January 24, 2018



Principal’s Coffees

January 25, 8:15-9:15 - Topic: California School Dashboard

The Dashboardl shows how each public school in California is performing on a variety of school quality metrics. It replaces the previous measure, the Academic Performance Index (API). Come and learn about how to read the dashboard and how Huff is doing as measured by the Dashboard.

February 15, 8:15-9:15 - Topic: Local Control Accountability Protocol (district plan submitted to CA Dept of Ed)

Each year, every public school district is responsible for submitting an updated version of the LCAP to Sacramento. It highlights the priorities and initiatives of the district and the budget for monies spent toward these priorities. Come and hear the big picture plans for our entire school district through a Huff lens.

CSMA student artwork to be displayed at City Hall

During the month of February, come and check out some terrific student artwork, including those from Huff students Agnes G, Mia H, and Gisella L. The art will be displayed in the rotunda of Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street. There will also be a special performance by the Huff Honor Choire on Friday, February 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Pack a snack (or participate in hot breakfast)

Parents, be sure to pack a healthy snack and water bottle for your child(ren) or have them participate in hot breakfast during recess (the process is the same as hot lunch). The office does not stock snacks for students to have during the morning recess.

Long Term Absences and Independent Study Requests

At Huff and MVWSD, we want all students to attend school every day (except when ill or when there is an emergency). We strongly discourage out-of-town trips on days when school is in session. If, however, you do plan for your child to miss two or more days of school, we very much appreciate a heads-up at least two weeks in advance. These absences will be recorded as unexcused. Too many unexcused absences will result in an official truancy warning letter, and possibly other legal consequences.

For unavoidable emergency travel of five or more school days, you may inquire at the school office about an Independent Study Contract, which, if completed, allows the school to excuse absences that would have otherwise been unexcused. All Independent Study Contracts must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the absence and must be approved by the principal. For more information, contact Teresa Diaz in the office or at tdiaz@mvwsd.org.

In the end, a missed school day is a missed school day. Let’s all do our very best to make sure we don’t miss any more days than are necessary!

MVWSD Enrollment Reminder

Please confirm your child’s school registration for the 2018-2019 school year by February 2. We have a new, convenient online registration system called SchoolMint. Look for an e-mail from Schoolmint dated Jan. 5 with the registration website address and your username. If you didn’t receive a login email, please call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. To learn more go to www.mvwsd.org/register. You can also contact the school office. We are happy to help you complete your child’s registration.

Please note: Current transitional kindergarten and fifth-grade families need to complete two steps in Schoolmint. First select actions "Returning" or "Not Returning". Then click the green button "Add/Edit New Student Application" to start registration and/or request a school transfer.

Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Information Night - January 24 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham.

If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (at the back of the school).

You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals some basic Information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask questions from our 6th grade student panel.

If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear students from all our amazing musical groups perform. You will also hear from our Athletic Director about our after-school sports program. We will have teachers who teach some of the other electives, talk about their courses, like STEM, Robotics, GMS TV and more.

At 6:45 p.m. we will rotate the groups so everyone can see both presentations. We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you.

Crittenden 5th Grade Parent Night - January 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Hello 5th grade families! Please join us on January 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crittenden auditorium to learn more about our school and what to expect in 6th grade. This event is for parents, though students are welcome. We will host events for students in the spring.

Winter Gala and Raffle

The MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is less than one month away! Come join parents and community members as we gather to raise funds to support every child, at every school! You can dance, bid on amazing auction items, buy some wine, grab a gift card or two to your favorite restaurants, all the while ensuring that MVEF meets their goal of raising over $750,000 to bring art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, middle school athletics and more to all MVWSD students!

Learn more here: mvef.org. Dinner tickets are going fast. Purchase by February 1 to guarantee a seat!

Order your Huff Yearbook today!

This is a wonderful keepsake for your child's school year memories. Please see below for details!

How do I order? The yearbook can be ordered by clicking the "order a yearbook" button at: https://yearbooks.lifetouch.com. You will be asked for the school code which is 13351218. If you prefer to purchase the yearbook with cash or check, please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org to make arrangements.

How much does it cost? The cost is $18 and an additional $0.75 if you wish to have it personalized.

What about those who cannot afford to buy a yearbook? When ordering, you will have the option to donate to a school fund which will be used to purchase yearbooks for students who need financial aid. If you feel that you qualify for financial aid, please contact Marily, Teresa, or Susie in the main office.

Is a yearbook included with my PTA donation? If you made a $200 contribution to the PTA this school year, you will receive a personalized yearbook in the child's name you input during membership.

Can I still make a PTA donation that includes a yearbook? It is not too late to join the PTA! If you would like to make a $200 contribution to support the programs and events made possible by the Huff PTA, a personalized yearbook will be provided at no additional charge.

How can I help? Yearbook volunteers are creating the book now! If you would like to help or have photos to submit, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org for more details.

February is We Love Box Tops month!

With all the goodies from the Superbowl to Valentine’s Day treats, there’s lots of opportunities to clip and save Box Tops! Over 3,000 have been brought in so far this school year but I know we can do so much better!

But hang on to them for now! Starting Monday February 5, bring in any Box Tops you have collected over the holidays or while making special treats for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be collecting Box Tops for this drawing until February 16. Remember - Huff has over 600 students this year. If each student brought in just TWO Box Tops every month, we’d have well over $1,000 to use to support our awesome school. That’s just 2 little pieces of cardboard per student per month. Don’t think that just because you only have a couple, they aren’t worth anything. It all adds up!!

For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt geeners@gmail.com. Thanks for all your help Huff Hawks and keep clipping!

CELDT/ELPAC Testers

JOB DESCRIPTION: The 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. Flexible hours. $20 an hour. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. Must be a fluent English speaker to apply. For more information contact Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org.

Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

  • Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are found here (www.mvwsd.org/committees). Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or rclark@mvwsd.org.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Raising Digital Natives” with Dr. Devorah Heitner

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world. See flyer

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakersTo register, please click here.

Math Night

The MVLA High School District presents “Math Night” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:00 in MVHS Theater, 3535 Truman Ave. It's for families who will attend high school at MVLA. The night will include information about the high school math pathways available to students. In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering courses and pathways will be presented.

Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8:00pm in Graham Middle School MUR
Presenters: my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

  • *Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media
  • *Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children
  • *Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Provided:

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

Register here

Feb. 8: State of the Schools Event

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View

Dr. Rudolph will speak about this year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Performances: Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

Don't Miss Out on Fun Events & Great Deals!

Looking for something fun to do for yourself or your kids? Check out the upcoming auction parties that still have space available:

Prices have been reduced on ALL unsold items so don’t miss the great deals on camps, outings, and more:

Check out all of the available items and order online at https://www.huffptaauction.com. You can also email your order to auction@huffpta.org, be sure to include the the item or event you would like.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.

Colorcycle

We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 22 - 26 - Spirit Week

Wed., Jan. 24, 6:00 p.m. - 6th Grade Info Night at Graham Middle School

Thu., Jan. 25, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Jan. 25, 6:00 p.m. - 6th Grade Info Night at Crittenden Middle School

Tue., Feb. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Feb. 16 - MINIMUM DAY - End of trimester

Feb. 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

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

Flyers and Attachments

January Lunch Menu