Mar. 6, 2019

Principal’s Message

Schools can seem like a sea of acronyms It’s tough to keep track of all of the different education terms being tossed around in this newsletter, at Principal’s Coffees, and in district communications. Here are three major educational terms that you may have heard me discuss before:

PBL - Project Based Learning

An instructional approach that leverages students’ innate curiosity to drive learning and produce products that can be showcased with an audience beyond his/her peers and teachers. True PBL treats the project as the “main course,” not just the “dessert” at the end of a unit of study. Each PBL unit usually ends with a public exhibition of work. Elements of PBL can be seen in school-wide activities and events too, such as the upcoming Children’s Business Fair. PBL is a conduit through which important soft skills, such as those listed in the “Profile of a Graduate,” can be practiced authentically and engagingly.

RTI - Response to Instruction

This is our school district’s approach to responding to the individual needs of students. At Huff, there are two RTI “periods” per week, per student. During these times, teachers are strategically choosing topics and materials to work on with students based on their performance on classroom assessments. Often this gives students a second chance to pick up a concept or skill. This time is also used to push students further and deeper into the content.

SIOP - Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

This is an instructional approach that aims to build students’ reading, listening, and speaking skills. SIOP teaching techniques focus on a lesson’s content and language goals, key vocabulary, frequent opportunities for academic student-to-student interaction, and more. All Huff teachers have received significant professional development on SIOP and are expected to show evidence of these research-based instructional practices in their classrooms.

Are there other terms that you’d like to hear more about? Email me at!

Family Science Night

Family Science Night will be coming to Huff on Friday, March 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the MUR. This year’s theme is Gadgets in Motion! Explore the physics of motion using fun creative gadgets. Escaping air causes a propeller to spin. A single marble uses momentum to move a mountain of marbles. Straws and paper transform into a launching rocket. Children and parents will look at science in a new way as they explore the way things move.

To volunteer, please use this Science Night Signup Sheet:

Huff Multicultural Day

We are hosting our Multicultural Day! All families are invited to share elements of their culture or ethnicity with other members of the school community through food, dance arts and many other things that make our community culture unique.

What: Huff’s Multicultural Day “Arts Around The World”
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: MUR and Blacktop

Help us bring one or more aspects of your ethnic heritage to life for the students and families of our school community! We are looking for:

  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Traditional Past and Present Cultural Attire
  • Art

To prepare activity materials join us on the following Fridays at 10:30am: March 8, March 15, 2019.

Please contact Susie Morales, School Community Engagement Facilitator, with your ideas or assistance! Email or call 650-526-3490 ext. 3002. Please sign up to volunteer on the MultiCultural Day Signup Sheet:

Yearbook Back Cover Design Contest

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 carnival.
  • Artwork should be roughly 8 ½ x 11 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 8. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at

Customize Your Yearbook Pages

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. (Once you enter your children’s names, you will likely be logged in and won’t have to follow the rest of the steps in the link.) 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 March 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at

Send Us Your Photos for the Yearbook!

If you have any photos from the activities below, we’d love it if you’d share them with us so we can include them in the yearbook!

  • Spirit Week (Crazy Hair Day, Pajama Day, Costume Day, etc.)
  • Open Mic
  • Teacher and Staff Candids
  • Clubs and Afterschool Activities (we only need a group picture and we’d be forever grateful if you take one)

Please put them in the folders at the link:

Clubs and Afterschool Activities can go here:


Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer. We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details

  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer
  • Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision. A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong. We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to. Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them. We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service. #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.

HAWKFEST is Friday, May 17, but planning starts now!

Hawkfest is our year-end 'school carnival' with games, crafts, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! We still need a few volunteers to help with things like planning food, entertainment, classroom activity planning and vendor management . Check out our sign-up sheet on Konstella to pitch in and make it another great Hawkfest.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents Kristin Neff, Ph.D. - Self-compassion: A proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theater |201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological well-being. Dr. Kristin Neff will discuss how self-compassion is a crucial skill for all caregivers, allowing us to care for others without losing ourselves. A simple self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life, will be taught.

Register for this free event at

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.
Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MV Parent U presents “Getting Ready for High School”

a guide for middle and elementary school families, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.

Please join us to learn :

* What to expect in high school from the student, staff and parent perspective

* What resources are available to teachers and parents to help ease students' transition

* What skills to focus on in elementary and middle school to prepare for high school

Presenters: Students, administrators, parents and school counselors from MVWSD and Mountain View Los Altos High School District. Interactive, question and answer format


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

ELPAC Testers Needed

JOB DESCRIPTION: MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. $21 an hour. Must be a fluent English speaker. Please email if you are interested.

Let's Talk: Budget

Each year at this time, the District creates its budget for the following year. Learn more about how this process works in this sixth episode in the "Let's Talk" video series. Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

The "Let's Talk" video series addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

Let's Talk

How to Advocate for your child. 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.
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd.

Parent Chat

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Second Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library

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. This is being organized through the 3rd/4th grade girl scout troop #60070.To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ann Walsh (

District calendar for 2019-20

Click here for the official district calendar for the next school year.

After School Program schedule now available

Click here to see the list of after school programs at Huff. Please note: these programs are financially and programmatically separate from official school events. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Huff Elementary School or MVWSD.

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Mar. 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Family Science Night
Wed., Mar. 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Getting Ready for High School
Mon., Mar. 18 - NO SCHOOL
Tue., Mar. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
Thu., Mar. 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3rd Grade Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Huff Multicultural Day
Thu., Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m. - Huff General PTA Meeting
Fri., Mar. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1st Grade Music Concert
Fri., Mar. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2nd Grade Music Concert
Fri., Mar. 22, 10:45 a.m. - Kinder Music Concert
Thu., Mar. 28, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Fri., Mar. 29, 8:00 a.m. - Spring Picture Day
Tue., Apr. 2, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone Meeting
Sat., Apr. 6, 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Business Fair
Wed., Apr. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - Positive Parenting Strategies
Thu., Apr. 11, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House
April 15 - 19 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Thu., Apr. 25, 8:00 a.m. - Superintendent’s Coffee
Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Strings Concert
Thu., May 2, 1:30 p.m. - Spring Concert - Honor Choir
Tue., May 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting
Wed., May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - The Age of Technology & Social Media
Mon., May 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Tue., May 14, 4:00 p.m. - The Frog Prince (by PYT after school) - in MUR (free)
Thu., May 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Thu., May 16, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Band Concert
Fri., May 17, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Mon., May 20, 8:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., May 24 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 3rd Trimester
Mon., May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., Jun. 5, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation
Fri., Jun. 7 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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

Flyers and Attachments

March Lunch Menu

Submitting blurbs for the Huff n Stuff

If you are publicizing a pre-approved program and would like a short blurb in the newsletter, please send your submission directly to by the Sunday before the issue in which you would ideally like it to appear. Please keep blurbs concise and make sure to include all details that your audience (parents) would need. Thank you!

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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