Oct. 10, 2018

Principal’s Message: Capstone and Exhibition Planning

As part of our efforts to prepare students to demonstrate the Profile of a Graduate and following the plans in our Roadmap to the Capstone, we are beginning to plan an exhibition-style learning event for spring 2019. This event will provide important insights into how to design a meaningful Capstone project and a successful exhibition of this project. The event must allow students to demonstrate critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, curiosity, technological saavy, flexibility, and problem-solving skills.

We are looking for input and participation from parents! If you are interested in helping to design this learning experience, please contact Mr. Chang for more information, or come to our next School Site Council meeting on November 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Huff will celebrate the 8th Annual College Day on October 19, 2018

Our goal is to create a college-going culture among students, and to inspire them in their pursuit of a college education. Even though your student is in elementary school, there are a lot of things you can be doing right now that will help your student be ready for college. Doing your homework every night, learning about what jobs you are interested in, studying for tests, and talking to your student about college are all ways to get prepared.

Join our school-wide celebration!

During the week of October 15-19 dress-up and dream big!

Monday, 10/15 - Highlight your future and wear NEON COLORS

Tuesday, 10/16 - For a bright Future WEAR SHADES

Wednesday, 10/17 - Your future is out of this world WEAR STARS

Thursday, 10/18 - DRESS LIKE A BOSS


Come in and take a picture of your student on Friday at our “Smile YOU are going to College... after High School” photo booth at the school patio.

Annual Halloween Parade: New AM time

New time: 8:15-9:00 a.m. on October 31. Please mark your calendars! If driving, have a plan for where you will park and come early that day. Remember, the front parking lot is for staff only. Other details:

  • We are working on a revised, larger route for the parade - we’ve grown too big to have everyone on the blacktop. Please follow signs and directions when you arrive.
  • Students may wear costumes during the day as long as it is safe and not distracting to do so.
  • Masks, excessive gore, and sharp/dangerous props are not allowed.
  • Each teacher will have discretion about whether and when related celebrations can take place that day. Please do not send students to school with candy.

Let’s all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Roadmap to the Capstone: Exhibition Planning Committee

As part of our efforts to prepare Huff students to demonstrate the Profile of a Graduate, we will be implementing a new school-wide learning exhibition by May 2019. Think of this as research for and a trial run in preparation for the first Capstone Exhibition in May 2021. This year’s school-wide exhibition may take one of many forms as long as it shows students demonstrating critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, etc. If you are interested in helping to design this learning experience, please contact Mr. Chang for more information, or come to our next School Site Council meeting on November 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Site Council needs one more parent

If you are interested in joining the important group that helps to determine the direction of the school, or would like to learn more about the position, please email Mr. Chang (gchang@mvwsd.org).

Operation Gratitude: Letters to our troops

Huff is supporting a project by two MVHS students called Operation Gratitude: next week there will be a box in the office for students to drop off letters of support to our men and women in the armed forces. We’d love to have as many people contribute letters as possible. Letters/postcards/artwork are all accepted and should not be sealed before being dropped in the box. Thank you in advance!

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 tinyurl.com/huffvolunteers. 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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 8-12 is our annual Conference week, a key opportunity for families and teachers to discuss the progress of each student and to discuss what supports or extensions are needed to ensure success. Each family signs up for a 20-minute conference per child. Conferences take place in the afternoons; every day that week is a minimum day: students are dismissed at 11:55 a.m. M-F.

Conference sign ups happen via Google Docs. Last week’s link is currently disabled. Your child’s teacher will have sent a new link by October 3. Don’t worry - all the signups up to this point are still on there. If you didn’t receive this email, please email gchang@mvwsd.org.

Minimum days all this week

Don’t forget that students are dismissed at 11:55 a.m. every day next week due to conference week!

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.

Don't miss the Enchanted Forest Book Fair Thursday "Family Night" and Friday "Breakfast n Books". Check them out!

Thurs. 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Family Night (food truck open at 5:30 p.m.)

Fri. 7:15 – 8:30 a.m., Breakfast n Books / Dads ‘n’ Donuts (and coffee!)

Huff Book Fair Library Fundraiser available ONLINE too!

Can't make the Book Fair hours? No worries, order online with free shipping to the school! Your orders will then be delivered to your child. Online ordering is from Mon. 10/8 and extends through Oct. 28th!! Free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Simply go to: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/huffelementaryschool

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 (gchang@mvwsd.org).

Renowned New York Times Best-Selling YA Author Coming to Visit Huff!

Gordon Korman is coming to Huff to present to grades 3-5 on Oct. 16! Gordon Korman is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of more than 80 books for kids and young adults. His most recent novels include Whatshisface, Restart, Slacker, Ungifted, and Supergifted! All of these books will be for sale at the Book Fair, and if purchased, can be autographed the day of his event.

Zume for Huff!

Order pizza from Zume Pizza and join the fundraising for Huff. Zume Pizza will contribute 10% of every Pizza to Huff PTA through their Pie It Forward program. Use the code HUFF at checkout from Sep 26 to Oct 31. See flyer for more details.

