Oct. 3, 2018

Principal’s Message

There’s a new way to log your Huff volunteer hours! If you volunteered for your child’s classroom or for the school and didn’t have a chance to write down your hours in our paper log in the office, or if you prefer to do it electronically, go to http://tinyurl.com/huffvolunteers to record your efforts. Besides tracking your hours volunteering in the classrooms, don’t forget to count chaperoning, assisting with school or PTA events, making/purchasing treats for staff luncheons, attending optional parent events, work you’re doing on your own at home, or anything else that helps Huff.

Last year we totalled just over 11,000 volunteer hours for the year - this year’s goal is a 5% increase to 11,550 hours. I have a feeling that with everyone’s help, and with a new tracking option, we’ll set a new record this year for sure. Thank you for all that you’ve done and will do for our community!

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 send a new link by end of day on October 3. Don’t worry - all the signups up to this point are still on there. If you don’t receive this email, please email gchang@mvwsd.org.


1. Sign up for only one slot per child.

2. Make sure all your information is complete and correct.

3. Do not write over someone else’s appointment. (We know no one would ever consider this, but we just have to say it.)

4. Do not add appointment slots that were not there initially.

5. Do not move the Google doc to any other folder.

6. Contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about specific slots.

Minimum days all next 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.

Enchanted Forest Book Fair is next week!!

Regular Book Fair hours:

Monday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Thurs. & Fri. 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

… with upcoming Special Events

Thu. Oct. 11, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Family Night! Bring your whole family to enjoy shopping, a food truck, and scavenger hunt. Remember to check your teacher’s wish-list bin.

Fri. Oct. 12, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Dads ‘ n ‘ Donuts aka Breakfast 'n' Books! Wander your way to the last day of book & gift shopping to help raise money for Huff Library and classrooms!

REMINDER: Book Fair “All for Books” Spare Change Fundraiser!

There’s still time to turn in your ziplock baggies full of spare change for “All for Books” Fundraiser by Wed. Oct.10. This is additional funding for the Huff library and classrooms! Also, for every dollar collected, Scholastic donates millions of books to organizations for at-risk children!

Buy a Huff Library Raffle Ticket!

Help Huff Library and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket of books! One ticket is $3 or buy four tickets for $10. Cash or Check (made to Huff PTA). Submit your raffle ticket and money to the Huff Main Office.

Last-minute donations for Huff Auction still being accepted

We're still taking last-minute donations for the 21st Huff Party & Auction. There is still a chance to host a party (Party Hosting Form) or submit a donation (Donation Form).

Don't forget to mark your calendars and save the date to attend the Huff PTA Party and Auction on Oct. 27 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center. More details available at Auction website.

Email: Lavanya Ramakrishnan at fundraising@huffpta.org for any questions.

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).

Interpreters Needed

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish. You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 1 -12 for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam (asiam@mvwsd.org) for more information.

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.

TB Clearance Requirement

California State regulations mandate that parent volunteers who serve students in our schools be cleared for tuberculosis. Volunteers may choose to either have a TB risk assessment or a TB skin test done at the volunteer's expense for the required clearance, which is valid for four (4) years. If tuberculosis risk factors are identified during a tuberculosis risk assessment done by a health care provider, the volunteer will be required to submit a certificate from a health care provider that he/she has been examined and is free of infectious tuberculosis (Ed Code 49406). Please bring this Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form to your health care provider found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/parents/health.


Your donation to the Mountain View Education Foundation benefits your child and every child in the district. Last year MVEF funded more than 4,800 hours of art and music classes in over 150 classrooms. These standards-based Community School of Music and Arts lessons are made possible by donations from parents like you! Provide a well-rounded and competitive education for your child and every child. Donate today at mvef.org.

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.

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

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

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, 1:00 p.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.