Cheetah Chatter, May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Thursday, May 3~ Dia Del Niño Multicultural Celebration 1:00-4:00pm

Thursday, May 3~ 5th Grade CSMA Strings 7:30pm at CSMA Center

Monday, May 7~ CSA Mobile food 2-4pm

Monday, May 7~ Last Day of Uke Group Class

Wednesday, May 9~ SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm in Room 28

Wednesday, May 9~ Parent U: Suicide Prevention @ CR MUR 6:30-8pm

Friday, May 11~Spirit Day-Crazy Socks Day

Monday, May 21~ CSA Mobile food distribution 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday, May 23~ Reclassification Ceremony @ Crittenden 7:00-8:00pm

Friday, May 25~End of 3rd Trimester- Minimum Day

Friday, May 25~ Current 5th Graders visiting the Middle Schools 9-12pm

Monday, May 28~ Memorial Day- No School

Thursday, May 31~ Cool Cat Assembly 8:40am on the Blacktop

Friday, June 1~Last Day of School- Minimum Day

Friday, June 1~Report Cards Go Home

Friday, June 1~5th Grade End of the Year Celebration 8:30-10:00am

State Testing for Grade 3rd-5th

All 3rd-5th grade students have now started state testing this week.  Students are currently taking the ELA test for reading writing, and comprehension.  Next week students will begin the mathematics tests. Make up sessions could possibly extend to May 18th.  Please help your child get a good rest and as always, please have them arrive to school on time. Most testing sessions will start soon after the morning bell.  Thank you for your support. Please see the attached letter on state testing for more details.


Cool Cat Winners

Julia G, Sebastian V, Mona C, Sophia D, Estefani B, James C, Liliana C, Nico B, Jaretzy C, Ethan D, Sean M, Malayzia L, Elias T, Ruthie Jean I, Ivan M, Isaac J, Julian M,  Debbie C, Miguel T, Kimberly A, Christopher M, Ka’layah B, Sophya M, Angel M, Adriana O,


Walkathon Winners

33 laps Yoshi A, 32 laps Sergio G, Isaac R, 31 laps Vincente M, Amanda, P, 30 laps Sean M.


Día del Niño Multicultural for the whole family on 5/3/18

We’re excited for our upcoming school wide celebration - Multicultural Children’s Day-  Thursday afternoon, May 3rd, from 1-4pm. Please remember to wear any traditional costume or dress from your unique culture or background that day! We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with different activities. Please

contact Kristen Calderon to sign up!



5th Grade CSMA Strings Group Performs this Thursday at 7:30 at CSMA Hall

Gala Concerts give 5th Grade students a chance to share what they’ve learned in music class with their friends and families by performing on stage at CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall. Participation in the Gala Concert is a required part of the 5th Grade music class. Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Uke Group Class - Last Session is May 7th

Monday, May 7th is the last day of our Uke Group Class.  Parents and friends are invited to come and hear or Uke players perform songs that they have been practicing throughout the year.  A special thank you to Vic Althouse (Teacher Ms. McClellan’s Father) and Sue Fikes for teaching weekly Uke classes to our Theuerkauf students.  Thank you!


Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) Soccer Camp registration open now!

Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp?  Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG!  Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts. KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided. Sunnyvale bus pick ups are expected to be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School.  Mountain View pick-ups will be Crittenden and Castro (TBD). Sign up online to participate in this 2-week, $10 camp!

APPLY: Applications are open now in English and Spanish online. The deadline to sign up is May 15, 2018.

DATES OF CAMP:  June 11 - June 22, 2018

DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends

TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA

PARK ADDRESS: 500 Chesley Ave, Mountain View

​FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 8th grade for the 2017/2018 school year.

COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)



Project Cornerstone will be featuring the last 2 books over the next few weeks:

April's Book: Sebastian's Roller Skates by Joan de Déu Prats

This book is about a shy little boy named Sebastian. Sebastian is so shy that he can barely whisper a word to his neighbors, his barber, or even his teacher. One day he finds a pair of abandoned roller skates in the park. He decides he wants to learn to skate. At first he gives up, but then he tries and tries again.  As his confidence grows on the skates, so does his confidence in himself. He is able to look people in the eye, ask questions, and share his thoughts. By trying something new, he’s able to change his whole world!

Your readers will focus on 2 potential goals:

  • Finding your inner spark/passion

  • Realizing when faced with new challenges we have mud (negative) thoughts and clear (positive thoughts). Our mud thoughts can be things that run through our mind that prevent us from trying new things/working on our personal power. Clear thoughts or actions are actions or thoughts that push us to that next level.

