May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Dear Cheetahs,

I can't believe we only have 5 more school days together! It has been a year like no other, and I am so proud to see the growth of all of our Theuerkauf students. As we prepare for a glorious summer break full of family, fun, and rest, please be sure to review the End of year reminders in School News, below.

As always, thank you so much for your partnership and support. Together, we make a difference!

 

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Friday, May 28- End of 3rd Trimester - Minimum Day (school ends at 11:55am)

Monday, May 31- Memorial Day - No School

Wednesday, June 2, 1-3pm - Materials distribution - All zoomies (TK-5th)

Thursday, June 3 - Final Cool Cat awards assembly, talent show, & end of year celebration

  • 4th and 5th graders: 8:45-9:15am

  • 2nd and 3rd graders: 10:30-11am (3rd recess will shift to 9:15-9:35am)

  • TK, Kinder, and 1st graders: 1:00-1:30pm

Friday, June 4- Last Day of School- Minimum Day (school ends at 11:55am)

Friday, June 4 - 5th grade promotion activities: 

  • 11am: Live screening of promotion video via Zoom 

  • 12:30pm: Drive-through celebration at the school (don't forget to display your child's name on a sign in the passenger side window!)

End of Year Updates & News

  • Early Dismissal: Friday May 28th is a minimum day; dismissal will be at 11:55am. 

  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 31st, is Memorial Day. There is no school.

  • Last Day of School and Report Cards: The last day of school will be Friday, June 4, 2021. It is a minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 11:55am. You will be receiving report cards electronically, by 4PM on June 4.

  • 2021-2022 School Year: We are beginning to plan our classes for next year.  If you are not returning to Theuerkauf for 2021-22 school year, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 650-903-6925 or email Mrs. Colon at mcolon@mvwsd.org.

  • District Wireless Hotspots and Chromebook: If you have a district-issued wireless hotspot or Chromebook and your student will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, OR if he/she no longer needs the hotspot, please return it to the Theuerkauf office by Friday, June 11, 2021 at 3pm.

  • MVWSD Summer is here! Every family's summer plans are different, but our district recommends that all students do some academic practice daily to keep their skills sharp in preparation for next year. MVWSD Summer is a collection of programs to help students maintain their academic skills, keep them connected to learning technology, and access free meals all summer long. These self- and parent-directed programs keep students in a routine during the summer and will go a long way to preventing learning loss. On i-Ready this summer, students will have both personalized lessons that their teachers have chosen for them, and lessons tailored to their needs based on assessment data. Look for an email soon from MVWSD or click on https://www.mvwsd.org/summer to learn more. Attached are flyers outlining students’ steps for a productive summer and for easy access to all of the programs’ links. (Flyer 1 - Summer Learning Menu & Flyer 2 - iReady Cheat Sheet)

  • i-Ready Summer Challenge: If you haven’t heard by now, over the summer I have issued a Cheetah Learning Challenge in order to motivate our students to continue learning over the summer. Though our students have shown growth even in the midst of this very difficult year, many of our students are not yet ready for the next grade level. To help them prepare, students are being assigned lessons at their own reading and math levels in i-Ready to complete, and they will also receive a hands-on workbook that they can use to catch up on their skills in math and English. For all students, including our current fifth graders, we will celebrate their hard work during our first week back at school in August:

  • If a student completes at least 50 iReady lessons (one lesson each weekday!) and both of their entire workbooks, they will have their names entered into a raffle. Three students will win gift cards to Barnes & Noble and also receive the rewards below.

  • If a student completes 40 iReady lessons and at least 3/4 of each workbook, they will get to participate in a cupcake party and also receive the prizes below.

  • If a student completes 30 iReady lessons and one full workbook overall, they will receive a bookmark and a bracelet.

Please encourage your child to participate in our summer challenge! 

 

Staying Hydrated

The weather is getting warmer every day, and many students are consuming more water than usual! If your child is a roomie, please remind them to please bring two regular filled water bottles daily (or one large filled water bottle). 

 

Library Corner

Hello Cheetahs!  The end of the school year is almost here! Please return all library books and classroom novels to Theuerkauf by May 28th to be counted in the end-of-year inventory. Thank you!

Summer reading rocks! Keep reading this summer, Cheetahs! The Mountain View City Library is expanding its hours and will be open 12-6 PM Monday through Saturday beginning June 1st. Getting a library card is FREE and easy! All you need is an adult with a photo ID that shows a current address. Library computers are again open to the public for free. Reserve a packet at Grab and Go to follow your own outdoor adventure and solve The Case of the Missing Rat. Click here to see all the services and programs MV City Library is offering this summer. 

Highlighted Book: For the last week of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I’d like to share the story of Maggie Gee, one of only two female Chinese American pilots who flew during World War II. Born in Berkeley, CA  in 1923, Maggie and her family would go to the Oakland airport on Sunday’s to watch the airplanes take off and land. Maggie fell in love with airplanes, but Amelia Earhart was the only female pilot she knew of. When the U.S. entered WWII and started Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, Maggie saw her chance to make her dream of flying come true. Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, by Marissa Moss, tells Maggie’s story. You can listen to a delightful video of it being read aloud here

The other female Chinese American WASP was named Hazel Ying Lee. She was born in Portland, OR and although they never met, her life was similar to Maggie’s. There is a book about her called The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee, by Julie Leung. Sadly, Hazel was one of the 38 women who died while serving in WASP. More information about Maggie Gee and Hazel Ying Lee can be found in this “Overlooked” obituary published in The New York Times last year. 

 

You can access ebooks ALL SUMMER LONG by going to our library home page. 

Happy reading!--Mrs. B. 

