8/19/20 Huff n Stuff

 Quote of the week:

“If life were predictable it would cease to be live, and be without flavor.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Huff families,

Thank you for being patient with us as we start our new year online. We are working out the kinks and adjusting as we go along. Feel free to email me on how things are going as we value your feedback. 

English language arts and math curriculum will be distributed in the classrooms. Please make sure you keep an eye on an email from your child’s teacher as they will be sharing their schedule shortly or if they haven’t yet. 

Meeting information: 

Virtual office hours (Mrs. Siam) 08/24/2020 at 4PM 

Register here

Back to School Night 08/26 6-7:30PM (links will be sent by your child’s teacher) more information to follow.

Principal’s Virtual Coffee 09/04 5:00PM

Please register here

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Arline Siam


Upcoming Events


-26: 6 - 7:30 pm Elementary School Back to School Night


-4: Principal’s Virtual Coffee 5pm

-7: Labor Day - No School

-17: PTA General Association Mtg (Virtual) 7pm


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!


PTA News:

NEW FAMILIES AND KINDER PARENTS: Don’t forget to join Konsella to be connected with the parent community at Huff! It’s the easiest way to connect with other parents in your kids’ classrooms, plus you’ll stay in the loop with occasional announcements from Room Parents and from the PTA. To be fully connected after signing up, don’t forget to add your kids and place them in their classes. konstella.com/p/huff

JOIN HUFF PTA! Becoming a member is easy and 100% online this year. For only $12 you can show your support for our organization and our school and have a voice on where we focus our efforts and resources. Join now at huffpta.org/join.

HUFF PTA GENERAL MEETING NEXT THURSDAY: Our first general association meeting is next Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7pm online via Zoom. Our agenda will include updates from the principal and our executive board, planning for the year, and review/approval of our budget.  Please register online to receive meeting materials and zoom meeting details in advance: https://forms.gle/uWZshkFbFedGvgdi7

SUPPORT HUFF WHEN YOU BUY FROM AMAZON! Amazon Smile can return a portion of all your purchases to our school! Visit smile.amazon.com and search “Huff” to find Huff Elementary PTA and make us the beneficiary of your purchases. It’s an easy way to support our teachers and kids!


District News:

Digital resources for parents to help students

Stuck on how to use Google Classroom? Wondering how to best support your student in Distance Learning? This summer, we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page full of tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. 

These resources are designed by and curated by MVWSD teachers to be most useful for  our parents. 

Technology How-To Videos (on Chromebooks, SeeSaw, i-Ready, Clever, Zoom and more)

Supporting Distance Learning (Tips and resources)

Mental Health Tips (Managing anxiety and stress at home)

All are available in English and Spanish at https://www.mvwsd.org/parentu.


ELPAC Language Assessment

Mountain View is a beautifully diverse place where hundreds of languages are spoken. In some instances, children from households where a non-English language is spoken need additional help at school to become fluent in English. To make sure that we identify all such children, all public school districts in California are required to do an initial language assessment called the Initial ELPAC. (English Learner Performance Assessment of California).

A letter was sent out last week to all families with children who meet the criteria for the Initial ELPAC. The letter describes the rationale and details for the assessment and invites families to follow up with any questions they may have. Additionally, the following link is a helpful resource for parents/guardians to understand the test better and to help prepare their children.

A Parent Guide to Understanding ELPAC Initial English (also contains information about the Summative ELPAC, which is a similar test at the end of the school year.)

We understand that the beginning of the school year is a busy time, especially under these extraordinary circumstances. Based on current guidance from the California Department of Education, the Initial ELPAC this fall will be administered remotely. Details to come. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Claudia Navarrete via email at cnavarrete@mvwsd.org.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th

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.

Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about they we do.

Please note: Mentor Tutor programs are currently remote and will remain so until students are back in school and the school district permits volunteers in the classroom

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  


  Date:             Thursday, September 10th

      Time:           5:00 - 6:00 pm

        Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

            Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

            Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

            Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org


This year all schools will be postponing our annual student photos to ensure the health and safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Once conditions are safer and students can return to school, we will work with LifeTouch to reschedule student photos. Thank you for your understanding.


Get connected Huff Hawk Parents!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HuffElementary

Text alerts (Emergencies, school closure): Text "Y"or "YES" to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record

School website (Programs, absence reporting, updates and more): https://huff.mvwsd.org

PowerSchool (Enrollment confirmation, payments, electives and more): ps.mvwsd.org/public

Updates on academics, FAQs, health and safety during COVID-19: https://mvwsd.org/returntolearn



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