November 9, 2016


Principal’s Messages

  • A BIG thank you to Beth Davis, our auction chair, and the whole auction team for the amazing Huff Auction this past weekend! Words just can’t express how grateful we are to you for the work you’ve done on behalf of our entire school community. What a party!
  • Shout out to the parents who attended “Coffee with the Principal” last Thursday! Your thoughtful questions, comments, and feedback are sincerely appreciated. In the spirit of opening up even more lines of communication, the Huff n Stuff will now include a link to a feedback form that gives parents and families the option to remain anonymous. Of course, you can always visit, call, or email if you prefer. Thank you all in advance for your willingness to speak up to make Huff an even better place.

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, and please factor in the additional time needed for school drop off and commutes.

You can sign up for the El Camino e-newsletter, which will give you updates on impacts on traffic, noise or other disruptions:https://www.elcaminohospital.org/about-us/campus-d...

Huff Auction Success

Thank you to each and everyone of you for an incredible evening on Saturday night. It took our "village" to put together this evening to raise money for our children and we succeeded. As of today, we grossed a little over $80,000. I will give an update as this number increases.

Thank you for your generous donations and everyone that came out to help prep before the auction and creating the magic on Saturday night by setting up and cleaning up too. We could not have done this without you! A couple of things to share:

  1. This week - an online auction will be available. Any open items can still be purchased 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 (checks to Huff PTA, are also welcomed), then shop and checkout.
  2. Beth Davis will bring items that were not picked up on Saturday night to the Huff Office. There are folders in the order of bidder numbers and physical items as well. Please come into the office and collect your items. If you purchased alcohol, she can not bring this to school, so you need to arrange pick up directly with Beth at beth@davisfamily.cc. This week, Beth will try to be at school after drop off and at the 2:35pm pick up. You will probably see her pushing her cart.
  3. If you have purchased parties and can no longer attend, we will try to chose the next person in line on the wait list (if there is a wait list), but you are also welcome to sell your ticket to your friend.
  4. Congratulations to Larina Lee who won our Dozen Dinner Raffle! Bon Appetit!
  5. Congratulations to Mrs. Goble, Mrs. Pardini, and Ms. Salahieh for winning the Teacher/Staff/Volunteer Raffle!

Happy Shopping!

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 https://huff.mvwsd.org/application/files/3014/7759...

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.

Monday November 14, 2016, 7 PM - 9 PM - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. See flyer for additional details.

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 gchang@mvwsd.org. Thank you in advance!

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 http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com)

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

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

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

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

TBD - Nov. PTA General Meeting will be rescheduled

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

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

Sat., Dec. 10, TBD - Breakfast with Santa at Mountain View Senior Center

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

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

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

Extra-curricular

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


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 https://www.elcaminohospital.org/about-us/campus-d....

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Thank you for your understanding and patience.

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org 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.

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.

November Lunch Menu


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