Mar. 24, 2022

March 24, 2022


From the Principal's Desk

Dear Theuerkauf Families,

As you may have heard through Dr. Rudolph’s communication last week or through other media outlets, tragedy and loss has hit our MVWSD community hard with the passing of a Graham student in a bicycle accident. We are grieving this loss alongside the family and friends of this student and his teachers. As a district and as a school, we are regularly reflecting and looking for ways to improve the safety of our students. MVWSD has updated our website with information about safe walking and biking routes to school. (Click Here). The link has the preferred biking routes to avoid major streets, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety guide, and other tips for getting to school safely. If your child bikes, skateboards, rides a scooter, or walks, please review with them the preferred routes and other safety measures. If your child bikes, skateboards or uses a scooter, please make sure they wear a helmet. If you need a helmet, please reach out to our School Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF), Lisset Tellez Garduno, and we can assist in getting you access.

 

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal


Important Dates

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

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

  • 1st & 2nd grades: 9:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • 3rd-5th grades: 10:50-11:50 (Zoom

  • TK & Kinder: 12:00-12:30 (Zoom)

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

Celebrating COURAGE!

This month, our students and staff have been working to develop, recognize and celebrate acts of COURAGE. Students are learning to recognize that it takes courage to support and stand up for what they believe. They are also learning that it takes courage to take action to solve a problem that they see in the world around them. Importantly, students are also taking courage to be their authentic selves and share their unique talents and attributes with those in the world around them. At lunch this week, our Expect Respect students led the school in an activity in which they wrote and displayed a time that they have shown courage. Thank you to Ms. Gallagher for leading the way on this activity. Go Cheetahs!

 

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

Yearbook Updates

A big THANK YOU to everyone that created art for the cover contest. The entries were beautiful, creative, thoughtful and inspiring!

Please remember to order your copy of the yearbook by clicking here or visit TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1016316858373987. Order now for $13.16 + tax.

Request a donated yearbook: If getting a yearbook is a financial hardship, please request one through our School and Community Engagement Facilitator Ms. Lisset ([email protected]

Donate a yearbook for another family: You can donate towards a yearbook for a family experiencing financial hardship. You can turn in a check payable to "Theuerkauf Elementary PTA" at the office or use Paypal recipient [email protected] Include the message/memo “yearbooks donation”.

* OPT-OUT: If you prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook at all,  please contact us at [email protected]

** Any questions? Contact our yearbook chairs at [email protected]

 

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.

 

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. See attached flyer for details. 

 

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

Board meeting Preview: March 24

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Child Nutrition Overview

  • Future Growth Considerations and Solutions 

  • COVID Protocols Update

  • Strategic Plan Update

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

 

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 25

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC325. 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

 

For grades 5-7: Middle School electives selection coming soon

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students choose their electives for next year. Our middle schools are currently working to finalize quality offerings that we hope will pique students’ interests and be a great complement to our core academics. Look for an email on March 25 with the course descriptions. All 5th-7th graders will preference their course electives online through Powerschool on March 28-April 8, 2022. 

 

The Talk: The Culture of Success recording

Did you miss “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday? A panel of parents and community members reflected on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. You can still watch it. Click here to watch a recording of the event.

 

Speaking respectfully about mask choices 

As mask mandates change at MVWSD, it is important to respect the decisions of individuals and families as they choose to mask or not mask while outdoors at school (indoor masks are still required). Staff members will support students with respectful conversations on campus. We encourage you to talk with your children about your family’s choices, and about communicating empathy and understanding for others’ choices. For tips on how students can respectfully speak up and speak out, see this helpful infographic. We know our students will be upstanders and take care of each other!

 

In addition to the MVEF "Art of Words" Gala, MVEF is having a Raffle. 

Take your chance at one of 3 great prizes!

1 year subscription Adobe Creative Cloud:

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine.  Get all 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat.  Retail Value $599

 

Apple AirPods Pro:

These in-air earphones combine comfort and a customizable fit that forms an exceptional seal for Active Noise Cancellation. Use the force sensor to easily control music and calls, and switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. Value $249

 

San Jose Earthquakes Tickets:

Win 4 tickets to ANY regular season game to the 2022 season for the San Jose Earthquakes. The first home game is 4/2/2022 and the last 10/1/2022. Certificate must be redeemed by 9/1/2022. Value $120

 

Ticket Cost:  1 ticket - $5, 5 tickets - $20, 20 tickets - $60, 50 tickets - $100

The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win!

To buy tickets please send an email: [email protected]

 

InPlay Summer Program Guide 

Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? MVWSD partners with nonprofit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including free and reduced-cost programs and those that serve students with special needs or English learners, are nearby and can be found through this free, searchable site. Check out MV.inplay.org

MVWSD has not reviewed the programs and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.

 

March CAC Let’s Talk Support Group: Date Change to 3/31

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

Thursday March 31, 7-8:30 pm. (Note: date has changed from Mar. 30) 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 at the new link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsf-2gqDsiH9JitJ2mQGEKBq5Nq2dvSM25

 

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

 

MV Public Library: Intro to Game Design Workshop 

Want to create animations, stories and games? Learn the basics of Scratch, a block-based programming language, at this MVPL workshop with Pixelators Education on Thursday, April 21 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. Workshop recommended for programming beginners in grades 1-3. Parent/guardian assistance welcome. Register in advance at: https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/8915612.

 

City of MV: Multicultural Festival and Summer Camps 

Join the City of Mountain View for their Multicultural Festival on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza (500 Castro Street). The free community event will celebrate the cultural diversity of the City of Mountain View with performances, music, and activities. See MountainView.gov/CultureFestfor more information.

The City is also offering a variety of summer camps for children and teens through the Recreation Division. See attached flyers for camp details and register at MountainView.gov/ActiveNet.

 

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

Into to Game Design 

Multicultural Festival 

MV InPlay Elementary 

Summer Camp 

Speak-up and Speak-out 

SCCOE Career 

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp 

 

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