May 3, 2017

Principal’s Message: Traffic Reminders

Families, don’t forget the following about drop-off and pick-up times. Safety first!

In the front (Martens Ave):

  • If driving, pull all the way to the end of the driveway; don’t drop off before you reach the curb.
  • If walking from across Grant Road, cross Martens Avenue at the Martens/Grant intersection (avoid crossing right in front of the school).

In the back (Carol Ave):

  • No cars down Carol Ave during drop-off or pick-up. This is key.
  • No parking inside red curbs/in crosswalks - this blocks visibility of children in the crosswalk.
  • Where there is no curb on Sleeper, cars should leave clearance for children passing on bikes/foot who walk on the inside.


  • Drivers: follow all traffic and parking laws (don’t block driveways or crosswalks), use good judgment, and exercise patience just as you would anywhere else.
  • Bikers: wear a helmet, make sure you are visible to cars.
  • Pedestrians: make sure you are visible to cars.


Travel Tip of the Week

During drop off, If your child is old enough/strong enough to manage, remind them to have their backpack ready before you stop. When you do stop they can exit the car in a timely fashion. It may not seem like a lot, but a little time saved really does help prevent backups.

Share Your Thoughts on Proposed Boundaries

Our community is in the process of redrawing school attendance boundaries for the 2019-20 school year and beyond. We are nearing the end of that process and want to invite all stakeholders to share their thoughts on the final two options that will be considered by the Board of Trustees. You should have received an email yesterday from “Share Your Thoughts - Thoughtexchange.” Please do not discard this message - it contains an important feedback link. Your input will be used by the Board of Trustees as they make their final decision. Before you take the survey, take a look at the district webpage about the process. Here you will find the maps for the two final options.

Congratulations: Huff and Stevenson named “Honor Roll” Schools!

Huff Elementary and Stevenson Elementary have been selected by Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence as California schools to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll School. There are 1,866 higher performing, higher poverty schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. School districts receiving this distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found here.

Project Cornerstone Trailblazers

Congratulations to Natalie Grabscheid and her mom Julie for winning a “Trailblazer” award from Project Cornerstone of Silicon Valley for their work to create and run our Student Bucket Club, which has put on several activities this year to promote a positive and inclusive school climate!

We are very proud of Natalie for coming up with the idea, gathering 5th grade supporters and with them coming up with activities that support our positive, inclusive, kind school climate. We are grateful to Julie for facilitating the activities and helping run club meetings as well as school wide events throughout the year.

Julie and Natalie will attend a volunteer appreciation event on May 23, and will receive their award along with the praises and appreciation of the entire PC community of SV. On behalf of the entire school community: THANK YOU!

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.

Graham Spring Fling

Attention Huff 5th graders! You’re invited to Graham’s Spring Fling (A Celebration of Cinco de Mayo) - Friday, May 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm (1175 Castro St). The night will include a Mariachi Band, folklorico dancers, a silent auction, delicious food, a bake sale, climbing wall, inflatables, bike repair and a book giveaway.

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.

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. Please sign up to indicate what you are bringing. For more information, please email Lavanya Ramakrishnan at or Sandee Schlaak at

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:

  • 5/15 Monday: Beach Day - Students can bust out those Hawaiian shirts or board shorts and dress like they're going to hang out by the waves. (Hula skirts, leis, and salt water optional.)
  • 5/16 Tuesday: Backwards/Mixed Up Day - Now when your child accidentally puts on their clothes inside out or backwards you don't even have to correct them. This is the day for them! And if they can somehow wear pants as a shirt or vice versa more power to them.
  • 5/17 Wednesday: Pirate Day - Arrrrren't you excited, me hearty, that today's the day to wear your best swashbuckling ensemble?
  • 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.

For tips on pirate dress-up suggestions from stuff you already have at home, check out this page: pirate-how-to-dress-like-a- pirate-in-5-easy-steps/

Hawkfest 2017!!

The date for Hawkfest 2017 has been set for Friday May 19, 5-8pm. Hawkfest 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

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:

Open Auction Parties

There are still some fun auction parties with open spots. If you are interested in any of the available parties, you can still sign up for a party online at and bring cash or a check made payable to Huff PTA (in the memo write which party you are attending). You can drop it off in the office to the attention of Beth Davis.

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 (

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:

Apr. 24 - May 12 - CAASPP Testing Window
Thu., May 11, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Chorus concert
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


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.

Join the conversation! Ideas exchange about elementary school boundaries

MVWSD 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.

The Student Attendance Areas Task Force has been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. The goal is for the Board of Trustees to consider two boundary options on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

You should have an email from asking you to participate in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. The thoughts and comments you provide will be used by the task force and the Board to inform the final boundaries choice.

Please see to learn more about how the survey works and to review boundary Options A and B that you will be asked about. If you did not receive an email, you can sign up at this link to participate.

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home”

Date: Tue, May 9, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.
Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

*** Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family


  • 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

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

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.

When: Monday May 8, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Additional Flyers:

May Lunch Menu

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