October 11, 2017

Project Based Learning Updates: 1st and 2nd Grades

In our new science PBL unit, first grade students will explore seasonal patterns by making observations about the weather and recording the number of hours of daylight during different times of the year. Students will learn that seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset and weather patterns can be observed, described, and predicted. They will also experience how meteorologists use this information and create their own weather forecasts in video format.

Students in second grade will be investigating why the honey bee population has declined and how it impacts themselves and the people in their town in this science PBL unit. Students will explore the importance of bees to our ecosystem and identify ways to protect the honeybee population. Students will work in collaborative groups to create a poster or a brochure to educate the school community about bees.

Wild West Book Fair Schedule

Book Fair this week!!!

Regular hours: Mon. through Thurs. 12 – 4pm, Fri. 12 – 2pm

Special events:

Thu. 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. - Family Night (food for sale)
Fri. 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. - Dads ‘n’ Donuts (and Cowgirls and Coffee!)

Huff Scholastic Book Fair Library Fundraiser available ONLINE too!

Book Fair proceeds benefit the Huff library and classroom libraries! Order online with free shipping to the school! Your orders will then be delivered to your child. Online ordering is from Mon. Oct. 9 and extends through Oct. 29!! Free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Simply go to: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/huffelementaryschool

Huff Scholastic Book Fair “All for Books” Spare Change Fundraiser - EXTENDED!

There’s still time to return your ziplock baggies full of spare change for “All for Books” Fundraiser by the end of this week! This generous Scholastic fundraising program, does the following:

  • For every dollar collected, Scholastic matches and donates thousands of books to non-profit organizations that help at-risk children.
  • Allows Huff to purchase additional books & supplies for Huff’s Library
  • Gives your kids access to more books in Huff classrooms

Earthquake Drill- week of Oct. 16

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 16. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. This is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

Seeking Noon Duty Supervisors

Huff is seeking additional folks to supervise the campus during lunch time. The Noon Duty Supervisor is a paid position, and we are always looking for good candidates. To apply, contact Mr. Chang directly.

Musical: Schoolhouse Rock coming to Huff

Ready for the first ever full-scale musical production in Huff’s history? Are your kids excited to grace the stage at the new Graham Middle School Auditorium? Huff and Starting Arts are proud to announce auditions and rehearsals starting later this month! Look for the flyer coming home in backpacks this week with information about registration.

School Breakfast is now available

We will be serving a hot meal every morning at recess time - 10:00 am – 10:20 am (1st- 5th grade) - for a minimal cost of $2.50 for a complete meal.

Featuring Fresh Baked Muffins, Scones, Croissants, Fresh Fruits, Cereal Cups, Milk

Questions? Please call Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965.

Join Us For Outdoor Movie Night at Huff featuring The Secret Life of Pets

Join us at Huff for family movie night under the stars. Enjoy The Secret Life of Pets on a giant 20 foot screen. Pizza & popcorn will provided. Proceeds benefit the Huff PTA.

Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: Pizza & Popcorn served at 6:00pm; Movie will begin at sundown
Cost: $60 per family

Registration & Payment Options:

This Silent Auction Event is graciously hosted by the Cittadino, Naaman, Feller, Stueve, Kulkarni, Swirsding, Andrzejek and Schwarzhoff families. All proceeds benefit the Huff PTA.

Mark your calendars, You Won't Want to Miss the Huff PTA's Silent Auction & Party!

Prepare yourself for The 20/20 Experience at the Huff PTA's 20th Anniversary Silent Auction & Party! This is the Huff communities biggest fundraiser of the year! You'll have an opportunity to bid on events, outings, kids parties, gift certificates, weekend getaways and more! All of the Auction items are donated by our teachers, staff, classrooms, parents, and community. The money raised will be used to support enrichment programs like Coding and Imagineerz, classroom applications like Lexia and IXL, class field trips, teacher's classroom supplies, campus beautification, and much, much more. Parent participation at the Huff Auction is critical for the PTA to continue funding these wonderful programs for our students. To learn more about the Auction check out the Auction FAQs.

