March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

Hello, Theuerkauf families!

It has been an exciting week thus far! We held our second on-campus PE session yesterday, and it was once again so uplifting to see our students having fun and staying active. 

Reopening - Coming Soon!

I want to thank you again for filling out your learning options survey! As Superintendent Rudolph communicated in his letter yesterday, our district will be reopening schools very soon, and the Theuerkauf team is hard at work executing our plans to reopen our school safely. I ask for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we go through this process. I look forward to being in communication soon and often in order to ensure clarity and a practical understanding of how to follow the safeguards we are putting in place for all stakeholders in our learning community.  

We will hold a series of preparation meetings for those who have elected to have their student(s) participate in hybrid learning. The first such meeting will occur on Thursday, 3/11/21, from 4-5pm. During this meeting, I will share our reopening plan, safety procedures, and answer any questions that you might have about our plan. Please stay tuned to your email for additional meetings about reopening soon. 

Playgrounds & Fields - Important Reminder

Please remember that our school fields and playgrounds are closed during school days until 4 p.m., just as they’d be as if we are in a typical school year. Our students will be even more spread out on campus in order to ensure physical spacing and social distancing. There are also other student programs, such as Learning Support Pods and Rhythm and Moves fitness classes, and staff present on campus during the school day. This makes it even more critical that the public stays off school fields and playgrounds during school hours in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission and to ensure students’ physical safety.

You can help keep students and staff safe, and our school open. Please:

* Enter campus at designated entry points (at the office) for check in, hand sanitizing and health screenings, even if it’s a longer walk to the front.

* Remember no parents on campus after students are checked in

* Remind your neighbors that school fields are closed during school days

For everyone’s safety - especially during COVID - we need to keep our schools secure. Thanks in advance for your understanding and help with this. 


Together, we make a difference!


Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Thursdays, 12:30-1pm - Lunch Bunch: Theaurkauf's Got Talent! (Zoom link)

Wednesday, March 10, 2-3:00pm - ELAC Meeting (Zoom link)

Thursday, March 4, 2-4pm - Materials distribution for TK and 1st grade

Thursday, March 4th, 5pm - MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting - Zoom link

Friday, March 5 - Report Cards go home

Saturday, March 6, 5-6pm - MVEF Gala

Tuesday, March 9, 5-6pm - SSC Meeting  (Zoom link)

Thursday, March 11, 4-5pm - Theuerkauf Reopening Informational Meeting (Zoom link)

Wednesday, March 10, 5-6pm - Parenting Support & Strategies During the Pandemic (see School News section for details) (Zoom link; passcode: BUNGE)

Monday, March 15 - Teacher in Service - No School

Library Corner

Hello, Cheetahs! I am excited to announce that Bubb Elementary will be hosting Jerry Pallotta, author of the popular, Who Would Win? series.

Mr. Pallotta will visit our district on Friday, March 12. The TK-2 session will be 12:40-1:20 and 3-5 session will be 1:40-2:20.The Zoom link will be sent to teachers the day before. You can find out more about Jerry Pallotta by visiting his website:

We have a great opportunity to purchase Mr. Pallotta’s books at a discount, plus he will personalize and sign each copy! Here are the instructions and order form. Please return this order form and a personal check to Theuerkauf so they can be forwarded to Bubb for processing. 


Highlighted Book: March brings us Women’s History Month, a time to reflect upon and be inspired by women who have changed the world in ways large and small.

Simone Biles had a rough start in life, spending part of her early years in foster care before being adopted by her grandparents, but that didn’t stop her from rising to gymnastic stardom. With 30 Olympic and World Championships, she is the most decorated American gymnast and the third most decorated gymnast in the world. Here is a video of Flying High, a book about Ms. Biles’ life by Michelle Meadows.. To watch some of Simone’s greatest performances, click hereand here.   

Want to learn more about Women’s History Month? Go to our library home page to find ebooks on the subject. 


 Learning with Ms. Tellez

Our School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Lisset Tellez, will begin holding open office hours for parents next week. If you would like to discuss any of the following, please stop by her Zoom room to chat on Monday from 9am-10am and Thursday from 2pm-3pm. 

