, CHAC, and the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series.

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater
201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, young and old. According to the World Health Organization, the median age of onset is seven years old. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.

Through candid interviews, Angst shares the stories of kids and teens who have experienced anxiety, the impacts it has had on their lives and relationships, and how they found coping skills, solutions and hope.

Film screening will be followed by discussion panel to address questions raised during the film and how we can work together to support all of our students.

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Audience: Parents, students (10 years +), school teachers and staff
Translation: Spanish subtitles (film) and translation (panel)
Admission: Free

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Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newly-added-january-2...

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being" with Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky gives parents insight to:

  • discuss and debunk common misconceptions about what life changes will make us truly miserable or truly happy
  • brand new research on the “how” of happiness—that is, when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best”
  • how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals

Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, published in 34 countries. Lyubomirsky’s research focuses on the benefits of happiness, why some people are happier than others, and how happiness can be durably increased.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-sonjalyubomirsky.eventbrite.co...

Spanish translation will be available.

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.

Let’s Talk … Open enrollment

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

The fourth topic is open enrollment. It’s happening now. Here’s what parents can expect when they enroll students for the fall 2019-20. Click here to view the video.

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.

Wednesday January 16, 2019 7PM - 9PM, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd
Tuesday January 22, 2019 10AM-12PM, In front of Whole Foods Los Altos, 4800 El Camino Real
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.

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).

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

Thu., Jan. 17, 8:00 a.m. - Geography Bee
Mon., Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
Thu., Jan. 24, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Spelling Bee

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

Flyers and Attachments

January 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.