Jan. 23, 2019

Principal’s Message: Capstone Enrichment Program

Thanks to the generous donations from our PTA, I am excited to share some ongoing and upcoming experiences for Huff students as we build their Profile of a Graduate attributes and prepare them to complete a Capstone project:

  • Kindergartners will be practice collaboration and tap into their natural curiosity through hands-on science with Science is Elementary.
  • First graders are learning to solve problems creatively and learning to overcome obstacles with Imagineerz Learning.
  • Second graders will be honing their communication skills, especially speaking skills, with classes offered by Peninsula Youth Theater.
  • Third graders are honing their critical thinking skills through writing. Young Inklings are back with their awesome creative writing classes tailored to our Profile of a Graduate.
  • Social-Emotional Learning is key to a successful 21st century citizen. Learning to navigate one’s own emotional state and building all-important social intelligence is the foundation of Project Resilience sessions for our fourth graders.
  • Jim Wiltens Leadership Courses are back! Our 5th graders will be applying all of the attributes from the Profile of a Graduate. Additionally, 5th graders will also get to learn Cartooning from Jim AND experience a special new curriculum of design challenges from Imagineerz Learning.

All this is only possible because of your generous donations to our PTA. I want to extend a special thank you to our entire PTA Board for their leadership and teamwork. Together, we are building a vision for our students and children that will prepare them to tackle any challenges they will face in the future!

Children’s Business Fair at Huff

This spring, our students will be able to unleash their creative potential during the first “Children’s Business Fair at Huff.” Huff’s young entrepreneurs will design and build a small business from the ground up, allowing them to practice many of the attributes in our Profile of a Graduate: critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, etc. The best part is... they’ll get to sell to real customers! To learn more about this event, hop over to www.childrensbusinessfair.org

There is a two-part application process to participate in the CBF. Here is the application timeline:

  • Jan 16: Part One of application available for parents to help children fill out online.
  • Jan 22: Paper copies of Part Two available for pickup in the Huff Office for students to complete.
  • Jan 28 - Feb 1: Completed Part Twos due back to the Huff Office.
  • Feb 8 or before: All applicants notified about next steps.

Click here to learn how to initiate the application process.

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

Mountain View Whisman School District enrollment for next fall is open online now. Please register as soon as you can so that our district office has the most up-to-date information to make plans for all of the boundary transitions and moves. Thanks!

For NEW students: Through February 3, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2019-20 school year here: www.mvwsd.org/register

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 through February 3. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. If you have difficulty with registration, please call 650-526-3500 ext. 1213 or email infoservices@mvwsd.org.

*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 www.mvwsd.org/register.

Traffic Guideline Updates

  • Pedestrians may now use both sidewalks on Martens Ave between Grant and the school. When using the crosswalk in front of the school, please be safe - make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
  • The side parking lot directly adjacent to the MUR is now available for visitor and staff parking. Please, no drop offs or pickups there. Continue to use the driveway or park on the street to walk students to class. (Better yet, park across Grant)

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!

Crittenden 5th Grade Information Night

Crittenden’s 5th grade parent information night is Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the MUR. Incoming 5th grade parents will be given an overview of curriculum covered for each core classes and some of our electives. In addition, we will introduce some of the 6th grade teachers and PTA president. We encourage you to attend.

We are also thrilled to announce that we will have our 1st annual WEB* Winter Wonderland Carnival on the same day Thu., Jan, 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This will help us build community with our 5th grade families earlier in the year. This is an event organized by the WEB students and their teachers. They are very excited to enjoy fun activities with your families. (See attached flyer in English & Spanish)

* WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the 1st year of their middle school experience.

Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Information Night

We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham. Date/Time: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (located at the back of the school).You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have.

If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear students from our amazing performing arts. You will also hear information about electives, student clubs, and other enrichment opportunities.

At 7:10pm we will rotate the groups so everyone can see both presentations.

We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you. Our future Graham Bear students are encouraged to join!

Artwork by 5th Grade Students

We are happy to announce that artwork by Art4Schools students, including 5th grade students at Huff, will be shown at the annual student and faculty show, Explore Identity Through Art.