  • How to navigate the US School system

  • How to access free resources during the pandemic

  • Discussing any laptop applications, processes, or other topics

Zoom link:


Parenting Support & Strategies During the Pandemic

We are greatly looking forward to connecting with parents at Theuerkauf Elementary School this winter. In two weeks, on Wednesday, 3/10/21, we will be continuing our biweekly synchronous classes that will discuss tools for improving your child’s behavior, increasing your child’s compliance with your requests, and strengthening your relationship with your child. We will also provide information on how you can access a free, online program with more techniques for making parents' typical day in the home easier. Join us this Wednesday, March 10th, from 5pm-6pm PST:


Spanish: (Passcode: BUNGE)


Re-posted: Baby Supplies Distributions

Do you have a baby? Would you like a little support with diapers, formula, baby wipes, and other essential items? If so, you are in luck! CHAC Family Resource Center/First 5 knows how expensive babies are, and they are ready to share resources with YOU!  Please refer to this flyer for additional details. Call the number on the flyer to pre-register for the certain diaper size(s) you may need before you go and pick up your items. The distribution will run continuously on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the Castro Elementary School Multi-use Room (MUR), from 11am-1pm, and will continue through June (even after school is out). Next distribution date is 3/10. Don't miss out on this one!


Re-posted: Social Opportunities: 

  • Participate in CHAC Plugged In Groups!

PLUGGED IN groups focus on social interaction between students, use collaborative lessons and fun activities to teach students about emotion regulation skills, problem solving skills as well as healthy coping and self-care skills. The groups are led by our schools CHAC Counselor and meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks after school. Click here to sign up. 

  • Thursday Lunch Bunch - Theuerkauf's Got Talent: Students are invited to come and show off their best singing voices, instrumental skills, dance moves, art work, stories, or other talents at lunch on Thursdays. Students may come and listen, play games, and socialize, even if they do not wish to perform or share something. 

  • Parents can connect with others through the PTA! Please visit the PTA Facebook site and attend a PTA meeting in order to connect with other Theuerkauf families. The next PTA Association Meeting will be on Wednesday January 27th at 7pm via Google Meet.

  • Other Ideas? Do you have another idea for social time? Please click here to submit your suggestions!


Re-posted: Theuerkauf Food Drive & Pantry

Thank you so much to those who have already donated items! This week, we have been able to get these into the hands of a few families who are experiencing difficulties right now. We will continue to accept canned goods, boxed dinners, hygiene items, and other non-perishables throughout the month of February. Please click here to see a suggested list of items to donate. If you would prefer to instead donate grocery gift cards, this would be welcomed as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who have already given. The families receiving this are extremely appreciative.


Re-posted: Times are Tough, but support is Available! 

We know that times are tough for everyone during the pandemic, and many families who have not previously needed assistance could use a little support right now. If your family has a need for grocery or hygiene items, please let us know by emailing [email protected]. We will arrange a private pick-up or drop-off to fit your family's needs.


Kindergarten Family Hangouts with playdough! 

Friday, March 5 at 7pm. 

Get out your playdough and join us on Google Meet to create things while we chat. This Friday’s theme is ‘animals’ - we’ll be making worms, bears, and more…

Questions? Prefer a different time?: Email [email protected]


Show Theuerkauf School Spirit on the next Spirit Friday 

Are you new to the Theuerkauf community? Has your student outgrown their favorite Cheetah Shirt? 

We have a number of pieces in inventory and can arrange a delivery or pick-up with you. Take a look at the list of pieces we have ready and email us at [email protected] to let us know if you would like to order any of them!

Other items and sizes can be ordered and distributed at a later point in time. So, make sure to get your order in soon! Details can be found in this Order Form


Interested to shape and impact our Theuerkauf Community next school year?

With students and parents moving on to middle school, the PTA executive leadership team is looking to fill positions on the team - this can be everything from president to member at large. Please email us at [email protected] if you are interested in any of them or if you want to support the PTA in a different function. 

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Board meeting preview: March 4

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 4. Some of the meeting topics include: Updates on Spring CAASPP Assessment, Summer 2021 Program Options, 2019-2020 Financial Audit Report, Strategic Plan Update and the 2021-2022 District Calendar. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed on


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Mar 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:


Better Together MVWSD presents the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity

“COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community”

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6 p.m. on Zoom:

The Latinx community has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a panel discussion with parents and Latinx community leaders about how this has personally affected families and students and how individuals can be true allies to their LatinX neighbors or others who are suffering through this pandemic without perpetuating harmful stereotypes or practices.



Sophie Alcorn, Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law, Alcorn Immigration Law

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal at Mistral Elementary

Malia Pires, Executive Director, Reach Potential Movement

José Gutiérrez, Former MVWSD Board member

Priscila Bogdanic, School and Community Engagement Facilitator, MVWSD


For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see


Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes

Date: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30pm  Register here: 

As we prepare for transitions and changes to our routine, join district Health and Wellness Coordinator Karin Jinbo and our partners from CHAC and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health on a journey of self-awareness as we learn about self regulation, mindfulness and self care activities. Participants will receive activities or strategies to support children with Hybrid Learning and 100% Distance Learning. 