 

5th Grade Promotion

Our 5th graders will be promoted to middle school in just a few short weeks! We are so proud of and excited for these students! We plan to celebrate our 5th graders in this very important rite of passage, and we invite all of our 5th graders' families to participate at their comfort level! 

  1. Special promotion ceremony video: Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us! Our promotion video will be shown live at 11am on 6/4/21. The link will also be available on PowerSchool all day, if you would like to watch it at a different time. As a reminder, 5th graders will learn from home (distance learning) on 6/4 to allow everyone to watch and celebrate together as a family prior to our drive-thru celebration at the school at 12:30pm.

  2. On-campus drive-through celebration: To celebrate our 5th graders in a socially distant way, we would also like to invite our 5th graders' families to join us for a drive-through promotion celebration from 12:30-1:30pm on the afternoon of 6/4/21. We will have staff members standing throughout the parking lot and on sidewalks to welcome each student and family with certificates, balloons, signs, and more. Please be sure to have a sign/piece of paper with your child's name displayed in the passenger side window. :)

 

Times are Tough, but support is Available! 

We know that times are tough for everyone during the pandemic, and many families who have not previously needed assistance could use a little support right now. If your family has a need for grocery or hygiene items, please let us know by emailing Ltellez@mvwsd.org. We will arrange a private pick-up or drop-off to fit your family's needs.

 

Parent Resources:

Our amazing Resource Teacher, Susan Barber, has shared an excellent article about focusing on one skill at a time to teach your child over the summer. Take a look! Building skills at home

Additionally, a dedicated team from Los Altos High School has been working on an informational blog called "Up to Date." Their mission is to make useful information accessible to all members of the Bay Area community. The students write stories centered around life skills, current events, and coronavirus updates. They hope to support students and their families as we all navigate the uncertain times of the pandemic and beyond. Please check out their website to enjoy this resource. 

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What a memorable year it’s been!  I enjoyed meeting so many of you at our materials distributions and online community building events. Thank you to our awesome PTA executive board and school staff for your flexibility and willingness to serve our community.  It was a pleasure being the PTA President this year; you are in phenomenal hands with a dedicated and talented leadership team for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Have a wonderful summer! 

- Christina Woo, 2020-21 PTA President

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MVWSD Summer is here! 

Every family's summer plans are different, but our district recommends that all students do some academic practice daily to keep their skills sharp in preparation for next year. MVWSD Summer is a collection of programs to help students maintain their academic skills, keep them connected to learning technology, and access free meals all summer long. These self- and parent-directed programs keep students in a routine during the summer and will go a long way to preventing learning loss. On i-Ready this summer, students will have both personalized lessons that their teachers have chosen for them, and lessons tailored to their needs based on assessment data.

Look for an email soon from MVWSD or click on https://www.mvwsd.org/summer to learn more. Attached are flyers outlining students’ steps for a productive summer and for easy access to all of the programs’ links.

 

COVID Vaccinations and Free Boba tea at Crittenden on June 2 

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for youth and adults are available on Wednesday, June 2 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School at the Sports Center, 1500 W. Middlefield Road.

Youth (12 years and older) and adults are welcome.

No appointment needed.

You don't need health insurance.

Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.

If any patient received their first vaccination elsewhere, they may receive their second dose at this event.

Children ages 12 - 17 need permission from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated which could be:

* A signed consent form (Forms are linked here COVID vaccination consent forms (English)  - or can be picked up in the Graham and Crittenden school offices)

* A parent or guardian with them

* A telephone call to the parent or guardian

Staff are onsite to support language needs and disability access. For information, call (408) 970-2999 or sccFreeVax.org

 

Yellow tier: COVID guidance updated

On Wednesday, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy due to the fact that more than 75% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read more about MVWSD’s health and safety protocols through the end of the school year.

 

View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan.  Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

 

Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Non-returning students should bring them back

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to your school office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

School offices are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker at jaker@mvwsd.org. 

 

District Wireless Hotspots

If you have a district-issued wireless hotspot and your student will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, OR if he/she no longer needs the hotspot, please return it to your school office by Friday, June 11, 2021 so that it can be reassigned to other students who need it. Thank you!

 

Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

 

COVID Vaccine now available for students 12 years and older 

Families can schedule an appointment for their children 12 and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group. Among other options around the county, Levi's stadium has evening appointments and the Mountain View Community Center is open during the day. Vaccination appointments for these locations can be made here: https://vax.sccgov.org/. Students can also be vaccinated at Walmart in Mountain View (600 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040) and El Camino Health’s Sunnyvale Clinic.

 

COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health 

* Graham Middle School. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling. 

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.
 

 

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.

May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities

For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to: https://funraise.org/give/Community-Health-Awareness-Council/a25a1482-56ef-448d-80f1-c36132be901c/.

 

CalFresh Program for grocery assistance 

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.

 

City of MV Summer Camp available 

The City of Mountain View still has spots available for their Club Rec Explorers summer camp for kids aged 9-11. Camps are held weekly from June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and breakfast and lunch is provided. Locations include Rengstorff Park, Bubb Park, and Whisman Park. Head to www.mountainview.gov/register or call (650) 903-6331 for more information.

 

MVPD Stop Bullying Workshop 

The Mountain View Recreation Division is running a youth wellness educational series, “Wishing You Wellness.” This series provides monthly wellness workshops. June's workshop is next week! On Tuesday, June 1 at 6 p.m., MVPD School Resource Officers will run a webinar on ways to stand up to bullying and cyber bullying. The webinar is open to both youth and parents. A flyer is attached. Registration at: https://mountainview.gov/StopBullying.

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COVID Vaccine @ Crittenden 

CalFresh Program

 City of MV Summer Camp 

COVID Vaccine

 MVPD anti-bullying workshop 

MVWSD Summer Learning 

 

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