Mar. 27, 2019



Principal’s Message: Celebrating Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers

This Friday, we will be having our second blacktop assembly to recognize students who have exemplified the Profile of a Graduate attributes of Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving. These are students who have been nominated by their teachers “analyzing and and evaluating issues in order to form judgments, solve problems, and plan” and for “considering diverse perspectives to synthesize well-researched solutions.” (source: MVWSD Strategic Plan 2021). Families, if you can, please join us on the blacktop right after drop off as we recognize these students!

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. RSVP here by March 29 and you automatically earn an extra entry into the drawing. 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.

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.

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 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!

Customize Your Yearbook Pages

This year you have the ability to add two custom pages of your child’s pictures selected by you. Just follow the directions below.

  1. Set up your account at the link below. Our school’s passcode is 1015335719921389. (Once you enter your children’s names, you will likely be logged in and won’t have to follow the rest of the steps in the link.) Setting Up a TreeRing Account
  2. Next, login and select “My Photos” in the bar on the far left to upload your photos.
  3. Click on “Edit custom pages.” Now you can add photos and design your pages!

To learn more about how to customize your page, please read:

https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360...

If you opt not to customize your yearbook pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages.

The deadline to edit your yearbook pages is March 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

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
  • Halloween
  • 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/ afters chool 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.

Graham PTA Presents Spamalot

Interested in a family friendly fun night out? Want to learn more about the choral and theater programs at Graham Middle School? MVEF and Graham PTA present Spamalot Young@Part in the Graham Theater:

Friday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10. You can purchase your tickets online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spamalot-musical-tick... or tickets can be purchased at the door.

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.

#SheCan

Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer. We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details

  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer
  • Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision. A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong. We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to. Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them. We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service. #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.

MVEF News

The Mountain View Educational Foundation is currently seeking new board member candidates. MVEF has an annual goal to raise $750,000 to fund Community School of Music and Art art and music lessons, Living Classroom, environmental science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, musical instruments, middle school athletics, science materials and more. MVEF is a volunteer-driven organization managed by a Board of Directors and supported by volunteers at each school site. Our Board of Directors includes dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly meetings, act as ambassadors for MVEF within our schools and community and help fundraise. For more information click here or contact Karen Heitkamp at Karen@mvef.org

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.

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).

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., Mar. 28, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Fri., Mar. 29, 8:05 a.m. – Profile of a Graduate (POG) assembly #2
Fri., Mar. 29, 8:00 a.m. - Spring Picture Day
Tue., Apr. 2, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
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

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

Flyers and Attachments

March 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.