October 5, 2016

Principal's Message - Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are critical opportunities for families and teachers to discuss students’ progress toward standards and academic levels, as well as their social-emotional development. Conference week this year is October 10-14. Every day that week is a minimum day students will be released at 11:55 a.m - and there will be no after school programs.

Back by popular demand: If you did not sign up this past weekend, we’ve opened up the sign up sheets again for a limited time. The links are in the email sent from me last Friday. Please sign up by this Friday, October 7, at noon.

Thanks for Making our Book Fair a Success!!

Thank you to all the Huff students, families and staff for visiting our Bookaneer Book Fair and helping make this fundraising event a success! You helped place many books into students’ hands and helped fill our classroom libraries!

A Big High Five to the Amazing 2016 Book Fair Volunteer Crew for their creative decorating, awesome advertising, and perseverance in setting up, running, & accomplishing a bounty of a Fair!!

Huff Book Fair Fundraiser continues Online until 10/10!

If you missed out on the Fair, you can still shop online & raise money for your child's Library. Find a huge selection of books for everyone in our online store thru Sunday Oct 10. http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx...

Books purchased here will be shipped to Huff after 10/10/16, and brought to your student's classroom.

Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Get a little exercise, reduce traffic, and help keep the air cleaner by walking, biking, taking a bus or carpooling with a friend to school on Wednesday, October 5. Any student who does so will receive a raffle ticket to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a bicycle and a helmet. Click here for more information.

Eat at Sweet Tomatoes on October 6 and earn 30% for Huff!

Eat at Sweet Tomatoes (1040 Grant Rd - in the Nob Hill Shopping Center) on Oct 6 and earn money for all the fantastic PTA-funded programs such as choir, Math IXL, Lexia, Coding, science push-in, field trips, equipment and more! All you have to do is come with the special flyer and eat on Oct. 6 and the restaurant will automatically donate 30% of what you spend to Huff PTA! You MUST bring in a printed flyer for it to count. Download at http://huff.mvwsd.org/application/files/1314/7484...

Huff Auction

We are 5 weeks away from Huff’s biggest fundraiser, our auction! Save the date, get babysitting, and join your Huff community of parents, teachers, staff, and alumni, when we “Paint The Town Red” on Saturday, November 5th at 6:30pm at the Mountain View Senior Center. It is time to get all your donation items in to Beth Davis at beth@davisfamily.cc, classroom, teacher/staff donations too. Look out in the next couple of weeks for babysitting at the Kids Club (YMCA - a specified amount of spots will be available), a chance to view online the amazing items, and parties that have been donated, and to pre-register for this exciting event. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be served, and you can dance the night away (until 11:00pm). If you have never been, there is always a first time! Come see what it is all about, mingle with your friends and even make new ones. Get excited as we raise money for Huff, but most of all as we bring our village together for our children. Our next auction meeting is Monday, October 9 in the MUR.

Breaking news: Box Tops now has an app!

See here for more information: http://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp

And here’s the gist - go shopping, check the app to see if you bought any qualifying products, send a pic of your receipt through the app, earn money for Huff! The balance is applied to Huff’s account immediately. Easy! Available on App Store and Google Play.

Making yummy snacks for your soccer or other sport teams? Look out for Box Tops! If you see one, clip it and bring it into the office. Every Box Top helps Huff students! They really do add up.

THANK YOU for all of your Box Tops contributions! It’s so exciting to check the box every week!

For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt at geeners@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org.

Wed., Oct. 5 - Walk to School Day

Thu., Oct. 6 - Family Dinner Night Fundraiser at Sweet Tomatoes

Oct. 10 - 14 - MINIMUM DAYS - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thu., Oct. 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal

Fri., Oct. 21 – College Day - students can wear alma mater or prospective college t-shirts/memorabilia

Tue., Nov. 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Fri. Nov. 4 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 11 p.m. - Huff’s 19th Annual Silent Auction & Party

Fri. Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu. Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 23 - Nov. 25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Huff Discovery Club

You are invited to join the "Discovery Club" which will start on Oct. 7, 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Rm 23. It is a club for animal, nature and science lovers! The goal is to learn from student's knowledge sharing, hands on activities, reading and crafts. Please come to join us and have fun! See flyer for details.

SELPA1-CAC Coffee Talk

The October SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk will be Special Education 101 by Parents Helping Parents. We are having two sessions, one in Spanish on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Castro Elementary, and one in English on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Santa Rita Elementary in Los Altos. This training will offer a brief overview of the educational rights of parents when a child has a disability. Topics will include general education supports, student study team meetings, Section 504, special education referral and assessment timeline, eligibility, and important key rights held by the parent and child.

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 October 10, 10am-12pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library.

CSEA Art Contest for K-12

See attached flyer or visit www.csea.com/ArtContest for information on the CSEA Art Contest open to K-12 students until Oct. 14.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - October 18

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. Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Date: Tuesday, October 18th

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

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


New! Coding and Minecraft Master After-school Class Starts Oct 6

(Class 1) learn to code by example and through the completion of fun math, music and art educational projects. 3 Programming Languages taught for at all Levels! Scratch, Python, and Java programming taught side-by-side. (Class 2) Minecraft Master Program - Minecraft Coding, All about Red stones and Moding with Java and Python! Laptop provided and no programming experience required! Grades K-5. 8 weeks. $335 per class. Thursdays: (Class 1) 12:25-1:30 for the Coding Class. (Class 2) 1:30-2:35 PM for Minecraft Master Program. See flyer for details.


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


When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.

Earthquake Drill- week of Oct. 17

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 17. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. This is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

Parent's Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

  • Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure C

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, include an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are due Oct. 21. Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Applications available online at

· Bond Oversight Committeehttp://www.mvwsd.org/bond-oversight-committee. There are certain categories of representatives needed for a two-year commitment. The District seeks member of a bona fide tax organization and a senior citizen.

· Parcel Tax Oversight Committeehttps://www.mvwsd.org/community-parcel-tax/communi.... The meetings for this committee are only: Dec. 14, 2016 and March 22, Sep. 27, 2017.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500.

October Lunch Menu