January 11, 2017

Principal’s Message

As you’ve probably heard, starting this June, Huff will be embarking on a three-year facilities update project. When all is done, we will have a beautiful new MUR, new library, additional resource classrooms, and upgraded classrooms. To see the broad scope of the work click here. As with all construction, it does mean that we will need to make adjustments to both our physical space and our routines over the next few years. I am sure our resilient community will rise to the occasion!

This summer, construction will begin on our new MUR. To prepare for this, the row of portable buildings that house the library and rooms 19, 20, 21, and 22 must be moved to the blacktop, and fencing will be erected around the construction site on the southwest portion of campus. We are looking at options to minimize the loss of blacktop space while taking into account our school’s future programmatic needs - it is possible that not all of the portables will be necessary for 2017-18 and beyond. Stay tuned for updates.

If you have any questions at this point, please feel free to check in.

Safe footwear

Families, send your children to school wearing flat-soled shoes only, please. Roller skate schools, or “Heelys,” may be fun, but they are unsafe in the school setting and should not be worn to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Huff spirit week is coming, January 23-27!

Monday – Bubble day

Tuesday – Pajama day

Wednesday – Civic appreciation day

Thursday – Silly sock and hat day

Friday – Dance and move day

More details will follow next week!

Toy Drive a Success!!

Thanks to the generosity of Huff families,130 toys were donated to CSA - Community Services Agency!! Many Mountain View families benefited from your Christmas gifts.View pictures of all the donations here.

PTA General Meeting: Thu., Jan. 19, 8:00 a.m. in MUR

Happy New Year PTA Members! Please join us for our first meeting of 2017. Questions or suggestions can be emailed to President@huffpta.org or ExecutiveVP@huffpta.org

Huff Auction - Merchandise and Parties Available

Happy New Year Everyone! Now that we are all recovering from the holidays, there are still many great opportunities for you to sign up for. ALL open items (parties excluded) are on sale for “BEST OFFER” (see attachment for open items or view online). You choose a reasonable price, sign in and buy online at http://huffptaauction.com. Please note: the online credit card option IS SHUT OFF, so you need to write a check, made out to Huff PTA. In the memo, write what auction item or party you are purchasing. You may leave it in the office to attention: Beth Davis. You can also email Beth with any questions at beth@davisfamily.cc. Happy Shopping!

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted) at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office will have Colorcycle boxes for dropoff. Our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort from last year by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com)

Art4Schools Display

An upcoming Art4Schools art show titled "Organic Form" featuring work created by Huff students will be on display at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, 95110. The exhibit will e up from November 29, 2016 - January 29, 2017. The following students will have their artwork on display: William G., Jada P., Palak T., Josh H., Josheline L., Zoe F., Alish A., Eda D., Jerry L., Brandon C., Soraya O., Sarah W.

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

Wed., Jan. 11, 12:50 p.m. - Spelling Bee in MUR

Fri., Jan. 13 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration

Mon., Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wed., Jan. 18, 12:50 p.m. - Geography Bee in MUR

Thu., Jan. 19, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Jan. 23 - 27 - Spirit Week

Thu., Jan. 26, 11:00 a.m. - Bike Mobile

Wed., Feb. 1 - Walk to School Day

Tue., Feb. 7, 8:05 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Training

Tue., Feb. 7, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Wed., Feb. 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day Commemoration

Fri., Feb. 17 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 2nd Trimester

Fri., Feb. 17 - George Washington Day Commemoration


All after school programs are now on the Huff website. Please check the website, on the menu, select Enrichment -> After-school Options.

New California Car Seat Law Changes Effective January 1, 2017

New addition: Starting January 1, 2017, children under 2-years old must be rear-facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.

Current law: Children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat.

Read more on the attached.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Reset your Child’s Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time - Speaker Victoria Dunckley, M.D.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre

See flyer for details

New student registration begins. Have you made your appointment?

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY at the District Office, 750-A San Pierre Way, Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

For more information, see www.mvwsd.org or call 650-526-3500.

Announcing Parent Access Account Change

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your students’ information with your own Powerschool account, instead of sharing an account with your students. In the next two weeks, you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

● MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.

● VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON. Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen. Simply click each button to access information about each student.

● PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account. Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.

● YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE. Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

● INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.

● MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

Coffee Talk: College for Students with Special Needs: What You Need to Know

Many high school students with special needs, learning challenges, or disabilities (on an IEP or 504) will consider post-secondary education. Options include community college, 4-year college, and universities with a variety of options and support. It can be overwhelming at first. Come find out more about what’s available and how you can help prepare for your student’s education after high school. See flyer.


  • Sandra Cernobori, counselor from Paly
  • Foothill Community College
  • Kevin Shields, disability services at UCB

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Where: Santa Rita Elementary School, MP room

700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Parent Chat:

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?

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

7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

Los Altos Library Orchard Room
 - 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 18th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: El Camino YMCA

2400 Grant Road

Mountain View, CA


Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

January Lunch Menu

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