Oct. 24, 2018

Principal’s Message: A Wonderfully Wicked Evening

Hello! I hope all families will be able to join us at this weekend’s party and auction. It’s an annual tradition and a terrific way to spend an evening while helping our school maintain and build upon the special programs that help make a Huff education the best it can be. Proceeds from the auction fund many learning experiences (e.g. field trips, assemblies, special classes) so that we can inspire, prepare, and empower every child. Details are right below!

Huff PTA Party & Auction is this Saturday! Register TODAY!

  • Register for the Auction & Check out the Catalog

The 21st Annual Huff PTA Party & Auction, an adults only event, is on October 27, 2018 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. It is time to register for a Wonderfully Wicked Evening and check out the amazing catalog of items that will be available at the auction. Go to the Huff PTA website to register and view catalog. If you have questions about the Huff Party and Auction, check out the FAQ for more details. This annual event is the Huff community’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support to make the event a success! The Auction is FREE to attend, but we strongly encourage you to register in advance so you can avoid the long registration line on the evening of the event.

  • Volunteer to Help

Please consider volunteering an hour or two of your time to help with auction preparations, day of event setup, checkout, and more. Check out the signup sheet for jobs and items you could loan for the evening (water dispensers, folding tables and more).

  • Purchase Raffle Tickets

One of the fun ways the PTA raises money for our Huff students and staff is a raffle. This year we have three raffles: Four Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets, Premier Huff Parking, and Staff Prizes. Also, every auction attendee will receive ONE FREE raffle ticket on the evening of the event to enter the raffle of their choice. Winners for the three raffles will be selected at the auction. You do not need to be present to win, but we hope everyone will be there!. Raffle tickets were sent home in your child’s Friday folder. Each ticket is $5 or 5 tickets for $20. Please return the attached form with cash or check (made out to Huff PTA) at the Huff office. We will also be selling tickets at school, outside of the office, the week of October 22-26.

  • Reserve Childcare for Auction Night

YMCA Kids Place at Huff will provide child care on Auction night, October 27. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, food (dinner & dessert), plus games. Reservations are required in advance. Sign-up sheets are available at the office and at the Kids Place. Space is limited so reserve today. For more details contact Director Whitney Losh-Johnson at Whitney.Losh-Johnson@ymcasv.org or (650)-567-9928.

Date/Time: Oct. 27, 2018 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: YMCA Kids Place at Huff
Cost: $40 per child (reservations required)

  • Event Details

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. for the Wonderfully Wicked Evening! Party attire and costumes are optional.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

If you have any questions, please contact our fundraising chair Lavanya Ramakrishnan fundraising@huffpta.org

Halloween at Huff

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.

Operation Gratitude, Part 1: Letters to our troops

Huff is supporting a project by two MVHS students called Operation Gratitude: this week there is 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.

Also, be on the lookout for Operation Gratitude, Part 2: Halloween Candy Donations!

Cafecito with the Superintendent: Thursday

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Thursday, October 25 from 5-6 p.m. at Castro. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

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.

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.

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).

Girls on the Run

We are looking for one more parent volunteer to coach the spring Girls on the Run program at Huff. GOTR is a 10-12 week program geared to 3rd to 5th grade girls to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development through healthy choices and physical activity. At each practice session, coaches lead individual and group activities using the GOTR curriculum. In the second half of the session, coaches provide encouragement to girls as they run laps around the Huff field to reach their running goal for the day. The program prepares all girls to run the regional GOTR 5K in mid-May.

We have four coaches signed up and we need one more to round out the group. Practices will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. We are looking for a coach who can make it to both practice days and stay for the full duration of each session. Coaches do not need to be runners.

Coaches register their daughters at a discounted rate and receive priority registration (all other participants enroll via lottery). You must be able to attend a 4 hour in-person training on Nov. 3 or 4, and complete a 1.5 hr online training session. You will also need to be fingerprinted (paid for by GOTR) since you will be working with children.

If you believe in girl power and the above schedule works with yours, please email Huff parent Chris Salinas at christine_m_salinas@yahoo.com ASAP!

Final Yearbook Discount

This year’s Huff yearbooks will be unique in that you can customize two pages with pictures and memories of your own child. This is your last chance to act before the prices increase to the end-of-the-year prices.

  • Until Oct. 31: Discounted price of $18.00 each; order online here
  • After Oct. 31: Price increases to $25.00

If you already made a $200+ donation to the Huff PTA before Sept. 14, you already locked in a yearbook at a low price and no ordering is necessary.

Order with this link or visit www.treering.com/validate using passcode 1015335719921389.
Any questions? Email yearbook@huffpta.org.

Send us your photos for the yearbook!

