October 25, 2023

 Principal's Message

Safety Month

October is Safety Month in MVWSD. We have supplies for emergencies at school. Do you have them at home? Now is the time to prepare your home disaster supply kit. An earthquake could mean being without food, water or electricity for hours or days.  A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items, including your own food, water and other supplies, to last for several days that you’ll need in the event of an emergency. This is the week for your family to create or update your home kit. Here’s what should be in it. 

Dangerous Intruder Video next week

To finish off October safety month, teachers will also review what to do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus. Practice at the elementary schools means students will view an age-appropriate “dangerous intruder” video (which you may preview here) and talk with their teacher on how to stay calm, follow directions, and listen to trusted adults in the event of an emergency. Teachers have been trained on lockdown procedures.

Halloween Costume Reminders:

  • Only masks to prevent the transmission of COVID are allowed.

  • Violence – no pretend “prop” weapons such as guns, knives, or swords. We would like to promote costumes that align with our values of being kind and inclusive. 

  • Appropriateness – costumes cannot promote violence or be offensive or inappropriate in any way.

Just a reminder that I will be revealing the costume contest winner and reading their letter to me on the morning of October 31st during the costume parade! :) We also look forward to seeing you for our Fearkauf Trunk or Treat event on Monday, Oct. 30th! There is still time to donate candy! Contact Natalie Gallagher @ [email protected]

Día De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, is celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd, is a time of both joy and quiet remembrance as families honor their loved ones who have passed away. While variations of the Day of the Dead are celebrated in many Latin American countries, some of the most well-known traditions are those from Mexico, where the celebration coincides with the return of the Monarch butterflies.

Here at Theuerkauf, every year we celebrate the day of the dead by celebrating life. We honor our loved ones by putting the altar and placing their picture with an offering. If you would like to add your loved one’s picture. Please bring it to the office with a small offering. Make sure you add your student’s name on the back, so we can return it when we bring down the altar.

We also have a Calaverita contest that started last week from October 16th to 27th. Every classroom was provided with Calaverita drawings. Your student was able to choose from three different choices. If your student is interested in participating but has not returned to his teacher or the office the Calaverita please have your student bring it to the office no later than this Friday, October 27th. Next week we will choose the winners.  

Warm regards, 

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


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

  • Monday, October 30th- Fearkauf Trunk or Treat 6:00-7:30pm

  • 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)

  • TH Game Night sponsored by the PTA Wednesday, November 8th 

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

  • No Place For Hate Week! Nov. 13th - 17th

  • Board of Education Theuerkauf Showcase! Tune in on youtube or come in person to the board room at the district office! Nov. 16th @ 6pm. 

  • Friday, November 17th- Principal’s Coffee 8:00-8:30am by the Flagpole

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

  • Thursday, November 23- Thanksgiving - No School

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

  • Theuerkauf Parent University - Monday, November 27th

 School News


Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give respect for Oct. 20 2023

Hudson C.         Rm 11

Addie G.            Rm 15

Goro N.             Rm 16

Sophie C.          Rm 6

Kai P.                 Rm 7

Sophie R.          Rm 7

Hope C.             Rm 8

Riva B.               Rm 8

Ahana C.           Rm 18

Isabel H.            Rm 18

Annika A.           Rm 19

Ellen K.              Rm 19

Caden Y.            Rm 21

Andrei S.            Rm 21

Congratulations to all the Winners!

 District News

Cafecito con el Superintendente on Thursday, October 26 at 5 pm

This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents with Dr. Rudolph. Please bring your questions! Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/1026

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.

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!

CHAC Community Survey

CHAC is conducting a community survey to gather feedback from residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale to gather insights on how they can improve their Clinic Services to better meet the needs of the community. It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey. Please complete survey by October 31st: https://form.jotform.com/232297704499065

MVLA Parent Ed: This Is So Awkward - A Conversation About How Puberty Has Changed

Join MVLA Parent Ed on Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm (LAHS Eagle Theater) for Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll Bennet’s presentation of “This Is So Awkward - A Conversation About How Puberty Has Changed.” Learn about the modern realities of puberty you didn’t experience in your own youth but nonetheless need to understand, covering everything from body development to gender identities, from social media to easy-access pornography. Register for this free event here

Silicon Valley Reads: A Greener Tomorrow Starts Today

Silicon Valley Reads, a community engagement program that celebrates the power of books to bring people together, has announced the theme for 2024 will be, “A Greener Tomorrow Starts Today.” The program will focus on environmental sustainability, with a selection of books and events that explore the challenges and opportunities of creating a more sustainable future, not only in Santa Clara County but worldwide. Throughout February and March 2024, Silicon Valley Reads will offer a diverse range of free virtual and in-person public programs suitable for all ages. To view 2024’s featured books for adults and children, visit https://www.siliconvalleyreads.org/.

City of MV: Bike to Monster Bash (flyer attached to email on 10/23)

Join the Family Bike Ride to the Bike Circus at the City’s Monster Bash on October 28th! Wear a costume and decorate your helmet for a one-mile adventure for all ages. Starts at the Mountain View Library at 10:15 a.m. and ends at Rengstorff Park. Visit the Bike Circus safety training obstacle course at Monster Bash, and receive free bike repairs from BikeMobile! Bike valet parking available. For more information visit www.mountainview.gov/monsterbash.

 PTA News


Please consider making a small donation to the  Mountain View Education Foundation (MVEF)! 

Donate below (and choose "TH" as the school):

MVEF  pays for art, music, Living Classroom, and so much more!   And it is 70% funded by parents like you!

Even if you made a donation to the PTA during the Walkathon, please consider making a donation to MVEF.  Please see the flyer to understand the differences and overlap of the PTA and the MVEF. 

Currently we have a goal of 25 Theuerkauf families donating before October 31st and we're only about half way there.  If you can make even a small donation, it would be a big help!  Thank you for considering!

School participation challenge:
Theuerkauf's Goal is 25 donors by October 31
Current MVEF/Theuerkauf Donor Count: 12
New/First-time donors: 5
Theuerkauf donors that gave last year but not yet this year: 15

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