January 3, 2018

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s time off was restful and relaxing. To kick off the new calendar year, I’d like to share this week’s Quote of the Week from the Morning Announcements. May it set us all on a positive course in 2018!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” - Neil Gaiman

Lost and Found: come get your stuff!

We will be donating/discarding unclaimed Lost and Found items next week. We also have unclaimed tupperware in the staff lounge (under the serving tables). Come and find your lost or previously-forgotten items before they are gone forever...


Eat right and give back January 18! Join us at Sweetgreen, located at 440 Castro Street

Starting off 2018 with a vow to eat healthier? Kick off the new year doing good for your body and good for the community! On January 18 Sweetgreen will be donating 20% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! There are some amazing choices, check out the menu at sweetgreen.com!

Winter Gala and Raffle

Time to buy your raffle tickets! Mountain View Educational Foundation has some amazing prizes up for grabs in this year's raffle.

  • First prize: Two premium tickets to the Shoreline Concert of your choice
  • Second Prize: Dinner for 4 at Quattro Restaurant
  • Third Prize: A $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery!

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling tickets at every school, to find out where to get your tickets send a note to hafsa@mvef.org. Interested in selling tickets? Our top two sellers get $25 Amazon gift cards.

Our Winter Gala and Auction is February 10. Check out the attached flyer or go to MVEF.org

MV Parent University presents "Special Education Basics: Tips for parents on how to navigate the special education process"

Learn about:

  • Special Education process
  • Important terms
  • Support at your child's school

Question & Answer session with Special Education Director Gary Johnson

Wednesday, January 10, 6:30-8pm - Crittenden Middle School

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


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

MVLA Speakers Series presents "Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents" by Dr. Dan Siegel

In this presentation Dr. Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the developing brain and how they set the stage for childhood and adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being. See flyer.

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Los Altos High School Eagle Theater - 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA
  • Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers
  • Admission: Free
  • Register: https://mvla2017-2018-dansiegel.eventbrite.com

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training

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 (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) 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!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 8 (9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.)
Duveneck School - Room 10
Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

Monday, January 22 (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)
Stevenson PACT School - Conference Room D
Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 17

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.

Auction Events

Looking for a night out with other Huff parents or something fun for your kids to do during January? Check out the upcoming auction parties that still have space available! You can sign up for parties online at www.huffptaauction.com or simply email auction@huffpta.org and tell us which party you would like to attend.

January Parties:

****If you attended the auction and left without your black wool coat or accidentally took home the wrong ladies black coat please email auction@huffpta.org so we can return your missing coat.

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

Tue., Jan. 9, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone training

Tue., Jan. 9, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting

Mon., Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thu., Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General meeting

Jan. 22 - 26 - Spirit Week

Thu., Jan. 25, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Jan. 25, 6:00 p.m. - 6th Grade Info Night at Middle Schools

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

Flyers and Attachments

January Lunch Menu

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