Huff n Stuff, February 12, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Quote of the week

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Arline Siam - Principal

Ability Awareness Week 

Celebrating Our Differences

We are excited to have Ability Awareness Week (AAW) return to Huff right after Winter Break during the week of February 24 to 28. One of the things that kids want most is to belong, to be part of a group, to play at recess with other kids, to have someone to sit with at lunch. Children who have visible or non visible challenges are often excluded and can be seen at the edge of the playground or sitting alone. AAW is a great way to help our students understand that we all have different strengths, and that some people may need additional assistance or different ways of participating in order to function at school and  in our world. 

During AAW, volunteers will read a grade level appropriate book and lead a discussion in each of the Kinder, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms. We will also need volunteers to lead simulation activities for 4th grades on Tuesday 2-15, and for 1st grade on Wednesday 2-26 right after drop off. These activities will help children appreciate the frustrations of having various disabilities. The library will also be involved in different learning activities. We are asking you as parents to support this program by signing up to help at Konstella, and by talking with your students at home about what they have learned during AAW. 

We are all looking forward to a week of Ability Awareness. If you would like additional information or a chance to assist, please contact Philip Lee <>

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. Please join us at our next principal’s coffee on February 28 from 8-9AM to learn more about LCAP. 

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

 More information found here:

Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Naomi H. - Room 2

  • Lily T. - Room 20

  • Dhani B - Room 5

  • Rina E. - Room 7

  • Alan S. - Room 17

Upcoming Events


02/14: End of trimester 2 - MINIMUM DAY - School dismissal at 11:55 AM

02/17 - 18: Washington and Lincoln Day -NO SCHOOL

02/19 - 21: Winter Break -NO SCHOOL

02/24 - 02/28: Ability Awareness Week

02/28- Principal’s Coffee 8:05 - 9:05 AM


3/10: ELAC 6- 7pm in staff lounge

3/16 - 3/17: Recess day & Staff Development day- NO SCHOOL

3/24: SSC (School Site Council) 3:00 - 4:30 pm in staff lounge

3/27: Principal’s Coffee 8:10- 9:10am

Traffic Guidelines

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:

Author Arree Chung comes to Huff

Author Arree Chung will be coming to our school on March 2nd to talk to the K-3rd grade classes about his book, Mixed!  All students are welcome to pre-order a special edition copy of his book which will have the author’s hand drawn illustration and signature. Following the assemblies for K-3rd, Arree Chung will be available for personalized signing. 

The pre-order form is attached and will also be sent home in this week’s Friday Folders. Payment is due by Friday, February 28th.  We will be distributing the books to the students on Monday, March 2nd. 

Please email with any questions.

Click here for book order forms.

Colorcycle (Marker/Dry Erase recycling)

Please continue to help support our efforts by having your kids drop off throughout the year, any used markers, sharpies, highlighters or dry erase markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers.To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (

District News:

Winter break travel reminder: Coronavirus update

We are still fighting the flu and working to make our schools as healthy as possible and prevent viruses like the coronavirus. 


Please note: As a reminder for winter break travel, any staff or student who has been in China since Feb. 2 may not attend school for 14 days after their return. Please see these guidelines from Santa Clara County:


Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2020-21 school year.

All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.


* 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

** Join us for an info night on February 12 at 5 PM at the Latham Preschool, 1850 Latham St. Prospective families also can join a parent-only tour of part-day and full-day classes at Preschool at Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave. on February 13 at 3:15 PM. **

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment for children who will be 4 years by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon. Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to or call 650-526-3560.

MV Parent U

Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: Say it like a scholar!  Techniques and Tools for Educators & Families to Build Academic Language on Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30-8pm at Graham Middle School, Auditorium.



Kate Kinsella Ed.D.


Attendees will learn:

  • After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses

  • Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills

  • How to facilitate effective collaboration inside and out of the classroom

  • How to teach English Learners to ask for help

Families, teachers, and school staff are welcome to attend this workshop.


Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:


Afterschool activities advertising

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.


The District provides as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.




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