March 20, 2024

March 20, 2024


 Principal's Message

Open House - Tomorrow! Thursday, March 21st - Cupcakes and Fruit Cups! 

Please make sure to come to our Open House Night to celebrate all of the great learning happening at Theuerkauf! New families - 5:30-6pm and Current families 6-7pm.

Our theme is a scavenger hunt!  You will go to your classroom and receive a scavenger hunt to go on! Some things to look forward to: 

  • Grab a cup with us! Fruit cups and School Pride Cupcake decorating in the MUR!

  • Local support services will also be set up in the MUR

  • Join the PTA and support MVEF at their table in the MUR

  • Art Show in the Library made possible by MVEF funding! 

  • Student work and showcases in their classroom! 

Open House provides families a chance to celebrate learning and build upon the home-school connection. When families show interest and invest time into learning about their education, the child is more engaged and excited about their learning which helps boost their effort and success! 

Principal/PTA Coffee on Friday!

Come to the flagpole in the front to enjoy some coffee and donuts! We will be discussing upcoming events, ways to get involved, smart snacks and how to prepare for CAASPP! We are looking to build our ELAC and PTA! Come stop by and say hello to someone new! 

You’re invited to CSMA Music Concerts! 

I was involved in music from a very young age. I loved to perform in musical theater and I was part of different choir groups! Some of my favorite singing experiences with my chamber choir were singing during the holidays at senior centers and then singing in Trinity Church in remembrance of all the victims of 9/11. Music is a beautiful outlet for me and I am so grateful that MVEF sponsors CSMA so other students can experience the joy of music. If you are available, please come cheer on your child as they perform what they have learned this year! Thank you to our wonderful music teacher, Ms. Sylvia Yuan for all of her hard work this year and sharing the gift of music! 

From Ms. Sylvia Yaun: 

You are invited to see what your students have been learning in their weekly music classes with Ms. Sylvia Yuan from Community School of Music and Arts (sponsored by MVEF).  Your students receive 24 weeks of music a year thanks to CSMA and MVEF. As we finish the year, we would like to invite you to a multi-grade concert in the Theuerkauf MUR on Friday, April 5th. 

1st & 2nd Grade: 8:30am

3rd & 4th Grade: 1:45pm

Parents who come to watch will need to sign in at the office in accordance with the district visitor policy -- showing a valid driver's license or ID.

Kinder and TK students will have an in-class presentation in the next few weeks, and 5th grade students have their own instrument performance at the end of the school year. 

We hope that you can join us! You may contact Sylvia Yuan with any questions @ [email protected].

Warm regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • Thursday, March 21st- Open House 

  • Monday, March 25th- Teacher Service Day- No School

  • Tuesday, March 26th- PTA General Meeting 6:30pm (Zoom)

  • Thursday March 28th - Wednesday April 3rd - Book Fair! In the library.

  • Friday, March 29th - PTA Family Night “Books & Bites” story, dress-up, raffle 1:45-7pm

  • Monday, April 1st - Book Fair day 1:45-3:30pm

  • Tuesday, April 2nd - Book Fair day 1:45-3:30pm; and 5-6pm

  • Wednesday, April 3rd - Book Last Fair day 1:45-3:30pm

  • Wednesday, April 3rd- Spring Pictures

  • Friday, April 5th - Music Concerts in MUR: 1st & 2nd (8:30am) 3rd & 4th (1:45pm)

 School News


Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give Perseverance for March 16th

Kulaea                       Rm 14

Camila V.                   Rm 14

Xiomara G.                Rm 15

Kenny C.                   Rm 15

Anjali C.                    Rm 15

Evan M.                    Rm 7

Thea S.                     Rm 6

Gilvana V.                 Rm 8

Nicolai T.                  Rm 17

Vanessa R.              Rm 18

Hannah K.               Rm 12

Zara G.                    Rm 20

Celine L.                  Rm 20

Adam A.                  Rm 22

Elijah H.                  Rm 21

Cheetah Chair Cheer Winners! 

Rm 17- Audrey D.

Rm 18- Matrim M.

Each week student names are pulled right at the beginning of the day. If the child was in school on time they get to come to the office and win a prize as we cheer for them! 

 District News

No School: Mar. 25

A reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, March 25. It is a Teacher Service Day (professional development for staff).

No MVWSD+ Afterschool Programs on Thursday, March 21

Due to preparations for Elementary School Open House, there will be no MVWSD+ Afterschool Programs on Thursday, March 21. MVWSD+ families, thank you in advance for making other arrangements. This affects all Right At School programs, all Beyond the Bell programs, and the district-paid YMCA programs. Programs resume as normal on Friday, March 22. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (650) 526-3500 x1061. 

