January 17, 2018

Principal’s Message

Please join me at my next Principal’s Coffee on Thursday, January 25 from 8:15 to 9:15. We will be discussing the California School Dashboard (a measure of how we are doing as a school) as well as topics of interest to families. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

PTA Parent Chat and General Meeting on Jan. 18

Join us on Thursday NIGHT 1/18 for a Parent Chat at 6:15pm and the PTA General Meeting at 7:00pm. An opportunity to chat with current PTA Board members and other parents and find out more about how PTA supports our students!

Get more info on Hawkfest festivities and what kind of volunteers we need for this awesome event.

General Meeting will also include voting in the PTA Nominating Committee, enrichment program update & finance updates.

Eat right and give back January 18! Join us at Sweetgreen, located at 440 Castro Street

Starting off 2018 with a vow to eat healthier? Kick off the new year doing good for your body and good for the community! On January 18 Sweetgreen will be donating 20% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! There are some amazing choices, check out the menu at sweetgreen.com!

Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Information Night - January 24 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham.

If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (at the back of the school).

You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals some basic Information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask questions from our 6th grade student panel.

If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear students from all our amazing musical groups perform. You will also hear from our Athletic Director about our after-school sports program. We will have teachers who teach some of the other electives, talk about their courses, like STEM, Robotics, GMS TV and more.

At 6:45 p.m. we will rotate the groups so everyone can see both presentations. We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you.

Crittenden 5th Grade Parent Night - January 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Hello 5th grade families! Please join us on January 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crittenden auditorium to learn more about our school and what to expect in 6th grade. This event is for parents, though students are welcome. We will host events for students in the spring.


JOB DESCRIPTION: The 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. Flexible hours. $20 an hour. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. Must be a fluent English speaker to apply. For more information contact Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org.

Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

  • Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are found here (www.mvwsd.org/committees). Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or rclark@mvwsd.org.

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. With seasonal flu circulating at our schools and in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do.

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours. If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice.
  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.
  • Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.
  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.
  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.
  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Feeling extremely irritable
  • Not urinating
  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Winter Gala and Raffle

Time to buy your raffle tickets! Mountain View Educational Foundation has some amazing prizes up for grabs in this year's raffle.

  • First prize: Two premium tickets to the Shoreline Concert of your choice
  • Second Prize: Dinner for 4 at Quattro Restaurant
  • Third Prize: A $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery!

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling tickets at every school, to find out where to get your tickets send a note to hafsa@mvef.org. Interested in selling tickets? Our top two sellers get $25 Amazon gift cards.

Our Winter Gala and Auction is February 10. Check out the attached flyer or go to MVEF.org

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Raising Digital Natives” with Dr. Devorah Heitner

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world. See flyer

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater

Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakers

To register, please click here.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 17

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

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

Date: Wednesday, January 17
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room - 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 22 (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)
Stevenson PACT School - Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

Feb. 8: State of the Schools Event

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

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View

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

Performances: Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

Don't Miss Out on Fun Events & Great Deals!

Looking for something fun to do for yourself or your kids? Check out the upcoming auction parties that still have space available:

Prices have been reduced on ALL unsold items so don’t miss the great deals on camps, outings, and more:

Check out all of the available items and order online at https://www.huffptaauction.com. You can also email your order to auction@huffpta.org, be sure to include the the item or event you would like.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.


We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General meeting

Jan. 22 - 26 - Spirit Week

Wed., Jan. 24, 6:00 p.m. - 6th Grade Info Night at Graham Middle School

Thu., Jan. 25, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Jan. 25, 6:00 p.m. - 6th Grade Info Night at Crittenden Middle School

Tue., Feb. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Feb. 16 - MINIMUM DAY - End of trimester

Feb. 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

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

Flyers and Attachments

January Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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