March 17, 2023

 March 17, 2023

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf families!

Our teachers and students are so excited to welcome you next week to our first in-person Open House in several years! Families are invited to visit all of our classrooms to celebrate student learning on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6:00-7pm. Please see below in the School News Section for the schedule of events Open House.

BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES: Celebrating Inclusion and Community, Tuesday, March 28, Theuerkauf MUR 

Theuerkauf and Stevenson families will join together with Project Cornerstone for a dynamic workshop, dinner, and an opportunity to build community on the evening of Tuesday, March 28th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided at no cost. Please sign up here: Read more here: English | Español.


Safety Reminder:

We have seen an increase in tardies over the past few weeks. Students need to be inside the school gates, lined up by 8:10am each day (in the MUR if the weather is inclement or temperatures are below 50 degrees). If a student arrives after the gates close at 8:15, they must walk through the front office to get a late slip. This is critical so that we can account for them and mark them present; otherwise, they may still be marked absent in the system.

If you are running late, please remember SAFETY FIRST.  Do NOT have your child run across the street or parking lot.  Do NOT allow your child to exit the car while you are still in traffic--wait until you get into the car circle or park at the curb.


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


Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal


Important Dates

Tuesday, March 21~ 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 (in person; see below for locations)

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

Tuesday, March 28~ Inclusivity Workshop  6:00-7:30pm (in person, Theuerkauf MUR)

Thursday, March 30~ TK Open House 5:00pm (in-person, report to your child's classroom)

Wednesday, April 5~ Spring Pictures 

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

April 10-April 14~ Spring Recess~ No School

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

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

School News

Open House, Graded K-5, Thursday, March 23rd, 6-7pm

Our teachers and students are so excited to welcome you to our first in-person Open House in a few years!  Families are invited to visit all of our classrooms to celebrate student learning on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6:00-7pm. *Please note that our TK Open House will occur next week, 3/30 at 5pm.*

  • 6:00-7:00 

    • Classrooms open for visits from current Theuerkauf families

    • Ongoing Art Show held in the Library

  • 5:40-6:00 

    • Meet and greet with the Principal for incoming new families whose children will be starting in the 23-24 school year in the MUR (Cafeteria) 


In case you have never been to an Open House before, this is what to expect:

  • In each classroom, students will be sharing the work they've completed during the first two trimesters of our school year. Your child will show you artifacts of their learning.  

  • Families and students are also welcome and encouraged to visit other classrooms on campus. Students often appreciate seeing classrooms at the next grade level or visiting their old classrooms. One way to provide support to students during Open House will be to offer feedback to the students regarding something that you found interesting or impactful as you visit each room. 

  • The ongoing art show in the library will feature select work samples of our students.  Families can visit the library at any time during the Open House window.

  • Norms for our Open House: This evening will be a time to celebrate student learning. However, it is NOT a time for parent/teacher conferences. If you have specific questions about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher to meet at a different time. Also, please keep in mind: teaching and classroom assignments for the next school year will not be finalized until the summer. For example, if you visit a 1st grade classroom, that may not be a 1st grade classroom/teacher next school year. The purpose of visiting the next grade’s classroom is to preview what some of the next grade level's work products may look like and to provide all students with a rich experience of feedback. 

PTA News

3.22.23 @6pm PTA Meeting; Join for our PTA Meeting, elections will be held at this meeting-- make sure

 to attend!  Pizza and child care provided.  Location, MUR!  See you there.

3.31.23 @ 8:15am, Cafecito: Join us for a coffee chat with the PTA. Come build community and meet other parents and caregivers from Theuerkauf Elementary.  Meeting location will be at the staff lounge located in the front office.  Coffee and donuts will be provided! ???? ☕

Un Cafecito: Acompañamos a tomar un cafecito este viernes, 3 de marzo a las 8:15am.  Ven a conocer y platicar con otros padres de familia.  Te esperamos, habrá donuts y café, será en el salón de los maestros ubicado dentro de la oficina principal.  

4/3-4/7: Scholastic Book Fair: Be on the lookout for more information.

District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. 

Some of the topics include:

  • Second Interim Financial Report

  • Wellness Policy Progress Report

  • English Language Learners Reclassification Update

  • School Safety Update

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens soon

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their elective courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by April 7, 2023 through the PowerSchool portal. Fifth- through seventh-grade parents, please look for an email in your inbox dated March 24 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) beginning March 27 to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you have not confirmed your child's enrollment for the 2023-24 school year, elective course selection will not be available.

Introducing MVWSD Plus+  

We are pleased to introduce a new district program that aims to provide qualifying students with enriching summer and after-school care. Two opportunities are coming soon:


+Summer Camp 2023

Summer learning is getting a makeover! +Summer Camp will be hosted at district sites and operated by partners YMCA and Right At School. These full day camps will feature YMCA’s and RAS’s award-winning programs as well as exciting and enriching workshops led by MVWSD teachers, CSMA Art and Music instructors, and Canopy outdoor educators.  

