November 8, 2023

November 8, 2023


 Principal's Message

Diwali Celebration!

Happy Diwali to all of our Cheetah families! I wanted to give a special thank you to the Theuerkauf families who created this beautiful Rangoli design to help us celebrate and bring us good luck!

Veterans Day

Just a reminder that we do not have school this Friday on Veterans Day. I want to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the veterans in our community. Your dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to protecting our freedoms are deeply appreciated. I am grateful for you, including my own family members, who have served and are still serving. Thank you veterans for your service.

No Place For Hate

Theuerkauf cheetahs have been gearing up for No Place For Hate Week from November 13-17th. During our monthly assembly we had a big focus on our core value of responsibility. Part of the No Place for Hate pledge says, “Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy in school”. We are focusing on this by teaching students that each person needs to be responsible for their words, body language, and actions. Below is a poster with our spirit week days to celebrate No Place for Hate Week. Please participate in our spirit week to show your support for No Place for Hate at Theuerkauf. 

Gate Locking Communication

For student and staff safety, it's very important for our school to limit points of entry during school hours. As you know, we have been working on enabling the locks on our field gates during the school day. Beginning Nov. 27, the field gates will be locked from the outside shortly after the last morning bell rings. It is very important that we eliminate tardiness so students get the education they deserve right from the first bell. However, if they are tardy, please have them go in through the front office and pick up a tardy slip from Ms. Gaby or Ms. Sherri. If there is anything we can do to support on time arrival for school. Please reach out. Parents will be able access school field gates for student pick up when the dismissal bell rings. The public will continue to have access to school fields on weekends and on weekday evenings after 4 p.m. at elementary schools and after 5 p.m. at middle schools.  If the gates malfunction after hours, you can call (650) 526-3248 x1004. Thank you for supporting our safety procedures.

Planning ahead for conferences & Parent University on Effective Communication! 

Conferences will be held Monday, December 4th - Friday, December 8th. This week will be a full week of minimum days to allow for great conversation and collaboration between families, teachers, and students. More information will come out shortly on how to sign up for conferences. Please start to think about what date works best for you that week. Conferences are strongly preferred to take place in person, but also available online if that works better for your schedule. Our goal is to get all parents to participate in these special meetings! 

We will be hosting a Parent University on Monday, November 27th from 6-7pm to support effective communication between home and school with a focus on preparing for conferences. This will be on zoom with teachers and the principal. There will be time to answer questions at the end, so please feel free to ask!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Wednesday, November 8th- TH Game Night sponsored by the PTA @ 5:00-7:00pm

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

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

  • Report Cards available Friday, Nov. 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 - Effective communication & Conferences Monday, Nov 27, 2023 6-7pm 

  • District Parent University about iReady reports - Tuesday, November 28th- 5:30-7:00pm  (Zoom)

 School News


Cool Cat Winners who demonstrated extraordinary Responsibility for Nov. 3, 2023

Anjal C.             Rm 15

Xiomara             Rm 15

Addie G.            Rm 15

Ivar U.                Rm 12

Esau M.             Rm 12

Silas K.              Rm 12

Johnathan M.    Rm 19

Luca P.              Rm 20

Victor L.             Rm 22

Ibrahim              Rm 22    

Congratulations to all the winners!


Holiday Drive

Monday, November 13th - Friday, December 15th, 2023

Collecting new, unwrapped toys

for our families in need (ages 4-14)

Drop off location: Theuerkauf Office

Winter Coat & Pajama Drive

Donate your gently used coats. Children’s sizes. Donate NEW pajamas Children's sizes.

Monday, Nov 27th- Friday, Dec 8th.

Drop off Location: Theuerkauf Office


Lost and Found

The lost and found rack is getting full again, please take a look to see if any items belong to your child. The last day to claim any items is Friday, November 17th. Anything left after dismissal will be donated. 

 District News

Veterans’ Day: No school on Friday, Nov. 10

There is no school for students and staff on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans’ Day. We honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Parent University Speaker Series: Understanding Your Child’s Score Reports

Date and Time: November 28, 2023, 5:30-7pm  Registration Link:

Understanding your child’s district and state test scores is a key part of building a foundation of excellence. Join Swati Dagar, our Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment as she discusses how to (i) access and interpret score reports and (ii) use the information to engage in a productive partnership with your child’s teacher(s).

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

Better Together: November

This month’s theme for #BetterTogetherMVWSD is Empathy. Empathy is fundamental in promoting understanding, compassion, and unity among individuals and communities. It enables us to connect with others on a deeper level, to share their joys and sorrows, and to stand in their shoes, even when we may not fully comprehend their experiences. Recognizing United Against Hate Week is an important time of year as it underscores the need to combat discrimination, prejudice, and bigotry in all their forms. By participating in this initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a community where empathy is not just a concept but a guiding principle that helps us build a world where people of all backgrounds can coexist harmoniously, free from fear and hatred. Join us as we recognize United Against Hate Week with activities and programming taking place November 13-17th at all school sites. For more information about Better Together, visit

The View Teen Center: November 

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 November or visit their webpage for more information.

MVHS Turkey Trot and Tree Lot 

MVHS Sports Boosters will be hosting the 14th Annual Spartan Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 23rd) at Mountain View High School (3535 Truman Avenue). All proceeds benefit the MVHS athletics department. For more information about this event or to register for the 5K Walk/Run, Kids Run or Spartan Mile, visit

MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday, November 24 at 10 AM for the 2023 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to:

 PTA News


Photoshoot Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first-ever holiday photoshoot last weekend! We raised $555 for the field trip fund! And an extra big thanks to our amazing photographer, Adrit Lath for spending the afternoon taking photos for us, and to Smita Venkat for organizing the entire event!

PTA Family Game Night - THIS WEDNESDAY!
Join us for a Family Board Game Night in the MUR this Wednesday (11/8) from 5-7 pm. Snacks and drinks provided. Come and learn a new game or share one your family enjoys! Some games we will have available are: Apples to Apples, Spot It, Quest Kids, King of Tokyo, Connect Four, and many more!


Stay Up-To-Date on the PTA Website


Books Inc Fundraiser - December 6, 2023

Save the date – Dec 6th 5-8 pm! Our annual library fundraiser is coming your way soon!  You can shop for books at Books Inc downtown on Castro Street and support Theuerkauf’s library at the same time.  We’ll have special readings by Principal Lyons at 5:15 and Ms. Baikie at 5:45 pm. 


Tuesday Playdates
Every Tuesday, all Theuerkauf families are invited to come together after school on the blue Theuerkauf playground 3 pm - 3:30 pm, followed by some games on the field.  We usually share snacks and have fun!  Free and fun!


Friday Chess Club

For 3-5th graders, we are bringing out chess boards and having games and mini chess lessons from PTA parent volunteers during their lunch time (12:30 - 1:15 pm).  If you think your student might enjoy learning chess,  please encourage them to look for the chess club next to the playground on Fridays.   If anyone wants to volunteer to head up a 1st - 2nd grad chess club during their lunch period, please email Emily ([email protected]


MVEF - Please donate today!

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!  Without parent donations, there would be no art classes or music classes.


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