October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022


From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

As we shared last week, October is Safety Month in MVWSD. In the event of an emergency, it’s possible that circumstances may not be safe enough for us to release students as we typically do at the end of the school day. In an emergency, parents should not rush to school, but instead wait for updates from email, on mvwsd.org, social media and text/phone calls. So that we can ensure that all students are accounted for, our school will release students systematically to authorized adults when it’s safe. Please review our parent-student reunification procedures here

In the event of an actual emergency situation, PARENTS/GUARDIANS should:

  • Stay calm and cooperative for the protection of all students and staff on site.

  • Report to the Sign-Out Area (the street-facing entrance of the tennis courts facing San Pierre).

  • HAVE YOUR ID READY. Safety first. We want to reunite you with your child as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • Stand in the appropriate line according to the first letter of the student’s last name.

  • Complete and sign the student release form.

  • Receive a ticket or card. NO TICKET, NO STUDENT.

  • Move to the Student Reunion Area (grassy area in front of the school on San Pierre).

  • A staff member with the corresponding ticket will be sent to the Reunion Area to bring your child to you.

  • BE PATIENT. Staff will bring children to the waiting area to meet their parents. Give the staff the matching ticket.

  • Parents and children should leave campus immediately. The campus will not be secure to enter after a disaster. Students should not expect to collect their backpacks or belongings.

  • Allow emergency responders to do their job.

 Additional considerations:

  • DO NOT send a neighbor, friend or relative not listed on your child’s emergency card to pick them up in your place. Can’t recall who’s on the list? Plan ahead – Email the school secretary so we can verify and update at any time – [email protected].

  • DO NOT remove your child from school grounds without signing a student release form. Why? We want to be absolutely sure that children are safely reunited with their families. 

  • DO NOT call the school or district office. ALL staff and students will have evacuated the building and no one will be able to answer your call. 

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@TheuerkaufElem).  In addition to sending text messages, we will also utilize social media to send emergency updates.

Next week, we will have both our Earthquake drill and our practice of what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder.  Students in grades TK-4 will view the dangerous intruder video and discuss it on 10/28.  Our earthquake drill will be on 10/27. The Mountain View Police will be practicing alongside us during the drills. Please do not be concerned if you see police vehicles on campus during the week of Oct. 24.

You can help us by reassuring  your child that drills are our way of practicing for an emergency.  These things may never happen, but if they do, we’re better protected and are more able to help ourselves and others. 

Halloween Parade

We will have an optional Halloween costume parade on 10/31 (weather permitting).  Students who would like to participate may come to school dressed in their costume that morning. Your child’s teacher will let you know if they would like students to change out of their costumes after the parade. We ask that students not wear anything that would be scary to our littlest TK students (no blood, gore, or scary masks). Faces must be identifiable for security reasons, so we are asking that all masks be removed during instruction and face paint be kept to a bare minimum (accents only-no full face painting). Just like on any school day, parents must leave campus when the first bell rings in the morning. We will take lots of pictures and videos to share with you later that day.

Thank you for your partnership, as always. Together, we make a difference!

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams


Important Dates

Friday, October 21~ Community Check-in 3:30-4:30 pm (Zoom) 

Thursday, October 27 ~ Disaster Training Drill (no volunteers or early pick-ups)

Friday, October 28~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Friday, October 28~ Cool Cat Assembly

Monday, October 31~ Fall Door Decorating Contest & Costume Parade (optional)

Tuesday, November 1~SSC meeting (Zoom)

Friday, November 4~ End of 1st Trimester- Minimum Day Dismissal 12:10pm

Monday, November 7-10~ Walden West Science Camp (5th graders)

Friday,  November 11~Veterans’ Day- No School

School News

Bike/Walk to School Challenge Winner for September

Thank you to those who have been able to walk or bike safely to school each day. We know this form of travel is not possible for all families, but we are appreciative as this helps to cut down on traffic congestion. Those who have been participating in this challenge snapped photos and sent these in as entry tickets throughout our first weeks of school, on days they biked or walked to/from school. 

Their names were added to our drawing to pick a winner, and though this announcement was a bit delayed, we have our second set of winners!! Congratulations to the family of…

Elena P. and Evelyn P.!

Please stop by the school office to pick up your prize. We will continue the fun at the end of this month. Please continue to send in your morning/afternoon pictures to [email protected] or stop by the front office and sign your name to be entered into the monthly drawing. 


Looking for additional ways to volunteer on campus? 

We are looking for a few dedicated parents who would be willing to serve as volunteer supervisors in our front and back parking lot areas. If you are willing to serve 1 or more days per week, either from 8-8:15 am or from 2:45-3 pm, please email [email protected].


Reminder: Reporting Absences

Please call the office at (650) 903-6925 or email Sherri Minor at [email protected] and Mary Colon at [email protected] to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: Date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, your name, and relationship of the person reporting the absence.

