Cheetah Chatter, Dec. 11, 2019

Important News

Friday, December 13~ Coffee and Conversations with Superintendent Rudolph  8:50 a.m 

Thursday, December 19~ Cool Cat Assembly for 1st- 5th at 8:40 a.m in MUR

Friday, December 20~ Spirit Day- School wide Pajama Day

Monday, December 23- January 3~ December Recess- No School

Monday, January  6~ Staff Development Day- No School for Students 

Tuesday, January 7~ Students Return to School

From the Principal's Desk

Hello our Wonderful Theuerkauf Family, 

It’s been a great week at our school! We had our Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Information Nights and they were very well attended. It was so exciting for our teachers and I to meet with our incoming families. We can't wait to welcome our youngest learners at Theuerkauf next Fall. 

As we come closer to the Holidays, we also reach our mid-year academic school year benchmark. Our Kindergartners - 5th grade students are taking their mid-year i-Ready assessments. Last week our Cheetahs took the Reading assessment and this week, they’re taking the Math benchmark. Please remind your student to read the question carefully, think about the process to follow to solve the problem, and thereafter engage in solving the problem. Thinking about how to solve the problem before solving the problem helps us formulate the most accurate response or solution. We should remind our students not to rush to select an answer choice. i-Ready assessment reports will be sent home in January. 

Please join us for “Coffee and Conversations with Superintendent Rudolph” at our school on Friday, December 13th, at 8:50 am in our MUR. Let’s gather and have some informal conversations over a cup of coffee and some breakfast treats. 

You know, we at Theuerkauf, like to have fun at work. In the spirit of the Holiday season, our staff today made hats and took selfies/ pictures with team members. Now, that was a fun way to end our day! 


This takes me to the last day of school before Winter Break. We got to have a fun spirit wear day and wear PJs to school on the last day of school before winter break. You never know, I might just wear my PJs too (for the first time in my administrative career!) Looking forward to a cozy end of December 2019 with Pajama Day on December 20th! 

Keep smiling and don’t forget to live in the moment! 



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 Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m in Rm 26  (2nd-5th) Starts 9/13-12/13

CSMA Art every Thursday 1:00-2:00 p.m in Rm 26 (Kinder-1st) Starts 9/12-12/12

Ukulele Class every Monday 3:15-4:15 p.m in Library (3rd-5th) Starts 10/14

Chorus every Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m 

December 9th was the last class for Ukulele for this year. Class will resume on Monday, January 27th and will be accepting new student enrollment.

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.  All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices. For more information, click here. 


CSMA After School Art Club

Join us for a 15 week spring art club session where we will explore the theme: 

Our Natural World.

Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session.

We will study artists that examine and reflect on the many things that make up our world and contribute to the future. From the tiniest insect and plants to the glaciers and unique features of the earth, students will create projects based on these reflections and examinations.

Register online at 


Parents are an important part of our school community. Together we can do so much for our students and our school. Theuerkauf PTA is looking for a secretary for the PTA Parent Leadership Board. Please contact PTA President, Michelle Munoz, if you are interested in this role. Our students and school community would benefit from your involvement. Contact Michelle at [email protected]


Superintendent  Coffee

Saturday with the Superintendent: Please join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00- 3:30 p.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave) for informal conversation. Bring your questions and comments.


District News
Middle School Electives Interest Survey coming the week of 12/16 

As we enter the third year of the inclusive middle school schedule, our middle schools are currently working to provide quality elective offerings that are a great complement to our core academics. It's our goal to align electives with students’ interests and teachers’ credentials. 

In order to gauge students’ interests, and inform the development of the elective catalog for the next school year, students in grades 5-7 will be asked to complete a survey in class the week of December 16th.  This survey will list possible electives for 2020-21 and ask students to indicate the top three electives they may be interested in taking. The purpose of this survey only is to understand student interests. Students will not be committed to taking the electives they express interest in. Incoming and current middle school students will not formally request electives until the spring of 2020. 

For more information on the process, and to view last year’s electives catalogs, please click on

Right at School: Winter Break Camp

Right at School is offering Winter Break Camp from December 23 - January 3 from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, hosted at Stevenson Elementary. There is no camp 12/24, 12/25 ,12/31 & 1/1. Cost is $45/day. You are not required to have a child currently enrolled with Right at School to participate in winter break camp. See for registration and information.


The Mountain View Educational Foundation MVEF wishes you the happiest of holidays this season. Please think of MVEF of for your end of year giving. Your donation funds Community School of Music Art and Music classes, Living Classroom, hands-on science field trips for every 4th , 5th and 6th grader, middle school athletics and more. We need your help to ensure that your child, and every child, have access to these amazing programs. Make your tax-deductible
donation today at


Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW and CURRENT students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here:

To make sure you're ready, please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now. On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

* Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. 

* If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

Beginning January 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.


CSMA Art Club K-1 

CSMA Art Club 2-5 


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