Cheetah Chatter, Mar. 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

Important Dates

Friday March 6~ Crazy Hair or Crazy Hat Day

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

Friday, March 6~ Report Cards sent home

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

Thursday, March 12~ 3D Printing Family Night  4:30 - 6:30 pm, MUR 

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

Monday, March 16~ No School

Tuesday, March 17~ Staff Development Day (No school for students)

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

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

Monday, April 6-10~ Spring Break- No School

Thursday, April 16~ Open House 6:00-7:30 p.m 

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Fabulous Theuerkauf Families! 

We kicked off this week with Read Across America Day on Monday. “Batman” a.k.a our School Resource Officer, Officer T-Low, joined me in leading an assembly for our TK-2nd graders. We read Green Eggs and Ham (by Dr. Seuss) and he even tried some green eggs. Students were rolled over laughing and loved having Batman join us. We love our partnership with the Mountain View Police Department! 


As we enter into our last Trimester for the year, guess who has shown tremendous growth? That's right, Theuerkauf Cheetahs are giving a run to their peers across town! Our school has shown tremendous growth from Trimester 1 to Trimester 2 on i-Ready Benchmark Assessments.

Reading - Tied for some of the highest growth percentages in the district with 48% of all students showing growth from Trimester 1 to Trimester 2 

Math - Some of the highest growth in the district with 47% of all students demonstrating growth from Trimester 1 to Trimester 2. 

We have not only changed the way we teach but our teachers really delve deeper into targeted student support. Teachers meet as grade level teams and look at each students’ progress on each of the standards that have been taught. Then, they develop a plan of action to review, refresh, and challenge students based on data. Delving deeper into individual student strengths and focuses has really helped us hone in on student needs and design supports accordingly.  


As we continue our schoolwide Science and Technology integration focus, we have a FUN family (parents and students) night planned for March 12th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the MUR. We will introduce to students and families how 3D printers work, how to build a 3D object from 2D, have an introduction to Tynker Computer Aided Design (CAD), and much more. All simplified for elementary students and families. Come join us with your children for a fun filled evening of 3D printing! (Snacks, food items will be provided). Look at some 3D printing samples below that we will build together.

Reading is a BIG focus at our school. This past week we not only had our Cool Cat Awards Assembly, we also recognized 67 students in Grades 1st - 5th for surpassing their reading goal on their Accelerated Reading (AR). Such incredible growth!! Good job, kiddos! Congratulations to all students who made it to the Donut and Juice Party. 

Lets keep this momentum going. Upward and Beyond! 


Ms. Swati Dagar

Principal - Theuerkauf Elementary 

School News

Congratulations to our Cool Cat Award Winners for the Month of February 

(Focus core value for February was Respect. Focus core value for March is Courage) 

Andrew P.            Mia B.

Annie W.              Lyla T.

Emma J.              Ida A.

Rumi B.               Riley S.

Leia L.                 Prisha M.

Elena P.               Arianna O.

Oji M.                  Camila S.

Jasmine M.         Everett G.

Alexis P.              Matthew C.

Austin M.            Sagan M.

Santiago S.        

Staff Award presented to Ms. Danielle B. 


Before School and After School Clubs News/ Updates

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 -Last Class 3/9 

CSMA 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


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.


Movie Night/ Silent Auction is this Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m! 

Bring the family and a blanket to enjoy watching Frozen 2!!

Admission, popcorn and lemonade is FREE. 

Soda, candy ring pops, nachos and pizza will be available too. 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**

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated toward the silent auction. 

Items still needed for the level themed baskets for the silent auction are listed below.

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 as well. 

Hope to see you there!


5th grade

Themed Basket: Family Sports

Suggested Basket Ideas: Balls (baseball, basketball, football, soccer), tickets to local sporting events, 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, gift cards



Themed Basket: Family Game Night

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


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, gift card


Ms. Leiser's and Ms. Julie's Class

Themed Basket: Parents reading 

Suggested Basket ideas: Books, Wine, snacks, gift card

District News


MVEF needs you! The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking new volunteers and board members to join us and support their mission to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a competitive, well rounded, inspiring education. Thanks to the work of volunteers and board members, MVEF raises over $800,000 annually to fund art, music, athletics and hands-on science across the district. The Board of Directors typically consists of 10-15 dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly board meetings, represent MVEF in their school communities, and help guide and support the vision of the organization. MVEF strives to have at least one representative from each school and people who bring a variety of professional skills, including fundraising, marketing, finance, and community engagement. Board members have the opportunity to make a difference in the experience of every child in the district, gain insight into district programming and planning, and collaborate with other parent leaders in the district.

Learn more about MVEF, and its impact on your child’s school day at If you are interested, please send a message to [email protected]


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