11/10/20 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Huff families,

Last week we sent out an email to families to participate in our optional PE classes on Wednesdays. Don’t forget to fill the survey if you are interested in having your child participate as space is limited. 

In case you missed my last Principal’s Coffee and you want to use the math games we talked about, here is the presentation with all of the links. 

Upcoming event

Holidays Around the World through Art

11/13 6-7PM Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Central American Tradition

Register here

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events


-11: Veterans Day -No School

-13: 6-7PM Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Central American Tradition Register here

-17: ELAC 5:30 -6:30 pm

-18: PTA General Association Mtg (virtual) 7PM

-25 - 27: Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL


-4: Virtual Principal’s Coffee 5pm

-9: Kinder Info Night 6 - 7 pm

-16: SSC 3:15 pm 

-21 - 31: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL


-1: Holiday Break NO SCHOOL

- 4: Teacher Service Day NO SCHOOL

Chromebooks that are not working

Please take your Chromebooks to the Technology department to the District office.  Instead of going in the front door of the district office, go around the back and their door is open.  They are working from 8:30am-3:30pm.

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:

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history 

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdOqorTgtGtXg5trN1qiFh5EefCHgIAm1

Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at https://www.mvef.org/donate

MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. 

Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys.  

Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to https://mvla2020-21-michaelreichert.eventbrite.com

Books:   https://www.booksinc.net/book/9780593189085


MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk 

See the attached flyers for registration information.

MVLA holiday tree lot 

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


November 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


We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet


November 10, 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.


November 10, 10 am - Morning 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 selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting.


November 12, 7-8:30 pm - Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory What does it mean to be an adult? How is the transition to adulthood addressed in neurodiverse populations? Neurodivergent educator Amy Faigin will explore the social and emotional elements of this transition and how we can better support our students and children through this process. REEL and the Palo Alto CAC are proud to co-host this event for parents and educators. ZOOM info sent the day before the event; please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/RethinkingAdulthood


November 16, 7:30 pm - Decoding Dyslexia meeting on Zoom. Parent check-in and resource share. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofu-tpj0iEtJ9ua2d8NB_o1Agb12_T0AB

PTA News:

HUFF PTA Volunteer Hours Log

Hi Huff Parents!

We appreciate all the support you are providing our school!  Please use the link below to log any time (class help etc, not just PTA-related activities) you have volunteered starting July 1, 2020 . Our total hours as a school are submitted to the State PTA at the end of the school year in order to maintain our federal tax exempt status as well as raises awareness to our legislatures.   Thanks for all the Huff Love!  :)


HUFF PTA Volunteer Hours Log


In Need of Halloween, School Spirit, Crazy Hair Day Photos and More for the Yearbook!


We are depending on parents and teachers more than ever this year to provide photos for the yearbook. Please upload photos from the following events (or any class- or grade-wide events) to the Google Drive folder below:


  • Halloween (costumes, class parties)

  • School Spirit Day

  • Crazy Hair Day

  • Kinder Pumpkin Patch

  • 1st-5th Pumpkin Patch

  • Book Fair/Author Visit

  • First Day of School

Upload photos here:



Huff - A4S School Newsletter 2020-21

MVEF_CSMA Art Supplies Guidelines 

MVLA Speaker Series_Flyer 3_Michael Reichert 

Spartan Turkey Trot Flyer 2020 

Tree Lot Flyer 2020

November Equity Calendar 2020 

Try a Sensory Diet

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