Feb. 6, 2019

Principal’s Message: MVEF Gala

Families, we hope to see you at the MVEF Gala on Saturday, February 9 at the Mountain View Senior Center! It’s critically important that we support the work of our education foundation as they provide the resources for important programs such as Art, Music, and sports at the middle schools. With the many changes happening in 2019-20, now is a critical time for MVEF’s role as fundraisers and cheerleaders for programs that enrich the lives of all students in our school district. Come and show your support. Please see the blurb below for additional details. It promises to be a great time!

Principal’s Coffee: February 12

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday morning from 8:15 to 9:15. Mr. Chang will be sharing the district budget reductions for 2019-20 and how they will impact Huff.

Run, Hide, and Defend Training Video

A few weeks ago, our district newsletter announced that elementary schools would be showing an age-appropriate training video for what to do if there is an armed intruder on campus. Huff will be showing this video on Friday, February 15. You can preview the video here. Mr. Chang will send an email with more details and possible talking points for parents next week prior to the viewing.

Introductory Class: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Sharon is a CHAC therapist and worked at Huff for 2 years supporting kids and families on campus. She has a specialty in Emotion Coaching and she will introduce the 5 steps needed to connect more and reduce conflicts with your child.

Come learn an approach for connecting with you child and teaching them about their emotions on February 7 at 8:30-10:30am in the MUR.

By tuning in to your child’s emotions you can deepen your relationship, while increasing their emotional competence. By adding Emotion Coaching to your parenting, you will be able to:

  • connect with your child and teach them about their emotions
  • listen and express understanding
  • reflect what you see and hear
  • problem solve when needed

RSVP HERE (registration not required to attend) Spanish translation provided.


It is not too late to celebrate science at MVEF’s Winter Gala on February 9. Dinner tickets are sold out, but tickets are available for the dessert, dancing and silent auction beginning at 8:00 p.m. Join MVEF for a fun night out while raising money to support every school in the district. The silent auction includes summer camps, one of a kind experiences, wine, jewelry, parties and more. Show you are Mad About Science. Buy your tickets today at www.mvef.org.

MVEF’s goal this year is to raise over $100,000 at the Winter Gala to support MVWSD schools, including a $30,000 dedicated fundraiser for science field trips for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader! Show your support for this important program, even if you can't make it to the Gala.


Help Support MVEF-funded programs at Huff!

You can also support MVEF by buying Winter Gala raffle tickets. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a book of 5. There are 3 prizes you could win: 1) Two premium tickets to a Shoreline concert of your choice; 2) Earthquakes tickets for 4 plus pregame warm-up passes, or 3) $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery. Please contact Huff parent Mona Singh at mona@mvef.org to buy via paypal or in person.

We want to hear from you! LCAP parent survey

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2019-20 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

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

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lc...

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: February 8, February 15, 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

Box Tops Raffle

Hey Huff Hawks! We have a Box Tops deadline coming up on March 1st so we’ll be having our raffle starting 2/7 until 2/26! Bring in any Box Tops you’ve been saving up and fill out a ticket to be entered into a drawing for some cool prizes! (Please only one ticket per student!) If you’ve brought in Box Tops since the holiday break in December, feel free to come in and fill out a ticket. You bring in little bits of cardboard and I turn them into money to support Huff students. Even if you only have a couple, bring them in!

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!

Vargas PTA Positions

With the 2019-20 school year just seven months away, we are building the foundation for the community of our school. Now is the time to come together with your ideas and input for the activities of the school by becoming a founding board member of the Vargas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The Steering Committee is looking to fill the positions of President, Associate Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Auditor. If interested, please send an email to mjones@mvwsd.org by February 13, 2019. Previous PTA experience is not required and you’ll be trained in these roles, so please let us know if you’d like to contribute to the successful launch of our new school. Please note that your email will only been seen by the Nominating Committee and will be confidential.

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

All public schools receiving state funding are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. SARCs are published each year and contain data from the previous school year.

There are several ways to view your school’s SARC:

  • Visit the MVWSD elementary schools’ and middle schools’ webpages on www.mvwsd.org and click on your school’s SARC links, for both English and Spanish.
  • Go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page. This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district website where the school's SARC is located.
  • If you would like to obtain a printed copy in Spanish or English, please see your child’s school.