Invitations for districtwide Summer Programs will be emailed to those who qualify beginning in mid March

Qualifying families will soon be receiving invitations to one or more programs that will provide summertime care, enrichment, and academic support. The majority of these programs are for students who are English Learners and/or considered socioeconomically disadvantaged. The programs vary in scope and specific qualification criteria. 

Students with IEPs who have Extended School Year services documented in their IEPs will be receiving information about that program by March 22.


Parent University: Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: 4/2/24 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Link:

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to

Annual Reclassification Ceremony: Thursday, April 25

Our yearly celebration of former English Learner students who have reclassified as fluent in English this school year will take place on the afternoon of April 25 at Crittenden. Invitations will be sent home to families by the end of March. We are all looking forward to cheering on the students’ achievement!


Crittenden Middle musical: "High School Musical Jr."  

Crittenden Middle School Performing Arts proudly presents "High School Musical Jr."! Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with laughter, music, and incredible performances. Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and join us for a night of entertainment that will leave you singing and dancing all the way home. We can't wait to see you there!

Tickets are now available for purchase here. You can see the show at:

Dates and times:

Fri March 22  7:00pm 

Sat March 23 7:00pm  

Sun March 24 2:00pm



Leanne Rzepiela Auditorium

Crittenden Middle School

1701 Rock St. Mountain View, CA 94043


Ticket Prices:

Adult $15  - Child/Student $10. 

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Eating healthy doesn’t have to break your grocery budget. Planning meals, opting for whole foods and seasonal produce, and using frozen and canned veggies are just a few ways to save money while enjoying a nutritious diet. For more tips for eating healthy on a budget check out this resource from the Centers for Disease Control.


MVEF Gala & Graham New Family Potluck

Mark your calendars! This month is packed with opportunities to connect with our school community. Don't miss the MVEF Gala, a chance to celebrate the talents of our middle school musicians and vocalists while supporting vital arts programs. Get your ticketsnow to take advantage of early bird pricing! And for our 5th grade families, join us for a welcome potluck at Graham Middle School on March 22nd, please RSVP today! The Crittenden welcome potluck date will occur in May, stay tuned for updates.

SCCOE Environmental Literacy Summit 

Join Santa Clara County Office of Education on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the third annual Environmental Literacy Summit featuring guest speakers, student-led panels, interactive workshops, and an opportunity to connect with our community-based partners. This year's theme is Building Climate Resiliency Together, and will focus on key themes of reducing our impact, supporting healthy school communities, and providing environmental and climate literacy education. The registration fee of $50 includes a light breakfast, lunch, resources, and entry into raffle. This event is free for full-time students in grades 3-12. Register at

 PTA News


PTA Association Meeting on Tuesday March 26th at 6:30 pm (Elections)

One of the most important association meetings of the year is happening next week. Our March association meeting is when we elect officers for next year and we need a quorum (lots of people!) to join the call.  PLEASE consider joining the Zoom call, even if you just have it running in the background as you make dinner. Many thanks!



PTA Board for 2024-2025 School Year
We’re looking for YOU!  Your talents and energy will help make our school even better next year!  We have lots of smaller PTA roles planned for next year so the work commitment won’t be as large for any one individual.  If you’re interested in joining the 2024-2025 team, please email [email protected].  

***The last PTA Quiz is ready for you! Anyone that responds gets a Theuerkauf lanyard and entered into a drawing for vintage Theuerkauf gear!***


Open House Volunteers (Thursday, March 21st)

This year our Open House (March 21st) will involve a scavenger hunt, including a station at the PTA/MVEF table. In order for all parents to get to participate in the open house, we are asking for parents to sign up for just one 15 min slot to main the PTA/MVEF table. Your job would be to tell families coming by about what PTA and MVEF do and why they need support (and if you need talking points we'll have flyers for you to give out)  THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP!!


Lego Kit Afterschool Activity

3rd-5th Graders are invited to sign up to do a lego activity after school on a Thursday, 12:30-1:10pm.

See this form to sign up:


Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back (March 28th - April 3rd)! 

Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become lifelong readers. And—as always—every purchase at the Fair benefits our Theuerkauf school library.  

It will take place from March 28th through April 3 at our Theuerkauf Library.  You can make purchases at pickup with cash, credit card, or the Scholastic eWallet


Stop by on Friday afternoon until 6:30 pm on March 29, for our "Books & Bites" family fun night We'll have storytime, a costume contest, small bites, and more.

For questions, please get in touch with Antje ([email protected])


Please consider volunteering to make this multi-day event possible!  Also, we are looking for food donations for “Books & Bites” Family Night (3/29) and teacher preview day (3//28).  Please sign up here to volunteer or donate food.

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