Cheetah Chatter, Jan. 15, 2020

Important News

Friday, January 17 ~ELAC Meeting in Room 21 9:00-10:00 a.m

Monday, January 20 ~Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~No School

Wednesday, January 22 ~SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00 p.m 

Wednesday, January 22 ~PTA Assoc. Meeting in Library 6:30-7:30 p.m

Wednesday, January 22 ~ Superintendent’s Potluck 6:30 p.m ~ Castro Elementary 

Friday, January 24 ~Principal’s Coffee 8:50-9:50 a.m

Wednesday, January 29 - Parent University - Talking to your  child about Sexuality - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m ~ Crittenden Middle School 

Friday, January 31 ~Cool Cat Assembly, 1st - 5th Grade 8:40 a.m     

Saturday, February 1 ~Pancake Breakfast 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m

Saturday, February 8 ~MVEF Gala 5:30-10:00 p.m

Friday, February 14 ~End of Second Trimester ~Minimum Day

Friday, February 17-22 ~Winter Break ~No School

Wednesday, February 26 ~CSMA Music Concert 1:30-2:30 p.m

From the Principal's Desk

Hello wonderful Theuerkauf Families! 

We are making great strides with student achievement thus far and want to keep this momentum going. Our staff counts on you - our parents - to partner with us as we work together for student success. Your child being at school each day makes a great impact on their educational success and learning. There has been so much research around absenteeism in school impacting a child’s learning. An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation. Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some cases, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence. Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time. 

Every Minute Matters 

If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, even this adds up to missing many hours of class time cumulatively. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.


Please see the following tips for maximizing your child’s opportunity to achieve at high levels and ways to keep your scholar in class.

1.    Establish a reasonable bedtime that allows for 8 hours of sleep.

2.    Establish a back up plan for getting your child to school in case something comes up.

3.    Only keep your child at home if they are sick (fever, vomiting, or a contagious illness).

4.    Schedule doctor appointments during school breaks, or before/ after regular school hours when necessary.

5.    Plan family vacations around holidays or other times off from school so that your child will not miss any learning.    

We have a school wide goal of attaining 97% percent attendance throughout the year. Each month as a part of positive recognition for attendance, the class with the highest attendance rate for the month is recognized and they get a Lunch - Pizza party with me. Two classes won the attendance incentive for November/December - Ms. Casey’s 3rd graders and Ms. Johnston's 2nd graders. The school wide attendance for November was 94.28% and for December it was 93.29%. Our school wide attendance goal is 97%. Showing up on time counts and matters. We can do this! Thank you for your partnership in this matter. 

Well, I’ve been thinking, it's too long since the last “Bedtime Story with Principal Dagar”. So, let's have one this Friday, January 17th, at 7:30 pm. See you on Facebook Live with a super fun story to end our week! 

i-Ready Diagnostic #2 Assessment Access: 

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. We use i-Ready for grades Kindergarten - 5th grade at our school. The week of Jan. 13, parents may access the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic #2 that children took in December. Look for an email with specific directions about how to access the results through the PowerSchool Parent Portal (

There are four reports (two for math and two for English language arts); one report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August, and a detailed report will show how your student performed on each grade-level standards in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.

Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning. These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your child’s teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready. Our students have shown tremendous growth school wide on the i-Ready assessment and I am so proud of all their hard work. As I say, “Keep rocking, Cheetahs!” 

Upward and Beyond!



Ms. Swati Dagar 

Principal- Theuerkauf Elementary

School News

Before School and After School Clubs

Chess Club every Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m in Library 

CSMA Art every Thursday 1:00-2:00 p.m in Rm 26 (Kinder-1st) Starts 1/16-5/21

Ukulele Class every Monday 3:15-4:15 p.m in Library (3rd-5th) 

Chorus every Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m

Just Math After School Math tutoring - 4th/5th Graders 


CSMA Spring ART Club

Due to popular demand, Art club has split into two separate classes, K-1st will be on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m starting 1/16/20. And 2nd - 5th graders can sign up for Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m starting on 1/17/20. Please find more details in the flyers attached, registration is online through CSMA.

PTA News

Please save the following dates:

Wednesday January 22 6:30-8:30pm PTA Association Meeting (Dinner & Childcare provided)

Saturday February 1st 10am-12pm Pancake Breakfast


March 6 Family Movie Night & Silent Auction

This is our first movie night in our newly remodeled MUR. We will be kicking off a week long silent auction with themed baskets by grade level. Please donate one or two small items for your child’s grade so we can make baskets to auction off.  Donations can be dropped off to the office.  