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.

Join Our Yearbook Team!

Over the next few months we’ll be putting together the Huff yearbook. We’d love it if you can lay out a few pages - maybe your child’s class page! The software is pretty easy (we can give you a quick online training session) and you can work from home so it’s great for working parents.

We’d also love more photographs of clubs and afterschool activities so if you have a chance, please take some photos and send them to us.

If you’re interested in helping out, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org. If you would like to lay out pages please let us know by Feb. 10.

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 3/29/19.

If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at yearbook@huffpta.org.

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.

Did you know that a girl's confidence peaks at age 9?

Girls on the Run is a 12-week program for girls in grades 3-5, that encourages positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development through healthy choices and physical activity. Each practice session includes individual and group self-awareness and activities and lots of running, to prepare girls to run the regional GOTR 5K (3.1 miles) race on May 18 in San Jose.

Currently, we have 10 girls signed up, with room for a few more. Please check out GOTR at https://www.gotrsv.org/ to listen to girls talk about the impact GOTR has had on their confidence!

Dates: Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, beginning in early March and ending with the big race on May 18.
Cost: $240 per child and includes a GOTR t-shirt plus 5K registration.
Running buddy: Each girl is required to have a Running Buddy (someone she knows who is 16 years or older, who can maintain the same pace as her, and stay with her for the entire 5K event). This can be a parent, teacher, family member, or family friend. Each Running Buddy must register separately for the 5K event (cost is $30 during early registration).
Scholarships: Available on a limited basis - please read application instructions here.
Coaches: Our coaches are all Huff parent volunteers!

For questions about the program, please email Huff parent Chris Salinas at christine_m_salinas@yahoo.com.

Let Me Run

Think running meeting Project Cornerstone and helping boys break the "Boy Code" and you have the Let Me Run Program. This is a 7 week program (with meetings after school Mondays and Wednesdays) culminating in the boys completing a 5K on May 11. See flyer for more information! We are so excited and cannot wait to start. Registration will begin on Feb. 11. The first practice will be March 13. For more information refer tohttp://www.letmerun.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Yue Xiao (secoxiao@gmail.com).

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.

Resource Fair for Summer Camps, After School Activities and Educational Resources.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 PM, JLS Middle School, 480 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto

Join us to meet 40+ providers of summer camps, after-school activities, and in-school programs who will present information about their programs and be available to talk 1:1 with parents. All providers can accommodate some special needs kids, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, and can discuss specific accommodations. Some offer onsite enrollment. Information on financial assistance available, and many providers offer fee waivers based on need.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA

In a world that runs on stress, pressure, and competition, it can be difficult to build resilience in children. Katie Hurley, LCSW, gives parents the tools they need to:

  • identify and understand the obstacles their kids face
  • enable their kids to learn how to cope with setbacks
  • equip their kids to bounce back from stress.

By understanding how children internalize stress and pressure and learning how to empower kids to work through the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence, parents can raise kids who lead with confidence, compassion, and empathy.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-katiehurley2.eventbrite.com

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Feb. 13

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Let’s Talk … Safety

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them.

The fifth topic is safety. MVWSD continues to work to ensure the safety of its students and staff members on its campuses.

Click here to view the video.

For more information about current safety initiatives, MVWSD safety planning, middle schools’ active shooter drills coming up and to read Dr. Rudolph’s recent safety letter, please visit www.mvwsd.org/safety.

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.
Tuesday, February 26, 10AM-12PM, in front of Whole Foods Los Altos
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd.

SELPA 1 CAC General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be Thursday, February 7, 9:30 am in MVLA Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View

We will be confirming dates and details for “make and take” nights for useful tools for students with learning challenges

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

Mon., Feb. 11, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting
Wed., Feb. 13 and Thu., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - Peter Pan at Graham Middle School (tickets: https://huffpeterpan.eventbrite.com/)
Fri., Feb. 15 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Second Trimester
Feb. 18 - 22 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Sat., Mar. 2, 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair Kickoff
Thu., Mar. 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Huff Multicultural Day

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.