Sep. 16, 2021

September 16, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

This week, we started two wonderful programs for all Theuerkauf students. First, we were able to bring students back into our beautiful library under the guidance of our librarian, Mrs. Danielle Bhajaria (Mrs. B for short). Class by class, students were able to learn about the library system and then check out books of their choice. Though everyone has benefited from our digital collections, it was wonderful to see the excitement on the students' faces as they selected their own hard-copy books again. Please be sure to ask your child about the book that they selected.

Another program that started up this week was CSMA for all of our remaining students. At this time, every student is able to engage in fantastic art and music classes that are sparking students' creative sides. Yesterday, students learned to draw elaborate trees using multiple patterns in art. In music, the students' beautiful voices filled our MUR as they learned to sing together and harmonize. We are so grateful to CSMA and to the MVEF for their support in ensuring that all students receive such wonderfully enriching lessons. 

 

Parents, I want to thank you for working with your students to wear their masks appropriately at school, keeping their noses and mouths covered anytime students are not eating. This measure along with all of the many other safety protocols have helped to keep our learning community safe. I am grateful for your support in this.

 

Together, we make a difference!

 

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal 

           

 

         


Important Dates

Wednesday, September 15 - Parent University

Wednesday, September 22- Principal’s Coffee 5-6 pm (Zoom)

Friday, October 1 - Cool Cat Awards Assembly 

Monday, October 11- No School

Tuesday, October 12- Teacher Service Day- No School

Wednesday, October 13- SSC Meeting 5-6pm (Zoom)

Monday, October 18- Picture Retake

Wednesday, October 27-Principal’s Coffee 5-6pm (Zoom)

Friday, October 29- ELAC Meeting 9-10am (Zoom)

Friday, November 5- End of 1st Trimester- Minimum Day

Wednesday, November 10- SSC Meeting 5-6pm (Zoom)

Thursday, November 11- Veterans Day- No School

Wednesday, November 17- Principal’s Coffee 5-6pm (Zoom)

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Recess- No School 

 

Wednesdays Open Office Hours with the Principal 4:00-5:00pm this link 


School News

Your Help is Needed

Hello, parents! We are still in need of a couple of volunteer crossing guards on our campus. Can you spare 30 minutes in the morning or after school one day per week? If so, please email your availability to Ms. Williams. We will set you up with our MOST stylish neon vest and give you a wonderful stop sign to use. Thank you so much for considering.

 

Re-posted: Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteering as a Project Cornerstone ABC Reader is an opportunity for parents and other caring adults to help build up our caring community. Once a month we share a book and discussion and activity related to social-emotional or life skills with our classroom (over zoom). The volunteers become an additional caring adult in the student’s lives. The books, topics and activities all come from Project Cornerstone. Please email teresa.baker@gmail.com to sign up!

 

Re-posted: Masking up

Thank you so much for working with your child on wearing their mask correctly and consistently! I am happy to report that our students are doing a WONDERFUL job of keeping their masks on all day. We need your help with one thing, though! We have noticed that some students' masks are too small, and they do not cover their noses and mouths at the same time when they talk. A well-fitting and clean mask is essential in maintaining the safety of all of our students. Will you please be sure to send your child to school with a well-fitting mask to wear as well as an extra mask in their backpack, just in case their mask gets dirty? If needed, we will provide your child with a new mask if their mask seems to be too small or soiled.

 

Re-posted: Open Office Hours with the Principal

Your voice is important! Please note that open office hours with the principal are back again this year so that you can share any ideas, concerns, or questions that may be on your mind. If you'd like to stop by (virtually) and chat with the principal about anything at all, please click on this link on Wednesdays, anytime from 4-5pm. 

