Aug. 20, 2021

August 20, 2021


From the Principal's Desk

Hello Theuerkauf Families,

Last week, our students learned about our Cheetah values and had lots of fun doing so! We played relationship-building games, created art pieces that reflect our strengths as well as goals for the year, learned about and practiced safety protocols, and just spent lots of time getting to know one another as we all adjusted back to the school environment. While we are continuing to instill our cheetah values in our students, I'd like to also share these same values with you and ask for your partnership in ensuring that we create a safe, positive, and nurturing environment at school, even during dismissal and arrival. Please read on in our School News section for more on this very important topic. 

It was wonderful to see everyone at Back to School Night tonight! Teachers and staff were all so excited to meet all of you, parents, and we hope that you feel free to continue reaching out to us with your thoughts, ideas, questions, and fun ideas for engaging, empowering, and educating our students throughout this school year. 

 

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal


Important Dates

Wednesday, August 25~ Back to School Night 5:00-6:00pm (TK)

Wednesday, September 8~ Cafecito 6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, September 10~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 am


School News

Cheetah Values

At Theuerkauf, we live and work by 5 core values: Integrity, respect, responsibility, courage, and perseverance. Every one of our students received some amazing lessons over the past two weeks regarding these values, and we would like to also partner with you, parents, on modeling these values with for our students, especially at drop off and pick-up times. Here are a few very important reminders and requests regarding these times. 

 

  • Choose Integrity: For the safety of all students and staff, we are asking that anyone who comes to our campus wears a mask. This includes both drop off and pick up times. If you are walking or biking to campus, we are asking that you please put your mask on before approaching the parking lot. Additionally, if your child is experiencing a cough or any of the symptoms on the OK to Reopen form, it is extremely important that you share this with us.

  • Let Respect Guide Us: Please treat our staff and volunteers with respect as we direct traffic and support kids in the mornings and afternoons. To help with traffic flow, please watch for our morning and afternoon duty for direction. Please do not leave your vehicle in the drive thru lanes. Additionally, please use the crosswalk when crossing the street, and please do not park illegally, even for a few seconds. You can use our horseshoe driveways in the parking lots to drop off your child. If you need to park, however, please choose a parking spot rather than parking in the driveway or in a yellow or red zone. 

  • Responsibility is key: The school day begins promptly at 8:15AM. You can begin dropping off at 8:00AM. If you arrive after 8:15AM, please only enter campus through the front office. You can refer to our daily schedule for the pickup times for your child's grade level. Please make sure that you pick up your child within 10 minutes of dismissal. To support quick exit from vehicles, please prepare all of your child’s materials so that they have easy access when exiting their vehicle. For example, get in the habit of having your child put on a mask as they approach the parking lot. Make sure your child’s backpack is packed (including a water bottle) BEFORE leaving for school. Also, please remember the OK to Reopen screener needs to be completed first thing in the morning BEFORE children come on campus. This is so important for everyone's safety on campus. 

  • Hold on to courage and persevere, above all else! We are still experiencing a global pandemic. At times, we are all feeling stressed, annoyed, worried, and frustrated. That said, we must all remember to act out of courage and kindness instead of fear, and we must never give up on our students or one another. We are all adapting and adjusting as best we can to our new normal. Please remember to be patient and flexible as we make changes, but continue to reach out to me if you have ideas or suggestions for improving our practices. We are always looking to become our next best selves, and it takes input and support from the entire community to make this happen. 

 

Thank you for all that you do to prepare your child for school each day! We are one Theuerkauf family, and we will continue to prepare our children to become the leaders and changemakers that our world so desperately needs. 

 

Medication Form: If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office during our first week of school and return ASAP (we cannot administer any medication without the form).  Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.   

