October 18, 2017


Musical: Schoolhouse Rock!

Ready for the first ever full-scale musical production in Huff’s history? Are your kids excited to grace the stage at the new Graham Middle School Auditorium? Huff and Starting Arts are proud to announce auditions and rehearsals starting later this month! Registration is now open and informational packets were sent home last week. Scholarships available - to inquire, please contact Susie Morales via email at smorales@mvwsd.org.

Halloween is almost here...

Click here to read a letter from the principal about Halloween guidelines and festivities on Tuesday, October 31.

Wild West Book Fair – THANK YOU!

Thanks to all the amazing Huff families for a very successful Book Fair! And, special thanks to all the parents who came out and volunteered! A very big thank you to Dorothy Lin who was the Book Fair Chair this year and led a very successful event! We greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and support for the school Library and classroom libraries. We have a great Huff community. It was a wonderful week!

Huff Book Fair Library Fundraiser available ONLINE too!

In case you missed it, or weren’t able to find the book(s) you wanted, please check out the Online Book Fair! All proceeds benefit the Huff library and classroom libraries! Order online with free shipping to the school! Your orders will then be delivered to your child. Online ordering is from Mon. 10/9 and extends through Oct. 29th!! Free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child’s classroom after the online event ends. Simply click: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/huffelementaryschool

Safety and Traffic Reminders

  • Drivers, please always be careful of pedestrians. Do not enter intersections while people are in the crosswalk.
  • Helmets are key: kids must wear them by law when biking/scootering and parents should wear them as well.
  • If you park your car near the intersection of Carol and Sleeper and walk with your child to school, please consider using the Woodleaf Way entrance instead.
  • Come early! Supervision is available starting at 7:30 a.m.

Thank you everyone for doing everything you can to keep things safe around Huff!

Earthquake Drill

The District conducted its annual earthquake exercise the morning of October 18. Huff staff and students did a great job simulating what we would do in case of an earthquake or other large-scale disaster. Due to the timing of the drill, second-chance breakfast was not able to be served today. We will resume normal breakfast service tomorrow. Lunch was not affected.

Saturday with the Superintendent, Oct. 21

Do you have a question or comment about MVWSD or just want to connect? Join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for informal conversation on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Panera, 1035 El Monte Ave.

Unity Day - Oct. 24

Next Tuesday, Oct. 24, Huff will celebrate Unity Day to affirm our stance against Bullying and be United for Kindness and Inclusion. We encourage everyone to WEAR ORANGE in support of Unity Day. The kids will write positive messages on the blacktop with chalk and have a dance party at recess that compliments Project Cornerstone’s Giraffes Can’t Dance book which encourages empowerment through positive self-expression. Starting Oct. 24, kids can see the Unity Chain created by students in the Library.

Chipotle fundraiser to support MVEF on Oct. 25

To support MVEF, come in to the Chipotle at 1039 A El Monte Avenue in Mountain View on Wednesday, October 25 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to MVEF.

Mark your calendars, You Won't Want to Miss the Huff PTA's Silent Auction & Party!

Prepare yourself for The 20/20 Experience at the Huff PTA's 20th Anniversary Silent Auction & Party! This is the Huff communities biggest fundraiser of the year! You'll have an opportunity to bid on events, outings, kids parties, gift certificates, weekend getaways and more! All of the Auction items are donated by our teachers, staff, classrooms, parents, and community. The money raised will be used to support enrichment programs like Coding and Imagineerz, classroom applications like Lexia and IXL, class field trips, teacher's classroom supplies, campus beautification, and much, much more. Parent participation at the Huff Auction is critical for the PTA to continue funding these wonderful programs for our students. To learn more about the Auction check out the Auction FAQs.

There are many ways you can participate in the Huff Auction:

  • Have a special skill like cooking or baking? Enjoy hosting parties or events? Consider donating a service or hosting a party to be sold at the Auction.
  • Does a friend or family member own a business? Consider advertising in the Auction catalog.
  • Last date for donations and ads is October 15 (donation forms attached).
  • If you can help with donation pickup, data entry, event preparation please consider volunteering for the event.
  • Attend the Huff Auction event on Nov 4!*

** The Auction is an adult only event. Childcare will be available at Kid's Place on the evening of the Auction from 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Sign-up in the Huff office or at Kid's Place beginning the week of October 16.

Please contact the Auction Chair, Suzanne Shultz, at auction@huffpta.org if you have donations, ideas, suggestions, questions or can volunteer!

Don't forget to mark your calendars today and attend this fun, kid-free evening of food, drinks, and dancing with your fellow Huff parents and staff.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 6:30 - 11:00pm
Mountain View Senior Center
266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

Childcare for Auction night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Event includes: Dinner, games, prizes and a special dessert. For more details, contact Director- Robert Muniz at rmuniz@ymcasv.org or (650) 429 1366

Date: Nov. 4, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-10:30pm
Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040
Cost: $35 per child

Donated to MVEF yet? Avoid the call and make your tax-deductible donation now!

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join AM choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

* MVEF will be holding its annual phone-a-thon on October 25, so donate today to avoid the call! mvef.org/donations

Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education through core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports.

MVWSD Surveys

MVWSD uses data to inform its initiatives and decisions on all aspects of its services. While it’s important that we learn from you, we also know you’re busy, and we want to balance the time involved with District surveys with our need for information to serve our students and families.

To help with this, the District tracks the number of surveys given annually. This year, these are the major, district wide surveys that you will be asked to participate in:

Climate survey for staff, students (grades 5, 7) and all parents - November 6
LCAP survey for staff, students and parents - February

Thank you in advance for your participation, time and thoughtfulness.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.

Colorcycle

We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - October 18

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

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

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA
Register: REGISTER ONLINE
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Oct. 20 - College and Career Day

Tue., Oct. 24 - Unity Day - Wear ORANGE

Tue., Oct. 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - ELAC meeting

Thu., Oct. 26 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Tue., Oct. 31, 12:40 p.m. - Halloween Parade

Fri., Nov. 3 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Silent Auction and Party

Nov. 6 - 9 - Week of Inspirational Math

Tue., Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 22 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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

Flyers and Attachments

October Lunch Menu

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