May 13, 2022

Hello, Theurkauf Families!


This has been an exciting week! Please read on for details about end of year activities and more. 

Testing and assessment update

This week, our fifth graders finished their science state testing (CAST assessment), and the students who were absent during any of the CAASPP sections of ELA or Math have been completing their make-ups. 


Next week, we start with i-Ready on May 16 for Reading and May 18th for Math for all students. Please remember to encourage your child to do their best on these assessments. Here are a few tips for a positive experience for your child: 

  • Explain to your child that it is important to do his/her best. 

  • Provide positive reinforcement and encourage your child each day.

  • Keep the test in perspective. We want students to do their best, but please make sure they understand that it is only one test. Remind them that if they are doing their best, you are proud.

  • Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test

  • Make sure to arrive on time each day.

  • Eat a nice, healthy breakfast.

  • Keep a positive attitude about testing around your child. Remind them that this is a time to show what they know.


Be a parent leader at Theuerkauf! 

Be a parent leader at Theuerkauf!  If you are interested in being part of our School Site Council (SSC), please visit this webpage to view SSC overview videos in English and Spanish and the SSC handbook.  You may nominate yourself as a candidate by filling out this form.  Self-nominations for School Site Council are due this Friday, May 13th.  Elections will take place 5/18-5/27.


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


Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal


Thursday, May 12 - ELAC Meeting 12:30-2:30 (On campus, room 21 or on Zoom)

Wednesday, May 25 - Field Day 9am-10:30am

Friday, May 27 - Kindergarten Family Picnic in the Park (Stevenson Park) 12:30-1:30

Friday, May 27 - End of Trimester- Minimum Day, Dismissal is at 12:10 pm

Wednesday, June 1 - SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Thursday, June 2 - 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, Theuerkauf Blacktop, 1-2 pm

Friday, June 3 - Last Day of School- Minimum Day, Dismissal is at 12:10 pm

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


Library News

The year has flown by and it will be summer before we know it! It has been delightful getting to know your children and seeing their love of reading grow over these past few months. Sadly, this is the last week for students to visit the library. Beginning next week the library will be closed for cleaning and inventory to prepare for summer storage. All books are due back to the library by Friday, May 20th. I will provide a bin in front of the library for your convenience starting next week.

If a book has been lost or damaged, cash is payable to the library and I will provide a receipt. If you find a replacement for a lost book for less than the price listed on overdue notices, I will gladly accept it, given that it is in good condition. 

Thank you again for all of your support to the library this year! If you would like to purchase books for Theuerkauf over the summer, the link for the library wish list is here: 

Have a fun and safe summer! I look forward to seeing you all again in August. 

Warm regards, 

Mrs. B. 


Teacher and staff appreciation

In honor of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Weeks, parents, students and colleagues made appreciation videos for our staff members. Please see ours here:


Chromebook returns - June 2nd and 3rd 

All students in grades TK-4 and those not planning to attend a MVWSD school next year will need to turn in their chromebooks before the end of the school year on June 3rd. We will need both the chromebook and the charger. Please be on the lookout for the schedule for your child's class to return their devices soon. Students will be turning in their Chromebooks so that they can be updated and repaired over the summer. All returning students will get their devices back in August.


5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

5th grade families, please save the date for our 5th Grade Celebration!  We are planning an in-person (outdoor) event to honor and celebrate our 5th graders before they move on to middle school on Thursday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM. This will be a very casual event and we are asking that you limit your guests to no more than 4 adults per child. Please RSVP for this event by completing this form.

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: 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!


Save the date - In-Person PTA Association Meeting will be held on May 25th at 6pm ????????????

Join us for Pizza & PTA! We will supply the pizza, please join us for the meeting and discussion. Children are welcome.

Each attendee will receive one raffle ticket for the "Early Readers Basket" and we will do a live drawing right there. Come join us!


Our PTA Board for 2022-23 is almost formed, but we continue to look for a Treasurer! 

Our treasurer would love to continue, but State PTA rules allow that role to be held for only 2 years. She will of course do a handover and teach you the software, which she says is very easy and straightforward. Please see attached picture for more information. 

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in taking on this role. 


Learning Readers Basket Drawing on December 16th  ???? ????

Check out this month's Learning Readers Basket drawing - perfect for the upcoming summer break. 

The drawing will happen during the In-Person PTA Meeting on Wednesday, May 25th and a flyer will be sent home next week in your child's Cheetah Folder. Check out the sneak peek at this month's basket.


Free Summer Online Coding Classes for 3rd to 8th graders ????????????

Local high school students from Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) are offering FREE online summer coding classes for 3rd - 8th graders. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to inspire underrepresented minorities to pursue and develop an interest in Computer Science. 

Summer Session 1 June 20 - 24, 2022 from 4:15 - 5:45 pm 

Scratch, JavaScript, or Python 

Summer Session 2 July 18 - 22, 2022 from 4:15 - 5:45 pm

Minecraft, Web Design, or Python Game Design 

REGISTER NOW at, click on “Summer Class 2022” Questions?  Please contact Alice Lee at [email protected]


District Chess Tournament Registration is OPEN

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held in person at Bubb Elementary on Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 to 5:00pm.  

The registration form and complete instructions can be found at, and the deadline is May 21.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at [email protected].

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Recording available: "Preparing for Middle School"

Did you miss the last Parent University event, "Preparing for Middle School"? Recordings of the presentation are available here: English ( and Spanish ( There is some great advice from teachers, students, counselors and other school and district staff members to make the transition easier. Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at


Parent U: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link:

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

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


May Better Together Infographic 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers. AAPI Heritage Month gives us a chance to celebrate and center the unique journey of all AAPI immigrants and citizens in the United States and their unique life experiences, traditions, and cultures. Please see the attached flyers or visit


MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

MVWSD is continuing our work by engaging meaningfully with the community on issues of equity through the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC). The goal of the DEAC is to provide feedback to the Superintendent on how to support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district.

We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parent participants who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools. Committee members will be expected to attend and participate virtually in meetings held monthly (on average) online during the 2022-23 school year in the evening hours. The average commitment will be approximately 20 hours per academic school year. 

Applications are due by June 3 and found at this link. More information is at


MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gala, we were able to exceed our goal and to raise just over $90,000, helping us closer to our year-end stretch goal of raising $1.1 Million. We have a few items left from our auction which are now posted at "buy now" prices! Please take a look and spread the word to your friends! There are still some great items left, including some summer camps! If you have any questions or need help purchasing an item, please reach out to Dena Seki at [email protected].


Registration Open for Chess Tournament for MVWSD students

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual Interscholastic Chess Tournament for MVWSD  students will be held in person at Bubb Elementary on Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 to 5:00.  The registration form and complete instructions can be found at, and the deadline is May 21.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at [email protected].


School Board Candidate Workshop: Registration Open

The Santa Clara County School Boards Association is holding a school board Candidate Workshop on Sat, June 11 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose. Come and learn about running a campaign from the Registrar of Voters and a panel of experienced school board members. Register here:


Citywide Bike Rodeo: Saturday, May 21

Mountain View is hosting a Citywide Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Rengstorff Basketball Court. Bring your bike and helmet and learn bicycle riding skills. To register and/or sign up to volunteer for this event, click here.


City of MV Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance

Mountain View’s Safe Storage of Firearms ordinance went into effect Saturday, May 7. The new ordinance, which was adopted in March by the Mountain View City Council, aims to reduce the risk of firearm-related injuries and deaths by requiring the safe storage of firearms in residences and vehicles. For more details about the ordinance, please see the City’s website.


May Better Together 

Citywide Bike Rodeo 

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