May 1, 2019

Principal’s Message: Staff update

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, our current School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Susie Morales, will be moving to the same role at Crittenden Middle School. Susie has done a terrific job over the past two years at Huff, assisting families and students, building community, and embodying the spirit of Huff Love. We will miss her, but we know she will do great things at Crittenden too and we wish her the best of luck!

Joey Ordonez will become our new School and Community Engagement Facilitator. He is currently the SCEF at Stevenson Elementary School and a former At-Risk Intervention Supervisor at Graham Middle School. He has done a great job empowering parents to be leaders on school committees and he has significant experience working with all ages of students. Welcome to the team, Joey!

Spring is staffing season, and I am also in the midst of the hiring process for teachers. I will share information about our teachers for 2019-20 (and any other staffing changes not already shared) in the final Huff n Stuff of the year. If you have any questions before then, you may direct them my way.

In this issue

Effective Communicators and Flexibility & Adaptability
State testing
Vargas updates
Lost and found
Middle school electives selection
Volunteer opportunity: Field Day
Ball wall design contest
Right at School - new before and after school program
Hawkfest: planning, karaoke
Yearbook orders
Bike and walk to school day
Chess tournament
Spanish interpreters needed
MVWSD Parent U
Summer camps
District calendar for 2019-20
Upcoming dates
Flyers and attachments

Effective Communicators and Flexibility & Adaptability

Please join us on the blacktop right after drop off on Friday, May 3 as we celebrate students across Huff who are great examples of effective communicators and who demonstrate flexibility & adaptability.

  • Our effective communicators express their thoughts clearly and concisely in writing and speech, are great listeners, and are great at understanding and using nonverbal communication to attain their goals.
  • We celebrate flexibility & adaptability because all successful individuals must able to adjust to different situations, especially when they change unexpectedly. Flexibility & Adaptability are at the heart of Growth Mindset as well, because flexible and adaptable people believe that failure leads to learning and are confident that changes and mistakes lead to learning and improvement.

Families, you can support at home by

  • challenging children to express their thoughts fully using complete sentences and including rationales
  • pointing out examples of good verbal and nonverbal communication
  • reminding kids to stay calm and focus on solutions whenever challenges arise
  • noticing and pointing out life’s “curve balls” and talking through possible solutions

State testing continues this week and next week

Students in grades 3-5 are in the midst of taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This set of standardized tests includes a English Language Arts assessment and a Mathematics assessment. Fifth graders will also take the California Science Test. Families, please check the school calendar for specific dates and avoid taking out-of-town trips or scheduling morning medical, dental, or other appointments during the testing window. More detailed information to come in the following weeks.

Vargas Updates!

A short, short time from now

in a park very very near…

May Fest: The JA Vargas Elementary Social

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School will host its May Festival (play date) for all students, parents, teachers and community members on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM at Whisman Park. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Come out and meet Principal Jones, new teachers, the PTA Board, and your fellow Golden Owls! May the 4th be with you…

This invitation is also posted on: and

To stay up to date about Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, Like and Follow the JA Vargas FB page:

For questions, you can also email Sarah Reginaldo:

Lost and Found

Please check out the Lost and Found bin for your student's items! Jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, sports equipment, etc.... Everything will be removed and donated by next Friday May 3!

Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens at 4 pm on May 1

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 10, 2019 through the PowerSchool portal.

Parents, please look for an email in your inbox from April 26 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives. If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you need help, please call or visit your school office or attend the registration support time on Thursday, May 2 from 3-4 pm, and 6-7:30 pm; and Coffee with the Counselor on Friday, May 3, 8-9 am. More information at

Volunteer Opportunity: Field Day, May 20

Our annual PE Field Day will take place from 8:00 to 9:40 a.m. on Monday, May 20. This is an annual event and the kids absolutely love it. We will, however, need parent volunteers to help us move the kids from activity to activity. Each class will need at least two parent volunteers. Look for a Konstella or email message in your inbox to sign up soon! Thank you so much for your help.

Ball Wall Design Contest

Submit your artwork for our next art contest: Re-painting the Ball Wall! If you would like to submit your artwork for the Ball Wall, please bring it to the main office by Friday, May 3. Remember that if your art is chosen for the Ball Wall, you (with the help of your family) will be actually painting the Ball Wall. So you may want to check with your parents first!

On-campus before- and afterschool care programs registering students now

We know that finding reliable, high-quality, affordable childcare is a challenge for many of our families and staff members. Increasing these offerings at our schools to meet demand has been a priority for MVWSD. On campus, our schools host several long-standing programs -- Beyond the Bell and the YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare -- in addition to a new one planned to open this fall, Right at School.

Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. It is planned for all MVWSD schools, including middle schools and the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day pricing options.

A parent information meeting for the new Right at School program has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the Graham Middle School multi-use room (1175 Castro St.). This meeting will help answer any questions you have about the program. The meeting is not mandatory. You may also go to for registration and this webpage for information and fees.

HAWKFEST is Friday, May 17, but planning starts now!

Hawkfest is our year-end 'school carnival' with games, crafts, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! We still need a few volunteers to help with things like planning food, entertainment, classroom activity planning and vendor management . Check out our sign-up sheet on Konstella to pitch in and make it another great Hawkfest.

Karaoke is coming to Hawkfest!

Huff Dad, DJ Purple, will be helping coordinate awesome karaoke fun at Hawkfest this year. We would love to have large groups of students, families, or individuals join us to sing their favorite tunes! Please sign up in the main office by Friday, May 10 with your song request. Any questions? Email

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks with Free Shipping!

Yearbooks can still be purchased for $25 each (before tax) with free shipping until April 26. After that date yearbooks cost the same but the shipping cost per book starts at $7.99 . We will also be selling a limited number of yearbooks when they come out at the end of the year.

And again, if you already made a $200+ donation to Huff PTA before Sept. 14, 2018, an order was already made for you, we have your information and no ordering is necessary.

For more information on how to order your child’s yearbook, go to:

If you prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook at all, please contact us at

National Walk & Bike to School Day - May 8, 2019

Join students all over the country who are walking and biking to school on May 8, 2019. Consider organizing a walking school bus or bike train with other students and families. Using active transportation for the journey to school boosts strength, confidence and academic outcomes. If school is too far, try out an active commute for the last part of the trip. More information can be found at

Bike-Themed Thursday Night Live - August 1, 2019

Over the summer, the City of Mountain View will hold a bike-themed Thursday Night Live on August 1, 2019, which features a community-wide bike safety rodeo. Join us in downtown Mountain View and spread the word to your school community. More information can be found at

Register Today for the Mountain View School District Chess Tournament!

Registration for the 16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament is now open at The tournament will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Monta Loma, from 11:30-5:00. Parent volunteers are needed before, during, and after the tournament. There is no entry fee due to sponsorship from Google. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Huff parent Micah Merrick at Thanks!


MVEF, together with numerous educational foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9 as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools. Our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.

If you have not donated this school year to MVEF, please consider doing so today. Your child has access to art, music, science, field trips, athletics and more thanks to parents like you who generously donate. CodeRev has committed to matching $1000 for first-time donations this May. Help us reach our annual goal to raise $750,0000 to get this matching donation, and support your child and every child.

Spanish Interpreters Needed

JOB TITLE: Spanish Interpreters

RATE OF PAY: $25.00/hour

Must be available for written translations and in person interpretation of parent meetings during the school year and night events. All applicants will participate in a screening process that includes written and oral evaluation of Spanish and English skills. Applicants must have extensive vocabulary in both language. Please contact Arline Siam at or call 650-526-3500 X1028 for more information.

MV Parent U presents “Media in the Middle: Parenting in the Age of Technology and Social Media.”

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 PM, Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Presenters: My digital TAT2. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include:

  • The evolving digital landscape and current trends
  • Emotional and psychological responses to technology and social media
  • Responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, and sleep
  • Strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Live streaming on the internet at
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

Looking for Summer Camps?

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way for parents to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a FREE list of programs: InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer you a free online search service with hundreds of local after-school/summer camp programs. Attached is a flyer. If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact:

New, updated District calendar

Please click here for the updated 2019-20 District calendar. This version, with the approval date of March 21, 2019 at the bottom, aligns spring break with Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and eliminates a recess day initially planned for October.

Upcoming dates

Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Strings Concert
Thu., May 2, 1:30 p.m. - Spring Concert - Honor Choir
Fri., May 3, 8:05 a.m. - POG Assembly
Tue., May 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Wed., May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - The Age of Technology & Social Media
Mon., May 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Tue., May 14, 4:00 p.m. - The Frog Prince - theatre performance (by PYT after school drama club) - in MUR (free)
Thu., May 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Thu., May 16, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Band Concert
Fri., May 17, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Mon., May 20, 8:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., May 24, 7:30 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Fri., May 24 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 3rd Trimester
Mon., May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., Jun. 5, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation
Fri., Jun. 7 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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

Flyers and Attachments

May 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 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!

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