October 18, 2023

October 18, 2023


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community,

Thank you to all of the parents, families, and community members for putting on a fantastic walkathon last week! Thank you for participating and taking time to get your steps in, eat some great food, and raise money for our wonderful school! I had a blast racing students at the “cheetah run” area, walking with families and eating some delicious pupusas! 

Our next big community event will be Fearkauf Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 30th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. This is an event where you can choose to decorate the trunk of your car with decorations and pass out candy or come with your family and walk around the decorated cars to trick or treat. Please contact Natalie Gallagher if you are interested in decorating your car or donating candy!  Her email is: [email protected]

Costume Parade! 10/31 8:15-8:30am

On the following morning, Tuesday, October 31st from 8:15-8:30am we will have a school wide costume parade on the blacktop. We will start to make a big circle at 8:10 around the blacktop and have each grade level walk around at one time if they choose to show off their costume. We will cheer and clap. If you prefer your child is not a part of this costume parade, please let their teacher know and we will have a separate fall activity for them during that 15 minutes!


I, Principal Lyons, am in need of a costume!

I don’t have a costume yet for October 31st. I am looking for our young authors to write me a short letter about what I should dress up as on October 31st. Who can be the most convincing with their letter? Feel free to draw a picture of the costume as well!

For younger grades some sentence starters be: 

Dear Principal Lyons,

    I think you should dress up as _________ because ________________________. 

(Try adding another sentence to make sure this is very convincing!)

For older grades try writing a whole paragraph or two! Why should I dress up in that costume? Who can make the most convincing argument? The winner will be announced on October 31st at the costume parade. 

Letter Due Date: End of school on Tuesday, October 24th. 

Earthquake Drill

October is Safety Month in MVWSD. Don’t forget that the districtwide earthquake drill is tomorrow. We have reviewed our procedures, and we are ready to practice. Parents, since students will be outside for approximately one hour, please plan to apply sunscreen to your child in the morning and have them bring a hat if they’re sun-sensitive. 

Please reassure 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. . 


Principal/PTA Coffee - Friday

I look forward to seeing you all outside the gate near the flagpole on Friday! 8-8:15 will be a connection time with other parents. After the final bell we will start our meeting! 

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Monday, October 23rd - School Site Council Meeting + Outdoor Learning/Greening Presentation 4-5pm. Outdoor presentation CANCELED 

  • 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.


Reporting an Absence

Please call the 24hour automated Attendance Line at 650-903-6925, X4680 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. After reporting a COVID positive absence on the attendance line or by email click here to fill out the COVID reporting form. When you have a doctor or dentist appointment, please bring your note so the tardiness will be excused.

 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Off Schedule 4% Payment

  • Equitable Access to Choice Schools Lottery Update

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

Drafts available: Single Plans 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 Oct. 26 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.


Parent University Speaker Series Presents

Parenting in the Digital Era - Supporting Dialogue and Strategies for Building Healthy Tech Habits

Date and Time: October 24, 2023, 5:30-7:00 pm  Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102423

One of our favorite nonprofit organizations is back! Information presented by My Digital TAT2 will empower parents to navigate the complexities of raising tech-savvy, digitally responsible children. We will address common tech issues such as digital “perfection”, misinformation, and things you might not know about popular apps and platforms.

Parents will gain crucial strategies that will support open dialogue and cultivate healthy tech habits among all family members.

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

MVWSD Preschool Enrollment

MVWSD’s award-winning preschool has a limited number of part-day state preschool spaces still available at Latham.  These spaces are free for all 3- and 4-year-olds living within the Castro Elementary School boundary.  Families can get an application at mvwsd.org/preschool, stop by the preschool office (1850 Latham St.) or call 650-526-3560.

Better Together: October

Cultural appreciation is an acknowledgment and celebration of the rich and diverse tapestry of human heritage that exists around the world. Indigenous Peoples' Month, observed in various regions, highlights the unique cultures, traditions, and contributions of indigenous communities. It serves as an opportunity for all of us to learn, respect, and honor the invaluable knowledge, customs, and wisdom that indigenous peoples have preserved for generations. We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

MVEF Community Survey

MVEF is seeking input from the community via the annual online survey, which will be open throughout October: http://bit.ly/MVEF-Survey

As a community-funded foundation where over 70% of donations come from families, your input is a very important part of the planning process for future MVEF-funded programs. If donations to MVEF approach the annual goal of $1.2MM by December 31, 2023, MVEF may be able to add additional programs in 2024.

MVEF has raised just shy of $400,000 -- donate today if you haven't already: https://www.mvef.org/donate. THANK YOU MVEF donors and volunteers!

Mentor Tutor Connection: Volunteer Info Session 

MENTOR TUTOR CONNECTION - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION - Wed., Oct. 18, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Rd, Mountain View. Please join us and learn about becoming a mentor and/or a tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Help a local student to a brighter future! To register go to www.mentortutorconnection.org/events  - or email programs@mentortutorconnection.org.

The View Teen Center: October 

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m. (on no school days or minimum days, The View Teen Center is open 1-6 p.m.), and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs in October or visit their webpage for more information.

 PTA News


Thank you for supporting the Walkathon

Thanks to YOU, the Walkathon was a huge success! SO many people donated, volunteered and supported, and we are so grateful!  The PTA will use the money raised for field trips, classroom supplies and more.  Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Theuerkauf Community - we met our walk-a-thon fundraising goal! Donations through envelopes and 99pledges and food sales have raised more than $14,000, and additional employer matches through Benevity are still coming in. We are Stronger Together!

The Theuerkauf 2023-24 yearbook is on sale at a 10% discount until October 31. It includes 44 pages of class/school memories, as well as 2 custom pages of your own making. Regular price is $14.92. Order yearbooks at www.treering.com/validateEnter our school’s passcode: 1016316858373987

*** OPT-OUT: If you prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook at all, please contact us at [email protected].

(Flyer link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11bbjqtiyNRT7PxWCAyB6Nh9go89DCHb6/view?usp=share_link)


PTA Association Meeting (10/24)

A reminder that next Tuesday (10/24) is our next association meeting!   PLEASE join us – we need you there to meet quorum!  And thank you for everyone who has already signed up to be a member!

Time: Tuesday Oct 24, 2023, 6:30pm 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736465261


Principal Coffee (10/20)
Please join us after morning drop off for coffee and donuts and time with our beloved Principal Lyons!  Meet by the flagpole between 8-8:30 on Friday, October 20th!


Become a PTA Member

Want to get more involved and be an OFFICIAL PTA member?   If so, please fill out the PTA membership form and drop it off in the PTA box in the office:


The cost is normally $10 per adult (and we send a big chunk of this to the overseeing PTA council)  but if this is a financial burden, please just write "scholarship" next to the total line of the form and we'll cover the fee from our PTA budget!  We do not want anyone to be excluded for financial reasons!  Every family at Theuerkauf is strongly encouraged to join the PTA -- we want YOU!


Photographers Wanted (11/5)
We are planning a family photoshoot fundraiser. For that, we need volunteer photographers who would be willing to take family photos.  (You don't have to be a professional -- just someone with a camera and who is willing to take photos).

We will charge each family a donation of $50 for this service and 100% of proceeds will go to the Theuerkauf Field Trip Fund.

 The time commitment is 3 hours on Sunday Nov 5th from 1pm to 4pm. 

 The volunteer work includes: 

  • Directing the families for the shoot

  • Taking their picture

  • Downloading the images onto a thumb drive / flash drive and handing it over the the families  

If you are interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with the Smita the Amazing ( [email protected] )  -- our field trip fundraiser mastermind!

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