October 4, 2023

 Principal's Message
 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community, 

Thank you to all of the parents who came to our Principal/PTA coffee this past Friday! Your enthusiasm to partner together inspires me every time we meet! As you may have read before, we are working together as a community to support our 100% growth goal in reading. During the previous week teachers came together to think of ideas on how our community can support all of our cheetahs to make their growth goal. Then, our Mountain View Whisman Board of Education Members came for a site visit and gave their input on how they can support our goal. Now, parents used sticky notes to add even more ideas on how to support our goal! 

One idea that we can put into action right now is to record yourself reading one of your favorite books or just a story you like! You could read in English or any language of your choice! Joie Pascual, one of your PTA leaders, has created a website for our PTA. On the top bar there is a tab titled “Virtual Storytime” where the book videos will be. The idea behind this is, if you don’t have time to read with your child each night or morning, have them listen to a story from one of our community members! This is a quick win for some extra reading time everyday! Reading everyday with your child improves cognitive development, increases vocabulary, boosts memory, supports all academic areas, enhances focus, increases creativity, and so much more! 

  1. Email your story video to Joie: [email protected]

  2. Sign up sheet for virtual library: Virtual Library stories  

  3. PTA website: https://sites.google.com/site/theuerkaufpta/welcome

Hispanic Heritage Month! (Friday, Oct. 6th @ 5pm)

Many classrooms have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. A quick highlight was when I got to be part of the celebration in 3rd grade where students even had the opportunity to dress in traditional wear! To continue the celebration, please join us this Friday for the Multicultural Potluck at 5pm in the MUR. Please bring a dish of your choice to share and enjoy the celebration! 

Fearkauf Trunk or Treat! (Monday, Oct. 30th @ 6-7:30)

Please join us for an evening of fun!  Below, under school news are the flyers for the event. Even if you don’t want to decorate your car, please still come with your children in costume to get cand. We will be taking candy donations as well! Please drop them off at the front before the event. If you are interested, please email Natalie Gallagher at [email protected]

Just a quick reminder that we have the walkathon coming up next week as well (see PTA news below). Wow, we have a lot of great things happening in our community this month! I am grateful for all of the community events and experiences for our students. I can’t wait to hear your favorite story, celebrate and eat some great food on Friday, walk it all off next Wednesday at the walkathon, and have a treat on Oct. 30th! 

Warm regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

  Important Dates

Important Dates

  • Friday, October 6th- Community Check-in with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30pm- 4:30pm (Register Here)

  • Friday, October 6th - Multicultural Potluck at Theuerkauf MUR! 5:00-7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, October 11th-3:15pm-5:30pm- Walkathon

  • Wednesday, October 11th- Retake Pictures

  • Thursday, October 12th- Teacher Service Day- No School

  • Friday, October 13th- Recess Day- No School

  • Friday, October 20th- PTA/Principal’s Coffee 8:00am-8:30am by the TH Flagpole

  • Monday, October 23rd - School Site Council Meeting + Outdoor Learning/Greening Presentation 4-5pm. 

  • Tuesday, October 24th-27th- 5th Grade Science Camp

  • Friday, November 3rd- End of Trimester- Minimum Day- Dismissal at 12:10pm

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

  • Friday, November 10th- Veterans Day- No School

  • Monday, November 20-22- Thanksgiving Recess- No School

  • Thursday, November 23- Thanksgiving - No School

  • Friday, November 24- Day after Thanksgiving Day- No School


 School News ScScohool News

MVEF Community Survey

MVEF is seeking input from our school community via their online survey, which will be open throughout October:  http://bit.ly/MVEF-Survey

As a community-funded foundation where over 70% of donations come from families, your input is a very important part of the planning process for future MVEF-funded programs. If donations to MVEF approach the annual goal of $1.2MM by December 31, 2023, MVEF may be able to add additional programs in 2024.

MVEF has raised just shy of $400,000 -- donate today if you haven't already:


THANK YOU MVEF donors and volunteers!


Back Gates: 

Please make sure to shut all gates behind you. The gate in the back should only be used by preschool families in room 1. Thank you for continuing to help keep our school campus safe. 


Items Drop-Offs

Snack/Lunch, music instrument, water bottle, Chromebook, and any other drop-offs

Please ensure your child has everything they need with them for school when you drop off in the morning. We are unable to assist and guarantee personal item distribution each day.  I suggest a morning check-list to ensure you have all items. This can also help students build independence as they get older.


Student vision and hearing screenings coming up.

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Theuerkauf on October 17 and 18.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500 ext. 1050.


Reporting an Absence

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 will be excused.


District News
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Planning for a Possible Parcel Tax Renewal

  • Update on Measure T Summer Work 

  • Enrollment and Staffing Update

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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Oct. 6

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC106.  Mark your calendars for all upcoming community check-ins! A list of dates and login information is here.

