Sep. 12, 2018

Abilities Awareness Week Parent Workshop, Thursday, Sep. 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

AAW activities are in full swing this week! If you would like a taste of the activities students are experiencing this week to help them build empathy, or if you would like to learn more about supports for parents around the themes of inclusion, abilities/disabilities, and/or special education, please visit this workshop, hosted by parent Claire Quesnel-Oueini. For more info, contact Claire at

REMINDER: Book Fair Volunteer Meeting, Friday, Sep. 14 at 8:10 a.m., Staff Lounge

Don’t forget! The Book Fair volunteer meeting is this Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:10am in the Staff Lounge! Be there to learn what you can do to help make this fundraiser magical! Questions? Contact Dorothy Lin (

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Enchanted Forest Book Fair Library Fundraiser: Mon. Oct. 8 - Fri. Oct.12

Immerse yourself in the enchanted land of books! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Tell your friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and grandparents – everyone is welcome! All Book Fair proceeds go to the Huff library and classrooms!

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 and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in the position, please contact Mr. Chang (

After School Program schedule now available

UPDATE: Information for CSMA Honor Choir and Math Olympiad now added! 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.

Math Olympiad 2018-19

Math Olympiad registration is open to 4th and 5th graders until September 18! We meet Tuesdays after school to have fun solving challenging math problems and logic puzzles in small teams. We sometimes take part in (low-stress!) competitions against other schools. Please visit to learn more and register your child!


This week at Huff, our Community School of Music and Arts ( CSMA) art classes begin, joining the CSMA music curriculum that kicked off a few weeks ago. The CSMA art and music programs, consist of in-depth, skill-building and sequential lessons that meet the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art. This program is paid for by the Mountain View Educational Foundation which, thanks to donations from parents like you, brings art, music, 4th and 5th-grade environmental field trips, Living Classroom, and more to our school. Your donations to this organization pay for these incredible art and music teachers every week. Learn more and donate at

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.

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 ( for more information.


My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronic absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. For more information, click here.


Have you done it yet? Joining and/or donating to Huff PTA is a great way to support our school and show your commitment to our kids’ success. You can join or donate anytime around the year, but this Friday, Sept. 14 is the last day to help your kids’ classroom(s) in the class popsicle party contest, and the last day to donate $200+ to receive a free kids’ Huff Hawks t-shirt and a free personalized Huff yearbook.

How can you join or donate?

  • Join online anytime at
  • Drop off the membership form at the office
  • Visit our membership team outside the office this Thursday after school or Friday before school to join, ask questions, and pick up t-shirts.

Questions about membership or donations? Email


If your qualifying Huff PTA donation is coming from a third party, please email by this Friday, Sept. 14 (with some kind of verification, if possible) to guarantee your free t-shirt and yearbook before the deadline. Our receipt of third-party payments sometimes takes several weeks.


This year’s Huff yearbooks will be unique in that you can customize two pages with pictures and memories of your own child. Act now to get the best prices of the year on your order!

  • Until Sept 14: Get a free yearbook with $200+ donation to Huff PTA – no ordering necessary
  • Until Sept. 30: Discounted price of $15.30 each; order online here
  • After Sept. 30: Price increases to $18.00; order online here

Order with this link or visit using passcode 1015335719921389.

Any questions? Email

Send in photos for the Yearbook!

We are looking for photos for the yearbook from the recent exciting back-to-school activities. If you have photos from the following events below, we would love it if you could upload them to our yearbook folders.

  • Beautification Day
  • Kinder Orientation
  • First Day of School

Please put them in the folders at the link: Questions, contact: Kathleen Mikulis & Dorothy Lin at

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 or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (

MV Parent U: “Super readers!” on Sept. 12

MV Parent U presents: “Super Readers! Growing Your Child's Skills, One Book at a Time” Wednesday, September 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Julie Jackson, Librarian Youth Services) and Patricia Girardi (Former Principal and District Literacy Coordinator)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home:

  • How to boost your child’s reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to encourage and support writing
  • How to have conversations with your child and build language that supports academic success

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on library programs and services for the entire family


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

Please register here

Dine Out for Huff @ Amici's!

Don't cook on Monday, September 17, join us at Amici's Pizzeria instead! From 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Amici's will generously donate 25% of your total purchases to Huff PTA. Dine in or Take out (no deliveries). Plus, in the evening, Penny the Robot may be the one serving your pizza!

Present the flyer attached, or tell the server that you are from Huff Elementary.

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Director Mallory Traughber at We will be holding four spring training sessions:

Monday, September 10, 17, and 24
Sessions on how to lead or assist with our lessons
Mountain View Whisman School District - 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, Conference Room C
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 1
Session on positive and effective Classroom Management
Los Altos School District - 201 Covington Road, Los Altos, iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 12

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: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road,Mountain View, CA

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 September 19 and Wednesday October 17

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

Upcoming Dates

Wed., September 12, 8:00 a.m. - Auction meeting

Fri., September 14, 8:10 a.m. - Book Fair Volunteer meeting

Mon., September 17, 8:00 a.m. - Auction Planning meeting

Mon., September 17, 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Dine out for Huff at Amici’s

Thu., September 20, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., September 24 - Picture Retake day

Mon., September 24, 8:00 a.m. - Auction Volunteers meeting

Thu., September 27, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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

Flyers and Attachments

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 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.