May 1, 2024

May 1, 2024


 Principal's Message

Thank you for coming to Day of the child! 

Thank you to all of the helpers, organizers, and supporters of Dia Del Nino! It was a ton of fun to see the laughter, dancing, books, Police Department, Fire Department, fun games, and cotton candy larger than their heads! Check out the celebration on Theuerkauf  Facebook or Instagram

Thank you for supporting the Mountain View Education Foundation (MVEF) Gala!

I want to give an extra special thank you to some of our Theuerkauf parents who joined me at the Gala this weekend to support our cheetahs receiving music class, art class, hands-on science, and smaller class sizes and clubs in middle school! 

The current MVEF-funded programs include:

  • CSMA Art and Music for all TK-5th Grade students

  • Hands-on Science Enrichment for all TK-6th Grade students

  • Reduced English Language Arts class sizes 6th-8th grade students

  • Extracurricular clubs, sports, and performing arts for 6th-8th grade students

Achieving the Gala's fundraising goal of $100,000 will help close the remaining gap towards the total year-end fundraising goal of $1.2MM. If you still wish to donate to MVEF for next school year - Donate here

Join us in celebrating: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 

This month, the Expect Respect Club is organizing a campus-wide scavenger hunt highlighting famous Asian Pacific Americans. Through this fun and informative event, students will have the chance to learn about these remarkable individuals while exploring our school grounds. We believe this initiative promotes cultural awareness and unity among our diverse community.

Save the Date - PTA / Volunteer Breakfast! Tuesday, May 7th @ 7:50-8:30am 

The Cheetah Community would like to celebrate our awesome PTA and our wonderful volunteers!  PTA and parent volunteers please join us as we recognize you on May 7th at 7:50am in the Staff Lounge. There will be delicious breakfast snacks courtesy of your thankful Cheetah staff! Thank you for all you do to support Theuerkauf! Sign up using this link! 

On this same note, next week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation week hosted by PTA! See the PTA area for more info!  I couldn’t be more proud of this staff and their dedication and commitment to your cheetahs. Just a simple thank you or nice note is an easy way to show your appreciation as well! I love this community we have built together and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone next week! Goooo Cheetahs!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Thursday, May 2nd- MVWSD Board Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Friday, May 3rd- Community Check-in  with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30-4:30pm (Register Here)

  • Tuesday, May 7th - PTA/Volunteer Breakfast! 7:50-8:30 Staff Lounge

  • Wednesday, May 8th - 5th grade music concert in the MUR, 1:15pm (Please arrive early with an ID to check in). 

  • Thursday, May 9th-  Bookmobile after school

  • Thursday, Mary 16th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Friday, May 17th–All Theuerkauf Library books due

  • Friday, May 24th- End of Trimester- Minimum Day- Dismissal 12:10pm

  • Monday, May 27th- Memorial Day- No School

  • Thursday, May 30th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Thursday, May 9th-  Bookmobile after school

  • Friday, May 31st-Last Day of School- Minimum Day-Dismissal 12:10pm

 School News


Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give Integrity for April 26th

Dayana A.               Rm 14

Valentina V.             Rm 14

Eric E.                     Rm 15

Margaret C.            Rm 15

Aria D.                    Rm 11

Luis T.                     Rm 6

Danilo C.                Rm 6

Kiana R.                 Rm 9

Baylin Y.                 Rm 8

Alexa G.                 Rm 12

Pablo M.                 Rm 12

Amilia H.                 Rm 12

Celine L.                 Rm 20

Ethan M.                 Rm 20

Elijah H.                  Rm 21

Penny S.                 Rm 21


You have been invited to attend a welcome social this Wednesday, May 1st from 5:30-7:00 p.m at Crittenden for 5th grade families who are bound for Crittenden Middle School.

This free event is co hosted by MVEF and the Crittenden PTA.  

MVEF and the Crittenden PTA will provide FREE ICE CREAM, a scavenger hunt & raffle! They will be selling Pizza, Tacos, Boba & CMS Swag!

