February 8, 2023

February 8, 2023


From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

Please note that Friday, February 17th marks the end of the trimester and it will be a minimum day. School will end at 12:10pm. Monday, February 20th through Friday, February 24th will be Winter Break. School will resume again on Monday, February 27th. 

Our school district has begun its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). The input collected will guide and update our District plan for the 2023-24 school year. Your participation in the process will help our school by ensuring that our school's needs are considered as the LCAP is revised for the 2023-24 school year.

If you have not already, please take a moment to complete the survey about the plans' goals. You can access the survey through the link in your email.

Please join me to learn more about the LCAP process at today's Principal’s Coffee at 5:00pm. To register, click here.


More information about LCAP is here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap

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


Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Wednesday, February 8~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Friday, February 17~ ELAC Meeting, 9am-10:30am (Zoom)

Friday. February 17~ End of Trimester- Minimum Day, Dismissal 12:10pm

February 20-24~ Winter Break- No School

Wednesday, March 14~ SSC Meeting 5:30-6:30pm (Zoom)

Wednesday, March 22~ PTA Meeting  6:00-7:00pm (Zoom)

Thursday, March 23~ Open House K-5th grade~ 6:00pm

Friday, March 24~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30am (Zoom)

Thursday, March 30~ TK Open House 5:00pm 

Friday, March 31~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

PTA News

PTA Board 2023/2024: If you are interested in being part of the PTA Board please reach out to Teresa at [email protected].  Teresa can share more about the positions, time commitment and position expectations.   This is a great way to get involved and make a difference in our community.  


The Theuerkauf Friendship Dance was a wonderful event and we want to take the opportunity to thank everybody in the Theuerkauf community who helped to make it happen!Thank you to everybody who donated food items or supplies: Christina, Ebla, Birgitte, Joie, Julia, Many, Isabel, Kei, Andrea, Sima, Julio, Hoang, Ananilia, Katie, Susan, Lidia, Mete, Judy, Jessica, Jegan and Conceta!

Thank you to the volunteers who gave their time: Judy, Kei, Sheena, Lesly, Taran, Mete, Layl, Hannah, Kristyn, Licha, Diana, Natalie and Antje!

Thank you to Susan for the comfy couch and bean bags!

Thank you to our DJ Harald who kept everybody dancing and Andy for sound engineering! Thank you to Emily who taught the kids a special Friendship Zumba Dance!

Thank you to all the people who lent a hand during clean-up afterwards!

Thank you to everybody who came and danced and bought tickets!

We even raised some extra funds for the PTA and they are now looking into a fun extra activity for the kids!  If you took pictures that you would like to share with us for the purposes of the yearbook, please upload them here!

Thank you again from the planning committee, 

Antje, Kristyn, Joie, Teresa, Stacey, Nishani & Karin

District News
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m. 

Some of the meeting topics include:          

  • Outdoor Learning and Greening Project at Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School

  • Transportation Study Report

  • Resolution: Climate Change and Green Schoolyards

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Parents: We need to hear from you before Feb. 10 about your child’s enrollment in MVWSD for next year

For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Before Feb. 10, parents must log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for next year. Look for an email in your inbox with directions.


  • Choice school parents: If you have incoming Kindergarteners and would like them to participate in the 2023-24 Choice School lottery, you must submit their enrollment application during Open Enrollment (before February 10.)

  • Incoming middle school parents: Students currently in grades 5-7 will not be able to select their elective classes for next year until parents confirm their enrollment through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

If you have difficulty signing in to PowerSchool, please contact your school office. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to https://www.mvwsd.org/register.


In case you missed it: Incoming 6th grade information night for parents

If you will have a 6th-grader next year, please check these links for the 6th Grade Information Night materials shared at the January 23 meeting. 

Crittenden Middle School

Graham Middle School


We want to hear from you! LCAP survey responses due Feb. 17

Have you clicked on the link in your inbox to complete the LCAP survey? We need to hear from every family in the district as part of the annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input will guide the update of our District plan for the 2023-24 school year.  Your responses are confidential. More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/LCAP


February Better Together Infographic 

In February, we honor Black History Month. As educators and parents, we can help our young people imagine a world where they are active participants in the dismantling of racist and oppressive forces. We can help them imagine a future where we are all #BetterTogether. Please see the attached flyers or visit http://mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


Bond Oversight committee seeks community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure T Bond Program.

