February 7, 2018

Principal’s Message: Abilities Awareness Week

We are excited to embark on our first-ever Ability Awareness Week at the end of the month, from February 26 to March 2.

Abilities Awareness Week is an event that aims to help us understand that we all have different strengths: some people simply need additional assistance or a different way of participating in order to function in our world.

Volunteers will be leading grade specific activities for students. The library will also be involved in different learning activities. A talk and workshop will be held on Thursday March 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the MUR for Huff parents and community. The speaker will be Blair Roger, Consultant for Inclusion.

We will be asking you as parents to support this program at home. More details will be shared next week.

We are all looking forward to a week of Ability Awareness. For additional information or volunteer, please contact parent Claire Quesnel-Oueini at claire@lcc.lamvptac.org


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.

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

The Huff Musical is almost 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!

Principal’s Coffee: February 15

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.

Pack a snack (or participate in hot breakfast)

Parents, be sure to pack a healthy snack and water bottle for your child(ren) or have them participate in hot breakfast during recess (the process is the same as hot lunch). The office does not stock snacks for students to have during the morning recess.

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

MVWSD Preschool Program

Now, more Mountain View families are eligible for MVWSD’s preschool program, due to recent changes at the state and county level.

Through the Santa Clara Child Care Subsidy Pilot, the income eligibility ceiling for those applying for our free preschool program is now $71,065/year (a family of 4). Additionally, children who have their third birthday on or before December 1 (as opposed to September 1) can now enroll in preschool, though priority enrollment for 4 year olds has not changed.

To make it even easier, families no longer have to re-certify or re-apply to the preschool program and prove income eligibility requirements in their child's second year of preschool. Their initial application will remain valid for 24 months, without worry that income changes could affect their child’s preschooling.

The highly-rated MVWSD Preschool is currently enrolling for a few remaining spaces for 2017-18 and accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Enrollment for 2018-19 will begin in March. See www.mvwsd.org/preschool for applications and details.

Feb. 8: State of the Schools Event

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View

Dr. Rudolph will speak about this year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Performances: Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

Join us for dessert and dancing at the MVEF Gala on February 10

We hope to see you this Saturday at the Winter Gala and Auction! Dinner tickets have been snapped up, but tickets are still available for the dessert and dancing portion of the evening. Tickets are $40 if purchased by February 8 or $50 at the door. Our silent auction is shaping up to be one of our best, with dinner for 4 at the firehouse, amazing summer camps, tickets to cultural events throughout the Bay Area, VIP Tesla tours, floral arrangements, and dazzling morganite earrings, just to give you a preview. MVEF raises funds to support every child at every school. So grab your valentine or a group of friends and help us meet our fundraising goal with an evening of fun and fundraising! Learn more at mvef.org

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

A big thank you to those who have been bringing in Box Tops for our February drawing, which started Monday. We love seeing the Box Tops box fill up! The drawing will go for 2 weeks.

Be sure to put your Box Tops into the usual box and fill out a green raffle ticket to put into the red box - please put your child’s name and room number on the ticket. Any amount of Box Tops can be brought in for a raffle ticket!

If you have any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Top Coordinator Gina at geeners@gmail.com. Thanks for all your help 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.

Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8:00pm in Graham Middle School MUR

Presenters: my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

  • *Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media
  • *Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children
  • *Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • 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.)

Register here

Local Resource Guide for Learning Challenges

Do you need help finding summer camps to fit your child's needs? Recreational opportunities that are accepting and inclusive? Therapists, advocates, tutors? Please check out SELPA1CAC's Local Resource Guide! at www.selpa1cac.org or tinyurl.com/localresourceguide. We are always interested in updates and additions, let us know how we can make the Guide for useful!

Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event
Wed. Feb. 7, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary School

Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens. “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”

DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

Let's Talk
Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 7:00-9:00 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. Feb. 13, 2018, 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 - 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

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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