September 27, 2017

Principal’s Message

Join me for the first Principal’s Coffee of the year this Thursday, September 28 from 8:15 to 9:15 in the MUR. This is a chance to have an informal group conversation about all things Huff-related. Got a question about traffic that others should hear? Drop by! Have a query about Project Based Learning? Bring it to the Coffee! Hope to see many of you there.

Walk, Bike, or Roll to School Day: 9/28

We’ll be having the second one of these this year on Thursday, 9/28. Last time we gave out 318 tickets, which means we did well but there’s plenty of room for improvement. This time we’ll be handing out different colored raffle tickets based on the entry used. Hint: use one of the less-trafficked entrances (Woodleaf, for example) for a better chance of winning one of four prizes!

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.

Student attendance is important: Help students be in school and on time

When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Read here the FAQs about MVWSD student attendance.

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent.

The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. MVWSD will contact parents when students reach concerning absence levels. If not remedied, chronically absent students and their families may be referred to the District’s Student Attendance Review Board, in a process similar to how truancy is handled.

Thanks for your assistance and support.

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.

PTA Popsicle Party

Congratulations to Room 3 (Mrs. Braunstein’s 1st Grade) for winning the 2nd prize popsicle party with 88% of the class submitting donations and fees!

Even though the contest is finished, we still need support to help keep programs at Huff such as 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!

Drop off forms with check or cash at the office or pay online today:

Your $200+ per child will automatically include a student yearbook and student t-shirt! 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!

“All for Books” - Book Fair Spare Change ziplock Fundraiser

Donate spare change to this generous Scholastic fundraising program, which:

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

Return your baggie full of spare change to the Huff Main Office by Wed., Oct. 11. (Include your child’s signed slip in the baggie to be displayed at the Fair.)

Book Fair student Drawing contest:

Kick it up a notch and decorate your boot! Look for the boot on the back of the principal letter going home with your child this week. Let their imagination go wild! Drawing due to the Huff office by Fri. Oct. 6.

Volunteer to cashier at the Book Fair

Cash register training – Tues. Oct. 3, 8:10AM in MUR. Check out the sign-up task list on Konstella. Questions?

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.

Whole Foods Supports MVEF!

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a five-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? Did you know that they also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? In the next few months, MVEF will be a primary beneficiary of the Nickels for Nonprofits Program at the Los Altos Store. Just bring in your own bags when you shop and let them know you would like to donate the five cents back to us! The program kicks off on September 26 and continues through January 15.

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 30 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: Picture makeup day will be September 27.


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 (

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Admission Matters: What students and parents need to know about getting into college - Sally P. Springer

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Please see details here.

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



Upcoming Dates

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

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