Join Us For Outdoor Family Movie Night at Huff featuring The Wizard of Oz!

Join us at Huff for family movie night under the stars. Enjoy The Wizard of Oz on a giant 16 foot inflatable movie screen. Pizza & popcorn will be provided. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Huff PTA.

Date: Saturday, October 13

Time: Pizza & Popcorn served at 6:00pm; Movie will begin close to sundown

Cost: $60 per family

Registration & Payment Options:

  • Online Registration is open & accepting credit cards at https://squareup.com/store/huff-elementary-pta/ite... or you can pay via cash or check (payable to Huff PTA) and drop your payment in the Huff office.
  • Advanced Registration is Required (we cannot accommodate walk-ins)
  • Register before midnight on Oct. 10

This Huff Silent Auction Event is graciously hosted by the Andrzejek, Cittadino-Naaman, Shultz-Feller, Kulkarni, Patwardhan-Ramakrishnan, Schwarzhoff, Kuan-Schwartz & Swirsding families. All proceeds benefit the Huff PTA. If you have any questions please email Suzanne Shultz at executivevp@huffpta.org.


MVEF’s phoneathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phoneathon signs at your school and donate today at mvef.org.

Save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child!

Earthquake Drill coming up

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 15. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. Oct. 15 is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

MVWSD Hearing and Vision Screenings

"Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at your child's school site, Huff Elementary on October 22, 2018.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.

Be in School; Be on Time

Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?

Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This may come as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here.

Let’s Talk

"Let's Talk" is a new video series that addresses topics that our parents have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think. The first topic is parent engagement and what it looks like in MVWSD. Click here for the Let's Talk Parent Engagement video

MV Parent U presents “Cyber bullying: What parents need to know about cyberbullying and its effect on students' mental health.”

When: Wednesday, October 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.

Presenters: Uplift - Deanna Flores, Prevention and Early Intervention Program and Santa Rodriguez, Family Partner

  • Learn how to help our kids stay safe online
  • Discussion of online dangers and how to create a safe space for children to talk to their parents


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

Project Cornerstone – for parents and caregivers!

The Mountain View-Whisman School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Monta Loma Elementary School. You do not need to be a parent from Monta Loma, just an adult who cares about all kids.

We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life!

Learn tools you can use now – to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive.

Class Title: Take It Personally

Dates: Tuesdays: October 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13, *27 (*Skip November 20)

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Place/Host: Monta Loma Elementary School

Workshop paid for by District & donations. Free childcare and snacks provided.

Spanish interpretation available. Workshop facilitated in English.

Sign Up today: https://tinyurl.com/z2xoec9

Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at Ziem@projectcornerstone.org

SELPA I CAC presents: Let's Talk Support Group/IEP Troubleshooting, Evening Sessions!

Let's Talk is our support group for IEPs and 504s and any special education concerns or venting! Parent run and parent led, all are welcome, but all information discussed must remain confidential.

Wednesday October 17

7-9 p.m. Los Altos Library conference room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents an evening with Dr. Rafael Pelayo - Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | LAHS Eagle Theatre |201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

Why is sleep so essential to good health? What are signs of poor sleep and how can you address them? Join us as Dr. Rafael Pelayo explores the crucial role sleep plays in healthy child and adolescent development and shares the latest research in sleep science at Stanford—where sleep medicine began.

Dr. Rafael Pelayo is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Register for this free event at https://mvla2018-19-rafaelpelayo.eventbrite.com.

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate interest on Eventbrite when registering.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - October 23

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

Date: October 23
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room - 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Family Talk: Puberty program

Health Connected, in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is holding "Family Talk: Puberty program designed to promote healthy communication within families that lasts a lifetime!" Through drawings, multimedia, and activities, Health Connected's parent-child communication expert, Vanessa Kellam, will guide families as they explore the physical changes that many youth experience during puberty. In a relaxed setting, families will learn, laugh and share, making a potentially sensitive subject more comfortable.

Date: Oct. 24, 2108
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: PAMF Palo Alto Center, Third Floor, Jamplis Building, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

This 90 minute program is recommended for children between 10-12 years old and their families; however, adults may bring children younger or older, depending on their maturity level. Families of all structures - moms, dads, grandparents and trusted adults - are welcome! Tickets are $25 per family (plus handling fees).

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/join-us-for-family-ta...

For questions, call PAMF Health Education at: (650) 853-2960.

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 www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (annwalsh100@gmail.com).

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

October 8 - 12 - MINIMUM DAYS - Teacher/Parent Conferences

October 8 - 12 - Huff Book Fair

Fri., Oct. 19 - College Day at Huff

Wed., Oct. 24, 8:05 a.m. - Special Education Parent Coffee

Sat., Oct. 27, 6:00 p.m. - Huff PTA Auction

Wed., Oct. 31, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. - Halloween Parade

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

Flyers and Attachments

October 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 hawks@mvwsd.org 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.