April 5, 2017

Principal’s Message

Is middle school fast approaching for your child? Are you wondering about...everything? Join me on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. for a special Principal’s Coffee focused on your questions about middle school. I’ll be glad to share with you some of the things to expect and tips on how to help your child navigate through and thrive in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. If you have specific questions you’d like me to answer, add them here. See you then, if not before!

CAASPP Standardized Testing

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Please read the letter regarding CAASPP from the school district here.

The exact dates for Grades 3-5 standardized testing at Huff are as follows:

  • ELA: 4/25, 4/26, 4/27
  • Math: 5/2, 5/3
  • 5th Grade Science Pilot Test (no scores reported - essentially a practice): 5/4

All tests begin at 8:30 a.m.

Families, please avoid making out-of-town plans for those dates and avoid scheduling appointments, especially in the AM. Students who are absent or need more time will be able to do makeups, but we’d very much like to have as many kids test during the official days as possible. Thank you for your help.

(Don’t) Take Your Kids to Work Day

The national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is Thursday, April 27. Many local companies plan events during school hours on this week.

In addition to missing important instructional time, please be aware that this is an unexcused absence for your child (Excused absences are determined by the state: They are illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises). Also, this day falls during the state testing period. Students absent during testing will be asked to make up tests upon their return to school.

We understand that is a great opportunity for your child to see the types of work you and your company do. Because of the conflict, we will be working with our corporate sponsors to explore other dates and times that are not as disruptive to the instructional day. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Public Service Announcement: Lice Signs and Symptoms

Head lice are an unfortunate reality of schools, especially among younger kids. It’s very important to inform the school and treat your children before they return to school after treatment. Staff will check heads before allowing students to go back to class.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Itching on the head (#1 sign)
  • Red bumps on the head, behind ears, and neck
  • Appearance of nits in the hair

To look for lice:

  • Use a fine-tooth comb to part your child’s hair.
  • Pay close attention to the scalp, behind the ears, and back of the neck where lice tend to be located. Check for any redness or sores which may indicate your child has been scratching.
  • Look for movement in the hair while you are combing your child’s hair. Lice are very small and move quickly so they are difficult to locate.
  • Look for nits (lice eggs). Nits are white or yellow in color. Often, nits are mistaken as dandruff. In order to differentiate between nits and dandruff, try to brush off the possible nit. If it sticks to the hair strand after brushing it off, it is a nit. If it easily brushed off the hair strand, it is dandruff. Also, nits cannot be shaken off or washed out.
  • It is important to remove nits because if they stay on your child’s head, the nits will hatch and lice will appear.

Treatment Options

There are various treatments for lice. You may choose to purchase over the counter products or go to your family pediatrician for a prescription to treat lice. However, super lice has surfaced, which means the lice are becoming pesticide-resistant. It is important to purchase a product that treats the regular and super lice in order to eliminate all lice. Another option for treatment of lice is to go to a lice removal salon.

For more information, you may go to the following website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/He....

Lost and Found

Please check out the lost and found, and get your lost items by April 6. Girl Scout Troop 60840 will be cleaning up the lost and found after school on Thurs., April 6. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Second Harvest Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our childhood hunger fundraiser, supporting Second Harvest Food Bank. There are just 2 days left to make a difference! On average, Second Harvest serves nearly 253,000 people every month and nearly 89,000 of them are kids. With the support of the entire Huff community, we can help ensure that hungry families in Silicon Valley have nutritious food to thrive. Every $1 or 2.4 pounds you donate creates 2 wholesome meals for local kids.

Bring non-perishable food items to donate in the bins outside the office or donate online here before Friday, April 7. Remember, every $1 will create 2 wholesome meals for kids right here in our local neighborhoods. These local kids are counting on us!

Project Based Learning

This year, our amazing teachers have been exploring Project Based Learning (PBL) as an instructional approach, and we are looking to build upon our successes and learnings to incorporate PBL into more Social Studies and Science lessons next year. (Our core math and ELA instructional approach will remain the same). To learn more about PBL at Huff, please come to the next Principal’s Coffee on April 20. And of course, please feel free to reach out directly. Thank you for your support of our school!