If you have any photos from the activities below, we’d love it if you’d share them with us so we can include them in the yearbook!

  • Abilities Awareness Week
  • Book Fair
  • College Week (10/15-10/19)

Please put them in the folders at the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xR0N-vZU-8...

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.

Need a PTA Membership Card or a Receipt for your Donation?

PTA membership cards are now available, by request only. If you would like to receive one, please email membership@huffpta.org. To see some of the membership benefits, visit https://capta.org/join/member-perks/.

The PTA Membership team is continuing to process/distribute tax receipts for all donations received. If you need your receipt right away for any reason, please let us know.


MVEF’s phoneathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Help MVEF fund art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more! Donate now at mvef.org.

Negative Lunch Balances

We strongly encourage you to keep your student’s lunch account balance current. Overdrawn student meal accounts have a negative impact on the District’s budget, which in turn, reduces the educational resources available to all of our students.

We have several simple payment options for you to choose from. No matter which payment option you choose, please know that negative balances must be paid as soon as possible.

  1. Pay online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM: Add money to your student's account.
  2. Drop off a check at the school office: Checks should be made payable to MVWSD Food and Nutrition. Please include your child’s name and student ID number.

After paying your outstanding balance, we encourage you to create a “safety net” for your child. Pre-paying for your child’s meals is a simpler way of managing their account, and prevents unpaid meal charges. Paying for meals before the meal service also helps lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help. We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. You may do this at any time during the school year, and must apply each year. Applications are available at your child’s school office or online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.

MVWSD Boundaries Info

The Board of Trustees last spring approved new school boundaries, to be enacted next year, in the 2019-20 school year, to redistribute student enrollment among the District’s elementary schools and facilitate students attending their neighborhood schools.

Next year, in the fall of 2019-20, kindergarten-4th grade students in transition neighborhoods may be attending new neighborhood schools, including the newly constructed Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Students entering grades 5-8 and students enrolled in Stevenson Elementary or Mistral Elementary in 2019-20 will not be affected.

Students currently in transitional kindergarten through third grade in affected neighborhoods will be impacted by a change in attendance area. The few exemptions will be younger siblings of 2019-20 fifth-graders in these transition neighborhoods who have the option of staying at their current school for the 2019-20 year only and students currently enrolled at Stevenson Elementary and Mistral Elementary.

Parents received information by mail and email last week. You were notified if your student in transitional kindergarten through third grade will be affected by a change in school attendance area. No action needs to be taken by you at this time.

In the coming months, the District and school communities will be working to ensure student transitions to new neighborhood schools are as smooth as possible. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/transitions for information about welcome and informational events for parents and children.

For questions about boundaries and residency, please see www.mvwsd.org/residency or call 650-526-3500. On this webpage, you may view the 2019-20 school boundaries map and use the SchoolLocator to search for your home address.

We appreciate your patience and support during this process.

ELS Parent Classes

Mountain View Whisman School District is happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are once again being offered at Mariano Castro. Come to Castro’s Teachers’ Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. to register. You may join class any day during the course duration. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. All levels and all home languages are welcome. Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Check the flyer for class schedule.

Be in School; Be on Time

Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP) and Dashboard. State law requires MVWSD to send a letter to parents after three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes. Letters also inform parents of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly. The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for students to be in school as often as possible. Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate. For more information, click here.

One night Parenting talk at Huff – Parent Child Connections in 2018

Come hear Sharon Greenstein talk about parenting and connections: Monday, Nov. 5, 5:45-7:15 p.m. in the MUR

Sharon is a CHAC therapist and worked at Huff for 2 years supporting kids and families on campus. She has a specialty in Emotion Coaching and she will introduce The 5 Steps Needed to Connect More with Your Child. She will also touch on how Emotion Coaching can help reduce conflicts at home, especially around screen time.

Come get the support needed to take on parenting challenges!

STEMtastic Saturday

An event for parents, students & teachers with digital learning, hands-on activities and prizes. Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.

Space is limited. Registration is required to confirm your attendance. Please register now at http://bit.ly/MVstem

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Show at Crittenden

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. on November 15 - 17. A 2:00 p.m. matinee is also available on November 18.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.

Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.

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

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.

Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.

Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.


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

Please register here

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

Sat., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. - Huff PTA Auction
Wed., Oct. 31, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. - Halloween Parade
Fri., Nov. 2 - MINIMUM DAY - End of trimester
Tue., Nov. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Mon., Nov. 12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day
Tue., Nov. 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting
Nov. 21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Wed., Nov. 28, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee
Tue., Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - Huff School Tour
Thu., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Winter Concert
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL - December Break
Jan. 7 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

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.