Sep. 5, 2018

Principal’s Message: Celebrating our Differences during Abilities Awareness Week

We are excited to embark on our second annual Ability Awareness Week from September 10 to September 14. The experiences during this special week will help our students understand that we all have different strengths, and that some people might need additional assistance or a different way of participating in order to function in our world. Community volunteers will be leading grade specific activities for students. The Huff library will also be involved in different learning activities.

There’s also a role for parents to help at home! We’ll be sending home more information later this week or early next week.

If you would like additional information or a chance to assist, please contact Claire Quesnel-Oueini (

Back to School Night is TONIGHT, September 5

Families, remember that today is a minimum day due to Back to School Night this evening. We are looking forward to seeing you all from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. BTSN is an important opportunity for families to learn about their children’s classrooms, grade level programming, and general expectations. At 6:00, I will be welcoming and addressing all families and introducing our PTA leadership, our staff, and our teachers. We’ll be splitting up the last hour into two halves so that families with multiple children can visit more than one classroom that night. See you soon.

Child Care for Back to School Night

YMCA Huff Kids Place will be offering Child Care for Back to School Night on Wednesday September 5 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per child. We take siblings as young as 3 years. Event includes games and activities, as well as light snack. You can sign up at YMCA Huff, or at the school office. For more information, contact Robert Muniz at

Mark your Calendars!

Enchanted Forest Book Fair – Huff Library Fundraiser: Mon Oct. 8 through 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!

Learn more about how to help and volunteer for the Book Fair! Attend the Book Fair volunteer meeting on Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:10am, Staff Lounge – be there to learn what you can do to help make this fundraiser magical!

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!

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 (

Ability Awareness Week: Celebrating Our Differences IS BACK!

Coming to Huff: September 10 - 14, a week of fun activities to explore issues of acceptance and inclusion, helping students understand that we are all different and special in some ways.

For K, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade, volunteers will read a grade specific children’s book and lead related discussions about abilities and inclusion. All scripts and books are provided. In 1st and 4th grade, students will participate in simulation activities designed to show them the impact of various disabilities. The theme will carry into the library with a week of story time centered around living with disabilities and a selection of books to further explore.

We need lots of volunteers to make this week happen. If you can help with the simulation activities on September 13, sign up here. If you can lead a reading and discussion (day and time to be arranged with your teacher), sign up here. Also plan to attend one of the required trainings provided on September 4 - 7 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at Kids Place/YMCA Room. Please help us make this event a success.

We will also be asking all families to support this program at home and will keep you posted with details next week. If you’d like to find out more, or if you’d like to volunteer, please contact Claire Quesnel-Oueini (

MVEF news and Hobee's Give Back Day Sept. 6

As the schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their children's educations. Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you! The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!

Spend your Saturday with your family, eating out and giving back to your schools! If are looking for an excuse to eat some of Hobee’s famous coffee cake, head to Hobee’s on Saturday the 6. Hobee’s Mountain View will be donating 20% of your bill back to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer!

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.

Absence and Tardy Policy

During the school year, should your child be absent for any reason, please call Ms. Marily at 650-526-3490 x3003. Excused absences are limited to illness, doctor/dentist appointments, and bereavement. All other absences will be considered unexcused. We strongly suggest that you travel out of town with children during school breaks only. Once a child accrues three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes, families should expect a truancy letter. Once a student accrues five unexcused tardies, parents will be contacted by a district liaison for an attendance meeting.

Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office and return ASAP. (We cannot administer any medication without the form). Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.

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

MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

MVLA Parent Education Speakers Series presents “Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price” with Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college journalist, speaker, educator, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue. Admission: Free. Register:

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

Upcoming Dates

Wed., September 5 - MINIMUM DAY

Wed., September 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Back to School Night

Mon., September 10 - Fri., September 14 - Abilities Awareness Week

Tue., September 11, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

Tue., September 11, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council meeting

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

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

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

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?

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