January 17, 2024

January 17, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community, 

Goooo Cheetahs! I love our community! Thank you to all that came out and joined us for a great evening of celebrating the amazing families that represent Theuerkauf! It was a delicious event! Big thank you to Ms. Lisset, Ms. Irma, Karla, Elvira, and Magdaleno for helping set up! Don’t miss out on our next event of the Reading Sleepover Party to support both parents and students with reading and writing strategies. 

Reading Sleepover Party!- Wednesday, January 24th

TK - 2nd 5-6pm 

3rd-5th - 6-7pm 

CLICK HERE to Sign Up so we have a count for snacks/materials

Parent learning workshops about reading and writing from our teachers, book raffles, special treats, make your own bookmark, read aloud, every child leaves with a book and new reading buddy! Wear your PJs and don’t miss out on this eve

Sign Up here! 

Reminder - Onesie Writing Contest! Due Jan. 18th

Dear Principal Lyons,

    I think you should dress up as _________ because ________________________. 

(Try adding another sentence to make sure this is very convincing!)

For older grades try writing a whole paragraph or two! Why should I dress up in that costume? Who can make the most convincing argument? The winner will be announced on January 24th! 

Open Enrollment for ALL students starts Monday! 

Please mark your calendars for Jan. 22.  Open enrollment for ALL students (including returning students) for the fall starts on Jan. 22. Click on https://www.mvwsd.org/register for all the details. 

The recording to support registration and new families for Theuerkauf:

Meeting video (English)

Meeting video (Spanish)

This community is the best! Go Cheetahs!!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Thursday, January 18th- Transitional Kindergarten Info Meeting 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)

  • Tuesday, January 23rd- PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm (Zoom) 

  • Wednesday, January 24th - ELAC Meeting 9:45-10:45am  (Zoom)

  • Wednesday, January 24th - Reading Sleepover Party! 5-6pm (TK-2), 6-7pm (3rd-5th)

    • Parents please join for learning about reading/writing while students attend their sleepover party! 

  • Thursday, January 25th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

  • Friday, February 2nd- Friendship Dance- 5:00-7:00pm

  • Thursday, February 8th MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

  • Monday, February 19th-23rd- Winter Break- No School

  • Thursday, February 29th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

 School News



Please call the 24hour automated Attendance Line at 650-903-6925, X4680 or email  [email protected]  to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, name and relationship of the person reporting the absence. After reporting a COVID positive absence on the attendance line or by email click here to fill out the COVID reporting form. When you have a doctor or dentist appointment, please bring your note so the tardiness or absent will be excused. If we do not hear from you within 72 hours, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Please let us know how we can support your student. Thank you

Gate Locking Communication

For student and staff safety, it's very important for our school to limit points of entry during school hours. As you know, we have been working on enabling the locks on our field gates during the school day. Beginning Nov. 27, the field gates will be locked from the outside shortly after the last morning bell rings. It is very important that we eliminate tardiness so students get the education they deserve right from the first bell. However, if they are tardy, please have them go in through the front office and pick up a tardy slip from Ms. Gaby or Ms. Sherri. If there is anything we can do to support on time arrival for school. Please reach out. Parents will be able access school field gates for student pick up when the dismissal bell rings. The public will continue to have access to school fields on weekends and on weekday evenings after 4 p.m. at elementary schools and after 5 p.m. at middle schools.  If the gates malfunction after hours, you can call (650) 526-3248 x1004. Thank you for supporting our safety procedures.



Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give PERSEVERANCE for Jan. 12th 

Aiden C.             Rm 16

Jaydin A.            Rm 15

Leo A.                 Rm 11

Logan S.             Rm 7

Alison S.             Rm 6

Penny V.             Rm 8

McKenzie A.       Rm 9

Sabra E.             Rm 17

Russell D.           Rm 18

Hannah K.          Rm 12

Ethan M.             Rm 20

Celine L.             Rm 20

Adam D.             Rm 21

Dana D.              Rm 22

 District News

Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open in two weeks.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

Please encourage families who are enrolling NEW students in grades TK-8 to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings:

  • Jan 17: At Theuerkauf Elementary, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: In-person school exploration event for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.

  • Jan: 18: Virtual school information night for Transitional Kindergartners (Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/TK118)

  • Jan 24: At Castro Elementary, 2-4 p.m.: In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.

For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:

Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check www.mvwsd.org/register  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9.   

Do you need in-person help to register your child? Sign up at http://mvw.sd/help and attend any of the help sessions:

Castro    Elementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.

For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22

Please join us at this fun and informative virtual event. It is an opportunity for you and your fifth-grader to learn about middle school life. You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have. Future 6th grade students are encouraged to join!

Date: January 22, 2024

Crittenden at 5:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/CR122

Graham at 6:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/GR122

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here: mvwsd.org/LCAP

Better Together: January

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sometimes, being a good ally might mean standing up to our friends to protect someone else. In the month of January, MVWSD students will explore the essential question: How do I have a difficult conversation with someone? A thoughtful ally finds a way to express themselves respectfully and with an open mind. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 23-24 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways: 

  • Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.

  • Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.

  • Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.

  • Technical work like automation and data migration.

  • Visual designs, graphic design and layout.

  • Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families.  To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here

Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel

The View Teen Center: January 

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. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flier for details about upcoming events and programs in January or visit their webpage for more information.

City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy 

The City of Mountain View is seeking your input to create a Homelessness Response Strategy to address homelessness, assist the unhoused and respond to community needs. Take part in defining a clear vision and action plan to guide decisions about goals, actions, funding and programs!

The City is hosting two community forums to give all community members the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our community and the City's planning process. The forums will be January 18 (In person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.) and January 25 (via Zoom, register here).  For the January 18 in-person forum, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Interpretation services are available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian for both meetings.

 PTA News




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