August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf community! 

The first week of school at Theuerkauf has thus far been an eventful and exciting time for one and all. Though some were not initially overly exuberant about returning to school in the online space, it has been refreshing to see parents, students, and staff alike show up with a sense of excitement and purpose from day one. From TK to 5th grade, there has been a sense of joy and curiosity about returning to school. Thank you to all stakeholders for joining together to make school exciting and important for every child at Theuerkauf. Go Cheetahs!

Remember that Wednesdays are a different type of day for the students. They must check in on Zoom with their teacher at 8:35 am, then do their Wednesday assignments throughout the day, and finally check back in with the teacher on Zoom at 2:35 pm. (1:50 pm for TK & Kinder).


Yours in service,


Michelle Williams

Important Dates

August 21,2020 

● Second materials distribution event will be held this Friday, 8/21/20, from 9am-3pm. Please see below for details and the specific schedule for each grade level.

August 26, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

● Back to school night - Kindergarten through 5th grade. 

*All grade levels will hold two sessions to accommodate families with more than one child. Please choose one session.

September 2, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

● Back to school night - Transitional Kindergarten (TK) - Register here

School News

2nd Material Distribution

On Friday, we will hold our 2nd materials distribution of the year. During this distribution, students will receive their science, math, and ELA curricular notebooks and workbooks. Some grade levels may also receive supplementary supplies for class projects. 

  • Date: Friday, 8/21/20

  • Times

    • TK, K and 1: 9-11

    • Grades 2-3: 11-1

    • Grades 4-5: 1-3

    • Can't make it? Call the school to set up an appointment.


Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-up. When coming to campus, please wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times. Additionally, please perform the following self-check prior to coming on campus:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?

       • Fever or chills • Recent loss of taste or smell • Cough • Sore throat

       • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Congestion • Fatigue

       • Nausea or vomiting  • Muscle or body aches • Diarrhea • Headache

2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days? 4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.


Attendance and Absences 

Even though we are in distance learning, we are still in school.  Daily attendance is required. At the beginning of the school day, teachers will have a Zoom check in meeting to take attendance and connect with students. If your child will be absent and not able to attend Zoom instruction, please contact the front office by phone (650) 903-6925 or email to inform the school of your child’s absence.

PTA News

Join the PTA!

The Theuerkauf Elementary PTA is an all-volunteer association that builds community and supports school enrichment through organizing events like pancake breakfasts, paying for field trip experiences, and providing teachers with funding for supplies.

Please join our PTA to support our children and our school! We are a non-profit organization; for each member, we pay dues to various PTA organizations.  Dues help us operate; donations help us support our school community. 

Please fill out and return this form in a sealed envelope with cash or a check made payable to Theuerkauf Elementary PTA.  We can collect dues when materials are being distributed.  To pay online, please email your completed form and use PayPal to recipient

District News

Meals and Payments

Did you know that you can pick up lunch for your child at Theuerkauf every day?

Food for all students: Paid and free and reduced price meals (grab and go during MVWSD Distance Learning) will be available at our site for students who registered last year for free and reduced price meals and the National School Lunch program, and full price meals will be available for students who have paid in advance online or have sent a check (including child’s school, child’s name, grade, teacher) to Food Service, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

How to get it: Free or reduced price meal benefit status from last year can be used to pay for lunches until Sept. 30. We can assist new applicants in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program and can process applications quickly. The 2020-21 online application deadline is September 21, 2020. No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Please go to the following website to apply online today. (or paper applications are available at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School’s lunch service until Aug. 15). To learn more about the process for applying for the free and reduced lunch program, please click on this flyer.

Meal payment: Full or reduced price meals should be paid online throughout the year New this year: You must pay in advance online. No cash or checks will be accepted in person at the meal sites or school offices. No credit will be extended. Full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).

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


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what they do. Please note: Mentor Tutor programs are currently remote and will remain so until students are back in school and the school district permits volunteers in the classroom


All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:            Thursday, September 10th

Time:            5:00 - 6:00 pm

Location:      Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE




Free COVID testing at El Camino Healthcare

El Camino Healthcare District is offering free COVID-19 testing in Mountain View for anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the healthcare district. You do not need to have insurance to get tested or provide proof of residency.

Note that this is NOT the antibody test. This is a test that tells you whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 on the day of the test. Tests are required to be scheduled in advance and are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 650-940-7022 to

schedule your free test. For more information on testing and locations, go



During the time of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, MVWSD has partnered with providers Right at School, YMCA and Newton to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare with prioritization for the children of full-time essential workers. MVWSD students in grades TK-5 may enroll.

Please note that these are District partners, not MVWSD programs. You may contact the providers with specific questions about their programs and their health and safety protocols. Childcare subsidies may be available for parents through the state of California. Please ask Right at School, YMCA and Newton at time of registration.



Digital resources for parents to help students

Stuck on how to use Google Classroom? Wondering how to best support your student in Distance Learning? This summer, we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page full of tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. 

These resources are designed by and curated by MVWSD teachers to be most useful for our parents. 

Technology How-To Videos (on Chromebooks, SeeSaw, i-Ready, Clever, Zoom and more)

Supporting Distance Learning (Tips and resources)

Mental Health Tips (Managing anxiety and stress at home)

All are available in English and Spanish at


ELPAC Language Assessment

Mountain View is a beautifully diverse place where hundreds of languages are spoken. In some instances, children from households where a non-English language is spoken need additional help at school to become fluent in English. To make sure that we identify all such children, all public school districts in California are required to do an initial language assessment called the Initial ELPAC. (English Learner Performance Assessment of California).

A letter was sent out last week to all families with children who meet the criteria for the Initial ELPAC. The letter describes the rationale and details for the assessment and invites families to follow up with any questions they may have. Additionally, the following link is a helpful resource for parents/guardians to understand the test better and to help prepare their children.

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