November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families,

It has been a pleasure to join together with staff, students, and families alike during our United TOGETHER against Hate week activities. Thank you to everyone that attended our multicultural potluck yesterday!  We had a great turnout, celebrating diversity while enjoying delicious food and world music! We will continue this spirit of embracing our diversity and many cultures in upcoming Parent University events, principal's coffee, and more.  

Parent Teacher Conferences are critical opportunities for families and teachers to discuss students’ progress toward achieving mastery of grade level standards and academic levels as well as social-emotional development. Conference week this year will be in the afternoon hours from December 5-9. Every day that week will be a minimum day: students will be released at 12:10 pm.

By November 28, all families will have received an email from your child’s teacher with a Sign-up Genius link instructing you on how to sign up for your child's conference. Please complete your sign-up on or before 11/30. If you are unable to sign up for an appointment using this method, please contact the office by 11/30, and we will be happy to assist you.

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

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, November 18~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30 am (Zoom)

Monday, November 21-25~ Thanksgiving Recess- No School

Wednesday, November 30~ PTA Meeting  6:00 pm (Zoom)

Thursday, December 1~ Parent University - Effective Parent Teacher Communication, 6-7pm 

Friday, December 9~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Monday, December 5-9~ Conference Week- Minimum Day Dismissal 12:10

Thursday, December 22-31~ Holiday Break- No School

Monday, January 2-8~ Holiday Recess- No School

Monday, January 9~ Teacher Service Day- No School

Tuesday, January 10~ Students Return to School 

Monday, January 16~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

School News

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a coat, jacket, water bottle, lunch container, or other item? If so, please stop by our outdoor Lost and Found area next to room 17. As in previous years, we will donate all unclaimed items after the end of each trimester. Please be sure to stop by the lost  and found between today and next Friday, 11/18/22, to pick up anything you may be missing.

Theuerkauf Cheetah: Logo Refresh!

There isn't a single Theuerkauf student, whether present or former, who doesn't recognize and celebrate our long cherished mascot, the Cheetah! Even so, you may have noticed that our beloved Cheetah picture itself might need a little updating and TLC, to raise the quality of the image. Over the next several weeks, you will receive some logo refresh ideas to weigh in on and provide your input on the best version of our Cheetah moving forward. The goal will be to capture a version of our Cheetah that continues to embody the Theuerkauf spirit and all that we hold dear. Please look for these ideas to come your way within the next few weeks. Go Cheetahs!!!

Library Corner

December 9, 2022 from 6-9 pm at Books Inc, Mountain View (317 Castro Street )

Do all your holiday and winter break book/gift buying at Books Inc on Friday, December 9th and Books Inc will donate a portion of all sales that night to the library. 

Booksellers and your friendly Theuerkauf librarian will be there to help you with book recommendations for all ages. 

Snacks and beverages will be served. 

Support the Theuerkauf Library and check some holiday items off your to-do list. Want to volunteer? Sign up to help by emailing [email protected]



PTA News

11/30@6pm: PTA Association Meeting! 
 Join us to talk about future plans and events the PTA has for our school. Pizza and child care will be provided. Location: Multipurpose Room. 

12/7@1-4pm: Theuerkauf PTA is looking for more volunteers!  We need your help as we support the CSA with Food Distribution at Castro/Mistral School.  If you are interested please email [email protected]

District News

Please use your free COVID test after Thanksgiving break

MVWSD is providing at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families and staff members so that you may test before returning to campus after the Thanksgiving break. A box containing one test will be sent home with each student this week before Friday so that you can test on the weekend of Nov. 26-27 before returning to school on Monday, Nov. 28.  Please see this letter for what to do after testing. Thank you for participating in this safety measure to help ensure all of our students and staff stay healthy. 


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. 

Some of the meeting topics include:                                                  

  • School Plans for Student Achievement 2022-23 

  • Wellness Policy Annual Goals Progress Report

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: Please note, there is no Community Check In on Nov. 18.


