Landels Latest, Nov. 13, 2019

Nov 15             Report cards go home

Nov 20             PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Nov 21             Science Night – 6:00 p.m. – MUR (Children’s Discovery Museum)

Nov 27-29       Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

Dec 4               Parent U – Navigating Mental Health Support, 6:30pm - Graham

Dec 11             Kinder Information Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Dec 12             School Tours for Incoming Kinders & New Students, 8:30am

Dec 13             Holiday Fair – MUR, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Dec 23-Jan 6  December Break – NO SCHOOL


     ROAR Recognitions 

  • Dylan H. – Room 6
  • James R. – Room 2
  • Maru Y. – Room 12
  • Ben L. – Room 18
  • Jestena C. – Room 15
  • Victoria D. – Room 4
  • Chloe A. – Room 5
  • Taylor W. – Room 11
  • Cooper L. – Room 6
  • Camila A. – Room 16


Hello Landels Families!

Our first Science Night will be held at Landels in the MUR next week on Thursday, November 21st, from 6 - 8 p.m.  Come join in on the hands-on fun!  See you there!


Landels Program Usage

Thanks for attending our principal’s coffee this week.  As discussed, the following are the programs most frequently used at Landels.  Each program includes a description.  Programs highlighted in blue are found in Clever which houses several of our Landels programs.  Feel free to ask questions, if needed.

Eureka Math - This is our district K-8 math program that was chosen by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators.

Benchmark Advanced - This is our district K-5 ELA program that was chosen by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators.

iReady - This program is used for school and at-home use for grades K-5.  Each student has 20 lessons in their queue for both math and ELA.  This program is supplemental to our math and ELA curriculum.  This program is most beneficial as it is personalized for each student based on a diagnostic assessment given three times a year.  Your child can work on this program at home for about 15 minutes a day.  You should use a paper and pencil to work out problems or organize thoughts, if needed.

Zearn (lower and upper grades) and Khan Academy (upper grades) - This program is used for school and at-home use.  These are aligned with our math Eureka curriculum.  Your child uses either one of these to either preview or postview a lesson that was or will be taught in the classroom.  This program can be used at home or in school.  You can view a specific lesson in Eureka by searching a module and lesson for your child’s grade level.  This is helpful if you need to learn the new math strategies that are being used for conceptual understanding.

Learning A-Z (Raz Kids) - This program is used for school and at-home use.  There are several leveled books that your child can either read or listen to and answer comprehension questions.  If you need more information regarding which levels to use for your child, please inquire with your teacher.

Edutyping - This program is used for school and at-home use.  This helps your child practice correct typing procedures for more efficient use of the keyboard.


Assessment and Report Cards

You will be receiving your child's report card on Friday, November 15th. It will be in an envelope in the backpack. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grades, as always, please arrange to talk with the teacher so the teacher can give you more details. If you need interpretation, please let us know in the office and we will gladly help you.

The next iReady math and reading diagnostic assessment will be given in the month of December.  These data results, along with several other measures of your child's success, are used to guide our instruction and meet the needs of each child.


Toolbox - Social/Emotional Tools

It’s here!  In our main office, there is ToolBox information as well as Tool Box lessons to use at home with the family or just one on one.  There are also templates so you can make your own tool visuals for home.  Please come and peruse and take what you need.  We can make more copies, if needed.  

If you try a lesson, I would love to hear some feedback regarding how it went.  Please feel free to email me or catch me around campus.  I will also ask during our Monday morning assemblies if anyone wants to share.

Heidi Galassi



Science Night at Landels

Please join us for a fun Amusement Park Science Night on Thursday November 21 at 6:00pm in the MUR.  Sponsored by the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum.

Children and parents together will:

·      experience the power of springs as they make their own pinball machines

·      explore gravity as they create miniature roller coasters

·      test their strength while learning about air and water power

There will be a Taco truck selling food starting at 5:30pm.

Do you love science? Please consider volunteering for this event, contact Mrs Poor at


PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

The time for you to confirm your child’s enrollment for the next school year is coming up. Beginning Jan. 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

By mid-November, you will be receiving an email containing your username for your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with instructions. Many middle school parents currently use PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection and grades, assignments and attendance monitoring. Some elementary parents have accounts from past student enrollment processes. 


Winter Clothes Donation (we'll collect clothes until Monday, December 2)

It's finally time to get the warm clothes out of the closet!  If you find items that are too small for your kids, or you just don't want anymore, please bring to the Landels office and we will find them a good home.  Baby and adult clothes also in need.

Clean clothes please.  Nothing with stains or permanent damage. We will donate these items to families in need in our community. 
Thank you.


Noon Duty Supervisors

Part-time job available to supervise students before and after school and during lunch time.  If you are interested, please Apply Here or if you have any questions, please stop by the office.


LEAP Announcements 

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.