Submit your questions before the session here:


Substitute teachers and noon duty supervisors needed

MVWSD is seeking substitute teachers. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!

We have increased the full-day substitute teacher rate from $170 to $220 per day (From March 5 to June 4, 2021) for any substitute who will commit to working daily in the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We appreciate your commitment to our students and community, especially in this time of COVID-19.

Requirements to become a substitute teacher:

* A Bachelor’s Degree 

* Pass the CBEST test 

* Substitute permit or a valid California teaching credential. 

* Complete required background check. This can be done by appointment in the MVWSD Human Resources Department. 

* A negative tuberculosis test

You may apply online:  For information, please email Noemi Herrera at [email protected].  

Interested in a fun and flexible job while connecting with kids? MVWSD is looking for people interested in working a couple hours during lunchtime as noon duty supervisors. We need you to help us provide safe, consistent supervision of students during recess and lunch periods.  $22/hour. Please apply here:


Women’s History Month 

In the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History. BetterTogether recognizes the people, movements, and ideas that challenge expectations and gender stereotypes that negatively affect us all. From women’s suffrage to the gender equality movements of modern day, it has become clear that when we all fight gender inequality, we all win. Celebrate this month by having meaningful conversations with your students, your children, and your fellow s(heroes). In addition to the infographic, this month we will also be highlighting amazing women from our organization and learning about the s(heroes) that have inspired their own commitment to gender equality.

For a closer look at this month’s infographic, click on the attached flyers or visit



MVEF Virtual Gala - March 6, 2021  - Get your Tickets Today!   

While we are not able to gather in person, we hope you will join us for a lively evening of trivia, toasts to our teachers, and fundraising for our schools. Now more than ever, the programs funded by your donations to MVEF help to create a well-rounded education for our children that includes art, music, technology, and science exploration. A significant portion of MVEF funding this year is being directed to support distance learning. All funds raised from the Gala help us meet our goal of raising $800,000 this school year.  Help  us to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!

You may join us for only the trivia OR enjoy the addition of appetizers and drinks (wine or cocktails)  delivered to your home.  Food and drink delivery is only available to Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto.

Reservations for food and drink deliveries MUST be made before Friday, February 26th.  Ticket sales for trivia close Wednesday, March 3.

To purchase tickets, For questions, please contact Dena Seki ([email protected]) or Andrea Maes ([email protected]).

We also have a raffle going on if you would like to take your chance at one of 4 great prizes! The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win. Ticket Prices 1 ticket: $5, 5 tickets: $20, 20 tickets: $60

To buy tickets please send email: [email protected]  


InPlay’s summer program search guide 

Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? MVWSD partners with nonprofit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including FREE and reduced cost and those that serve students with special needs or English learners, are nearby and can be found through this free searchable site. Check it out at


March Wellness Series for Educators and Families

Educators and families are invited to attend the free 2021 Wellness Together Spring Event Series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education. Webinars will take place on Thursdays in March, and include topics such as social media usage, building emotional resilience, and parenting. For more information and registration, head to


March CAC Events

Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

March 1, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, For the Zoom link for this meeting, email [email protected] 

March 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact [email protected] for Google Meet invite.

March 10,  Morning Let’s Talk 10 am- IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact [email protected] 


Parenting Program: Developing Social Skills in Children While Social Distancing 

The MV Public Library will be hosting a free parenting workshop on Wednesday, March 10 from 7-8pm. Join Susan Stone of Parents Place to learn about developing social skills in PreK and elementary school students while social distancing. Register in advance at:


K-8 Virtual Career Fair with SCCOE 

The SCCOE K-8 Virtual Career Fair is being held Thursday, March 11 from 1-3p.m. The event theme is Connecting Passions to Careers and will feature guest speakers from various fields and industries, who will encourage students to follow their passions and dream big. The career fair is a part of the Silicon Valley Reads community engagement initiative. More information and registration is at:


Spanish Storytime at Mountain View Public Library 

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a virtual Spanish-only Storytime on Tuesdays from March 16 - April 20 from 10:00-10:30am. The program (for 3-5 year olds) will include stories, fingerplays, music and more. Zoom registration is at:

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Women's History Month 


Spanish Storytime 

Career Fair 

Parenting Program 


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