Nov. 14, 2018

Principal’s Message: Check out our new school video

Get a glimpse here of the dynamic learning that happens at Huff! Many thanks to the staff, students, families, and entire community that makes our school such a wonderful learning community.

We want to hear from you! District survey closes Friday

Please respond before Friday to the MVWSD Climate Survey open for staff, parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Additionally, students in grades 6 and 8 will take a social-emotional survey of critical skills and mindsets that enable school success. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools.

This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Personal results will not be identifiable.

Look for an email invitation in your inbox. The subject line will be: "Request for your feedback!" Thank you in advance for your input.

Huff PTA General Meeting Tomorrow (Thursday) @ 7:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome at Huff PTA's general meeting tomorrow evening, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the MUR. We will present an updated budget, provide information on spending to-date and there will be an update from Principal Chang.

New visitor/volunteer sign-in system

We have a new electronic system that will be operational starting after Thanksgiving Break. The new system will improve the accuracy and efficiency of the sign-in process, but there will be an extra step the first time you sign in yourself or your child (e.g. after a doctor’s appointment). It will require a form of ID, such as a driver’s license. Thank you for your patience as we learn to use the new system.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

An information night for students new to the District to explain the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St.

Kindergarten information nights for individual schools are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Theuerkauf Elementary.

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are (Click here for details):

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Stevenson: Parent and Child Together: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 p.m.

There are a variety of school and program information nights, events and tours coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

STEMtastic online discussion is open

STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is important for our students. The Mountain View Whisman School District is exploring what STEM opportunities the District can provide to students so that they feel prepared for high school, college and beyond.

We are exploring this topic through this open-ended, online exchange of ideas. Please check your email for the link at which you can share your input on what are the most important considerations we should keep in mind as we plan for future science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in MVWSD. Middle school students and staff members will be participating in their own version of this online discussion.

Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours!

If you didn’t do it when you signed in and out at the office, or if you did work at home for Huff, log your hours at Help us get to our goal of 11,500 hours by the end of the year (that’s approximately 1,200 hours per month). Thank you for your help.

Dropping off items for your child during the school day?

Please leave all items at the office and we will either have your child come to pick it up or we will bring it to the classroom for you. Let the office know if for some reason you need to bring it personally.

Noon Duty Assistant position

We are looking for one more individual to help with supervision at lunch time. More coverage is always better! If you are available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in the position, please contact Mr. Chang (

Let Me Run

Let Me Run is looking for at least two parent volunteers to coach the spring Let Me Run season at Huff. Let Me Run is a 7-week wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, we encourage boys to develop their psychological, emotional, and social health, in addition to their physical health. (think Healthy Masculinity). This program is for 4th-5th grade boys. Your boy can participate in 3rd grade if you are a coach. The program prepares all boys to run a 5K in mid-May (May 11, 2019)

Practice times and days are TBD based on the coaches. They can be any time after school and/or on weekends. Coaches do not need to be runners. Head coach needs to attend a training led by fellow Huff parent, Sheetal Shah, on Jan 12 or Feb. 9 at the El Camino YMCA. Training is 3.5 hours long. Assistant coaches will be trained by the head coach before the season begins.

Please help us continue this program at the school where it all started on the west coast! If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Sheetal at

Online Auction Sales Now Open

We have items and parties now available for purchase online. If you have already registered for the auction with your credit card, you may simply sign in, shop, and check out. If you did not attend the auction or register, then you need to register on the auction site, enter your credit card information, then shop and checkout. There are may great items and parties still available for purchase! Shop online NOW!!

Still need to pick up items you won at the auction?

All envelopes are available for pickup at the Huff office. If you have physical items or gift baskets, please contact Lavanya Ramakrishnan at to arrange pickup.

Mark your calendar

Don't forget to mark your calendars with all the party/event dates. The list of all auction parties and dates are available here.

Winners of the Raffles

Here are the winners of the raffles announced at the Auction:
Parking Spot - Elaine Tse
Disneyland Tickets - Katie Swirsding

Teacher Raffles:
California Pizza Kitchen - Mr Mello (bought by Laura Young)
MOD Pizza - Ms. Ngo (bought by Yana Boryk)
Pizza My Heart Mrs. Braunstein (bought by Shannon Schwartz)
Sajj Restaurant Ms. McCullough (bought by The Kenney Family)
Peet's Coffee: 12 Months of Coffee or Tea Ms. Schaffer (bought by Singh family)
Six Hand-Delivered Delicious Lunches!! Mr Melo (bought by Cittadino family)

If you have any questions, please email

ELS Parent Classes

Mountain View Whisman School District is happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are once again being offered at Mariano Castro. Come to Castro’s Teachers’ Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. to register. You may join class any day during the course duration. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. All levels and all home languages are welcome. Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Check the flyer for class schedule.

Be in School; Be on Time

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.For more information, click here.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Show at Crittenden

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. on November 15 - 17. A 2:00 p.m. matinee is also available on November 18.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.

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

SELPA 1 CAC's December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.

Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)

ColorCycle is a wonderful program devised to turn used markers into energy!
Since the pilot of the program in the spring of 2016, Huff families have collected almost 12,000 used markers/sharpies/highlighters/dry erase markers and kept them out of landfill. The markers are sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please continue to help support our efforts by having your kids drop off throughout the year, any used markers, sharpies, highlighters or dry erase markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers. This is being organized through the 3rd/4th grade girl scout troop #60070.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (

After School Program schedule now available

Click here to see the list of after school programs at Huff. Please note: these programs are financially and programmatically separate from official school events. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Huff Elementary School or MVWSD.

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting
Nov. 21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Wed., Nov. 28, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee
Tue., Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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

Flyers and Attachments

November 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!

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

Click here to send your thoughts directly to the principal. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us get better.