Dec. 12, 2018


Principal’s Message

Exciting news! This spring, our students will be able to unleash their creative potential during the first “Children’s Business Fair at Huff.” Our 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!

If this sounds interesting, hop over to www.childrensbusinessfair.org to learn more - make sure you check out their video on their homepage, then click here to indicate your interest so that our planning team can finalize all of the details before opening official registration. You can also talk to Ms. Hera in the office or with Mr Chang directly if you have any questions. Thank you!

Quote of the Week

Each Monday morning, Mr. Chang shares a quote to inspire students and staff. This week’s quote is from Nelson Mandela: “Do not judge me on my successes. Judge me on how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

NEW Incoming Families Only - Huff School Tour: December 14

We will be hosting a school tour for families of incoming students for the next school year on December 14 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All families of new (kinder or other) students entering Huff are invited.

Please donate to the Camp Fire coin drive this week!

Don't forget to bring your loose change or dollar bills to donate to the Camp Fire fund to support the fire fighters who lost their homes or were injured fighting the fire! The 5th grade Bucket Club will continue to collect donations before and after school through Friday morning. The jars will be in the office during the school day, if you would like to give then. Proceeds will go to the CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation, which collects funds for firefighters who have fallen or who were severely injured in the line of duty. Thank you so much to those of you who have already donated!!

Huff Family Giving Tree

Happy Holidays! This year, we have an opportunity to help some of the neediest families in our district. We would like to help them out for the holidays by giving them gifts and supplies of their choice. Please use this link to a Google doc with each family listed on a separate tab. Each tab contains a list of items per family member. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on the Google doc and include your e-mail address.

Here are few other things to note:

  • Please bring UNWRAPPED, NEW gifts to the Huff office no later than December 13.
  • Please attach a tag containing the Family #, person (mom, dad, daughter etc) and age of the recipient so that we can ensure it gets to the correct person. (For example, Family # 5, mom or Family # 5 Daughter, age 5)
  • Suggested spending guideline - max of $40 per item (not per person).

If you have any questions, please contact (Aisha Rengan) at arengan@yahoo.com. Thank you for all your support!

Online Auction Sales Closes December 31

Now is the time to finish any remaining auction purchases online! If you have already registered for the auction with your credit card, you may simply sign in, shop, and check out. If you did not attend the auction or register, then you need to register on the auction site, enter your credit card information, then shop and checkout. There are may great items and parties still available for purchase! The complete list of open parties is available here.

Still need to pick up items you won at the auction? All envelopes are available for pickup at the Huff office. If you have physical items or gift baskets, please contact Lavanya Ramakrishnan at fundraising@huffpta.org to arrange pickup. All items must be picked up December 20.

Mark your calendar. Don't forget to mark your calendars with all the party/event dates. The list of all auction parties and dates are available here.

Send us your photos for the yearbook!

If you have any photos from the activities below, we’d love it if you’d share them with us so we can include them in the yearbook!

  • Halloween
  • Unity Day
  • Auction
  • Gordon Korman (author) visit
  • 5th Grade - Amazing Race

Please put them in the folders at the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...

Let Me Run

Let Me Run is looking for at least two parent volunteers to coach the spring Let Me Run season at Huff. Let Me Run is a 7-week wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, we encourage boys to develop their psychological, emotional, and social health, in addition to their physical health. (think Healthy Masculinity). This program is for 4th-5th grade boys. Your boy can participate in 3rd grade if you are a coach. The program prepares all boys to run a 5K in mid-May (May 11, 2019).

Practice times and days are TBD based on the coaches. They can be any time after school and/or on weekends. Coaches do not need to be runners. Head coach needs to attend a training led by fellow Huff parent, Sheetal Shah, on Jan 12 or Feb. 9 at the El Camino YMCA. Training is 3.5 hours long. Assistant coaches will be trained by the head coach before the season begins.

Please help us continue this program at the school where it all started on the west coast! The program will be cancelled if we can’t find a coach. If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Sheetal at sheetal@letmerun.org

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.

Check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now to prepare for open enrollment

The time for you to confirm your child’s enrollment for the next school year is coming up. Beginning Jan. 7, parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20.

Make sure you have access now! By mid-December, you will be receiving an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with instructions for a creating an account, if you don’t currently have one.

Many middle school parents currently use PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection and grades, assignment and attendance monitoring. Some elementary parents have accounts from past student enrollment processes.

To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: www.mvwsd.org/register. For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

Choice school meetings (for families considering applying for choice schools during open enrollment beginning Jan. 7)

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are coming up on:
Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Teacher: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

Gabriela Mistral Elementary- Spanish/English Dual Immersion
Families of incoming Kindergartners are invited to visit with Tabitha Miller, principal of Gabriela Mistral.

* Information Night: December 17 @ 5:30 PM (Presentation delivered in both Spanish and English)
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: January 11 @ 8:45 AM
* Mistral Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Stevenson Elementary - Parent and Child Teacher
Stevenson Elementary will share information about the program and answer any questions you may have. Stevenson focuses on Project Based Learning in partnership with parents to prepare students for the 21st century.

* Kinder Info Nights on December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM and January 10 at 6:00-7:00 PM.
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: December 5 at 9:00-10:00 AM and January 17 at 9:00-10:00 AM (Arts Focus Tour)
* Stevenson Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of all events.

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.

MVWSD Discrimination Notice

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or cghysels@mvwsd.org.

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment
5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures
1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment
0410 BP- Non Discrimination in District Programs and Activities

MVEF News

The Mountain View Educational Foundation relies on parents to reach their goal to raise $750,000 this year to provide a well-rounded education for every child in Mountain View. Your donation funds Community School of Music and Art classes, Living Classroom, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, middle school athletics and more. Donors like you make this happen. Donate today at mvef.org.

Let’s Talk … Boundaries

"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 third topic is boundaries. What changes will be made for the 2019-20 school year and who will be affected.

Click here to view the video.

To check how boundary changes may affect you, please click here to view your child’s school of residence.

Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child or confirm your child’s enrollment for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: www.mvwsd.org/register.

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC

7:00-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month

Los Altos Library Orchard Room
, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

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

Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour for Incoming Families
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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

Flyers and Attachments

December 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.