February 8, 2017

Principal’s Message

February is Black History Month, and at Huff we are commemorating the achievements and history of African Americans through classroom lessons, library literature displays, and the sharing of short biographies of notable individuals on our Morning Announcements. Families, here is also a link to get you started on learning conversations and activities at home.

Walk to School Day Raffle Winner

Congratulations to 3rd grader, Andre O. on winning the Walk to School Day raffle! He won a new bike and helmet courtesy of the City of Mountain View VERBS program.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Walk to School Day on Wed. 2/1. It was great to see the kids walking, biking, carpooling, and using scooters to get to school. We hope the students continue using alternative forms of transportation to get to and from school to reduce traffic, stay fit, and keep our air clean.

CSMA Music in Action - Chamber Concert for grades 3-5 - Mon. Feb. 13

The Hurd Ensemble will present chamber music in a new and fascinating way by blending classical music with electronics. The ensemble includes violin, cello, bass, piano, and electronics, and is dedicated to performing the works of George Hurd. George will introduce aspects of composing to students while they learn about electronic sounds, how they are created, altered, and layered into the music. See flyer.

YMCA Huff Event

YMCA Huff is having a Parents Night Out on Valentine’s Day February 14. Take advantage of having a Date Night while we take care of the kiddos for you. Kids will have a blast at the Y enjoy a variety of fun activities. Event includes: Pizza, Dessert, Outdoor and Indoor Games and a special Valentine’s Day Activities. Cost is $25 per child, Cash Only. We will be open from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. You may drop off or pick up any time between these hours. For more details, see Site Director, Michael Robertson at 650 567 9928 or michael.robertson@ymcasv.org

CSMA Art Show

From now until February 28, works by Huff students will be displayed at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda at 500 Castro Street as part of the annual CSMA Art4Schools show, A Line Runs Through It. Check it out!

Local Control Accountability Protocol (LCAP) Presentation and Feedback Session - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Each year, our district reviews and revises our LCAP for submission to Sacramento. Come and hear Mr. Chang present the district priorities, goals, and steps we are taking to improve outcomes for all children.

February is We Love Box Tops month!!

Over 3,000 Box Tops have been brought in so far this school year!

We are currently having a drawing - please bring in any Box Tops you may have collected while making Superbowl or Valentine’s Day treats. The prize will be for 2 students to be Assistant Principal of the Day! We’ll be collecting Box Tops for this drawing until February 15.

Bring your Box Tops to the office and fill out a green ticket with your name and classroom number to be eligible to win! You can bring Box Tops stuck to a paper or in a baggie.

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts Today!

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, and show your Huff pride! Supplies and sizes are limited so don't delay and order today.

  • Full Zip, Hooded Sweatshirts: $25
  • T-Shirts $15

Checkout the full zip hoodies and t-shirts online. Choose from Youth and Adult sizes (while supplies last). You can order online now to reserve your size & pay with a credit card. Include your child's name and class during the online checkout process so a PTA representative can deliver your order directly to your student. If you prefer to pay with check or cash please email your order to volunteers@huffpta.org, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form: https://squareup.com/store/huff-elementary-pta

Huff Auction - Merchandise and Parties Available

Please check out the amazing parties for adults and children that still have some open spots. 5th grade parents, consider signing your 5th graders up for the "5th Grade Graduation Splash" on Thursday, May 18. It is open to all 5th graders, but don't wait until the last minute. Party prices remain the same.

If you are looking for items still available, there are still some great opportunities available to pick up at your "BEST OFFER price". Take a look! Cash or checks made out to Huff PTA (in the memo of your check write - auction and the item you are paying for) are excepted. Happy shopping!

