September 13, 2017

PTA General Meeting

First PTA General Meeting is Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Evening) in MUR.

Find out what's happening at Huff... Principal Chang will present current school updates, enrichment program plans for this school year, and information on Project Based Learning.

Find out where your donation dollars are being spent. The Board will present this year's proposed budget & programs.

Questions, Suggestions or Feedback is welcome! Please contact for more information.

Who will win our 2nd prize??

PTA popsicle party contest EXTENDED to September 22!

Congratulations to Room 4 (Ms. Garrison’s 1st Grade) with a whopping 92% of the class submitting donations and fees! They will receive a popsicle party during lunch time today!

Due to the enthusiasm for the contest, we are extending the deadline to September 22 for ANOTHER winning class! So continue to drop off forms at the office or pay online:

Donations count! Your $200+ per child will automatically include a student yearbook and student t-shirt! ONLY YOUR FUNDS pay for Science support, Project Based Learning support, Computer Science/Coding, IXL math, Lexia, Newsela, supplemental music and art, field trips, teacher supplies, and much, much more!

Please email if you have any questions.

Coming to you - Wild West Book Fair Library Fundraiser: Mon. Oct. 9 through Fri. Oct. 13

Saddle up and get ready for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair! Tell your friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and grandparents – everyone is welcome! All Book Fair proceeds go to the Huff library and classrooms! Let’s enrich learning at Huff and lasso up some amazing books for our kids!

REMINDER: Book Fair Volunteer Meeting, Thu. Sep. 14 at 8:10 a.m., MUR

Howdy! Come and attend the Book Fair volunteer meeting on Thu. Sep. 14 at 8:10am in the MUR!! Be there to learn what you can do to help make this fundraiser strike gold! Questions? Contact Dorothy Lin (

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.

School Breakfast Starts September 18

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.

Double your Donation to MVEF! Only a few weeks left to take advantage of corporate matches!

Mountain View Educational Foundation is working with community partners, including Google, The Hoven Foundation, and LinkedIn to put together more than $75,000 in challenge grant funds to make your annual donation double! Donate now through September 30th to increase your impact!

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Night

MVWSD is always looking for ways to support students and increase their academic achievement. Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) allows educators to design and deliver lessons that address the academic and linguistic needs of English learners while enhancing the overall learning environment for all students. SIOP-based teaching benefits all students, not just those who are learning English as an additional language.

This means your student will get more focus, support and expectations from teachers on how he/she communicates learning using English structures and academic vocabulary.

SIOP Parent Night: Learn more on Thursday, Sept 28 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf Elementary MUR. For more info, see

Language Buddies

We have many new families at Huff this year who have recently moved here from other countries and need assistance understanding school news and routines. If you speak another language, consider becoming a language buddy for another family. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Susana Morales ( Thank you!

School Pictures

Picture day was Aug. 30. If you have not ordered your school pictures, you will still be able to do so using this direct link:


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 (

MVWSD seeks parents, staff and community members for new Task Force groups

Task Force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on one of these groups, and let us know by Aug. 30 by completing an application here:

Specifically, MVWSD is seeking parents from all schools, as well as MVWSD staff members. Spanish interpretation will be provided, if needed.

These committees will begin meeting in the coming weeks.

  • Wellness Advisory Committee
  • Enrollment Priorities Task Force
  • Budget Advisory Committee

Click here for tasks, details and requirements for each of these groups

Parent Workshop: Supporting the Success of Your Whole Child

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Wed. Sep. 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! See flyer.

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child


  • 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.)

Please register here

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017, 7–9 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Sep. 14, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Book Fair Volunteer Meeting - MUR

Thu., Sep. 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Thu., Sep. 28 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Thu., Sep. 28, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Tue., Oct. 3, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting - YMCA Kids’ Place

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

September Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

Click here to send your thoughts directly to the principal. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us get better.