Mar.10, 2022

March 10, 2022


From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf families!

This has been an eventful week. We welcomed our first badged parent volunteers on campus, our fantastic yearbook committee took beautiful class pictures, and lots of Cool Cats were handed out to students demonstrating our core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, courage, and perseverance. Go Cheetahs!

Did you know that March is women’s history month? During class this month, teachers will be emphasizing and highlighting the important contributions of women from all over the world who have played an important role in history.  Additionally, our librarian Mrs. B will be selecting and sharing books that discuss various influential women. If you would like to explore women's history month topics as a family, check out our district's Better Together resources for the month of March. 

As mentioned in last week's Cheetah Chatter, Theuerkauf continues to stand strong in support of all of our families and friends with connections in the Ukraine and in Russia during this volatile time in our world community. Please continue to reach out if you or your child would like support. If you would like to work together as a family, don't forget about the resources shared by our Superintendent last week. 

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

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Thursday, March 10- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Zoom)

Friday, March 11- Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm-4:30pm (Zoom)

Friday, March 11- Report cards sent out via email

Friday, March 11- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00am (Zoom)

Monday, March 14- Teacher Development Day- No School

Wednesday, March 23- Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Friday, March 25- Cool Cats Assembly (celebrating courage)



School News

Noon Duty Supervisor Needed!

Would you like to support Theuerkauf students between the hours of 9:30am and 1:30pm while also getting some fresh air and sunlight? If so, please consider applying to serve as a Noon Duty Supervisor. This is an extremely important job in our school, and we would love to welcome you to the Theuerkauf staff in this capacity. Click here to learn about this position and apply today.

 

News from the Library

Last week, the nation celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday, also known as Read Across America Day! What better way to celebrate than to donate books to the library? Please take a look at the following wish list, and donate a book today!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/GZZQ8W9A27LN?ref_=wl_share

 

Thursday is bike or walk to school day!

Parents, our students are our pride and joy, and I want to thank you for doing your part to help keep students safe during pick-up and drop-off times. As an added incentive, I want to announce that Thursdays are now bike/walk to school day! If you bike or walk to or from school on Thursdays, please be sure to snap a picture and send it in to be entered into a raffle for a family Doordash gift card! YUM! Thank you for your support!

 

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!

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PTA News
Please join us for the next PTA Association Meeting on March 23rd at 6pm for "Pizza & PTA"

For the first time we are meeting in person again for "Pizza & PTA" on the playground. Please join us for this important meeting as we are electing next year's board members. Zoom Option will be available. Please see attached flyer for details. 

Save the date: Theuerson Stevenkauf Picnic on March 26th from 12 to 2pm

Please join Theuerkauf and Stevenson families as we meet on the playgrounds to build connections between our neighboring schools. More details to follow. 

Volunteer Opportunity with Canopy planting trees in the community on March 26th

The organization Canopy in collaboration with MVWSD is inviting the communities of Theuerkauf and Stevenson to help plant trees on the morning of Saturday, 3/26. It will be along Montecito Ave, near Stevenson and the district office. The attached flyer has more details, including the volunteer sign-up link. Hope you will join us!  

 
District News

No school on Monday, March 14

There is no school for students on Monday, March 14 due to a Teacher Professional Development Day.

Board meeting Preview: March 10

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • COVID update

  • Summer programming and extended learning

  • Learning Recovery Plan update

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

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 11

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC311. 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

 

March Better Together Infographic 

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

 

The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.

 

You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at: http://mvw.sd/talk316.

 

Update on mask mandate

Even though the state will be downgrading face-mask requirements to a strong recommendation for indoor areas (with some exceptions) beginning on March 12, our students will still be required to wear masks for the near future. To learn more about the timeline and factors MVWSD is considering to determine when/if we make changes to the mask requirement, please click here.

 

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.

Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 

To belly breathe:

  1. Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.

  2. Place one hand on your belly.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.

  4. Hold your breath while you count to five.

  5. Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.

You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.

 

Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/ 

March CAC Announcements 

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org

Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.

3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI

 

Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop 

CHAC Family Resources Center is holding a free online Self-Care and Resilience workshop for parents and caregivers on Fridays from March 4th to April 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM. This course will provide participants guidance and strategies regarding how to guide children to express their feelings in a nonaggressive way, be more resilient, and teach children to build up relationships. To register, contact Lin Xu at [email protected] or (650) 967-4813.

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22 

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event.

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18th 

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information: url.mvhs.io/outofdarkness

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Attachments

MVHS- Out of the Darkness

MVLA- Speaker Series

March Equity Calendar

March CAC Announcements

CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop 

 
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