American Sign Language (Grades 4-5)

Fridays, Nov 8 - Dec 6

3:00-4:00pm, Room 9

Grades 3-5, max 15 students

Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture from a professional Deaf instructor in an immersive environment!

-- Sign-ups are open (1 spot left)


Gratitude Cards (Kinder-1)

Tuesday, November 19

As Thanksgiving approaches, let's pause to make cards to thank the people who bring joy to our lives.

3:00-4:15pm, Room 9

Grades K-1, max 15 students

-- Sign-ups are open (5 spots left)



Resources for helping students with math homework

Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on

To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math



Want to learn more about programs funded by the Mountain View Educational Foundation to enrich your child's education at Landels? Ania Mitros is a Landels mom and MVEF board member. If you would like to learn more about MVEF, please contact Ania at or 206-619-1500, or attend an MVEF general meeting. Donations from parents like you support CSMA art and music class instructors, Living Classroom lessons, and environmental science field trips for every 4th and 5th grader at Landels. Learn more about these programs and donate at


Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at


School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here: 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.


PTA Updates 

Lawrence Hall of Science is coming and we need your help making it a great event! They are calling for 12-15 volunteers for two sessions, Tuesday, November 19th, 10:15-11:35am (Kinder and 1st Grade) and 12:45-3:00pm (2nd-3rd from 1:00-1:50, 4th-5th from 2:00-2:50).  We need about 5 more volunteers for each session.


Step into the shoes of an engineer as you Build, Engineer, and Invent! This hands-on design challenge experience brings out the engineer in everyone. Explore building in two and three dimensions while discovering the design properties involved in constructing sturdy structures, bridges, roller coasters, and more! We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!

This is a whole school assembly with grades rotating in groups throughout the day. Please sign up here if you can volunteer. Please and thank you! Questions? Contact Kara Racicot at


Theatre Games with Peninsula Youth Theatre Tuesdays at Lunch

We are excited to welcome Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT) to Landels for a lunch recess program on Tuesdays throughout the year starting on November 19th. Students in grades 1 - 5 will be selected by their teacher to attend during their midday recess and participate in acting games and improvisation exercises. These theatre activities not only help to improve their performance skills, but also build self-confidence, quick thinking, ensemble skills, and are a whole lot of fun! Thank you to the Landels PTA for sponsoring this program.


PTA Membership Drive—win a party for your kid's classroom!

Hello Landels Families, 

With the Walkathon and Halloween behind us, we'd like to focus on increasing our membership!

Every classroom that reaches 70% PTA membership will have a hot chocolate or Krispy Kreme party in December!

Benefits of joining the PTA:

  • Be a part of supporting your kids and their teachers
  • Know about how our budget benefits Landels and our community 
  • Get to know other parents and families
  • Participate as much as you want—from simply joining to volunteering and running events

Totals so far:

Congratulations to rooms 3, 5, 7, and 10 for already hitting their goal! Here are how many memberships each other room needs to hit their goal:

Room 1: 12

Room 2: 3

Room 4: 5

Room 6: 1

Room 8: 8

Room 9:10

Room 11: 6

Room 12: 5

Room 14: 10

Room 15: 13

Room 16: 7

Room 17: 5

Room 18: 12

Sign up by December 13th in the Landels office or by going to questions? Contact Membership Chair Hilary Ferejohn at

Many thanks,



Silent Auction Activities and Parties

There are still spots available for many activities and parties.  You can sign-up and drop off payment in the office. 

Holiday Faire: Call for Vendors

The Landels Holiday Faire will be held on Friday, December 13th in the MUR after school, from 3-5:30pm

This annual event features musical performances by our own Landels choir as well as performances by Crittenden, Graham and the MVHS Madrigals. There will be cocoa, crafts, shopping and plenty of holiday cheer!

Please contact Shannon Lundin if you are interested in selling food, art, jewelry, or crafts.  You can also sign-up in the office.

Cost $5 per table for students, $10 per adult and $30 for outside vendor. Space may be limited depending on demand. Please request a table by December 6th.

Community Events

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher

The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Join us as Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, discusses the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 

Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.

The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

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.


SELPA 1 CAC and Decoding Dyslexia events for November:

 >>>>Parent Education event Adolescent Wellness Series with Dr. Moira Kessler.

November 13 and November 20, 6:30-8 pm. Springer Elementary.

 Session 2 on 11/20: Learn about typical and atypical adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in teens, and about risks factors for and protective factors against suicide

Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group November 20, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.


Please see attachments:

* Landels Family Science Night

* PTA - Talent Show

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* MVWSD – District Kindergarten Information Night

* Crittenden Middle School – Shrek Jr, The Musical

* Mountain View High School – Turkey Trot

* CAC Parent Education Event

* Decoding Dyslexia Support Groups

* City of Mountain View – Breakfast with Santa

* City of Mountain View – Tree Lighting

* City of Mountain View – Jingle Ball




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