Aug 3, 2018

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the start of a new school year! I hope everyone has enjoyed a rejuvenating summer and is excited for the coming months. New kindergarten families, a special Huff Love welcome to you! We’re looking forward to all of the great learning this school year in our newly renovated classrooms and new Multi-Use Room.

This newsletter has all of the info you need to be ready for school, so please review it carefully.

Key points:

  • If you are not returning for the 2018-19 school year, please contact the principal ( as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may call our district office at (650) 526-3500.
  • Currently, the Huff office is slated to open, post-construction, on August 15. For any urgent inquiries between now and then, please rely on email or call our district office.
  • Class rosters will be posted outside of the office on Friday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The first day of school is Monday, August 20. It is a minimum day: students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday is the first full day.
  • Very important: please review these updated traffic guidelines.
  • Huff continues to be under construction in 2018-19. Due to the renovation of our former MUR into a new library and classroom building, much of the front of the school will be fenced off.
  • Review the updated Huff Handbook.
  • Stay current with the latest Huff news and updates: read the weekly newsletter sent home every Wednesday and posted on our website, follow us on Twitter, check out the PTA’s Facebook Page.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and stay tuned for more details from me as they come in.

See you soon!

Geoff Chang

Verifying Student Information via SchoolMint

By now you should have received an email from our district office asking you to verify your children’s enrollment and emergency information via SchoolMint. Please do this as soon as you can. If you did not receive the email, please call our district office at (650) 526-3500. If you need in-person assistance, please come to the Huff office during normal business hours on August 15, 16, or 17.

Suggested School Supplies

Our suggested supply lists for the school year are online at All items on these lists are optional, and we appreciate your consideration. If you plan on contributing, please order now to ensure that they arrive by the first week of school. Bring the supplies shipped home to your child’s classroom during the first week of school. At Huff, all donated supplies are pooled between the entire grade level team.

Office Staff Updates

  • Our former clerk, Teresa Diaz, moves into new role of At-Risk Intervention Supervisor. Ms. Teresa will work with our entire community to ensure that all students are able to meet our behavioral expectations of kindness, safety, and responsibility. She will be a champion for all students’ social and emotional needs.
  • Ms. Teresa will work closely with our School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Susana Morales, who will be working full time at Huff this year, providing even more support to students, families, and staff, connecting our stakeholders to school and community resources.
  • After many volunteer roles at Huff, Hera Hong-Lee joins our office staff as the new clerk - welcome Hera!

For a staff list with detailed contact information, refer to our school website:

Teacher Work Day: August 17

Did you know that teachers are back at work on Aug.13? They participate in trainings and meetings to ensure a smooth and successful year. Another key part of their work that week is the Teacher Work Day on Friday, August 17. While the teachers are very eager to meet you and your children, we ask that you honor the precious time that teachers have to prepare and leave them undisturbed on that day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

PTA Welcomes You!

The 2017-2018 Huff PTA Executive Board looks forward to meeting new Huff families and welcoming back returning Hawk families! If you have any questions or suggestions for this school year, email Helen Cittadino: Please see this flyer for a list of PTA supported programs/services and 2018-2019 membership information. Click here to join or donate to the PTA for 2018-19!

Upcoming Events

Class List Posting & Social: August 17, 4:00 p.m.
Class lists will be posted outside the Huff office on Friday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. Find out which class your child is in and stay to socialize and enjoy popsicles provided by the PTA.

Beautification Day: August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Come work alongside Huff friends and help beautify our campus on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We have plenty of work cleaning, painting, gardening and organizing to get the school ready for our kids. Wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty and remember your hat, sunscreen and water bottle. We appreciate you bringing your favorite garden shovel and broom!

New Family (non-Kindergarten) Meet and Greet: August 19, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Families new to Huff: come and meet Mr. Chang as he takes you on a tour of our campus and goes over basics and answers your questions.

Kindergarten Social and Orientation: August 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Please join us at Huff on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2-4 p.m. for light snacks and an opportunity for kindergarteners to play and their parents to get to know one another. Kindergarten families will also meet the amazing Kindergarten teachers and get a tour of their child’s classroom. You’ll also have a chance to meet Mr. Chang and members of our PTA.

First Day of School Welcome Back Social: August 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Come say hello to your PTA Executive Board on Monday, Aug. 20 from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. on the blacktop at Huff. After dropping off your students at class, stay around to socialize with other parents. Visit the Huff PTA booths to find out about membership, volunteering opportunities and to learn more about the various programs that your contribution to the Huff PTA annual fund goes towards.

New Multi-Use Room Grand Opening and Social: August 21, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Come and see the new MUR and enjoy some light refreshments with other members of the Huff community.

Back to School Night: September 5, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Come and learn about your child’s classroom, teacher, and the important academic topics of the school year.

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. Once you have accrued three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes you 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.

The Mountain View Educational Foundation Welcomes You to 2018-19

MVEF is excited to welcome all students and families to another wonderful school year. In our elementary schools, MVEF supported programs include:

  • In-school art and music instruction for all TK-5 students.
  • Hands-on science kits to help teachers deliver high-quality science lessons.
  • Living Classroom garden-based lessons.
  • Beginning and advanced leadership workshops for grades 4-5.
  • Engaging, hands-on natural science field trips and class programs for grades 4-5.

Please see this flyer and consider a contribution in 2018-19. Thank you for enriching the education of all of the children of Mountain View!

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Aug 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Class List Postings & Social

Sat., Aug 18, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Beautification Day

Sun., Aug 19, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - New Family (non-Kindergarten) Meet and Greet

Sun., Aug 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Kinder Social and Orientation

Mon., Aug 20, 8:00 - 11:55 a.m. - First Day of School - MINIMUM DAY

Mon., Aug 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome Back Social

Tue., Aug 21, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - New MUR Grand Opening and Social

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

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

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