Feb. 27, 2019

Principal’s Message

In MVWSD, we are preparing students to face the challenges of tomorrow by giving them opportunities to develop the attributes listed in our Profile of a Graduate (POG):

  • Critical Thinker
  • Effective Communicator
  • Creative
  • Collaborative
  • Curious and Engaged
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Technologically Literate
  • Problem Solver

Over the past few years at Huff, we’ve upgraded our instructional program to include Project Based Learning and STEM instruction, our PTA has supported enrichment activities aligned with the POG attributes, and we are providing chances for students to shine in different ways through activities such as our Open Mic Lunches, upcoming Lunchtime POG Activities, and the Children’s Business Fair.

To recognize students who are exemplifying these key attributes, we will also be having our first monthly Profile of a Graduate Assembly on Friday, March 1 right after drop off. After the Pledge of Allegiance, we will recognize several students from each grade level for exemplifying the two focus attributes of the month. Parents, please join us in the celebration!

Your input needed!

Thank you to those that have already taken the LCAP survey. As of today, only 21 families from Huff have completed the survey. We can do better! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before March 1 using the link below.

Parents: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/MVWSD-LCAP-Parent-Guardian-Sur...

State of the Schools

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the 2019 State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St.

Dr. Rudolph will speak about the past year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. The event will feature student performances. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Please reserve your free seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mvwsd-state-of-the-sc...

Huff Lost and Found - All items will be donated this Friday!

Please check and collect any lost items this week since our bin will be emptied on Friday, March 1. Thank you!

Book Club with Mrs. Kalb for 4th and 5th Graders

We are starting a new book in Mrs. Kalb’s Book Club! Here are the details:

  • We will read and discuss one book over 4 weeks.
  • We will meet once a week at lunchtime on Wednesdays in the library (bring your lunch - hot lunch is okay)

You must apply to be a member:

Write a paragraph to Mrs. Kalb stating why you want to become a book club member. Include your name, grade and room number and deliver it to Mrs. Kalb. If you were a member the first time, you must apply again to join this time. New applicants are welcome! Paragraphs must be received by the end of school this Friday, March1

Members will be notified next week and informed of the schedule and the book we will be reading. The book club will have a limit of 10 students. (If there are too many applicants, we will then select 10 different students to participate with each new book we read.)

Upcoming Events in March 2019

March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Landels’ MUR – Jose Antonio Vargas PTA organization meeting, election, fundraising launch, and second Vargas information session. -Dr. Michael O. Jones, Principal

Family Science Night

Family Science Night will be coming to Huff on Friday, March 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the MUR. This year’s theme is Gadgets in Motion! Explore the physics of motion using fun creative gadgets. Escaping air causes a propeller to spin. A single marble uses momentum to move a mountain of marbles. Straws and paper transform into a launching rocket. Children and parents will look at science in a new way as they explore the way things move.

Huff Multicultural Day

We are hosting our Multicultural Day! All families are invited to share elements of their culture or ethnicity with other members of the school community through food, dance arts and many other things that make our community culture unique.

What: Huff’s Multicultural Day “Arts Around The World”
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12-2:00pm
Where: MUR and Blacktop

Help us bring one or more aspects of your ethnic heritage to life for the students and families of our school community! We are looking for:

  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Traditional Past and Present Cultural Attire
  • Art

To prepare activity materials join us on the following Fridays at 10:30am: March 1, March 8, March 15, 2019.

Please contact Susie Morales, School Community Engagement Facilitator, with your ideas or assistance! Email smorales@mvwsd.org or call 650-526-3490 ext. 3002


MVEF had a great turnout for its Winter Gala, and is grateful for the all the guests, donors and sponsors who helped make the evening a success. MVEF raised more than $95,000 including $18,000 for science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader. There is still time to support these great field trips by donating to MVEF at https://www.mvef.org/donatetogala.

MVEF also funds all the CSMA art and music lessons, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more. The Gala, as well as donations from parents, community members and corporations, ensure that every child in the District has access to these programs. Learn more at mvef.org.


Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer. We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details

  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer
  • Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision. A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong. We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to. Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them. We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service. #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the main office to access the attendance line.

Reminder: please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!

Yearbook Back Cover Design Contest

Would your child like their artwork to grace the back cover of this year’s Huff yearbook? Then have them enter our yearbook design contest!


  • Please have artwork follow this year’s theme of carnival.
  • Artwork should be roughly 8 ½ x 11 in size.
  • On the back please include your child’s name, grade, and a parent’s email address.

Please drop off entries in the marked box in the school office. The deadline is March 8. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

Customize Your Yearbook Pages

This year you have the ability to add two custom pages of your child’s pictures selected by you. Just follow the directions below.

  1. Set up your account at the link below. Our school’s passcode is 1015335719921389. (Once you enter your children’s names, you will likely be logged in and won’t have to follow the rest of the steps in the link.) Setting Up a TreeRing Account
  2. Next, login and select “My Photos” in the bar on the far left to upload your photos.
  3. Click on “Edit custom pages.” Now you can add photos and design your pages!

To learn more about how to customize your page, please read:


If you opt not to customize your yearbook pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages.

The deadline to edit your yearbook pages is March 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

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.

Let's Talk: Budget

Each year at this time, the District creates its budget for the following year. Learn more about how this process works in this sixth episode in the "Let's Talk" video series. Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

The "Let's Talk" video series 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.

Let's Talk

How to Advocate for your child. A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - February 28

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: February 28
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Parent Chat

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Second Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library

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).

District calendar for 2019-20

Click here for the official district calendar for the next school year.

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

Sat., Mar. 2, 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair Kickoff
Tue., Mar. 5, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
Fri., Mar. 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Family Science Night
Wed., Mar. 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Getting Ready for High School
Mon., Mar. 18 - NO SCHOOL
Tue., Mar. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
Thu., Mar. 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3rd Grade Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Huff Multicultural Day
Thu., Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m. - Huff General PTA Meeting
Fri., Mar. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1st Grade Music Concert
Fri., Mar. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2nd Grade Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 28, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Fri., Mar. 29, 8:00 a.m. - Spring Picture Day
Tue., Apr. 2, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
Sat., Apr. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair
Wed., Apr. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Positive Parenting Strategies
Thu., Apr. 11, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House
April 15 - 19 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Thu., Apr. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Superintendent’s Coffee
Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Strings Concert
Thu., May 2, 1:30 p.m. - Spring Concert - Honor Choir
Tue., May 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Wed., May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - The Age of Technology & Social Media
Mon., May 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Thu., May 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Thu., May 16, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Band Concert
Fri., May 17, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Mon., May 20, 8:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., May 24 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 3rd Trimester
Mon., May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., Jun. 5, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation
Fri., Jun. 7 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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

Flyers and Attachments

February 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.