*Update/Reminder* Stevenson Elementary School’s PBL Exhibition Night is on April 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mr. Chang and several of our teachers will be attending. Join us! Please RSVP to the principal and we will take the tour together.

CSMA’s Music in Action Program

CSMA's Music in Action Program, for students in Grades 3-5, brings educational and engaging concerts to schools during the school year to promote tolerance & respect for other cultures from the past and from other geographical locations. Three local, professional performing artists come to the schools for an hour-long, 'real concert' experience.

The Music in Action performance series complements the students’ study of diverse cultures. Music teachers prepare students by introducing them to music and culture through active listening, imagery, songs, games and worksheets. Students learn to appreciate diversity as well embrace their own cultural heritage.

This third MIA segment covers African American Music - Concert on April 17, 12:50 - 1:40 and 1:45 - 2:35: The Marcus Shelby Trio presents “Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom,” a history of African American music told through blues, spirituals, field hollers, work songs, swing, and popular music. Live performance, history, poetry and field recordings combine to inspire students while they learn the importance of African American music as a tool for various freedom movements in the United States. See flyer for additional information.

Construction Update

As you know, Huff will undergo construction in three phases over the next couple of years. Phase 1, the construction of a new MUR on the southwest portion of campus, will begin this summer. To make room for the new MUR, the programs in rooms 19-22 will be relocated to portable buildings on our blacktop. While this may be an inconvenience, it’s a relatively small price to pay for a brand new multipurpose room. Click here to see the official district maps of the three phases of construction. These are also posted on the Huff Office windows. If you have questions about construction, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts Today!

Order your Huff T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, and show your Huff pride! Supplies and sizes are limited so don't delay and order today.

  • Full Zip, Hooded Sweatshirts: $25
  • T-Shirts $15

Checkout the full zip hoodies and t-shirts online. Choose from Youth and Adult sizes (while supplies last). You can order online now to reserve your size & pay with a credit card. Include your child's name and class during the online checkout process so a PTA representative can deliver your order directly to your student. If you prefer to pay with check or cash please email your order to volunteers@huffpta.org, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form: https://squareup.com/store/huff-elementary-pta

Open Auction Parties

There are still some fun auction parties with open spots. If you are interested in any of the available parties, you can still sign up for a party online at http://huffptaauction.com and bring cash or a check made payable to Huff PTA (in the memo write which party you are attending). You can drop it off in the office to the attention of Beth Davis.

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted) at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office will have Colorcycle boxes for dropoff. Our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort from last year by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

Apr 3 - 7 - Huff Staff Appreciation Week
Apr. 10 - 14 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Thu., Apr. 20, 8:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal: PBL focus
Apr. 24 - May 12 - CAASPP Testing Window
Tue., Apr. 25, 6:00 p.m. - ELAC meeting
Mon., May 1, 8:00 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal: Middle School focus
Mon., May 1, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting
Thu., May 11, 1:30 p.m. - Huff Chorus concert
Thu., May 18, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Fri., May 19, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Fri., May 26 - MINIMUM DAY- End of trimester
Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Tue., Jun. 6 - MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School


All after school programs are now on the Huff website. Please check the website, on the menu, select Enrichment -> After-school Options.

Parent Chat - April 11, 2017

Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Questions? Contact: Donna Soo (650) 828-0997 Trudy Palmer (650) 208-9116
Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC

7:00-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month
Los Altos Library, Orchard Room
, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Let's Talk - April 17, 2017

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Monday April 17, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Parent Education Talk - Arts for Everyone! - April 19, 2017

The arts are a vehicle for creative expression and social interaction in ALL kids. The arts are linked to academic achievement as well as social and emotional development. In this forum we will explore the various arts opportunities in our community. We’ll hear from Youth Drama for All (in their 10th year of productions), Dance for ALL (a YMCA based community class), and other local arts groups.

April 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

Parent Chat:

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?

Parent Chat - Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC

When: 7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

Where: Los Altos Library Orchard Room
 - 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Additional Flyers:

April Lunch Menu

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