Landels Latest, August 22, 2018

Aug 28            LEAP (Landels Enrichment Activities Program) Kick-off Meeting - 8:15-9:15 a.m., MUR

Aug 29            PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Meeting - 8:30 a.m.

Aug 30            ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) Meeting – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Sept 3             NO SCHOOL – Labor Day

Sept 5             Minimum Day - New Families Orientation – 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Sept 5              Back to School Night – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sept 7             Principal’s Coffee  - 8:30 a.m.

Sept 7             Ice Cream Social – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sept 10           School Site Council Meeting – 3:15 p.m.

Sept 12           PTA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Sept 12           Parent University – 6:00 p.m., Super Readers! Growing Your Child’s Skills

Sept 13           ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m.

Sept 18           Picture Day



                                 Reminder: Every Thursday is a Minimum Day

    Dismissal is at 12:10 p.m. for all students


ELAC Meeting

ELAC – English Learner Advisory Committee

All parents of English learners are invited to join us in our first ELAC meeting.  The purpose of the ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners.

Please join us on Thursday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the MUR.


MVWSD Child Nutrition

MVWSD uses an online application process for free or reduces price meals.  Just as in the past you will need to reapply annually.  Please apply online for the National School Lunch Program by going to


Morning Supervision

Morning supervision will begin at 7:30am on the blacktop.  Please do not drop off your student before 7:30 a.m.


School Site Council

We are actively seeking out members for the school site council for this year and we need parents to join in and have a voice.  I have included a brief description of the council and would love for as many of you to join in as possible.  We sent out a survey regarding time and day for our monthly meetings and per our survey results the meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month at 3:15 p.m.  Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 10th.  Hope to see you there!

Purpose of meetings:  The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.  Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate the school’s progress toward those goals.  We really appreciate the input of all members of our community including our parents.  It makes a cohesive partnership.


Absence and Tardy Policy

During the school year, should your child be absent for any reason, please call Barbara Dolan 650-526-3520 ext. 0.  Excused absences are limited to illness, doctor/dentist appointments, and bereavement. All other absences including travel will be considered unexcused. Once you have accrued three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes you should expect a truancy letter. Once a student accrues five unexcused tardies, parents will be contacted by a district liaison for an attendance meeting.


Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office during our first week of school and return ASAP (we cannot administer any medication without the form).  Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.


Visitors and Volunteers

Anyone coming on the school grounds after 8:15 a.m. must check in at the office.  You will sign the visitor/volunteer log and get a name badge to wear while on the campus.  This is for your child’s safety.  Also, in order to avoid interruptions of messages to the classroom, please send your child with everything they need for the day: homework, lunch, snack.  Also, please make sure that your children know who is picking them up when they come to school in the morning.  Students must be picked up on time. 


TB Test Required for regular parent volunteers!

State law requires that all people having close contact with students in schools must have verification of having passed a TB test.  If you volunteer at Landels School, please bring the results of your TB test to the school office.  The TB test is good for four years.



For the safety and privacy of our students, the bathrooms on the corridors are for student use only.  Adults should not enter these bathrooms.

Please use the bathrooms located in the MUR. 


Safe Community: Parking Lot

For safety reasons, we would like to remind you of the following parking lot rules.

Following these rules will ensure everyone’s safety during morning student drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

Please do not use cell phones when dropping off or picking up your child.

Please do not use the bus lane to drop off students.

Do not park your car at the apartments across the street from Landels or along Dana Street in front of the school.  You may park in the neighborhood behind Landels – on Mercy St., Frances Way or Eldora Drive.

Please do not park or use the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up your child.

When entering the parking lot in the afternoon, please form two lines of cars.  You must stay in your car.

Please do not leave your car unattended during drop-off or pick-up, unless your car is in a parking space.




LEAP Kick-Off Meeting, August 28 (Tuesday) at 8:15am

Come to the LEAP Kick-Off Meeting next Tuesday in the MUR to learn more about the program and to brainstorm ideas for classes this year.

Tuesday, Aug 28, 8:15am, MUR


The Landels Enrichment Activities Program is a collection of after-school classes that give students a "hands-on" way to learn material beyond the standard curriculum.  Classes are free to Landels students.  2017-18 was another record year for the LEAP program as over 180 students participated in LEAP classes!



PTA Update

The Landels PTA would like to welcome back all of our families, as well as send a special warm welcome to all of the new friends joining our Landels family this year.

Landels PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a group of caring parents who advocate for every student at our school. Through your generous support and fundraising efforts, the Landels PTA was able to fund over $90,000 worth of programming and events for our students last year. This money goes to pay for many things including technology, field trips, book fairs, assemblies, classroom enrichment, playground equipment and community events.  All these additions help provide a well-rounded education for our children. We hope you can join us at one of our many great events, socials, or at our first meeting on Wednesday, August 29 at 8:30 am in the staff lounge where you can find out more.

Our new online system TOTEM makes it easier than ever to join! Simply click the link

Please be on the lookout for your “Welcome Back Pack” during the first week of school. In your packet, you will find more information on what we do, how to donate, join and purchase Landels Spirit Wear. You will also find attached a handy Magnet Calendar with key dates for you to refer to throughout the school year. Please make sure to return the attached PTA waiver so your child can attend one of our many events!


SimplyCircle is the best way to keep informed of what’s happening at school:

Follow these easy steps to join:

1 Go to

2 Click “Sign Up” and select “I want to join a circle”

3 Enter the Landels PTA code: 44WXUW.


You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Meet the Board

President:                     Claire Blake

Executive VP:               Laryssa Polika-Engle

Treasurer:                     Masami Kondo

Secretary:                     Ania Mitros

Financial Secretary:      Emily Baraf

Auditor:                         Hillary Ferejohn

Historian:                      Rose Fulton

Parliamentarian:           Fang Lu


Membership Chair:        Shannon Hipp

Events Chair:                 Chris Ferejohn

Teacher Appreciation:   Jaime Chapin

Communications Chair: Angela Keating

Graphics Chair:             Holly Spiers

Gear Chair:                   Hayley Lenz

Room Parent Lead:      Arianna Reis




MV Parent University

MV Parent University presents “Super Readers! Growing Your Child’s Skills, One Book at a Time” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Crittenden Middle School – Multi-Use Room.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


·  Interpretation (Spanish)

·  Child Care

·  Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)


Spanish Interpreters Needed

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish.  You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm between October 1 -12th for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam ( for more information. 



Welcome from MVEF and Aug. 30 Night at the Counter

Welcome back from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)! MVEF is a non-profit that raises funds to provide a competitive, well-rounded education that would not be possible without this additional funding.  Thanks to tax-deductible donations from parents like you, MVEF funds programs like weekly art and music classes at every elementary school led by Community School of Music and Arts teachers, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, garden-based lessons led by Living Classroom, middle school athletics, instrument repair and purchase and more! We need your help to meet our goal to raise $750,000. Learn more at your school’s back to school night or donate today at  We have some great community events planned this fall, including next week’s giveback at The Counter! On Thursday the 30th, The Counter will be donating 15% of your bill to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show the attached flyer!


Please see attachments:             LL Flyers 8.22.18 ENG.pdf 

* Parent University



* MVEF - Fundraiser

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