05/26/21 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”

-Nora Ephron


Dear Huff Families,


I can’t believe the year it’s almost done. It’s been quite a ride but we have preserved and made lots of memories. Thank you for all of your support this year.


Choosing a Mascot

Since we’ll have a new school name, the students and staff at Huff will discuss a potential new  mascot and new school colors through the use of the ThoughtExchange platform. Even though the new name is not final yet, we are asking you now before summer break, for your priorities for a potential new mascot and school colors. 


Students who do not complete the ThoughtExchange during class time are encouraged to participate  in the ThoughtExchange at home using this link [https://tejoin.com/scroll/463026524]. Students and staff are encouraged to both provide and rate thoughts using the online discussion platform. The deadline for ThoughtExchange participation is May 28th.


Summer Challenge

This summer your child has the opportunity to keep their chromebooks and use the apps on Clever to continue improving their reading and math skills. We also have a summer challenge available for all students to earn some cool school swag. The more you do the more points you earn. All prices will be awarded in August. 


Instructions

  1. Login to Clever using your Clever badge or username and password and use any of the learning apps.

  2. Practice for 15-20 minutes daily.

  3. Your child can also submit a google form for reading books, working on workbooks, etc...

  4. Submit a google form with your minutes. The google survey can be submitted daily or weekly. 

  5. Clever will be shut off in the middle of July but you can continue to earn points by using BrainPop, Raz Kids, Khan Academy, reading books, etc… 


If you are not returning to Huff next year, please make sure you turn in your chromebook to the office. 


Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events

May

*26: SSC -3:15pm

*26: ELAC- 5:30pm

*28: End of Trimester - Minimum Day-

*31: Memorial Day -No School-

June

*4: Last day of school -Minimum Day-

Chromebooks that are not working

Please take your Chromebooks to the Technology department to the District office.  Instead of going in the front door of the district office, go around the back and their door is open.  They are working from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the attendance line at (650)526-3490 ext 3080.

Reminder: Please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!


District News:

MVWSD Summer is here! 

Every family's summer plans are different, but our district recommends that all students do some academic practice daily to keep their skills sharp in preparation for next year. MVWSD Summer is a collection of programs to help students maintain their academic skills, keep them connected to learning technology, and access free meals all summer long. These self- and parent-directed programs keep students in a routine during the summer and will go a long way to preventing learning loss. On i-Ready this summer, students will have both personalized lessons that their teachers have chosen for them, and lessons tailored to their needs based on assessment data.


Look for an email soon from MVWSD or click on https://www.mvwsd.org/summer to learn more. Attached are flyers outlining students’ steps for a productive summer and for easy access to all of the programs’ links.

COVID Vaccinations and free Boba tea at Crittenden on June 2 

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for youth and adults are available on Wednesday, June 2 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School at the Sports Center, 1500 W. Middlefield Road.


Youth (12 years and older) and adults are welcome.

No appointment needed.

You don't need health insurance.

Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.


If any patient received their first vaccination elsewhere, they may receive their second dose at this event.


Children ages 12 - 17 need permission from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated which could be:

* A signed consent form (Forms are linked here COVID vaccination consent forms (English)  - or can be picked up in the Graham and Crittenden school offices)

* A parent or guardian with them

* A telephone call to the parent or guardian


Staff are onsite to support language needs and disability access. For information, call (408) 970-2999 or sccFreeVax.org


Yellow tier: COVID guidance updated

On Wednesday, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy due to the fact that more than 75% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read more about MVWSD’s health and safety protocols through the end of the school year.


View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan.  Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Non-returning students should bring them back

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to your school office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

School offices are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker at jaker@mvwsd.org. 

District Wireless Hotspots

If you have a district-issued wireless hotspot and your student will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, OR if he/she no longer needs the hotspot, please return it to your school office by Friday, June 11, 2021 so that it can be reassigned to other students who need it. Thank you!

Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD


MVPD Stop Bullying Workshop 

The Mountain View Recreation Division is running a youth wellness educational series, “Wishing You Wellness.” This series provides monthly wellness workshops. June's workshop is next week! On Tuesday, June 1 at 6 p.m., MVPD School Resource Officers will run a webinar on ways to stand up to bullying and cyber bullying. The webinar is open to both youth and parents. A flyer is attached. Registration at: https://mountainview.gov/StopBullying.


COVID Vaccine now available for students 12 years and older

Families can schedule an appointment for their children 12 and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group. Among other options around the county, Levi's stadium has evening appointments and the Mountain View Community Center is open during the day. Vaccination appointments for these locations can be made here: https://vax.sccgov.org/. Students can also be vaccinated at Walmart in Mountain View (600 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040) and El Camino Health’s Sunnyvale Clinic. 


COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.


Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:


* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health 


* Graham Middle School. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling. 


If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.


May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities


For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to: https://funraise.org/give/Community-Health-Awareness-Council/a25a1482-56ef-448d-80f1-c36132be901c/.


CalFresh Program for grocery assistance 

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.


City of MV Summer Camp available 

The City of Mountain View still has spots available for their Club Rec Explorers summer camp for kids aged 9-11. Camps are held weekly from June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and breakfast and lunch is provided. Locations include Rengstorff Park, Bubb Park, and Whisman Park. Head to www.mountainview.gov/register or call (650) 903-6331 for more information.

PTA News:

Yearbook Cover Contest Winners

Thank you all so much for the amazing artwork submissions. We received so many outstanding entries that we wanted to recognize their efforts.

Front Cover

Jocelyn L. (4th)

Back Cover

Julia P. (5th)

Honorable Mentions

Anya M. (5th)

Lucas Y. (K)

Emma W. (5th)

Scarlett Y. (3rd)

Nithya G. (3rd)

Emily M. (3rd)

Sareena P. (2nd)

Phoebe W. (2nd)

Thanks for all the wonderful entries!

The Yearbook Has Arrived!

The new yearbook has arrived! Huff is the only school in the entire district (elementary OR middle school) with a yearbook this year. This is a really great memento your child can look back on or share about how it was to have school during COVID. Since there weren’t typical fall portraits this is a way to also remember all the kids in your child’s class as there are portraits and a group photo for each class. (Our teachers helped a lot!) We really love the uniqueness of each page and it really represented the feel of the year. 

 

Order a Yearbook!

You can still order a yearbook now for $20 (before shipping). 

https://www.huffpta.org/yearbook

Email any questions to Kathleen and Dorothy at yearbook@huffpta.org

 

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May Equity Calendar English

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Youth-Vaccine-Eligibility-Flyers

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Club Rec Explorers Flyer

Stop Bullying Webinar Flyer

Summer learning menu (Eng)

Summer learning-iReady cheat sheet (Eng)

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