Cheetah Chatter, June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

Important Dates

Friday, June 5~ 5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony 9:00 a.m 

Friday, June 5~ Reclassification Ceremony 1:00 p.m 

Friday, June 5~ Last day of school 

Friday, June 5~ Report Cards go home via email


From the Principal's Desk

Hello Wonderful Theurkauf Community, 

Just like that our school year is over! I know that this last part of the year was challenging for you as parents & guardians as you navigated the COVID-19 pandemic as it related to careers, childcare, staying healthy, and the overall safety of your family. Our kids took a HUGE CHALLENGE this year. COVID  split us apart but our kiddos worked from home, did their best, and they continued to make us smile.  I could not be more proud of our staff, our community, and our parents for helping our students finish out the year strong.  This experience will no doubt help teach our students (and us!) the “grit and perseverance”  that it takes to succeed in tough times. So congratulations to YOU and our students for making it until the end of the year!

We find ourselves at a crossroads, a moment of great celebration for our fantastic students  paired with a global pandemic and historic unrest in our nation. Many of our hearts are full to bursting. We are going through a range of emotions as we are bombarded with graphic images of  communities across the nation hurting and in pain. This affects us all, staff and families included. At our school, we stand against racism, hate any sort, and discrimination. This is an  opportunity for us all to be examples for our children as we nurture and encourage them to participate in thoughtful dialogue - respectfully articulating their thoughts and opinions while listening to and learning from the perspectives of others. This respectful exchange of ideas while honestly addressing history and current events are essential skills for our future generations. 

As a school community, we continue to learn more, be better for our students, be louder for all, and practice love. We are deeply committed to coming together to build a better tomorrow.  Let’s not forget to remind our Cheetahs our school’s four core values - Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, and Courage. Let's continue to partner and build our country’s future through our children - by inspiring in them kindness, love, compassion for diversity, along with pride for themselves and who they are. 

Summer definitely looks different than previous years’. Even our students will say that. To help reduce the learning gap, students in our school district will be provided opportunities for summer learning. You should hear more on this from our District Office soon. These activities are for all students 3and will be available online on the website. Students can access whenever they want. Our school will have additional grade level resources for students available on our school website. There are explicit directions for parents on how to navigate with the resource. Having a How-to will help families.  Activities included don't necessarily need a device to print or increase screen time. Many of them can be done on paper (off-screen). We will share this Site Summer Resource list next week. 

I would like  to take a minute and appreciate the hard work and effort  that our parents, volunteers, Room parents, SSC, PTA, ELAC  parents  have put in this year for all students (not just fractions!) We are  so grateful to be able to partner with you  for our children.  

As many of you are probably wondering, we are not sure what school will look like in the Fall as of now due to COVID 19.  I am hopeful that we will be back in the classrooms with our kids. I encourage everyone to follow the MVWSD and Theuerkauf’s webpage and social media posts for updates this summer as it relates to the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to update our community as we know more.  The school reopening Task Force and  Focus  groups meeting are working  through  this. 

It is such an honor to be the Principal of Theuerkauf and I am thankful to be able to serve such an amazing group of kids, parents, teachers, staff and the community. Let’s all continue to stand with each other to support each other, to support our students, and to support our entire school community.  

Wish you a wonderful Summer.  Stay safe and Go Cheetahs!

Sending peace and tranquility your way. 

 

Your Principal Dagar 

School News

Chess Tournament Results 

Even in this time of Shelter-in-place, the 17th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament (17AMICT) found a way forward  on May 31st. Games were played online for the first time ever. It was definitely a learning experience but our Cheetahs are  just outstanding in every way!  

The tournament was a 5-round Swiss with 15 minutes for each player to make all of their moves.  Each player could score up to 5 points, and the top 3 players for each school contributed to the team score. 

Please join us in congratulating the students below: 

Theuerkauf Club Tournament (ended early):

- 1st place winner: Paxton P.

- 2nd place: four-way tie: Daisy C., Lila C., Logan T., Noah L.  

 

All-school MVWSD Tournament (May 31):

- Junior team (K-3rd) honorable mentions: Arjun P. and Noah L.

- Junior player 3rd overall: Daisy C.

- Senior team (4-5) honorable mentions: Julia A., Lila C., Miles L., Paxton P.

 

Way to go, Cheetahs!! 

Please join me in extending a heartfelt Thank You to Mr. Matt Corpus and Mr. Nathan Laredo for making this fun event happen and for training kiddos each week through the year before school.  Your commitment and efforts for our kiddos are really appreciated. 


District News

Child Care and Resources

SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.


Food Benefits

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month(May).

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt


Attachments

Pandemic Benefit 

Social Service Agency 

Community Resources for Parents 

Pandemic EBT 

DRAI Key Facts 


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