April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024


 Principal's Message

Dear Cheetah Community,

It was such a joy to come back to school on Monday after the week off and be surrounded by the Theuerkauf students and staff. As we continue to celebrate and practice gratitude daily as a school, I wanted to say that one of the best parts of my daily schedule is going into classrooms to support and encourage students and teachers. The work I get to be a part of daily by all staff and the students is truly something I am grateful for. If you are interested in continuing your gratitude practice at home, some of our prompts have been: 

  • What is your favorite thing to do for fun?

  • What is something you use every day?

  • What is something that smells nice to you?

  • What do you enjoy eating?

  • What is your favorite animal? 

  • What is your favorite time of day?


CAASPP Testing Schedule: 

Today we started CAST testing in 5th grade. Next week 3rd-5th grade will start/continue testing. Please make sure chromebooks are charged and ready to go each morning! Better yet, pack that chromebook the night before, fully charged! 

  • 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!


Next Community Event - Friday, April 26th - 3-6pm Dia Del Ninos! 

 Dia Del Nino 

Permission Slip for Dia Del Ninos


Warm Regards,

Principal Danielle Lyons

 Important Dates


  • 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

  • Thursday, May 2nd- MVWSD Board Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

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

  • Thursday, Mary 16th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Thursday, May 30th- MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-10:00 (Zoom)

  • Friday, May 31st-Last Day of School- Minimum Day-Dismissal 12:10pm

 School News


Cool Cat Winners going above and beyond to show or give Integrity for April 5th

Jaydin A.                 Rm 15

Messiah R.              Rm 15

Max B.                     Rm 15

Aarav C.                  Rm 7

Sam V.                    Rm 6

Mauricio A.              Rm 9

Camila C.                Rm 8

Sebastian M.           Rm 12

Sofia O.                   Rm 12

Ivan U.                     Rm 12

Luca P.                    Rm 20

Layla N.                   Rm 20


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! 

 District News

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, April 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Reclassification and English Learners Program Update 

  • Campus Greening Index Update

  • School Boundary Analysis, Development Impact, and Proposed Process

  • Middle School Schedule Update Feedback and Recommendations

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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, April 19

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/cc419


Parents of Grades 5, 6, 7: Electives selection is coming soon

This is the time of the year when our upcoming middle school students submit their preferences for elective classes for next year.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Parents, please look for an email in your inbox on April 25 with links to course catalogs and directions

  • Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) beginning April 26 to help your student select his/her electives

  • All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 5, 2024 through the PowerSchool portal

For more information: https://www.mvwsd.org/mselectives


Parent University: Transitioning to High School: Nurturing Emotional and Social Growth

Date and Time: May 7, 2024, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu050724

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. This session will focus on supporting the social and emotional growth of students as they navigate a complex new school experience. 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


Parent U: Preparing for Middle School recordings available

If you missed the last Parent University presentation, “Preparing for Middle School,” recordings are available in English and Spanish. For past Parent U materials, visit mvwsd.org/ParentU.


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 21, 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].


Imai Children's Business Fair 

On Saturday, April 20th from 9am-noon, Imai Elementary will be hosting the Children's Business Fair. 2nd – 5th graders will be marketing and selling their handcrafted items, ranging from crafts (slime, homemade cards, flower pots) to child-made carnival games, and the event will feature donation opportunities and a food truck. This is a cash-only event. Please bring small coins and bills. 


InPlay: Find camps and afterschool activities (flyer attached to email on 4/15)

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: Last Chance

Last Chance for Gala tickets, Shop & Support your kids education at the MVEF Auction, Buy Raffle Tickets and learn more by visiting the MVEF Gala page:  https://www.mvef.org/2024gala


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

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: Female Empowerment Workshop 

Join the City of Mountain View on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a free female empowerment workshop that is a unique blend of self-defense skills training and essential knowledge about feminine hygiene. The workshop will be held at The View Teen Center (263 Escuela Avenue) and is open to Adults and Teens ages 11+. Register in advance here.


City of MV: Multicultural Festival 

The City of Mountain View’s Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, April 27 at Civic Center Plaza from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Multicultural Festival recognizes the cultural diversity of the Mountain View community by bringing together residents to share, learn, and understand people of all cultures, talents and beliefs. The event will feature community resource tables, crafts, and a variety of dance, vocal, and musical performances representing a variety of international cultures.


City of MV: Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan survey 

The City of Mountain View has initiated a comprehensive community-wide survey as part of the Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan community input process. This survey is designed to gather insights that will shape our decisions for the next 10-15 years. As a valued member of our community, your input is crucial in helping us understand and address our residents' evolving parks and recreation needs and preferences. To take the survey and see more information, visit ImagineMVParks.com.


Paint Drop-off and Giveaway Event 

The City of Mountain View is promoting a Paint Drop-off and Giveaway Event hosted by PaintCare on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00am to noon at Mountain View High School for all Santa Clara County residents. Households may bring any amount of paint, stain, and varnish. Paint in good condition will be made available to the public for free. Registration is required: https://paint-mountain-view.eventbrite.com.


CSA Empty Bowls Fundraiser 

Please join the Community Services Agency's Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Homeless Services on April 28, 2024 from 2:00-4:00pm at Rengstorff Park. The event will feature bottomless ice cream, beautiful bowls, and fun children's activities. You can purchase tickets and donate here

 PTA News


Thank you for CAST/CAASPP snacks! 

A huge thank you to Karin Kohlberger and team for picking up and organizing snacks for the upcoming testings!

Coffee and Donuts this Friday

Don’t forget to swing by the flagpole area in front of the school this Friday to get a school update and to enjoy some coffee and donuts with friends – old and new! You DON[u]’T want to miss this!!

Lost and Found

An impressive collection of coats and jackets is currently in the lost and found!  Please claim if they belong to your kiddos!

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