April 19, 2017

Upcoming Principal’s Coffees in the MUR

April 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Focus: Project Based Learning

May 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Focus: Middle School Q&A

Join the School Site Council

Our School Site Council is a key committee responsible for approving and monitoring the School Site Plan advising the school administrator, and engaging in special projects as designated. This year, in addition to its regular duties, our SSC focused on transportation safety, bringing the Bike Safety Rodeo, Walk to School Days, the Bikemobile, and other related events to Huff. The SSC meets once a month after school. We are looking for one more parent member for the 2017-18 school year - if you would like to volunteer or nominate someone, please email the principal directly (gchang@mvwsd.org).

CAASPP Standardized Testing

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Please read the letter regarding CAASPP from the school district here.

Grades 3-5 will test according to the following schedule:

  • ELA: 4/25, 4/26, 4/27
  • Math: 5/2, 5/3
  • 5th Grade Science Pilot Test (no scores reported - essentially a practice): 5/4

All tests begin at 8:30 a.m.

Grades K-2 do not participate in testing.

Families, please avoid making out-of-town plans for those dates and avoid scheduling appointments, especially in the AM. Students who are absent or need more time will be able to do makeups, but we’d very much like to have as many kids test during the official days as possible. Thank you for your help.

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Huff Hawks:

We are going to do one final book this school year in Mrs. Kalb’s Book Club!

Here are the details:
We will read and discuss one book over 4 weeks.
We will meet once a week at lunchtime on Wednesdays in the library (bring your lunch - hot lunch is okay).

To apply to be a member:
Write a short paragraph to Mrs. Kalb stating why you like to read books. Include your name, grade and room number and deliver it to Mrs. Kalb. If you were a member before, you must submit a paragraph again to join this time.
Paragraphs must be received by the end of school this Friday, April. 21.

Members will be notified next week and informed of the schedule and the book we will be reading.

(Don’t) Take Your Kids to Work Day

The national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is Thursday, April 27. Many local companies plan events during school hours on this week.

In addition to missing important instructional time, please be aware that this is an unexcused absence for your child (Excused absences are determined by the state: They are illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises). Also, this day falls during the state testing period. Students absent during testing will be asked to make up tests upon their return to school.

We understand that is a great opportunity for your child to see the types of work you and your company do. Because of the conflict, we will be working with our corporate sponsors to explore other dates and times that are not as disruptive to the instructional day. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Construction Update

As you know, Huff will undergo construction in three phases over the next couple of years. Phase 1, the construction of a new MUR on the southwest portion of campus, will begin this summer. To make room for the new MUR, the programs in rooms 19-22 will be relocated to portable buildings on our blacktop. While this may be an inconvenience, it’s a relatively small price to pay for a brand new multipurpose room. Click here to see the official district maps of the three phases of construction. These are also posted on the Huff Office windows. If you have questions about construction, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Hawkfest 2017!!

The date for Hawkfest 2017 has been set for Friday May 19, 5-8pm. Hawkfest is a PTA sponsored event designed to bring together the Huff Community for three hours of Fun, Food, Games, Activities, Entertainment and Socializing.
This year’s theme is" Huff Love". The success of this event depends largely on the Huff community and the generous effort of volunteers. If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of this event, please contact the Hawkfest chair, Hafsa Mirza at hafsahr@hotmail.com.

Hawkfest Room Parents Meeting - Wednesday, April 19, 2016 at 8:05 am in Huff MUR

This meeting is to discuss Room Parent responsibilities for Hawkfest. We would like each class to have a representative in attendance at the meeting on Wednesday, April 19 after drop off. For more information please contact Hafsa Mirza at hafsahr@hotmail.com.

Hawkfest T-Shirt Competition

This year again we will have a competition between the Huff students to design the Hawkfest T-shirt in accordance with the theme "Huff Love". One lucky winner's design will be selected and printed on the Hawkfest T-shirt. Please drop your entries in the office with your name, grade and room#. The last date to submit your entries is Friday, April 28, 2017. Questions? Please contact Hafsa Mirza at hafsahr@hotmail.com.

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

Open Auction Parties

There are still some fun auction parties with open spots. If you are interested in any of the available parties, you can still sign up for a party online at http://huffptaauction.com and bring cash or a check made payable to Huff PTA (in the memo write which party you are attending). You can drop it off in the office to the attention of Beth Davis.

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

Thu., Apr. 20, 8:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal: PBL focus
Apr. 24 - May 12 - CAASPP Testing Window
Tue., Apr. 25, 6:00 p.m. - ELAC meeting
Mon., May 1, 8:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal: Middle School focus
Mon., May 1, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting
Thu., May 11, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Chorus concert
Thu., May 18, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., May 19, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Fri., May 26 - MINIMUM DAY- End of trimester
Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Tue., Jun. 6 - MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School


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

CSMA Spring Trimester Music Update

Please see attached letter for specific details from your CSMA Music teachers regarding the activities and learning that is taking place during your child’s Music class.

Parent Education Talk - Arts for Everyone! - April 19, 2017

The arts are a vehicle for creative expression and social interaction in ALL kids. The arts are linked to academic achievement as well as social and emotional development. In this forum we will explore the various arts opportunities in our community. We’ll hear from Youth Drama for All (in their 10th year of productions), Dance for ALL (a YMCA based community class), and other local arts groups.

April 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” - Tue, May 9, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

*** Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family


  • 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

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

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

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

Additional Flyers:

April Lunch Menu

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