November 8, 2017

Principal’s Message: Week of Inspirational Math

Cultivating a Growth Mindset is an important part of our school and district’s strategic efforts to nurture curious, creative, perseverant problem-solvers. It may sound like a simple proposition--believing your brain can grow nets you more success than believing intelligence is fixed--but putting Growth Mindset into practice is not always as straightforward as it seems. We all have moments each day when we worry too much what others think or when we fret over not finding quick success.

To bring these challenges to light and to practice overcoming them, Huff is proud to present the second annual Week of Inspirational Math, a week of specially-designed mathematics lessons and activities at every grade level aimed at encouraging all of us to look at numbers and problem-solving through a Growth Mindset lens.

Created by Professor Jo Boaler and her team at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Week of Inspirational Math promises to challenge, frustrate (possibly), and ultimately delight our young learners. It teaches them that they should keep going even when the work is hard and they make mistakes. And isn’t this what we ultimately want?

To find out more about the Week of Inspirational Math, check out Dr. Boaler’s website. Here’s to learning from our mistakes and never giving up!

20th Annual Huff Auction Success!

Congratulations everyone! We had a spectacular evening on Saturday night. Thank you to all our teachers/staff, parents, businesses for your generous donations and ALL the volunteers who spent endless hours creating this fantastic evening. Special thanks goes to our Auction Chair, Suzanne Shultz, for all her hard work coordinating this fabulous event!

Graham Performing Arts Fundraiser

We have a unique opportunity to raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour—as Lionsgate and the movie WONDER are donating $1.00 per movie ticket to our cause. Please help us by spreading the word to see the film opening weekend (Nov 17-19). Tickets are on sale now! For sales to count: Get tickets at Select Graham Middle School Performing Arts—and you will checkout via Fandango. Thank you!

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult' - Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6:00 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.)

Register here


Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA music teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join morning choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

MVEF will be holding their monthly board meeting on November 14 at Bubb School in the MUR from 7:00-9:00 pm. Join us to learn more about the work MVEF does to support every child at every school, in Mountain View. The board meetings are open to all, and board members will be available to answer any questions prior to the meeting between 6:30-7:00 pm.

MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents ... Please join us as Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” talks about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community. Her new memoir, “Real American,” was just released on October 3.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Admission is FREE, but please register:

Let's Talk

Mon. Nov. 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., In Front of Whole Foods, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos

(Temporary location for Holiday!) 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. See flyer.

Parent Chat

Tue. Nov. 14, 2017, 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. See flyer.

Executive Functioning with John Brentar, Morrissey Compton Educational Center

Wed. Nov. 15, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

Executive functioning is the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks. Success in school requires good executive functioning skills like working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Children with learning challenges often have problems with executive functioning skills, but there are techniques that can help train everyone to enhance these skills. Every student can benefit by improving memory, organizational skills, and learning how to make better choices. Join John Brentar, PhD from the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for a great night learning about executive functioning. See flyer.

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 or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 6 - 13 - Week of Inspirational Math

Fri., Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 22 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4 - 8 - Literacy Week

Tue., Dec. 12, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council

Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Tue., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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

Flyers and Attachments

November Lunch Menu

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