April 25, 2018

Principal’s Message

As our Superintendent shared in a recent newsletter, Huff has been named a California Distinguished School for 2018. I’m incredibly proud of our students, staff, families, and community for this achievement, the latest in a string of state and national recognitions since 2014. Huff is truly a special place; thank you to each and every one for playing an important role in our success.

The California Department of Education will be honoring the 287 distinguished elementary schools (out of over 5,800 in the state) in Anaheim on May 3. I will be traveling there to represent Huff. Check our website and social media accounts for photos! Congratulations, all!

CAASPP Testing Has Begun

This week, our third, fourth, and fifth grade classes are taking the state English Language Arts test. Next week, we will be giving the Math test on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the 5th grade Science Test on Thursday. Extra time and makeup sessions will take place in the afternoons and the week after next.

Families, thank you for your support: please avoid appointments on testing days and make sure your children get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, just as they always would. If you have any questions about specifics or anything else, call the office.


It is CSMA Concert season at our elementary schools! Thanks to donations from parents and community members, the Mountain View Educational Foundation is able to fund in-class music lessons led by Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) music teachers at every elementary school. A 5th-grade teacher had this to say about the program, “The music program helps build confidence, responsibility, and is a great part of our curriculum. The music teachers are knowledgeable, passionate, and they have consistently inspired many students to continue to play their instruments.” Thank you, donors, for your generosity and support. You can learn more and make a donation at mvef.org. Let the music play!

Computer Science Classes

Thanks our PTA, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be experiencing five more sessions of Computer Science classes between now and the end of the school year. Our provider, Code for fun, has shared this progress report document that outlines the goals of the program and students’ progress toward them. The document also has a summary of the next five weeks.

Collecting Recyclables for Hawkfest

We need your help to Collect the following Recyclables for Hawkfest 2018!

  • Card Board Paper & Toilet rolls;
  • CDs and Bottle Caps
  • Rubber bands
  • Egg cartons
  • Cereal/Shoe boxes
  • Other clean containers for costume making material.

We are hosting a Space Odyssey Project Runway during Hawkfest 2018 on Friday 5/18. Since this year’s Hawkfest theme is Space related, we want to invite our curious and inventive Huff Hawks to Design and Make Space Gears using recyclable material and showoff their wear during Hawkfest.

You can start dropping off the Recyclables at the collection bin in front of the Huff Office on 5/2.

“Cake walk across the Universe” at Hawkfest 2018!

Please consider baking a treat for the Hawkfest cake walk. Please package your goodies into (generous) single servings on small paper plates, wrapped in Saran or a Ziplock bag - one piece of cake or two cookies/brownies per serving. Please provide an ingredients list for food allergy safety.

Items can be brought to the office any time on Friday, May 18. Please sign up to indicate what you are bringing at https://goo.gl/forms/M5WbOUSbtBCg2nae2

If you have questions, please email Lavanya Ramakrishnan at lavanya@gmail.com


  • Traffic Guidelines. Recall that we should not be walking on the non-sidewalk side of Martens and to cross at crosswalks whenever possible. Thank you.
  • After school supervision of students. Parents, please remember that students are not to remain unsupervised on campus for any period of time after school hours. They should be supervised by caregivers, waiting for a ride at the front pick up area, or accounted for by our various after-school programs.
  • All visitors must sign in. For security and legal reasons, all visitors (volunteers, parents, community members) who come to campus during school hours must sign in at the school office. Any exceptions will only be granted at the discretion of the site administrator.

Groundbreaking on April 26: New school on N. Whisman Rd

In 2015, the District Board of Trustees voted to open a neighborhood school in August 2019 next to the former Slater Elementary, at 220 N. Whisman Rd. The District soon will begin construction.

The Board of Trustees officially will break ground for the new school on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to mark this important moment! Please confirm your attendance at www.mvwsd.org/NWhismanRd.

Annual Notice: Non-discrimination policies and statement

It is time for the annual distribution of MVWSD policies. Below are links to MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs at 650-526-3500.

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 750 A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043, or cghysels@mvwsd.org.

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment

1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

4144 BP - Complaints

4144 AR - Complaints

1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures

4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment

4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment

Uniform Complaint Procedures Annual Notice

MV Parent University - “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know”

MV Parent University presents “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School – Multi-Use Room. Presented by: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, parents will learn to ask the right questions and resources to help, as well as about the QPR/ Question, Persuade, Refer, Suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish)
  • Child Care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here

Kick, Lead, Dream (KLD) Soccer

Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp? Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG! Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts. KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided. Sunnyvale bus pick ups are expected to be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School. Mountain View pick-ups will be Theuerkauf or Crittenden (tbd) and Castro. Sign up online to participate in this 2-week, $10 camp!

APPLY: www.kldsoccer.org
DATES: June 11 - June 22, 2018
DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends
TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA - 500 Chesley Ave, Mountain View
FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 8th grade for the 2017/2018 school year.
COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)
QUESTIONS: kldsoccer@yahoo.com

Auction Parties for Kids and Families - Sign Up Now!

There are still a few spots remaining in upcoming parties for both kids and adults! Don’t miss out on these great events! To sign up simply email auction@huffpta.org.

You can sign up online at https://www.huffptaauction.com or simply email auction@huffpta.org. Payment for parties can be made via cash or check payable to ‘Huff PTA’ and left in the Huff Office with any of our amazing office staff.

After School Programs

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


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., Apr. 26, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Gr Science Fair

Tue., May 1, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Tue., May 8, 7:30 p.m. - 5th Grade Concerts at CSMA

Thu., May 10, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Spring Concert

Thu., May 17, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Fri., May 18, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest

Mon., May 21, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Wed., May 23, 8:30 a.m. - Field Day

Thu., May 24, 7:30 a.m. - Volunteer Breakfast

Fri., May 25 - MINIMUM DAY

Fri., May 25, 9:00 a.m. - 5th Gr visits to middle schools

Mon., May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Wed., May 30, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation

Fri., June 1 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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

Flyers and Attachments

April Lunch Menu

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