Landels Latest, December 13, 2019

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

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

Dec 13             Holiday Faire – MUR, 3:00-6:00 p.m.


Jan 7               Students Return to School

Jan 13             Open Enrollment Begins for 2020-2021 School Year

Jan 14             ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m., Staff Room

Jan 16             Math Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Jan 20             NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 22             ToolBox Info Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Jan 27             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room


Hello Landels Families!

By the end of today, most of our students will have completed both the math and reading iReady diagnostic assessments.  We have been analyzing the data thus far and our students are showing great growth.  We are so proud of our students as they are utilizing their courage tool to try their best to show what they know.  You will be receiving data reports mid-January with results for your child(ren).  At that point, please feel free to ask questions or express concerns.  We will be setting up meetings with parents and students to discuss strategies for those who did not show relative growth.

Please have students at school on time. It is essential that they begin their day with their peers. Instruction starts from the moment the bell rings in the morning.  Therefore, your child will have a smoother start to their day when they arrive on time and receive all directions and review the plan for the day.  If you need assistance with an on-time arrival, please let us know so we can support you.

Heidi Galassi



Clothes Donations

Thank you to all of the families who donated winter clothes.  Many of our families in need will benefit from these donations.    Thank you!


Lost and Found Cart

Our Lost and Found cart is overflowing with jackets, sweaters and lunch boxes. Please check the Lost and Found while you are on campus. We’ll donate all unclaimed items to a local charity by Dec. 20th.


LEAP Announcements 

If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office. 


Homeless Care Packets (Grades K-2)

Friday, Dec 20

3:00-4:00pm, Room 15

Grades K-2, max 15 students

 Spend time making care packets and cards to take with you to distribute to the homeless.

 - Sign-ups begin Dec 12



Saturday with the Superintendent: Please join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00- 3:30 p.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave) for informal conversation. Bring your questions and comments.


Middle School Electives Interest Survey coming the week of 12/16

As we enter the third year of the inclusive middle school schedule, our middle schools are currently working to provide quality elective offerings that are a great complement to our core academics. It's our goal to align electives with students’ interests and teachers’ credentials.

In order to gauge students’ interests, and inform the development of the elective catalog for the next school year, students in grades 5-7 will be asked to complete a survey in class the week of December 16th.  This survey will list possible electives for 2020-21 and ask students to indicate the top three electives they may be interested in taking.  The purpose of this survey only is to understand student interests. Students will not be committed to taking the electives they express interest in. Incoming and current middle school students will not formally request electives until the spring of 2020.

For more information on the process, and to view last year’s electives catalogs, please click on


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

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for neighborhood elementary schools. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.
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.

The District has two choice schools:  Spanish-English dual immersion at Gabriela Mistral School and a parent participation program at Stevenson Elementary School.  These schools can be requested when you register your child. Gabriela Mistral's information night is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson's information night is Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. 

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

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


Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents.  We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 


PTA Updates

Holiday Faire:

The Landels Holiday Faire will be held on Friday, December 13th in the MUR after school, from 3-6:0pm

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!


Gift Card Donations

Dear Landels families,

The holidays are almost here, a time to spend with family and friends, to eat a nice dinner or two, to celebrate in different ways.  But for some of our families in need, this is a difficult and stressful time. We are asking for donations of gift cards (Target, Safeway) to provide to some of our families. Please consider buying a gift card and dropping it off in the donation box in the Landels office. We really appreciate our wonderful and generous community! We’ll be collecting gift cards until Tuesday, December 17.


Community News

Right at School: Winter Break Camp

Right at School is offering Winter Break Camp from December 23 - January 3 from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, hosted at Stevenson Elementary. There is no camp 12/24, 12/25 ,12/31 & 1/1. Cost is $45/day. You are not required to have a child currently enrolled with Right at School to participate in winter break camp. See for registration and information.


Please see attachments:

*PTA Gift Giving

* PTA - Talent Show

* CSMA - After School Art Classes

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* YMCA - School Break Day Camps

* Right at School – Winter Break Camp

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