Huff n Stuff, March 11, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Quote of the week

“The Greatest Wealth is Health.”


Arline Siam - Principal

Report Cards

In an effort to standardize communication to families about student progress we will revert to sending home paper copies of report cards. Students will bring home Trimester 2 report cards on Friday, March 13th at the end of the day. This is the same information you received last week via email. 

State Testing

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) during the weeks of April 21 and May 6. This set of standardized tests includes a English Language Arts assessment and a Mathematics assessment. Fifth graders will also take the California Science Test. Families, please check the school calendar for specific dates and avoid taking out-of-town trips or scheduling morning medical, dental, or other appointments during the testing window. More detailed information to come in the following weeks.

Children’s Business Fair Update

We will be sending out an update on the Children’s Business Fair in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience, understanding and flexibility during this time. 


Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Andrew C. - Rm 1

  • Beatrice L. - Rm 20

  • Ava S. - Rm 2

  • Ian S. - Rm 4

  • Daphne S. - Rm 5

  • Omar A. - Rm 7

  • Yajahria R. - Rm 8

  • Yu-Chi C. - Rm 9

  • Jan D. - Rm 10

  • Nora E. - Rm 26

  • Sheina S. -Rm 12

  • Amy G. - Rm 17


Upcoming Events


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


4/6 - 4/10: Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL-

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:


This year you have the ability to add two custom pages of your child’s pictures selected by you. Just follow the directions below. 

1) Set up your account at the link below. Our school’s passcode is 1015335719921389. Setting Up a TreeRing Account

2) Next, login and select “My Photos” in the bar on the far left to upload your photos.

3) Click on “Edit custom pages.” Now you can add photos and design your pages!

To learn more about how to customize your page, please read:

If you opt not to customize your yearbook pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages.

The deadline to edit your yearbook pages is 4/3/19.

Reserve a yearbook now for $20. It includes two pages you get to customize for your child for free.



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

  • Teacher and Staff Candids

  • Science Night

  • Ability Awareness Week

  • 5th Grade Instruments

  • 5th Grade Marine Field Trip

  • Spirit Week (Crazy Hair Day, Beach Day, Crazy Socks and Hat Day, etc.)

  • Starting Arts Play: Annie

  • Field Trips

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.



Would your child like their artwork to grace the back cover of this year’s Huff yearbook? Then have them enter our yearbook design contest!


  • Please have artwork follow this year’s theme of dreamland (however they want to interpret it!).

  • Artwork should be roughly 8 ½ x 11 portrait in size.

  • On the back please include your child’s name, grade, and a parent’s email address.

Please drop off entries in the marked box in the school office. The deadline is March 30th.

If you have any questions or prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook, please contact us at


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:



 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in CAASPP provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. Students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their Individualized Education Program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). Testing will happen after spring break. Schools will send out specific dates to their communities.

Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills.

Children in grades 3-8 will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or California Alternate Assessments for ELA (English language arts/literacy) and mathematics.  The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school. Sample test questions on the practice tests can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal.

Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the computer-based California Science Test (CAST).  CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. 

Students in grades five and seven will also participate in the California Physical Fitness Test, also called the PFT. The PFT results provide one measure that students and their families can use, along with other information, to monitor overall fitness. 

Please go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page to learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the CAST, the California Alternate Assessments, or the Physical Fitness Test.  

Finally, we would like to encourage every student’s participation in state assessments to help us have a full picture of our students’ results. Under California Education Code Program Provisions, parents have the right to excuse their child from participating in the CAASPP assessments.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please contact your school principal.  


Cathy Baur

Chief Academic Officer

CAASPP Information


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