Apr. 10, 2019



Principal’s Message

The first ever Children’s Business Fair (CBF) at Huff was a blast! All told, over fifty student-run businesses sold their products and services for two and a half hours on Saturday morning. Shoppers also had a chance to enter a raffle, enjoy free snacks, and savor food from the Waffle and Crepes food truck. After the fair, student entrepreneurs were recognized for excelling in various categories. Congratulations to the following students:

Luke F. and Max K. - Best Branding
Rida V. - Best Booth Decor
Lara P. and Lucy M. - Best Sales Pitch
David A. and Stephen S. - Best Customer Service
Nelson R. and Yahajira R. - Best Original Idea
Vivien K and Caitlyn K. - Best Entrepreneur Grades K-2
Dominik K. and Jonah S. - Best Entrepreneur Grades 3-5

If you missed the event, check out the Huff CBF 2019 video here.

Memorable events like the CBF will stay with our children throughout their lives. Many of our school’s other Project-Based Learning experiences have a similar impact. They allow students to take on real-world tasks, get real-world feedback, and reflect on the skills and ideas they need to continue developing in order to improve. These events also bolster the attributes listed in the Profile of a Graduate: Collaborative, Critical Thinker, Curious and Engaged, Creative, Flexible and Adaptable, Effective Communicator, Problem Solver, and Technologically Literate. I know that we will build upon our successes (and our failures) in order to guide all Huff and MVWSD students toward the continued development of these important qualities.

A huge thank you to the amazing staff- and parent planning team for your hours of preparation. Thank you to all of the families who supported your children at home as their investors and advisors (and sometimes, landlords). See you next year for CBF2020!

Spring Break and Field Maintenance

There will be no school the week of April 15 due to Spring Break! The City of Mountain View is scheduling maintenance (fertilization) of the Huff field on Tuesday, so if you see them doing work, please do not use the field at that time. Thank you, and have a great week off!

Superintendent’s Coffee

Dr. Rudolph will be working from Huff April 25-26. He will kick off his time here with a Superintendent’s Coffee on Thursday, April 25 from 8:10-9:00 a.m. in the MUR. Join us for a hot beverage and to discuss district and site topics.

Open House

Families, please join us at our annual Open House event on Thursday, April 11. We will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the formal presentation of our new piano, followed by an Honor Choir concert in the MUR. Classrooms will be open for you to visit from 6:30 to 7:30, as well as the Art Show in the MUR. Come and see the wonderful learning that has taken place so far this year. See you soon!

State Testing

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) during the weeks of April 29 and May 6. This set of standardized tests includes a English Language Arts assessment and a Mathematics assessment. Fifth graders will also take the California Science Test. Families, please check the school calendar for specific dates and avoid taking out-of-town trips or scheduling morning medical, dental, or other appointments during the testing window. More detailed information to come in the following weeks.

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!

  • Science Night
  • Children’s Business Fair
  • Huff Multicultural Day
  • Teacher and Staff Candids
  • Girl and Boy Scouts, “Peter Pan”

Please put them in the folders at the link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...

Scouting, “Peter Pan” and any other clubs/after school activities can go here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1imVjvcpemo...

If you prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook at all, please contact us at yearbook@huffpta.org.

HAWKFEST is Friday, May 17, but planning starts now!

Hawkfest is our year-end 'school carnival' with games, crafts, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! We still need a few volunteers to help with things like planning food, entertainment, classroom activity planning and vendor management . Check out our sign-up sheet on Konstella to pitch in and make it another great Hawkfest.

Girl Scouts Helping Refugees

We are the Fifth Grade Girl Scout troop at Huff, and for our bronze award project, we have decided to collect supplies for refugees. We feel strongly about this because many refugees don't have as many privileges as most of us do. Please encourage your child to bring in full size shampoo bottles, soap/body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dish soap and metal utensils. We will leave a bin outside of the office the week of April 8 to collect the items. We will be collecting supplies all week.

We appreciate your contributions and thank you for your support! GS Troop 60845

Register Today for the Mountain View School District Chess Tournament!

Registration for the 16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament is now open at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess. The tournament will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Monta Loma, from 11:30-5:00. Parent volunteers are needed before, during, and after the tournament. There is no entry fee due to sponsorship from Google. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Huff parent Micah Merrick at micahmerrick@gmail.com. Thanks!

MVEF News

Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible art work created by MVWSD students at the upcoming open houses. The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) will be showcasing student art projects at every school. The District's portion of art instruction is funded entirely by MVEF thanks to donations from parents like you! If you have not donated this year you can do so at mvef.org/donate.