PTA News

Walk-a-thon News: 
Get ready, Walk-a;thon is coming!  Be ready it will be November 4, 2:30-5:30pm. Fundraising has started!  Help us reach our $15000 goal! Walk-a-thon packets were sent home with students last week and extras are available in the office.  Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions! Our site for on-line pledges is https://app.99pledges.com/fund/theuerkauf   You can add your child as a participant to collect donations in their name.  If you are interested in  helping. Volunteer sign ups are here!


Amazon Smile: Support Theuerkauf Elementary PTA with every Amazon purchase by selecting us as your AmazonSmile recipient (To set this up simply visitsmile.amazon.com, or tap "AmazonSmile" within the Settings menu in the Amazon Shopping app on your phone.)

District News

Board meeting: Oct. 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. 

Some of the meeting topics include:
* Equitable Access to Choice Schools Policy Update

* Significant Disproportionality and CCEIS

* Update on Funding Options

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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Oct. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC1021.


Parent University: Social Emotional Learning at School and Home
Date and Time: 10/26/22 5:30pm  Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu102622

Having challenges guiding your students with their emotions, feelings and behavior at home? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Karin Jinbo, district Director of Health and Wellness, and Brian White, the Health and Wellness Coordinator. The panelists will be sharing about our district-wide goals for student Social Emotional Learning, along with strategies and resources that you can apply at home that support your student’s social and emotional growth. We hope to see you there! 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


Survey: Help MVWSD and the City make walking and biking to school safer for our students.

The Mountain View Safe Routes to School Program is working to improve safety and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles.

Your feedback is important! This survey and your responses will help us make walking and biking to school safer for our students. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVSRTS2022 to complete the survey by Oct. 31. 


My Digital TAT2 Webinar: Supporting Young People's Digital Health and Well-Being 

Parents are invited to attend a webinar with My Digital TAT2 about supporting your student’s digital health on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. Learn about what young people are doing online and how they are affected, and strategies for how to support responsible, mindful, and healthy use of the internet, social media, and gaming. Hosted by Landels Elementary, but all are welcome. Click here to register.


Donations of any amount help MVEF enrich education for every MVWSD student

MVWSD has one of the most socioeconomically diverse student bodies in the Bay Area. Donations to MVEF ensure that all students can experience art, music, hands-on science, athletics, and more – regardless of their family’s financial status. Donations of any amount are meaningful in accomplishing this mission: they demonstrate our commitment to providing the important enrichment that benefits all MVWSD students. MVEF Phonathon season is approaching. Save us a call by donating today! To learn more about the various ways you can contribute to MVEF, or to make your donation now, click here


MTC seeks volunteers to mentor and tutor local students! 

Do you enjoy working with kids?  Would you like to make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) is looking for volunteers to support elementary or middle school students. Some tutors work with their students remotely, others volunteer in classrooms or after-school. Tutors help with basic skills including reading, writing, math, and more. Additionally, tutors provide a consistent caring adult in a young person’s academic journey. The role of the tutor is to be an academic helper who demonstrates a love of learning. 

Additionally, MTC is seeking volunteers for a new program. Reading Fellows volunteers meet with individual students for 1/2 hour, 4 mornings each week, for a six week period. The program follows a specific phonic-based structured curriculum. It is incredible to see the difference you can make with this intensive framework!

Join us at our Volunteer Information Session to learn more.  There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You’re welcome to attend this session and see if this is the right volunteer job for you!  Invite a friend!

Date:                Thursday, October 20th

Time:                7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location:           Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:            REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:        programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Information:     MentorTutorConnection.org 

Mentors must be at least 22 years old; Tutors must be High School graduates.

If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please contact Laura Hill at programs@mentortutorconnection.org for information on how to proceed.


Health and Wellness: Parenting Tip

As we settle into our back-to-school routine as best as possible, we might be experiencing some challenges at home with unwanted or undesired behaviors.  Our partners from Palo Alto University, Dr. Alayna Park and Dr. Eduardo Bunge, have provided us with some great information to support our parents as the school year progresses. Here is a great tip from our partners at Palo Alto University to promote desired behavior at home: 


Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing your actions and the actions of others. To model desired behaviors:

For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To learn more parenting tips click here


City of MV: Monster Bash & Bike Circus 

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park will transform into a ghoulish good time for all ages with the return of MONSTER BASH. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., community members are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a fall festival loaded with a twisty maze, spooky games, enchanting performances, stilt walkers, inflatables, creepy, crawly, ooey gooey zone, Dia de Muertos exhibit and more. This year the event will also feature a Bike Circus with a fun bike safety training for children, as well as free bike repairs valued at more than $100 - to be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available at the Mountain View Community Center and Senior Center. Walking or biking to the event is encouraged.


My Digital TAT2 Webinar

Monster Bash & Bike Circus 

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