August 30, 2017

Principal’s Message: Woodleaf

During drop off and pick up, do you currently park your car at the Carol/Sleeper intersection and walk in? If so, did you know that we have a second back entrance via Garden Terrace/Woodleaf Way? This entrance is much more car-friendly and you can drive right up to the entrance itself. Give it a shot - you’ll be helping yourself and our ongoing efforts to decongest the major entrances to the school.

Labor Day

There will be no school on Monday, September 4 in commemoration of Labor Day.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.

Interest Survey: Huff Musical!

We are currently exploring the idea of putting on a winter or spring musical at Huff for any Grades 3-5 students who want to participate. Rehearsals would take place approximately twice a week for twelve weeks, with a week of intensive rehearsals over several days leading up to 2-3 performances on the weekend. The cost would be approximately $300 per student, all inclusive. Scholarships would be available. The theater education company who would produce the musical requires a minimum enrollment. To indicate interest (no commitment necessary), please click here.

Construction Update

The District accomplished an amazing amount of construction work this summer, and construction continues through the school year at several sites, including ours. This year at Huff, there will be ongoing construction of the new MUR, adjacent to rooms 19-23 and rooms 15-18.

Check the latest about construction here. Thanks for your continued support and patience as we improve facilities for our students.

Language Buddies

We have many new families at Huff this year who have recently moved here from other countries and need assistance understanding school news and routines. If you speak another language, consider becoming a language buddy for another family. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Susana Morales ( Thank you!

School Pictures

Picture day was Aug. 30. If you have not ordered your school pictures, you will still be able to do so using this direct link:

Have you seen the PTA popsicle by your teacher's door??

The class with the most PTA memberships submitted by September 8 will win a popsicle party! You can drop off membership forms at the office or sign up online: Your Suggested donation of $200+ per child will automatically include a student yearbook and student t-shirt! We need your help to fund Science support, Project Based Learning support, Computer Science/Coding, IXL math, Lexia, Newsela, supplemental music and art, field trips, teacher supplies, and much, much more!

Congrats to our Summer BoxTop Drawing Winners!

A big congratulations to our Summer Drawing Winners - Sophie W (Rm 20), Aaron S (Rm 8) and Amelia C (Rm 4)! Enjoy your prizes, which will be delivered this week! And a huge Thank You to all Huff Hawks - together we've accumulated 1,500 Box Tops just in 2 weeks!

What a fantastic way to start the year. Although the drawing is over for now, please keep bringing in those Box Tops! There will always be a box in the office for them. And look for the next drawing in October.

For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt at


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 or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (

Help MVEF Raise Money by Dining Out!

Thanks to our partners, you can present this flyer here (on your phone or printed) to the restaurants listed below during the day and time listed, and 15-20% of your bill will be donated to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! It’s that easy!

8/30 All Day - Eureka! Mountain View

Can’t join us but want to help? Text MVEF to 50155 or go to

MVWSD seeks parents, staff and community members for new Task Force groups

Task Force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on one of these groups, and let us know by Aug. 30 by completing an application here:

Specifically, MVWSD is seeking parents from all schools, as well as MVWSD staff members. Spanish interpretation will be provided, if needed.

These committees will begin meeting in the coming weeks.

  • Wellness Advisory Committee
  • Enrollment Priorities Task Force
  • Budget Advisory Committee

Click here for tasks, details and requirements for each of these groups

Interpreters Needed for Parent-Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English. We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall. We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish. If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her. The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2 and 13. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join at Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $20.00 per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEPs.

Parent Workshop: Supporting the Success of Your Whole Child

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Sept. 13, 6:30-8pm Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! See flyer.

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child


  • 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.)

Please register here

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017, 7–9 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

Let's Talk

Mon. Sep. 11, 2017, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Los Altos Library

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.

Parent Chat

Tue. Sep. 12, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Los Altos Library

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.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 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.

Date: Wednesday, September 13

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

Location: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA



Upcoming Dates

Mon., Sep. 4 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tue., Sep. 5, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting - Huff Kids Place

Thu., Sep. 7, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Room Parent Orientation Meeting - Huff Kids Place

Tue., Sep. 12, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m - Huff Site Council meeting

Thu., Sep. 14, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Book Fair Volunteer Meeting - MUR

Thu., Sep. 14, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Thu., Sep. 28 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Thu., Sep. 28, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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

Flyers and Attachments

August Lunch Menu

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