November 29, 2017



Incoming Kinder Information Night

If you have an incoming kindergartener next school year, please join us at our annual December Info Night. We’ll tour some kindergarten classrooms, learn everything about what kindergarten is like at Huff, and have a chance to meet and ask questions of our fabulous kindergarten teachers.

If you have neighbors whom you know have incoming kindergarteners (but who don’t receive the Huff n Stuff), please feel free to forward this information, which is also posted at huff.mvwsd.org and on our district’s website, mvwsd.org.

Principal’s Coffee: Imagineerz

Please join us from 8:15 to 9:15 on Thursday, December 7 for a special Principal’s Coffee featuring our 1st and 2nd grade enrichment providers, Imagineerz Learning. Come and find out how your child develops an “I-Can” mindset (Growth Mindset) and learn about the lessons and activities they enjoy each week with our Imagineerz instructors. Imagineerz will also share tips for how support your children to become more perseverant, creative problem-solvers. Hope to see you there!

Literacy Week - Mon. 12/4 to Fri. 12/8

Next week is Literacy Week! It's a new event for the students which is sponsored by the Huff PTA. We hope to encourage the students to read, introduce them to new books, and inspire them to try some new ones.

A schedule of the Literacy Week events that will take place during lunchtime can be found here. We need your help to facilitate these events! Click here to sign up to volunteer.

On Monday 12/4, we will be posting the My Favorite Book worksheets that went home this week, so the students can share their favorite books with each other. If your child wants to participate, turn in the worksheet to the office by Fri. 12/1.

On Tuesday 12/5, there will be a Book Swap at lunchtime. Have your child bring a book from home that they are ready to part with and they can swap it for a book they have not read before.

K-3 students will have an author visit with Tim McCanna, a local children's author, on Fri. 12/8. An order form for his books went home this week. If you are interested in purchasing a personalized signed copy of his book(s), return the order form and a check to the office by Fri. 12/1. Click here for the order form.

MV Parent U: English Language Learner 101

Please join us for a free workshop that introduces parents to information, resources, and tips for English Learner families to navigate the journey to English proficiency. The workshop will cover everything a parent of an English learner needs to know about the process from initial EL testing to reclassification, including strategies for improving English fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from former MVWSD EL students and their parents.

When: Monday, December 4, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR

For more info, click on www.mvwsd.org/parentu

MVEF is thankful for donors like you!

Mountain View Educational Foundation is so thankful for the generosity of donors this fall. Parents, together with corporate sponsors, have donated over $400,000 this school year. These donations allow MVEF to honor its commitment to the District to fund CSMA art and music, hands-on science, environmental education, after-school sports, extended day electives, and more.

MVEF is thrilled with the progress but still have a long way to go to hit their $750,000 goal. Support MVEF by attending the gala, asking your company about corporate matches, or donate at mvef.org/donate.

Art and Music Learning Supports ALL Learning!

You might have noticed that your kids have a natural love for art and music. But did you know that research shows that music and theater studies strongly correlate with better performance in both math and reading? And that many studies show that art studies and activities help keep high-risk students from dropping out? MVEF is proud to fund CSMA art and music at our schools! Ask your child what he or she learned today in their music or art class!

Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Calling all artists! Here's your chance to create a design for the front or back cover of the 2017-2018 Huff yearbook. Read the design rules/guidelines and submit your entry by Dec. 11.

Auction Events

Looking for something fun for your kids to do during December so you can get a little holiday shopping (or relaxing) done? Check out the December auction parties that still have space available. You can sign up for parties online at www.huffptaauction.com or simply email auction@huffpta.org and tell us which party you would like to attend.

December Parties:

Don't forget to sign up for Outdoor Movie Night by Nov. 30 to SAVE $10! The price will increase to $60 beginning on Dec. 1.

****If you attended the auction and left without your black wool coat or accidentally took home the wrong ladies black coat please email auction@huffpta.org so we can return your missing coat.

Luau - Crittenden Middle School - Dec. 8

Crittenden’s music department is hosting a luau on Friday, December 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $10 for adults ($15 at the door if available) and $8 for students/children which includes a luau dinner, entertainment and a Silent Auction. Purchase your tickets today by submitting the order form and payment (exact cash or check made out to ‘Crittenden Middle School’) to the Crittenden Front Office.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair - Graham Middle School - Dec. 9

Music performance by Graham Middle School Band. Food provided Hosting a variety of arts & crafts vendors! All Mountain View School District is invited and if interested in being a vendor contact Joey Ordoñez at jordones@mvwsd.org. See flyer.

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, December 4 (9:00 a.m to noon)
PAUSD Science Resource Center - Adjacent to Hoover School
Agenda: first grade lessons

Monday, December 11 (9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.)
Stevenson PACT School - Conference Room D
Agenda: second grade lessons

Monday, January 8 (9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.)
Duveneck School - Room 10
Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

Monday, January 22 (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)
Stevenson PACT School - Conference Room D
Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

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

Thu., Nov. 30 - Huff Turkey Trot Walk to School Day

Dec. 4 - 8 - Literacy Week

Wed., Dec. 6, 6:00 p.m. - Incoming Kinder Information Night

Tue., Dec. 12, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council

Thu., Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Honor Choir

Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Tue., Jan. 2 - 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

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