April 27, 2023

April 27, 2023

From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Theuerkauf Families!

This week marks the beginning of state CAASPP testing for our students in grades 3 through 5. I am so proud of how focused and diligently our Cheetahs have been working. As you know, we will be testing during the morning hours for the next few weeks. I want to thank all of our upper grade parents for supporting students in getting a good night's sleep, getting to school on time, and supporting your students to persevere, not stress, to do their personal best each day. Thanks also to our  teachers and students from 'buddy classes' from the lower grades for sending lots of positive messages and reminders to our students who are testing. They are feeling the love!

On Tuesday, we were graced with four amazing musical performances, led by our talented CSMA music teacher, Ms. Sylvia Yuan. Students in grades 1-4 showcased beautiful singing, creative dancing, and recorder songs from around the world, and they had fun in the process! Thanks to all of the families who were able to come out and support the students. A special thanks goes to Ms. Yuan for her creativity, care, and leadership. Thank you for bringing joy to us all! 

Finally, I look forward to seeing you all this Friday for our Dia del Niño activities out on the blacktop and fields. There will be ALL kinds of fun games, music, performances, dancing, and most importantly–lots of yummy food! We hope to see everyone there. 

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



Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, April 28~ Dia del Niño Activities 3-6pm on the Blacktop (sponsored by ELAC & PTA)

Thursday, May 11~ Reclassification Parade 5:00-7:00pm (Crittenden Middle School)

Thursday, May 11~ ELAC Meeting 1:00-2:30pm (Zoom)

Thursday, May 18~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom)

Wednesday,  May 24~ PTA Meeting 6:00-7:00pm (Zoom)

Friday, May 26~ End of Trimester~ Minimum Day~ Dismissal at 12:10pm

Monday, May 29~ Memorial Day~ No School

Tuesday, May 30~ SSC Meeting 5:30-6:30pm (Zoom)

Friday, June 2~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30 am (Zoom)

Monday, June 5~ 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony on the Blacktop, 8:30am

Tuesday, June 6~ Last day of School- Minimum Day–Dismissal 12:10pm

School News

SSC Nominations for 2023-24

It's that time again! We are now taking nominations for our 2023-24 School Site Council (SSC). The time commitment is about an hour monthly, with a bit of extra reading in the fall as we approve our school site plan. Serving as a member of the SSC provides you with the opportunity to provide input into how certain funds are allocated and to get involved in making sure Theuerkauf remains an amazing place for kids to go to school. Please read more and nominate yourself or others using this form


Chess Club: Starting today!!!

Back by popular demand, our Theuerkauf Chess Club has been brought back for any of our 1st-5th grade students who would like to learn, improve their strategies, or just have a little fun. The club will meet each Thursday after lunch from 12:30-1:15pm in room 8. Please stop by. You can RSVP by emailing [email protected]. We hope to see you there, Cheetahs


Library Corner

Theuerkauf library will close on May 19, 2023 to allow for end-of-year processes. Please help your student find all of their library books and return them in a timely manner. If books have been lost or damaged, please contact Mrs. Baikie at [email protected] or stop by the library. 

  • Options to replace lost/damaged books are: 

(1) Replace the book. The book can be used–it does not have to be new. 

(2) Replace the book with another title. Books from Little Free Libraries that are in good condition are a great way to replace one title with a different title. 

(3) Work with Mrs. Baikie to find a solution. 

  • Book Fair Success: Thank you to Gretchen Hinderer Williams for organizing our Book Fair and to all volunteers who helped. It was a successful re-launch of book fairs for Theuerkauf Elementary and we raised over $4000 for books for the library and classrooms. 

  • The Mountain View Public Library has their Summer Reading webpage up for students to register. There is a Summer Reading Kick-off Concert on June 3, 2023 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Stop into the Mountain View Public Library to learn more about the programs offered for families and sign up for a free library card. You can get Free & Discounted Museum Passes, California State Parks Passes, and more. The services at our Mountain View Public Library are excellent–there’s even a Seed Library! 


PTA News

4.28.23, 3-6pm: Multicultural Celebration - Día del Niño:   We are excited to share with you that this year we are bringing back a multicultural event “Día del Niño”(International Day of the Child). This will be a family event with games, shows and family fun! Please join us for this fun celebration honoring all of the diverse cultures that make up our school. You are invited to wear traditional clothing representing your own unique culture or heritage!  Please consider donating items (sign up here) and signing up for 30 minutes as an event volunteer!  Sign up here.   There will be  a taco vendor and a fruit vendor, being money!  Hope to see you there.

District News

Parent University: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 2, 2023, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu050223

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

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

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption!
Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/ Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/the parcel tax. For application and details, visit http://ow.ly/7lWA50NNofr

Free and low cost summer programs

Summer is around the corner, so it’s time to explore ways to keep your children engaged when school ends! Check out InPlayKid’s free online search service sponsored by Santa Clara County and our school district. You’ll find thousands of local and affordable programs that will challenge, inspire, and entertain your children to minimize summer brain drain. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view


MVEF Gala Raffle Tickets are now on sale! Need not be present to win. Click the link below to view raffle items. Email [email protected] to purchase raffle tickets. https://bit.ly/2023-Gala-Raffle

MVEF still needs to raise an additional $220k to achieve the goal of $1.2MM by June 30, 2023. If you haven't made a donation yet during the current school year, please donate ASAP to help your school site achieve the goal to get an average of 10 new donors per school by April 15!  Donations of any amount are meaningful in helping to reach the goal!  Click here to see ways to donate. 


District Chess Tournament Registration Open

The 20th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, generously sponsored by the Bubb PTA, will be held on Sunday, April 30th, from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Bubb Elementary. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline for registration is April 29. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at [email protected].

Health and Wellness Parenting tip: Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we must understand and bond with our children to maintain a close connection. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that starts early in life. It affects social communication and interaction and is accompanied by repeating and narrow patterns of behavior or interests. As parents, we are a part of our child’s treatment. 

To learn more parenting tips, click here

Here are some ASD signs to look for: 

  1. Mobility. Examples of mobility can include but are not limited to, using only a few gestures (waving, clapping, pointing), unusual ways of moving the hands, fingers, or whole body, and rituals such as repeating things over and over or lining up objects

  2. Sensory Sensitivity. Sensory sensitivity includes, but is not limited to, delayed speech, not responding when someone calls their name, being very focused or attached to unusual objects, and unique sensory interests

  3. Interpersonal difficulties. Interpersonal difficulties can include avoiding eye contact, not sharing enjoyment or interests with others, little to no imitating others or pretending, forming friendships, and not knowing how to act in different social situations

No two people with ASD have the same signs and symptoms. Many things, such as language delays, thinking and learning problems, and behavioral challenges, can play a role. For this reason, autism is described as a "spectrum."

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

To view more resources on parenting and other topics, click here.


Free and low cost summer programs


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