December 14, 2016


Principal’s Message

How the last four and a half months have flown by!

It seems like yesterday that I was walking around the blacktop, practically incognito, introducing myself to everyone on the first day of school. Since then, I’ve donned a bright orange hoodie and spent time directing morning and afternoon traffic... I‘ve experienced the wonder of the kindergarten mind and they have labeled me “Coffeeman”...I’ve witnessed the tireless dedication of Huff’s staff as they work hard each and every day to make learning meaningful and fun...I’ve gotten to know our wonderful students and marvel daily at their curiosity and potential... and I have seen Huff Love personified by hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to bring us the programming and materials we need to provide a top-notch education for all children. This is a special place, and I am gratified to be a part of it.

May we all rest over the break and be rejuvenated for 2017! See you January 4!

Lost and Found

Please check out the lost and found, and get your lost items by Dec. 15. Girl Scout Troop 60840 will be cleaning up the lost and found after school on Thurs, Dec. 15. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Baking some holiday treats? Look for Box Tops!

If you and your family are baking some delicious holiday treats remember to look out for Box Tops. They can be found on Betty Crocker baking mixes, Reynolds parchment paper and baking cups as well as the ziplocks you put the treats in. So clip those box tops and bring them in after the holiday break. Every box top helps us raise funds for our STEM initiatives. For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt geeners@gmail.com.

Huff Auction - Merchandise and Parties Available

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! With Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s time to get ready for the holidays and buying gifts. A great way to do so and help our children and school is to shop the open auction items. We still have wonderful parties with open spots for adults and children, as well as other items carried over from the auction. Go to: http://huffptaauction.com and shop online now. Attached you will find a list of everything that is still available waiting for you.

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted) at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office will have Colorcycle boxes for dropoff. Our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort from last year by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com)

Shop Amazon, Raise Money for Huff

If you shop on Amazon.com or want to help raise funds for Huff via shopping, remember to use the unique Huff URL for Amazon.com. The key to success is starting the shopping experience with the Huff URL, and there’s a potential to earn as much as 15% per purchase for Huff. Click on Huff Amazon Associates and start shopping: Huff Amazon Associates.

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

Thu., Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Honor Choir Winter Concert

Fri., Dec. 16 - Mon., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Tue., Jan. 3 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Wed., Jan. 11, 12:50 p.m. - Spelling Bee

Wed., Jan. 18, 12:50 p.m. - Geography Bee

Honor Choir Winter Concerts - various dates - flyer

Extra-curricular

All after school programs are now on the Huff website. Please check the website, on the menu, select Enrichment -> After-school Options.

CSMA Music Trimester Report

Take advantage of year-end tax credits. Donate to MVEF!

If you haven't donated to the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) now is the time during its year-end campaign. MVEF's goal is to meet 50% of its 2016-17 overall fundraising goal and raise $375,000 to provide our Mountain View Whisman School District students art and music in the classroom, access to fun, informative field trips, and other curriculum support. Help MVEF reach its goal by donating $500 per student by Dec. 31 at mvef.org/donate. Thank you for your support!

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop “10 Steps to a Healthier Family”;

help with sleep and nutrition, presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.

Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View.

Parents will learn about:

  • How much sleep kids really need
  • How to get the most out of mealtimes with kids
  • Positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. Returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please confirm your attendance here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-10-steps-...)

Let's Talk

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.

All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. See flyer.

Monday January 9, 2017

10 AM - 12 PM - in the Conference Room

Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

College for Students with Special Needs: What You Need to Know

Many high school students with special needs, learning challenges, or disabilities (on an IEP or 504) will consider post-secondary education. Options include community college, 4-year college, and universities with a variety of options and support. It can be overwhelming at first. Come find out more about what’s available and how you can help prepare for your student’s education after high school. See flyer.

Panelists:

‣ Sandra Cernobori, counselor from Paly

‣ Foothill Community College

‣ Kevin Shields, disability services at UCB

When: Wednesday,January18,2017

Where: Santa Rita Elementary School, MP room


700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Parent Chat:

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?

Parent Chat - Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC

7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

Los Altos Library Orchard Room
 - 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Announcing Parent Access Account Change

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your students’ information with your own Powerschool account, instead of sharing an account with your students. In the next two weeks, you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

● MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.

● VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON. Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen. Simply click each button to access information about each student.

● PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account. Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.

● YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE. Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

● INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.

● MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

December Lunch Menu

January Lunch Menu

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