There are many ways you can participate in the Huff Auction:

  • Have a special skill like cooking or baking? Enjoy hosting parties or events? Consider donating a service or hosting a party to be sold at the Auction.
  • Does a friend or family member own a business? Consider advertising in the Auction catalog.
  • Last date for donations and ads is October 15 (donation forms attached).
  • If you can help with donation pickup, data entry, event preparation please consider volunteering for the event.
  • Attend the Huff Auction event on Nov 4!*

* The Auction is an adult only event. Childcare will be available at Kid's Place on the evening of the Auction from 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Signup in the Huff office or at Kid's Place beginning the week of October 16.

Please contact the Auction Chair, Suzanne Shultz, at auction@huffpta.org if you have donations, ideas, suggestions, questions or can volunteer!

Don't forget to mark your calendars today and attend this fun, kid-free evening of food, drinks, and dancing with your fellow Huff parents and staff.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

Childcare for Auction night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Event includes: Dinner, games, prizes and a special dessert. For more details, contact Director- Robert Muniz at rmuniz@ymcasv.orgor (650) 429 1366

Date: Nov. 4, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-10:30pm
Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040
Cost: $35 per child

Childcare for Auction night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Event includes: Dinner, games, prizes and a special dessert. For more details, contact Director- Robert Muniz at rmuniz@ymcasv.orgor (650) 429 1366

Date: Nov. 4, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-10:30pm
Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040
Cost: $35 per child

Thank you donors! MVEF secured its challenge grant!

Have not donated yet? Avoid the call and donate now!

Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education. In 2016-2017, MVEF funded more than $737,000 of core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports that would not exist without generous donations to MVEF! Please don't forget to donate this school year by clicking here: https://www.mvef.org/donations

MVEF will be holding its annual phone-a-thon on October 25, so donate today to avoid the call!

MVWSD Surveys

MVWSD uses data to inform its initiatives and decisions on all aspects of its services. While it’s important that we learn from you, we also know you’re busy, and we want to balance the time involved with District surveys with our need for information to serve our students and families.

To help with this, the District tracks the number of surveys given annually. This year, these are the major, district wide surveys that you will be asked to participate in:

Climate survey for staff, students (grades 5, 7) and all parents - November 6

LCAP survey for staff, students and parents - February

Thank you in advance for your participation, time and thoughtfulness.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now 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).

MV Parent U: “10 Steps to a Healthy Family: Help with Nutrition:” Oct. 11

Mountain View Parent U presents “10 Steps to a Healthy Family: Help with Nutrition” on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County, parents will learn about getting the most out of mealtimes with kids, nutritional choices that help children focus in schools and positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! Food will be available for purchase before the event.


  • 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

Free MVLA Speaker series workshop: “Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring A Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships” on Oct. 12

Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D., is highly sought after internationally for his expertise on a range of wellness topics including ADHD, stress, childhood development, and addiction. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights as an experienced physician to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers parents seeking stronger, more meaningful connection with their children.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm at Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
Registration link: https://mvla2017-gabormate.eventbrite.com

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - October 18

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: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room - 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA


Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 9 - 13 - MINIMUM DAYS - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 9 - 13, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Book Fair

Thu., Oct. 12, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Book Fair Family Night (food for sale)

Fri., Oct. 13, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. - Dads ‘n’ Donuts (and Cowgirls and Coffee!)

Fri., Oct. 20 - College and Career Day

Tue., Oct. 24, 6:00 p.m. - ELAC meeting

Thu., Oct. 26 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Tue., Oct. 31, 12:40 p.m. - Halloween Parade

Fri., Nov. 3 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Silent Auction and Party

Nov. 6 - 9 - Week of Inspirational Math

Tue., Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

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

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

Flyers and Attachments

October Lunch Menu

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