August 16, 2023


 Principal's Message

Dear Theuerkauf Cheetah Community, 

This week was the start of P.E through Rhythm and Moves! We have a new P.E teacher named Ms. Tokar. Please give her a warm welcome to Theuerkauf! 

This week 1st-5th graders will be finishing their iReady diagnostic. This is the first of 3 diagnostic tests focused on ELA and math that we will take throughout the year. This is one way that allows us to track student academic growth throughout the year and helps to target our instruction. Kindergarten will begin and finish their iReady diagnostic tests next week. 

Also, next Tuesday, August 22nd, is our Back To School Night from 6-8pm! This is a night you don’t want to miss! There will be two sessions (6-6:45 and 7-7:45). You will learn more about the Theuerkauf community and important information from  your child’s teacher. This night is just for parents. We look forward to seeing you in person next Tuesday! Quick reminder that this will be a minimum day for students! 

Finally, another important date is Friday, August 25th from 8-8:30am. You are welcome to drop your child off at the blacktop and then make your way to the front of the school near the flagpole and front gate. We will have our first PTA/Principal’s Coffee. This is a great time to meet new parents, make connections, and learn more about Theuerkauf. Feel free to ask questions or bring ideas to make our community partnership stronger. PTA will be bringing donuts and coffee! We look forward to seeing you there!

Below, don’t miss the new addition of the “Library Corner” by our amazing librarian, Mrs. Baikie! 

I hope to see you next week!
Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Wednesday, August 16th - iReady D1 Math 1-2, Reading 3-5 

  • Friday, August 18th - Community Check-in with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30PM - 4:30PM Register Here

  • Monday, August 21 & Wednesday, August 23rd - iReady diagnostic for Kindergarten

  • Tuesday, August 22nd Back to School Night - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 12:10PM

  • Tuesday, August 22nd - Back-To-School-Night - 6:00-8:00PM (2 sessions 6-6:45 & 7- 7:45)

  • Friday, August 25th - Principal/PTA Coffee @ the front gate flagpole - 8:00-8:30 AM (Come for coffee and donuts!)

  • Picture Day - September 12th

 School News


Welcome to Theuerkauf Library Corner: 

Hello! I’m Mrs. Baikie, the Library Tech, and I can’t wait to meet new students and families and welcome back students and families who are excited to get into the library. 

The library will open to students in 1st-5th grades the week of August 21. I will visit TK and Kinder classrooms before welcoming our youngest readers. We will go over expectations and how to use the library in the first weeks of library classes. 

If you would like to volunteer in the library, please contact me via email [email protected]. New books need protective coverings, younger students and larger classrooms benefit from having extra help during visits, and there is a book fair to plan. 

I look forward to meeting families at Back to School Night to share more information about the library and how your student will be using the library. 


Keep Reading! 


Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 22nd

Families, you are cordially invited to our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. BTSN is an important opportunity for families to learn about their children’s classrooms, grade level programming, and general expectations. We will have two sessions to accommodate families with multiple children and allow them the opportunity to visit more than one classroom that night. Session one will begin at 6:00 p.m. and session two will begin at 7:00 p.m.  See you on August 22! 


Bell Schedules and Schools’ Start/End Times

Please click here to view our school’s updated schedule for the 2023-24 school year. Please note that Thursdays end early at all elementary school sites, and last days of trimesters are minimum days during the 2023-24 school year. 

Please click here for the District Calendar At A Glance 


Drop Off and Pick-up Procedures:

Morning Drop off - Vehicle Drop

TH School Map Link

  • School starts at 8:15am - Drop off starts no earlier than 8:00am

  • K-2nd grade - drop off using the drive through on San Luis Ave. Please DO NOT park in the drive through. You can park on the street if you are not doing a quick drop off. 

  • 3rd-5th grade - drop off using the drive through parking lot at the front gate. 

  • Adults should stay inside the vehicle. *If a student needs help getting out of a car seat/seat belt, please do so quickly. Have all materials (lunch, backpacks, masks) ready to go for easy drop-off. Two staff members will be at the drop off location to help support line movement to make drop off quicker. . 

  • Students will walk to the blacktop to play until 8:10am

  • At 8:10am the warning bell will ring. Students will walk to their room number line. 

