Sep. 19, 2018

Principal’s Message

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in school a whole month already--it seems that just yesterday we were getting back onto campus, learning all of the ins and outs of the new facilities and scrambling to get things ready for kids. Thank you to everyone in our learning community for your help, engagement, flexibility, and ideas as we work to inspire, prepare, and empower every student.

This week, I will be giving an update at our first PTA General Meeting about the new facilities and our Roadmap to the Capstone, Huff’s steps to get all students ready to demonstrate the Profile of a Graduate from the Strategic Plan. I’ll be asking for PTA’s support to provide meaningful, teacher-selected enrichment opportunities that align with school and district goals. I’m very much looking forward to a productive and meaningful discussion on Thursday and I hope to see everyone in the MUR after morning drop off. See you soon!

Reminders: Front-of-school drop off and pick up

Most of us are doing a great job of waiting to cross to the south side of Martens Avenue before continuing to the school - thank you. It helps greatly with safety and traffic because it minimizes the use of the crosswalk directly in front of the driveway.

If you are turning left onto Martens from Grant, make peace with the light: running a yellow or a red can lead to truly dangerous situations. Thank you for your attention to keeping all members of our community safe.

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!

“All for Books” - Book Fair Spare Change ziplock Fundraiser

As part of the Book Fair Fundraiser, donate spare change to this generous Scholastic fundraising program, which:

  • For every dollar collected, Scholastic matches and donates books to non-profit organizations that help at-risk children.
  • Allows us to purchase additional books & supplies for Huff’s Library
  • Gives your kids access to more books in Huff classrooms

Look for the “All for Books” Ziploc baggies in your child’s backpack this week stapled to a Scholastic letter. Return your baggie full of spare change to the Huff Main Office by Wed., 10/10. (Include your child’s signed slip in the baggie to be displayed at the Fair.)

Book Fair Cash Register Training and Volunteer Roles

Make this book fair an enchanting event for your child! Volunteer and help out.

Cash register training – Tues. Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. in MUR. Check out the sign-up task list on Konstella for training and other volunteer opportunities:

Questions? Contact Dorothy Lin (

Huff PTA General Meeting Tomorrow (Thursday) @ 8:05 a.m.

Come for coffee, and stay to learn more about all we do! Everyone is welcome at Huff PTA's first general meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8:05 a.m. in the MUR. The agenda will include a review of our goals for the year, budget review and approval, updates from Principal Chang, and other officer/committee reports.

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.

Box Tops Winners!

Congrats to our summer raffle winners! Caroline (Rm 19), Isla K (Rm 9), Russell J (Rm 18) and Brandon Y (Rm 16). Enjoy your prizes!

A huge thank you to those who turned in Box Tops these last couple of weeks - together we’ve accumulated over 1,500, which is more than $150 for our school - all from little bits of cardboard. Although the raffle is over for now, please keep bringing in Box Tops! There will always be a box in the office for them.

For any Box Tops related questions please contact the Huff Box Tops coordinator Gina at

Membership Contest / Popsicle Party Winner is... ROOM 15!

Thanks to all who joined and donated to Huff PTA during our annual membership drive! The winner of the Popsicle Party contest, with the most memberships sold for the class, is Room 15 (Ms. Hsieh’s combo 3rd/4th grade) with 79% of the students’ parents joining Huff PTA! Popsicle party is on the way! It’s never too late to join or support us… visit us anytime at

Huff Hawks Shirts Distributed This Week

If you made a $200+ donation to Huff PTA and have not yet received your free Huff Hawks t-shirt, please email to select your size and confirm your child’s name and classroom. We’ll deliver the shirts ASAP!

21st Annual Huff PTA Party & Auction

You are invited to the 21st Annual Huff PTA Party & Auction on October 27, 2018. This annual event is Huff PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year! The proceeds from the event help the PTA fund classroom tools and various enrichment programs for the children. If you are new to Huff, check out the FAQ for more details.

The Huff auction is a great community event and is possible through the generous donations from businesses, parents, grade-level donations and teachers and staff. There are many ways parents can contribute towards the event:

  1. Mark your calendar and save the date to attend the Huff PTA Auction Party on Oct. 27 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center.
  2. Parties and events are critical for community building at Huff and for fundraising. Consider hosting a party for the Huff community!
  3. Consider donating a timeshare, vacation home, local sporting event/concert tickets or specific skills (e.g., cooking lessons, photography session, yoga classes).
  4. Help solicit items for the auction and advertisements for the auction catalog or volunteer for the event. Learn more online.

You can find lots of ideas in catalogs from previous years and ideas from our auction team. Our donation deadline is September 27, 2018.

For more information: Please contact our fundraising chair Lavanya Ramakrishnan <> if you have any questions or visit these links:

Auction website
Idea List from Auction team
Party Hosting Form
Other donations Form


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.

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school. For more information, click here.


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. 30: Discounted price of $15.30 each; order online here
  • After Sept. 30: Price increases to $18.00

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

Order with this link or visit using passcode 1015335719921389.

Any questions? Email

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 (

Coding (SCRATCH, PYTHON, SQL AND JAVA) and Minecraft (Minecraft master and Mods with Python and Java) for all age groups!

Welcome to the exciting world of High Tech for every age. (No experience required!)

1. Class 1: Coding 12:30-1:40 p.m.

2. Class 2: Minecraft 1:40 - 2:40 p.m.

3. Class 3: Website Development: 2:40- 3:40 p.m.

Please see enclosed PDF for details and enrollment information! Please text or call Dr. Franco at 650-290-3678 for additional information

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 **

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

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

Mon., October 1, 8:05 a.m. - Auction Volunteers meeting

Tue., October 2, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

October 8 - 12 - MINIMUM DAYS - Teacher/Parent Conferences

October 8 - 12 - Huff Book Fair

Fri., Oct. 16 - 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

September 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 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.