November 2, 2016

Week of Inspirational Math

The Huff learning community continues its quest toward a Growth Mindset in every child and adult with the Week of Inspirational Math (November 7-14). Developed by Stanford professor Jo Boaler, the Week of Inspirational Math “is about inspiring students through open, beautiful, and creative math.” Boaler: “We have chosen the different tasks so that students see math as a broad, interesting, visual subject that involves deep thinking. Students will learn important growth mindset messages that will help them feel confident, try harder all year, persist with open and difficult problems, and embrace mistakes and challenge. All tasks are low floor and high ceiling -- they are accessible to all students and they extend to high levels.”

During the Week of Inspirational Math, students of every grade level will work on developing mathematical fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. It will supplement and enhance our district-adopted curriculum beautifully with its Growth Mindset lens. For more information, please visit

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!

Operation Gratitude

Too much candy in your home after Trick or Treating? Want to make a sweet donation to our troops around the globe? Operation Gratitude is back! This week there will be a box in the office where students and families can donate their extra candy and it will be donated to the amazing men and women in our military. Tuesday morning we’ve already collected 20lbs. Thanks to our sponsor Grant Road Dental who will take care of shipping the donated candy to the troops.

Paint The Town Red --- Auction, Saturday, November 5, 2016

Come celebrate our 19th Annual Huff PTA Silent Auction and Party with other Huff families and staff in a relaxing atmosphere. Join us for this event (for adults only) at the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. There will be free food, dancing, & fun as we help raise money to support activities and resources for our kids at Huff. We are sending you paper invitations, so look for your invitation in your children’s backpacks or Friday folders. The registration is now open to RSVP to this incredible evening. Go to:

Childcare for Auction Night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night on Saturday, November 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. (must pick up at 10:30 p.m. SHARP). Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Cost is $25.00 per child. Event includes: small cooking activities, do it yourself bagel pizza meal, glow in the dark outside games, inside games and prizes, and arts and crafts. A sign-up sheet will be in the office. Limited to 60 kids. For more details, contact Coordinator-Michael Robertson at or (717) 575-7505. Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040

Huff Star Party on November 7

What’s a star party? A star party is a gathering of amateur astronomers for the purpose of observing the sky. The Huff community will have its own Star Party on Monday, November 7, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. To help guide us, a pair of astronomers will be on-hand -- one hails from the Fujitsu Planetarium at DeAnza and the other is with the San Jose Astronomical Association. A few telescopes will be set-up for children of all ages to peek through! If you have a question about the event, please contact Huff Star Party organizer, Annette Luongo, at

Eat at Chipotle 11/10 & Earn 50% for Huff!

Eat at Chipotle (1039 A El Monte Avenue, MV) on Thursday, November 10, 5:00pm - 9:00pm and earn money for all the fantastic PTA-funded programs such as choir, Math IXL, Lexia, Coding, science push-in, field trips, equipment and more!

The restaurant will donate 50% of your bill to Huff PTA! Just show the official flyer (hard copy or on your phone) or just mention the fundraiser before you pay to get credit. Download at

Box Tops

Thank you for the 3,223 Box Tops and congratulations to our raffle winners: Chase L (Rm 6), Gisella (Rm 13) and Ethan L (Rm 9)! Enjoy your prizes! These have already been put into the mail and are on the way to be verified - in addition to an extra shipment we sent earlier this year, we expect to raise over $550 so far for Huff since June! My sincere gratitude to everyone who donated and helped clip, sort and count!

Of course we will continue to collect throughout the school year for another submission in March. Please continue to save Box Tops! The next drawing will be around February but please feel free to turn them into the box in the office anytime. Once again a big Thank You Huff Hawks from your Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt - please email me with any questions.

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 (

Upcoming Events

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

Fri. Nov. 4 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 11 p.m., - Huff’s 19th Annual Silent Auction & Party

Mon. Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m. - Star Party on blacktop

Thu. Nov. 10, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Family Night Fundraiser at Chipotle

Fri. Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu. Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

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

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

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

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

Mountain View Library - Reading Day - Sat. Nov. 12, 10am - 1pm - see flyer for details


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

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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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.

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MVWSD Preschool Program Contact Information - see link

Is your student safe on his/her bike?

Here are 6 bike safety tips to review with your student.

  1. Stop, look and listen at every road edge
  2. Look left, look right, and look left again
  3. Never run across the street
  4. Find the safest place to cross the street
  5. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike
  6. Obey all traffic signs and signals

Kids should bike in the same direction as cars, and have a well-fitting helmet.

Picking a Helmet

In California helmets are required for biking, scooting, skateboarding, and roller-skating until 18 years of age (CVC 21212). Make sure the helmet is designed for cycling. Check that the Styrofoam is intact and replace when damaged or outgrown.

Tips for a proper helmet fit:

  • Helmets come in many sizes, start by checking the size of the Styrofoam shell.
  • Helmets come in many styles, get one they like!

Dial in the perfect fit using the two-finger check.

  • Two fingers between the eyebrow and brim of helmet.
  • Two fingers or less between the chin and buckled strap.
  • Two fingers like a "V" around the ear, straps should meet directly below the ears.

Road rules

Stop, Look and Listen before entering or crossing a road.

  • Regardless of whether you are on foot or wheels always Stop, Look Left-Right-Left, and listen before entering traffic.
  • Bike in the same direction as cars.
  • Drivers do not look for wrong-way traffic. Obey Stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Identify upcoming intersection and how to negotiate them.

Remember, you can always walk in the crosswalk!

Plan the route: Please review here the safe routes that the City of Mountain View has outlined to and from each of our schools.

El Camino Hospital construction: Increased traffic Bubb and Huff neighborhoods

El Camino Hospital has embarked on a major construction project on its Grant Road campus that will impact families at Bubb and Huff elementary schools through 2019.

Both Grant Road and Phyllis Avenue will see increased truck traffic as equipment and materials are delivered both to the hospital site and a staging area located near Phyllis and El Camino.

For your safety, please be aware when walking, biking or driving in this area, and help students make safe choices. Be extra careful when crossing streets in the area.

You can sign up for the El Camino e-newsletter, which will give you updates on impacts on traffic, noise or other disruptions:

Bus Stop Change

To improve safety, the District has worked with community partners to identify a new, safer bus stop location near Castro and Mistral elementaries.

Effective Monday, Oct. 31, the Blue & Purple Routes bus stop location will be moved from Latham Street to California Street at the southeast corner of Escuela Ave. The new location is less congested and more visible, and is in a much wider loading zone and area. During the transition, we will also have an adult and signage at the former bus stop location to direct students to the new stop.

When you are driving in that area, please know California Street is not a divided highway, and therefore all traffic going both directions must stop when the bus is loading and unloading, according California’s vehicle code.

For questions, please contact James Bakos, Director, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation, at or 650-526-3587.

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