  • Please leave campus immediately after drop off to allow for flow of traffic. You can wave goodbye to your child as they walk through the gate with their teacher. Please do not go through the gate. This will help support campus safety. 

  • At 8:15 AM the final bell will ring, your child needs to report to the main office for a tardy pass. 

TK Families:

Please use the side pedestrian walkway around the school and drop your child off at their back door. The TK teachers and instructional aids will open the back door starting at 8:00am.

Pedestrian Drop-Off: 

Drop off time begins 15 minutes before the school day (8:00AM)

We recommend parents/guardians drop off their child(ren) at the main front gate entrance or come in through the back field.

Students will walk to the blacktop in the back of the school. 

**If your child is allowed to walk or bike to and from school, parents MUST email our front office staff giving authorization. Please email our school clerk, Ms. Sherri Minor [email protected]

At 8:15 AM the final bell will ring, your child needs to report to the main office for a tardy pass. 


Commuting to school safely

It's critically important for children's safety that you take time now before the start of the school year to plan their route, tune up their wheels and talk with them about road safety. Please see your inbox for a letter this week from Dr. Rudolph that contains resources on our bike safety webpage.



Kinder Dismissal at 1:45pm: 

For parents who are walking to campus

Students will exit from the middle gate. 

You can wait outside of that gate for the teacher to release your child to you. 

For Parents who are picking up by vehicle

Parents/guardians or other individuals picking up children in their car should remain in their vehicles to the extent possible. 

Teachers will help students connect to their vehicle/parents/guardians using the drive through on San Luis Ave.

After School Program

If a child is attending an after school program, they will get picked up directly from their classroom. 


1st to 2nd grade Dismissal at 2:50pm

Teachers and Front Office Staff will help students connect to their vehicle at the middle gate on San Luis Ave. 

Parents/guardians or other individuals picking up children should remain in their vehicles to the extent possible.

Parents can also park and wait at the middle gate for their child to be released. Please do not park in the drive through lane on San Luis Ave. 


3rd to 5th grade Dismissal at 2:50 (3rd) 2:55pm (4th/5th):

Teachers and Front Office Staff will help students connect to their vehicle at the front gate. 

Parents/guardians or other individuals picking up children should remain in their vehicles to the extent possible.

Parents can also park and wait at the front gate for their child to be released. Please do not park in the drive through lane on San Luis Ave. 

*If you have a student in 3rd-5th and a younger sibling, please have the older sibling and younger sibling exit together at the front gate. 


Students attending YMCA or Right At School: 

YMCA - K students will be picked up at their classroom. 

All other students will meet at room 26

Right At School (RAS) - TK/K students will be picked up at their classroom.

All other students will meet at room 22

Beyond The Bell (BTB) - Students will meet at the MUR or Room 18

*Please make sure to contact the program coordinators for absences or early pickups. 


Reporting an Absence

Please call the office at 650-903-6925 or email  [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, name and relationship of the person reporting the absence.


School Supplies and Voluntary Donation Form

We will be furnishing all basic school supplies and textbooks for all students. Donations of items and funds for this purpose are appreciated, but not required. For those able to donate, please fill out this form and bring it to the front office, along with your donation, and our front office staff will provide you with a receipt. These donations can also go towards fun events for recess activities or assemblies!


School Meals are free

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on There will be a vegetarian option each day. Students will get their card at the beginning of the lunch line to scan each time they get a meal. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 

 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Response to City of Mountain View's Fiscal Report on North Bayshore Master Plan

  • Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council Progress

  • Monta Loma Fencing Choice 

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Aug. 18

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Aug. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: Mark your calendars for all upcoming community check ins! A list of dates and login information is here


District orientation 

Recordings of last week’s Parent University District Orientation presentation are now available in English and Spanish. To register in advance for future Parent U meetings, visit


School meals are free, but fill out the EzSchool Meals application to help you and your school

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals this year to all students as part of California’s universal meal program.

However, parents need to reapply for the Free and Reduced Price Meals program now for this school year. If you think you could qualify (qualifying income levels listed here), we ask you to apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Qualifying is one factor in your child’s eligibility for free MVWSD after school care and summer camp.

The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at or call your school office.


Looking for an afterschool program? Read on to see if your child qualifies for MVWSD+! 

