Cheetah Chatter, Oct. 30, 2019

October 30, 2019


Important Dates

Thursday, October 31~Cool Cat Assembly, 11:20 a.m (Blacktop) 

Thursday, October 31st~Halloween Parade, 11:50 a.m (Field area) 

Friday, November 1~End of Trimester~Minimum Day Dismissal 12:30 p.m

Friday, November 1~CSMA Music Concert 9:45-10:45 a.m (at Stevenson MUR) 

Friday, November 1~ELAC Mtg in Room 21 9:00-10:00 p.m

Monday, November 11~Veteran’s Day~ No School

Friday, November 15~Walk-a-Thon 

Wednesday, November 27-29~Thanksgiving Break- No School

 

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

** End of Trimester - November 1 - Minimum day for all students. Dismissal at 12:30 p.m 


From the Principal's Desk

Dear Theuerkauf Families,

As we wrap up the month of October, we are excited for so many wonderful things happening at our school! Our 2nd Annual Fearkauf Festival last Friday was a huge success. Thank you to all that made it possible! What a great event to bring our school community together. (Do check out some pictures from the festival on our school Facebook page). 

End of the trimester is Friday, November 1.It’s a minimum day and dismissal for all students is at 12:30 p.m. Your child’s report card will be sent home in an envelope in your students backpack on Friday, November 15. If you have any questions about your child’s grades, as always, please arrange a conversation or meeting with the teacher who can provide more details. 

We are excited about our Halloween Parade today and look forward to you joining us. Please see schedule below for details: 

Halloween Parade - Thursday, October 31, 11:50 a.m - 12:20 p.m  

Please mark your calendars for our Halloween Parade! If you’re driving, please plan on coming a little early and have a plan for where you will park around in the neighborhood. Remember, the parking lot is for staff only. 

1st - 5th Grade Halloween Parade will be at 11:50 a.m in the field area. Parents are invited to join us for the parade and take pictures of their child at the parade. We will have an area marked off for our parade route on the field and students will be walking along the marked area. Parents can take pictures and cheer on the parade from outside the marked area. 

Other important details:

  • Students may wear costumes during the day on Halloween Day as long as it is safe and not distracting to do so.

  • Masks, excessive gore, and sharp/dangerous props (fake weapons) are not allowed.

  • Please do not send students to school with candy. 

Let’s enjoy and have a safe, fun Halloween. Look forward to seeing you today! 

 

Sincerely, 

Ms. Swati Dagar 

Principal. 

School News

Before School and After School Clubs

Chess Club every Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m in Library 

CSMA Art every Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m in Rm 26  (2nd-5th) Starts 9/13-12/13

CSMA Art every Thursday 1:00-2:00 p.m in Rm 26 (Kinder-1st) Starts 9/12-12/12

Ukulele Class every Monday 3:15-4:15 p.m in Library (3rd-5th) Starts 10/14

Chorus every Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m 

 

Chorus

Thursdays,12:45-1:45 p.m 

October 10, 2019- May 7, 2020   

Grades 2-5 at Stevenson Library

Over the course of 26 weeks, students will learn many fun songs while gaining the fundamentals of singing and performing, culminating in a Spring performance for families. Chorus is brought to you by the Community School of Music and Arts and is taught at your school site by CSMA Faculty.

You must register online by November 1st at: arts4all.org/in-school-programs/register

Flyer is attached.

Are Vacations/Travel Excused Absences?:  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 

 

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.


District News

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?" with Bonnie Halpern-Felsher on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, will discusse the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 

Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.

The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-bonniehalpern-felsher.eventbrite.com 

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 "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy" on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden MUR.

Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library; Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal; and Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach.

Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:

•       Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement

•       Creative ways to encourage and support writing

•       Ideas for math games that build math skills

•       Practical ways to use math in everyday life

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

•      Ebooks and online library resources

•      Information on library programs and services for the entire family

RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Childcare provided.

Click here to RSVP for this session: https://readingmath.eventbrite.com

 

Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at lrzepiela@mvwsd.org.

 

Crittenden's Fundraiser

The Crittenden Middle School music program is hosting a mattress sale fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Crittenden M.U.R. The mattress company will be bringing a variety of quality name brand mattresses of all sizes to the M.U.R that day. There will be 30 different mattress displays to try out. The company can take your mattress order, provide mattress delivery and then haul away your old mattress. Some mattresses will be on sale for up to 50% off regular retail price. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the students attending the annual Music Department Los Angeles trip.

If there’s a mattress in your home that you need to replace, please check out this great opportunity to buy a brand new, name brand mattress, save money, and support the Crittenden Music Department! Thanks in advance for your support!

 

MVEF News

Happy Halloween from the Mountain View Educational Foundation! MVEF wants to remind you that a perfect Halloween treat is a donation to MVEF! Donations from parents like you support art and music teachers in our elementary schools, Living Classroom outdoor education, science field trips for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, afterschool sports at Graham and Crittenden, science materials, and more. MVEF needs your financial support to make this happen. Donate today at mvef.org/donate!

 

Vision to Learn

Originally, Vision to Learn (VTL) was going to come to Theuerkauf to offer vision service to students who failed the vision screenings. Unfortunately, due to the company’s lack of funding and being understaffed, they will not be returning to the district this school year.

Students who failed the vision screening will have referrals sent home. Please follow up with an eye doctor to determine if your child has a vision problem. We ask that you have the eye doctor complete the referral form that we send home and return to the school office. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 650-526-3500, ext. 1053.

Attachments

Shrek Ticket Order Form 

Parent U 

MVHS TurkeyTrot 

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