Dec. 5, 2018



Principal’s Message: Profile of a Graduate

Huff’s mission is to inspire, prepare, and empower every student in our learning community, and that means providing all students with opportunities to develop key attributes that we believe will lead to long term success. These attributes, such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, etc. together make up our Profile of a Graduate, which is a central part of our three-year plan, the Roadmap to the Capstone.

Efforts such as PBL, STEM, and Field Trips are aimed specifically to foster the ‘POG'. Starting back in October, our 3rd-5th graders have had the opportunity to participate in student town hall meetings where they identify student concerns and solutions. Also, in the works is a special series of POG lunchtime activities and an exciting new school-wide event that will give students the chance to practice all of the attributes in one way or another. It’s an exciting time to be a student at Huff!

Key Traffic Update: Please read

The changes to the Martens-Phyllis/Grant intersection is nearing completion. However, one critical update is still to come. Martens Avenue between Grant and Huff is a NO PARKING ZONE. We have been informed that the City of Mountain View intends to paint the curb red but they haven’t painted the curb yet as of December 4. There is no way for cars to get by if people use that section for parking!

Extra credit: please help by calling the city to ask them to come and paint the cub as soon as possible. We will do everything we can on our end too.

Noon Duty Assistant - Paid Position

We are looking for one more individual to help with supervision at lunch time. More coverage is always better! If you are available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in this position, please contact Mr. Chang (gchang@mvwsd.org).

Vargas Families Meeting: December 7

All current Huff families who will be transitioning to the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School in Fall 2019 are cordially invited to an informational meet and greet with Principal Michael Jones on Friday, December 7 from 8:30 to 9:30. Mr. Chang will also be in attendance and can help to answer your questions about the move next school year. Younger non-school age siblings are welcome and translation will be available.

Stevenson and Mistral Info Tables at Huff: December 11

As part of our district’s new choice school recruitment initiative, Stevenson and Mistral Elementary Schools will be setting up information tables on the blacktop after drop off on December 11. If you’ve ever been curious about our Parent Participation (ST) or Spanish Dual Immersion (MI) programs, stop by and meet Principals Rebecca Westover and Tabitha Miller and members of their team

Incoming Families Only - Huff School Tour: December 14

We will be hosting a school tour for families of incoming students for the next school year on December 14 from 8:30 to 9:30. All families of new (kinder or other) students entering Huff are invited.

Huff Family Giving Tree

Happy Holidays! This year, we have an opportunity to help some of the neediest families in our district. We would like to help them out for the holidays by giving them gifts and supplies of their choice. Please use this link to a Google doc with each family listed on a separate tab. Each tab contains a list of items per family member. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on the Google doc and include your e-mail address.

Here are few other things to note:

  • Please bring UNWRAPPED, NEW gifts to the Huff office no later than December 13.
  • Please attach a tag containing the Family #, person (mom, dad, daughter etc) and age of the recipient so that we can ensure it gets to the correct person. (For example, Family # 5, mom or Family # 5 Daughter, age 5)
  • Suggested spending guideline - max of $40 per item (not per person).

If you have any questions, please contact (Aisha Rengan) at arengan@yahoo.com. Thank you for all your support!

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 asiam@mvws.org if you are interested.

Check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now to prepare for open enrollment

The time for you to confirm your child’s enrollment for the next school year is coming up. Beginning Jan. 7, parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20.

Make sure you have access now! By mid-December, you will be receiving an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with instructions for a creating an account, if you don’t currently have one.

Many middle school parents currently use PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection and grades, assignment and attendance monitoring. Some elementary parents have accounts from past student enrollment processes.

To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: www.mvwsd.org/register. For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

Transition meetings (for families who will have a new neighborhood school in 2019-20)

There are a variety of school information meetings coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program. Please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For students transitioning from HUFF to:
VARGAS: December 7 @ 8:30 a.m. at Huff
Please click here for a complete list of these events.

Choice school meetings (for families considering applying for choice schools during open enrollment beginning Jan. 7)

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are coming up on:
Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Teacher: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

Gabriela Mistral Elementary- Spanish/English Dual Immersion
Families of incoming Kindergartners are invited to visit with Tabitha Miller, principal of Gabriela Mistral.

* Information Night: December 17 @ 5:30 PM (Presentation delivered in both Spanish and English)
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: January 11 @ 8:45 AM
* Mistral Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Stevenson Elementary - Parent and Child Teacher
Stevenson Elementary will share information about the program and answer any questions you may have. Stevenson focuses on Project Based Learning in partnership with parents to prepare students for the 21st century.

* Kinder Info Nights on December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM and January 10 at 6:00-7:00 PM.
* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: December 5 at 9:00-10:00 AM and January 17 at 9:00-10:00 AM (Arts Focus Tour)
* Stevenson Presentation Table at Huff, December 11 @ 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of all events.

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 www.mvwsd.org/preschool.

MVEF News

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 mvef.org.

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: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...

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 sheetal@letmerun.org

Be in School; Be on Time

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school. For more information, click 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

SELPA 1 CAC's December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.

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 www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (annwalsh100@gmail.com).

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

Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour for Incoming Families
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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 hawks@mvwsd.org 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.