January 4, 2017

Principal’s Message

Welcome to 2017! I hope that everyone had a terrific break and are well-rested for a productive January. The next time you stop by the office, you may be greeted by the smiling face of our new clerk, Evelyn Lopez. I know we will all give her a warm Huff Love welcome.

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.

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

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! With Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s time to get ready for the holidays and buying gifts. A great way to do so and help our children and school is to shop the open auction items. We still have wonderful parties with open spots for adults and children, as well as other items carried over from the auction. Go to: http://huffptaauction.com and shop online now. Attached you will find a list of everything that is still available waiting for you.

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)

Upcoming Events

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

Tue., Jan. 10, 8:05 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Training

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 student registration begins Friday. 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.

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop “10 Steps to a Healthier Family;” help with sleep and nutrition, presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.

Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View.

Parents will learn about:

  • How much sleep kids really need
  • How to get the most out of mealtimes with kids
  • Positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. Returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please confirm your attendance here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-10-steps-to-a-healthier-family-tickets-29899697801)

Flyer available here

Let's Talk

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. See flyer.

Monday January 9, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - in the Conference Room

Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

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

7:00-8:30 p.m., 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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