September 20, 2023

 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community, 

On Friday, we will be excited to hostour Superintendent and some Trustees at school for a visit. At this visit they will get to experience the amazing practices here at Theuerkauf and enjoy lunch together with the staff. When I moved to CA to continue my teaching career, I never before had a Superintendent or Trustee take time to come talk and get to know me as a teacher. I will never forget the first time Dr. Rudolph came for lunch and asked genuine questions to get to know more about how teachers were doing and what our biggest needs and successes were that year. This is just another highlight of having your child attend Mountain View Whisman School District where the Superintendent and Trustees support all staff members for the success of all students. 

On that same note, Dr. Rudolph came to have a kinder chat with two of our students. If you are looking for a great smile and laugh,check out this video!  

During the School Site Council Meeting this week, we focused a lot on supporting all students at our school while developing the School Site Plan for Student Achievement. The 5 goals of our plan focus on:

  1. Academic Achievement in ELA

  2. Academic Achievement in Math

  3. Academic Achievement - English Learners

  4. Social Emotional Health & Wellness

  5. Inclusive and Welcoming Culture

Goal number five is to increase the number of parents who agree or strongly agree with the statement “My school creates a welcoming environment for all families as measured by the annual LCAP/Climate Survey”. This survey is typically sent out in January/February. Although the School Site Council members have ideas on how to grow our inclusive and welcoming school culture, if you have something in particular that you would like to share, please feel free to reach out! You can reach out to the members or myself directly. Go Cheetahs!!

Warm Regards,

Principal, Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Monday, September 18th from 4-5pm. School Site Council Meeting (Conference Room)

  • Friday, September 29th-PTA/Principal’s Coffee 8:00am-8:30am by the TH Flagpole

  • Friday, October 6th- Community Check-in with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30pm- 4:30pm (Register Here)

  • Wednesday, October 11th-3:15pm-5:30pm- Walkathon

  • Wednesday, October 11th- Retake Pictures

  • Thursday, October 12th- Teacher Service Day- No School

  • Friday, October 13th- Recess Day- No School

  • Friday, October 20th- PTA/Principal’s Coffee 8:00am-8:30am by the TH Flagpole

  • Tuesday, October 24th-27th- 5th Grade Science Camp

  • Friday, November 3rd- End of Trimester- Minimum Day- Dismissal at 12:10pm

  • Friday, November 3rd- Community Check-in with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30-4:30pm (Register Here)

  • Friday, November 10th- Veterans Day- No School

  • Monday, November 20-22- Thanksgiving Recess- No School

  • Thursday, November 23- Thanksgiving - No School

  • Friday, November 24- Day after Thanksgiving Day- No School

 School News


Items Drop-Offs

Snack/Lunch, music instrument, water bottle, Chromebook, and any other drop-offs

Please ensure your child has everything they need with them for school when you drop off in the morning. We are unable to assist and guarantee personal item distribution each day.  I suggest a morning check-list to ensure you have all items. This can also help students build independence as they get older.


Air Quality

Here is the link for how the district and our school determines guidelines for outdoor activities.

Air Quality Info 


Library News

Your students have started to check out books and bring them home (grades 1-5). Please remember to put students’ library books in their backpacks every night. Students must return their books every week and also need to have their books with them during library time to renew books. Remind your students to take care of library books and not eat or drink while they are reading. Students who return their books every week get prizes. Keep reading! 

We’re excited for Peter H. Reynolds’ virtual visit on September 19th. He’ll be talking about being an artist. In the library, we’re reading THE DOT and ISH to prepare.



 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting topics include:

  • Reception honoring newly-tenured teachers, 5:30-6 pm

  • i-Ready Diagnostic 1 Assessment Data Overview 

  • Measure T summer work

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Better Together: September

This month, #BetterTogether explores identity and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which are both essential components of fostering inclusive and enriching schools in MVWSD. Recognizing and respecting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities of students not only promotes a sense of belonging and allyship but also encourages a more comprehensive and meaningful learning experience for all. Hispanic Heritage Month, in particular, provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich tapestry of Hispanic/Latino cultures, their contributions to society, and the stories of Hispanic/Latino students within our own community. Celebrate with us this month! We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit


Volunteer with MVEF!
MVEF needs 1-3 additional volunteers at each school in MVWSD. MVEF school representatives help the families at their school understand what MVEF is and why it exists so that they are inspired to donate and spread the word about the impact of MVEF funding. MVEF also needs volunteers to help with planning our annual Gala and other community events. To learn more, visit:

MVPD Digital Safety Talk, Sept. 27

Mountain View Police Department will hold a speaker series event on digital safety on Wednesday, September 27, at 7 PM at the MVPD auditorium, 1000 Villa Street. There will also be a live stream option. Learn from Mountain View cyber crimes detectives about how to help ensure the safety of you and your children on the Internet, particularly when it comes to social media platforms and usage. For information, call 650-903-6344.

Understanding Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience: Sept. 20 

Youth and adults are invited to a panel discussion about teen mental health and well-being on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre

(201 Almond Ave). County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate a panel of mental health providers and students who will share about how to support mental health, how to check in and talk with youth, and describe locally available resources. Sign up for the free event:

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27 

The MV Public Library will host a parenting presentation, “The Best You for the Best Them,” on  Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom. Research shows that teens' and parents' emotional well-being are highly entwined. With support from author and parenting coach, Laura Cleary, set aside time to acknowledge your need as a parent for selfcare, and receive concrete ideas and support to model this for your teen and uplift your relationship. Register here.

 PTA News


Walk-a-thon is coming on Wednesday, Oct 11. Look for walk-a-thon packets in your student’s Cheetah folder 

Monday, Sept 18, we will be updating emergency backpacks and kits. If you can help meet us at the front of the school right after drop off.  (Questions? Email [email protected]


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