August 16, 2017

Principal’s Message

Thank you for a successful first three days of school! It was great to see so many people coming through one of our back entrances. Traffic in the front was manageable and everyone did a good job of following the Traffic Guidelines. Let’s keep this up to ensure safety for all.

Aside from ongoing changes with facilities, there is an exciting and ongoing evolution of teaching and learning strategies at Huff. Over the summer, all Huff teachers attended Project Based Learning training, and we are excited to bring PBL strategies to Science and Social Studies lessons. Two new staff members will co-teach Science and Social Studies lessons with your child’s classroom teacher: Jen Street will be joining Grades 1 and 2 classes, Steve Caringella will be with Grades 3, 4, and 5, and the two of them will share responsibility for Kindergarten.

The presence of multiple teachers in the classroom allows for better differentiation for students. No matter what level the child, it’s our role to respond to them, and we believe PBL provides a highly engaging context in which we will meet each student’s learning needs. PBL will also strengthen key soft skills in the “Profile of a Graduate” from our district’s Strategic Plan: collaboration, critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, flexibility, problem-solving, and perseverance.

Get ready to hear your kids talk about Science and Social Studies more excitedly than ever before: it’s going to be a great year! Thank you for being a part of it.

Back Entrance #1: Carol Avenue

MVPD has advised us to make a slight change to the guidlines for bikers and pedestrians coming down Carol Avenue in the mornings. Instead of “bikers to the left, pedestrians to the right” (which has the effect of telling bikers to ride on the wrong side of the street), please adhere to the following: When walking/biking down Carol, stay to the right. Bikers should pass to the left of pedestrians.

Back to School Night: 8/23

Our annual BTSN will take place next Wednesday, 8/23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Please join us to learn more about your child’s classroom, his/her new teacher, and what to expect this coming year. To prepare for BTSN, 8/23 will be a Minimum Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:55. Please plan accordingly.

Solar Eclipse: 8/21

On August 21, there will be a rare, partial solar eclipse visible in Mountain View at approximately 10:15 a.m. This is an educational even that doesn’t happen very often! Let’s stay safe while having fun experiencing the eclipse. Because no one should ever look directly at the sun without proper equipment, teachers will be passing out special eclipse viewing glasses the morning of 8/21. These glasses are compliant with the ISO 12312-2:2-15 international safety standard for such equipment and are sponsored by Google. Teachers will reiterate the importance of safety when viewing this special phenomenon.

To learn more about the eclipse, so that you may talk with your student, here are some resources:

Please make sure that your student understands that he or she should not look directly at the sun without safety glasses. Cameras, binoculars and telescopes without special solar filters are not safe.

If you would NOT like your child to receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses for any reason, please contact your child’s teacher.

Walk, Ride & Roll Day: 8/24

Earn a chance to win a bike and helmet while helping make our school safer and our air cleaner! Every student who walks, bikes, carpools, or rides the bus to school on Thursday morning will receive a raffle ticket.

In partnership with the local public high school and grade school districts, local private schools, school administrators, parent groups and students, the City of Mountain View develops and implements a comprehensive program to promote the benefits of safe walking, biking and carpooling to and from school, reduce vehicle traffic around schools, and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases around the schools and within the community.

Stay in Touch: Receive PTA and Class Messages on Konstella

Parents should have received an email invitation to join your child's class list on our Huff community communication tool. Don't miss out on announcements, new events, volunteer opportunities, parent groups and much more! We are all working hard for our children and teachers, and appreciate your support. If you have questions or problems joining Konstella, please email

Beautification Day - Thank You Volunteers!

A small army of parent and community volunteers descended upon Huff last Saturday to help set up classrooms, move furniture, and clean up our campus. It would look a lot different out here if not for your generous donation of time and muscle. We very much appreciate it.


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

Absence and Tardy Policy

Should your child be absent for any reason, please call Ms. Marily at 650-526-3490 x3003. Excused absences are limited to illness, doctor/dentist appointments, and bereavement. All other absences will be considered unexcused. Once you have accrued three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes you should expect a truancy letter. Once a student accrues five unexcused tardies, parents will be contacted by a district liaison for an attendance meeting.

Emergency Card Changes

If you had any changes to your emergency information that you submitted last spring, please contact the office and they will make the necessary changes. This includes home phone, cell phone, work phone, email, and names of people who can pick up your child(ren) in case you can’t be reached.

Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office and return ASAP (we cannot administer any medication without the form). Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.

Reminder - bring in your Box Tops for the Summer Box Top Challenge Drawing!

Bring in any Box Tops you have collected over the summer during the first couple weeks of school and earn a ticket in our drawing for a cool prize. Just take your Box Tops and put them in the white box in the office - make sure you fill out a green raffle ticket and put that in the red box! Anyone who has already submitted Box Tops can go back and fill out a green raffle ticket.

How about a little back-to-school math? Huff has over 600 students this year. If each student brought in just TWO Box Tops every month, we’d have well over $1,000 to use to support our awesome school. That’s just 2 little pieces of cardboard per student per month. Don’t think that just because you only have a couple, they aren’t worth anything. It all adds up!!

Bring any Box Tops you’ve collected and drop them into the red box in the office. The sheet does not have to be completely filled out in order to be eligible for a drawing ticket. For any Box Top related questions or comments, please contact Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt at Thanks for all your help Huff Hawks and keep clipping! Every little piece helps!

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

Upcoming Dates

Wed., Aug, 23, 11:55 a.m. - MINIMUM DAY

Wed., Aug 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Back to School Night

Thu., Aug. 24 - Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day

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

Tue., Sep. 5, 8:05 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting - Huff Kids Place

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

Thu., Sep. 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

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 (check out a solar eclipse sun-fun-food activity sheet here!)

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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