November 30, 2016

PTA General meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 @ 7:00pm in MUR

All Huff community members are welcome to attend! There will be a safety & cyber bullying presentation by the Mountain View Police department. Hear updates from Principal Chang, as well as Board members and committees chairs. Come and see how we are putting your PTA dollars to work for our kids!

Toy Drive at Huff 11/28 - 12/14/16

Fifth grader Max Jankowski is collecting toys for CSA (Community Services Agency) in Mountain View. Your donation allows CSA registered parents to "shop" (@ no charge) for toys for their kids. Bring your new, unwrapped toys, games, books, stocking stuffers by Wed 12/14/16. Look for the blue barrel in the Huff office.

Huff Auction - Merchandise and Parties Available

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! With Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s time to get ready for the holidays and buying gifts. A great way to do so and help our children and school is to shop the open auction items. We still have wonderful parties with open spots for adults and children, as well as other items carried over from the auction. Go to: and shop online now. Attached you will find a list of everything that is still available waiting for you.

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted) at home or your work place?

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

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:

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

Tue., Dec. 6, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Deborah's Appreciation Tea

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

Wed., Dec. 14, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Wed., Dec. 14, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Huff Love Send Off for Ms. Deborah

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

Tue., Jan. 3 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Wed., Jan. 11, 12:50 p.m. - Spelling Bee

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

Honor Choir Winter Concerts - various dates - flyer

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

Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 10


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.

Announcing Parent Access Account Change

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your students’ information with your own Powerschool account, instead of sharing an account with your students. In the next two weeks, you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.

VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON. Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen. Simply click each button to access information about each student.

PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account. Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.

YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE. Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

School Boundaries Community Meeting

The Mountain View Whisman School District is hosting community-wide meetings for residents to provide input on potential school boundary changes that will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year when Slater School opens.

School Boundaries Community Meeting

Monday, Dec. 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join your neighbors at one of these. The discussion at each location will center on the impact that each boundary scenario will have on that school:

  • Bubb Elementary, 525 Hans Ave.
  • Castro Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.
  • Huff Elementary, 253 Martens Ave.
  • Landels Elementary, 115 W. Dana St.
  • Theuerkauf Elementary, 1625 San Luis Ave.
  • Monta Loma Elementary, 460 Thompson Ave.
  • Slater Elementary held at German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy St.

Childcare will be provided. To help up with planning, please register for the meeting and location of your choice here.

The process: In December 2015, the Board of Trustees voted to reopen a school in the Slater neighborhood. This, along with other growth factors, will have an impact on enrollment and facilities across the District and necessitate a review as well as realignment of the attendance boundaries.

The Dec. 12 meetings are part of the yearlong process outlined by the Student Attendance Area Task Force (SAATF), a working group of community members, to determine how to adjust school boundaries to accommodate enrollment after Slater School is reopened in 2019.

The timeline: The task force, formed last spring, has been reviewing District demographic data. The group has been working in five separate teams to produce several boundary scenarios. The feedback collected at the community meetings will be considered by the SAATF and presented to the Board of Trustees.

In early spring, the SAATF will work to make necessary adjustments to boundaries, reduce the number of working options, and decide on two recommendations. In mid-March, another night of feedback sessions will be held in the community. On April 4, SAATF will present two boundary scenarios to the Board of Trustees for review, and the Superintendent will make a recommendation to be voted on by the Board on May 4.

For more info, see

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.


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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