Cheetah Chatter, Dec. 4, 2019


Important Dates

Thursday, December 5~ TK Information Night 5:00 p.m

Wednesday, December 11~ Kindergarten Info Night at Theuerkauf 6:00-7:00 p.m

Thursday, December 12~New  Incoming Student School Tour 9:00-10:00 a.m

Friday, December 13 ~Coffee and Conversations with Superintendent Rudolph  9:00 a.m 

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 7~ Students Return 

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Wonderful Theuerkauf Families! 

Hope you are staying dry and warm in this rainy and cold weather. What perfect timing to have our Multi-Use Room (MUR) ready?! Students are now able to avail it and stay warm and cozy during indoor lunch and before school time. It’s exciting!

Do you know of anyone who has a student eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and lives in our school district boundaries? Please help us by inviting them to our school’s TK information Evening tonight from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Parents will get an opportunity to get insight into the day of a TK’er at our school, get to meet the teachers and ask questions. 

We have some important enrollment and information evenings coming up:

Theuerkauf Kindergarten Information Night - Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m 

School Tour for new incoming families - Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:00-10:00 a.m

We are excited to host Superintendent Rudolph at our school on Friday, December 13, 2019 for Coffee and Conversations with Superintendent, 9:00 a.m. Please join us for this event. 

News from the classrooms: 

Did you see the 5th graders’ Book Report Diorama Boxes that are showcased in the front office? If not, do stop by and check out the bulletin board. Our 5th graders did a great job representing their books into these dioramas. Good job, kiddos! 


News from the Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms: During my classroom walkthroughs on Tuesday morning, I got to witness the start of the day in a TK classroom with Project Cornerstone read aloud led by our PC Lead - Mrs. Teresa Peters. Such a great start to the day for our youngest learners. Mrs. Peters started her lesson by reviewing the ABC rules and went on to read the Book - One by Kathryn Otoshi. It’s a great book on communicating and working things out. It provides a lesson on how one can take steps to work things out by verbalizing the problem, listening to understand, ways to solve it, and choosing the best plan. If you would like to read the book with your child at home, please feel free to use the YouTube link below for a video of the book. It’s a great book to review the lesson with your student and talk about the lesson in the story.  

One by Kathryn Otoshi online link: One by Kathryn Otoshi 


In the end, I would like to remind all Kindergarten - 5th grade families of the i-Ready benchmark assessments that are happening this week and next week. Please make sure your child comes to school on time each day so they do not miss the start of the day or assessment. Student reports will be sent home to parents in January. 

It is a privilege to serve your student and such a joy to see them grow and learn each day at school. Thank you for your continued commitment and support for our school. 

Together, Upward and Beyond! 



Ms. Swati Dagar 


School News

Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?

Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 


School info meetings and open enrollment

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for neighborhood elementary schools. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.  

The District has two choice schools:  Spanish-English dual immersion at Gabriela Mistral School and a parent participation program at Stevenson Elementary School.  These schools can be requested when you register your child. Gabriela Mistral's information night is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson's information night is Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

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: . 

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to


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

District News

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.


Check your students: PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

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.



Thanks to parents like you, MVEF is making great progress towards their $800,000 fundraising goal. Don't miss your chance to do your part to bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child in the district.There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to MVEF this year.  The more MVEF raises, the bigger the impact! Last year, MVEF exceeded our fundraising goal, enabling us to fund science materials for the new elementary science classrooms and professional development for teaching staff. Help MVEF surpass their goal and make your tax-deductible donation today!


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.


Winter Break Camp 

TK Information Night 

YMCA Spring Break 

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