Parent University Speaker Series Presents

Parenting in the Digital Era - Supporting Dialogue and Strategies for Building Healthy Tech Habits

Date and Time: October 24, 2023, 5:30-7:00 pm  Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102423

One of our favorite nonprofit organizations is back! The staff of My Digital TAT2 will be delivering a workshop that will empower parents with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of raising tech-savvy, digitally responsible children. We will address common tech issues such as digital “perfection”, misinformation, and things you might not know about popular apps and platforms.

Parents will gain crucial strategies that will support open dialogue and cultivate healthy tech habits among all family members.

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

Protect your family: Dangers of illegally-made synthetic drugs

It's important that you and your children know the dangers of illegally-made synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs created in illegal labs, like Fentanyl, have ingredients that are impossible to know, and carry a high risk of overdose and death. Some are tasteless and odorless—even small amounts can cause an overdose. ANY pill bought through social media or even from a friend can contain deadly amounts of fentanyl. Learn more at http://mvw.sd/drugs

BOC & PTOC Seeking Representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee and the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District.

Apply at the links below.

BOC: https://ow.ly/HhgA50PQqEs

PTOC: http://mvw.sd/PTOC

Applications can be returned to the district office by mail or emailed to [email protected].

October CAC and LCC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check outwww.selpa1cac.org

The Learning Challenges Committee is looking for members!

Are you interested in helping students with learning challenges? This can include students who receive special education services, students with a 504 plan, or any student with a learning challenge.

The Learning Challenges Committee of the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council (LCC) helps provide teachers and school staff in Mountain View and Los Altos schools with supplies in their classrooms related to learning challenges. We need a variety of parent and student voices to help us best decide how we can help teachers and students about these issues. 

Can you attend 2-3 meetings per year to help make these kinds of decisions with the LCC? Please email [email protected]. We need more voices to help students with learning challenges. We need you!

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


Parent Chat

October 10, 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.

October 11, 7 pm Evening Let’s Talk  - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register at:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodOmhrz8tHNVYUGYMCIHeDa2lL43M-Puz


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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuy7IcVz-4LTDxv2Jaq13nw

MVLA Speaker Series: Julie Lythcott-Haims - How to Raise An Adult

Join MVLA Parent Ed on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7pm (MVHS- Spartan Theater) for Julie Lythcott-Haims’ presentation of “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap.” In this widely acclaimed talk, Julie draws on her insights as the former dean of freshmen at Stanford as well as her deeply personal journey as a parent to highlight the ways in which overparenting undermines skill development and positive mental health and wellbeing in our children. Listen as she offers practical strategies that allow children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary to become healthy, thriving adults. Register for this free event here.

Celebrate Shoreline: Oct. 15th 

The City is hosting Celebrate Shoreline, a free event for the community to celebrate Shoreline ’s 40th anniversary. The family-friendly event is taking place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Shoreline at Mountain View regional park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. The event will feature live music, self-guided tours, carnival games, food, and more! Visit MountainView.gov/CelebrateShoreline for more information.

City of MV Monster Bash 

On Saturday, October 28, 2023, Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park will transform into a ghoulish good time for all ages with the return of Monster Bash. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., community members are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a fall festival loaded with a treat trail, spooky games, enchanting performances, a stilt walker, inflatables, creepy, crawly, ooey gooey zone, Dia de Muertos celebration and more. This event is free and open to the public. Visit MountainView.gov/MonsterBash for more information.

  PTA News

PTA News


The Theuerkauf Walkathon is coming up soon on Wednesday, October 11th.  Stop by between 3:30 - 5:30 pm to cheer on your student, enjoy delicious food and relax with other Theuerkauf families! 

Also, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering and/or donating food and supplies.


OneMore Boba Fundraiser Success

Thank you to everyone who supported the OneMore Boba fundraiser on Sunday!  It was wonderful to see so many cheetahs enjoying treats together, and OneMore Boba is donating $250 to our field trip and presenter fund.  And thank you to Smita Venkat for organizing and OneMore Boba for their generous support!


Library Fundraiser: ISO Event Leader

We are looking for a parent (or two)  who would be willing to take the lead in organizing a small fundraiser for our school library.  The fundraiser is on the evening Dec 6th and is hosted by Books Inc on Castro Street.  A percentage of the proceeds that day will go towards new books for our school library.

As fundraiser lead, your job would be to coordinate with the shop, organize snack donations (last year we had wine, fruit, cheese, etc),  coordinate volunteers, help with our librarian's holiday wish list, and be there to help things run smoothly. 

If you are looking for a meaningful way to volunteer for Theuerkauf, this could be the perfect job for you!  The event is just one evening and the shop is a huge help (they'll take care of the selling, inventory, etc -- we just bring the snacks and a few volunteers!)  Please consider stepping up!


Walkathon Meeting: Wednesday, Oct 4th

Please join us for our last planning meeting before the Walkathon!  We’ll have a Spanish translator too! Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30 - 7:30 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736465261


New Website

Check out the new PTA website: https://sites.google.com/site/theuerkaufpta/welcome
Huge thank you to Joie Pascual for creating this great PTA resource!

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