Huff n Stuff, October 30, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Arline Siam - Interim Principal

Quote of the weeK: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

 – Aesop

Huff PTA’s 22nd Annual Auction and Party

Hello! I hope all families will be able to join us at this weekend’s party and auction. It’s an annual tradition and a terrific way to spend an evening while helping our school maintain and build upon the special programs that help make a Huff education the best it can be. Proceeds from the auction fund many learning experiences (e.g. field trips, assemblies, special classes) so that we can inspire, prepare, and empower every child.

Trimester 1 Ends Friday: MINIMUM DAY

Can you believe we’re a third of the way through the school year? Trimester 1 ends on Friday, November 1st. It is a minimum day: students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Trimester 1 report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 15.

Be in School; Be on Time

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.  All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.

Operation Gratitude 

Too much candy in your house after Halloween? Why not donate your extra candy to Operation Gratitude? Huff is teaming up with the Girl’s Scout to collect and donate extra candy to our men and women in the Armed Services. There will be collection bins outside of the office for a week after Halloween (until Friday, Nov. 8). 


Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Owen B. - Room 1

  • Otto S. - Room 2

  • Evan L. - Room 5

  • Lin D. - Room 8

  • Keerthana P. - Room 10

  • Kreeyash A. - Room 12

  • Zachary B. - Room 25

  • Hector A. - Room 17

Upcoming Events

October--Safety Month

31- Halloween Parade at 8:15 AM + Minimum Day


1- End of the 1st trimester- Minimum Day

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

5- Project Cornerstone Meeting 8am  

6- Yogurtland all day dine out fundraiser

11- Veterans Day (Holiday) - NO SCHOOL

12- ELAC 6 - 7PM 

14- MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis: 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

15- Report cards sent home

19- School Site Council (SSC) - 3:15pm

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

27 - 29- Thanksgiving Recess -NO SCHOOL

December & January

12/23 - 01/03 - Holiday Recess NO SCHOOL

01/06 - Staff Development day 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:

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PARTY! Huff PTA Auction & Party: Saturday, Nov. 2, 6:00-11:00pm

Don’t miss Huff’s biggest night of the year with food, fun, an open bar and fabulous auction items! The 22nd Annual Huff PTA Auction & Party is bringing back some of your favorites, plus several new additions at a great new venue. View our complete auction catalog online at You can also pre-register in advance and vault your credit card to avoid a line when you arrive at the party. While you’re registering, consider signing up to start the night early with a private, pre-auction cocktail hour at 49ers Museum.

Need childcare for the evening? Huff’s YMCA Kids Place will offer a night of fun for a limited number of kids. More info about registration for the kids’ care coming soon.

MINTED - November Fundraiser on Holiday Cards and Gift Purchases

15% of the proceeds are donated to the Huff PTA


You get 15% off Minted holiday card and gift orders in November 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 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, holiday home decor, 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 month of November and can be used an unlimited amount of times throughout the month, but it cannot be combined with other promotions. Please share your code with friends and family.




Questions?     (415) 423-1267


In Need of Event Photos for Yearbook

We are looking for photos for the yearbook from lots of the recent exciting fall activities. If you have photos from the following events below, we would love it if you could upload them to our yearbook folders.


  • Book Fair

  • Jenny Yang Author Visit

  • Unity Day

  • Halloween

  • Auction 

  • 5th Grade Amazing Race

  • 5th Grade Science Camp


Please put them in the folders at the link:

And please continue to add photos to your class pages as we also use photos posted there for the yearbook.



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:


Happy Halloween from the Mountain View Educational Foundation! MVEF wants to remind you that a perfect Halloween treat is a donation to MVEF! Donations from parents like you support art and music teachers in our elementary schools, Living Classroom outdoor education, science field trips for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, afterschool sports at Graham and Crittenden, science materials, and more. MVEF needs your financial support to make this happen. Donate today at!

Crittenden's fundraiser

The Crittenden Middle School music program is hosting a mattress sale fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Crittenden M.U.R. The mattress company will be bringing a variety of quality name brand mattresses of all sizes to the M.U.R that day. There will be 30 different mattress displays to try out. The company can take your mattress order, provide mattress delivery and then haul away your old mattress. Some mattresses will be on sale for up to 50% off regular retail price. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the students attending the annual Music Department Los Angeles trip.

If there’s a mattress in your home that you need to replace, please check out this great opportunity to buy a brand new, name brand mattress, save money, and support the Crittenden Music Department! Thanks in advance for your support!


Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here: 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?" with Bonnie Halpern-Felsher on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, will discusse the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 


Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.


The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

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 presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy" on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden MUR.

Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library; Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal; and Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach.


Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:

•       Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement

•       Creative ways to encourage and support writing

•       Ideas for math games that build math skills

•       Practical ways to use math in everyday life


In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

•      Ebooks and online library resources

•      Information on library programs and services for the entire family


RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Childcare provided.


Click here to RSVP for this session:



Starting Arts Enrollment Form Tennis flyer              

Parent U: Reading and Math (english) Parent U: Reading and Math (spanish)      

2020-21 Enrollment Presentations and kinder info   2020-21_Kinder_Night_flyer

2020-21_Open Enrollment Info MVHS_TURKEYTROT_FLYER 2019

minted - FUNDRAISEHUFF Shrek Ticket Order Form Doc eng&spa

Crittenden Fundraiser

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