Jan. 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families,

Happy New Year! I hope your first week of 2022 was positive. I know that as COVID cases rise in our area, many people are left feeling anxious. As a reminder, MVWSD has layers of measures in place to combat COVID transmission, including on-campus COVID testing, sanitation, masking, ventilation, and vaccine clinics that were held over winter break. Additionally, as part of a statewide effort, the California Department of Public Health provided us with at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families to test students as they returned from winter break. A box containing 2 tests was sent home with students earlier this past week. If you were unable to do so already, we are asking that you administer the test to your child today. Further directions were provided along with the kits. Thank you for your cooperation.

If results are NEGATIVE:

• If your student feels well and has no COVID-19 symptoms, your child can come to school tomorrow.

• If your student has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please email the school before they return – even if the test is negative. More testing may be needed.

If results are POSITIVE:

* Keep your student home from school and contact your doctor and the school right away.

* Follow current isolation and quarantine guidelines for your child. Current guidelines require someone with a positive result (regardless of type of test or whether there’s a subsequent negative test) to isolate for at least 10 days and at least 24 hours after fever resolves and other symptoms improve.

As always, thank you for your partnership!

Together, we make a difference.

Yours in service,

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates
Mon-Fri, January 10-14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, January 12- SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, January 13- Theuerkauf/Superintendent Coffee 9:00-10:00am

Monday, January 17- D. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

Friday, January 28- ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:00am

Wednesday, January 26- Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm

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

School News

Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357.Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!


School Board of Trustees - Study Session of Enrollment Practices

This past Saturday, January 8th, our school board of trustees held a study session regarding the different types of enrollment practices for choice schools. Our school district will be continuing the conversation regarding Equitable Access to Choice Schools in Mountain View Whisman School District. The overall goal of these meetings is to examine how we can address the underrepresentation of specific student groups (socioeconomically disadvantaged and English learner youth) by addressing barriers to enrollment and matriculation for these populations. Please visit our Board of Trustees Board Website to review the agenda that was followed for this meeting.

Reposted: Lost and Found Clothing and Accessories

PTA News

Happy New Year from the PTA!!

Please join us for the 1st PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday January 26th at 7pm. Please click on this link and hear what we are planning for the remainder of the school year. 

Do you like boba tea? Or yummy snacks? Don't miss your chance to get some tasty treats while supporting your child and Theuerkauf. Teacub is offering a special 3 day fundraiser for us next week. Each day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they will donate to Theuerkauf when entering the promo code "FUND". See attached picture for details. 

PTA News 

District News

Board meeting Review: Jan. 6

The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics included:

  • Security Cameras Project Update and Policy

  • Annual Preschool Self-Evaluation

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 7

A Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph was held on Friday, Jan 7th. In case you missed it, a video recording will soon be posted on this webpage.

Attendance is important: Parent notifications ramp up in January

Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

Letters: beginning in January, MVWSD will send letters to parents of any student who is truant (any three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes means a child is truant). These letters inform parents when students have had three or more unexcused absences and inform families of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly.

Calls: In January, MVWSD schools will also begin using an automated system to notify parents when a student is absent from school. This automated call will alert a parent that a student has been marked absent.  This is important for the safety of your child and for our attendance accounting.  Please ensure we have the reason for your child’s absence. 

It’s possible that you might receive a call after you have notified the office of the absence. We apologize for any inconvenience that this additional call may cause. This process helps us to maintain a safe school environment and support your child and family. Thank you for your support.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Jan. 10-14. Minimum day for students. Sign up for conferences!

Parent-Teacher (Student) Conferences present a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, strengths and needs, and work with your teacher to help your child have a successful academic experience. Conference week is scheduled for January 10-14, 2022. Every day that week is a minimum day for students. 

Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

Many of our younger students are getting their 2nd COVID vaccine shot this week. When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357.Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!

Preschool information meetings: Jan. 12 and Jan. 26

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2022-23 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.

*** Join us for an info meeting on January 12 at 3:30 pm (Spanish) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK112 or January 26 at 3:30 pm (English) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK126 ***

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment is for children who will be 4 years old 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 www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.

Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 24-28.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 10 through Feb. 4, 2022 online. You can register your child for the 2022-23 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for more information.

MVEF Gala Save the Date - March 19, 2022!

The MVEF Gala Committee is hard at work ensuring that our Annual Gala on March 19th will be a fun evening that raises funds for our schools. We are still working out all the details as current conditions shift - so stay tuned! We do know that Trivia will be back as will our annual raffle. If you'd like to join the planning committee, please contact Andrea Maes at [email protected].

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Jan. 11th

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. 

Date:             Tuesday, January 11th
Time:            12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration
Register:       REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:    [email protected]mentortutorconnection.org
Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org 

If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please email [email protected]mentortutorconnection.org for information on how to proceed.

Mountain View Community Shuttle EXPANDED HOURS 

Thanks to new VTA funding, the City of Mountain View is pleased to announce that the Mountain View Community Shuttle will expand weekday hours to better serve our community. 

Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, the Shuttle’s weekday hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend service hours will remain 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call Customer Service at: 855-730-RIDE (7433) or check MVCommunityShuttle.com.


MVPL Event: How to Make Comics with Gabriela Epstein 

Come meet Gabriela Epstein, a New York Times best selling illustrator known for the Baby-Sitters Club middle grade graphic novel adaptations and more, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. In this free program, Gabriela will share with us how to utilize a three act structure in comics, and do an interactive comic making demo with us. For children ages 7-12. Registration is required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


MV Community Shuttle Expansion

How to Make Comics

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