Cheetah Chatter, Jan. 24, 2018

January  24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24~ PTA Meeting 6:30pm in Library

Wednesday, January 24~ Graham - 5th Grade Information Night 6-8pm

Thursday, January 25~ Crittenden - 5th Grade Information Night 6:00-7:30pm

Monday, January 29~ CSA Food Pantry 2-4pm

Monday, January 29~ School Registration Help 2-6pm

Thursday, February 1~ Cool Cat Assembly 8:35am on the Black Top

Thursday, February 1~ Assembly - Opera in the Schools

Thursday, February 1~ Mexican Folk Dance class starts 2-3pm in the MUR

Monday, February 5~ CSA Mobile Food Distribution 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday, February 7~Parent U: Parenting in Age of Technology GR MUR 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday, February 8~ Roll, Ride and Walk to School

Thursday, February 8~ State of the District at Crittenden

Friday, February 9~ Spirit Day- Disney Day

Monday, February 12~CSA Mobile Food Distribution 2:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, February 13~ ELAC Meeting 8:40-10:00am in Room 28

Friday, February 16~ End of 2nd Trimester- Minimum Day

Monday, February 19-23~ Winter Break- No School

West Bay Opera

West Bay Opera’s “Opera in the Schools (OITS)” program will present a special adaptation of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” in the

Theuerkauf MUR on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Grades TK-2nd session will start at 9.15 am, and grades 3rd through 5th will attend the 10.45 session.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend!


School Registration 2018-2019

Important!  You must confirm your child’s school registration for the 2018-2019 school year by February 2nd.  We have a new and convenient on-line registration

system called SchoolMint.  You should have received an e-mail from our District with the website address and your username.  To learn more

go to or call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. 


School Registration Help January 29th, 2-6pm

Having trouble with the new school registration system? Need help enrolling your child for the next school year? Stop by the Theuerkauf

Office between 2-6pm on Monday 1/29 (pick up free food from the CSA Pantry from 2-4!), and staff will be available to help you enroll your child online.


Cool Cat Assemblies - New Date

Starting this month, Cool Cat Assemblies will now be held on Thursdays.  Our next Cool Cat Assembly for the month of January will be held on

Thursday, February 1st at 8:35am.


Staff Parking Lot

Transportation safety is a priority for our students and families. We will be sending updates and reminders about traffic safety for our school.

A friendly reminder that the back parking lot is for staff parking.  This area is not designed for student pick up and drop off or parent parking.  

Please park your vehicle in the front lot or nearby street.  We appreciate your support and help with traffic safety for our children and families.


Playworks Co-Ed Volleyball League

Fourth and fifth grade boys and girls are encouraged to register to play on the Playworks Co-Ed Volleyball Team! This is an introductory, non-competitive league,

and players of all skill levels are welcome to join. Score is not kept at the games; the main focus will be on sportsmanship, safety, and having fun. To Register

students must turn the attached registration form into Coach Christina by February 6th. (Space on the team is limited).


Practices will be Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 P.M. starting January 30th at Theuerkauf.

Games will be Tuesday evenings at Costano Elementary School, (2695 Fordham Street, East Palo Alto, CA 94303).  The first game will be February 5th and the final game will be March 6th.


Before School and After School Clubs

Chess Club every Tuesday and Thursday 7:45am in the Library

CSMA Chorus every Thursday 1:00-2:00pm in the MUR

Cheetha Cubs every Wednesday 8:45-9:45am in Room 28

CSMA Art every Thursday 1:00-2:00pm in room 29

Ukulele Group Monday 3:15-4:00pm in Library

Curious Chefs (1st-3rd) 3:15 on Tuesdays (4th-5th) 1:00 on Thursdays in Rm 29


Mexican Folk Dance classes are back!

Registration is now open for Mexican Folk Dance classes taught by Maria Ornales. See the registration form attached, or check your child’s backpack.

Please make sure you or your child turns the form into the front office. Registration will be via lottery, and confirmed by 1/30.

Classes will begin on Thursday 2/1/18 from 2-3pm in the MUR.

***Please note- Maria is also offering an Advanced group open only to students that participated last year. This class will also start 2/1/18 but occur from

3-3:30pm in the MUR.


STEAM Club for Kindergarten-2nd Grade Students

Thursdays at 12:50-1:50 pm February 8 - April 5 (8 sessions)

Have fun doing science experiments after school! This 8 week program, taught by Dr. Emily Chang, will cover fun hands-on topics from chemistry, biology,

physics, astronomy and art. Grab lunch and then meet us at 12:50 to make slime, play with robots, paint a fluid painting, and build a rocket!

All materials and safety supplies will be provided. Parent volunteers appreciated! To volunteer for a session, contact Kathryn Beals at

Please see attachment.

Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7th,  6:30-8pm

Graham Middle School MUR


my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

*Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media

*Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children

*Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to  navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • 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


The MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is less than one month away! Come join parents and community members as we gather to raise funds to support every

child, at every school! You can dance, bid on amazing auction items, buy some wine, grab a gift card or two to your favorite restaurants, all the while

ensuring that MVEF meets their goal of raising over $750,000 to bring art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, middle school athletics and

more to all MVWSD students! Learn more here: Dinner tickets are going fast. Purchase by February 1st to guarantee a seat!



Now, more Mountain View families are eligible for MVWSD’s preschool program, due to recent changes at the state and county level.

Through the Santa Clara Child Care Subsidy Pilot, the income eligibility ceiling for those applying for our free preschool program is now $71,065/year (a family of 4).  

Additionally, children who have their third birthday on or before December 1st (as opposed to September 1st) can now enroll in preschool, though priority enrollment

for 4 year olds has not changed.  To make it even easier, families no longer have to re-certify or re-apply to the preschool program and prove income eligibility requirements

in their child's second year of preschool. Their initial application will remain valid for 24 months, without worry that income changes could affect their child’s preschooling.

The highly-rated MVWSD Preschool is currently enrolling for a few remaining spaces for 2017-18 and accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.

 Enrollment for 2018-19 will begin in March.  See for applications and details.


Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Information Night

January 24th

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   

We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham.

If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (at the back of the school).

You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals some basic Information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask questions

from our 6th grade student panel. If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear

students from all our amazing musical groups perform. You will also hear from our Athletic Director about our after-school sports program. We will have teachers

that teachers some of the other elective talk about their courses, like STEM, Robotics, GMS TV and more. At 6:45 we will rotate the groups so everyone can see

both presentations. We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you.


Crittenden 5th Grade Parent Night

Hello 5th grade families!  Please join us on January 25 at 6:00 PM in the Crittenden auditorium to learn more about our school and what to expect in 6th grade.  

This event is for parents, though students are welcome.  We will host events for students in the spring.


Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

• Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)

• Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the

actual uses of such funds. Applications are found here (, and are due Dec 22. Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark,

Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or



JOB DESCRIPTION: The 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.  Flexible hours. $20 an hour. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing

the district-sponsored screening and training. Must be a fluent English speaker to apply. For more information contact Arline Siam at

Parent University 


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