 

OktoReopen Health Screener: The screener needs to be completed first thing in the morning BEFORE children come on campus. Since it is so important for everyone's safety on campus. Within the OK to reopen platform, parents can adjust the settings to receive text or email only. Additionally, questions can be answered for more than one child within the same window, using the drop-down menu at the top right. It is not necessary to download an OKtoReopen app. Please click here for Pro Tips.

 

Reporting an Absence: School starts at 8:15am and attendance will be taken during class check-in.  If your child is absent, please call the attendance line at 650-903-6925 #2 by 8:30am or email mcolon@mvwsd.org. If we do not know the reason for the absence, your child will be marked unexcused.  If you are late or you have a dentist or doctor’s appointment during class time, please call Mrs. Colon.

 

Masking: All students and staff are required to wear masks while on campus. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas. Our staff has masks for students who forget them.  Mask breaks will be provided on an as needed basis. Please ensure your child knows how to properly wear a face mask. 

 

Handwashing: Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect germs from entering our bodies. Students will be expected to wash hands before and after eating, after using the restroom, and when sharing common materials. For information on correctly washing hands, please click here to watch a video on effective handwashing protocols. In cases where handwashing is not available, students can use hand sanitizer.  Please practice washing hands with your child prior to the start of school. 

 

Free Snack and Lunch: School meals are free.  MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students in the 2021-22 school year. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition. There will be a vegetarian option each day. Gluten free lunches are not available. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/.

If you need help, our office staff is available to help you.  

PTA News

Join the PTA or just to learn how to give back to our learning community.

The PTA is an all volunteer association that supports and organizes many activities and programs at Theuerkauf, such as Back-to-School NIght, Fearkauf Fest in November, pancake breakfasts, chess, emergency preparedness, physical and virtual field trips, classroom supplies, teacher appreciation and so much more. We really hope you choose to be part of our community in any capacity you can and can't wait to meet you! Also know that the teacher with the highest percentage of sign-ups wins a class party, so please support the kids, the teachers and the PTA!

tinyurl.com/THPTAconnect 

 

Please join us for our 1st PTA Meeting of the school year - save the date: August 25th at 7pm.

Dial in and hear what we are planning for the year and for the kids. We value your input, feedback and support in any capacity! 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736465261 

 

Look out for our Gear and Raffle Table - Thursday August 26th

We restocked your favorite Cheetah gear and are ready to take your orders. Please email theuerkaufpta@gmail.com with your order or find the PTA Gear tabel at dismissal on Thursday August 26th!

In addition, we are also selling raffle tickets for our 1st raffle basket of the year. Lots of good materials and supplies for a day of art activities and fun!

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Positions available with MVWSD: apply today!

Want to make a difference in the lives of students and their families? MVWSD is looking for talented individuals to join our team! See below for available positions and application links:

Instructional assistants: http://mvw.sd/AiVGD

At Risk Supervisors: http://mvw.sd/XCMHv

Substitutes for clerical staff: http://mvw.sd/ZC4Sv

Food Service: http://mvw.sd/YIW55

 

District seeking Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member

MVWSD is seeking a Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member. Selected representatives monitor, provide oversight, and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds. The PTOC is composed of representatives from the local community, including the business community, District homeowners, parents or guardians of a student in the District, or the community at large.

Applications are available for download at http://mvw.sd/PTOC.  Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View 94043, faxed to 650-964-8907 or emailed to rwestover@mvwsd.org.

 

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD and qualify for benefits 

Please apply, whether you need it or not. It helps your school get more money for student programs!

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ or call your school office.

 

Volunteer Community Navigator Training with Community Services Agency (CSA) Interested in helping others in the community navigate the Community Services Agency’s (CSA) programs and resources? Join CSA for Volunteer Community Navigator Training on Zoom from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th or Thursday, September 16th (every 3rd Thursday of the month). Please register at 650.669.9551. For more information, contact Sandra Luna, Community Resource Coordinator, at sluna@csacares.org.

Attachments

CSA Flyer for August 

CSA Flyer for September 

EzSchool Meal 

 

 


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