Huff N Stuff, October 16, 2019

picture of Arline SiamPrincipal’s Message:

Arline Siam - Interim Principal

Dear Parents,

Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This holiday season, give your children the gift of education and the habit of attendance.

Do you need an independent study? This is an option for students who will be gone 5-15 days. The family must apply for this option two weeks in advance of the proposed absence. The student must be in good academic and attendance standing in order for the absence to be approved. If the absence is not approved, the days will be counted as unexcused and the student may be considered truant. Reach out to the office if you have any questions.

From Mrs. Siam (Interim Principal)

School Site Council Members

We are recruiting new members to join our School Site Council meetings. SSC works with the principal and the committee to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. If you are interested in joining us or want to learn more about what we do, email me (

Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Evie F. - Room 2
  • Noah T. - Room 5
  • Daniel P. - Room 8
  • Gabriel C. - Room 9
  • Henry C. - Room 25
  • Furkan M. - Room 12
  • Evan O. - Room 17

    Upcoming Events

    October--Safety Month

    23- Parent U: Mental Health Basics 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Graham MUR

    23- Unity Day: wear Orange

    31- Halloween Parade - Minimum Day


    1- End of the 1st trimester- Minimum Day

    2- Huff Auction and Party 6:30pm-11pm at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub @ Levi’s Stadium 

    6- Yogurtland all day dine out fundraiser

    11- Veterans Day (Holiday) - NO SCHOOL

    12- ELAC 6 - 7PM 

    22- Principal’s coffee: 8:10am in the MUR

    27 - 29- Thanksgiving Recess -NO SCHOOL

    Traffic Guideline

    Click here to view Huff’s 2019-20 Traffic Guidelines

    Reporting Absences

    If you are reporting a student's absence, please email 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:

    Congratulations to our Arctic Adventure Book Fair Raffle winners:

    #1 Harry Potter: Elsa A.

    #2 She Persisted: Milada M.

    #3 Sciezka Package: Kaitlyn Y.

    #4 Dinosaur Lover: Otto S.

    #5 Earth: Maiya W.

    Premier Parking: Gur T.

    Disney Tickets: Tiffany C.

    Don't be disappointed if you did not win the Premier Parking or the Disney Tickets!  You all will get a second chance at these items at the Huff Auction Party on November 2nd, 2019.

    Thanks for playing! 

    October 23rd is Unity day! Please wear orange shirts, hats, shoes, or whatever you have in your closet and celebrate unity day with us at recess.

    Unity Day is an annual event occurring during National Bullying Prevention Month in October that promotes joining together to create healthier communities through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. It was started by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in 2011 and is now celebrated around the world.

    Dine Out for Huff at Yogurtland

    On Wednesday, 11/6, go any time all day long and Yogurtland will donate 20% of your total purchases to the Huff PTA. 

    But how can you make the most of your Yogurtland visit?

  • Stop in for some precious kid-free me time after lunch
  • Come right after school and meet up with friends
  • Bring the whole family for an after dinner treat
  • You don’t need to bring a flyer, just tell the person at the counter that you are from Huff. This is only at the El Monte Ave. location in Mountain View (by the Panera and Pizza My Heart).

    Everyone will be there. Don’t miss it!

    District News:

    Spaces available in MVWSD's preschool program

    There are still spaces available this year in MVWSD's award-winning preschool program (flyer attached). 

    Registrations are being accepted for fee-based, full-day spaces located at Preschool at Theuerkauf for children who will be at least 3 years old by December 2. The full-day session is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

     MVWSD Preschool is a high quality, award-winning, early education program

    * 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient 

    * Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

    * High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

    For information, cost and applications, please see or call (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844.

    MVEF News:

    Want to learn more about the programs the Mountain View Educational Foundation funds and how it enhances your child's school day at Huff? MVEF's board president is Huff parent Mona Singh. Mona has a 5th grader at Huff and an 8th grader at Graham. Mona been involved in both PTA and MVEF for many years and is proud of both organizations commitment to provide a competitive, well- rounded education for all students. If you would like to learn more about the organization or help out at the upcoming MVEF phonathon, please reach out to Mona at, or attend one of the MVEF meetings. Donations from parents like you fund CSMA art and music class instructors, Living Classroom lessons, and environmental science field trips for every 4th and 5th grader at Huff. Learn more about these programs and donate at


    Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?:  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents.  We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 

    RAS open house

    Right at School, a before and afterschool care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD's afterschool programs, please visit:

    The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Max Stossel, "Education in the Age of Distraction" on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA

    Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, will explore the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.

    To register for this free event, go to

    Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

    MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

    Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

    October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Graham MUR

    A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

    Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 

    Exciting Parent Education Event!

    Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic.

    Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Springer Elementary Multi

    1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View



    Preschool Flyer                  Starting Arts Enrollment Form .                   Tennis flyer

    DyslexiaSim .                   Monster Bash .                  MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

    MV Parent U: Fundamentos de la salud mental .              Right At School (English)

    Right At School (Spanish) .      MVLA Speaker Series (English) .     MVLA Speaker Series (Spanish)


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