Jan. 30, 2019

Huff’s New Library is Opening!

Our new Huff Library will be open to the Huff Community on Friday, February 1. This will be a preview day for Huff parents and staff to come by and take a look before students and classroom visits resume on Feb. 4.

A huge thank you to all the Huff Community members who volunteered their time to help pack up the old library and then unpack and set up our new library. It was a daunting undertaking and Mrs. Kalb is deeply grateful for the support.

The Book Fair and PTA funds have been instrumental in shaping our new library. While the facility is still a work in progress (not everything has arrived yet), it is evolving into a lovely reading environment for our children to be inspired and motivated to read!

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.

Crittenden’s Incoming 6th 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 6th 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!

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.

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 the remaining days are:
Thursday - Costume Day (also known as 2nd Halloween)
Friday - Huff Spirit Day (wear Huff shirts, jackets, colors or dress like a hawk!)

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.gotrbayarea.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.

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

When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 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 (Registration not required)

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.

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

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, 6:30 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

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.