Landels Latest, October 17, 2018

Oct 18             Spirit Day: Pajama Day

Oct 18             ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Oct 19             Walkathon & Silent Auction

Oct 23             Parent Coffee for Special Education – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Oct 24             PTA Meeting – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Oct 31             Halloween Parade – 8:15 a.m.

Nov 2              End of 1st Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

Nov 12            NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day

Nov 13-16       5th Grade Science Camp

Nov 21-22-23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28             PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Nov 29             ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m., MUR



  • Arshdeep S. – Room 4
  • Moby L. – Room 23
  • Marisol L. – Room 28
  • Miles B. – Room 5
  • Ari N. – Room 26
  • Stephen M. – Room 16
  • Renata S. – Room 13
  • Paula R. – Room 18
  • Charlie H. – Room 29
  • Sydney J. – Room 17


Principal’s Message from Heidi Galassi


Hello Landels Families!

We had a great turn out for our first Family Fun Night with Bubble Making!  Thanks to all who attended to build our Landels community and make us even stronger!  We had great fun watching all types of bubbles being made and also making bubbles of our own!


Our walk-a-thon t-shirt is ready to go to the press!  We had an overwhelming amount of entries for our 2018-19 Star Wars themed walk-a-thon t-shirt contest.  Thanks to all who participated!  It was a tough decision for the committee.  Grade level and overall winners were introduced at the Monday morning assembly.  Congratulations to all the winners!

See you at the walk-a-thon this Friday, October 19th, with your new walk-a-thon t-shirt on!

This week included the International ShakeOut Day.  Our district held an earthquake drill on Monday morning at approximately 9:45 a.m.  Landels participated in an abbreviated earthquake drill due to our earthquake supplies being misplaced during the move.  All supplies, including a new emergency shed, are ordered and on their way.  We will be participating in a more comprehensive earthquake drill with our district office once all our materials arrive.

Next week, Landels will celebrate College Week!  We will have several activities related to colleges and universities around the United States.  Please start by joining us in wearing your college attire on Tuesday of next week!  I will be wearing my DePaul University attire! Go Blue Demons!


During our Monday morning assembly, we discussed the three people who are in charge of making our own great day… me, myself and I!  So have a great day!


Halloween Parade

Please join us on Wednesday, October 31 at 8:15am for our Halloween Parade.  Students will wear their costumes to school.   Please keep in mind that costumes should be appropriate for school.  This means no masks, weapons, or gore.  If your student doesn't celebrate Halloween, we will provide an alternative activity. Please contact the office if you have any questions.  


Negative Lunch Balances

 We strongly encourage you to keep your student’s lunch account balance current. Overdrawn student meal accounts have a negative impact on the District’s budget, which in turn, reduces the educational resources available to all of our students.

We have several simple payment options for you to choose from.  No matter which payment option you choose, please know that negative balances must be paid as soon as possible.  

  1. Pay online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM: Add money to your student's account.
  2. Drop off a check at the school office:  Checks should be made payable to MVWSD Food and Nutrition. Please include your child’s name and student ID number.

After paying your outstanding balance, we encourage you to create a “safety net” for your child.  Pre-paying for your child’s meals is a simpler way of managing their account, and prevents unpaid meal charges.  Paying for meals before the meal service also helps lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help.  We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. You may do this at any time during the school year and must apply each year.  Applications are available at your child’s school office or online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

 Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.  


 After-School French Class

 There is a new after-school French class starting on November 9.  Please see the attached flyer.


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 next week.


Parent Coffee for SELPA I CAC

Are you concerned about your child? Want to find out more about resources available for help? Want to meet other families who may be dealing with similar concerns?

Please come to our Parent Coffee for SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee! These are two organizations in Mountain View that help families of students with accommodations or who receive special education services. We also put on Ability Awareness events, have parent education events, support groups, and resource fairs.

Come find out more: Tuesday, October 23 8:40 AM in the Landels MUR



If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office.  If you would like to add the class to your calendar, please scan the 2-D bar (QR) code on the sign-up sheet after your student has signed up.


** No Scratch Programming Classes on Oct 19

** Scratch Classes resume Oct 26


Kitchen Science (Rescheduled from Oct2), Oct 26 (Friday)

Use household items to explore scientific concepts such as buoyancy, diffusion, acids, and bases.  Science doesn't have to be dangerous to be fun!

Grades K-1, max 12 students

Friday, Oct 26, 3-4:00pm, Room 18

** If you had signed up previously, please confirm attendance on sign-up sheet before Oct 24.  New students may sign up starting Oct 24.


Pancake Math, Oct 30 (Tuesday)

Learn measurements and fractions while making and eating pancakes!

Grades K-1, max 12 students

Tuesday, Oct 30, 3-4:00pm, Room 15

-- Sign-ups begin Thurs, Oct 18


To a Galaxy Far, Far Away - Walkathon Week!

We’re in the home stretch everyone! It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day on Friday for our walkathon! It will be hot though, so be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle.

Congratulations to our t-shirt winners!

We got a record number of entries for our t-shirt contest! Congratulations to the following grade winners:


K – Salma Abu-Rhama

1st – Jessica Kong

2nd – Gabie Acedillo

3rd – Hailie Wu

4th – Kierra Adam

5th – Sydney Johnson


And to our overall winners whose combined art will appear on the back of the t-shirt, Emily Harvey (5th) and Zoe Racicot (1st)! You can see all of their art in the office window. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Create A Walkstarter Page and Avatar for your Child!

Go to and click My Walkstarter to create a page for your child. Ask for your child’s help to create an avatar and a personalized message, and then point friends and family to their personalized page when asking them to donate.


