Mar. 17, 2022

March 17, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf families!

As you have heard from our Superintendent, we have updated our COVID protocols this week. Though some things are changing, our number one concern remains keeping everyone on our campus safe, just as we have done over the past two years. We respect the choices that each family makes in regard to outdoor masking, and we have already begun talking with our students about respecting these choices as well. We will discuss COVID updates at the upcoming Principal’s Coffee next week, on March 23rd from 5-6pm via Zoom, so please plan on joining me then. In the meantime, please see this webpage and infographic for additional details. 

 

Noon Duty Supervisor Wanted

Do you love kids? Sunshine? Fresh air? Would you like to support Theuerkauf students between the hours of 9:30am and 1:30pm? If so, please consider applying to serve as a (paid!) 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.

 

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

 

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 16- SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

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

Wednesday, March 23- PTA Meeting 6:00pm (Zoom or in person at Stevenson Park)

Thursday, March 24- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Zoom)

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

Friday, March 25- Community Check-in 3:30-4:30pm (Zoom)

Friday, April 1- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 (Zoom)

Wednesday, April 6- Spring Pictures

 

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


School News

Go Accelerated Readers!

We celebrated our 3rd-5th grade students last Friday, recognizing those who have participated in the Accelerated Reader (AR) competition. Over the past several months, more than 60 students have read hundreds of new books, improving their reading comprehension and deepening their love of reading along the way. Way to go, Cheetahs!!! We are proud of you for your hard work. Let's keep it going! The next AR celebration will be in May.

Solar Panel Installation

As part of the solar panel installation beginning this summer, crews will be on site on 3/24-3/31 to plant 17 new trees, replacing those removed for the project, and to install irrigation near the new trees. For every tree removed, two more are being planted across the District. The new trees will be located near the parking lot, in the courtyard near the MUR and behind the Kindergarten/TK wing. Crews will also remove the existing stumps near the kindergarten rooms by hand or with small equipment. Solar structures will save the district $600,000 annually in electrical costs and provide shade to the play and lunch areas. 

 

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, and to keep our planet green, 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!


PTA News

Reminder - Yearbook Cover Contest - submission deadline is March 21st

The Yearbook Team has called out a cover contest and we have gotten the first submissions in already. If your child wants to participate, please make sure they submit their artwork by March 21st. Details in the attached flyer

 

Sports Basket Drawing - last day to purchase tickets is March 30th

Check out this month's Sports Basket  - perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months!

The last day to purchase tickets is March 30th, so make sure you get yours in time. And here is a sneak peek at this month's basket.

 

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. 



District News

Updated COVID guidelines 

Due to falling case rates and updated public health guidance from the county and state, effective now, MVWSD has loosened some COVID restrictions. The most notable change is outdoor masking is recommended but will no longer be required. Masks will remain required indoors for now.  Please see this webpage and the attached infographic for more details about the changes to COVID protocols.

 

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 visithttps://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.

 

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

 

SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents 

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education virtually on March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.to explore future career options for your middle schooler. Parents will learn about the 15 Industry Sectors and the courses designed for career success, in addition to the Career Pathways at Santa Clara County High Schools and Community Colleges including Early College Credit. The session will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation available. Registration for this free event: https://na.eventscloud.com/670621

 

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 (in-person at MVHS Spartan Theater) or the Live Stream.

 

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18 

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

 

LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.

 

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open. Camp will run Jun 13-July 29 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.

Attachments

Spartan Sports Camp 

Updated COVID protocols 

March Equity Calendar 

March CAC Announcement 

SCCOE Career Exploration 

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series 

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention 

Spring Pictures 

 

 


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