Apr. 28, 2022

Hello Theuerkauf Families,

Our 3rd-5th graders have started their statewide assessments this week. They are doing a great job using their strategies to show what they know!  Our younger students made posters and wrote caring notes to encourage their big buddies:

Reclassification Celebration - TODAY!

Please join us in congratulating 13 of our AMAZING Theuerkauf Cheetahs who are now fully proficient in English! This is a huge accomplishment, and we will be celebrating this milestone along with others in our district tonight from 5-7pm at Crittenden Middle School (Middlefield parking lot). We will be cheering on our students and celebrating their bilingual status. Go Cheetahs!!!!

School Site Council

Be a parent leader at Theuerkauf!  If you are interested in being part of our School Site Council (SSC), please visit this webpage to view SSC overview videos in English and Spanish and the SSC handbook.  You may nominate yourself as a candidate by filling out this form.  Self-nominations for School Site Council are due May 13th.  Elections will take place 5/18-5/27.

5th Grade Celebration

5th grade families, save the date for our 5th Grade Celebration!  We are planning an in-person event to honor and celebrate our 5th graders before they move on to middle school on the afternoon of Friday, June 2nd.  More information to come from the 5th grade teachers.

As always, thank you for your partnership. 

Together, we make a difference! 

 

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

 

Thursday, April 28- Reclassification Celebration (@Crittenden Middle School) - 5-7pm

Friday, April 29- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00am 

Wednesday, May 11- SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Thursday, May 12- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30 (Zoom)

Friday, May 27- End of Trimester- Minimum Day

Wednesday, June 1- SSC MEETING 5:00-6:00 (Zoom)

Thursday, June 2 - 5th Grade Promotion Celebration

Friday, June 3- Last Day of School- Minimum Day, Dismissal is 12:10

 

***Wednesdays: Open Office Hours with the Principal 4:00-5:00pm (use this link)***

 

MVWSD Celebrates Its Reclassified Students!

It's time for our annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all of the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations this week to the event to take place at Crittenden the evening of April 28. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!

 

Traffic Safety Committee

If you would like to discuss ways to better protect our students and encourage safety on the roads surrounding our school, please respond to this email with your name, child's name, and your preferred time to meet of day to meet. A meeting invitation will be sent during the week after the break.

 

Reminder: Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357. Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!

 

Reminder: Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

This is just a friendly reminder that you are invited to join me each Wednesday for our informal Principal Office Hours (virtual through Zoom) from 4pm - 5:00pm. Feel free to drop in if you have any questions or if you just want to chat. For office hours, there is no formal agenda, it is a time for you to stop in to say hello, and for us to get to know each other better! I look forward to seeing you!

 

Deadline Extended for Yearbook Customization to May 2nd

Customize your students yearbook with just 2 personalized free pages. It's easy! Just follow these directions:

1) Go to https://www.treering.com and click "Login" if you have already purchased a yearbook, or "Buy Yearbook" if you haven't yet. Our school's passcode is 1016316858373987

2) Once logged in, select "Kid Yearbooks" in the drop-down menu on the far left, then click on "Edit Custom Pages".  

3) Upload at least 1 photo. You can choose whether to answer Treering's suggested questions about memories or Skip, then build your pages. You can upload more photos as needed.

Click here or here to learn more about customizing your pages. If you don't customize your pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages.

 

Teacher Appreciation week starts on May 2nd

Let’s show all 45+ staff members how much we appreciate them! This includes everyone in the office, all of the aides, teachers and specialists, the recess supervisors, the custodians and food services. We will have special food for each day, decorations, a daily student action, and gift each staff member a yearbook.

Support your student and remind them of the daily student action. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, May 2nd - Air-Five Day - Give your teacher/staff member and air-five

  • Tuesday, May 3rd - Color Day - Wear your teacher's favorite color

  • Wednesday, My 4th - Thank You Day - Say and extra thank you to a staff member

  • Thursday, May 5th - Fill a Bucket Day - Give a smile or compliment to a staff member or teacher

  • Friday, May 6th - You Rock Day - Give your teacher a (small) rock (staff will collect them in mason jar vase)

If you want to contribute to the snack bar, please drop off individually wrapped (store bought or homemade) snacks at the front office for Tuesday (May 3) and Wednesday (May 4). Please include a label with ingredients listed

Our PTA Board for 2022-23 is almost formed, but we still need a Treasurer!

Our treasurer would love to continue, but State PTA rules allow that role to be held for only 2 years. She will of course do a handover and teach you the software, which she says is very easy and straightforward. 

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in taking on this role. 

 

Please share and rate thoughts before May 4: Safety ThoughtExchange

As our community is still reeling from the recent student tragedy, many of us are asking the question of “how can we make school commutes safer for our students?” The Mountain View Whisman School District is recording these organic conversations in an online exchange of ideas, with the goal of involving all of the organizations and people who have a role in making our community safer.

Please click here to participate in a ThoughtExchange about safety: my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/545040823. Your participation is confidential. Please share and come back often to rate new ideas until the exchange closes on May 4.

 

Interpreters and Translators Needed!

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? Are you bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or ASL (Sign Language)?  MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to become interpreters and translators for school and district events, documents, and parent meetings.  To find out more, click here: http://mvw.sd/translators

 

Two Upcoming Parent University Events

1. Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: April 27, 2022, 5:30pm  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu042722

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions.

2. High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu051122

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

 

MVWSD Celebrates Its Reclassified Students!

It's time for our annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all of the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations this week to the event to take place at Crittenden the evening of April 28. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!

 

April Better Together Infographic 

This April, we herald in Autism Acceptance Month and celebrate our neurodiverse community. MVWSD is a district that aims to provide an identity-affirming, empowering space for all of our students. We strive to challenge biases and champion change that makes our world more equitable, accessible, and just. Check out this month's infographic for ideas and resources to spark a conversation about autism acceptance and about the gifts our neurodiverse people bring to our community. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

 

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:

* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;

* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or

* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit https://www.mvwsd.org.

 

Health and Wellness Tip: Changing Your Thoughts

Everyone has upsetting thoughts from time to time, which can make us feel angry, sad, or frustrated. This is normal! It is often our emotions that drive these upsetting thoughts, not the facts of the situation. By catching our upsetting thoughts, checking the facts, and changing our thoughts based on those facts, we can start to have more helpful thoughts and improve our mood.  

Watch this video and learn more about how to change upsetting thoughts to be more helpful.

To change your upsetting thoughts: 

  1. Catch it. When you feel upset, pause and ask yourself, “What words or phrases are running through my mind right now?”

  2. Check it. Consider whether the thought you are having is helpful or not. 

  3. Change it. If you are having an unhelpful thought, consider other ways of looking at the situation. Reframe your thought to one that is more helpful.

Catching, checking, and changing your thoughts takes practice. By noticing your unhelpful thoughts and reframing them based on facts, you can improve your mood.

 

Día de los Niños with MV Public Library 

Día de los Niños/Día de los libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Books) will be celebrated with a performance from Raices de Mexico, a Mexican folkloric dance company that will perform regional dances from Mexico, on Saturday, April 30 from 11-11:45 a.m. in Pioneer Park. The event is open to all ages, and no registration is required. Click here for more information.

 

April Better Together 

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