Jan. 21, 2022

From the Principal's Desk


Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

Thank you for attending your child’s parent-teacher conference last week.  We appreciate your continued collaboration and support as we go into the second half of the school year. Even though we only have formal parent-teacher conferences once a year, please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher throughout the year. Research shows that students perform better at school when parents are involved, and we are so grateful for your partnership. 

There will be a Principal's Coffee next Wednesday, January 26th, from 5-6pm via Zoom. I hope that you are able to attend as we discuss important COVID protocols, academic progress thus far in the year, and more. 


As always, thank you for your partnership! Together, we make a difference.


Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Thursday, January 20 - MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm - 10:00pm 

Friday, January 21 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Register Here

Friday, January 28- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00am (Zoom)

Wednesday, January 26- Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Friday, January 28- ELAC Meeting 9:00am  (Zoom)

Wednesday February 9- Cafecito 5:30pm (Zoom)

Wednesday February 16- SSC Meeting 5-6pm (Zoom)

Thursday February 17- Principal’s Coffee 5-6pm (Zoom)

Friday February 18- End of Trimester- Minimum Day~ Dismissal is 12:10 pm

February 21-25- Winter Break- No School

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

School News

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!


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!


Reposted: Lost and Found Clothing and Accessories

Is your child missing a sweater, jacket, hat, or other items? If so, please stop by the front gate during morning or afternoon pick-up. There are many water bottles, warm coats, adorable sweaters, and other items, as well. We'd like to help you to recover your child's items. 


Library News

Happy New Year! It has been fantastic to be back at school and see the students eager to get back into the swing of things. 

Over the break, I experienced a holiday miracle. I received a text from an unknown number asking where my packages could be safely placed. Not expecting any deliveries, I was confused. Then I realized this person must be at the school! I texted back and got confirmation. The delivery driver had books from the library wish list! I explained that the school was closed for break. I added that I live nearby and was there any chance the boxes could be brought to my house instead? I was concerned they might get stolen or ruined by the rain if left outside the school. The driver said they would need to check with their dispatcher. A moment later my phone lit up, “What’s your address?” I was elated. 


The stack of packages I received that day are pictured on the right. I’m so grateful for the support of our Theuerkauf community! And special thanks to that Amazon delivery person who went the extra mile during the busy days before Christmas. Thank you!

Most of these books have already been cataloged. Many of them are already in the hands of our students. 


New items get added to the Amazon Wish List almost daily as I discover gaps in our collection and students make special requests. Please consider buying a book from our library wish list today. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/GZZQ8W9A27LN?ref_=wl_share


Many thanks, 

Mrs. B. 

PTA News

Reminder: 1st PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday January 26th at 7pm. 

Please click on the link and hear what we are planning for the remainder of the school year, as well as which positions on the Executive Board will open for the next school year and how you can be involved, participate and shape the activities at school. 

For easy access to the meeting, just scan the QR code in the attached flier. 

District News

Board meeting Review: Jan. 20

The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics included:

·       Security Cameras Policy

·       i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Overview 

·       LCAP timeline

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC121. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community


COVID booster now available for individuals 12+

The CDC has now approved boosters for children ages 12 to 15. Boosters provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Also, if you received the Pfizer vaccines as your initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you can now get a booster 5 months after your second dose instead of 6 months. You can schedule your vaccine appointment at: www.sccFreeVax.org.


Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

Many of our younger students are getting their 2nd COVID vaccine shot this week. 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!


Guidance for upgrading your mask

Please send your student to school in a well-fitting, quality face mask. Public health officials recommend upgrading from fabric masks. Upgraded masks include double masking (surgical mask + cloth mask), fitted medical masks (surgical masks) and respirator masks (N95s, KN95s or KF94s).

Please see “Choosing Your Mask” here for more guidance: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/.../Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx


Preschool information meeting: Jan. 26

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2022-23 school year.

All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.

*** Join us for an info meeting on January 26 at 3:30 pm (English) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK126 ***

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment is for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon.

Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.


Parent University: Managing Stress and Fostering Resiliency

Date: 1/19/22, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu011922

Does hearing about stress make you feel stressed out? Let’s face this universal phenomenon together. This presentation will:

  • Identify common stressors and the effects of stress

  • Explore tips for stress management for oneself

  • Provide tips on how to support our kids with stress management 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 24-28.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 10 through Feb. 4, 2022 online. You can register your child for the 2022-23 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for more information.


MVWSD Wellness Parenting Tip: Improving Your or Your Child's Mood

Stressful events influence our thoughts (words or images that pop into our mind), feelings (our emotions), and actions (what we do or say). For example, if your childcare falls through, then you might think, "my day is ruined;" you might feel frustrated; and you might act short-tempered with your child, partner, or colleagues. Doing enjoyable activities can prevent stressful events from ruining our day.

To improve your (or your child's) mood:

1) Track your mood throughout the day (e.g., rate how you feel each morning, afternoon, and evening from 1 = unhappy to 5 = happy).

2) Create a list of activities that you enjoy doing.

3) Schedule one or more of these activities.

4) Do the scheduled activity.

5) Compare your mood before and after doing the activity.


Watch this video to learn more about how doing fun activities can make you (or your child) feel better: http://mvw.sd/4V8V1


Please take our Survey! MVEF wants your input on our funding priorities

MVEF wants to know your thoughts about our stretch goal, the programs that we usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future for all MVWSD students.  Our stretch goal is if we can exceed our fundraising goal by $ 300,000 in the 2021-22 school year, we will improve learning for all middle school students by funding an additional English language arts teacher for each middle school in the school year. 2022-23

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  


Inclusive Fun Fair - Summer Camp and Recreation opportunities for students with learning challenges. Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org

Tuesday, January 25 7-8:30 PM on Zoom

Learn more about local summer camp and recreational opportunities from our panel, including:

Via West and Camp Altitude, The Friendship Circle, Camp EDMO, Camp Tuolumne Trails, Learning Play with Chaia May, Special Olympics Nor. Cal., Animal Assisted Happiness. Camp Harmon, Quest Therapeutic Camps and more!



Fun Fair Summer Camp 




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