Cheetah Chatter, Feb. 12, 2020

February 12, 2020

Friday, February 14 ~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 a.m, Room 21 

Friday, February 14 ~End of Second Trimester ~Minimum Day for all students 12:30 p.m dismissal for all students

Monday, February 17-21 ~Winter Break ~No School

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

Wednesday, February 26 ~ School Site Council Meeting 5:00-6:00 p.m 

Friday March 6 ~ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 a.m Room 21

Friday, March 6 ~ Report Cards go Home

Friday, March 6 ~Movie Night 5:00-8:00 p.m

Friday, March 13 ~Principal’s Coffee 8:50-9:50 a.m Room 21

Wednesday, March 25~ PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m

Friday, April 3~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00 a.m Room 21

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Theuerkauf Families! 

This Friday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day...of course, it’s a fun Holiday, but it is also the end of another Trimester at school! That is right, folks, time is going by way too quickly. Our students are finishing up their writing and reading benchmarks for Trimester 2 this week. Keep an eye out for student report cards that go home on March 6th. 

News from the 3rd Grade classrooms:

Our 3rd graders got to experience fun natural beauty at Vasona Park last Friday as a part of the Youth Science Institute program. They had a great time hiking around the lake and soaking the beauty of nature all around us. 

If you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade female student at our school, we have a fabulous after school running club opportunity coming up  - Girls on the Run. This program is led by four of our teachers and will culminate in a fun 5K family run. Check out the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information on Girls on the Run program. 

Wishing you a wonderful February Break ahead! Looking forward to continuing our work together as we step into our last Trimester of the year. Nothing but upward and beyond for our Theuerkauf Cheetahs! 




Ms. Swati Dagar 

Principal - Theuerkauf Elementary 

School News

Before School and After School Clubs

Parent-led 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) 

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

Chorus every Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m 

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

School-led Before School Lexia Lab/ i-Ready math session 

STEAM After School on Thursday’s (K-1st) Starts 2/27

STEAM After School on Thursday’s (2-3rd) Starts 4/2


A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and showed up to our pancake breakfast! It was a blast!

Valentines mini stuffed animals will be available for purchase after school on Thursday and before school on Friday for only $1.00.

Movie Night/ Silent Auction is March 6th from 5:00-8:00 p.m! 

Bring the family and a blanket to enjoy a movie which will be chosen by the students.  

Admission, popcorn and lemonade is FREE. Soda, candy and pizza will be available for purchase.  If you are able to help sell food please sign up here:

** No student drop offs. Parents or adult sibling must attend with the student - this is a family event**

Donation requests are below and are very much appreciated for our silent auction. Please feel free to contribute to any other grade level baskets. Any other donations for our silent auction non-related to themed baskets  would be greatly appreciated. 

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:  Ice Cream Sundaes

Suggested Basket Ideas: sundae glasses, spoons, sprinkles, toppings (sprinkles, M&Ms, gummies, mini marshmallows, etc), syrup (chocolate, caramel, strawberry, magic shell), cherries, shelf-stable whipping cream from Trader Joe’s (?), Baskin Robbins gift card


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.



Themed Basket: Family Game Night

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


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

Ms. Roberts Class &  Ms. Leslie's class

Themed Basket: Children's Reading 

Suggested Basket ideas: children's books, stuffed animals


 Ms. Leiser's and Ms. Julie's Class

Themed Basket: Parents reading 

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

District News

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 3rd

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

 Date:                   Tuesday, March 3rd

 Time:                   5:30 - 6:30 p.m

 Location:             MVLA District Office

                            1299 Bryant Avenue,  Mountain View, CA 

 Register:             REGISTER ONLINE

 Questions:          [email protected]


Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2020-21 school year. 

All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.



* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient 

* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

** Join us for an info night on February 12 at 5 PM at the Latham Preschool, 1850 Latham St. Prospective families also can join a parent-only tour of part-day and full-day classes at Preschool at Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave. on February 13 at 3:15 p.m. **

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment for children who will be 4 years by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon. Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to or call 650-526-3560.

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision. 

The District provides as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address on the map. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.


Coronavirus update

Winter break travel reminder: Coronavirus update

We are still fighting the flu and working to make our schools as healthy as possible and prevent viruses like the coronavirus. 

Please note: As a reminder for winter break travel, any staff or student who has been in China since Feb. 2 may not attend school for 14 days after their return. Please see these guidelines from Santa Clara County:

Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.

LCAP/Strategic Plan materials

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. 

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

More information found here:


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