October 12, 2016

Principal’s Message: Growth Mindset and the Week of Inspirational Math

The Huff learning community continues its quest toward a Growth Mindset in every child and adult with the Week of Inspirational Math (November 7-14). Developed by Stanford professor Jo Boaler, the Week of Inspirational Math “is about inspiring students through open, beautiful, and creative math.” Boaler: “We have chosen the different tasks so that students see math as a broad, interesting, visual subject that involves deep thinking. Students will learn important growth mindset messages that will help them feel confident, try harder all year, persist with open and difficult problems, and embrace mistakes and challenge. All tasks are low floor and high ceiling -- they are accessible to all students and they extend to high levels.”

During the Week of Inspirational Math, students of every grade level will work on developing mathematical fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. It will supplement and enhance our district-adopted curriculum beautifully with its Growth Mindset lens. For more information, please visit www.youcubed.org.

Halloween Parade

The annual Halloween Parade will take place on Monday, October 31 at 12:50 p.m. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy the cuteness. There will be a clearly-marked “circuit” around the blacktop and we ask all families to remain outside of the circuit while the parade is happening. Each classroom will have its own special plan (if any) for the rest of the school day after the parade. If you have any questions or requests, please contact the office.

Book Fair fundraiser a Success!

Thanks to all of your generosity, we grossed over $20K in sales at the Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser this year. This generated over $6,000 in profits for Huff's library! Congratulations to our library and to our students. And with the over $950 in All for Books spare change donations, we were able to purchase many of the remaining books from Huff teacher's wish-bins to go into the classroom libraries. Great efforts everyone. Keep on Reading!

Big Book Fair Thank You

On behalf of the Huff Community, I'd like to thank Melissa Jankowski, Helen Cittadino and all the volunteers who helped with the wonderful Scholastic Book Fair they organized this year. They put an immense amount of work into making it so successful! I'd also like to mention that Melissa has been our "Fearless Leader" of our book fair for the past four years. Each year I can't believe the book fair could be even better than the previous year, but Melissa somehow does it. And each year she has increased sales beyond what anyone could think possible, while still ensuring that new books end up in the hands of all students - whether that be at home or in the classrooms or the library.

Our Huff library is entirely funded by PTA and the Book Fair and we are extremely grateful to all of you. We not only purchase wonderful books, but other important items our library needs. A huge thank you to the PTA and Melissa's hard work for supporting literacy and education in our Huff library!

Doreen Kalb - Huff Librarian

Box Tops Drawing is Back!

Bring your Box Tops into the office before Friday, October 21 to be entered into the drawing to win some fun prizes!

We want as many Box Tops in as possible until then - it’s time to send them in for the biannual check deadline coming up.

So start clipping and turn them in to help Huff get a huge check! You can submit them in the office - either grab a Halloween collection sheet or submit them loose in a baggie. Make sure you fill out a drawing ticket.

Don’t forget to try out the Box Tops app - depending on what products are being supported you can double your Box Tops contribution!

For any Box Top related questions, please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt at geeners@gmail.com.

Paint The Town Red --- Auction, Saturday, November 5, 2016

Come celebrate our 19th Annual Huff PTA Silent Auction and Party with other Huff families and staff in a relaxing atmosphere. Join us for this event (for adults only) at the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. There will be free food, dancing, & fun as we help raise money to support activities and resources for our kids at Huff. The registration is now open to RSVP to this incredible evening. Go to: http://huffpta.schoolauction.net/auction2016.

Childcare for Auction Night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night on Saturday, November 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. (must pick up at 10:30 p.m. SHARP). Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Cost is $25.00 per child. Event includes: small cooking activities, do it yourself bagel pizza meal, glow in the dark outside games, inside games and prizes, and arts and crafts. A sign-up sheet will be in the office. Limited to 60 kids. For more details, contact Coordinator-Michael Robertson at michael.robertson@ymcasv.org or (717) 575-7505. Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040

Shop Amazon, Raise Money for Huff

If you shop on Amazon.com or want to help raise funds for Huff via shopping, remember to use the unique Huff URL for Amazon.com. The key to success is starting the shopping experience with the Huff URL, and there’s a potential to earn as much as 15% per purchase for Huff. Click on Huff Amazon Associates and start shopping: Huff Amazon Associates.

Upcoming Events

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

Oct. 10 - 14 - MINIMUM DAYS - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thu., Oct. 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal

Fri., Oct. 21 – College Day - students can wear alma mater or prospective college t-shirts/memorabilia

Sat., Oct. 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Saturday with the Superintendent at Panera

Tue., Nov. 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Fri. Nov. 4 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 11 p.m., - Huff’s 19th Annual Silent Auction & Party

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

Thu. Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

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

Why Does Fatherhood Matter?

Find out more during this free class for dads, offered through CHAC. See flyer for details.

Huff Discovery Club

You are invited to join the "Discovery Club" which will start on Oct. 7, 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Rm 23. It is a club for animal, nature and science lovers! The goal is to learn from student's knowledge sharing, hands on activities, reading and crafts. Please come to join us and have fun! See flyer for details.

SELPA1-CAC Coffee Talk

The October SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk will be Special Education 101 by Parents Helping Parents. We are having two sessions, one in Spanish on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Castro Elementary, and one in English on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Santa Rita Elementary in Los Altos. This training will offer a brief overview of the educational rights of parents when a child has a disability. Topics will include general education supports, student study team meetings, Section 504, special education referral and assessment timeline, eligibility, and important key rights held by the parent and child.

CSEA Art Contest for K-12

See attached flyer or visit www.csea.com/ArtContest for information on the CSEA Art Contest open to K-12 students until Oct. 14.

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 high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for 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. Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Date: Tuesday, October 18th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA



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

Saturday with Superintendent Oct. 22

Please attend the next "Saturday with the Superintendent" with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, October 22 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave).


When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.

Specific Learner Needs Task Force

MVWSD is looking for additional English Language Learners' parent representatives to the Specific Learner Needs Task Force. This group works to research best practices and to increase quality of programs for special education and English language learners. The next meeting is October 19 from 6-8 pm at Theuerkauf MUR. For more information, see https://www.mvwsd.org/committees/specific-learner-... Those interested should contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal State and Strategic Programs, at hsmith@mvwsd.org


Mountain View Parent U presents its Community Resource Fair on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Graham Middle School’s Multi-Use Room. Come anytime between 4 and 7 PM.

  • Open to all families and students of the district, and community members who are involved in the lives of our students.
  • Links families with community resources.

Scheduled to attend: Healthier Kids Foundation, MV Community Outreach, MV Teen Center, Project Sentinel, Uplift, SIREN, The Beat, YMCA, CHAC, CSA, PIQE, MVEF and many more!

Families with children are encouraged to attend together. Includes:

  • Interpretation -- Spanish support provided by School and Community Engagement Facilitators.
  • Transportation -- Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle Schools to Graham Middle School at 3:30 PM and returns at 7 PM.

Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

  • Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure C

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, include an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are due Oct. 21. Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Applications available online at

· Bond Oversight Committeehttp://www.mvwsd.org/bond-oversight-committee. There are certain categories of representatives needed for a two-year commitment. The District seeks member of a bona fide tax organization and a senior citizen.

· Parcel Tax Oversight Committeehttps://www.mvwsd.org/community-parcel-tax/communi.... The meetings for this committee are only: Dec. 14, 2016 and March 22, Sep. 27, 2017.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500.

October Lunch Menu