Dec. 19, 2018

Principal’s Message

Wow how the last four and a half months have flown by! On behalf of our entire staff, I want to express our Huff Love and appreciation for our entire community’s support of our mission to inspire, prepare, and empower every student.

Our year began with whirlwind preparations after a summer of construction. We figured out how to share our spaces that seemed to shrink as we grew. We weathered the many indoor days due to smoky weather. We adjusted to constantly-changing traffic changes... And yet, we never missed a beat as our community pulled together daily to provide our most important stakeholders with a rich educational experience that emphasizes hands-on, problem-solving experiences alongside rigorous classroom instruction.

Thank you for making it all happen for all kids. Have a happy and healthy December break. Rest up and make some amazing memories. See you in 2019!

Quote of the Week

Each Monday morning, Mr. Chang shares a quote to inspire students and staff. This week’s quote is “Your brain is like a muscle, and mistakes are like lifting weights.” - Anonymous

Thank you Huff Families

Thank you to all the Huff families for their HUFF LOVE and generosity this giving season...

  • You collected $526.27 in donations for UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) while trick or treating in October.
  • You provided wonderful holiday gifts for individual wish-lists of 9 families this month.
  • Our student bucket club collected over $1,000 to donate to the firefighter families who were affected by the devastating Camp fires.
  • Various student groups collected donations for victims of hurricanes this year.

Online Auction Sales Closes December 31

Now is the time to finish any remaining auction purchases online! If you have already registered for the auction with your credit card, you may simply sign in, shop, and check out. If you did not attend the auction or register, then you need to register on the auction site, enter your credit card information, then shop and checkout. There are may great items and parties still available for purchase! The complete list of open parties is available here.

Still need to pick up items you won at the auction? All envelopes are available for pickup at the Huff office. If you have physical items or gift baskets, please contact Lavanya Ramakrishnan at to arrange pickup. All items must be picked up December 20.

Mark your calendar. Don't forget to mark your calendars with all the party/event dates. The list of all auction parties and dates are available here.

Send us your photos for the yearbook!

If you have any photos from the activities below, we’d love it if you’d share them with us so we can include them in the yearbook!

  • Halloween
  • Unity Day
  • Auction
  • Gordon Korman (author) visit
  • 5th Grade - Amazing Race

Please put them in the folders at the link:

Let Me Run

Let Me Run is looking for at least two parent volunteers to coach the spring Let Me Run season at Huff. Let Me Run is a 7-week wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, we encourage boys to develop their psychological, emotional, and social health, in addition to their physical health. (think Healthy Masculinity). This program is for 4th-5th grade boys. Your boy can participate in 3rd grade if you are a coach. The program prepares all boys to run a 5K in mid-May (May 11, 2019).

Practice times and days are TBD based on the coaches. They can be any time after school and/or on weekends. Coaches do not need to be runners. Head coach needs to attend a training led by fellow Huff parent, Sheetal Shah, on Jan 12 or Feb. 9 at the El Camino YMCA. Training is 3.5 hours long. Assistant coaches will be trained by the head coach before the season begins.

Please help us continue this program at the school where it all started on the west coast! The program will be cancelled if we can’t find a coach. If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Sheetal at

ELPAC Testers Needed

JOB DESCRIPTION: MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. $21 an hour. Must be a fluent English speaker. Please email if you are interested.

Starting Jan. 7: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

The Mountain View Whisman School District's open enrollment for next fall will open online on Jan. 7.

For NEW students: January 7 - February 3, you will be able to register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2019-20 school year here:

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 January 7- February 3. To check your access, log on to If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office or call 650-526-3252 and press 3 between 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming choice school information sessions are:

  • Gabriela Mistral (Spanish-English Dual Immersion) tour: January 11 @ 8:45 AM
  • Stevenson (Parent and Child Teacher) kinder info night: January 10 6:00-7:00 PM; and Arts Focus tour: January 17 @ 9:00-10:00AM

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for both free, state preschool and fee-based spaces for the 2019-20 school year. The enrollment process will begin February 2019. We will be offering part-day and full-day classes to children who will be at least 2 years and 9 months old by September 1, 2019 until they are age eligible for kindergarten. Fee-based and full-day spaces will fill fast, so apply now! For more info go to

MVWSD Discrimination Notice

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment
5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures
1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment
0410 BP- Non Discrimination in District Programs and Activities


The Mountain View Educational Foundation relies on parents to reach their goal to raise $750,000 this year to provide a well-rounded education for every child in Mountain View. Your donation funds Community School of Music and Art classes, Living Classroom, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, middle school athletics and more. Donors like you make this happen. Donate today at

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15

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.

MV Parent U presents Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader, on activism, feminism and education.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School, Auditorium

Ms. Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. She will talk about the importance of education, parents' role in students’ success and how they can advocate for their children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children.


* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:!5 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

Let’s Talk … Boundaries

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

The third topic is boundaries. What changes will be made for the 2019-20 school year and who will be affected.

Click here to view the video.

To check how boundary changes may affect you, please click here to view your child’s school of residence.

Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child or confirm your child’s enrollment for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here:

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

7:00-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month

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

Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)

Please continue to help support our efforts by having your kids drop off throughout the year, any used markers, sharpies, highlighters or dry erase markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers. This is being organized through the 3rd/4th grade girl scout troop #60070.To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (

After School Program schedule now available

Click here to see the list of after school programs at Huff. Please note: these programs are financially and programmatically separate from official school events. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Huff Elementary School or MVWSD.

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Mon. Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
Tue., Jan. 8 - SCHOOL RETURNS after December break
Tue., Jan. 8, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
Thu., Jan. 10, 8:15 a.m. - Superintendent’s Coffee
Thu., Jan. 17, 8:00 a.m. - Geography Bee
Mon., Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
Thu., Jan. 24, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Spelling Bee
Wed., Jan. 30, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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

Flyers and Attachments

December Lunch Menu

Submitting blurbs for the Huff n Stuff

If you are publicizing a pre-approved program and would like a short blurb in the newsletter, please send your submission directly to by the Sunday before the issue in which you would ideally like it to appear. Please keep blurbs concise and make sure to include all details that your audience (parents) would need. Thank you!

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

Click here to send your thoughts directly to the principal. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us get better.