December 13, 2023

December 13, 2023

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 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community, 

Parent University - English Language Proficiency Assessment California (ELPAC)

If your child is working on becoming English proficient, join us this Thursday on Zoom to learn more about the testing students will take part in at the end of January or February. During this presentation from our ELPAC coordinator, Ms. Gayatri Ratnam, we will provide you with an overview of testing and some ways you can support your child. This year we reclassified 9 students!

Learn more on Thursday, December 14th from 6-7pm.

 Zoom Link - Prepare for ELPAC Testing!

Winter Wonderland- Friday, Dec. 15th 5-6:30pm (front parking lot)

Thank you PTA for hosting this event! I can’t wait to see everyone there on Friday! Bundle up and get ready for some hot chocolate and crafts! 

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Safety Issue! Drop off Procedures

Cars should not be double parking to drop off your child. At no time should a child be crossing in front of another car. They should be using a crosswalk, sidewalk or be dropped off right at the loading zone curbside. 

Reminder of Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures:

  1. If dropping off/picking up at the side gate come down San Luis Ave on the right side and wait in the car line. If dropping off in front of the school, wait in line or park in a parking spot and use the sidewalk to walk to the front of the building. 

  2. Drive into the drop off location and let your child off at the yellow line that is right at the sidewalk. 

  3. Wish your child a great day at school and carefully pull out of the drop off zone and continue on to have a great day! 

  4. If you would like to volunteer to support pick up or drop off in the morning, please let me know! This volunteer opportunity comes with a stylish yellow vest!

Thank you for doing your part to keep all students safe.

iReady Diagnostic Reports - Friday Dec. 15th at 4pm. 

Director, Swati Dagar, had a great Parent university about how to read your iready diagnostic report as well as all academic reports. Here is the video recording so you can get step by step instructions on what the report is telling you and the best way to read the reports. Now is a great time to continue to check in on goals that you discussed at parent teacher conferences.


Understanding Your Child's Academic Reports // Comprender los informes académicos de su hijo


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English // Spanish

Knowing students' strengths and areas for improvement is a great way for parents to support students at home. Parents can access their child’s i-Ready Diagnostic 2 reports beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 on the PowerSchool Parent Portal( for accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports are here: 

All district parent universities have been recorded, so if you missed out on one feel free to watch it on your own time. I notice one is about “Self Care for Parents!”. The goal behind parent universities is to empower adults to help their child thrive. 

Parent Universities Link

Attendance update TK-5th! 

As of now we are at 95.22% attendance rate. That’s a one percentage point increase!  Let’s keep that number moving up to at least 97%!  Please continue to get your child to school on time so they get to be a part of all of the great learning happening at Theuerkauf. Try setting alarm clocks, packing the backpacks and picking out clothes the night before or creating a morning checklist of tasks for your child to check off independently! Please reach out if you want a brainstorming partner!

SPIRIT WEEK next week! (12/18-12/22)

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Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Thursday, December 14th- Prepare for ELAC Testing 6:00pm (Zoom)

  • Friday, December 15th- Winter Wonderland 5:00-6:30pm- (Front Parking Lot)

  • Monday, December 25th- December 31st- Holiday Break- No School

  • Monday , January 1-5- Holiday Break- No School

  • Monday, January 8th- Teacher Service Day- No School

  • Tuesday, January 9th- Students Return!

  • Wednesday, January 10th- Theuerkauf School Info Night 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)

  • Thursday, January 11th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

  • Monday, January 15th- Martin Luther King Jr Day- No School

  • Tuesday, January 16th- Multicultural Potluck 5:00-6:30pm

  • Thursday, January 18th- Transitional Kindergarten Info Meeting 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)

  • Tuesday, January 23rd- PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm (Zoom) 

  • Wednesday, January 24th - Reading Sleepover Party! 5-6pm (TK-2), 6-7pm (3rd-5th)

    • Parents please join for learning about reading/writing while students attend their sleepover party! 

  • Thursday, January 25- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

 School News



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 or absent will be excused. If we do not hear from you within 72 hours, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Please let us know how we can support your student. Thank you


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.

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Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give INTEGRITY for Dec. 8th

Emily S.            Rm 11

Darlin M.           Rm 16

Rebekah L.       Rm 16

Alan G.              Rm 7

Danilo C.           Rm 6

Hanna V.           Rm 6

Peter R.            Rm 8

Ricardo G.        Rm 9

Macklon L.        Rm 12

Amilia H.           Rm 12

Amos K.            Rm 21

Victor L.            Rm 21

 District News

Open Enrollment for 2024-25 starts in January

In January, the Mountain View Whisman School District will be opening student enrollment for next fall.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

For families enrolling NEW students: Please check for details about virtual school information meetings held in January (, how to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9. 

MVEF Update: Save us a Call

The amount donated to MVEF so far this year is slightly less than in previous years. MVEF volunteers will soon be reaching out directly to inform our community about the need for donations each year. You can save us a call by donating today! Visit today!

This year, community donations to MVEF are providing:

  • More than 8,500 Art4Schools lessons in 130 TK-5th Grade classrooms.

  • Over 17,000 Music4Schools lessons in 170 TK-5th Grade Classrooms. 

  • Over 500 Living Classroom lessons for all students in TK-6th grade.

  • Environmental Science lessons and field trips for all 4th and 5th graders.

  • Additional English Language Arts teachers to reduce the average class size in grades 6-8.

  • Supplemental funding for Performing Arts, Music, and Athletics Teams in grades 6-8.

When we achieve our fundraising goals, we can do even more for our students!

December CAC and LCC Events 

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet

What’s in an IEP? Advocating for your child

Presented by Gabriela Torres, Managing Attorney and Leah Kang, Senior Attorney

Fri, Jan 19, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm , Register to get your Zoom link

Join Palo Alto CAC and Disability Rights California virtually to learn what is Specially Designed Instruction and how the use of Supplementary Aids and Services can help children with disabilities achieve their education satisfactorily in the general educational environment according to LRE provision of IDEA. Flyer Questions? [email protected]

The View Teen Center: December 

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 December or visit their webpage for more information.

MV Public Library: Parenting Program 

Join the MV Public Library for a book club discussion of Never Enough by Jennifer Wallace on Wednesday, January 17 on Zoom from 12:00pm - 1:00pm or in person from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Read the book or listen to interviews with the author. Then join either meeting to discuss the effects of achievement culture on youth and ways to help teens feel that they matter and are valued. Registration is required

 PTA News


Winter Wonderland - December 15th

Come out with your family and enjoy food and festivities at our first ever Theuerkauf Winter Wonderland event on Dec 15th.  We are also looking for families to decorate their cars and be a part of the fun – sign up below or donate supplies: 

Car sign up:


Donations for Winter Wonderland 12/15/23


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