October 4, 2017

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week: 10/9-10/13

Click here for the sign up sheets. Remember, every day next week is a minimum day: students are dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Monday through Friday. We are looking forward to meeting with you and discussing ways to help your child grow!

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.

Project Based Learning Updates

Next week, Kindergartners, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders begin exciting new projects/units of study! Below are short descriptions of projects by our Science/Social Studies teachers, Mrs. Street and Mr. Caringella:

In Kindergarten, students will learn what animals need to survive over the course of this science unit and create a collaborative brochure, diorama, or poster to teach future kindergarteners how to take care of animals. Students will explore what living things need to survive and thrive as they care for and observe different species of fish, snails, and worms. The classes will present their projects with students from the 1st grade classes and the docents at their upcoming Deer Hollow Farm field trip.

Third Graders will take on the roles of anthropologist and museum curator as they answer the driving question, "How can we create museum exhibits that celebrate and explain the life and history of the Ohlone people? Students will study the Ohlone way of life, the impact of geography, history, as well as the beliefs, customs, and folklore of the Ohlone. The project will culminate with a museum exhibition in each of the classrooms.

Fourth Grade students will also take on the role of anthropologists and museum curators, but they will be studying various tribes from the four regions of California. Students will compare and contrast the way of life. As well as culture and traditions, of tribes from the different regions. Project teams will transform their research into vignettes that they will perform in a living history museum, for their culminating event.

Fifth Grade students will seek to answer the driving question, "How can we, as landscape architects, design plans for school planters that efficiently use our resources?" During science rotations, students learn about how living organisms acquire and use resources, such as plants using water, and they will apply this learning in service of their school. Fifth graders will research drought-tolerant plants, and in teams persuade local businesses to fund the purchase of native plants for the planters outside of the classrooms. At the end of the project, students will create a presentation for the teachers and students on how to take care of their new plants.

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.

Thank you donors! MVEF secured its challenge grant!

MVEF is thrilled to announce that, thanks to generous donations from more than 250 families and community members, MVEF has surpassed their first goal of the year, securing their challenge grant. The challenge funds come from three generous $25,000 corporate matching grants from Google, Hoven Foundation, and LinkedIn, and community partners including Hibser Yamauchi Architects. The grant matched, dollar-for-dollar, donations from supporters through September 30, 2017, allowing donors to double the impact of their contribution. Thank you for your support in helping us secure over $75,000 in matching funds to support our students.

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.

Wild West Book Fair is next week!!

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

… with upcoming Special Events

Thurs. Oct. 12 - 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Family Night! Bring your whole posse to enjoy shopping, a food truck, and scavenger hunt. Remember to check your teacher’s wish-list bin.

Fri. Oct. 13 - 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Dads ‘ n ‘ Donuts – and Cowgirls ‘ n ’ Coffee! Saddle up for our last day for book & gift shopping to help raise money for Huff Library!

Book Fair “All for Books” Spare Change Fundraiser & Drawing Contest still going!

There’s still time to return your child’s boot drawing to the Huff Office by Fri. Oct. 6.

Also, return your ziplock baggies full of spare change for “All for Books” Fundraiser by Wed. Oct.11. This is funding for the library and classrooms! Also, for every dollar collected, Scholastic donates millions of books to organizations for at-risk children!

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.

MVEF’s new director: Melissa Armanini

Melissa Armanini has joined the Mountain View Educational Foundation as the new Executive Director. Melissa brings over 10 years of sales, marketing and event management experience. She has also been a dedicated volunteer in various capacities over the last decade at her children’s schools (Castro Elementary and Graham Middle School), as well as at MVEF. “I’m thrilled to join MVEF to further its mission of providing all MVWSD students with a well-rounded education that includes art, music, STEM, electives and sports,” says Melissa. “Both my children were active in the sports and music programs funded by MVEF, so I have seen first-hand the value this important foundation provides to our students.”

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

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

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

Flyers and Attachments

October Lunch Menu

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