November 16, 2016

Principal’s Message

Can you believe we’re a third of the way through the school year? Thank you to all staff, families, and students for a smooth first trimester, filled with learning. Trimester 1 Report Cards will be sent home with students by Friday, November 18. Families, if you do not receive your child’s report card, please contact our office next week.

After School Tutoring and Homework Club Volunteers Needed

Have some free time after school and want to work with Huff students on academics? We are currently searching for volunteers to work with students after school on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for small group tutoring and Homework Club. Both programs will begin in a couple of weeks and go until Spring Break in April.

  • Small group tutoring: the new WIN Academy (WIN = What I Need), will work with 3-5th graders who need extra math help. Topics will include building number sense, arithmetic operations, fractions, and other foundational skills needed for middle school. You will be assisting one or more of our fabulous teachers, who will provide the curriculum and plans.
  • Homework Club volunteers will work alongside other adults to provide students with a quiet space to complete homework assignments. Adults will provide some light academic support.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Mr. Chang at Thank you in advance!

Huff Auction - Merchandise and Parties Available

Thank you to everyone who supported and continues to support the Huff Auction. We definitely Painted The Town Red with a gross total so far of $83, 411, and it will continue to grow. There are many parties for all ages with open spots. There are also unsold items that can be purchased immediately. Think of Holiday shopping and know that the proceeds for anything you buy goes right back to benefit our children. It’s just like online shopping. Go to to sign in. if you are already registered, choose your item from what’s available, pay by credit card (checks can be made out to Huff PTA and in the memo write the name of the party or item you are paying for, and leave it in the office, attention Beth Davis). If you are not registered, you need to register, add your credit card information, shop and check out. I will be posting on Konstella what’s available monthly. If you purchased Huff sweatshirts, they are in the office. The original bid sheet is in there, so you can initial next to your name, so we know you have collected it. Get ahead and start on your holiday shopping!

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted)

  • Coloring Markers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Hight Lighters
  • Sharpies

at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office have Colorcycle boxes for your dropoff.

Last year, in fewer than 5 months, we diverted over 3000 markers from landfill! This year, our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort 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:

Nov. 18 - Trimester 1 report cards sent home

Nov. 23 - Nov. 25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thu., Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon. Dec. 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Holiday Tree Lighting at Mountain View City Hall

Tue., Dec. 6, 8:05 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

Sat., Dec. 10, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa at Mountain View Senior Center

Wed., Dec. 14, 8:00 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Wed., Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation Night

Thu., Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Honor Choir Winter Concert

Fri., Dec. 16 - Mon., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Mon., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Wed., Jan. 10, 12:50 p.m. - Spelling Bee

Wed., Jan. 18, 12:50 p.m. - Geography Bee

Honor Choir Winter Concerts - various dates - flyer

Los Altos High School Instrumental Music Fall Finale, Sat. Nov. 19 - flyer

Letter to Santa - due Dec. 9 - more information here


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

Parenting Workshop - 4 Tips for a Successful School Year

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, "Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year" on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden-MUR.

Parents will learn how to help their children with:

  • Emotional Awareness
  • Positive Thinking
  • Empowering Children to Take Responsibility
  • Active Problem Solving

Presenter Elisabeth Stitt is the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching, a former middle school English teacher for 25 years, and, most importantly, the mother and step-mother of three happy, successful kids. Her book, Parenting... as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood, has supported many families in their journey.


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please confirm your attendance here.

Give to MVEF and Avoid the Annual Phone-a-thon!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) funds innovative programs in your child’s classroom, as well as art, music, hands-on science and afterschool and enrichment activities. MVEF will be holding the annual phone-a-thon soon, so you can make your donation now to "avoid the call" and be entered in the MVEF raffle. To donate this school year, click here.

Temporary increase in construction traffic

Progress continues on El Camino Hospital campus development projects. During the following days contractors will be delivering and pouring concrete at our North Garage extension project at North Drive and Hospital Drive. From 7:00 AM until approximately 4:00 PM there will be increased truck traffic on Grant Road.

For your safety, please be aware when walking or driving around the campus.

For more information, visit

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  • November 28
  • November 29

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

November Lunch Menu

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