Oct. 28, 2021

October 28, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

Can you believe how time is flying? Friday, November 5, 2021 will mark the end of the first trimester for our school and district. It is also a minimum day for students, so dismissal will occur at 12:10pm.  I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that our community has put into making this an excellent first trimester of the school year. Parents, students, teachers, and staff have worked together to create a learning environment of high expectations and support for all of our students. Thank you, Cheetahs, for all of your effort and partnership over these past few months. 


Health reminder: Parents, please be sure to speak with someone in the office before bringing your child to school if they are experiencing symptoms on the daily OK to Reopen form. This includes fever or chills, cough, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath/trouble breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


School-wide events and activities this week:

Thanks so much to all who were able to join me for our October Principal's coffee last night. We discussed updates on pooled testing, tutoring, our site plan, and more. I hope you can also stop by during your child's Cool Cat Assembly time on Friday! The assemblies are typically 20-30 minutes, and even if your child is not selected for a Cool Cat award for this month's core value (responsibility), there are always lots of fun moments that you can enjoy with your child virtually.


We hope you've been enjoying the wonderful Activity-a-thon coordinated by our PTA! I must say, the students are having so much fun with this! The events have been EXTENDED through next Friday! You can learn more about this in the PTA section below. 


Just a reminder that we will allow students to dress in Fall costumes this Friday. Please see school news for parameters on what students can wear.

As always, thank you for your partnership! Together, we make a difference.


Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, October 29- Cool Cats Assembly

  • TK & Kinder: 12-12:20pm (Zoom)

  • 1st & 2nd: 9:00-9:30am (Zoom)

  • 3rd-5th: 2:20-2:45pm (Zoom)

Friday, November 5- ELAC Meeting 9-10am (Zoom)

Friday, November 5- End of 1st Trimester- Minimum Day (12:10pm dismissal)

Wednesday, November 10- SSC Meeting 5-6pm (Zoom)

Thursday, November 11- Veterans Day- No School

Wednesday, November 17- Principal’s Coffee 5-6pm (Zoom)

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Recess- No School 

***Wednesdays Open Office Hours with the Principal 4:00-5:00pm this link***

School News

Reposted: Fall Costumes on 10/29

On October 29th, in celebration of many fall cultural traditions, students are welcome to wear a costume that celebrates a personal tradition or the fall season. Students must follow our school dress code, and costumes cannot display blood/gore or other implements that may scare other children. Additionally, costume masks and face paint are not permitted. We also welcome you to send in a picture or two of your child for a special virtual parade through a slideshow/video. Please email any pictures to [email protected] by 3pm on Thursday to be included in the video.


Mars Rovers in 5th Grade!

This week, our 5th grade students got to take part in an AMAZING virtual field trip with NASA! Students learned about the expeditions to Mars, and they even designed and built their own Mars helicopters together. Students used a large marshmallow to represent the fuselage and four toothpicks to represent the carbon fiber legs. Finally, they added a solar panel and two rotor blades to complete their helicopters.


Reposted: A Word from MVEF!

At Theuerkauf, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) funds art, music and Living Classroom and environmental lessons for your child.  MVEF also provides art and STEAM room supplies, repairs and replaces musical instruments and helps support training for STEAM teachers.   Every year the foundation aims to raise $800,000 to fund these enriching classes, and this year they hope to raise an additional $300,000 with the goal of hiring more middle school language arts teachers. Please see the website at https://www.mvef.org/ for more information and to donate online. You can also use your credit card to pay in monthly installments. 

PTA News

EXTENDED - Activity-a-thon to end Friday November 5th!

We hope you are all enjoying the fun activities around school and in our community! Because of the rain over the weekend, we have decided to extend the deadline for handing in Laptivity Packets as well as any additional materials to November 5th! 

*** Prizes are based on the number of laptivities completed (ring pop, stickers, pop-it keychains…) 

Sign up directly via WalkStarter, where you can also create a fun avatar for your child at https://theuerkaufpta.walkstarter.org/


Our Theuerkauf families are really SWEET! 

Here's the proof - 64 dozen donuts have already been ordered! Only a few days left until the Krispy Kreme Fundraiser ends, so place our order today! 

Each dozen is only $10 (sold in-store for $15!) and of those $10 our PTA receives $4.50. Help our PTA and receive a sweet treat! Win-Win!!  https://tinyurl.com/theuerkaufdonuts

District News

Parent University: Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8

Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:00pm 

Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102721

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” - Joseph Addison. 

Join district instructional coaches as they share creative tips and strategies to better support your child in their literacy skills. By supporting your child’s literacy you can take part in developing their reading ability, comprehension, and language skills.  To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Note: While this presentation is tailored towards families with children in third grade and above, all are welcome. If you’d like to see a presentation that is aimed more toward families with younger students, check out the recording of last year’s literacy-focused Parent University event.


Drafts available: Single Plans for Student Achievement

Each year, our schools create Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs or “site plans”) that guide the work for the coming year. These plans help us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. In the fall, elected parent representatives from School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees work with principals and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  Parents and staff members may give feedback through Nov. 19 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.


Trick or Treating for Donations with MVEF

BOO! Don't be afraid, you still have time to donate to MVEF!  We are trick or treating for donations for MVWSD!  Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help MVEF fund programming and experiences at your school and every school in the district, ensuring that your child and every child has an inspiring, well-rounded education.  MVEF funds Music, Art, Science, Middle School Sports and Electives helping to create a competitive, well-rounded education.   Please see our website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online.  You can also use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.


MV Public Library: Upcoming Events

Learn and Make A-Z Animals: Halloween Edition: Learn about some of nature's creepier creatures just in time for Halloween, on Thursday, October 28th from 4-4:45 pm. Are spiders really dangerous to humans? Why are bats associated with vampires? Let's find out together. For children grades 2-5 on Zoom. We will do a craft together at the end of our learning journey. Registration Required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.

Day of the Dead Balloon Skull Decoration: In celebration of Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos the library will host a virtual program on Monday, November 1st from 4-4:40 p.m. on Zoom. Tweens (ages 9-12) will learn about the Day of the Dead and how it's celebrated. Then, balloon skulls will be decorated while festive music is played in the background. Registration Required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.

Learn and Listen with Matt de la Peña: Matt de la Peña, bestselling author and national award winner will speak to tweens about his journey from reluctant reader to author and the power of education. Happening Tuesday, November 2nd from 3:30- 4 p.m. on Zoom for children ages 9-12. Registration Required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


Input Requested on Proposed Updates to Parent Involvement Board Policy

Our District’s board policies set broad guidelines for our actions and are based on the most recent updates to California’s Education Code. From time to time, updates are needed to reflect current terminology and best practices. We are currently in the process of updating BP6020: Parent Involvement. Here are links to the current policy and proposed updated policy. The content of the proposed policy is materially the same, but includes terminology and minor wording updates. If you would like to offer feedback on the proposed policy, please send an email to Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Projects, Geoff Chang at [email protected] by November 9, 2021. 


MV Library- Day of the Dead 

MV Library-Halloween 




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