We still need lots of help on Walkathon day to help run all of the games, food, water stations, and everything else that makes the Walkathon such a great time! Join us at! Also keep an eye on Simply Circle for other opportunities to help us get ready in the days leading up to the event. If you are not yet a member of Simply Circle, you can join by creating a free account there and joining the Landels All School circle using the invitation code 44WXUW.

Donate Grab Bag Items and Food!

The grab bag is a very popular fundraiser on walkathon day. Help us out by putting some stuff in the grab bag bucket in the office. We’re looking for donations in the $5-10 range (though if you have smaller things we may group them together).

 In addition, we would love donations for food to sell at our concessions. You can drop food items in the office any time after Monday the 15th (Thursday the 18th for baked goods). We’re looking for:


• Water bottles, 500mL (16.9oz)
• Chocolate milk
• Juice boxes

Snacks (Single serving bags)
• Chips (potato chips, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, pita chips, etc.)
• Crackers (goldfish, cheese crackers, animal crackers, etc.)
• Chex Mix, Pretzels
• Granola bars, trail mix, etc.
• Rice crispy treats
• Popcorn balls
• Fruit snacks

Baked goods (Single serving size) – store-bought or home-made (please no earlier than the 18th)
• Cookies
• Muffins, cupcakes
• Brownies
• Croissants, Danish, etc.


Check out the Silent Auction at the Walkathon

While your kids are doing laps, come check out all the great items and experiences up for bid at Landels’ third annual Silent Auction and Raffle. Here’s a sample of what’s in store:

 Parties and Experiences

-      Join your wonderful Landels teachers for a variety of activities including Movies, Fun Outdoor Games, and Creation Stations

-      Have Principal Heidi come to your house for bedtime stories – milk and cookies included!

-      Enjoy a date night out while the YMCA takes care of your kids


Priceless Items

-      Win one of two dedicated parking spaces

-      Experience dinner at the local fire station 

-      Secure front row seats to your child’s concert or graduation

-      Give your hard-working teacher a special treat OR a two-hour break


Plus many other items including sports camps, gift cards to local merchants, and gift baskets assembled by our very own classrooms!


 STEMtastic Saturday

An event for parents, students & teachers with digital learning, hands-on activities and prizes.


Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.


MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.


Space is limited. Registration is required to confirm your attendance. Please register now at


Digital Citizenship Week- October 15-19

Please take a moment to read through some of the resources below and share with your family.


Video - What is Digital Citizenship?

An introduction to Digital Citizenship and its importance.


Family Media Agreement

An agreement between students and parents which leads to a rich conversation on the topic of Digital Citizenship at home. 


Family Engagement Resources

Research-backed resources covering a range of topics -- from online safety and cyberbullying to media balance and learning with technology -- you can easily find and share articles, videos, printable handouts, ready-made presentations, and more in your classroom, on your school's website or social feed, or at your next parent night.


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.


Free English Classes

We are happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are once again being offered at Mariano Castro.  Come to Castro’s Teachers’ Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. to register.  Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  All levels and all home languages are welcome.  Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English.  Snacks and childcare will be provided.  Check the flyer for class schedule.



MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and donate today at

Save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child!


Family Talk: Puberty program

Health Connected, in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is holding "Family Talk: Puberty program designed to promote healthy communication within families that lasts a lifetime!" Through drawings, multimedia, and activities, Health Connected's parent-child communication expert, Vanessa Kellam, will guide families as they explore the physical changes that many youth experience during puberty. In a relaxed setting, families will learn, laugh and share, making a potentially sensitive subject more comfortable.

Date: Oct. 24, 2108

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: PAMF Palo Alto Center, Third Floor, Jamplis Building, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

This 90-minute program is recommended for children between 10-12 years old and their families; however, adults may bring children younger or older, depending on their maturity level. Families of all structures - moms, dads, grandparents and trusted adults - are welcome! Tickets are $25 per family (plus handling fees).


To register: 


For questions, call PAMF Health Education at: (650) 853-2960.


Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions 

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents an evening with Dr. Rafael Pelayo.

Sleep:  Crucial Key to Wellness and Success
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre |201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

Why is sleep so essential to good health? What are signs of poor sleep and how can you address them?  Join us as Dr. Rafael Pelayo explores the crucial role sleep plays in healthy child and adolescent development and shares the latest research in sleep science at Stanford—where sleep medicine began. 

Dr. Rafael Pelayo is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. 

Register for this free event at  

Spanish translation will be available.  Please indicate interest on Eventbrite when registering.


SELPA I CAC presents:

Are you concerned about your child? Want to find out more about resources available for help? Want to meet other families who may be dealing with similar concerns?

Please come to our Parent Coffee for SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee! These are two organizations in Mountain View that help families of students with accommodations or who receive special education services. We also put on Ability Awareness events, have parent education events, support groups, and resource fairs.

Come find out more: Tuesday, October 23 8:40 AM in the Landels MUR


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - October 23rd

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

 All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

    Date:       October 23rd

       Time:      5:30 - 6:30 pm 

        Location:      MVLA District Office - Board Room

1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA

      Register:        REGISTER ONLINE



Please see attachments:          LL FLYERS 10.17.18 ENG.pdf   

* October lunch menu

* Decorate Walkathon

* Walkathon Food and Drink Donations

* Walkathon Lap Prizes

* Supervision Form

* College Day – Theme Week

* After-school class – Learn French

* STEMtastic Saturday

* SELPA1 CAC – Parent Coffee

* Free English Classes for Parents

* Health Connected – Family Talk: Puberty program

* MVLA Parent Education – Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success

* Letter Drive for Veterans

* City of Mountain View – Monster Bash

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