Sep, 30, 2021

From the Principal's Desk


Hello, Theuerkauf families!

It has been another excellent week of teaching and learning for our Cheetahs! On Friday, we were so privileged to have six phenomenal visitors on campus with us who were able to see some of this excellence firsthand. We were joined by three of our amazing MVWSD board members, Trustee Berman, Trustee Blakely, and Trustee Wheeler, and by our esteemed Superintendent, Dr. Rudolph, as well as our Chief Communications Officer, Shelly Hausman, and our Communications Specialist, Corinne Mitchner. We are so grateful for the care and dedication to our students that our district leadership demonstrates, and we thank them for their support! We can't wait to invite the team back again as the year progresses so that they can continue to see all of the wonderful things our students and staff are doing.

Parents, thank you as well for your support and dedication to your child's learning experience at school! Please remember that you can help enrich your child's learning at home, too. Simply pick a book to read together with your child for 10-15 minutes each day to continue to build their reading skills, and then talk with your child about what they learned. It's just that simple! You will create a beautiful moment of bonding while also helping your child to continue to build the reading comprehension skills that come with this kind of activity and discussion. Looking for a book to read together? Ask your child about their weekly library book or click here to find lots of free online books. 

 

Together, we make a difference!

 

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal


Important Dates

Thursday, September 30 - SSC Meeting

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 retakes

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

Welcome, new team members!

We are privileged to be able to welcome two new team members to the Theuerkauf staff! 

Mr. Marlon Portillo has joined us in the capacity of At Risk Intervention Specialist (ARIS). You will see Mr. Portillo often at the gates in the morning and afternoon. He is already working so hard to build caring and supportive relationships with students as he bolsters their success with academics, positive behavior, and social and emotional skills. 

We are also beyond excited to welcome a new TK Instructional Assistant, Ms. Bianca Millan. Ms. Millan comes to us with a wealth of childcare experience, and she is already showing so much support to our littlest Cheetahs by providing an extra level of support during both academic and constructive play times. 

Welcome, Mr. Portillo and Ms. Millan! We are so happy to have you on board. 

 

Concentric Pooled Testing - Coming Soon!

On Friday and Monday, we will do a dry run for the Concentric pooled COVID testing so that we can all practice and learn the routines. Then on October 13th, we will begin testing with a select number of classes for our first round of pooled tests through Concentric.  If you have not yet given consent for your child to be tested, or if you would like to change your consent, it’s not too late!  Every Wednesday, we will pull our list of students to be tested the following week.  In addition to helping us slow the spread on campus, consenting to testing also has an added benefit: if there is a positive case in your child’s classroom, the rest of the class can go on a modified quarantine per county guidelines. That means students can continue to attend school, as long as they are tested immediately and on day 5 after exposure and they are asymptomatic.  Students with consent on file will be tested at school--meaning no disruption of school days.  Students without consent will need to stay home until they have their test outside of school--meaning they will miss school days.  If you would like more information, please see our district website.  You can also call our front office. 

 

Picture Day Retakes

Picture Retake day is coming on Monday, October 18, 2021.  If you want your student’s  picture retaken, simply return your original package with your child on Picture Retake Day.  Be sure to remind your student to let their teacher know that they are requesting a retake.  Also, those students who were absent on picture day back in September will have their pictures taken on October 18th as well. An adult will escort those students from their classroom to the MUR where the photographer will be set up.

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

COVID updates: Testing and PowerSchool uploads

Upcoming testing: The supply of test kits and personnel is increasing. As a result, we anticipate that we can start full-scale testing on campuses by mid-October. In the meantime, you may see our schools practicing testing procedures in preparation. Click here for a video showing what student testing will look like. 

PowerSchool Uploads: Parents can now upload to PowerSchool the important COVID documents that will help expedite students’ return to school after a COVID exposure. Please take a moment now to upload your documentation. After logging in to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public, parents will be able to click on the “COVID reporting” icon to upload 1) students’ proof of COVID vaccination and 2) Past positive COVID test. Here’s how to upload. Let us know if you have trouble accessing PowerSchool.

 

No school for students on October 11 and 12

Monday, October 11th is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Tuesday, October 12th is a staff development day, which means no school for students but a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.

 

Up the effectiveness of kids’ COVID masks
Please click here for tips. 

 

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

 

MV Public Library Events: In Conversation with Joanna Ho, Learn + Explore with Science Comics Author Jason Viola

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.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m., join the MV Public Library for an interactive look at how Science Comics are made with graphic novel author Jason Viola. Recommended for children ages 7-12. Registration required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.

 

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