Jan. 9, 2019



Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

Mountain View Whisman School District enrollment for next fall is open online now.

For NEW students: Through February 3, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2019-20 school year here: www.mvwsd.org/register

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 through February 3. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office or call 650-526-3252 and press 3 between 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming choice school information sessions are:

  • Gabriela Mistral (Spanish-English Dual Immersion) tour: January 11 @ 8:45 AM
  • Stevenson (Parent and Child Teacher) kinder info night: January 10 6:00-7:00 PM; and Arts Focus tour: January 17 @ 9:00-10:00AM

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

Cafecito with the Superintendent: Jan. 16

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 16 p.m. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Graham Middle School. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

Are you Mad About Science? Come to the MVEF Gala!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is holding its annual Winter Gala on Saturday, February 9 at the Mountain View Senior Center. Join fellow parents and community members from across Mountain View to celebrate science and raise funds for all the schools in the district. Join us for a full dinner and live auction, followed by dessert, dancing, and a silent auction or come later in the evening for the dessert, dancing and silent auction portion of the evening. For more information about the gala and to purchase tickets, go to www.mvef.org.

MVEF is also holding a raffle to support the event! You can win tickets to a concert at Shoreline Amphitheater, a VIP Earthquakes game experience for 4, or a Cognition Cyclery gift card for $250. Contact melissa@mvef.org to find your school site raffle seller!

Let Me Run

Let Me Run is looking for at least two parent volunteers to coach the spring Let Me Run season at Huff. Let Me Run is a 7-week wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, we encourage boys to develop their psychological, emotional, and social health, in addition to their physical health. (think Healthy Masculinity). This program is for 4th-5th grade boys. Your boy can participate in 3rd grade if you are a coach. The program prepares all boys to run a 5K in mid-May (May 11, 2019)

Practice times and days are TBD based on the coaches. They can be any time after school and/or on weekends. Coaches do not need to be runners. Head coach needs to attend a training led by fellow Huff parent, Sheetal Shah, on Jan 12 or Feb. 9 at the El Camino YMCA. Training is 3.5 hours long. Assistant coaches will be trained by the head coach before the season begins.

Please help us continue this program at the school where it all started on the west coast! The program will be cancelled if we can’t find a coach. If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Sheetal at sheetal@letmerun.org

ELPAC Testers Needed

JOB DESCRIPTION: MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. $21 an hour. Must be a fluent English speaker. Please email asiam@mvws.org if you are interested.

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for both free, state preschool and fee-based spaces for the 2019-20 school year. The enrollment process will begin February 2019. We will be offering part-day and full-day classes to children who will be at least 2 years and 9 months old by September 1, 2019 until they are age eligible for kindergarten. Fee-based and full-day spaces will fill fast, so apply now! For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool.

Movie and Panel: "Angst": Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

A screening of "Angst" is made possible through collaboration between the MVLA High School District, Los Altos School District, MVWSD, CHAC, and the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater
201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, young and old. According to the World Health Organization, the median age of onset is seven years old. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.

Through candid interviews, Angst shares the stories of kids and teens who have experienced anxiety, the impacts it has had on their lives and relationships, and how they found coping skills, solutions and hope.

Film screening will be followed by discussion panel to address questions raised during the film and how we can work together to support all of our students.

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Audience: Parents, students (10 years +), school teachers and staff
Translation: Spanish subtitles (film) and translation (panel)
Admission: Free

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Register: https://mvla2018-19-angstfilm.eventbrite.com

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

MV Parent U presents Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader, on activism, feminism and education.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School, Auditorium

Ms. Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. She will talk about the importance of education, parents' role in students’ success and how they can advocate for their children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children.

Provided:

* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:!5 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being" with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky gives parents insight to:

· discuss and debunk common misconceptions about what life changes will make us truly miserable or truly happy

· brand new research on the “how” of happiness—that is, when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best”

· how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals

Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, published in 34 countries. Lyubomirsky’s research focuses on the benefits of happiness, why some people are happier than others, and how happiness can be durably increased.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-sonjalyubomirsky.eventbrite.co...

Spanish translation will be available.

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

7:00-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month
Los Altos Library Orchard Room
, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

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).

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

Thu., Jan. 10, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee
Thu., Jan. 17, 8:00 a.m. - Geography Bee
Mon., Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
Thu., Jan. 24, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Spelling Bee
Wed., Jan. 30, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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

Flyers and Attachments

January 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!