Apr. 3, 2019



Principal’s Message: 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!

Children's Business Fair

Join us at the first-ever CHILDREN'S BUSINESS FAIR at Huff Elementary School on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.! Come and peruse over fifty student-run shops selling all manners of crafts, products, and services. Customers will also enjoy free snacks as they shop, and there will be a free drawing to win awesome prizes such as a new bicycle. Our proprietors aren't too keen on paying credit card fees, so please, *cash only*. The Children's Business Fair promises to be a fun, inspirational, and educational time for all. We hope to see everyone there!

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.

Spring Break: 4/15-4/19

There will be no school the week of April 15 due to Spring Break! Enjoy the time off!

From the County: Measles notice

On March 26, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirmed one case of measles in an international traveler visiting the county. Individuals who are not immune to measles AND who visited certain sites may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure.

Santa Clara County benefits from very high rates of vaccination against measles. Most people received two doses of measles vaccine (“MMR vaccine”) as children and are protected. However, parents of unvaccinated children, unvaccinated adults, and those with weakened immune systems are advised to review the list of sites and times individuals may have been exposed below. Children at risk may include infants who are too young to receive the vaccine, children who cannot receive measles vaccine due to weakened immune system (for example, due to organ transplant or chemotherapy), or other unvaccinated children.

For a list of exposure sites and more information, visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/news/Pages/measle.... If you have concerns or questions about your or your child's health, please contact your health care provider.

After School Programs

There are still some spots available for various after school programs. Check out the full list here.

5th Grade Promotion

It’ll be here before you know it! Our 5th grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 5 from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. Mark your calendars!

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

Magical Bridge Playground Fundraiser

This year, our school will participate in collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars to help support Magical Bridge Playground coming to Mountain View at Rengstorff Park starting Monday, March 25th through Friday, April 5th. With our continued support this year, we hope to help them cross the fundraising finish line!

Magical Bridge is a playground for children and adults of all abilities and disabilities, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, hearing and visual impairments, those with sensory challenges, and even our aging population. The funds collected during our coin drive will go directly to fund this community project.

In addition to collecting coins and dollars at school, families can also make donations online at: https://give.classy.org/magicalbridgemvwsd. During the check out process, you'll be prompted to select your child's school and room number so the funds count towards the correct classroom. This year, the classroom that collects the most funds at each school will be honored with a custom tile on the donor wall in the new playground.

Individual donations of $300 or above will also be recognized with a tile on the donor wall inside the new playground.

To learn more about Magical Bridge coming to Mountain View and the district-wide coin drive, see below:

CLICK HERE to see a video about Magical Bridge.

CLICK HERE to see a video about the Coin Drive.

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.

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow" with Jeff Selingo on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Join us for an evening with higher education expert and author, Jeff Selingo, the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education as he explores what happens to our children after they graduate from college and how the path today looks very different from the journey we, as parents, took a generation ago.

Jeff’s talk will address:

  • what parents (and students) need to know so students can be better prepared to both thrive in college and beyond
  • what students need to know and how to prepare for the changed landscape of college and employment recruiting.

Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-jeffselingo.eventbrite.com. Please bring your ticket, it will be checked at the door.

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

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)

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.

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

Fri., Apr. 5, 1:00 p.m. - 4th Grade Recorder Concert
Sat., Apr. 6, 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair
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

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.