April 21, 2023

April 21, 2023


From the Principal's Desk
Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

Throughout the month of April, students and staff have been discussing our core values in a new way, answering the question: 

How can I demonstrate respect, responsibility, integrity, courage, and perseverance in every part of our school campus? 

I have been impressed by the dedication and commitment our Cheetahs have been demonstrating over the past several weeks, and it is exciting to see a boost and improvement in both student behavior and cleanliness throughout our campus. I would like to encourage you to continue this conversation with your student(s) at home as well. Please refer to our school wide behavior expectations document for details. 

State Testing: As a reminder, we will begin CAASPP testing for our 3rd-5th graders next Tuesday. For details on how to help your child be prepared and remain stress-free during testing, please review the "CAASPP" details in the School News section below.

Lining up on the Blacktop: Spring has come, and temperatures are rising in the morning. As weather permits, we will return to having all students line up on the blacktop again starting on Monday, rather than the MUR/cafeteria. . 

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

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, April 21~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30am (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 25~ CSMA Music Concerts (in-person – see School News for details)

Tuesday, April 25~ SSC Meeting 5:30-6:30pm (Zoom

Tuesday, April 25 - 5/11~CAASPP testing (grades 3-5)

Friday, April 28~ Dia del Niño Activities 3-6pm on the Blacktop (sponsored by ELAC & PTA)

Thursday, May 11~ Reclassification Parade 5:00-7:00pm (Crittenden Middle School)

Thursday, May 18~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Wednesday,  May 24~ PTA Meeting 6:00-7:00pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, May 30~ SSC Meeting 5:30-6:30pm (Zoom)

Monday, June 5~ 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony on the Blacktop, 8:30am

Tuesday, June 6~ Last day of School- Minimum Day–Dismissal 12:10pm

School News

Chess Club: Starting soon!!!

Back by popular demand, our Theuerkauf Chess Club has been brought back for any of our 1st-5th grade students who would like to learn, improve their strategies, or just have a little fun. The club will meet on Thursday after lunch in room 8. We hope to see you there, Cheetahs! 

Reminder: CAASPP Testing Begins 4/25/23

This Tuesday, students in grades 3-5 will start our state CAASPP Testing. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students began their practice tests the week before Spring Break. Students in grades 3-5 will take the actual CAASPP test between 4/25-5/11, during the morning hours. Our 5th grade students will also take their science test between May 10-12. Please avoid scheduling doctor/dental or other appointments during our testing window, from 8:15-12 pm (4/25-5/12). It is important that our students are at school on time so that they do not miss any portion of the test. Thank you for your support with this!

Reminder: MVEF Gala

It’s not too late to get tickets for this year’s MVEF Gala. Please join us on Saturday, April 29. The MVEF Gala is an opportunity for residents, district parents, business leaders and community members to come together and support local schools. This year’s event will include dinner, fundraising activities (including a raffle plus live and silent auctions), and community-building. 

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2023-MVEF-Gala

Online/Silent Auction Item Preview: https://bit.ly/mvefsilentauction

Raffle: https://www.mvef.org/2023-gala-raffle

Reminder: You are invited to 1st-4th grade CSMA Music Concerts on 4/25/23

You are invited to see what your students have been learning in their weekly music classes with Ms. Sylvia Yuan from the Community School of Music and Arts (sponsored by MVEF).

Your students receive 24 weeks of music a year thanks to CSMA and MVEF. As we finish the year, we would like to invite you to a grade level concert in the Theuerkauf MUR (cafeteria) on Tuesday April 25th.

  • 1st Grade: 8:30am-8:55am

  • 2nd Grade: 9:30am-9:55am

  • 3rd Grade: 1:20pm-1:45pm

  • 4th Grade: 2:15pm-2:40pm

Parents who come to watch will need to sign in at the office in accordance with the district visitor policy -- showing a valid driver's license. You will need a visitor's badge. It is no longer necessary to show proof of vaccination upon entry.

Kinder and TK students will have in-classroom presentations over the next few weeks, and 5th grade students have their own instrument performance at the end of the school year. Teachers will be reaching out to families with the details soon.


SAVE THE DATE: 5th Grade Promotion Date

Each year, we look forward to celebrating with families as our 5th grade students are promoted to middle school. This year, the 5th grade promotion date is Monday, June 5. The promotion ceremony will take place on the blacktop area behind the school, beginning at 8:30am, and all are welcome. Masking is encouraged but not required.


School News

4.28.23, 3-6pm: Multicultural Celebration - Día del Niño: We are excited to share with you that this year we are bringing back a multicultural event “Día del Niño”(International Day of the Child). This will be a family event with games, shows and family fun! Please join us for this fun celebration honoring all of the diverse cultures that make up our school. You are invited to wear traditional clothing representing your own unique culture or heritage!  Please consider donating items (sign up here) and signing up for 30 minutes as an event volunteer!  Sign up here.   There will be  a taco vendor and a fruit vendor, being money!  Hope to see you there


District News


On April 21, 2021 MVEF and the Crittenden Middle School PTA will be co-hosting a welcome potluck for incoming 6th graders and new students who enrolled during the current school year. To register, please click here: https://bit.ly/3Zy4QH1

Tickets to the MVEF Gala are still available! Ticket sales end 4/23 or when they are sold out. To purchase Gala tickets, click here: https://bit.ly/mvefGala2023

MVEF Gala Raffle Tickets are now on sale! Need not be present to win. Click the link below to view raffle items. Email [email protected] to purchase raffle tickets. https://bit.ly/2023-Gala-Raffle

MVEF still needs to raise an additional $220k to achieve the goal of $1.2MM by June 30, 2023. If you haven't made a donation yet during the current school year, please donate ASAP to help your school site achieve the goal to get an average of 10 new donors per school by April 15!  Donations of any amount are meaningful in helping to reach the goal!  Click here to see ways to donate. 


District Chess Tournament Registration Open

The 20th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 30th, from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Bubb Elementary. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline for registration is April 29. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at [email protected].

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Praise

It is natural for us to pay attention to behaviors that are irritating, worrisome, or make us want to disappear from embarrassment. Usually, when our child is calm, quiet, and self-entertained, we breathe a sigh of relief. However, this inadvertently teaches our child that they can get our attention by being disruptive. The good news is that we can reverse this pattern by paying attention to our child’s positive behaviors.

To learn more parenting tips click here.

To praise positive behaviors:

Try praising something positive that your child is doing each morning and evening (for example, “Good job sharing with your sibling”). We are used to noticing disruptive behaviors, so praising your child’s positive behaviors will take some practice and patience – but will ultimately benefit both you and your child.

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To view more resources on parenting and other topics, click here.


The View Teen Center: April Events 

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! April Teen Center events include local college tours, an Exploratorium Field Trip, and Extended Spring Break Hours from April 10-14: 1-6 p.m. See attached flyer for details about more upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.

MV Public Library: “Is It Dyslexia? Red Flags In Early Readers” 

Join the Mountain View Public Library on Tuesday, April 25 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm for their free virtual event, “Is It Dyslexia? Red Flags In Early Readers”. Ashley Kinkaid Koedel, Director of Educational Services at Morrissey-Compton and Educational Specialist at Stanford Children's Health, will provide an overview of reading challenges, tools to assess for dyslexia and support at home and within the school district. Geared for parents of children in Pre-K through 3rd Grade. Register in advance here.


Parent University: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 2, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu050223

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 mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


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