Sep. 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

Please check your inbox for an important email from supt@mvwsd.org with an update on COVID testing on campus, how to upload your child’s COVID documents to PowerSchool and how to up the effectiveness of kids’ COVID masks.

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

I hope you are enjoying a lovely Thursday. We have had an exciting week of teaching and learning at Theuerkauf. Students have enjoyed several virtual field trips, library visits, music and art classes, and of course engaging and appropriately challenging coursework in all of their classes. 

Through our Project Cornerstone social and emotional lessons this week, students have been learning what it means to be a positive 'bucket filler' for ourselves and for others. You can hear the short story, "Have You FIlled a Bucket Today?" here. Please be sure to speak with your child about ways that they can show our core value of respect by becoming a bucket filler. These are wise words for all of us in these trying times.

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

 

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal


Important Dates

Friday, October 1 - Cool Cat Awards Assembly 

  • TK & Kinder: 12-12:20pm (Zoom)

  • 1st & 2nd: 9:00-9:25am (Zoom)

  • 3rd-5th: 2:20-2:45pm (Zoom)

Monday, October 11- Columbus Day- 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

Important Reminders Regarding the Heat

It is still very hot in the afternoons, especially during lunch time. We have implemented lots of water breaks, we are using shade structures, and we are monitoring kids very closely, but we need your help, as well. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child and reinforce the importance of drinking lots of water and complying with the noon duties' direction to take breaks at lunch time when asked. Additionally, will you please be sure to send your child to school with a filled water bottle, a hat, and perhaps apply a dab of sunscreen before leaving home each morning, if possible? This will add a couple of additional layers of protection from the heat that kids need. Please note that in the case of excessively high temperatures, we will need to move students indoors after they eat. We will include group games and other social activities if this becomes necessary.

 

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 linkon Wednesdays, anytime from 4-5pm. 

 

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

Theuerkauf is going to have a yearbook this year! Order before September 30 and Save 10%!

Order now to reserve your 2021-2022 Theuerkauf Yearbook at the best price of the year! The books will have photos from each classroom and activities that take place at school throughout the year. You can customize two pages in your student's book for free, with pictures and memories unique to you! Regular price is $13.16 + tax, but you can order now for $11.84.

* Click here to start your order or visit TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1016316858373987. 

**  Any questions? Contact our yearbook chairs at theuerkauf.yearbook@gmail.com.

*** OPT-OUT: If you prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook at all, please contact us at theuerkauf.yearbook@gmail.com.

 

Free Online Coding Classes by CENG for 3th - 5th graders!  Registration is open!

Trained local high school students from the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation [CENG] are hosting free coding classes on Zoom in Scratch, JavaScript, and Python. We offer Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for each class. Students will be put into different breakout rooms according to their levels, but the Zoom link of each class remains the same.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 13 - November 17, 2021

Time: 4:15 - 5:45 pm PST (NEW TIME)  

No. of Weeks: 6

Format: Zoom Online Classes

Cost: Free

 

Registration Links:

3rd grade - Scratch 

4th grade - JavaScript 

5th grade - Python

 

Registration deadline: 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 7, 2021, or when class is full.

Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to inspire underrepresented minorities to pursue Computer Science.  For more information, please check out our website at cengclass.org. Questions? Please contact cengclass@gmail.com

District News

Board meeting Preview: Sept. 23

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include updates on:

  • i-Ready Diagnostic 1 Assessment Data Overview

  • Site Plan Process Overview

Agenda and meeting details are here. The meeting is also streamed on www.youtube.com/mvwsd

 

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/ZCfdY. To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community


Board approved air quality protocols

The Board recently approved the MVWSD Air Quality Index Plan. On bad air days, decisions about actions, activities cancellations or school closure will be made based on AirNow measurements and the MVWSD Air Quality Index Chart. To view the MVWSD AQI chart and the live AirNow measurement, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/parents/virtual_wellness_center/air_quality.

More than a meal: Reasons to Apply for Free-or-Reduced School Meals 

Did you know that filling out a free-or-reduced price school meal application each year can benefit not only your family but also your children’s schools? Before Sept. 30, please fill out your back-to-school 2021 application by visiting: https://secure.ezmealapp.com. Only one application per household is needed.

 

Your donations to MVEF support CSMA Art and Music!

Did you know that your donations to MVEF support CSMA art and music for your student? The CSMA programs for TK-4th began September 13th!  Fifth grade art and music started August 31st!  MVEF thanks the talented teaching artists and musicians who guide all MVWSD students to reach their potential with patient instruction and support.  Please donate to support all MVWSD students at mvef.org/donate

 

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.

 

MV Public Library: In Conversation with Joanna Ho

The Mountain View Public Library presents “In Conversation with Joanna Ho” on Wednesday, Sep. 29 from 7-7:45 p.m. on Zoom. Joanna Ho, bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, is a writer and educator with a passion for anti-bias and equity work. Come with your questions about kids, self-acceptance and anti-racism. Registration required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.

Attachments

Joanna Ho Flyer 

 

 

Theuerkauf Elementary, Mountain View Whisman School District,

1625 San Luis Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043   www.mvwsd.org    650-903-6925

 


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