Cheetah Chatter, Aug. 28,2019

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 28 ~ Back to School Night for K-5, 6:00 - 7:30PM (Minimum Day for all students - TK-5th grade), dismissal at 12:30 PM

Childcare is available on site for the duration of the Back to School Night and we have tacos, burritos, quesadillas available for sale starting at 5 pm. 

Monday, September 2 ~ Labor Day~ No School

Wednesday, September 4 ~ Picture Day 

Friday, September 6~ ELAC Meeting  9:00-10:00AM in Room 21

Thursday, September 12 ~CSMA Art Club Starts for K-1st ~1:00-2:00PM

Friday, September 13~ CSMA Art Club Starts for 2-5th ~ 3:30-4:30PM

** Thursdays are minimum days for all students. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m.**

 

Message from Principal Dagar 

Dear Theuerkauf Families!

What a great start to our 2019-20 school year we’ve had! Our students are adjusting into their new classrooms and helping make friends feel right at home.  The first couple weeks are usually spent setting expectations and routines. We are excited to have you join us for the Back to School Night this evening so we can be partners in your child’s education as we kick off the school year.

It was so wonderful to see so many parents at the first Principal’s Coffee. We talked about our school focus, student goals, our new STEAM Lab, etc. I would like to extend a very special Thank you to all parents (and staff members) that have been volunteering to help us set up the STEAM lab. Below is a picture that reflects the true spirit of Theuerkauf – “Doing what it takes to make things happen!” We have had parents donate folders for STEAM lab, paint our dry erase tables, help set and organize the lab procedures. We will be inaugurating our STEAM lab very soon. Every student goes through Response to Instruction (RTI) – STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Lab twice a week for standards-based Science Instruction and science investigations. We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students.

 

This year we will also be providing our 3rd-4th-5th graders with computer science coding classes through TechSmart. All of our 3rd-5th grade teachers were trained in the summer to teach students programming language during the instructional day. As students engage in learning the programming language of Skylark, they will learn the quintessential skills of problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration with a team to produce an end-product. We want our students to understand the value of each member of the team is important and valuable in making the team successful. Isn’t that what college and career readiness is all about?!

We are a school that believes in parent empowerment and involving parents in decision making. Each classroom will have a room parent this year, who will help serve as a liaison between the classroom teacher and the other parents in the room working alongside our school PTA leadership to build our school community stronger and more cohesive. As your school principal, I look for parent involvement in decision making and for getting feedback in school functioning. Please help us with your gift of time and by being involved in parent leadership opportunities. We have parent leadership positions open for our School Site Council (SSC) and for our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Please email me directly at sdagar@mvwsd.org if you are interested. We will also be sending nominations out with our next newsletter.

Teachers, staff members, principal, and parent volunteers painted desks…students made catapults, played bottle cap letter games, had fun learning activities, and many more fun learning activities– pretty great start of the 2019-20 school year, I’d say! Like I say, learning is more meaningful when it is fun. Thank you for entrusting your children with us and for your positive partnership.

 

Upward and Beyond,

 

Ms. Swati Dagar
Principal

School News

Back To School Night Wednesday, August 28

5:00 pm onwards  tacos, burritos, quesadilla sale (enjoy some yummy dinner!) 

5:30-6:00 -Community Programs

6:00-6:40 - Classrooms Open (Session 1) 

6:45 -7:25- Classrooms Open (Session 2) 

7:25 pm - Wrap up 

Please see the attached document for Back To School Night details.

Childcare is available please see attachment for more information.

 

Chess Club

The Chess Club welcomes beginning and experienced players alike, to play chess and learn.  At the Theuerkauf Chess Club, kids learn how to consider their options carefully and how their opponent might respond.  They also learn spatial relations and how to win and lose graciously. We meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the library at 7:45 AM.  No prior knowledge of chess is required. We just ask for a positive attitude, a belief that one can learn and perseverance. There is no sign-up form or registration fee.

We are also looking for parents to help observe and guide the children.

 

Attendance

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school. For more information, click here. 

 

Core Values at Theuerkauf

One way that Theuerkauf recognizes positive behavior is with Cool Cat Certificates. Cool Cat Certificates are awarded when a student exemplifies one of the four core values at Theuerkauf: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, and Courage. Students may receive one of these certificates any time a teacher notices one of these excellent behaviors. At the end of each month, two students from each class will be recognized out our Cool Cat Assembly. 

 

CSMA- The Art of Food

Join us for a 12-week fall art club session where we will explore the theme of: The Art of Food. Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session. This session we will explore the many ways that food is connected to art. We will look at artists that use food as a medium or theme in their artwork and create projects based on these.

Register online at arts4all.org

Grades (K-1) Thursdays, Sept.12- Dec. 12th    1:00-2:00pm

Grades (2nd-5th) Fridays, Sept. 13- Dec. 13th   3:30-4:30pm

Flyer is attached

PTA

It's been a great first week of school! It has been so wonderful getting to know so many new families and catching up with familiar faces. School gear orders have been placed and will get to your students as soon as possible. The class who has the most PTA members by Tuesday September 3rd will win a class snack party! We look forward to a great school year. Save the date for our first PTA meeting September 25th 6:30 in the library! Childcare and translation will be provided.

District News

SELPA 1 CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC is here to help families of students with special education and learning challenges through awareness, support and education.                  

www.selpa1cac.org. Here are upcoming events for late August and September:

General Meeting: Mohttp://www.selpa1cac.org/nday 8/26, 9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mtn View. Next meeting is on Oct 7 (same time same place).      

Decoding Dyslexia Support Group Wednesday 8/28 7-8:30 pm Willow Room Mountain View Community Center, 201 Rengstorff Mtn View. Next meeting is on September 25.    

Parent Chat Support Group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 PM Los Altos Library.

Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group Tuesday September 17, 10am -12pm in front of Whole Foods Los Altos.

Fall Family BBQ -  September 21 11-2 pm, Rengstorff BBQ area. A fun event to meet parents and staff involved in special education. More info: selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com FREE burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options will be provided. Please bring a beverage or snack to share.

 

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

   Date:   Tuesday, September 10th

   Time:             12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

   Location:         El Camino YMCA  2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA 

   Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

   Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Attachments

CSMA AfterSchool Art K-1st 

CSMA AfterSchool Art 2nd-5th

 Back to School 

Spartan’s Sports Camp 

 

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