March 27, 2024

March 27, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community,

Thank you for being involved in your child’s education!

I am overjoyed by the amount of families who were able to come celebrate all of the learning at Theuerkauf last week at Open House! We had 204 out of 318 families attend!!! I saw so many students beaming with pride as they showed off their hard work and success! Thank you for connecting with the teachers and making the event so special for your child and for the community. A special thank you to MVEF for sponsoring CSMA Art class with our wonderful teacher Sinead Cahill! Check out the video for the art show on Facebookor InstagramAnother special thank you to the Expect Respect leaders for leading our future cheetah families around campus and sharing why they love Theuerkauf so much! We are truly #BetterTogether! Here is what the students had to say:

“We are the Expect Respect students at Theuerkauf. We are the cheetah leaders on campus and love to help our school community. Here are a few things we love about our school: 

  • The teachers and staff are all kind and welcoming. 

  •  We have many different activities, such as field trips, the friendship dance, and the walk-a-thon throughout the school year. 

  • There are several fun events, such as spirit weeks and reading challenges. 

  • We celebrate each other in many ways. We have multicultural potlucks, and we could try lots of foods from different cultures.  

  • The school works together as a team.

  • Our school is very diverse with students from all different cultures. We all bring something different to our school. 

  •  We have a great library with so many books and a very kind librarian. 

  • We have many clubs and activities, such as chess club, lego club, art club, Expect Respect, and drama club.”

Parking and Drop of Reflection

Please reflect on your drop off and pick up practices. 

Are you driving slowly with extreme caution? Are you parking only on the side of the road and not in front of a neighborhood driveway? Are you pulling all the way up at drop off to make room for other cars to pull in behind you? Are you going straight down the road and not making a U-turn in the middle of the street which could cause an accident? Are you greeting our teachers on duty with respect and kind words who are there to keep your child safe? Thank you for reflecting on your personal practices and making sure our community is respected and students are safe!

It’s the last week of our Book Safari!

This is the last week to finish your reading book safari! As a school, our goal is to read 5,000 books from different genres in the month of March. If we succeed, there will be a schoolwide celebration next Thursday! Remember to turn in your Book Safari papers by Monday, April 1st (not an April fool’s joke). Stay tuned to see what our celebration will be! We are very close to 5,000 books!!! 

Celebrating our Super Power Strengths! 

On Friday, March 29th all students at Theuerkauf will be seen for their strengths! Each child will get a nametag to write their Super Power Strength. Example: “Hello, my name is: Spreads kindness to all students”. Students will be known for and introduced as their strength first. This is an activity we are doing to support our goal of being recognized as a school with No Place for Hate. 

Celebrating Volunteers and the Act of Volunteering Next Month!

I want to give a huge thank you to our volunteers at school and volunteers in general. The act of giving to help support others is the epitome of being a “bucket filler”. Bucket filling is discussed in our Project Cornerstone program that is run by our PTA/Volunteers! Bucket filling is when you support someone else and the reward is that you fill your own bucket by helping someone else. This is an important message for people of all ages that we will be amplifying next month through different activities!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Book Fair this week and don’t forget Spring Pictures next Wednesday!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • 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)

  • Monday, April 8th - Friday, April 12th - No School SPRING BREAK

  • Wednesday, April 17th - Start of CAST (Science) Testing for 5th grade only

  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Start of CAASPP (ELA) Testing 3rd-5th grade

  • Tuesday, April 30th - Start of CAASPP (Math) Testing 3rd-5th grade


 School News


Cheetah Chair Cheer Winners! 

Rm 12- Romina J.

Rm 7- Ruth E.

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! 

Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give Perseverance for March 27th

Gael V.                       Rm 14

Fernanda R.               Rm 14

Max K.                        Rm 11

Marina R.                   Rm 15

Muhan G.                   Rm 15

Liz O.                         Rm 6

Annabella Y.               Rm 6

Valerie L.                    Rm 9

Serenity S.                 Rm 9

Amilia H.                    Rm 12

Rosemary M.             Rm 12

Pablo M.                     Rm 12

Celine L.                     Rm 20

Christian G.                Rm 20

Alfred B.                     Rm 21

Seiwa O.                    Rm 22

 District News

MVWSD Preschool Program: Apply now for August

Explore our flexible, low-cost and convenient options for all families in our high-quality preschool program. *New this year* Lower tuition and an 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. class, in addition to extended/full-day class until 3 p.m. and part-day (3 hour) classes.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development. Children who will be 3- or 4-years old are eligible (Minimum age: 3 years old by December 2, 2024. Maximum age: 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2024.) 

Preschool is currently located near Castro/Mistral Elementary Schools (1850 Latham St.) and Theuerkauf Elementary (1625 San Luis Ave.)

All 3- and 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

For more info go to or call 650-526-3560.

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


National Nutrition Month

All March we’ve been going “Beyond the Table” to explore how food impacts our bodies, our communities, and the planet. Sustainable food choices can both help us eat healthy and have a positive impact on the environment. Sustainable eating means choosing foods that are produced by practices that are the least harmful and the most beneficial to the environment. The World Wildlife Foundation offers eight tips for making sustainable food choices. By making simple changes, you can contribute to a food system that benefits both the environment and our bodies! 


21st Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament

The 21st Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, sponsored by your PTAs, will be hosted by Landels Elementary on Sunday, April 21st, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at, and the deadline for registration is April 20. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at [email protected].


InPlay: Find camps and afterschool activities

Spring break and summer vacation are just around the corner. Looking for activities or camps for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.


MVEF: Support the Arts & Be Wowed!

Calling all music lovers! Mark your calendars for the MVEF Gala on April 27, a night celebrating the incredible talents of our middle school musicians and vocalists. Witness their hard work and dedication on stage while supporting vital arts programs in our schools. Get your tickets now!

Survey: City of Mountain View wants to know about your journey to school 

Next week, schools throughout Mountain View and Los Altos are participating in the City of Mountain View Safe Route to Schools (SRTS) evaluation project by collecting in-school and in-home information on how students travel to and from school. Students will take a brief survey about their commutes to school during the week of April 1. Parent participation is essential in helping the City of Mountain View develop plans to enhance safety and promote responsible travel behavior for both adults and children on our city streets. The City invites you to take part by completing a brief survey to help us understand your household’s perspective on the journey to school. This survey linked here will be open until April 25, 2024. 

City of MV: Earth and Arbor Day Photography Contest 

The City of Mountain View has launched a photography contest for its first joint Earth and

Arbor Day Celebration! The Mountain View Earth and Arbor Day Photo Contest is open to all

Mountain View community member amateur photographers, with three age categories: K-8, High School, and 18+. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2024. This year’s theme is “Rooted in Our Environment.” We encourage images that depict the beauty, biodiversity, and resilience of the environment in and around our City. Click here to learn more and submit your photo.

SCCOE: Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival 

Santa Clara County Office of Education invites you to the first ever county-wide Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m taking place at the Ridder Park Office, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131. Students in grades TK-8 can discover the fun and joy in mathematics by playing games, and solving puzzles with family and friends! We are also looking for volunteers to help with the festival. Parents, educators, high school students and anyone in the community are welcome! Community service hours are available upon request. For registration, volunteer sign-up & more information, please visit

 PTA News


Here is the info you need for our 2023-24 yearbook:

1) To order: $16.28 (including tax)

*You can also donate a yearbook to a family with financial hardship. For financial hardship purchases, please contact our school community engagement facilitator, Ms. Lisset.

2) Custom pages: Your yearbook includes 2 custom pages that you create and will be printed only in your yearbook. 

Deadline for editing custom pages: April 25, 2024

How-to video:

Custom pages can also include digital messages sent through treering from one student to another. These are called digital signatures. If you want to use these, start now so that families have time to incorporate them on their custom pages.

3) Order Deadline for free delivery: May 2, 2024  (but note this is too late to add custom pages) Yearbooks ordered by the deadline will be available for pickup the last week of school.

Email [email protected] with any questions.


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