A student qualifies for the free MVWSD+ afterschool program if one or both of the following conditions are true:

  • The student is an English Learner (EL). EL status is established via the results of the Initial ELPAC exam, which is being administered to certain students in August and September. Results are usually available within two weeks of the completion of testing. If you have questions about the Initial ELPAC exam, please contact Leticia Corcoran at[email protected].

  • The student qualifies for free or reduced price lunches based on federal income guidelines. At this time, lunch for all children is free, but this may not always be the case. To fill out the application for free or reduced lunch, please go to Qualifying students’ data is collected at the state level and usually appears in the district’s data system within two weeks. If you have questions, please contact your school office.

Soon after a student’s EL or Free/Reduced Lunch Status changes to indicate he/she qualifies for MVWSD+, you will receive an email from the MVWSD+ Team inviting your child to enroll.

For questions or troubleshooting, please reach out to [email protected] or Jennifer Nunez at (650) 526-3500 x1061.


No MVWSD+ Afterschool Programs on Tuesday, August 22

Due to preparations for Elementary School Back to School Night and afterschool staff development, there will be no MVWSD+ Afterschool Programs on Tuesday, August 22 (a minimum day for students). MVWSD+ families, thank you in advance for making other arrangements. This affects all Right At School programs, all Beyond the Bell programs, and the district-paid YMCA programs. Programs resume as normal on Wednesday, August 23.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (650) 526-3500 x1061. 


Living Classroom seeking Docents! 

Do you enjoy spending time with kids and being outdoors? Volunteer with Living Classroom to teach fun, engaging STEM-based lessons in your local MVWSD school! No prior teaching experience is necessary. For more information on our volunteer program, please visit: or email [email protected]


Parks and Rec to host park input community meetings 

Help the City imagine the future of Mountain View Parks and Recreation by joining one of four Community Meetings to kick off the Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan: August 21 and August 22 (Two meetings will be held in person at the Mountain View Community Center, and two meetings will be exclusively online via Zoom). All meetings will provide interpretation services in Spanish, Mandarin and Russian. Childcare and light refreshments will be available for the in-person meetings. Visit or see attached flyers for more information.


Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off event on Aug 26 

The City will be hosting a Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off event on Aug 26, 2023. It is a free event for residents of Santa Clara County to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous wastes, including paint, batteries, electronics, auto fluids, pesticides, garden chemicals, propane tanks, fluorescent and LED lightbulbs, household cleaners and more. See the attached flyer.


Housing and Eviction Help Center

The City of Mountain View's Rent Stabilization Program runs the Housing and Eviction Help Center (HEHC) at the MV Public Library to provide housing-related support to the community, including information about housing programs and legal resources. These services are available on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (walk-ins welcome or virtually at from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, see flyers attached or visit


Notice: National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs

The Mountain View Whisman School District announces its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following site: Mariano Castro Elementary School.

Additionally, all students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge through California’s Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) at the following sites:

Bubb Elementary, Crittenden Middle, Graham Middle, Amy Imai Elementary, Landels Elementary, Gabriela Mistral Elementary, Monta Loma Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, Theuerkauf Elementary, Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary.

For additional information please contact: Deborah Austin, Director of Food Service, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043, 650.903.6965, [email protected].


While the program will offer free Universal Meals for all students, households will continue to be able to complete an application for free and reduced-price meals, which may support the school district’s local education funding and could also qualify the family for additional benefits. Click here for free and reduced price eligibility guidelines and for more information on applying


Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.


Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: 202-690-7442

(3) E-mail: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 PTA News


PTA: Membership, Meeting and More

As a parent, one of the most direct ways to be involved at Theuerkauf is to support the PTA.  You can become an official member by making a $10 donation here: Click here

Our first PTA association meeting where we will be discussing upcoming school events will be on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30-7:30 pm on Zoom (with Spanish translation).   We'll discuss the upcoming walkathon and more!  Hope you can make it!

Volunteer at Theuerkauf

Please become an active Theuerkauf community member by volunteering.  There are so many ways you can help out!  Please go to the link below to learn more and let us know your interest:Click here

Sign up on Konstella Now!

Want to know about school events and classroom happenings? Konstella is a free app for web and mobile that allows family members to find and communicate with each other privately and securely. Visit and click "find your school." In the Note section enter the name of your child's teacher.

Chess Club

Interested in chess club?  If so, please click on the link below to find out more and to enter the chess club:  Click here


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