 

Re-posted: Theuerkauf Food Drive & Pantry

Thank you so much to those who donated items to our food pantry last year! This week, we will begin accepting donations again this year. If your family has a little extra to share with the community, you can drop items off at our front office. We know that as the pandemic drags on, many families are facing tough times financially, and we want to continue to share with one another. This year, we will continue to accept canned goods, boxed dinners, hygiene items, and other non-perishables as well as grocery cards. Please click here to see a more specific list of items that are typically needed. Thanks again for your generosity and kindness! If you are a family who could use a bit of support, please reach out to Ms. Lisset Tellez. She will schedule a time for you to come to the food pantry to privately pick up the items that you need. 

PTA News

PTA Walk-a-thon Committee Meeting on September 22nd at 7pm

Please join us via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736465261 to brainstorm ideas on how to make the Walkathon fun for the kids during Covid times!

 

Reminder - Please sign up for Konstella!

This year, we are trying a new tool for helping teachers and families to connect about special events and to organize class- wide activities. It is called Konstella. In the past much of that communication happened in person with a quick chat, but with the continued safety procedures, Konstella will be our "quick chat" moving forward. Thanks for signing up and making this school year a special one for the kids! https://www.konstella.com/cd/VUATEB

District News

Parent University: Supporting Language Development

Date: Wednesday, September 15th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu091521

Consistent development of language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is one of the keys to a child’s overall academic success. What habits can parents develop to support English language development in the home, especially in a multilingual household? Join two of our district experts, Principal Arline Siam and Instructional Coach Karen Gordon, as they explore this complex topic and offer ideas for families to use daily.

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

 

Securly: Keeping students safe on the Internet

MVWSD provides a tool that allows parents to be aware of their students' online activities and to help keep them safe on their school-issued devices. 

Securly (www.securly.com/) allows you to see what choices your student is making online while at home so that you will be alerted to potential issues and can guide your student. Please note: Securly is for school-issued devices only. Check your email for these weekly reports, and you may also download the Securly app. For more information, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/technology.

 

Returning District Hotspots

Families, if you still have a district-issued internet hotspot from last year that you are no longer using, please return them to your school’s office. Thank you.

 

Your donations to MVEF support Living Classroom!

Living Classroom had their first lessons September 7! Three of the lessons from the first week were Life Cycle of a Tomato at Mariano Castro, Garden Greetings and Animal Homes at Landels, Seed to Flour at Stevenson and Monta Loma. 

And this summer a new native garden at Imai was created thanks to your donations to MVEF! Please go to mvef.org to learn more about all the programs we support in MVWSD and make your donation! mvef.org/donate

 

 

Register for 2021-22 Parent U Events 

Register in advance for this year’s MVWSD Parent University events. For more information about Parent U and event dates, see attached flyers or head to www.mvwsd.org/parentu.

 

InPlay: Afterschool activities

Looking for afterschool activities for your student? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to:https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.

 

Mayor for a Day contest with City of Mountain View

Do you have an elementary or middle school-aged student who would like to be the mayor of Mountain View (at least, for one day in October)? The Mayor for a Day contest is an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about local government and civic issues.

Students are invited to write up to a 500-word essay about what Mountain View would be like if they were mayor for a day. Mountain View’s mayor will select the two winners, who will each present their essay at a City Council meeting in October.

For more details, including contest rules and how to submit your entry, visit MountainView.gov/MayorforaDay. All entries are due by Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

 

Discovery Education Hands-On STEM event: Tuesday, Sep. 21

You're invited to Discovery Education’s upcoming Hands-On STEM event on Tuesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. PST! This action-packed virtual session empowers the next generation of STEM Solution seekers, equipping them with the skills they need to take on some of the planet's greatest sustainability challenges.

Join host Brandon Okpalobi, President of Siyanse, a STEM organization helping kids to create, think, and innovate. During each Hands-On STEM, Brandon will identify a local or global issue, explore why it's happening, introduce interesting people who are working to find solutions, and inspire your students to uncover their own potential with exciting hands-on STEM activities. 

Register at: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/info/hands-on-stem-9-21-21/. If you have any questions about this event, reach out to Nina Sclafani at NSclafani@discoveryed.com.

Attachments

Parent U 

Mayor for a Day 

 

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