March 15, 2017

Principal’s Message: Important Library Updates

Our school libraries are getting a system upgrade this spring, thanks to generous support from the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

The new system, called Follett Destiny, will benefit students in several ways. It will streamline check-out, allowing students more time in the library and less time waiting to borrow books. As a result, library staff will have more time to share their love of reading with students. This platform also has educational benefits, such as assigning reading levels to books to help students choose materials that are right for them.

The migration will take place in early April. In preparation for the migration, there will be some impact to your child’s library schedule before the break. To ensure that we have as few checked-out books as possible before the migration, the last date to check out a book will be this March 24. All books must be returned to the library the week of March 27.

The school library will also close for the year on April 3. This will give our librarian time to prepare to move to a new temporary library while a new library is being built. For more information on construction phases, click here. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Project Based Learning

This year, our amazing teachers have been exploring Project Based Learning (PBL) as an instructional approach, and we’ve been discovering how PBL is a terrific way to help our students develop important 21st Century Skills and traits. Also, student engagement on projects is through the roof!

Looking ahead to 2017-18, PBL will be a key strategy to enhance our teaching of Social Studies and Science. These subjects naturally lend themselves to this approach, and through projects, there will be ample opportunities to reinforce literacy skills too. We won’t be going it alone - our district will be supporting our work by providing funding for training and additional staff. With this support, PBL will provide flexibility for teachers to intervene with students who might struggle with key skills while extending learning for students who are excelling. Our core instructional approach to Mathematics and English Language Arts will remain unchanged.

To learn more about PBL at Huff, please come to the PTA General Meeting on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. I will be presenting more details in person and answering questions. A few of our teachers will be present to participate in the Q&A session as well. If you’re unable to make it, there will be another opportunity to hear the presentation at 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!

Hero’s Day

Hero's Day will be at lunch on Wednesday, March 22 for 3rd-5th graders and Wednesday, March 29 for K-2nd graders. All students are supposed to think about one of their trusted adult heroes and invite them to lunch on this day. This could be a parent, and grandparent or family member, a coach, a faith leader, or a friend. It will be up to each student/hero pair to decide how to organize the food for this day. Perhaps the student packs lunch for both, or the hero brings lunch for both, or they each bring their own. The idea is to spend time together.

The Student Bucket Club created a certificate for each student to give their hero and a fun activity to do together. These will be distributed by your teachers on the day of your event. All students will be able to complete a hero certificate, regardless if their hero is present. Teachers will be opening up their room for your student/hero pairs to enjoy their time together. We are looking forward to seeing all our Huff heroes!"

Growth Mindset Activities: March 2017

To continue building Growth Mindset attitudes of embracing failure, never giving up, and learning from mistakes, Huff students are participating in special “design challenge” activities once a week this March. Students will be given a problem to solve, prototype, build, make observations, test, re-build, and finally, reflect upon the learning process through a Growth Mindset lens.

Our partner for these activities, Camp Imagineerz, is hosting a free parent workshop on March 27 at 7pm in the MUR. Come and learn more about their approach and how you can build Growth Mindset at home.

Standardized Testing Window: April 24 - May 12

It’s almost that time of the year when our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders take their state standardized tests: the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Specific testing dates and details will be shared as soon as they are finalized. Please avoid scheduling out-of-town trips during this window. Medical or other appointments should be scheduled in the afternoons if at all possible. More details to come closer to the dates.

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, and a PTA representative will assist you with your order.

Online order form:

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 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 to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage:

Thu., Mar. 16, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., Mar. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Mar. 21 - 23 - Huff Spring Concerts - see flyer for specific dates per grade

Wed., Mar. 22, 12 p.m. - Heroes’ Day

Mon., Mar. 27, 7-8 p.m. - Imagineerz Parent Workshop on Growth Mindset

Thu., Mar. 30, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House

Mon., Apr. 3, 3:00 p.m. - Huff Site Council meeting

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

Apr. 24 - May 12 - CAASPP Testing Window

Tue., Apr. 25, 6:00 p.m. - ELAC meeting

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.

Peninsula Youth Theatre Spring After School Classes - see flyer to register

New After School Programs

  • Chef Koochooloo: Students will learn to cook fun and delicious dishes and learn about the geography and culture of the country of origin. Click here for the flyer.
  • Spanish and Mandarin Classes: Research shows that learning languages is one very important key to success. We are happy to bring IES Language, an established language learning company, to Huff. Click here for the flyer.

Spring into Tennis at Huff starting next week!

Benchmark Tennis offers a dynamic approach to teaching tennis to children through fun skill-building exercises and games and we would like to invite your child to join us for our upcoming Spring After School Program.

  • 6-week program starting Monday, March 13 from 2:40-3:30pm
  • We provide age appropriate tennis racquets for each student to keep
  • Send an email to to reserve a spot today!

Please complete the attached registration form and submit to the school office by the end of this week.

Let's Talk:

Let's Talk. 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 March 13, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM - Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Coffee Talk

How and When to Explain Your Child’s Disability to Him or Her and Self Advocacy - SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk

Do you ever wonder how and when you will explain your child’s disability to them? Do you have questions surrounding emotional outcomes and how to teach them self advocacy once they become aware? Please join us and John Brentar, Executive Director at Morrissey-Compton, for a night for parents to ask questions and listen to one of this area’s highly regarded psychologists in this subject.

When: March 15, 7 - 9 p.m.

Where: Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., 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:

March Lunch Menu

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