October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf families! 

Happy Thursday, affectionately known as Friday eve! I hope that everyone is having a productive and happy week thus far. To our 2nd through 5th graders' families, I'd like to thank you for your participation in picking up materials from the school yesterday! We always enjoy getting to see you during these times, even if from a distance. For those who did not get to stop by, please be sure to call the school and schedule a pick-up as soon as possible. Also, we want to let you know that headphones (with mics!) were handed out yesterday, and these are available for all students. If your child is in TK through 1st grade and would benefit from picking up headphones before the next scheduled distribution, please be sure to give us a call to set a time for pick-up. 

Thank you for all that you do, parents, to nurture, encourage, and motivate your children to develop a love for learning, even in this digital space! We are working hard together to create meaningful learning opportunities that foster creativity, critical thinking, and empathy for those in the world around us. Please continue toshareyour ideas with me about increasing social opportunities in this online space. The contributions sent in thus far have been phenomenal. Please keep them coming!  

I can't wait to see all of those creative fall outfits and/or costumes tomorrow! Please feel free to send me pictures for the morning announcements. 


Together, we make a difference!


Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

October 28, 2020, 12pm-5pm - 2nd-5th grade materials distribution (see below for details)

October 29, 2020,12:30-1pm - Lunch Bunch - social time for 5th graders (see Google Classroom for Zoom link)

October 30, 2020,12-12:30pm - Lunch Bunch - social time for 4th graders (see Google Classroom for Zoom link)

October 30, 2020 -Cheetah Spirit Day - Theme: Fall Fun! 

November 1, 2020-Daylight Saving ( Turn your clocks back 1hr)

November 5, 2020,3-5pm - TK materials distribution

November 6, 2020 - End of Trimester -  Minimum Day (school ends at 11:55am)

November 13, 2020,3-5pm - Kinder and 1st grade materials distribution

Thursdays, 8-8:30am and 4:30-5pm - Principal's open office hours (joinhere)

School News

Seeking Career Speakers

Do you love your career? Are you willing to share the story of how you got to this place in your life? If so, please consider serving as a speaker in our upcoming online Zoom assembly. We would love to have as many careers and occupations represented as possible. If you would be willing to speak to a small group of students in a breakout room during this assembly, please complete this quickformand we will be in touch with the logistics. Our kids will benefit greatly from hearing your story and from learning what it is like to do what you do, and they will benefit even further from hearing this from someone from our very own community.


Upcoming Materials Distributions

  • TK: November 5th, 3-5pm

  • Kinder & 1st: November 13th, 3-5pm

  • Alternative Pick-ups: If you need to pick up materials at a different time or for a different grade level, please call the office to schedule an appointment. Alternative pick up times are by appointment only, Monday- Friday from 10:00am-12:00 pm. Call (650) 903-6925 to schedule an alternative pick-up.


Preparing for the Presidential Election

The upcoming presidential election has provided teachable moments and an opportunity for students to learn about our democratic process, as well as a myriad of strong emotions. The mental and physical safety of our school community is our first priority, and we will work to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all even and especially during this very polarizing time. We want you to know that as a school and as a district, we emphasize with our students that:

  • School remains a welcome, safe space for all students (resource:MVWSD diversity is our strength).

  • We respect diverse perspectives and uphold the respectful exchange of ideas (resource: Better Together MVWSD).

  • School is a safe space for talking about feelings with trusted adults, including counselors, teachers, principals, etc.

Education is our priority, and we are here foremost to serve students. It is our responsibility to maintain a positive district climate to ensure that deep learning occurs. All school employees will continue to work to provide a positive school climate and a space for respectful exchange of ideas that is mindful of diverse perspectives. Additionally, we want you to know, parents/guardians, that you are key partners for helping to engage students in thoughtful and civil discourse. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your support and partnership!


Technology Support:

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact:[email protected]to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at

(650) 526-3252.


Digital Citizenship at Theuerkauf

Our children are using internet-enabled devices every day for entertainment and for school work. But are they using them safely and appropriately?

To help them learn about tech safety and responsibility, students will participate in lessons throughout the year on Digital Citizenship, beginning this month. MVWSD is using Common Sense Media's curriculum on Nearpod to enable teachers to deliver the Digital Citizenship lessons. Many parents are familiar with Common Sense Media, a non-profit that provides independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.

The lessons are divided into age-appropriate levels - primary, intermediate and middle school - with interactive content. Some of the topics students will cover are identity theft, safe searches, privacy, cyberbullying, and appropriate communication. 

Parents can view examples of lessons at Common Sense Media, under the “educators” tab:https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship 


Fall Literacy Assessments

Between now and November 5th, we will be gathering more data on where our students are with their learning and development.  

  • Our kindergarteners will be completing their literacy assessments in the areas of letter sounds, high frequency words, and phonemic awareness (syllable awareness, rhyming, initial and final sounds).  

  • 1st-5th grade students will work 1-1 with their teacher who will assess their reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension with Literably.  

  • All K-5th students will also be administered our writing benchmark assessment which will require students to respond to a writing prompt. Over the course of this school year, students will be administered the writing benchmark three times to cover all three text types, informational, narrative, and opinion.


Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student’s absence, please email the Secretary Mary Colon at[email protected]or call the attendance line at (650) 903-6925 press #2

Reminder. Please include your student’s name, your student’s room or teacher, the reason for absence, and the date of absence.


Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-ups. When coming to campus, please wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times. Additionally, please perform the following self-check prior to coming on campus:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?

       • Fever or chills • Recent loss of taste or smell • Cough • Sore throat

       • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Congestion • Fatigue

       • Nausea or vomiting  • Muscle or body aches • Diarrhea • Headache

2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for an active virus in the past 10 days? 4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.

PTA News

"PTA Social Hour" on November 2nd at 8.45am

Reminder that next Tuesday is our PTA Social Hour. Drop your kids off at "virtual school", pour yourself a cup of coffee/tea/drink of choice and join us for our first "PTA Social Hour". Let's connect and share what works and what doesn't and just talk!

Join Google Meethere.


Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Halloween is just a bit different this year, but there are ways to still have fun, get a treat, but be safe. Check-out our fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt that you can do at home! (English/Spanish)

District News

Halloween: Have fun but stay safe

Just a reminder for Halloween that local and state Health Officer Orders are still in effect. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department strongly recommends alternative festivities in lieu of traditional activities. Rather than trick-or-treating or costume parties, consider focusing on decorating, limiting activities to the people with whom you do not reside, and opting for virtual costume parties.Click here for more information and ideas.

Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students.

Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.

Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting:http://mvw.sd/yrhZ4

Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.

If you are already qualified, you may view jobs andapply online on our website.For information, call 650-526-3555.


Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom:http://mvw.sd/talk

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please seehttps://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about theCity’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here


Parent University 

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - atwww.mvwsd.org/parentu. And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!


Application help for free healthcare coverage  

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 31, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

  • No appointment needed

  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status

  • No cost

  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

  • Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing.Get a COVID-19 testat the same time!

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood



The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on  Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online   

Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life. 

Audience:  Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go tohttps://mvla2020-21-marcbrackett.eventbrite.com  

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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