Landels Latest, September 19, 2019

Sept 16-19      5th Grade Science Camp

Sept 18           Parent University – 6:30 p.m., Social Media – Crittenden Middle School

Sept 20           Movie Night – 6:30 p.m.

Sept 25           PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m., Staff Room

Sept 27           Picture Day

Sept 30           Hearing and Vision Screening (Kinder, 2nd and 5th Grades)

Oct 7-11         Parent/Teacher Conferences – MINIMUM DAYS

Oct 7-11         Book Fair

Oct 10             Family Fun Night

Oct 18             Walkathon and Silent Auction


Hello Landels Families!

Thanks to all of our families who are on time and attending school every day.  The continuity and routine for our students really helps make for a better day of education for them.  Their social-emotional self feels more calm and ready to learn.  : )

All of your children have completed the math and ELA iReady diagnostic assessments.  They did a great job persevering and trying their best.  You will be receiving an email this Friday, September 20th, with information regarding your child’s iReady data report.  Please look for that email as it will give you more information regarding the data and how it will look.  Then, next week on Tuesday, September 24th, you will receive two emails from me; one with a math report and one with a reading report outlining your child’s performance on the August assessment.   

Thank you for all your support at home.

 Heidi Galassi


Picture Day 

Picture Day is coming up on September 27!  We are looking for 4 volunteers to help from 8:30am-2:30pm.  You will check students’ appearance, pass out name cards or get kids from classrooms.  If you are able to help out during that time, please talk to Mrs. Dolan in the office or send an email to 


Expiration of Free & reduced Eligibility Status!

The 30-day grace period for last year’s eligibility status for Free & Reduced students expires on September 27!  Unless students have submitted an application they will be charged the full price for breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, September 30.  Please submit your applications online, please go to


Hearing and Vision Screenings

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Landels Elementary on Monday, September 30th.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500.


If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office.  New classes are added to the LEAP binder every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.  Also, check out the LEAP poster on the office window for upcoming classes.

Walkathon Decorations

September 23 (Monday)

3:00-4:30pm, MUR

Grades 3-5, max 24 students

 Build a cardboard gingerbread house and make giant lollipops out of plates and plastic.  Your works will help decorate the Walkathon in October!

 -- Sign-ups are open


 Spanish Songs

September 27 (Friday)

3:00-4:00pm, Room 6

Grades K-1, max 10 students

 Learn some Spanish the fun way -- by singing and acting out songs!

 - Sign-ups begin Sep 19


Money Matters

September 30 (Monday)

3:00-4:00pm, Room 12

Grades 3-5, max 12 students 

Think smart about money -- ways to earn it, how it grows, and three things you can do with it (spend, save, give). 

-- Sign-ups begin Sep 19

MV Parent University

Mountain View Parent University presents a discussion and showing of “Like,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? How can parents and students gain the skills to self-regulate?

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 PM at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

After the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff. Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel, and the film will have Spanish subtitles. Child care will be provided. To RSVP prior to the event, and to view live streaming on the internet during the event:


When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  For more information, click here. 



The Mountain View Educational Foundation funds great programming benefitting your child, and every child! Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you and we need your help!

Did you know that MVEF pays for CSMA art and music teachers? Or that MVEF helps fund 22 middle school athletic teams’ refs, coaches and transportation? We need your help to fund these programs, as well as hands-on science, Living Classroom, environmental science field trips and more!  Help us reach our goal to raise $800,000 and donate today at


PTA Update 

Walkathon & Silent Auction

The Walkathon and Silent Auction will be on Friday October 18th (just about 1 month away). The theme this year is Candyland! Walkers will be travelling through the Gumdrop Hills and Lollypop Woods.

The Walkathon is our biggest fundraiser and we are counting on the whole school to come together and raise funds for things like classroom supplies for our teachers, field trips, family fun nights, and movie nights.

Walkathon and Silent Auction Packets

Walkathon and Silent Auction packets will be coming home with students this week. In this you will find:

  • A pledge sheet that your student can use to start collecting pledges. You can also go to to create a page where people can donate in your student’s name.
  • A pre-order form for t-shirts and tickets. Tickets can be used at the walkathon to purchase food and to play games. Order in advance to get 12 tickets for the price of 10! Pre-orders are due by October 8th!
  • The t-shirt design contest form. Each grade level will have a winner, and one talented student will see their art on official Walkathon T-shirt shirt! Submissions due by October 8th!
  • A supervision form. Please sign and return this form by October 11th if your child will not be picked up at dismissal time. 
  • A Walkathon timeline. Stick it on your fridge to remind yourself what’s happening when!


    We are in immediate need of volunteers to get the silent auction off the ground. We need help:

    • Soliciting donations from local businesses 
    • Evaluating and setting up the auction system 
    • Creating the auction catalog and item posters

To volunteer for the Silent Auction please sign-up here


To volunteer on the day of the Walkathon, please sign up here


Do you have extra tickets for a sports event or theater? Do you have a vacation home that you are willing to share for a weekend? Do you have an inside connection at a business that can give a behind-the-scenes tour? Do you have a one-of-a-kind craft creation that wants an appreciative owner? Would you like to put together a cool gift basket? Please consider donating to the silent auction! To donate an item, please submit this form before September 30th.  

Host a party! 

Hosting a party is a great way to raise funds but also super-fun way to get to know other Landels families and teachers. Parties can be for kids, adults, or families and can center around any activity or experience. Party ideas include: Wine and Cheese Tasting for parents, Cookie Decorating, Valentine’s Day Card Making, Tie Dye in the Park, Holiday Movie Night.  The ideas are endless so grab a parent or teacher friend and get creative. If you have questions or need help please contact our Party Coordinator Amy Van Zanbergen at  To sign-up to host a party, please submit this form before September 30th. 

Landels PTA Fundraiser: Amici’s

Dine with us at Amici's on 9/23.

Show the attached flyer or mention Landels and Amici's will generously donate 25% of your total purchase to Landels! 

When: Monday, September 23 from 11:30am - 9:00pm

Where: Amici's located at 790 Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. 


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "The Orchid and the Dandelion:  Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" with W. Thomas Boyce, M.D. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA.

Developmental pediatrician, Dr. Thomas Boyce, will delve into results from four decades of research and clinical practice – exploring his major discovery that reveals how both genetic make-up and environment shape behavior.

Dr. Boyce will explore how the “dandelion” child (hearty, resilient, healthy) is able to survive and flourish under most circumstances and the “orchid” child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile) when given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more, than other children. Dr. Boyce will share how we as parents can better nurture and support the unique characteristics of both types of children.

To register for this free event, go to 



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