Cheetah Chatter, Oct.17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 17~ School Site Council Meeting 5:15pm in Staff Lounge

Friday, October 19~ College Day!

Thursday, October 25~ Cool Cat Assembly 8:35 on the Blacktop

Thursday, October 25~ ELAC Meeting 9:00am (after assembly) in Room 25

Friday, October 26~ Fearkauf Fest 3:30-5:30pm

Monday, October 29~ Project Cornerstone Parent Meeting 8:45-10:00 in Room 25

Monday, November 5~ CSA Mobile Food Pantry 2:00-4:00pm

Friday, November 9~ SELPA Parent Coffee 8:45-9:45 in Room 25

Wednesday, November 14~ Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop

Friday, November 16~ Spirit Day~ Mickey Mouse Day

Wednesday, November 28~ PTA Meeting 6:30-8:00pm in the Library

Thursday, November 29~ Cool Cat Assembly 8:40-8:55am on the Blacktop

Thursday, November 29~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 in Room 25

Greetings Theuerkauf Families!

Thank you for taking time for Parent-teacher conferences. This is such an important step in understanding how your child is doing at school and asking questions on how we can support academics at home.

This week is College Week at Theuerkauf. Students have been playing a bingo game or engaging in grade level appropriate activities around colleges and careers. They have a couple questions that students ask their teacher each day to get to know how their teachers’ college experience was and what all is needed to prepare to go to college. On Friday, 10/19, staff is wearing College Gear and students are also encouraged to wear college clothing or college colors, if they have any, for the college they would like to attend or their family members might have attended.They say, it is never to early to start having these conversations and developing a growth mindset on what is needed to prepare to go to college. Besides, why not have fun at school and build a college going culture?!  

Our school PTA is organizing FearKauf Festival on Friday, October 26th, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Students can wear their costumes to the festival but not at school during the day on Friday. Students may wear their costumes over their clothing during the last 15 minutes of class time on Friday, 10/26, if they are attending the Fearkauf Festival. Students are to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the festival. We will have fun activities such as pumpkin painting, corn hole, haunted house, etc. along with food for sale. Please do join us for some school wide community fun.

Halloween is coming up soon and students who celebrate are very excited about it. Students may wear their costumes during the day, on October 31, as long as it is safe and non-distracting. Masks, gore, and sharp/dangerous props (fake weapons) are not allowed. Teachers have choice on what celebrations take place during the day. We strongly encourage students not to bring candy to school that day. If your family does not participate in the festivities, please make sure your child's teacher is made aware and we will make alternate arrangements as the classroom engages in Halloween celebrations.

Parking Lot: A gentle reminder that the back parking lot is for staff parking only. It is not a drop-off zone for students. Parents are to park in the appropriate neighborhood areas and walk their child if using the back gate. Please do not park in the parking lot designated spots or wait in the parking lot while your child is being dropped to class. Parents are asked not to take u-turn in the middle of the street. It is very unsafe, especially when students are walking or crossing the street to get on campus. Thank you for your support in making sure all our students are safe as they walk to school.


Ms. Swati Dagar


School News

Before School and After School Clubs

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

Cheetah Cubs every Tuesday 8:45-9:45am in Rm 25  

CSMA Art every Thursday 12:50-1:50pm in Rm 25

#2 Olimpico Robotics Club every Thursday 12:45-2:15 in Library- Starts 10/18/18  

CSMA Chorus every Thursday 12:45-1:45pm in Rm 11 at Stevenson

Ukulele Group every Monday 3:15-4:15 in the library

Noon Duty Supervision

We are looking for one more individual to help with supervision at lunch time. More coverage is always better! If you are available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and are interested in the position, please contact Ms. Dagar (

Olimpico Robotics Club

Thursdays, 12:45-2:15pm ~ October 18 - November  11, 2018 ~ in Theuerkauf’s Library

Robotics and Coding Workshop is aimed at introducing basic building and coding of robots using a very hands on approach. There will be games and competitions every class to keep the students motivated. The instructors are highly experienced in teaching and mentoring teams for robotics tournaments. To register, please complete this portion and return it to the Theuerkauf school front office by October 15, 2018.  This program is free to all students in 4th & 5th grade, they will be selected by lottery. Space is limited to 30 students.

Negative lunch balances

We strongly encourage you to keep your student’s lunch account balance current. Overdrawn student meal accounts have a negative impact on the District’s budget, which in turn, reduces the educational resources available to all of our students.

We have several simple payment options for you to choose from.  No matter which payment option you choose, please know that negative balances must be paid as soon as possible. 

  1. Pay online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM: Add money to your student's account.

  2. Drop off a check at the school office:  Checks should be made payable to MVWSD Food and Nutrition. Please include your child’s name and student ID number.

After paying your outstanding balance, we encourage you to create a “safety net” for your child.  Pre-paying for your child’s meals is a simpler way of managing their account, and prevents unpaid meal charges.  Paying for meals before the meal service also helps lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help.  We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. You may do this at any time during the school year, and must apply each year.  Applications are available at your child’s school office or online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.  

We still have lots of Fearkauf Fest Volunteer Opportunities, and we are especially eager for parents who can help set up and take the Theuerkauf Haunted House from blueprints to spooooky realityPlease mosey on over to our Sign Up Sheet, type in your name, and get inspired to help make this a fantastic event! 

10/26 and 10/31 Costume Rules

Friendly reminder to all parents and students that the day of Fearkauf Fest on 10/26 (3:30-5:30pm event), students will only be allowed to put on a costume during the last 15 minutes of the school day (and up until 5:30 when festivities end). The rules are as follows:

    1. Costume goes on over clothing (not something to change into)

    2. no fake blood or scary outfits are allowed

    3. no masks or makeup are allowed

    4. no fake weapons are allowed

On Halloween Day, October 31st, students are allowed to wear their costumes all day long, but must also abide by the rules outlined above. Thank you for your cooperation for these festivities!

Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.

STEMtastic Saturday

An event for parents, students & teachers with digital learning, hands-on activities and prizes.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.

Space is limited. Registration is required to confirm your attendance. Please register now at


MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and donate today at

Olimpico Robotics Club 

Fearkauf Fest flyer

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