  • Some readers will interweave these 2 goals, others will hone in on one.

Ways You Can Help At Home:

    • Create an environment that kids WANT to talk in. In our house we do Roses, Thorns, and Spaghetti at the dinner table almost every night (rose: something good that happened during the day, thorn: something worrisome/bad/negative, spaghetti: something that made you laugh).

    • Be a cheerleader for your child.

    • Help them learn a new skill (i.e. cooking dessert, shooting hoops, knitting)

    • Help them realize that they have the power to control themselves, not others.

    • Let your child practice making decisions and choices at home.

    • Tell and show your child you love him/her.

    • Role-Play standing tall, making eye contact, and speak up when talking to people.

    • Celebrate their uniqueness.

    • Treat them with respect.

    • Get rid of your “parental agenda”- actively observe and listen to what they want and need.

    • Let them be a resource for you. Let them teach you.

    • Be a spark champion and talk to them about their passions. Support their ideas.

    • Help them plan how to achieve their goals.

    • Model using positive self-talk and turn mud thoughts into clear thoughts.

    • “I hate spelling. I never will be able to spell.”-mud thought

    • “Spelling is hard for me, but I can practice and work hard to do better.”-clear thought


The Magnificent Thing by Ashely Spires is a terrific follow up to this book!

Also, some readers won't have time to show this video, but one of the Stevenson students created this last year and it fits perfectly with the theme of the book. You might want to show it to them at home!

Mistakes and Imagination by Lev Zeiger:

May's Book: Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

It is a true story based on Polacco’s life. Trisha  struggles learning how to read for years. It isn’t until her teacher, Mr. Falker, discovers she has dyslexia that she finally realizes she isn’t stupid. Through her journey, she also connects with illustrations and stories which help her keep and develop her sense of self.

This book is a good reminder of the uniqueness we all bring to the table.  We learn differently, deal with our emotions differently, and exhibit our inner selves differently. Our children need our help being accepting and understanding.  

I encourage you to be open with your kids--what was hard, what was easy? Did you struggle with friendships? What happened when you couldn't accomplish something? What happened when you figured out how? Sometimes just by saying "me too" kids feel a greater connection.

Project Cornerstone will be led by Teresa Baker next year! We are delighted that she will be taking over the growth of this pilot at Theuerkauf.  If you are interested in joining her team, she'd love to hear from you (


Before School and After School Clubs

Chess Club every Tuesday and Thursday 7:45am in Room 29

Cheetah Cubs Parent-Child playgroup every Wednesday 8:45-9:45am in Rm 28

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

Ukulele Group Monday 3:15-4:00pm in Library - Last Session, May 7th

Bike It! by Safe Moves for current 5th Graders

Open to all incoming 6th graders who want to Bike it! to school in the Fall of 2018.

Meet us at the front flagpole to practice riding to your new middle school, preview the bike facilities at the Crittenden, listen to traffic safety tips, have refreshments, and ride back.

Bring your bike, helmet, water bottle, signed permission form, and a parent. If you can’t ride with us, you’re welcome to meet us at the middle schools.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.


School Site Council - Parent Vote for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Theuerkauf Elementary School Site Council works with the principal to develop, review, and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.  The School Site Council consists of five staff members (principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel) and five parent members. There are four (4) vacancies for parent positions for the 2018-2019 school year.

Attached is a form to vote for four parents to be members of the school site council for the 2018-2019 school year.  Forms will also be sent home is students’ backpacks this week. Please return the form to your child’s teacher or the front office by Friday, May 11th.

District Chess Tournament

The Chess Club will compete in the 15th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament on Sunday, May 20, from 11:30-5:00, at Monta Loma.  There is no fee for signing up, which can be done before May 13 at  The website contains the tournament details, including how parents can volunteer.  If you still have questions, please contact Mark Ruzon at or 650-215-3167.

MV Parent U: Suicide Prevention

MV Parent University presents “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crittenden Middle School – Multi-Use Room.

Presented by: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, parents will learn to ask the  right questions and resources to help, as well as about the QPR/ Question, Persuade, Refer, Suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


·  Interpretation (Spanish)

·  Child Care

·  Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here


MVEF News!

MVEF, together with numerous Educational Foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9th as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools. Mayor Lenny Siegel, as well as the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills mayors, signed a proclamation in support of this day and our public schools. The proclamation recognizes our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.  Support our public schools by donating today at

2018 Summer Swim Lessons 

School Site Council - Parent Vote 

Dia del Nino 

Kick, Lead, Dream Soccer Camp

State Testing 


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