September 20, 2017

Principal’s Message

Can you believe that we’re practically rounding the corner into October? Time truly flies. Among other things, October means it’s almost Parent Teacher Conference time. These are important opportunities for parents and teachers to sit down and discuss students’ goals and progress. They are also critical for building that all-important parent-teacher relationship as we work together to ensure success for all students. This year, conference week will be October 9-13. Please note that every day that week is a minimum day - students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m.

Signups for Parent Teacher Conferences will take place online via Google Docs - Look for an email from me this Friday, September 22 with links to fill in your information.

If you require an interpreter, reach out as soon as possible to our School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Susana Morales, to set up your meeting (

Thank you for your partnership!

Attendance Protocols

  • Reporting absences - if your child will be absent from school, please contact the office, not just your teacher. You can report an absence by calling in or email our office staff, Ms. Marily ( or Ms. Teresa (
  • Extended trips - We recommend that families schedule out-of-town trips during school breaks only. Except in limited, emergency cases, absences due to travel will be recorded as unexcused. Please contact the principal directly if you have any questions or requests.

Walk, Bike, or Roll to School Day: 9/28

We’ll be having the second one of these this year next Thursday. Last time we gave out 318 tickets, which means we did well but there’s plenty of room for improvement. This time we’ll be handing out different colored raffle tickets based on the entry used. Hint: use one of the less-trafficked entrances (Woodleaf, for example) for a better chance of winning one of four prizes!

Coming to you - Wild West Book Fair Library Fundraiser: Mon. Oct. 9 through Fri. Oct. 13

Saddle up and get ready for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair! Tell your friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and grandparents – everyone is welcome! All Book Fair proceeds go to the Huff library and classrooms! Let’s enrich learning at Huff and lasso up some amazing books for our kids!

“All for Books” - Book Fair Spare Change Ziplock Fundraiser

As part of the Book Fair Fundraiser, donate spare change to this generous Scholastic fundraising program, which:

  • For every dollar collected, Scholastic matches and donates books to non-profit organizations that help at-risk children.
  • Allows us to purchase additional books & supplies for Huff’s Library
  • Gives your kids access to more books in Huff classrooms

Look for the “All for Books” Ziploc baggies in your child’s backpack this week stapled to a Scholastic letter. Return your baggie full of spare change to the Huff Main Office by Wed. Oct. 11. (Include your child’s signed slip in the baggie to be displayed at the Fair.)

Book Fair student Drawing contest:

Enter the drawing contest and decorate a cowboy/cowgirl boot to win a contest prize! Look for the boot on the back of the principal letter going home with your child this week. Let their imagination go wild! Drawing due to the Huff office by Fri. Oct. 6.

Book Fair Cash Register Training and Sign up for Volunteer Roles

Cash register training – Tue. Oct. 3 at 8:10 a.m. in MUR. Check out the sign-up task list on Konstella for training and other volunteer opportunities:

Questions? contact Dorothy Lin (

School Breakfast is now available

We will be serving a hot meal every morning at recess time - 10:00 am – 10:20 am (1st- 5th grade) - for a minimal cost of $2.50 for a complete meal.

Featuring Fresh Baked Muffins, Scones, Croissants, Fresh Fruits, Cereal Cups, Milk

Questions? Please call Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965.

Final Deadline for the PTA popsicle party contest is THIS Friday, September 22! Who will win our 2nd prize??

There are quite a few classrooms currently very close. But anything can happen in the last few days! So make sure to drop off forms at the office or pay online:

Donations count! Your $200+ per child will automatically include a student yearbook and student t-shirt! ONLY YOUR FUNDS pay for Science support, Project Based Learning support, Computer Science/Coding, IXL math, Lexia, Newsela, supplemental music and art, field trips, teacher supplies, and much, much more!

Please email if you have any questions.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.

Whole Foods Supports MVEF !

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a five-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? Did you know that they also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? In the next few months, MVEF will be a primary beneficiary of the Nickels for Nonprofits Program at the Los Altos Store. Just bring in your own bags when you shop and let them know you would like to donate the five cents back to us! The program kicks off on September 26 and continues through January 15.

Double your Donation to MVEF! Only a few weeks left to take advantage of corporate matches!

Mountain View Educational Foundation is working with community partners, including Google, The Hoven Foundation, and LinkedIn to put together more than $75,000 in challenge grant funds to make your annual donation double! Donate now through September 30th to increase your impact!

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Night

MVWSD is always looking for ways to support students and increase their academic achievement. Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) allows educators to design and deliver lessons that address the academic and linguistic needs of English learners while enhancing the overall learning environment for all students. SIOP-based teaching benefits all students, not just those who are learning English as an additional language.

This means your student will get more focus, support and expectations from teachers on how he/she communicates learning using English structures and academic vocabulary.

SIOP Parent Night: Learn more on Thursday, Sept 28 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf Elementary MUR. For more info, see

Language Buddies

We have many new families at Huff this year who have recently moved here from other countries and need assistance understanding school news and routines. If you speak another language, consider becoming a language buddy for another family. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Susana Morales ( Thank you!

School Pictures

Picture day was Aug. 30. If you have not ordered your school pictures, you will still be able to do so using this direct link: Picture makeup day will be September 27.


We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017, 7–9 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Admission Matters: What students and parents need to know about getting into college - Sally P. Springer

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Please see details here.

Upcoming Dates

Thu., Sep. 28 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Thu., Sep. 28, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Tue., Oct. 3, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting - YMCA Kids’ Place

Oct. 9 - 13 - MINIMUM DAYS - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 9 - 13, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Book Fair

Fri., Oct. 20 - College and Career Day

Tue., Oct. 24, 6:00 p.m. - ELAC meeting

Thu., Oct. 26 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Tue., Oct. 31, 12:40 p.m. - Halloween Parade

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

Flyers and Attachments

September Lunch Menu

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