The exhibit will be on display from February 1 - 28, 2019 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. Please join CSMA’s Art4Schools Program for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 8, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

We would like to recognize these outstanding artists and congratulate them on their great work: Yoyo L, Valen S, J.J. H, Andre O, Vasco V, Dana S, Jackson C, Gliyela M, Yuriy K

Help with Meals During Government Shutdown

For any families affected by the federal government shutdown, MVWSD's Food and Nutrition Services Department encourages you to apply for school meal benefits for your children. It is easy and confidential! You may now qualify during this difficult financial time.

Applications are available at your child’s school office during regular school office hours Monday through Friday. Online applications are available anytime at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.

Please join us in Spirit Week fun from January 28 - February 1

The spirit of Huff is kindness, so all week long students will be asked to recognize the kind acts of their classmates by writing each other "kid kindness cards". We will also celebrate with themed dress days throughout the week. Spirit Week will culminate in a recess dance party! The themes for each day are:

Monday - Sports Day (wear apparel worn while playing sports or of your favorite team)
Tuesday - Pajama Day
Wednesday - Crazy Hair and Sock Day
Thursday - Costume Day (also known as 2nd Halloween)
Friday - Huff Spirit Day (wear Huff shirts, jackets, colors or dress like a hawk!)

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).

Celebrate education and science by attending the MVEF Winter Gala and Auction

Join the Mountain View Educational Foundation at the full dinner and live auction, followed by dessert, dancing, and a silent auction, or, come later in the evening for the dessert, dancing and silent auction portion of the evening. The live auction includes a private flight for two above the bay, tickets to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, dinner at the Mountain View Firehouse, and a trip to DC! Our silent auction is loaded with summer camps, a Tesla tour, cooking lessons, jewelry, floral bouquets, vacation homes, parties and much more! Join MVEF and show you are Mad About Science!

MVEF's goal is to raise over $100,000 to support our schools, including a specific goal to raise $30,000 dedicated to funding science field trips!

You can learn more, read our amazing menu, and buy tickets at www.mvef.org.

Can’t make the event? Show you are Mad About Science by donating to fund science field trips at https://www.mvef.org/donatetogala.

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.

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.

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

The MVWSD MV Parent U event with Dolores Huerta planned for Jan. 16 unfortunately is cancelled due to her schedule. We will let you know if a new date is scheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please plan to join us on Feb. 13 for our talk with Health Connected. www.mvwsd.org/parentu

Movie and Panel: "Angst": Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

A screening of "Angst" is made possible through collaboration between the MVLA High School District, Los Altos School District, MVWSD, CHAC, and the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series.

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater
201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, young and old. According to the World Health Organization, the median age of onset is seven years old. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.

Through candid interviews, Angst shares the stories of kids and teens who have experienced anxiety, the impacts it has had on their lives and relationships, and how they found coping skills, solutions and hope.

Film screening will be followed by discussion panel to address questions raised during the film and how we can work together to support all of our students.


Audience: Parents, students (10 years +), school teachers and staff
Translation: Spanish subtitles (film) and translation (panel)
Admission: Free


Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newly-added-january-2...

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being" with Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky gives parents insight to:

  • discuss and debunk common misconceptions about what life changes will make us truly miserable or truly happy
  • brand new research on the “how” of happiness—that is, when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best”
  • how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals

Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, published in 34 countries. Lyubomirsky’s research focuses on the benefits of happiness, why some people are happier than others, and how happiness can be durably increased.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-sonjalyubomirsky.eventbrite.co...

Spanish translation will be available.

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.

Let’s Talk … Open enrollment

"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 fourth topic is open enrollment. It’s happening now. Here’s what parents can expect when they enroll students for the fall 2019-20. Click here to view the video.

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.

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

Thu., Jan. 24, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Spelling Bee
Mon., Jan. 28, 12:10 p.m. - Lunchtime Open Mic
Mon., Jan. 28, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting
Jan. 28 - Feb. 1 - Huff Spirit Week
Tue., Feb. 5, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
Mon., Feb. 11, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting
Wed., Feb. 13 and Thu., Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m. - Huff Musical - Peter Pan
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

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

Flyers and Attachments

Teen Center - Dance for Middle Schoolers - Feb. 8

January 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.