November 10, 2020

From the Principal's Desk


Hello, Cheetah Families!

It has been a wonderful week thus far at Theuerkauf! Our Kindergarten classes took a virtual field trip to the Deer Hollow farm, our fifth graders dove deeper into their work with long division and fractions, and all of our students are working hard to improve their reading comprehension scores in various ways. On a personal note, I want to share with you that it has been SUCH a joy to spend time with students during our grade level lunch bunch sessions over the past few weeks!! Thank you for those who have helped their kids log in for a little social interaction time. Today, our first grade group enjoyed some game time together. Next week, our Kinder and TK students will get to join in the fun as well. As a reminder, if you have an idea for another engaging and/or FUN activity for kids in the online space, please share your thoughts here! Our next new social activity will be announced next week.

Also, I want to remind you that you should have by now received a email from Cathy Bauer in the MVWSD district office regarding a 4-week on-campus PE opportunity that is scheduled to begin next Wednesday, 11/18/20. There is a personalized link in the email you received that will allow you to sign up if you are interested in having your child take part in this opportunity. The window to sign up closes tomorrow.

In case you missed our last parent coffee, please click here to view the slides.

Thank you to our parents, teachers, and all stakeholders at Theuerkauf for working together to teach our children the importance of equity, excellence, perseverance, hard work, and gratitude. 

Together, we make a difference!


Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams

Important Dates

November 11, 2020- Veteran’s Day- No School (see below for a special initiative!)

November 17, 2020- SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00

November 20, 2020- Report Cards Sent Home

November 20, 2020- Cheetah Spirit Day- Happening Hats!

November 23, 2020, 5-6pm- Principal’s Coffee (register here)

November 25-27, 2020- Thanksgiving Recess

November 30, 2020 - All-school Assembly - The Power of Perseverance 

Thursdays at 8am and 4:30pm - Open office hours with the Principal

School News

Seeking Career Speakers

Do you love your career? Are you willing to share the story of how you got to this place in your life? If so, please consider serving as a speaker in our upcoming online Zoom assembly. We would love to have as many careers and occupations represented as possible. If you would be willing to speak to a small group of students in a breakout room during this assembly, please complete this quick form and we will be in touch with the logistics. Our kids will benefit greatly from hearing your story and from learning what it is like to do what you do, and they will benefit even further from hearing this from someone from our very own community.


Upcoming Materials Distributions

  • Kinder & 1st: November 13th, 2-4pm

  • Alternative Pick-ups: If you need to pick up materials at a different time or for a different grade level, please call the office to schedule an appointment. Alternative pick up times are by appointment only, Monday- Friday from 10:00am-12:00 pm. Call (650) 903-6925 to schedule an alternative pick-up.


In case you missed it: Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk” 

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. If you missed it, you can see the recording of panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. The recording is at


Veterans Day - Showing our Gratitude

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, and this marks a very important time of reflection in our nation. As a country, there is unfortunately incredible division that exists along party lines, causing incredible pain and distancing even within the most close-knit of families. On this Veteran's Day, I hope that we can all stand united in celebrating and honoring those who have fought for our freedoms, rights, and privileges--including the privilege of civil discourse and the right to vote. I would encourage all of us to take a moment to thank someone we know in the armed services for their sacrifices and for their dedication to the people of our nation. 

If you are so inclined, please also consider writing a note or letter of thanks to a veteran to drop this off at the school. There will be a box where you can drop your notes at the lunch pick-up area starting on Friday, outside of the MUR. We will forward these letters along to an organization called A Million Thanks for distribution during the winter holiday season to help lift the spirits of those who have served and who continue to serve our nation. 


Technology Support:

  • If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: [email protected] to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at (650) 526-3252.

  • Is your child having trouble with sound or with their microphone? 

    • This video clip may help! NEW: Adjust Microphone Input Tutorial

    • In the Zoom app, you can click on the bottom left where the microphone is and click on the arrow, choose audio settings and then check 'automatically adjust microphone volume.' 

    • Another solution to try is to manually reduce the microphone volume in Chrome by clicking on the menu where the time/wifi icon is located then choosing the arrow next to the sound icon and adjust the microphone volume there.


Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student’s absence, please email the Secretary Mary Colon at [email protected] or call the attendance line at (650) 903-6925 press #2 

Reminder. Please include your student’s name, your student’s room or teacher, the reason for absence, and the date of absence.


Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-ups. 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 an 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.


PTA News

PTA Association Meeting

Our 2nd PTA Association Meeting will be held on Thursday December 3rd at 7pm via Google Meet

Please join us to hear what the PTA has been planning and what activities we will be offering in December. This is your chance to share your ideas and be a part of our school community.


Parent Social Hour

Thanks to those parents who joined us for our first "Parent Social Hour" on Monday. It was wonderful to see and hear from you!

In case Monday morning is not the best time for you, we are also getting together on Thursday November 19th at 5pm. Please join us to share ideas, vent or just talk to other parents. Click here to join via Google Meet. 

District News

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history  

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here:


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit for a list of these events and for login information.

  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link:

  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 

  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here: 


Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at


MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” 

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. 

Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys.  

Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to



MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

See the attached flyers for registration information.


MVLA holiday tree lot  

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.




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