12/2/20 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Quote of the week

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means, we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

-Les Brown

Dear Huff Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving break and were able to spend time outside enjoying the nice weather.  As for me, I enjoyed spending time with my immediate family and the kitties. 

Winter Activities (instructions are included)

Please stop by the MUR on Wednesday (12/9) from 9-2:30PM and Thursday (12/10 from 11:30-2PM to pick up your snowman kit. We are using all the pictures we receive in our Winter Fun Assembly on 12/18. We can’t wait to see your fun creation. 

Online Assessments  (i-ready)

Next week we will be administering our i-ready assessments for English Language Arts in all grades. Teachers will be proctoring the assessment so please do not assist your child while they are taking the test. We want to make sure we are assessing what they know and how to tailor instruction to best meet their needs.  Please make sure your child is using the school issued chromebook when taking the assessment and feel free to email us if you have any questions. 

Renaming Huff

Get ready to Share your Thoughts with Thoughtexchange to help us better understand what is important to you during the Huff Renaming process. Thoughtexchange enables stakeholders to engage in an online conversation.  This exchange of ideas enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities. You will be invited to participate in an Exchange that flows through three steps:

    1. Share – answer an open-ended question about your priorities for renaming Frank L. Huff Elementary

    2. Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and rate the ideas you like best

    3. Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

On Monday, December 7th you will receive an email with an invitation to participate. If you don’t receive this invitation, send an email to mhenderson@mvwsd.org to get added to the Exchange.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!


Arline Siam

Upcoming events 


Principal’s Coffee 

Register here (12/4/2020 5-6PM)


Mindful Parent Event: Learn new tools to relieve stress during distance learning

Register here (12/15 from 5-6PM)


Holiday Gift Card Drive

I hope you and your families are staying healthy and adjusting to the new normal.    As you may know, there are several families in our district that need help to meet some basic needs and the holidays are a tough time.  In previous years, Huff has held a holiday gift drive for these families. This year, due to the pandemic, the logistics are making it difficult to collect gifts.  Instead, we would like to have a gift card drive so that families can choose what they need.  If you are able, please consider donating a gift card to families in our own district to help make their holidays a little brighter.  Thanks so much for your help!  Let’s show these families some Huff Love!  

Things to remember:


Gift cards should be electronic and for only the following stores (links are included):


                    1.  https://www.giftcardmall.com/e-gift-cards/safeway-egift-card


                     2.  https://www.target.com/p/embroidered-snowflake-target-giftcard/-/A-80215236?preselect=80113018#lnk=sametab


                   3.  https://giftcards.walmart.com/ip/Floating-Spark-Walmart-eGift-Card/668655618


Electronic gift cards should be sent to our principal, Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org

and she will send them on to the district office for distribution.  


Families are welcome to donate more than 1 gift card.  Each individual gift card should be no more than $20 to make it easier to split them up among many families.   


If you have any questions, please contact Aishwarya Rengan at arengan@yahoo.com.


Upcoming Events


-4: Virtual Principal’s Coffee 5pm Register here

-9: Kinder Info Night 6 - 7 pm

-16: SSC 3:15 pm 

-21 - 31: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL


-1: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL

- 4: Teacher Service Day NO SCHOOL

Chromebooks that are not working

Please take your Chromebooks to the Technology department to the District office.  Instead of going in the front door of the district office, go around the back and their door is open.  They are working from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the attendance line at (650)526-3490 ext 3080.

Reminder: Please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!

District News:

Cafecito with the Superintendent on Dec. 3

Join us for an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. Interpretation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting here: http://mvw.sd/pB7CP.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Getting Ready for the ELPAC information sessions, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is administered every year to our English Learner (EL) students. To learn more about this assessment, the role it plays in the education of every EL, and how to help your child prepare, please join us for one of the following meetings: 

  • December 15 

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/92673835582

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/94603257266

  • January 12

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/93307939185

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/93709174683

Struggling to help your child with “the new math”? 

We’ve all been there. Luckily, Parent University and Principal Heidi Galassi are here to introduce you to the Common Core Math Appreciation Club: Heidi joined us last week in a hilarious and engaging session, and we’ve recorded it for your viewing pleasure any time! You’ll learn about the difference between math as memorization and conceptualization, strategies to use to help with word problems, how to have a math conversation with your child, and many more insights. Watch the video (or just listen to it like a podcast) at www.mvwsd.org/parentu

If you haven't been able to attend one of the Parent University nights this year, you can find the recordings all online (in English and Spanish). Listen at your own convenience to these great programs that support parents in supporting their students.

Past topics:

- Mental Health Awareness and Resources

- Distance Learning Support Resources

- Increasing Student Engagement with Literacy from Home

- Raising Digitally Resilient Children and Teens during Quarantine

- Supporting Students at Home with Math


Parcel Tax  Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

The District is seeking two individuals to serve on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for the Measure B Parcel Tax.  

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

Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to mayala@mvwsd.org.  Applications are due December 11th at 2:00 pm. 

Application: http://mvw.sd/PTOC

Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at rwestover@mvwsd.org

School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.

  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. For our school, the link for this meeting is http://mvw.sd/HuffKinder.

  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM. A talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distance-learning-toolkit-increasing-focus-through-a-sensory-lens-tickets-128302360815

Winter Wonderland stories 

The Mountain View public library is holding winter wonderland story time on December 10. Please see attached flyer for details

MVLA holiday tree lot 

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.

PTA News:

MINTED - November and December Fundraiser on Holiday Cards and Gift Purchases

15% of the proceeds are donated to the Huff PTA


You get 20% off Minted holiday card and gift orders in November and December when you use your promo code

Minted makes beautiful photo holiday cards. This is also a great site for buying photo calendars and other photo art gifts this holiday season. (See attachment.)

Just go to minted.com and use the unique Huff coupon code FUNDRAISEHUFF

The code is valid toward all Minted holiday cards and gifts, including foil-pressed art gifts, personal stationery, notebooks and day planners, personalized pillows, aprons, wrapping paper and gift tags, holiday home decor, custom art, and photo art and calendar gifts. (It’s good on anything on the Minted main site page under the Holiday and Gifts tabs except for limited edition fine art and stamps.)

This code is ONLY valid during the months of November and December and can be used an unlimited amount of times, but it cannot be combined with other promotions. Please share your code with friends and family.



Tree Lot Flyer 2020

Try a Sensory Diet


DL Sensory Tools

Winter Wonders Flyer English



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