Nov. 28, 2018



Principal’s Message

With more winter rainy days ahead, here are some reminders about car etiquette when using the front driveway:

  • We will assign additional staff to direct traffic whenever needed. Please follow all staff instructions.
  • Pull all the way down to the end of the driveway. This makes space for people behind you.
  • Do not cut in the car line. Here’s why:
    • It usually results in a worse backup because the “open” spots are not always as far down the driveway. When you stop there, you shorten the length of curb available for people behind you.
    • It’s quite unsafe for pedestrians.
  • If you are running late, you may be tempted not to pull down all the way. This makes more people late. Please always pull down as far as you can.

As the father of two young children, I completely understand it’s not always easy to get out the door. Remember that we have supervision available at 7:30, when traffic is minimal. Thank you for your attention and care.

Library to close next week in preparation for move

The new library building is nearing completion! Movers will be moving the books and furniture from the temporary library into the new library over the December Break, which means our librarian, Mrs. Kalb, needs to start packing. Therefore, all school library books are due back by Friday, November 30. All of the students should already know this, as teachers have been telling them, but please double check with your child. Thank you.

The new library will open sometime in January, TBA.

Noon Duty Assistant position

We are looking for one more individual to help with supervision at lunch time. More coverage is always better! If you are available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in the position, please contact Mr. Chang (gchang@mvwsd.org).

New visitor/volunteer sign-in system

After the Thanksgiving Break, we'll be rolling out new electronic visitor/volunteer sign-in systems at our schools. The new system will increase security by alerting staff to any potential concerns, as well as improve the accuracy and efficiency of the sign-in process. Instead of signing in on the book on the counter, you will be able to show your ID at the kiosk and have a visitor badge printed for you. There will be an extra step the first time you sign in yourself or your child (e.g. after a doctor’s appointment) because the system will require a form of ID, such as a driver’s license; however, it will remember your information for the next time you sign in. Thank you for your patience as we learn to use the new system that will upgrade security at our schools.

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.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

An information night for students new to the District to explain the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St.

Kindergarten information nights for individual schools are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Theuerkauf Elementary.

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are (Click here for details):

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Together: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 p.m.

There are a variety of school and program information nights, events and tours coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

*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 NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here:www.mvwsd.org/register. For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

Transition meetings (for families who will have a new neighborhood school in 2019-20)

There are a variety of school information meetings coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program. Please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For students transitioning from HUFF to:
VARGAS: December 7 @ 8:30 a.m. at Huff
BUBB: November 30 @ 8:05 a.m. at Huff

Please click here for a complete list of these events.

Choice school meetings (for families considering applying for choice schools during open enrollment beginning Jan. 7)

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are coming up on:

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Teacher: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

Gabriela Mistral Elementary- Spanish/English Dual Immersion
Families of incoming Kindergartners are invited to visit with Tabitha Miller, principal of Gabriela Mistral.

* Information Night: December 17 @ 5:30 PM (Presentation delivered in both Spanish and English)
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: January 11 @ 8:45 AM
* Mistral Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Stevenson Elementary - Parent and Child Teacher
Stevenson Elementary will share information about the program and answer any questions you may have. Stevenson focuses on Project Based Learning in partnership with parents to prepare students for the 21st century.

* Kinder Info Nights on December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM and January 10 at 6:00-7:00 PM.
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: December 5 at 9:00-10:00 AM and January 17 at 9:00-10:00 AM (Arts Focus Tour)
* Stevenson Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of all events.

MVEF News

MVEF hopes you have noticed some new checkmarks on their signs outside the schools. Thanks to the hard work and dialing fingers of volunteers, board members, Superintendent Rudolph, and several principals at the Phoneathon, money was raised to ensure that every child in our district has access to art, music, hands-on science, athletics and more. If you missed the call, you can support your child and every child. Donate today at mvef.org/donate

After School PYT Performance

The after-school PYT class is performing Alice in Wonderland on Tuesday, December 4 at 4:00 pm in the MUR. Come enjoy the show!

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! If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Sheetal at sheetal@letmerun.org

Online Auction Sales Now Open

We have items and parties now available for purchase online. If you have already registered for the auction with your credit card, you may simply sign in, shop, and check out. If you did not attend the auction or register, then you need to register on the auction site, enter your credit card information, then shop and checkout. There are may great items and parties still available for purchase! Shop online NOW!!

Still need to pick up items you won at the auction?

All envelopes are available for pickup at the Huff office. If you have physical items or gift baskets, please contact Lavanya Ramakrishnan at fundraising@huffpta.org to arrange pickup.

Be in School; Be on Time

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school. For more information, click here.

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

SELPA 1 CAC's December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.

Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)

ColorCycle is a wonderful program devised to turn used markers into energy!
Since the pilot of the program in the spring of 2016, Huff families have collected almost 12,000 used markers/sharpies/highlighters/dry erase markers and kept them out of landfill. The markers are sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

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.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year. 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

Tue., Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Tue., Dec. 4, 4:00 p.m. - After school PYT - Alice in Wonderland in MUR
Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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

Flyers and Attachments

November 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.