February 14, 2018

Principal’s Message: Abilities Awareness Week

Abilities Awareness Week is the week we come back from February break (February 26-March 2). In preparation, we ask that all families take time to speak to their children about the events that will be taking place and to participate in the special “homework” assignment that will be sent home with Friday folders this week.

We all want our children to understand that everyone has some quality or talent that is worth finding. People with physical, or neurological, visible or non visible challenges can overcome some of those challenges with tools, therapies, and mostly patience and kindness from people surrounding them.

During Abilities Awareness Week, all students will engage in read-alouds and discussions led by parent volunteers on the diverse set of abilities in our community. In addition, 1st and 4th graders will participate in a series of experiential workshops that will help the children develop empathy for those with special challenges. The library will be involved in different learning activities as well.

We know that what children want, more than anything else, is to feel included. Unfortunately, children who have visible or non visible challenges are often left out. Let’s work together to overcome this.

For questions about Abilities Awareness Week or to volunteer, contact Claire Oueini at clairequesnel@yahoo.com.

Thank you for showing the Huff Love daily to all members of our big and diverse community!


  • 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.

Friday is a Minimum Day; No school next week

Reminder: this Friday, February 16, is the end of Trimester 2 and a Minimum Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Trimester 2 report cards will be sent home on Friday, March 9.

Next week is February break: there is no school from February 19 to 23.

The Huff Musical is here!

We are excited to announce that the first-ever Huff musical production, Schoolhouse Rock Jr., will be presented at the Graham Auditorium on February 14 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please visit huffSHR.eventbrite.com. Hope to see you there!

DATE CHANGE: Principal’s Coffee - February 26

8:15-9:15 - Topic: Local Control Accountability Protocol (district plan submitted to the state)

Each year, every public school district is responsible for submitting an updated version of the LCAP to Sacramento. It highlights the priorities and initiatives of the district and the budget for monies spent toward these priorities. Come and hear the big picture plans for our entire school district through a Huff lens.

Huff's 3D Printing Club starting soon!

Jennifer Street, one of our Project Based Learning teachers, will be starting a new after school club on Mondays from 2:45 to 3:45, beginning on March 12. Students will learn how to design 3D objects using computer software and printing them using Huff's brand new 3D printer! If this is something that may interest your child, check out the flyer. Due to space limitations, an application is attached to the flyer. Please submit applications online or to the office by March 5. The roster will be finalized and communicated by March 7. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Street at jstreet@mvwsd.org.

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. District custodial teams have been working hard the past couple of weeks to disinfect surfaces, handles and doorknobs.

With seasonal flu circulating in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do:

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice.
  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.
  • Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.
  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.
  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.
  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Feeling extremely irritable
  • Not urinating
  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Lead Testing in School Water System

Student health and safety is very important to us. Recent national events concerning the quality of public drinking water, especially for our youngest citizens, have raised awareness. For that reason, the District proactively contacted the California Water Service this summer and fall, and requested tests of all of the school district’s water fountains for lead. Beginning in 2019, all California schools constructed or modernized before 2010 will be required to test school water systems for lead (A.B. 746). Huff’s water supply tested negative for lead. Thank you for your continued partnership and support of our school.

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year.

We invite you to learn more about the LCAP process:

Thu., Feb. 15, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Thu., Feb. 26, 8:10 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee
Tue., Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. - ELAC meeting

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4165244/MVWSD-LCAP-P...

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff

Bring in your Box Tops in February for a chance to win prizes!

Keep bringing in those Box Tops this week for a chance to win prizes!! Thanks so much to everyone who has already brought in Box Tops and filled out their green tickets. The raffle goes through this week so you still have time to enter!

Please put your child’s name and room number on the green ticket and drop it into the red box. Any amount of Box Tops can be brought in for a ticket! If you have any questions, please contact Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina atgeeners@gmail.com. Thanks Huff Hawks and keep clipping!!

Order your Huff Yearbook today!

This is a wonderful keepsake for your child's school year memories. Please see below for details!

How do I order? The yearbook can be ordered by clicking the "order a yearbook" button at: https://yearbooks.lifetouch.com. You will be asked for the school code which is 13351218. If you prefer to purchase the yearbook with cash or check, please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org to make arrangements.

How much does it cost? The cost is $18 and an additional $0.75 if you wish to have it personalized.

What about those who cannot afford to buy a yearbook? When ordering, you will have the option to donate to a school fund which will be used to purchase yearbooks for students who need financial aid. If you feel that you qualify for financial aid, please contact Marily, Teresa, or Susie in the main office.

Is a yearbook included with my PTA donation? If you made a $200 contribution to the PTA this school year, you will receive a personalized yearbook in the child's name you input during membership.

For families expecting a pre-ordered yearbook due to qualifying PTA donations, Membership sent an email message a few weeks ago asking for confirmation of spelling of student names. If we do not receive a reply by Friday, Feb. 9, we will assume the spelling is correct. Please check your Spam folder if you did not see a message and email membership@huffpta.org with questions.

Can I still make a PTA donation that includes a yearbook? It is not too late to join the PTA! If you would like to make a $200 contribution to support the programs and events made possible by the Huff PTA, a personalized yearbook will be provided at no additional charge.

How can I help? Yearbook volunteers are creating the book now! If you would like to help or have photos to submit, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org for more details.

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 (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

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

Applications are found here (www.mvwsd.org/committees). Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or rclark@mvwsd.org.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 1

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: Thursday, March 1
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room - 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org. We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 5
Stevenson PACT School - 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, Conference Room D
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12
Duveneck School - 705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto, Room 10
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19
Stevenson PACT School - 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, Conference Room D
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at mvef.org. **

Don't Miss Out on Fun Events & Great Deals!

Looking for something fun to do for yourself or your kids? Check out the upcoming auction parties that still have space available:

Prices have been reduced on ALL unsold items so don’t miss the great deals on camps, outings, and more:

Check out all of the available items and order online at https://www.huffptaauction.com. You can also email your order to auction@huffpta.org, be sure to include the the item or event you would like.

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

Wed., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - School House Rock Jr.

Thu., Feb. 15, 8:10 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Feb. 15, 3:00 p.m. - School Site Council

Thu., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - School House Rock Jr.

Fri., Feb. 16 - MINIMUM DAY - End of trimester

Feb., 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Wed., Feb. 28 - Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day

Fri., Mar. 2, 10:20 - 11:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Music in Action concerts (grades 3-5)

Tue., Mar. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Mar. 9, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Science Night

Thu., Mar. 15, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., Mar. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Thu., Mar. 29, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House

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

Flyers and Attachments

February Lunch Menu

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