April 3, 2024

April 3, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community,

This month we started off with an “attitude of gratitude!”. Brain science shows that if you train your brain to take 1-2 minutes to practice gratitude each day this helps reduce stress, increases happiness, and supports a healthy mindset. Every student received a mini pocket journal that they get to draw or write in about the daily gratitude prompt. So far our prompts have been: What do I appreciate about myself? Who is someone I am grateful for and why?. We are quickly approaching CAASPP testing for 3rd-5th graders, so this is just one of the practices we are putting in place to support a healthy mindset for all students. 

CAASPP Testing Schedule: 

  • 5th grade Science - CAST start Wednesday, April 17th

  • 3rd-5th grade ELA - starts Tuesday, April 23rd

  • 3rd-5th grade Math - starts Tuesday, April 30th

Reminders to support your child: 

  • Explain to your child that it is important to do his/her best. Remind them that if they are doing their best, you are proud.

  • Provide positive reinforcement and encourage your child each day.

  • Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test.

  • Make sure to arrive on time each day.

  • Eat a nice, healthy breakfast.

  • Keep a positive attitude about testing around your child. Remind them that this is a time to show what they know!

WE DID IT!!! Glow Stick Dance Party on Thursday!!!

At the beginning of March we had a goal to have the school read at least 5,000 books to celebrate reading! We read over 5,000 books with still more students turning in their book safari recording pages! Tomorrow, at the end of the minimum day, we will celebrate as a school with a glow stick dance party! Congratulations to our cheetah readers! 

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 were sent home to families by the end of March. Feel free to come join us as we cheer on our cheetahs and celebrate the students’ achievement!

Day of the Child - Dia del Nino, Friday, April 26th 3pm-6pm

Please join us for another big community celebration at Theuerkauf! We are celebrating the day of the child! This day is to emphasize the necessity of loving, accepting, and respecting each of our Theuerkauf cheetahs! This holiday also stresses the importance of literacy among children no matter where they come from. Please join us for carnival games, food, books, music & more! 

I look forward to seeing you at the 1st-4th grade music concerts on Friday!

Have a great spring break! I’ll see you back on April 15h!

Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • 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

  • Thursday, April 18th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Friday, April 19th- PTA/Principal’s Coffee 8:00-8:30am 

  • Friday, April 19th- Community Check-in with Dr. Rudolph, 3:30-4:30pm (Register Here)

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

  • Thursday, April 25th- 2024 Reclassification Ceremony 5:00-6:00pm @ Crittenden MS

  • Monday, April 29th - Planetarium sponsored by PTA! (In school field trip)

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

 School News


Cheetah Chair Cheer Winners! 

Rm 22- Ivan G.

Rm 15- Isaiah S.

Rm 22- Marie P.

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 29th

Alex D.                           Rm 14

Lyan L.                           Rm 13

Ryan A.                          Rm 11

Axel O.                           Rm 15

Esther L.                        Rm 11

Milan S.                          Rm 7

Sophie R.                       Rm 7

Penelope V.                   Rm 8

Robbie S.                      Rm 9

William G.                     Rm 18         

Rosemary M.                Rm 12

Sofia O.                        Rm 12

Roxanne R.                  Rm 19

Julissa G.                     Rm 19

Melanie C.                    Rm 22

Alfred B.                       Rm 21

 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 www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.

Better Together: April

In April, MVWSD is recognizing National Volunteer Month and the #BetterTogether monthly theme of advocacy. This presents our district with an opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of volunteers in our community but also an opportunity to highlight the significance of advocacy in supporting volunteer efforts. Through advocacy, volunteers can advocate for causes they are passionate about, promote volunteerism within their communities, and advocate for systemic changes that create a more inclusive environment for all. By recognizing the importance of advocacy within the context of National Volunteer Month, we empower volunteers to not only lend their time and skills but also to be agents of change in building a better, more equitable society. We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

MVWSD Child Nutrition Focus Group

MVWSD's Child Nutrition Services Department is seeking parents and staff members to join a focus group to discuss menus, meal service, etc. in an informal focus group setting. We will hold a meeting in April. Please enter your information here to express your interest. Questions may be directed to Food Service Director Debbie Austin at [email protected]

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 tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, 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: https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.


MVEF: Gala Auction

Attending the Gala is a great way to connect with members of the Mountain View community who strongly support public education through their leadership and philanthropy. Gala Event attendees can participate in the Live Auction! But whether or not you attend the Gala, there is something for everyone (and anyone can bid) in the online auction! There will also be a Raffle, participants need not be present to win. Learn all about the Gala here https://www.mvef.org/2024gala

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. 

The View Teen Center: April 

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. (April Adjusted Hours, Open 1-6 p.m.: Spring Break Apr. 8-12), and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flier for details about upcoming events and programs in April or visit their webpage for more information.

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 https://sccoe.to/2024JRMF.

 PTA News


Thank you, Book Fair Volunteers and Shoppers!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success!  Thank you to Antje, Joie, Ms. Baikie and everyone who pitched in to donate/volunteer/shop!  



Afterschool Art Classes

ArtHouse is doing another session aimed at grades 1-3 on Thursdays.  They need just two more enrollees to meet the minimum to run the program.  More info on how to sign up is in their flyer below:


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