February 15, 2017


Principal’s Message: Construction Update

As we approach the summer, you’ll be hearing more about the upcoming construction plans. Huff will undergo construction in three phases. Phase 1, the construction of a new MUR on the southwest portion of campus, will begin this summer. To make room for the new MUR, the programs in rooms 19-22 will be relocated to portable buildings on our blacktop. While this may be an inconvenience, it’s a relatively small price to pay for a brand new multipurpose room. Click here to see the official district maps of the three phases of construction. These are also posted on the Huff Office windows.

If you have questions about construction, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As always, thank you for your support!

Local Control Accountability Protocol (LCAP) Presentation and Feedback Session - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Each year, our district reviews and revises our LCAP for submission to Sacramento. Come and hear Mr. Chang present the district priorities, goals, and steps we are taking to improve outcomes for all children.

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2017-18 school year.

Please join us for a meeting to learn more about the LCAP process: Thursday, February 16, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in our MUR.

Parents: Please click here (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3336580/MVWSD-Parent...) to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/community-page/lcff-lcap

Imagineerz i-can Parent Workshop:

As part of our commitment to helping our children develop a Growth Mindset, we have partnered this year with ImagineerzLearning - an organization that teaches their "i-can" curriculum to children through summer camps and in-school programs. Using design challenges, they introduce specific language and tools to help every child develop an i-can mindset - a mindset of creative problem solving, confidence, and perseverance. We have seen amazing results first hand as they are running their program at our school for 1st graders.

Imagineerz has offered to run parent workshops for the entire Huff community. In their interactive workshops, parents learn the science behind the Imagineerz i-can™ concepts and how to best reinforce the i-can™ mindset at home. Come join us and learn specific tools to help your child become a confident, perseverant problem solver!

When:

  • Thursday Feb. 9: 7 - 8pm
  • Tuesday Feb. 28: 7 - 8pm
  • Monday, Mar. 27: 7 - 8pm

Where: Huff MUR

CSMA Art Show

From now until February 28, works by Huff students will be displayed at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda at 500 Castro Street as part of the annual CSMA Art4Schools show, A Line Runs Through It. Check it out!

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts Today!

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, and show your Huff pride! Supplies and sizes are limited so don't delay and order today.

  • Full Zip, Hooded Sweatshirts: $25
  • T-Shirts $15

Checkout the full zip hoodies and t-shirts online. Choose from Youth and Adult sizes (while supplies last). You can order online now to reserve your size & pay with a credit card. Include your child's name and class during the online checkout process so a PTA representative can deliver your order directly to your student. If you prefer to pay with check or cash please email your order to volunteers@huffpta.org, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form: https://squareup.com/store/huff-elementary-pta

Open Auction Parties

Parents and children, don’t miss out on these amazing parties. There are still open spots available. Please sign up on line, then bring a check made out to Huff PTA (in the memo, write the party you signed up for) or cash to the Huff office in an envelope to my attention. Still several fun parties to meet other Huff parents and/or kids and be part of this wonderful Huff community. Don’t miss out! See attached for available parties. Happy shopping!

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)

Upcoming Events

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

Wed., Feb. 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day Commemoration

Fri., Feb. 17 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 2nd Trimester

Fri., Feb. 17 - George Washington Day Commemoration

Feb. 20 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Feb. 27 - Mar 3 - Growth Mindset Week

Tue., Mar. 7, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Thu., Mar. 9, 12:00 p.m. - Multi-cultural day

Wed., Mar. 15 - Spring Photo Day

Thu., Mar. 16, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., Mar. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Thu., Mar. 30, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House

Extra-curricular

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

New After School Programs

  • Chef Koochooloo: Students will learn to cook fun and delicious dishes and learn about the geography and culture of the country of origin. Click here for the flyer.
  • Spanish and Mandarin Classes: Research shows that learning languages is one very important key to success. We are happy to bring IES Language, an established language learning company, to Huff. Click here for the flyer.
  • Let Me Run: Think ‘running meeting Project Cornerstone’ and helping boys break the "Boy Code" and you have the Let Me Run Program. This is a 7 week program culminating in the boys completing a 5K on May 13. See flyer for more information. We are so excited to be the first chapter in CA and cannot wait to start!! Registration will begin on Feb. 27. The first practice will be March 24 with meetings after school Mondays and Fridays. For more information refer to http://www.letmerun.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Sheetal Shah (sheetal@alum.mit.edu), mother of Sanjay P (4th grade).


MVWSD is now a “safe haven” district

Committed to the health of its diverse community, the Board of Trustees approved on Feb. 2 a resolution discouraging any potential immigration enforcement activities around schools that could create a pervasive climate of fear, conflict and stress for all students.

Citing that all children in the U.S. are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ citizenship, or immigration status, the Board pledged to use its discretion authorized by law to ensure the security of all of its students.

Questions and worries about immigration affects all students; children who have a status as well as those whose family members, friends, or schoolmates do not, and students who are themselves undocumented.

Read the full text of the resolution here.

IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2017-18 school year.

NEW THIS YEAR: If you have a Parent Portal account, you can easily log on to your child’s INFOSNAP record. You do not need a SNAPCODE. You just need your student’s birthdate. You will be able to access the form on Monday, February 13, 2017. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

If you do NOT have a Parent Portal account, the Snapcode will be emailed to parents on Monday, February 13, 2017. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the linked flyer for additional information and help nights.

Fighting the Flu!

Our school is seeing more cases of flu. With seasonal flu circulating at our school and in the community, here are a few reminders about what to do.

  • If you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) stay home until you no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours. If you have other health issues, you may want to call your healthcare provider for advice.
  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep yourself comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.
  • Use good health habits such as covering your cough and/or sneeze in your sleeves, or to cover your cough/sneeze with tissues. You should wash your hands often and keep them away from your face.
  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.
  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places.
  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Feeling extremely irritable
  • Not urinating
  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Key flu facts from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

MVEF to Huff Parents: We need you!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is a volunteer driven non-profit that provides funding (with your generous donations!) for programs and educational materials crucial to providing a well-rounded education to our students.

The Board of Directors is currently expanding and developing a pool of potential board member candidates that meets its strategic needs at this time. We need parents who are local business leaders; realtors; have connections to our Spanish speaking community; and with skills in event planning; fundraising; and non-profit law.

We encourage anyone who is interested or who knows someone who is a potential match to contact a board member or send a message to contact@mvef.org. Read more about MVEF at www.mvef.org.

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

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

Additional Flyers:

February Lunch Menu


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