March 1, 2017


Construction Update

As you know, Huff is going under construction in phases over the next couple of years. 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.

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey

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.

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

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.

Huff Multicultural Event: Let's Celebrate German Culture! ~ "Lassen uns Deutschland feiern!"

Thursday , March 9, 2017 ~ 12 to 2pm

Come learn about and celebrate the German culture at this year's Huff Multicultural event in collaboration with German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV). There will be activities and entertainment for all ages.

The only German food truck in the Bay Area "Little Red Riding Hood food truck" will be selling special German Cuisine! So don't pack a lunch, just come enjoy German foods like: pork and chicken Schnitzels, Currywursts, Bratwurst, plus Vegetarian Options like Spätzle and Vegetarian Currywurst. Yum!!

We need help with setup, and clean up. Please volunteer to help make this event a success! For more information please contact event Chair Hafsa Mirza (president@huffpta.org)

Don't Miss Huff's Science Night on March 14

Science night will be coming to Huff on Tuesday March 14th from 6:30-8:00PM. All students and parents are welcome! This year’s theme is Secret Agent Science. Become a science detective who uncovers clues and follows great leads! Gather all the tools and knowledge needed to lift fingerprints, analyze handwriting, track footprints, and extract DNA. With your spy glass and cipher wheel, you can solve the world’s mysteries! This event is coordinated by the Children’s Discovery Museum and sponsored by the Huff PTA.

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:

  • Monday, Mar. 27: 7 - 8pm

Where: Huff MUR

Box Tops Winners!

Congratulations to our Box Tops Assistant Principal for the Day Winners - Alex (room 7) and Maxwell J (room 14)! Enjoy your day!

Thank you Huff Hawks for bringing in over 1500 Box Tops in just 4 months. Please keep bringing in those Box Tops to help us raise funds for Huff STEM projects.

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

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

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

Mar. 21 - 23 - Huff Spring Concerts - see flyer for specific dates per grade

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

Thu., May 11, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Chorus concert

Extra-curricular

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


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 7

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community? Mentor Tutor Connection needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

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

Date: Tuesday, March 7

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room - 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Register: REGISTER ONLNE

Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Let's Talk:

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. Monday March 13, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM - Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Coffee Talk

How and When to Explain Your Child’s Disability to Him or Her and Self Advocacy - SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk

Do you ever wonder how and when you will explain your child’s disability to them? Do you have questions surrounding emotional outcomes and how to teach them self advocacy once they become aware? Please join us and John Brentar, Executive Director at Morrissey-Compton, for a night for parents to ask questions and listen to one of this area’s highly regarded psychologists in this subject.

When: March 15, 7 - 9 p.m.

Where: Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos

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

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

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

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

Additional Flyers:

March Lunch Menu

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