Families are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner or buy food from food trucks (this is NOT a potluck so families aren't asked to bring a dish).

This is a great opportunity for students and families to meet each other and make new friends, explore the school, and learn more about the programs that Crittenden Middle School, the PTA, and MVEF provide. Families will also get to meet existing Crittenden 6th grade families and feel free to ask questions.


Please fill out this form if you plan to attend. 




We hope you can make this event!


The Bookmobile Is Coming! Thursday, May 9 and 30th. Look for them after school.

For their full calendar, visit:


Library Update

Theuerkauf Library will close to students on May 17th to allow time to ensure all books are returned before the last day of school. Students will visit the library the week of May 13-17, but will not be checking out books that week. 


If your student has a lost or damaged book, you have options to replace the book: 

1. Replace book with exact copy--either new or used (in good condition).

2. Replace book with another book--new or used–of similar value and topic. 

3. Discuss with classroom teacher and Mrs. B other options such as reading aloud to a younger class, writing book recommendations to be used in the library, etc. 


Thank you for encouraging your student to read. The Mountain View Public Library has a summer reading program along with STEAM, art, music, and other activities. Please check the MVPL calendar and the flyers attached to the Cheetah Chatter. Have a wonderful summer!


 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Environmental Sustainability Plan Review

  • Re-Imagining Castro Update

  • Middle School Schedule Update: Feedback and Recommendation

  • Resolution supporting Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Parent University: Transitioning to High School: Nurturing Emotional and Social Growth

Date and Time: May 7, 2024, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link:

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. This session will focus on supporting the social and emotional growth of students as they navigate a complex new school experience. 

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


May 2024 CAC and LCC Events 

Important announcement - the SELPA 1 CAC covering the districts of Mountain View Whisman School District, Mountain View Los Altos High School District, Palo Alto Unified and Los Altos School District will be consolidated starting July 1 with SELPA II, SELPA III, SELPA IV and SELPA VII into the Northwest Santa Clara County CAC. 21 Districts will be represented in the new CAC.

A new website with resources surrounding special education issues will be available on the Santa Clara County Office of Education website soon. Stay tuned for updates at:

For local coverage of issues related to learning challenges, please check out the Learning Challenges Committee. Their website will be updated over the summer, but will be available at

General Parent/Community Meeting 

May 6 2024 9 am on Zoom

with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9 am. Our last meeting before consolidation. New bylaws will be reviewed for consolidated CAC as well as an update on the local plan talks. Planning for future parent education and parent support will be discussed. Register at:


Parent Chat

May 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.


Missed our Parent Education events?

We have a YouTube channel with many of our past events including the recent talk on Assistive Technology, 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: May 

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. (May Adjusted Hours, Open 1-6 p.m.: May 24 and May 31, Closed: May 27), 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 May or visit their webpage for more information.


City of MV Fire Department: 150th Anniversary Parade 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the City of Mountain View Fire Department, the Fire Department will hold a parade with celebrations and a public safety recruitment fair on Sunday, May 19, 2024, along Castro Street and in front of City Hall. The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Fire and Police Administration Building at 1000 Villa St., heading east on Villa Street towards Castro Street and south on Castro Street, ending at City Hall Plaza. We will have on display antique police, fire vehicles and ambulances, including a historic working steam fire engine from the early 1900s pulled by horses!

 PTA News


Dia Del Nino Success!

Thank you everyone who attended/supported/donated/volunteered at Dia del Nino!  It was so amazing to see the community come together to celebrate our cultures and children!


This week we had a mobile planetarium visit the school as an “on-campus” field trip.  Thank you to everyone who supported the field trip fund and made this possible!  Ask your kids what they learned about outer space!


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-10! Let’s celebrate and thank the 45+ Theuerkauf staff members that help our children grow each day. PTA and ELAC are coordinating something yummy for each day. We welcome any snacks, treats, and drinks you would like to add (drop them off in the office Monday-Thursday). With the help of Room Leads we are coordinating a small gift for each teacher and staff member - look for info from your Room Lead. You are welcome to send your own notes of appreciation to the teachers and staff too!



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