8/26/2020 Huff n Stuff


Quote of the week:

“We can’t control the winds, but we can adjust our sails. “

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Principal’s Message: 

Dear Huff families,

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello during material distribution. It was nice seeing everyone. Our week started off to a rocky start with Zoom and Clever acting out. We thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this time as this might not be the last time we will experience technical difficulties. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you on assignments or activities your child can be working on if this were to occur again. 

On Wednesday (08/26), please join for Back to School Night to learn general information about your child’s classroom and what they will be learning this year. This is your opportunity to ask general questions about the daily or weekly schedule, assignments, CA teaching standards, etc… 

Our schedule is as follow:

5:00-5:30PM General Meeting with me (Grades K-2)

Please register here

5:30-6:00PM General Meeting with me (Grades 3-5) 

Please register here

You only need to attend one session. Teachers will repeat the information at each session. 

6:00-6:45PM Session 1 (child’s teacher- zoom link sent by teacher)

6:45-7:30PM Session 2 (child’s teacher- zoom link sent by teacher)

Online Assessments

Next week we will be administering our i-ready assessments for English Language Arts  for students in grades 1-5. Please be on the lookout for an email with the schedule. 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. 

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. 


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events


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

-27: PTA general meeting 7pm


-4: Principal’s Virtual Coffee 5pm Please register here

-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!

District News:

Welcome from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)!


MVEF is a community supported non-profit that raises funds to provide a competitive, well-rounded education for every child in the district.  We rely on tax-deductible donations from parents like you to support our students.  

In 2020, MVEF-funded programs will continue but look a little different in our connected learning environment.  MVEF will fund: Weekly art and music classes from CSMA delivered online, science through Living Classroom virtual lessons, middle school science supplies, environmental education online lessons, and TechSmart Coding classes.  Specifically, to support connected learning, MVEF will also fund art supplies, instrument repair, elective kits, online learning resources, professional development for teachers in online teaching, and Student Wellness.

We need your help to meet our goal to raise $800,000. Please check for the MVEF brochure with your student supply bag or mvef.org for more information.  To join our team of volunteers, email contact@mvef.org.  Donate today at  https://www.mvef.org/donate  

MV Parent U on Sept. 9: Increasing Student Engagement with Literacy

Join us on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Increasing Student Engagement with Literacy from Home.

MVWSD Instructional Coaches Karen Gordon and Natalie Gallagher will share several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, listening, and speaking at home during distance learning:

  • Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement 

  • Creative ways to encourage and support writing using four text types (expository/informative, narrative, opinion, argumentative)

  • Fostering listening skills to be able to extract key information

  • Cultivating speaking skills using academic vocabulary

  • Tips to prepare your child for ELPAC testing

Register here

Parent University videos are now on our website!

Did you miss the latest Parent University event? Do you want to review the materials that were presented? Videos and materials are now in English and Spanish on the Parent University website at http://www.mvwsd.org/parent/parent_university

Latest uploads: Mental Health Resources and Distance Learning Support

Upcoming CAC events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education

needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

Our events for September:

August 31, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com.

September 8, 10 am - Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact selpa1cacinf@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting.

Also on September 8, 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.

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


PTA News:

PTA Membership Drive Magic Show Contest

Huff PTA strives to support and advocate for our children by partnering with staff,families and the wider community to create a safe, healthy and inclusive learning environment where students can excel and feel confident in themselves.

You can join now, here: Huffpta.org/join


This year there is an exciting new membership drive contest! The classroom with the most students with at least one family PTA member will win a virtual 30 minute professional magic show party during the school day, coordinated with the classroom teacher.

The contest will run until Sept 30th 2020 with the show in early October.

Please email membership@huffpta.org with any questions.


Katie Swirsding and Ann Walsh

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!



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