April 26, 2017

Principal’s Message: Traffic Reminders

Families, don’t forget the following about drop-off and pick-up times. Safety first!

In the front (Martens Ave):

  • If driving, pull all the way to the end of the driveway; don’t drop off before you reach the curb.
  • If walking from across Grant Road, cross Martens Avenue at the Martens/Grant intersection (avoid crossing right in front of the school).

In the back (Carol Ave):

  • No cars down Carol Ave during drop-off or pick-up. This is key.
  • No parking inside red curbs/in crosswalks - this blocks visibility of children in the crosswalk.
  • Where there is no curb on Sleeper, cars should leave clearance for children passing on bikes/foot who walk on the inside.


  • Drivers: follow all traffic and parking laws (don’t block driveways or crosswalks), use good judgment, and exercise patience just as you would anywhere else.
  • Bikers: wear a helmet, make sure you are visible to cars.
  • Pedestrians: make sure you are visible to cars.


Principal’s Coffee: Middle School Q&A

Join Mr. Chang in the MUR on Monday, May 1 from 8:10 to 9:00 for a Middle School Q&A. This session is most appropriate for 5th and 4th grade families, but all are welcome.

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 K-2 do not participate in testing.

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 after attendance and classroom start-of-day routines (approximately 8:30)

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.

(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.

Huff School Site Council (SSC) Meeting - Monday, May 1, 2017

Join us for the last Huff School Site Council Meeting of the year on Monday, May 1, 2017. It will be held from 3:00-4:30pm in the Staff Lounge. All are welcome. This would be a great opportunity to check out the SSC if you are interested in joining next year. We are looking for one additional parent member for 2017-18. Please contact Mr. Chang if you are interested in joining. Click here for the agenda and it is also posted on the bulletin board in front of the office.

5th Grade Instrument Return

Instrument return this year will be different than previous years. To improve the process of collecting instruments by end of school year, Instruments will be collected from students at Graham Middle School (1175 Castro Street) in room #52. We are hoping this process will help to receive the instruments on time and have them ready for the next school year.

  • Thu. May 18, 12:45 - 2:45 pm - String Instrument collection - see flyer for details
  • Fri. May 26, 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Band instrument collection - see flyer for details

Parent/Guardian and student should be present to check the instrument’s condition. In case you can’t make it for the dates posted, please contact Raquel Hernandez at 650-237-1234 to make appropriate arrangements. Those students participating in the summer program do not need to return their instrument. CSMA will give them instructions at the end of the summer program.

Graham Spring Fling:

Attention Huff 5th graders! You’re invited to Graham’s Spring Fling (A Celebration of Cinco de Mayo) - Friday, May 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm (1175 Castro St). The night will include a Mariachi Band, folklorico dancers, a silent auction, delicious food, a bake sale, climbing wall, inflatables, bike repair and a book giveaway.

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.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Congratulations, we did it! Thank you to the Huff Community for your incredible generosity and support! We created 355 meals for local hungry kids through our Second Harvest Food Bank, Stand Up for Kids Food and Fund Drive. We joined together to raise $70 and 258 lbs of food. Because of you, kids right here in our local neighborhoods will have wholesome and nutritious food they need to thrive. It’s an incredible feeling to know the Huff community has made a direct impact in the lives and futures of kids in Silicon Valley. Thank you for your donations, your hard work and your commitment to helping in the fight against hunger! To get more involved, please visit www.shfb.org.

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.

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.

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

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.

Healthy Kids Survey

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office.

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.

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.

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home”

Date: 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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