January, 10, 2024

January 10, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community,

Welcome back! Don’t miss out on all of the amazing events happening this January!

Multicultural Potluck - January 16th @ 5pm! Bring a dish that is special to your family! If you or your child would like to share why it is special, you will have the opportunity to do so that night! I can’t wait to hear about special family traditions or the meaning behind the dish you bring! 

Onesie Writing Contest! Due Jan. 18th

I am in need of a onesie to wear for our reading sleepover party! During our Cool Cats Assembly I announced the new writing contest. Students can write to me about which onesie I should wear and why. Writing pieces are due by January 18th so I have time to purchase the onesie by January 24th for the event. For younger grades some sentence starters be: 

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! 

Reading Sleepover Party! - Wednesday, January 24th! 

As part of my 100 Day Plan we are working on creating an ecosystem of reading! Drop your child off in the MUR for some reading fun while parents head to the Library to learn skills and strategies to support literacy at home. For the last 15 minutes you will join your child back in the MUR and have some special reading time together. Bring a blanket, towel, or pillow for your child to set up in the MUR and wear your PJ’s! We will have books at school, but if your child is really excited to share a special book with a friend they are more than welcome to bring it for the night. There will be a guest reader, bookmark making, book giveaways, and a snack for your child to enjoy. You do not want to miss this celebration!

  1. TK-2nd grade - 5-6pm

  2. 3rd-5th grade - 6-7pm

December Grade Level Attendance Winners - 4th Grade!!! 

Awesome job getting your child to school on time! Who will be the grade level winners for best attendance rate in February? 

I can’t wait to see you at all the upcoming events!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Wednesday, January 10th- Theuerkauf School Info Night 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)

  • Thursday, January 11th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

  • Monday, January 15th- Martin Luther King Jr Day- No School

  • Tuesday, January 16th- Multicultural Potluck 5:00-6:30pm

  • Thursday, January 18th - ELAC Meeting 10:15-11:15am  (Zoom)

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

  • Tuesday, January 23rd- PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm (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 25- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

 School News


School Information Nights are coming up Jan. 10 and 11. (Please see the flyer here) 

In January, the Mountain View Whisman School District will be opening student enrollment for next fall starting Jan. 22 through Feb. 9. Parents of new and currently enrolled students are asked to register their students for next fall during this period.

To help new families learn more about school options for elementary school students, virtual school information nights will be held on Jan. 10 (neighborhood schools) and Jan. 11 (choice schools). The transitional kindergarten meeting is on Jan. 18.  In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites are on Jan. 17  at Theuerkauf Elementary and on Jan. 24 at Mariano Castro Elementary.  Click here for all of the meeting details: http://mvw.sd/meetings. Click here to learn about which program is right for your young learner: https://www.mvwsd.org/kinderready

Please check www.mvwsd.org/register for how 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. 



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 INTEGRITY for Dec. 22nd

Madeline G.               Rm 11

Hudson C.                 Rm 11

Addie G.                    Rm 15

Clark W.                     Rm 6

Kai P.                         Rm 7

Penelope V.               Rm 8

Gilvana V.                  Rm 8

Harutaka K.               Rm 12

William G.                 Rm 18

Sabra E.                   Rm 17

Annika A.                  Rm 19

Scarlet K.                  Rm 19

Emma S.                   Rm 22

Ibrahim M.                Rm 21    

 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

* 2023 California Dashboard Update

* United Against Hate Week and #BetterTogether 

* Joint Use Agreement Update 

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

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 12

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC112 

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 10: Virtual school information nights for neighborhood schools (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)

  • Jan 11: Virtual school information nights for choice schools - Mistral and Stevenson Elementary Schools  (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)

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

  • 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 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.   

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

The 2024-25 district calendar is available

The school-year calendar for next year is now available online here.  

Mentor Tutor Connection - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION. Join us for a lively volunteer event, and learn how you can become a mentor and/or tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Wednesday January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Find out how you can help a local student to a brighter future. To register go to www.mentortutorconnection.org/events  - or email programs@mentortutorconnection.org.

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


Trash Clean Up on MLK Day (January 15th)

Come to the blue playground on MLK Day at 10 am with a small trash bag  and gloves if you have them (I'll bring extra).   We'll try to pick up some trash and make the school even more  beautiful!  Also, we’ll bring some chalk if you want to add art or encouraging words to the blacktop, as well as some snacks!


Association Meeting Tuesday - January 23rd 

Please come support and participate – we need you! The time is 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and is on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736465261  Translation will be provided!


Afterschool Chess Club 

If your child is interested in taking their chess skills to the next level,  Academic Chess will be offering chess classes after school on Wednesdays on campus.   More info (cost, times, etc) on the attached flyer.  If your children attend an after school childcare (e.g. YMCA, Right at School, BTB) , they can walk to their program after the chess lessons finish at 4 pm.     We want this program to be available to all students and there are some scholarships available; if you need financial assistance, please email the chess director ([email protected]). 

Lastly, we will continue to try to run a free parent-led lunchtime chess program during the 3rd-5th grade lunch period.  If you want to volunteer with this program (and have or will get a volunteer badge), please email Emily ([email protected]). 

After School Art Classes

ArtHouse is going to be coming to Theuerkauf after school next trimester to offer lessons in art and literature.  If this sounds interesting, please see the below flyer! 

They need at least 10 students to sign up to offer the class, so please sign up soon!


Friendship Dance

February is just around the corner and that means so is our Friendship Dance!   We definitely could use donations and volunteers (see this spreadsheet if you think you can help!). And below is the flyer (Thanks, Karin!!) 



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