Apr. 24, 2019

Principal’s Message: Effective Communicators and Flexibility & Adaptability

Please join us on the blacktop right after drop off on Friday, May 3 as we celebrate students across Huff who are great examples of effective communicators and who demonstrate flexibility & adaptability.

  • Our effective communicators express their thoughts clearly and concisely in writing and speech, are great listeners, and are great at understanding and using nonverbal communication to attain their goals.
  • We celebrate flexibility & adaptability because all successful individuals must able to adjust to different situations, especially when they change unexpectedly. Flexibility & Adaptability are at the heart of Growth Mindset as well, because flexible and adaptable people believe that failure leads to learning and are confident that changes and mistakes lead to learning and improvement.

Families, you can support at home by

  • challenging children to express their thoughts fully using complete sentences and including rationales
  • pointing out examples of good verbal and nonverbal communication
  • reminding kids to stay calm and focus on solutions whenever challenges arise
  • noticing and pointing out life’s “curve balls” and talking through possible solutions

In this issue

Superintendent’s coffee
State testing begins next week
Let’s Talk: Testing
Vargas updates
Lost and found
Middle school electives selection
Hawkfest: planning, t-shirt design, karaoke
Yearbook photos needed
Bike and walk to school day
Chess tournament
Spanish interpreters needed
MVLA Speaker Series
MVWSD Parent U
Summer camps
District calendar for 2019-20
Upcoming dates
Flyers and attachments

Superintendent’s Coffee: Friday, April 26

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

State testing begins next week

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) beginning next Tuesday, April 30. 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.

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.

Vargas Updates!

A short, short time from now

in a park very very near…

May Fest: The JA Vargas Elementary Social

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School will host its May Festival (play date) for all students, parents, teachers and community members on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM at Whisman Park. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Come out and meet Principal Jones, new teachers, the PTA Board, and your fellow Golden Owls! May the 4th be with you…

This invitation is also posted on: https://www.facebook.com/events/377040156227805/ and https://nextdoor.com/events/2856445/

To stay up to date about Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, Like and Follow the JA Vargas FB page: https://www.facebook.com/JAVargasElem/

For questions, you can also email Sarah Reginaldo: sarahreginaldo@gmail.com

Lost and Found

Please check out the Lost and Found bin for your student's items! Jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, sports equipment, etc.... Everything will be removed and donated by next Friday May 3!

Incoming middle school parents: Prepare to select electives for 2019-20

Use your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to select Electives for 2019-2c

Beginning May 1, 2019, parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2019-20. You will receive an email with instructions and a course catalog on April 26.

Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now! Your school’s secretary will be contacting you to create a parent account if you do not already have one.

You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.

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

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.

Hawkfest T-shirt Design Winner

Congratulations to first grader Ryder S (Room 4) whose design was selected from dozens of student submissions to be used on this year’s Hawkfest t-shirts! The winning design will soon be on display in the glass case outside the office, along with the other submissions that will also be hung around the office for all to enjoy. Watch for Hawkfest t-shirt order forms to be coming home in Friday folders this week; order forms will also be available online at huffpta.org.

Those submissions that did not win, are welcome to submit them again for our next art contest: Re-painting the Ball Wall! If you would like to submit your Hawks artwork for the Ball Wall, please bring it to the main office by Friday, May 3. Remember that if your art is chosen for the Ball Wall, you (with the help of your family) will be actually painting the Ball Wall. So you may want to check with your parents first!

Karaoke is coming to Hawkfest!

Huff Dad, DJ Purple, will be helping coordinate awesome karaoke fun at Hawkfest this year. We would love to have large groups of students, families, or individuals join us to sing their favorite tunes! Please sign up in the main office by Friday, May 10 with your song request. Any questions? Email djpurple@djpurple.com

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks with Free Shipping!

Yearbooks can still be purchased for $25 each (before tax) with free shipping until April 26. After that date yearbooks cost the same but the shipping cost per book starts at $7.99 . We will also be selling a limited number of yearbooks when they come out at the end of the year.

And again, if you already made a $200+ donation to Huff PTA before Sept. 14, 2018, an order was already made for you, we have your information and no ordering is necessary.

For more information on how to order your child’s yearbook, go to: https://www.huffpta.org/yearbook

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:


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


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

National Walk & Bike to School Day - May 8, 2019

Join students all over the country who are walking and biking to school on May 8, 2019. Consider organizing a walking school bus or bike train with other students and families. Using active transportation for the journey to school boosts strength, confidence and academic outcomes. If school is too far, try out an active commute for the last part of the trip. More information can be found at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Bike-Themed Thursday Night Live - August 1, 2019

Over the summer, the City of Mountain View will hold a bike-themed Thursday Night Live on August 1, 2019, which features a community-wide bike safety rodeo. Join us in downtown Mountain View and spread the word to your school community. More information can be found at https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/events/thurs...

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!

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.

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.

MV Parent U presents “Media in the Middle: Parenting in the Age of Technology and Social Media.”

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 PM, Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Presenters: My digital TAT2. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include:

  • The evolving digital landscape and current trends
  • Emotional and psychological responses to technology and social media
  • Responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, and sleep
  • Strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Live streaming on the internet at www.mvwsd.org
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

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.

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.

Upcoming dates

Fri., Apr. 26, 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
Fri., May 3, 8:05 a.m. - POG Assembly

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
Mon., May 20, 8:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., May 24, 7:30 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Fri., May 24 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 3rd Trimester
Mon., May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., Jun. 5, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation
Fri., Jun. 7 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

***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?

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