+Afterschool for the 2023-24 School Year

Qualifying students will be able to attend Right At School, YMCA, or Beyond the Bell after school clubs free of charge. These programs will support students from the end of the school day until 6pm and full-day during certain school year breaks, such as Thanksgiving week.

Who qualifies? 

Students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or English Learners. If you have questions or think you may qualify, contact your school office.

For more details, check out our MVWSD Plus+ website and please look for individualized applications by the end of March.


Seeking members for the Sustainability Task Force

MVWSD is seeking members for a Sustainability Task Force to work on current and future environmental and sustainable practices at our schools and campuses.  The goal of the group is to give meaningful feedback to the superintendent and support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming more green in its facilities and practices. 

We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parents who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools. Committee members will be expected to attend and participate in meetings held every other month (on average) online during the school year in the evening hours. Applications are due by March 23 and found at this link. More information is at


Fuel for the Future: National Nutrition Month

Stay Nourished and Save Money

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive - it’s an important part of taking care of yourself and your family. Here are some ways to stay nourished while saving money: 

  • Plan your meals ahead of time and use a grocery list

  • Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are often less expensive and more flavorful 

  • Resources like SNAPWIC, and local free food programs can provide additional assistance for healthy food options. 

Eating Right on a Budget (Spanish)


Crittenden Middle School Spring Musical: Matilda JR. 

Crittenden Middle School proudly presents the story of a girl who dreams of a better life, and the children she inspires. This show will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.  Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Friday, March 24th – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25th – 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26th – 2:00 pm

Performances will be held in the Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, 1701 Rock Street. 

Parental Guidance Note: This show may not be appropriate for children under the age of 7. 
Tickets may be purchased in advance online (see the links on the attached flyer) or by dropping off your payment and order form at the Crittenden Front Office, no later than Monday, March 20th at 2:30pm. If shows are not sold out in advance, tickets will be available for purchase at the Box Office 30 minutes prior to showtime.  See the attached Ticket Order Form for details on pricing and online ticket purchases.


Graham Middle School Spring Musical: Moana Jr. 

Get ready to set sail on a musical adventure with "Moana Jr."! Featuring beloved songs like "How Far I'll Go" and "You're Welcome", this musical is a must-see for fans of all ages! 

The students, staff, and parents have been working so hard for months to present the best performance. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of "Moana Jr." on stage! 

Tickets are now available for purchase here. The show information is as follows:

Graham Middle School Auditorium

March 24th and 25th 7:30 pm

March 26th 2:00 pm

Adult Ticket: $15

Student Ticket: $10


Parent University: Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: April 4, 2023  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Link:

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to


Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Calming Your Mind

When we feel stressed, our minds tend to jump to the past (I should have...) or to the future (What if...?). The problem is that we cannot change the past nor control the future. Focusing on the present can help us take control of our current situation and help us feel calmer and more relaxed.

Watch this video to learn more about how mindfulness can help you (or your child) be more present and relaxed. 

To calm your (or your child’s) mind:

  1. Look around you, and name five things you see. Pick one object, and describe what it looks like, what color, what size, and what shape it is. 

  2. Look for four things you can touch. Pick one of those items to touch, and describe how it feels. 

  3. Name three things that you can hear. At first, it might seem that there is not much to hear, but listen carefully. Focus on one sound, and describe it. 

  4. Look for two things you can smell. Focus on one smell, and describe it.

  5. Find one thing you can taste. Focus on the taste and describe it.

You can repeat these steps every time you feel stressed to come back to the present moment. 


March 2023 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

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

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:


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:


The View Teen Center: March 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! March Teen Center events include a Career Day, Basketball Tournament, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and a Bike to Boba. See attached flyer for details about more upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.


CSA Empty Bowls Fundraiser: Tickets available now

Empty Bowls is Community Services Agency's annual fundraiser benefiting Homeless Services. Featuring bottomless ice cream, beautiful bowls, and fun children’s activities, this year’s event takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 2-4pm in Rengstorff Park. Purchase your tickets online now. If you are in need of services, please call 650-968-0836.


MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2023 is now open. Camp will run June 12 - July 28 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit


CTE Summer Exploration Program 

Limited spaces are available for CTE’s Summer Exploration program (June 5 - 29) for students grades 7 - 12. The program is interactive with a "learn by doing" focus and students experience hands-on learning on STEAM topics. Classes include Animation, Fashion Design & Textile Art, Film & Video Production, Medical Assisting, Medical Science/Health Careers, and Veterinary Science. Registration opens in April. For more information, visit or contact Kiran Grewal at [email protected].


Introducing MVWSD Plus+

Crittenden Middle School Spring Musical: Matilda JR.

Graham Middle School Spring Musical: Moana Jr.

The View Teen Center: March Events

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

CTE Summer Exploration Program


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