January 18, 2017

Principal’s Message

Our “Enrichment for All” programming continues this Winter/Spring. These PTA-sponsored enrichment classes generally take place once a week for about one hour. First graders will continue to build their “I Can” mindset by engaging in building challenges and other activities with Imagineerz. Second graders will exercise their creative writing muscles with the Society of Young Inklings. Third graders will engage in hands-on engineering with Play-Well Teknologies’ Lego Engineering class. Fourth graders will engage in the dramatic arts and public speaking with Peninsula Youth Theater. Finally, our fifth graders will continue to learn coding and computer science with Code for fun.

Families, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or your child’s teacher. Thank you for your contributions that make this programming possible for all students!

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.

Attention 4th and 5th grade Huff Hawks:

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

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

To 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 will be considered first.
  • Paragraphs must be received by the end of school this Friday, Jan. 20.
  • 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.

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!

Bay Area Bike Mobile – Free Bike Tune Ups: Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 11am-2pm

Get ready for Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Day in February by getting a free bike tune up! The BikeMobile is coming to provide free bike tune ups for Huff parents, students and staff! Bring your bikes to the school blacktop on Thursday, January 26 between 11:00am and 2:00pm. The BikeMobile mechanics can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like brake pads, chains, seats, grips and tires. The only thing they can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how it works and how to keep it running smoothly. Space is limited, so please show up early to secure a spot. Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome to attend to learn about maintenance, safety, and more! This event is brought to you by the Huff School Site Council and Spare the Air Youth.

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Day - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Get a little exercise, reduce traffic, and help keep the air cleaner by walking, biking, taking the bus or carpooling with a friend to school on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Any student who does so will receive a raffle ticket to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a bicycle and a helmet. Click here for more information. This event is brought to you by the Huff School Site Council and the City of Mountain View's VERBS Program.

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

Bring in your Holiday Box Tops!

Remember to bring in the holiday box tops that you might have found on your baking mixes, parchment paper or zip locks and maybe even Kleenex if you ended up with a sniffle!

Every Box Top helps Huff raise funds for our STEM initiatives so drop yours off at the office this week! For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt at geeners@gmail.com.

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. 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.

Parent workshop - Cyber Bullying and Social Media - Feb. 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology


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

Please register here

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age (Film) - Jan. 31, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge as to how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series - Feb. 7, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 18

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

Coffee Talk: College for Students with Special Needs: What You Need to Know - Jan. 18, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

New student registration. 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.

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.

Agency List for Cold Weather Shelters

Additional Flyers:

January Lunch Menu

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