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to [email protected].

Link to Application: Bond Oversight Committee

Questions? Please call Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500.


MVEF Gala Sponsorships are available!

MVEF is currently accepting sponsorship donations for the annual Gala, happening April 29, 2023. With approximately 150 in-person attendees and a goal to raise $100k, 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. 


MVEF offers 4 Gala sponsorship levels to community businesses and individuals.  Each level includes different benefits for the sponsoring entity. To learn more and to complete a sponsorship application, click here: https://www.mvef.org/galasponsor




InPlay: Find camps and afterschool activities

February break and spring break are just weeks away. Even summer break is just around the corner. Looking for activities or camps for your children? 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.



February CAC Events 


SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org


We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet


Parent Chat

February 14, 10 am

Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child?  Peer to peer support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 am on Google Meet. Meeting is for 1 hour only due to Google Meet limitations. Contact [email protected] for invite.


Palo Alto CAC Resource Fair for Summer Camps and Afterschool Activities

Tue, Feb 28th 6-8 pm 

Focus will be on hosting providers serving Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos.

Place: JLS middle school cafetorium in person only


Coming up in March!

General meeting on March 6 and we are happy to announce:

Behavioral Panel of Experts - Challenging Behaviors and Strategies at different ages

Presented by SELPA 1 CAC / Palo Alto CAC

Wednesday March 22, 7 pm on Zoom

Does your child have behavioral challenges at school and at home?

Behavior is communication. Join the CAC and expert panelists from CAPTAIN and PENT for a presentation on strategies to help with behaviors at different ages. Although CAPTAIN is focused on those students with autism spectrum concerns, these insights are suitable for all students. Have a specific question - submit your question ahead of time to our panel here: Questions for the Panel

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkduCurTorHNSOp-szKwNTJdpzNXprqunq


Missed our Parent Education events last year?

We have a YouTube channel with many of our past events including last year’s Inclusive Fun Fair for summer camps and recreational activities, Anxiety and Depression in Children with Learning Challenges, SMART Goals and IEP Troubleshooting, and more. Channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuy7IcVz-4LTDxv2Jaq13nw


Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Shaping

We all tend to avoid tasks that we do not enjoy. Unfortunately, many of the tasks that we ask of our kids, such as working on homework or doing chores, are not enjoyable. Shaping can help make some of these tasks more manageable.

Shaping involves rewarding small behaviors that build toward the final behavior you wish to see. To do this:


Try this with a few tasks that your child has struggled to complete. For example, you could try praising your child for working on their homework for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, and so on. You could also try rewarding your child for completing one step of their chores, then two steps, and so on. With practice and patience, those unenjoyable tasks will become easier and easier to complete. 

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

To learn more parenting tips click here

These tips came directly from the free online website NPR: Life Kit.


MVLA Parent Math Night 

MVLA will be hosting their Math Night for parents on February 16, 2023 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Staff will share information about the high school math pathways and math preparation for college and beyond, in addition to the computer science and engineering pathways. Register for the webinar here.


City of MV Parent’s Night Out: Feb. 11 

The City of Mountain View is hosting a Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the Mountain View Community Center. Need a night off? Drop your kids off and treat yourself to a parent's night out. You can feel good leaving your child in a safe, fun environment complete with games, art projects, pizza, and a big-screen movie. Register here.


The View Teen Center: February 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! February Teen Center events include Winter Break drop in hours (February 21-24, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m) and field trips, including an Ice Skating & In-N-Out Trip and a Bike To Boba. See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.


MVLA Parent Ed: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness 

Join MVLA Parent Ed on February 28 at 7:00 PM in the LAHS Eagle Theater for an evening with Dr. Kelli Harding  – author of The Rabbit Effect – as she discusses ways for school communities to help foster cultures of kindness and positive social connection. Groundbreaking new research shows that love, friendship, community, life’s purpose, and our environment can have a greater impact on our health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office. Harding presents a new model for you to take charge of your health. Register here for this free event.


February Better Together

CAC February Events

MVLA Parent Math Night 

City of MV Parent’s Night Out

Teen Center

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