Aug 29, 2018

Principal’s Message: Back to School Night

Families, you are cordially invited to our annual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. BTSN is an important opportunity for families to learn about their children’s classrooms, grade level programming, and general expectations. At 6:00, I will be welcoming and addressing all families and introducing our PTA leadership, our staff, and our teachers. We’ll be splitting up the last hour into two halves so that families with multiple children can visit more than one classroom that night. See you on September 5!

Mark your calendars: September 5 is a minimum day

Students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. as teachers and staff prepare for Back to School Night the same evening.

Child Care for Back to School Night

YMCA Huff Kids Place will be offering Child Care for Back to School Night on Wednesday September 5 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per child. We take siblings as young as 3 years. Event includes games and activities, as well as light snack. You can sign up at YMCA Huff, or at the school office. For more information, contact Robert Muniz at

Ability Awareness Week: Celebrating Our Differences IS BACK!

Coming to Huff: September 10 - 14, a week of fun activities to explore issues of acceptance and inclusion, helping students understand that we are all different and special in some ways.

For K, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade, volunteers will read a grade specific children’s book and lead related discussions about abilities and inclusion. All scripts and books are provided. In 1st and 4th grade, students will participate in simulation activities designed to show them the impact of various disabilities. The theme will carry into the library with a week of story time centered around living with disabilities and a selection of books to further explore.

We need lots of volunteers to make this week happen. If you can help with the simulation activities on September 13, sign up here. If you can lead a reading and discussion (day and time to be arranged with your teacher), sign up here. Also plan to attend one of the required trainings provided on September 4 - 7 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at Kids Place/YMCA Room. Please help us make this event a success.

We will also be asking all families to support this program at home and will keep you posted with details next week. If you’d like to find out more, or if you’d like to volunteer, please contact Claire Quesnel-Oueini (

Visitor and Delivery Procedures

  • All visitors/volunteers must sign in at the Office and put on a visitor’s sticker before continuing to other parts of campus. Exception: caregivers waiting to pick up within 30 minutes of the end of the school day.
  • If dropping off items for students during the day, please bring them to the office and we will deliver the items or call the students to pick them up.
  • Visitors/volunteers who have signed in may use the adult restrooms in the southernmost wing of the school, near room 15. Adults may not use student restrooms unless escorting their child.


Look for the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) at the District’s Back to School nights over the next two weeks. We have new posters on campus, along with an updated brochure. Donate to MVEF to enable us to continue funding arts, music, athletics and more at every school in the District! You can learn more at

This Thursday, Aug. 30, you can dine out and support MVEF! The Counter restaurant is giving 15% of your bill back to MVEF. Just make sure to mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer!

Interpreters Needed

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish. You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 1 -12 for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam ( for more information.

Absence and Tardy Policy

During the school year, should your child be absent for any reason, please call Ms. Marily at 650-526-3490 x3003. Excused absences are limited to illness, doctor/dentist appointments, and bereavement. All other absences will be considered unexcused. We strongly suggest that you travel out of town with children during school breaks only. Once a child accrues three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes, families should expect a truancy letter. Once a student accrues five unexcused tardies, parents will be contacted by a district liaison for an attendance meeting.

Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office and return ASAP. (We cannot administer any medication without the form). Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.

Dine Out for Huff @ Amici's!

Don't cook on Monday, September 17, join us at Amici's Pizzeria instead! From 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Amici's will generously donate 25% of your total purchases to Huff PTA. Dine in or Take out (no deliveries). Plus, in the evening, Penny the Robot may be the one serving your pizza!

Present the flyer attached, or tell the server that you are from Huff Elementary.

MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

MVLA Parent Education Speakers Series presents “Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price” with Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college journalist, speaker, educator, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue. Admission: Free. Register:

MV Parent U: “Super readers!” on Sept. 12

MV Parent U presents: “Super Readers! Growing Your Child's Skills, One Book at a Time” Wednesday, September 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Julie Jackson, Librarian Youth Services) and Patricia Girardi (Former Principal and District Literacy Coordinator)

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 encourage and support writing
  • How to have conversations with your child and build language that supports academic success

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 Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

Reminder! Bring in your Box Tops for the Summer Box Top Challenge Drawing!

During the first two weeks of school, bring in any Box Tops you’ve been collecting and fill out a raffle ticket at the office. Put the ticket in the box and a few lucky winners will win a prize! If you have already brought in Box Tops since Aug. 20, feel free to go back into the office and fill out a ticket.

So look around your house, ask family and friends, gather them all up and put them in the special box in the office.

How about a little back-to-school math? Huff has over 500 students this year. If each student brought in just TWO Box Tops every month, we’d have well over $1,000 to use to support our awesome school. We made just over $400 last year.

That’s just 2 little pieces of cardboard per student per month, only about 20 per year. Don’t think that just because you only have a couple they aren’t worth anything. It all adds up!! Just drop them in the office and I will magically turn them into money for Huff! For any Box Tops related questions please contact out Huff coordinator Gina Rybolt at Thanks for all your help Huff Hawks! We’ve already had a few people bring some in this week. Keep clipping!!

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Director Mallory Traughber at We will be holding four spring training sessions:

Monday, September 10, 17, and 24
Sessions on how to lead or assist with our lessons
Mountain View Whisman School District - 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, Conference Room C
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 1
Session on positive and effective Classroom Management
Los Altos School District - 201 Covington Road, Los Altos, iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 12

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

Date: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA

Upcoming Dates

Mon., September 3 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Wed., September 5 - MINIMUM DAY

Wed., September 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Back to School Night

Mon., September 10 - Fri., September 14 - Abilities Awareness Week

Tue., September 11, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

Tue., September 11, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council meeting

Wed., September 12, 8:00 a.m. - Auction meeting

Thu., September 27, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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