January 24, 2024

January 24, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community, 

Happy 100th day of school! We are so happy that we get to be a part of your child’s learning for these first 100 days. There is a lot of progress and success to celebrate! I need to share a celebration about our teachers and brag a little bit. As discussed at the principal’s coffee on Friday, teachers have been working hard and diving deep into data driven decision making. We have four data cycles a year where teachers use data to focus on the largest learning needs for the classroom. Teachers break down learning standards and look at all different factors of what went well for the last cycle and then how to improve strategies and build skills for the next cycle. Teachers create a clear action plan for all students based on their needs and success. We always reflect on our practice using these four critical questions by Rick DuFour: 

  • What do we want all students to know and be able to do?

  • How will we know if they learn it?

  • How will we respond when some students do not learn?

  • How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient?

We are able to do this great work during weekly staff meetings, professional development days and Thursday collaborations. The conversations our teachers have are so rich and in depth to support all students. We have some of the most dedicated and student focused teachers out there! 

With that being said, please remember to re-enroll your child for Theuerkauf for next school year. Registration is now open! 

Open Enrollment for ALL students started Monday, Jan 22nd! 

It is time to open enrollment for ALL students (including returning students) for the 2024-2025 school year. Click onhttps://www.mvwsd.org/register for all the details. 

The recording to support registration and new families for Theuerkauf:

Meeting video (English)              Meeting video (Spanish)

Presentation slides (English)      Presentation slides (Spanish) 

TONIGHT! - Reading Sleepover Party!- Wednesday, January 24th

TK - 2nd 5-6pm 

3rd-5th - 6-7pm 

CLICK HERE to Sign Up so we have a count for snacks/materials

Parent learning workshops about reading and writing from our teachers, book raffle prizes, special treats, make your own bookmark, read aloud, every child leaves with a book and new reading buddy! Wear your PJs and don’t miss out on this event!

Sign Up here! 

Winner of the Onesie Writing Contest for tonight's event was Ellen K! I noticed that she used transition words like “First” and “Second”. I also noticed that she researched facts about narwhals to teach me more as a reader! See her essay below in school news! 

Finally, we want to hear from you! LCAP survey coming soon! Jan. 29th

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. We will be discussing the LCAP survey goals on our School Site Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25th at 3:30pm. An email with a link to the survey will come to your inbox on Jan. 29. More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Wednesday, January 24th - ELAC Meeting 9:45-10:45am  (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 25th - School Site Council Meeting 3:30-4:15pm (Conference Rm)

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

  • Thursday, February 1st–Mountain View Public Library Bookmobile at TH 12:00-1:00 pm

  • Thursday, February 1st- Student Registration Help Night (In Person) 5:00-7:00 at TH

  • Friday, February 2nd- Friendship Dance- 5:00-7:00pm

  • Thursday, February 8th MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

  • Monday, February 19th-23rd- Winter Break- No School

  • Thursday, February 29th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00pm (Zoom)

 School News


Congratulations to Ellen K - The Onesie Writing Contest Winner! 



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


Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give PERSEVERANCE for Jan. 19th

Elijah V.                 Rm 13

Emilia R.               Rm 13    

Isaiah S.                Rm 15

Goro N.                  Rm 16

Greyson D.            Rm 11

Impana P.              Rm 7

Luis T.                    Rm 6

Ruolin D.               Rm 9

Mason A.               Rm 8

Salvador L.            Rm 18

Alexa G.                Rm 12

Giovanni M.           Rm 17

Layla N.                 Rm 20

Erick L.                  Rm 19

Alicia M.                 Rm 21

Sahil V.                  Rm 22


Library Corner

The Mountain View Public Library Bookmobile will start library services at the front gate on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 12:00-1:00 pm. The MVPL Bookmobile will be at Theuerkauf every 3 weeks. Families need a Library Card from the Mountain View Public Library to check out books from the Bookmobile. Please go to the MVPL for your library card. If you have questions or need assistance, please ask Mrs. Baikie in the Theuerkauf Library, a teacher, or in the office. We are excited to have this new library service available to our families. 


 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

* Black History Month Resolution

* i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Update

* Artificial Intelligence (AI) Impact on Our Schools

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

Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year is open now!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District is open now at www.mvwsd.org/register.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents, click on the link in your email to confirm enrollment before February 9.

For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:

Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check www.mvwsd.org/register  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register before February 9.   


Do you need in-person help to register your child? Sign up at http://mvw.sd/help and attend any of the help sessions:

  • Castro    Elementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

  • Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

  • Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here: mvwsd.org/LCAP

Better Together: January

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sometimes, being a good ally might mean standing up to our friends to protect someone else. In the month of January, MVWSD students will explore the essential question: How do I have a difficult conversation with someone? A thoughtful ally finds a way to express themselves respectfully and with an open mind. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.


MVEF will hold its Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The MVEF Gala is an opportunity for parents, teachers, business leaders and community members to come together to support local schools. Come be part of an awesome community building evening with dinner, fundraising activities, music and fun! Save the date Saturday, April 27 in Mountain View.  Tickets go on sale soon.

 PTA News


Thank you MLK Clean Up Crew

Thank you to everyone who helped clean up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  The school is looking so good!


Afterschool Chess Program 

It’s not too late to sign up for the after school chess program!


Friendship Dance

Comin join us for the Friendship Dance Feb 2nd!  We’ll have lots of food, crafts, hair spray, music, a plant sale and, of course, dancing!!    Also, please consider donating or volunteering

Thank you to all the parents who have already signed up for donations and contributions towards the dance! You can start dropping off non-food items on Monday 01/29, there will be a box labeled Friendship Dance. Thanks so much for all your support!



Theuerkauf Friendship Dance Coloring Pages - Help us decorate!

The Theuerkauf Friendship Dance 2024 is coming up next week. Help us decorate the MUR, by having your child color one (or more) of these coloring pages. These pages were designed by our Expect Respect Students and show the spirit of Friendship - the theme of our dance!

Please drop them off in the PTA Box in the front office by next Thursday February 1st. 



Friendship Dance Plant Sale

We'll be having a first-ever plant sale at our friendship dance this year.  The proceeds will go to the PTA.  If you have any seedlings or cuttings that you would like to donate, please contact Smita ([email protected]) and she'll let you know when/where to bring your plant contributions!


Theuerkauf Science Day

In about a month from now we're going to be hosting a special SCIENCE DAY for the kids!   We’re partnering with the Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science and our own wonderful Theuerkauf community.

If you are interested in helping, please sign up here:


Lastly, extra big thank you,  Smita, for your efforts fundraising and organizing! This wouldn't have happened without you!


Lego Club Volunteer

We are looking for a parent volunteer willing to help co-lead a lunchtime or afterschool program  (based on your availability) .  The commitment would be an hour or two a week and would involve  helping small groups of students assemble vintage LEGO STEAM kits!  If you are interested, please email Teresa ([email protected]). 




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