Landels Latest, September 25, 2019

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

Sept 27           Picture Day

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

Sept 30            School Site Council Meeting, 5:30p.m. – Staff Room

Oct 7-11         Parent/Teacher Conferences – MINIMUM DAYS

Oct 7-11         Book Fair

Oct 8               Principal’s Coffee – 8:30am

Oct 10             Family Fun Night

Oct 16             ELAC Meeting – 8:30am

Oct 18             Walkathon and Silent Auction

Oct 23             Parent U – Mental Health Basics, 6:30-8:00p.m. – Graham Middle School, MUR

Oct 29             SELPA-1 CAC Coffee with the Principal


ROAR Recognitions 

  • Tom H. – Room 3
  • Ryan J. – Room 14
  • Ella S. – Room 2
  • Francisco M. – Room 11
  • Raiden C. – Room 9
  • Karla O. – Room 1
  • Hannah C. – Room 3
  • Gael M. – Room 8
  • Elody F. – Room 10
  • Brynn D. – Room 16
  • Jayesh S. – Room 2
  • Jocelyn S. – Room 6
  • Benjamin B. – Room 3
  • Karina B. – Room 4
  • Sofia B. – Room 8
  • Alondra A. – Room 12
  • Max B. – Room 17
  • Presley R. – Room 9
  • Sophya M. – Room 10
  • Jorden S. – Room 11


Hello Landels Families!

Each year, Landels creates a School Plan for Student Achievement that guides the work for our school for the coming year. In the fall, elected parent representatives from the Landels School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee work with me and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  This plan helps us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and connects with the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.

To learn more about the overarching goals and efforts that will be included in this year’s Landels School Plan for Student Achievement, please:

  1. Join me for our next Principal’s Coffee (October 8th, 8:30 a.m.)
  2. Join me for our next ELAC meeting (October 16th, 8:30 a.m.)
  3. Read more in our school newsletters as I highlight these plans

If you would like to get involved, please contact me or attend the next School Site Council (SSC) meeting on Monday, September 30th at 5:30 p.m.

 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.


H.I.T.S. Tennis

Oct 3 - Nov 7 (Thursdays)

12:30 – 1:30pm, Blacktop

Grades K-1, max 8 students

** Bring lunch or hot lunch is available in the cafeteria.  Students eat lunch together from 12:10-12:30p.m. 

 Learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games, and gain life skills through HITS (Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, Sportsmanship).

 -- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Sep26



October 4 (Friday)

3-4:00pm, Room 11

Grades K-1, max 10 students

 Learn food guides around the world and the food groups in each.  Identify which foods belong in which groups.

 -- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Sep 26


Walkathon Decorations II

October 4 (Friday)

3:00-4:30pm, MUR

Grades 3-5, max 20 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 begin Thursday, Sep 26


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 are open (4 spots left)


 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 are open (3 spots left)


Cafecito coming up – Tonight!

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Graham Middle School staff room. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.


Crittenden Music Fundraiser – Hawaiian Luau

Crittenden Middle School will hold its annual Music Department Hawaiian Luau on Thursday, October 3rd- 5:30-8:00 in the M.U.R. at Crittenden Middle School. Tickets are $20.00 adults (pre-order) $25 adults at the door. $10.00 for students. Ticket order form is attached.


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 



 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. 



MVEF is thrilled to have their new signs up at most of MVWSD schools, and even more excited to mark their fundraising progress on them! Thanks to parents in our community we are on our way to raising $800,000 to fund programming across the district. Elementary students are enjoying hands-on science, standards-based art and music instruction, 4th and 5th-grade environmental science field trips, and more. Middle schools receive funding for afterschool athletics, science materials, electives and an environmental science field trip for every 6th-grade student. MVEF cannot do this without your help! Donate today at


PTA Meeting – Tonight!

Please join us at our PTA meeting tonight, Wednesday, September 25, 6:00pm in the Teachers Lounge (enter through the office). We have FREE childcare with dinner kindly provided through the YMCA. Drop your children off at the on-site YMCA (found opposite rooms 1 & 2) between 6:00pm-6:10pm. The meeting starts at 6:15 pm. You can sign up for childcare at the YMCA.

We alternate between morning and evening meetings to allow more people to attend depending on their schedule.


Walkathon & Silent Auction

There are less than 4 weeks until Landels Elementary transforms into Candyland for the 2019 Walkathon and Silent Auction! Check your student’s backpack for the packet! This will include:

  • 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 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 day-of timeline. Stick it on your fridge to remind yourself what’s happening when!


    Please Volunteer!

    The Walkathon and Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year takes about 140 volunteers to make it happen! Please support the Walkathon and Silent Auction by

  • Helping out on the day of the event.  Sign-up to volunteer
  • Soliciting donations and organizing the silent auction.  Sign-up to volunteer
  • Donating an item for the Silent Auction. Submit your item before October 8th 
  • Hosting a party for the Silent Auction. Signup before October 8th


The Fall Book Fair is right around the corner!  It's coming to you on the week of 10/7!

We will be open from 12p-3p all week.  We will also be open at least one morning (day TBD) and during the Family Fun Night scheduled for 10/10.

New this year: You can use an eWallet to pay for the books.  Fill it up, let your child know, and they will be able to spend that amount of money at the Book Fair.

For more information, and to sign up for the eWallet, go here:

We need volunteers!

We need help setting up on Friday 10/4, staffing the desks through the week, and taking it all down on Friday the 11th.  Please sign up to help - we can't do it without you!

Here's how it works:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thanks, and looking forward to making the Book Fair a huge success!


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 


Upcoming events from SELPA 1 CAC and related groups:

Decoding Dyslexia CA – Support Group, South Peninsula

Topic: Dyslexia Resource Share

When: Wednesday, September 25th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Mountain View Community Center, Willow Room
201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA 
This group is parent-moderated and free.


Workshop on IEP (Individual Education Plan) for Special Education & 504 Plan

FREE. This workshop covers the basics of the IEP/ 504 plan including some common problems, complications, solutions and suggestions. There will be a discussion about common accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by H.E.A.L. (Hospital Educational Advocacy Liaisons Program from Stanford Children’s Health), and co-sponsored by PTAC. Please use this form to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.

Sat, Oct 5th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

JLS Middle School Room 730, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Meeting: Monday 10/7,

9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mtn View.

Parent Chat Support Group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 PM Los Altos Library.

Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group Wednesday

October 9, 7PM - 8:30 PM Los Altos Library

Exciting Parent Education Event!

Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Springer Elementary Multi

1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View


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