Themed baskets by grade level:  

5th grade Themed Basket: Family Sports

Suggested Basket Ideas: Balls (baseball, basketball, football, soccer), tickets to local sporting events, gift card to a sporting goods store, Frisbee, sports-team-theme apparel (shirts, hats, etc.) and blanket, water bottle, sports-theme books


4th Grade Themed Basket: Family Movie Night

Suggested Basket Ideas: Boxes of candy and microwave popcorn, DVDs, movie passes, blankets, store gift cards (for DVDs and snacks).


3rd Grade Themed basket: Arts and Crafts

Suggested Basket Ideas:  Markers, pens, colored pencils, crayons, craft paint, construction paper, paint brushes, stamping kit, jewelry kits, small wooden model kits, loom bracelet kit, poster board, gift card to craft store.


2nd Grade Themed Basket:  Family Summer Fun

Suggested Basket Ideas:Beach towels, beach toys, balls, sunblock, sunglasses, gift cards to mini golf or other summer activities, yard toys (Frisbee, plastic bowling pins), bubbles, sidewalk chalk.


1st Grade Themed Basket: Family Baking Night

Suggested Basket Ideas: Baking mixes (muffins, cakes, cookies), frosting, baking with kids cookbook, aprons, kids’ mixing utensils, measuring cups, cookie cutters, decorating supplies.


Kindergarten Themed Basket: Family Game Night

Suggested Basket Ideas: Board games, playing cards, dominos, snacks


TK (We will have 2 themes because there are 4 classrooms)

 Ms. Robert’s Class & Ms. McClellan’s class

Themed Basket: Children’s Reading 

Suggested Basket ideas: children's books, stuffed animals


Ms.Leiser & and Ms. Pham

Themed Basket: Parents Reading 

Suggested Basket ideas: Books, Wine, wine glasses, snacks

(School Office Team is donating a surprise basket as well)

District News

Support Our Students - MVEF Fundraising Gala and Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!

Please help support art and music instruction, Living Classroom, environmental field trips and more at THEUERKAUF and all our schools! The Mountain View Educational Foundation staff and volunteers are working hard to make the Winter Gala an incredible night. Join MVEF on February 8th to enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing, and lots of auction fun. There are some incredible auction packages in store for guests, including an Escape to Santa Cruz, a Warriors Game Night Experience, dinner at MVFD firehouse, an exquisite handcrafted quilt created by MVWSD’s own Principal Gloria Higgins, Principal Terri Lambert and Executive Assistant Kathi Lilga, summer camps, one of a kind parties, and much, much, more. You don’t want to miss this event that raises funds to support every child and every school in the district. Buy your tickets today at Ticket sales close on January 27th.


MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!

MVEF’S Winter Gala and Auction is on Saturday, February 8th! You don't want to miss this fun evening as MVEF goes Full STEAM Ahead to support all MVWSD schools. 

The MVEF Winter Gala and auction is on February 8th! It’s a really fun night out with the entire Mountain View community as you support a cause close to all our hearts -our kids and our schools! Attendees will celebrate the new dedicated STEAM classrooms and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!

The event will be held at the new Mountain View Community Center from 5:30-10:00 pm.

·     Doors open at 5:15 pm, followed by champagne, appetizers, and silent auction preview.

·     Sit-down dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by a live auction, and paddle raise for STEAM.

·     The evening concludes with silent auction bidding and dancing until 10:00 pm.

The menu is incredible, and the live and silent auctions are filled with amazing items, experiences, and one of a kind opportunities. MVEF anticipates a sellout event so get your tickets today!

All admission tickets are for the entire evening. Gather your friends to make a table, purchase individual tickets or if you know a teacher or staff member who you would like to send, you may choose a Teacher/Staff Ticket and send their name to Melissa, at [email protected].

Learn more and purchase tickets here!

You can also help support the gala by buying raffle tickets. One ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS GOOD CAUSE / BUY RAFFLE TICKETS: We will be selling raffle tickets after school Friday, January 17th Tuesday, January 21st, and Friday, January 23rd or you can email [email protected] to buy via cash, check, PayPal, Venmo on a different date.

- 1st Prize: 2 Premium Tickets to a Shoreline Concert of your choice

- 2nd Prize: Four San Jose Sharks tickets on 3/7/20 vs the Ottawa Senators

- 3rd Prize: A $250 Gift Card to Cognition Cyclery

District news

Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Being an "Askable Adult" Talking to your child about sexuality" on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, MUR.


Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader

Parents will learn:

The why, what, when and how of speaking to your child about sexual health

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop to inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation

Appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years

Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:


Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21

 Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.

For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here: 

For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. 

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

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