Parent University Speaker Series: Accessing Your Child’s CAASPP and i-Ready Scores

Date and Time: November 28, 2022, 6-7pm  Registration Link:

Come and learn how to see your child’s score reports online for the state CAASPP (end of year Math and ELA exams) and for the district i-Ready diagnostic assessments. 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to We will do our best to address your question during the session.


i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores

Students will take the i-Ready Math and Reading Diagnostic 2 during the week of November 14 - 18. i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal starting December 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at under “Parent Reports” for each of your students.


Better Together Infographic: November 

Running from November 1st and November 2nd, Día de los Muertos is this indigenous holiday that originated in southern Mexico and celebrates the remembrance of family members and friends who have died. November also marks the recognition of Native American History month and #BetterTogether's exploration of self-expression. What does it mean to find your voice? How can we uplift the voices of others? Please see the attached flyers or visit

It’s “Giving Day Season!”

If your company offers a "giving day" or a special matching program, please let MVEF know and also tell your co-workers that there is a non-profit organization directly supporting the K-8 public schools in Mountain View: MVEF! For more information about what MVEF funds, please click here. To donate directly to MVEF:


Attention, Googlers!

With Google’s upcoming end-of-year Benevity campaign, Google employees can donate an additional $400 to the non-profit of their choice using the special Google voucher between November 7 - 18. Please encourage your Google co-workers to support local public education by donating their voucher to MVEF!

The View Teen Center: November 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! See attached flyer for details about upcoming November events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.


CSA Holiday Sharing Program

Community Services Agency (CSA) is seeking donations of gift cards for their Holiday Sharing Program, to be held December 9-10 and 16-17. This program provides Safeway and Target gift cards to community members in need so they can purchase what they most need to have a joyful holiday season. Last year, CSA served over 3,500 people. You can make a donation online or drop gift cards off at the office during business hours: 204 Stierlin Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043.

To find out if you qualify to receive gift cards, please call CSA during business hours: 650-968-0836. The receptionist speaks English and Spanish. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message and you will be called back.


Health and Wellness Tip: Improving Mood 

Stressful events influence our thoughts (words or images that pop into our mind), feelings (our emotions), and actions (what we do or say). For example, if your childcare falls through, then you might think, “My day is ruined;” you might feel frustrated; and you might act short-tempered with your child, partner, or colleagues. Doing enjoyable activities can prevent stressful events from ruining our day.

Watch this video to learn more about how doing fun activities can make you (or your child) feel better.


To improve your (or your child’s) mood:

  1. Track your mood throughout the day (e.g., rate how you feel each morning, afternoon, and evening from 1 = unhappy to 5 = happy).

  2. Create a list of activities that you enjoy doing (e.g., painting, exercising, talking to a friend).

  3. Plan when you can do one or more of your activities (e.g., scheduling a phone call with a friend for Saturday morning).

  4. Do your scheduled activity.

  5. Reflect on how you feel after doing your activity (e.g., compare your mood rating before and after your activity).

These tips came directly from the free, online toolkit from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


County MedAssist Program 

The MedAssist Program aims to improve health outcomes and medication adherence for select individuals who reside in Santa Clara County. Qualified patients will receive financial assistance in the form of a grant designed to off-set high out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications such as anti-diabetics, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. For more information and application, visit


13th Annual Spartan Turkey Trot 

MVHS Sports Boosters will be hosting the 13th Annual Spartan Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, November 24th at 8:30 a.m. starting at Mountain View High School (3535 Truman Avenue). All proceeds benefit the MVHS athletics department. For more information about this event or to register for the 5K Walk/Run, Kids Run or Spartan Mile, visit

MVHS Spartans Tree Lot 

MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday November 25 at 10 AM for the 2022 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to:




Better Together

Teen Center

County MedAssist Program 

MVHS Spartan Turkey Trot

MVHS Spartans Tree Lot

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