November 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

This Friday, November 4th, marks the end of our first trimester together. My, how time flies! Friday will be a minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 12:10pm. You will receive your child's report card on Friday, November 18th. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grades, as always, please arrange to talk with the teacher for additional details. Interpretation services are provided for report card comments for all families whose first language is not English.

As Friday marks the end of our trimester, it also offers us a time for us to reflect and celebrate the learning, hard work, and accomplishments of our students over the last trimester. As a district, we have worked to revise our LCAP by identifying key strategies for supporting students. Likewise, as a school we have been working hard to develop our Single Plan for School Achievement (SPSA). If you would like to view a draft of our SPSA click here. I am thankful for our community and the hardworking staff that has made this possible.


Thank you for your partnership in this and all areas. Together, we make a difference!



Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

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

Friday,  November 4- Walk-a-Thon 2:30-4:30 pm

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

Tuesday, November 8~ SSC Meeting 5:30-6:30 pm (Zoom

Friday,  November 11~Veterans’ Day- No School

Wednesday, November 16~ Theuerkauf International Potluck 5:00-7:00 pm ( Blacktop)

Friday, November 18~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30 am (Zoom)

Friday, December 9~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Monday, December 5-9 ~Conference Week- Minimum Day Dismissal 12:10

Thursday, December 22-31~ Holiday Break- No School

Monday, January 2-8 ~Holiday Recess- No School

Monday, January 9~ Teacher Service Day- No School

Tuesday, January 10~ Students Return to School 

Monday, January 16~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

School News

Fall Celebrations!

Our cheetahs had a fantastic time on Monday of this week as they participated in our fall festivities. Students dressed in colorful costumes, and many participated in parades to show off their creativity. On Tuesday and Wednesday, many families put together a meaningful altar commemorating Dia de Los Muertos. The rain brought the decor indoors, but many students and staff were able to participate in this meaningful tradition. 

United Against Hate Week

The week of November 14-18 is United Against Hate Week, and we will be focusing on learning more about all of the beautiful cultures and traditions represented by all Theuerkauf families. Students and staff will be participating in activities all week long to celebrate diversity. On Wednesday, 11/16 from 5-7 PM on the Theurkauf blacktop, we will have an international potluck to celebrate as a community. Please bring a dish to share and come make new friends! More information will be shared soon. We can’t wait

PTA News
Get Excited ... Walk-a-thon is here!

Get ready, Walk-a-thon is Friday, 2:30-5:30pm. Fundraising those last dollars and help us reach our $15000 goal!  Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions! Our site for online pledges is  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!

District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. 

Some of the meeting topics include:

* Safety Update and Emergency Service Providers Overview

* Enrollment Update

* CAASPP Assessment Data 

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Nov. 4

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register:


Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 – 6 pm

This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here:


Drafts available: Single Plan 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. 7 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.


Available now: Updated COVID boosters for ages 5+

The updated COVID-19 booster is now available for everyone ages 5+! #GetBoosted to keep yourself and your family safer with the most protective doses yet. Find updated boosters for ages 5+ at, your pharmacy, or healthcare provider.


The MVEF Phonathon is coming up... Save a call by donating today!

In early December, MVEF volunteers will be reaching out by phone to remind MVWSD families who haven't donated yet how important their donations are to MVWSD students each year, and to ask for donations to support the current year. Will you save us all a call by donating this week?

Most MVEF funding comes from donations from families like yours. Donations of any amount help MVEF enrich education for every MVWSD student. Make a difference, save us all a call, and donate today at Thank you for your support of MVEF in the past, present, and future!


Health and Wellness: Parenting Tip

In honor of National ADHD Awareness Month, we must understand and bond with our children to maintain a close connection with them. However, it may be difficult for us to know the intent behind our hyperactive child’s words and actions. Initially, it may feel like a whirlwind, but we are a part of our child’s treatment. 

Here are some signs that your child may have ADHD: 

  1. Inattentiveness. Your child may have trouble listening, paying attention, organizing, and remembering things. They may also be unable to follow directions, get distracted, and have low effort in their schoolwork.

  2. Hyperactivity. Your child may constantly be in motion (e.g., fidgeting) and unable to sit still. They may jump, climb, and play when it’s time to be quiet. They may also rush instead of taking their time, making careless mistakes. 

  3. Impulsive. Your child may interrupt and yell out. They may do things without thinking and do things they know they shouldn’t do (i.e., lacking self-control and losing their temper). They may also struggle with sharing, taking turns, and waiting. 

These behaviors may seem like the child is “just misbehaving,” leaving us very stressed and frustrated. But identifying the signs of ADHD is the first step to understanding our child. 

These tips came directly from the free, online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr. Hasan, MD. 

To learn more parenting tips click here


MVLA Parent Ed: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: In Our Families, Our Friendships, and Our Community

Join us for a discussion with LGBTQ+ author Kristin Russo on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (LAHS Eagle Theater) on supporting and mentoring LGBTQ+ young people in families, communities, and at school. During our event, Kristin will walk us through some terms and concepts developed in her book This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, and through My Kid is Gay, a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated toward helping parents and allies understand Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children and teenagers. Register for this free event here.

Thank you to those who attended our recent event, "Friendship in an Age of Loneliness" with Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky.  For those who were unable to attend or would like to view it again, here is the link.

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