Landels Latest, October 2, 2019

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 – Lawrence Hall of Science, 6:30pm-8:20pm

Oct 14             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room

Oct 16             ELAC Meeting – 8:30am

Oct 18             Walkathon and Silent Auction

Oct 23             PTA Meeting, 8:30am, Staff Room

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

Oct 29             Picture Day Retakes


     ROAR Recognitions 

  • Samuel C. – Room 3
  • Soyoon L. – Room 5
  • Kaiden K. – Room 1
  • Ruby S. – Room 6
  • Rafael M. – Room 10
  • Vaisioa H. – Room 2
  • Lea M. – Room 7
  • Jolon B. – Room 11
  • Anya S. – Room 8
  • Yael R. – Room 16


Hello Landels Families!


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Next week we will hold our annual parent-teacher conferences.  These conferences are important in our home-school connection.  Thanks to all who signed up for conferences.  During these conferences, academic as well as social-emotional information will be shared along with a discussion of strategies that are effective for your child.  Teachers will share a plethora of information that will be helpful in your child’s learning journey at school and at home.


October Safety Month

October is safety month in our district. During this month, our schools will practice safety drills that are crucial for preparing us for potential crisis events. This month is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. 

We know some of these drills may be unsettling for parents and students. Please know that we approach our practices with sensitivity and age-appropriate activities. In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our students and staff members know what to do to keep themselves and others safe. 

During this month, practices to be held:

  • Fire drill: Monthly. 

    We practice how a building would be evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergencies, and how students are accounted for. 

  • Earthquake drill: Annual. To be held the week of October 14.

    Students and staff members practice strategies for evacuation, accounting for students, parent-student reunification, search and rescue techniques, first aid, and school operations without power, food or water. 

  • Active shooter/dangerous intruder practice: Annual in October.

    We practice what to do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus.  

    • For elementary schools, a video will be shown during the week of October 21.  Classes will view the “dangerous intruder” video with a discussion before and afterwards with the principal.  The video encourages children to stay calm, listen to trusted adults and stick to the plan. You may preview the video at 
    • For information about how parents can talk with their children about school violence, please see these resources: 

      Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

      Talking to your children about lockdown drills

       While talking about and practicing for events like this is uncomfortable, we believe that if students know what to do, they will feel more confident, and ultimately be better equipped to react with safety in mind. If you have concerns or questions specific to your child, please contact your principal.  

      Safety month is part of a much larger effort by MVWSD as it continues to work to ensure the safety of its students and staff members on its campuses. To learn more about preparation, planning and current District work on school safety, please visit 

      We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.


      EL Board Goal 

      Our district works hard to collect and use student performance data in order to improve instruction for student success. Preliminary CAASPP scores, which show gains for all schools and grade levels in English language arts including subgroups such as English learners, indicate that we are on the right track 

      The process of using data entails looking honestly and deeply at what the numbers are telling us. Delving into data made us realize that not as many students as we hoped were reaching English proficiency at the rate we expected. We saw that many EL students were not progressing, and in fact at times regressing, in their English language development.

      Recently, the Board of Trustees heard a review of English language learner progress and discussed increasing expectations. The new revised goal will focus on reclassification, rather than just proficiency on ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California), which is the first step in English learner reclassification to English proficient. The hope for all of our students is that they are fully proficient in both the English language and content standards, and reclassification is the path. 

      Last week I talked about site plans.  I will be meeting with School Site Council and ELAC to focus on English language development and revising our school goals for English learners. Site plans contain a variety of goals to support English language learners in their journey to reclassification. We will meet these goals with targeted instruction, professional development, vigilant data monitoring, and our school community’s support.  

      Heidi Galassi



                Parent/Teacher Conference Week 10/07 – 10/11

      MINIMUM DAY every day – students released at 12:10 p.m.


      Back to School Night for Room 22

      Join Room 22 for our Back to School Family night to celebrate our new classroom at Landels Elementary.  We will share all the fun and exciting things our students get to learn every day, including the awesome New Motor and Sensory Room.  Snacks and beverages will be provided!  Please come celebrate this amazing program with us!

      When: Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30-6:30pm

      Where: Room 22


      Open House - Right at School

      Right at School, a before and after school care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD's afterschool programs, please visit:

    •  LEAP 

    • 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.



      October 4 (Friday) ** Now open to K-2 **

      3-4:00pm, Room 11

      Grades K-2, max 10 students

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

      -- Sign-ups are open (4 spots left)


      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 are open (1 spot left)


      Living Classroom

      Living Classroom lessons kicked off this month and students took to the garden! Kindergarteners explore the garden and learn how to become stewards of their environment, first grade students learn about the parts of a plant and plant seedlings, second graders will plant winter wheat to be harvested in the spring. According to Cornell University Research, “A primarily qualitative study presented in Australia showed that “school-based community gardens represent a significant opportunity to embed nutrition, physical activity and environmental sustainability into mainstream curricula.” Living Classroom provides fundamental opportunities for your child to learn standards-based curriculum while also developing a love of their environment! Learn more about our programs by visiting our website at


      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. 



      We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance: 

    • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
    • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
    • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
    • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

                  Happy Fundraising!


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!


Fundraiser Description: 

Dine with us at Chili's on Wednesday, October 16. Present the attached flyer when you order and Chili's will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to Landels! 

When: 10/16 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Where: Chili's located at 2560 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Here is a link to the flyer


Upcoming events from SELPA 1 CAC and related groups:

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

General 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


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

Max Stossel

Education in the Age of Distraction
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA

Join us as Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, explores the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.

To register for this free event, go to 

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Debbie DeSoto Kundrat




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