Cheetah Chatter, Sep. 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 25~ PTA Association Mtg 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 12~ 5th Gr Walden West Parent/Student Mtg 11a.m-12 p.m in Library

Monday, September 23 ~Free Food Pick Up after school hosted by CSA 2:00 -4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25~ SSC- Site Plan Workshop, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 26~ Cool Cat Assembly 8:40-9:10a.m.

Friday, September 27~ Kindergarten Cool Cat Assembly 1:40 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1st-4th~ 5th Grade Science Camp

Monday, October 7-11th~ Teacher Parent Conferences Week, Minimum days all week, Dismissal 12:30p.m.

Monday, October 14 & 28~Free Food Pick Up after school hosted by CSA 2:00 -4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 18~ College Day Activities 

Wednesday, October 23~ SSC Mtg 5:00-6:00p.m.

** Thursdays are minimum days for all students. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. 

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Theuerkauf Families, 

We are in full swing with our instructional routines and student support. As I walked through classrooms this week, I couldn’t help but capture some fun learning moments to share with you. 

News from the classroom: 

Recapturing an interaction between a 2nd grade teacher and her students during read aloud time (reading a book on Cheetahs): 

Teacher: ‘What is a group of cheetahs called?”

Students: “Coalition”

Teacher: “What is a group of fish called?”

Students: “Group of fish is called a school.”  

Teacher: “Okay, so what is a group of students (all of us here) called?” 

Students (in unison): “Classroom”

Another student: “We are also a TEAM!”

Such a special moment experiencing this interaction among students and their teacher. #GoTeamTheuerkauf 

Below is a picture of one of our first grade student’s who shared with me that he has made tremendous growth in his math addition computation. The joy and sparkle in his eyes says it all. We are so proud of his accomplishment! 


In 3rd grade, writing is a big focus this year. Below are some pictures of what 3rd graders describe as qualities they are looking for in a great friend. Such a great way to integrate academic writing with social-emotional conversations. 


Our STEAM Lab is in full swing and students are enjoying studying plants, rocks, etc. Below is a glimpse into our students studying the various kinds of leaves and doing scientific sketching. 


Yes that is right, learning can be fun and at Theuerkauf we love to make learning fun and engaging! Speaking of fun, don’t forget to log on to our school Facebook page this Friday, 9/13, at 7:30 pm for another Bedtime Story with Principal Dagar. I am excited to read another bedtime story to our Theuerkauf Cheetahs on Facebook Live! 

Upward and Beyond, 


Ms. Swati Dagar 

Principal - Theuerkauf Elementary 

School News

Show Your Theuerkauf Cheetah Pride Each Friday!!

Each Friday we are showing our Theuerkauf pride by wearing our cheetah school t-shirt or other gear. If you showed so much pride last year that your Cheetah gear got worn out or you are new to our school. Print the order form out and turn it into the office and we will deliver it to your child’s class. See you in Cheetah blue on Friday! Cheetah gear order form attached.

News from the STEAM Teacher

We need your help! What would a STEAM Lab be if our wonderful parent volunteers didn’t help out. Please give us your gift of time and help our students and STEAM teacher with STEAM Lab set-ups. Please follow the link below to sign up.


Donations Towards Students’ Lunch Dues

At Theuerkauf, we are building a culture of kindness, compassion, and giving in our students. It starts by us adults being role models and helping others that may be in need. Starting next week, September 16th, there will be a donation box in the front office for any family who would like to donate $$ toward lunch dues for students who may not be able to pay for hot lunch/ breakfast. Any and all donations are appreciated. Every dollar makes an impact and can help feed one more child. This is not a requirement but your generous donations towards feeding students at school are much appreciated. Thank you so much. 


Importance of Attendance 

My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, California is monitoring and working to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent.  If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state.   For more information, click here. 



We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

* Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

* Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

* Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick

* Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

* Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.

* Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Let us know how we can help!


5th Grade Science Camp October 1st-4th

All 5th grade students need to report to their class for attendance. All luggage and sleeping bags can be left at the side gate to get loaded on to the bus. The bus will be leaving school at 9:00 a.m from school and they will be returning on Friday, October 4th around Noon. When the students return on Friday they are to be picked up from school. 


Before School and After School Clubs

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

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

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

Ukulele Class every Monday 3:15-4:15 in the Library Starts 10/7


PTA News
Hello Cheetahs!  

A big congrats to Ms. McClellan’s class for having the most parents signed up in a classroom by the contest cut off date. They will enjoy a classroom party soon.

We look forward to seeing you all at the first association meeting September 25, 2019 at 6:30p.m in the library to help plan this year’s events.  Light dinner, child care and translation will be provided.  

Have a great week!


District News

Health News

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 Elementary on Tuesday, September 24th.

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.



Donations from parents like you are already making an impact in our schools and your child’s school day. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) art and music lessons are beginning this month at all elementary schools. Their curriculum meets the California content standards for music and art, ensuring that elementary students have the opportunity to experience quality art and music programming, entering middle school prepared for band and art electives. These art and music teachers are paid by MVEF thanks to your generosity.  Middle school athletes also benefit from your support. The fall sports season kicked off with both middle schools fielding cross country, girls softball and boys volleyball teams. MVEF helps pay for transportation, coaches and officials to make sure every athlete can compete. Support your child and every child in the district. Donate today at

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "The Orchid and the Dandelion:  Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" with W. Thomas Boyce, M.D. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA.

Developmental pediatrician, Dr. Thomas Boyce, will delve into results from four decades of research and clinical practice – exploring his major discovery that reveals how both genetic make-up and environment shape behavior.

Dr. Boyce will explore how the “dandelion” child (hearty, resilient, healthy) is able to survive and flourish under most circumstances and the “orchid” child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile) when given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more, than other children. Dr. Boyce will share how we as parents can better nurture and support the unique characteristics of both types of children.

To register for this free event, go to 

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.


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