Mar. 13, 2019



Principal’s Message - Thank you volunteers! And a reminder...

Huff would not be the same dynamic place if it were not for the many many volunteers who participate actively in various ways. From classroom volunteering to field trip chaperoning, from bringing in supplies for projects to cooking a yummy dish for Wednesday staff lunches, from participating in important PTA, SSC, ELAC meetings and Principal’s Coffees (yes, is a form of volunteerism) to putting on spectacular events for our entire community... the list goes on and on...

Thank you so very much for your contributions to our school. You embody the very idea of Huff Love and we are so appreciative of your dedication to all children.

Please don’t let your time spent go unrecognized! Make sure you record your volunteer hours! If you’ve gone above and beyond for Huff, use the online Volunteer Log to record your hours. You can do it for time you spent way back in August if you need to - we are on the honor system here. But let’s make sure that we’ve captured all of the efforts you’ve put into Huff School.

Profile of a Graduate

Thanks to all family and friends who stuck around after drop off on March 1 as we did our first ever Profile of a Graduate assembly, highlighting students who exemplified two of our eight attributes: Collaborative and Curious & Engaged (sounds like three, I know). On March 29, we will once again be celebrating our students--this time for those who have been Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers. Join us on the blacktop from 8:05 to 8:15 that day!

POG Lunchtime Activities

Each month, we’ll be pairing a few lunchtime activities with the attributes of the month. This month, we will host a Puzzle Party with Ms. Teresa on March 20 and an Invention Box Activity with Ms. Susie on March 25. If you would like to help out at either of these themed activities, please contact tdiaz@mvwsd.org or smorales@mvwsd.org.

Huff Multicultural Day

Get ready to “travel” around the world at our Multicultural Day, Thursday March 21, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Experience International flavors of food *, music, art, dance performances. Find out about faraway fashion - both modern and traditional. You will receive a Passport Book to participate in the around the world arts and crafts. Come dressed in attire representing your culture!

*Tomy’s Kitchen - Mexican Cuisine, Feed ‘N’ Treat Crepes and Waffles, and Indian Cuisine will be available for purchase.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.

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!

  • Spirit Week (Crazy Hair Day, Pajama Day, Costume Day, etc.)
  • Open Mic
  • Teacher and Staff Candids
  • Clubs and Afterschool Activities (we only need a group picture and we’d be forever grateful if you take one)

Please put them in the folders at the link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...

Clubs and Afterschool 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.

MV Parent U presents “Getting Ready for High School”

a guide for middle and elementary school families, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.

Please join us to learn :

* What to expect in high school from the student, staff and parent perspective

* What resources are available to teachers and parents to help ease students' transition

* What skills to focus on in elementary and middle school to prepare for high school

Presenters:

Students, administrators, parents and school counselors from MVWSD and Mountain View Los Altos High School District. Interactive, question and answer format

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

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.

Let's Talk: Special Education

MVWSD provides a range of special education services to its students in order to support each individual learner. Learn more about special education and general education in this seventh episode in the "Let's Talk" video series.

Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

The "Let's Talk" video series addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

Saturday with the Superintendent

Do you have a question or comment about MVWSD or just want to connect? Join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for informal conversation during "Saturday with the Superintendent" on Saturday, March 23 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Crittenden Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

STEMtastic Saturday event

Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please register now here.

#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.

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.

Let's Talk

How to Advocate for your child. 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.
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd.

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).

District calendar for 2019-20

Click here for the official district calendar for the next school year.

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

Wed., Mar. 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Getting Ready for High School
Mon., Mar. 18 - NO SCHOOL
Tue., Mar. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
Thu., Mar. 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3rd Grade Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Huff Multicultural Day
Thu., Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m. - Huff General PTA Meeting
Fri., Mar. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1st Grade Music Concert
Fri., Mar. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2nd Grade Music Concert
Fri., Mar. 22, 10:45 a.m. - Kinder Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 28, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Fri., Mar. 29, 8:00 a.m. - Spring Picture Day

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.