Take a break from the kitchen and help fund art, music, science, and athletics in our schools. The Counter Restaurant, located at 2850 W. El Camino Real, will donate 15% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation, Monday April 8th- Thursday 11th. Just mention MVEF or show the attached flyer!

Spanish Interpreters Needed

JOB TITLE: Spanish Interpreters

RATE OF PAY: $25.00/hour

Must be available for written translations and in person interpretation of parent meetings during the school year and night events. All applicants will participate in a screening process that includes written and oral evaluation of Spanish and English skills. Applicants must have extensive vocabulary in both language. Please contact Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org or call 650-526-3500 X1028 for more information.

MV Parent U presents “Positive Parenting Strategies”

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Auditorium.

As parents we seek to have the most positive impact that we can on our children. How can we tell if we are doing enough, or doing too much, to help?

Parents will learn…

  • approaches parents can use to understand the impact that we are having today
  • techniques and approaches parents can use to have an even more positive impact in the future.

Presenter: Tracy Greene is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in supporting individuals and families in crisis; helping sort through the emotional impact while developing strategies to move forward.

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

Make your own Bogo Mogo (and help save the oceans!)

Meet Bogo Mogo, a plastic monster spawned in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that turns marine life into plastic zombies. Created by young artist Aria Luna, Bogo Mogo is part of Fusion Tide, an art exhibit raising awareness about the plastics polluting our waterways and oceans. In this workshop, we’ll tell the story behind the exhibit and show you how to create your own Bogo Mogo from mixed plastics we use every day.

Turning plastics into art helps prevent plastic from piling up in our landfills and ending up in the ocean. We call this “plastic sequestration."

Plastics and other workshop materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own household plastics. At the end of the workshop, we will weigh your finished artwork and give you a certificate with the name, dimensions, and weight of your creation.

Participants will also receive free coloring pages from the story of Bogo Mogo, and info cards about 5 key ways to deal with plastic.

Selected works will be placed on display at Mountain View City Hall after the Earth Day event (exhibit date TBD).
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 1 - 2:30 pm
Presenters: Aria Luna & Birgitte Rasine
Art instructor: Lourdes Morante-Mieses (professional artist)
Audience: Elementary & Middle School students (recommended grades 3 - 8)
Location: Mountain View Community Center
Host organization: City of Mountain View
Registration: Please register by emailing Birgitte Rasine at art@lucita.net.

More information: please see the Eventbrite link to the Earth Day event. (The Eventbrite registration is for the general event, not the workshop)

MVLA Speaker Series Event: Film screening of LIKE, April 30 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

MVLA Speaker Series presents two screenings of LIKE - an IndieFlix Original Film on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | LAHS Eagle Theater |201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA.

LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know?

By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives, and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. Released this past fall, LIKE is a follow-up to Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, an IndieFlix film about teen anxiety.

Following each screening, CHAC therapists will be available to share resources and to answer individual and small group questions.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-like.eventbrite.com Spanish subtitles. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Looking for Summer Camps?

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way for parents to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a FREE list of programs: MV.inplay.org. InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer you a free online search service with hundreds of local after-school/summer camp programs. Attached is a flyer. If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact: info@inplay.org.

Spring After School Robotics & Java Coding with Wizbots

At Wizbots, our aim is to inspire students in the pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Our after school Robotics & Java Coding Labs revolve around LEGO® robotics and provides students with a fun way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Novices and advanced students, alike, will learn coding, engineering, and design in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Our Lab at Huff begins Thursday, April 4 and is open to students in grades 3-5. Learn more and enroll now at wizbots.com/afterschool. Have questions? Email us at info@wizbots.com.

Let’s Talk: Testing

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). For MVWSD students in grades 3-8, this testing will happen after spring break (Please check your school newsletter for the exact dates).

This time is an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards, and get important information about our students’ progress. Learn more in this eighth episode in the "Let's Talk" video series. There are also links to resources and practice tests on www.mvwsd.org.

Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

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).

New, updated District calendar

Please click here for the updated 2019-20 District calendar. This version, with the approval date of March 21, 2019 at the bottom, aligns spring break with Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and eliminates a recess day initially planned for October.

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., Apr. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Positive Parenting Strategies
Thu., Apr. 11, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House
April 15 - 19 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Thu., Apr. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Superintendent’s Coffee
Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Strings Concert
Thu., May 2, 1:30 p.m. - Spring Concert - Honor Choir
Tue., May 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Wed., May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - The Age of Technology & Social Media
Mon., May 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Tue., May 14, 4:00 p.m. - The Frog Prince (by PYT after school) - in MUR (free)
Thu., May 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Thu., May 16, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Band Concert
Fri., May 17, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest

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

Flyers and Attachments

April 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.