October 25, 2017
Walk to School Day
This Thursday, October 26 is our next Walk to School Day! Enter the raffle to win a bike and helmet if you walk, ride your bike or carpool into school. This time we are adding an Early Bird Raffle for kids who arrive before 7:50! Come early and beat the mad rush into Huff and be entered into the early bird raffle as well! You could be the assistant principal for a morning! See attachment.
Halloween is almost here...
Click here to read a letter from the principal about Halloween guidelines and festivities on Tuesday, October 31. Make sure you click on the link so you don’t miss out on any details.
Operation Gratitude is back!
Too much candy in your house after Halloween? Why not donate them at school to Operation Gratitude? Huff is teaming up with Grant Road Dental to collect and donate extra candy to our men and women in the Armed Services. There will be collection bins outside of the office for a week after Halloween. Special thanks to third grader Lara P for spearheading this three years in a row!
Want text messages from the District? Opt in!
MVWSD has the capability to send text messages, but we are required to ask you first to opt-in before receiving text messages from the District. MVWSD would send you texts infrequently, for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information.
Here’s how to opt in. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to receive text messages from the District at any time by texting one of the short codes listed below to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record.
- Opt-in: "Y", "YES", "OPTIN", "OPT IN", and "SUBSCRIBE" are all acceptable keywords for subscribing to SMS text messaging.
- Opt-out: "END", "CANCEL", "OPT OUT", "OPTOUT", "STOP", "QUIT", and "UNSUBSCRIBE" will cancel SMS messages to the recipient.
You may have received a text message and opted in when this service was first added in 2015 or when your cell phone number was added to our system.
In order to receive messages from the District you need to opt-in from the number that is listed as the cell contact number in our student information system. If you need to update this number, please contact your school.
Huff PTA Parent Satisfaction Survey
At our 1st General PTA meeting last month (Sept. 14) we heard questions from new and current members that led to the need for baseline data from our community. In order to serve you better, we would like ALL parents to participate in this brief survey: http://tinyurl.com/y9xdeva2
Please complete the survey by November 1. We plan to share the survey results at the next General meeting on Nov. 16 and use a similar survey annually to gauge community satisfaction and requests. Adding your comments to the survey will help us understand how Huff PTA can best serve our community… especially our students! Thank you! - Hera & PTA Board
Huff Book Fair Library Fundraiser available ONLINE too!
In case you missed it, or weren’t able to find the book(s) you wanted, please check out the Online Book Fair! All proceeds benefit the Huff library and classroom libraries! Order online with free shipping to the school! Your orders will then be delivered to your child. Online ordering is from Mon. 10/9 and extends through Oct. 29!! Free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child’s classroom after the online event ends. Simply click: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/huffelementaryschool
Chipotle fundraiser to support MVEF on Oct. 25
To support MVEF, come in to the Chipotle at 1039 A El Monte Avenue in Mountain View on Wednesday, October 25 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to MVEF.
Cafecito with the Superintendent
For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.
It's Time to Register to Attend the Huff PTA's 20th Anniversary Silent Auction & Party!
The Silent Auction & Party is less than 2 weeks away on Saturday, November 4, and it’s time to register for The 20/20 Experience!
Register for the Event: http://www.huffptaauction.com
The auction is the Huff community’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support to make the event a success! The Auction is FREE to attend, but we strongly encourage you to register in advance so you can avoid the long registration line on the evening of the event.
Please consider volunteering an hour or two of your time to help with auction preparations, day of event setup, data entry, checkout, and more. Check out the Auction Signup Sheet for jobs and items you could loan for the evening (water dispensers, coolers, folding tables and more).
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30pm for The 20/20 Experience. To learn more about the Auction check out the Auction FAQs. If you have donations, suggestions, questions or can volunteer please contact the Auction Chair, Suzanne Shultz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
Childcare for Auction night
YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night, November 4. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Event includes: Dinner, games, prizes and a special dessert. For more details, contact Director- Robert Muniz at email@example.com or (650) 429 1366
Date: Nov. 4, 2017
Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040
Cost: $35 per child
Donated to MVEF yet? Avoid the call and make your tax-deductible donation now!
Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join AM choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.
* MVEF will be holding its annual phone-a-thon on October 25, so donate today to avoid the call! mvef.org/donations
Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education through core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports.
MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8
Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 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!
- 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.)
MVWSD uses data to inform its initiatives and decisions on all aspects of its services. While it’s important that we learn from you, we also know you’re busy, and we want to balance the time involved with District surveys with our need for information to serve our students and families.
To help with this, the District tracks the number of surveys given annually. This year, these are the major, district wide surveys that you will be asked to participate in:
Climate survey for staff, students (grades 5, 7) and all parents - November 6
LCAP survey for staff, students and parents - February
Thank you in advance for your participation, time and thoughtfulness.
After School Programs
The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thu., Oct. 26 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day
Tue., Oct. 31, 12:45 p.m. - Halloween Parade
Fri., Nov. 3 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1
Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Silent Auction and Party
Nov. 6 - 13 - Week of Inspirational Math
Tue., Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone
Fri., Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day
Thu., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Nov. 22 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.
Flyers and Attachments
- English Classes for Parents - starting Aug. 19 - join any time!
- Coding+Minecraft master+ Real-Life Robotics
- MVLA Speaker Series: Real American: A Memoir - Julie Lythcott-Haims, Tue. Nov. 14
- CSMA - Día de los Muertos celebration - Wed. Nov. 1 - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.