May 17, 2017


Hawkfest 2017 is Here!

Come to Huff on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for our annual community extravaganza: Hawkfest! The festival of Buteo jamaicensis is a PTA sponsored event designed to bring together the Huff Community for three hours of Fun, Food, Games, Activities, Entertainment and Socializing. This year’s theme is" Huff Love". The success of this event depends largely on the Huff community and the generous effort of volunteers. If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of this event, please contact the Hawkfest chair, Hafsa Mirza at hafsahr@hotmail.com.

Travel Tip of the Week

Children learn most from the examples we set: let’s model helmet-wearing while biking!

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B; Join us at a community session on Monday

The Mountain View Whisman School District is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

Last spring, we formed the Student Attendance Areas Task Force, which is composed of parents, staff and community members. They have been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. Board of Trustees will consider the final scenarios on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

There will be a community session on May 22, 6:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, to offer review of the process and help with input.

Before this vote, the District wants to engage with you through Thoughtexchange, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas. Parents, staff and community members have contributed 1,400 comments about boundary options A and B. Next, is the Star step.

  • Star (May 19th to May 28th): In this step, please review ideas from participants and put stars next to the ideas you like best.
  • Discover (week of June 15th): At the Board meeting, we will share the community results.

You aren’t required to have contributed comments in the first phase to participate in the second phase. Parents and staff members will receive an invitation by email from “Share Your Thoughts- Thoughtexchange” on Friday. To self-register, please click here. (Email addresses will not be duplicated if you self-register.)

Healthy Kids Survey

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office.

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.

PTA End of the Year General Meeting

Come join us at the last PTA General meeting of this school year (2016-17) Thursday May 18, 8am in the MUR. We will be voting on a summer budget and some end of the year changes to our budget.

Silly Week at Huff

In the week leading up to Hawkfest we are excited to celebrate Huff SILLY WEEK by having the kids dress in a silly way each day. This will take place May 15-19. The outfits are intended to be something that can be put together from items you already have at home.

Here’s the Silly Week Schedule:

  • 5/18 Thursday: All One Color Day - Show your allegiance to your favorite color by dressing from head to toe in ONLY that color.
  • 5/19 Friday: Crazy Hair Day - Does your child's hair always look like a bird's nest? This is the day to actually make it into one OR any other crazy hairdo you can dream up.

Cakewalk at Hawkfest 2017!

Please consider baking a treat for the Hawkfest Cakewalk. Please package your goodies into (generous) single servings on small paper plates, wrapped in Saran or a Ziplock bag - one piece of cake or two cookies/brownies per serving. Please provide an ingredients list for food allergy safety. Thank you.

Items can be brought to the office any time on Friday, May 19. For more information, please email Lavanya Ramakrishnan at lavanya@gmail.com or Sandee Schlaak at zakschlaak@yahoo.com.

Bike It! For all 5th grade students entering Crittenden and Graham

Safe Moves and School Site Council are sponsoring an event for incoming 6th graders to get to know their safe bike route to school! If your child is planning to bike to either Graham or Crittenden next year, they are invited to one of these events:

Bike It! Graham - May 20 9-11am

Starting locations: Huff, Bubb, Landels, Castro

Bike It! Crittenden - May 20 1-3pm

Starting locations: Monta Loma, Theuerkauf, TBD in the whisman area

Please see the attached flier and look for the flier coming home with your kids in their Friday folders!

5th Grade Gala Concerts

Please note that all Gala Concerts will be held at CSMA (click here for Band - May 23 and Strings - May 17 concert information.)

5th Grade Instrument Return

Instrument return this year will be different than previous years. To improve the process of collecting instruments by end of school year, Instruments will be collected from students at Graham Middle School (1175 Castro Street) in room #52. We are hoping this process will help to receive the instruments on time and have them ready for the next school year.

  • Thu. May 18, 12:45 - 2:45 pm - String Instrument collection - see flyer for details
  • Fri. May 26, 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Band instrument collection - see flyer for details

Parent/Guardian and student should be present to check the instrument’s condition. In case you can’t make it for the dates posted, please contact Raquel Hernandez at 650-237-1234 to make appropriate arrangements. Those students participating in the summer program do not need to return their instrument. CSMA will give them instructions at the end of the summer program.

Got Fruit?!?!? It's that time of year again.

As we fast approach summer, Ms. Deborah is gearing up to make her canned goodies, including jams and sauces. If you have an overabundance of fruit, please contact her at dedidoright@hotmail.com. Fruit can be dropped off or she can pick up at your convenience. Cannot use overly ripe fruit.

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts Today!

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, and show your Huff pride! Supplies and sizes are limited so don't delay and order today.

  • Full Zip, Hooded Sweatshirts: $25
  • T-Shirts $15

Checkout the full zip hoodies and t-shirts online. Choose from Youth and Adult sizes (while supplies last). You can order online now to reserve your size & pay with a credit card. Include your child's name and class during the online checkout process so a PTA representative can deliver your order directly to your student. If you prefer to pay with check or cash please email your order to volunteers@huffpta.org, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form: https://squareup.com/store/huff-elementary-pta

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).

Construction Update

As you know, Huff will undergo construction in three phases over the next couple of years. Phase 1, the construction of a new MUR on the southwest portion of campus, will begin this summer. To make room for the new MUR, the programs in rooms 19-22 will be relocated to portable buildings on our blacktop. While this may be an inconvenience, it’s a relatively small price to pay for a brand new multipurpose room. Click here to see the official district maps of the three phases of construction. These are also posted on the Huff Office windows. If you have questions about construction, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Upcoming Events

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

Wed., May 17, 5:30 p.m. - 5th Grade Gala Concert for Strings
Thu., May 18, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., May 19, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Tue., May 23, 5:30 p.m. - 5th Grade Gala Concert for Band
Fri., May 26 - MINIMUM DAY- End of trimester
Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Tue., Jun. 6 - MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School

Extra-curricular

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


5th Grade Electives - Online

The 5th graders will choose their electives online this year. The electives will open on the parent portal on May 8. The elective window will close on May 19. Attached are the 6th grade elective choices. Crittendon 6th gr Electives list. Graham 6th gr Electives list.

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Questions? Contact: Donna Soo (650) 828-0997 Trudy Palmer (650) 208-9116

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

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

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

Additional Flyers:

May Lunch Menu

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