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted) at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office will have Colorcycle boxes for dropoff. Our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort from last year by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com)

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

Mon., Feb. 13 - Music in Action Chamber music concert (for Gr 3-5 students)

Wed., Feb. 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day Commemoration

Fri., Feb. 17 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 2nd Trimester

Fri., Feb. 17 - George Washington Day Commemoration

Feb. 20 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Feb. 27 - Mar 3 - Growth Mindset Week

Tue., Mar. 7, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Thu., Mar. 9, 12:00 p.m. - Multi-cultural day

Wed., Mar. 15 - Spring Photo Day

Thu., Mar. 16, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., Mar. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Thu., Mar. 30, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House


All after school programs are now on the Huff website. Please check the website, on the menu, select Enrichment -> After-school Options.

New After School Programs

  • Chef Koochooloo: Students will learn to cook fun and delicious dishes and learn about the geography and culture of the country of origin. Click here for the flyer.
  • Spanish and Mandarin Classes: Research shows that learning languages is one very important key to success. We are happy to bring IES Language, an established language learning company, to Huff. Click here for the flyer.
  • Let Me Run: We are starting an after school boys running program called “Let Me Run.” Think running meeting Project Cornerstone and helping boys break the "Boy Code". This is a 7 week program (with meetings 2 times/week) culminating in the boys completing a 5K. (Practice days/times are TBD.) See flyer for more information. There is no chapter in CA and we would be the first! We are so excited and cannot wait to start. Please stay tuned. Registration will begin at the end of February with the program starting at the end of March and continuing through May. For more information refer to http://www.letmerun.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Sheetal Shah (sheetal@alum.mit.edu), mother of Sanjay P (4th grade).

MVWSD is now a “safe haven” district

Committed to the health of its diverse community, the Board of Trustees approved on Feb. 2 a resolution discouraging any potential immigration enforcement activities around schools that could create a pervasive climate of fear, conflict and stress for all students.

Citing that all children in the U.S. are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ citizenship, or immigration status, the Board pledged to use its discretion authorized by law to ensure the security of all of its students.

Questions and worries about immigration affects all students; children who have a status as well as those whose family members, friends, or schoolmates do not, and students who are themselves undocumented.

Read the full text of the resolution here.

Fighting the Flu!

Our school is seeing more cases of flu. With seasonal flu circulating at our school and in the community, here are a few reminders about what to do.

  • If you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) stay home until you no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours. If you have other health issues, you may want to call your healthcare provider for advice.
  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep yourself comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.
  • Use good health habits such as covering your cough and/or sneeze in your sleeves, or to cover your cough/sneeze with tissues. You should wash your hands often and keep them away from your face.
  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.
  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places.
  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Feeling extremely irritable
  • Not urinating
  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Key flu facts from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm


ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2017-18 school year.

NEW THIS YEAR: If you have a Parent Portal account, you can easily log on to your child’s INFOSNAP record. You do not need a SNAPCODE. You just need your student’s birthdate. You will be able to access the form on Monday, February 13, 2017. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

If you do NOT have a Parent Portal account, the Snapcode will be emailed to parents on Monday, February 13, 2017. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the linked flyer for additional information and help nights.

MVEF to Huff Parents: We need you!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is a volunteer driven non-profit that provides funding (with your generous donations!) for programs and educational materials crucial to providing a well-rounded education to our students.

The Board of Directors is currently expanding and developing a pool of potential board member candidates that meets its strategic needs at this time. We need parents who are local business leaders; realtors; have connections to our Spanish speaking community; and with skills in event planning; fundraising; and non-profit law.

We encourage anyone who is interested or who knows someone who is a potential match to contact a board member or send a message to contact@mvef.org. Read more about MVEF at www.mvef.org.

Parent workshop - Cyber Bullying and Social Media - Feb. 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology


  • 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

College Knowlege - Feb. 9, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

An event for middle school students and their parents. Hear from current high school students speak about what they are doing to prepare themselves for college and what their high school experience has been like so far!

See flyer for details.

Parent Chat:

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?

Parent Chat - Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC

7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

Los Altos Library Orchard Room
 - 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

Additional Flyers:

February Lunch Menu

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