May 24, 2017

Principal’s Message: Construction FAQ

Q: What is happening this summer?

A: The row of portables on the southwest part of campus will be removed to make space for the new MUR, for which construction will begin this summer. New, temporary portables will be placed on the blacktop. The bike racks currently next to room 23 will be moved to the tetherball area.

Q: When are the classroom upgrades happening?

A: Summer of 2018.

Q: How might construction affect us this summer?

A: The campus will be closed after 12:30 on Tuesday, June 6, the last day of school. The only exception is for YMCA Kids Place - they will operate according to their normal schedule. Much of the campus will be fenced off for construction purposes and access to the fields and playgrounds this summer will be limited.

Q: What about next year?

A: Fencing will remain up around the construction site as the new MUR will require at least one year to build. There will be some extra noise on campus next year, but we will work with the builders to keep distractions to a minimum. The new portables will be placed to maximize the usefulness of the remaining blacktop space. We should be able to keep one full basketball court. More details to come as things develop. These inconveniences will be worth it in the long run!

Q: Will traffic be affected next year?

A: Most likely. The side parking lot along the western border of our school will become a thoroughfare for construction vehicles, possibly requiring a closing of the lot to all other traffic. This is a developing situation and we will communicate out any changes as soon as we know about them.

Q: I heard the Carol Street entrance might be closed off. Is this true?

A: No, there is no current plan to close the back entrance. Based on the volume of students and families that enter that direction, this closure is highly unlikely and we would lobby actively against such a plan.

Norovirus outbreak: Wash hands and stay healthy!

Recently there has been an increase in norovirus and other viral gastrointestinal outbreaks in the Bay Area and in San Jose. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has received reports of GI outbreaks in over a dozen schools in our county.

This particular illness is highly contagious, and symptoms do not start until 1 to 2 days after exposure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, poor appetite, and headache. It is spread primarily through handling items or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, and by being next to a vomiting individual.

Hand washing and keeping surfaces clean is crucial to preventing infection. District Health Services staff members are stressing the importance of frequent vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, and especially after using the toilet. Younger students may need a lesson or demonstration. Please see the link for proper handwashing technique. Unfortunately, hand sanitizers and alcohol rubs are not effective against norovirus.

Anyone ill with GI symptoms should remain home until at least 48 hours after they are well. Staying home for 48 hours and continued handwashing beyond that period is critical to prevent further spread.

Hawkfest - Thank you!

A very special THANK YOU to Hafsa Mirza (PTA President and 5th grade mom) for organizing our fun-filled Hawkfest! This is Hafsa's 7th and final year chairing our Hawkfest, and we appreciate all the time, energy, and devotion she has poured into making this school-wide event memorable. We will miss you, Hafsa! Big "Huff Love" hugs from the entire PTA and Huff Community.

Share your HawkFest photos! Please email them to for the 2018 yearbook. Thank you!

Field Day: Wednesday, May 31

From 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. next Wednesday, Huff students and staff will be participating in our annual Field Day activities, organized by our wonderful PE teachers, Ms. Noriega and Ms. Martin. By the end of this week, your child’s teacher will be assigning your child to one of six teams delineated by color. Look for a letter home with a list of things to bring for this event, including a t-shirt (matching the color of his/her team), sunscreen, hat/visor, shorts, sneakers, water/water bottle. This will be a fun day for all!

Mountain View Public Library Summer Reading Program

Summer reading is critical to prevent learning loss. Fortunately, the MV Public Library is here to help! Info about the annual Summer Reading Program has been posted on the office window and in this week’s attached flyers. All Huff participants will be recognized and receive an award in August and everyone who meets their reading goal will receive an additional grab some good books to enjoy during the summer break!

Travel Tip of the Week

Drivers: if parked on the street, watch out for bikers as you open your car doors! Bikers: watch out for car doors as you ride by!

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B through May 28

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

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.

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

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 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, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form:

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 to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (

Shop Amazon, Raise Money for Huff

If you shop on or want to help raise funds for Huff via shopping, remember to use the unique Huff URL for The key to success is starting the shopping experience with the Huff URL, and there’s a potential to earn as much as 15% per purchase for Huff. Click on Huff Amazon Associates and start shopping: Huff Amazon Associates.

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage:

Fri., May 26 - MINIMUM DAY- End of trimester
Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., May 31, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., Jun 2, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Tue., Jun. 6 - MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School


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

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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