August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020



From the Principal's Desk

 
Hello, Theuerkauf Cheetahs

It has been an exciting week at Theuerkauf Elementary! All stakeholders have been hard at work preparing for the coming school year! Teachers and staff have been planning and strategizing diligently behind the scenes to prepare logistics and plan instruction for our first semester, focusing on ways to engage, inspire, involve, and communicate clearly with both students and families in the online space through a range of excellent tools and curricular resources. Our dedicated PTA volunteers and staff volunteers have worked countless hours to put together our supplies kits and materials for our first materials distribution event this week. Parents have been participating in our many Zoom meetings and in-person materials distribution events as they prepare students for the coming year. It has been so exciting to see everyone as we have logged on for our Kindergarten Round-up meeting, our TK Pajama Party, or our first monthly parent coffee. It has been inspiring to see everyone and to begin to get to know each other as an educational community. Thank you to every parent, teacher, staff member, student, and community member for your tireless dedication as we prepare to uplift, engage, and empower our students in this very unprecedented school year. Together, we are stronger, and collectively, we look forward to an excellent year together!

 

Yours in service,

 

Michelle Williams

Principal, Theuerkauf Elementary School



Important Dates

August 14 & 17, 2020 - by appointment

  • If you were unable to pick up your child’s Chromebook, school supplies, and other materials during our first scheduled materials distribution pick-up, please call the school to schedule an appointment.

August 17, 2020 

  • First Day of School: 8:35 am - 11:55 am (minimum day - updated)

August 21,2020 (date subject to change based on delivery dates for materials)

  • Second materials distribution event 

August 26, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

  • Back to school night - Kindergarten through 5th grade

September 2, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

  • Back to school night - Transitional Kindergarten (TK)



School News

Staff Updates

We would like to welcome a fantastic new team member to the Theuerkauf Elementary team, Amanda Herald! Amanda joins our second grade instructional team, and she is excited to get to know each and every one of her students. Amanda earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education and an MA in Teaching. She is passionate about teaching because she loves the energy and creativity that kids bring into the classroom, and she wants to make a positive difference in their lives. Welcome, Amanda!

 

Distance Learning Dashboard

This week, we will begin posting our Distance Learning Dashboard to our website. This dashboard will be visible each Friday evening to alert you of the instructional plan for the following week. Each teacher will include details about the learning plan as well as a connection to Google Classroom where all assignments and activities as well as class meeting Zoom links are posted in specificity. Please note that you will need your child’s account and login information to access the Google Classroom. 

 

Distance Learning Schedule

 

Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-up. When coming to campus, please wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times. 

Additionally, please perform the following self-check prior to coming on campus:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition? 

• Fever or chills         • Recent loss of taste or smell    • Cough      • Sore throat 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing      • Congestion        • Fatigue       • Nausea or vomiting      • Muscle or body aches   • Diarrhea     • Headache 

2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on). 

3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days? 

4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.

 

School Pictures

This year all schools will be postponing our annual student photos to ensure the health and safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Once conditions are safer and students can return to school, we will work with LifeTouch to reschedule student photos. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Get connected, Theuerkauf Cheetah Parents!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheuerkaufElem 

Text alerts (emergencies, school closure): Text "Y"or "YES" to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record

School website (Programs, absence reporting and more): https://theuerkauf.mvwsd.org 

PowerSchool (Enrollment confirmation, payments, electives and more): ps.mvwsd.org/public 

Updates on academics, FAQs, health and safety during COVID-19: https://mvwsd.org/returntolearn 

PTA News

The Theuerkauf Elementary PTA is an all-volunteer association that builds community and supports school enrichment through organizing events like pancake breakfasts, paying for field trip experiences, and providing teachers with funding for supplies.

Please join our PTA to support our children and our school! We are a non-profit organization; for each member, we pay dues to various PTA organizations.  Dues help us operate; donations help us support our school community. 

Please fill out and return this form in a sealed envelope with cash or a check made payable to Theuerkauf Elementary PTA.  We can collect dues when materials are being distributed.  To pay online, please email your completed form and use PayPal to recipient thkfpta.treasurer@gmail.com.



District News

MV Parent University is back! 

We are proud to present two sessions to prepare families for a school year like no other. Join us on Zoom for two critical topics. Spanish translation will be provided. (See the flyer here)

 

Mental Health Awareness Town Hall

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m

A partnership with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services and Uplift Family Services. The panel will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and share resources for families. Register here.

 

Distance Learning Resources

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m. This summer we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page that we’re proud to share with you and talk through tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. Register here.

 

Childcare

During the time of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, MVWSD has partnered with providers Right at School, YMCA and Newton to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare with prioritization for the children of full-time essential workers. MVWSD students in grades TK-5 may enroll. 

Please note that these are District partners, not MVWSD programs. You may contact the providers with specific questions about their programs and their health and safety protocols. Childcare subsidies may be available for parents through the state of California. Please ask Right at School, YMCA and Newton at time of registration. 

Registration for these programs will be open the week of August 3, 2020. For registration information, please click onhttps://www.mvwsd.org/childcare.

 

Meals and Payments

Starting Aug. 17, paid and free and reduced price meals (grab and go during MVWSD Distance Learning) will be available at all school sites for students who registered last year for free and reduced price meals and the National School Lunch program, and full price meals will be available for students who have paid in advance online or have sent a check (including child’s school, child’s name, grade, teacher) to Food Service, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Free or reduced price meal benefit status from last year can be used to pay for lunches until Sept. 30. We can assist new applicants in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program and can process applications quickly.  The 2020-21 online application deadline is September 21, 2020.  No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually.   Please go to the following website to apply online today.  http://www.ezmealapp.com (or paper applications are available at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School’s lunch service until Aug. 15). To learn more about the process for applying for the free and reduced lunch program, please click on this flyer.

Meal payment:  Full or reduced price meals should be paid online throughout the year at www.EZschoolPay.com.  New this year: You must pay in advance online. No cash or checks will be accepted in person at the meal sites or school offices. No credit will be extended. Full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).  

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions. 

 

Free COVID testing at El Camino Healthcare

El Camino Healthcare District is offering free COVID-19 testing in Mountain View for anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the healthcare district. You do not need to have insurance to get tested or provide proof of residency.  

Note that this is NOT the antibody test. This is a test that tells you whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 on the day of the test. Tests are required to be scheduled in advance and are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 650-940-7022 to schedule your free test. For more information on testing and locations, go to elcaminohealth.org/covid19testing.


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