New Families FAQs

Hello and welcome to Landels Elementary!

We look forward to having you at Landels!  We hope this FAQ helps you feel more comfortable in your new community.

Before the School Year Begins
 
For the School Year
Before the School Year Begins
Q. How do I register my child for Landels?
A. Please visit the Mountain View Whisman School District's enrollment webpage for enrollment information.

Q. How will I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?
A. There are many articles online that can provide you with a general overview of readiness, such as this Ready for Kindergarten article from Scholastic.

Q. Is there a Kindergarten Info Night? How about a tour of the kinder classrooms?
A. The Mountain View Whisman School District schedules a district-wide Kindergarten Info Night in December.  Landels also hosts its own Kinder Info Night in December each year.  This includes a chance to tour a classroom and meet the kindergarten teachers.  These events are intended for adults only.  If you wish to tour the classrooms with your incoming kindergartener, we invite you to attend our annual Open House evening, which is held every year in the spring.
 
Q. My child is not scheduled to receive his regular vaccines until after my in-person registration appointment at the district office. Do I really need to get them done before I go?
A. Yes, you will need to show paperwork certifying that you have completed all required immunization when you go to the district office, including a tuberculosis (PPD) test performed within 12 months of your appointment (not before "school entry"). You will not receive your SnapCode to complete the registration process until you complete this step.

Q. When will I find out which class my child is in?
A. Class assignments will be posted outside the school office at 4pm on the Thursday before the new school year begins. Watch the school calendar for the date once it’s been finalized.
The PTA will host a variety of tables at this event, including an opportunity to purchase Landels shirts and other gear. It is fun for the kids to have their t-shirts at the beginning of school and they are encouraged to wear them every Friday for Spirit Day. You will also be able to learn about the PTA (Parent Teacher Association), rewards programs, Walkathon, and other important programs at school.

Q. Will new kinder families get to meet the teachers and other students before school starts?
A. Yes, there is usually a Kindergarten Lemonade on the Friday before school starts for all kindergarteners and their families. It will be in the early afternoon, outside the kindergarten classrooms.

Q.  How do I stay connected with the community?
A.  Please sign up for our email list.  We have many group choices and we recommend signing up for all that are relevant for your child/ren.   Incoming Kinder, Whole School, Grade, Class, PTA, and LEAP.)  After you submit your information, you must accept the invitation to complete the registration.

For the School Year
Q. When will the calendar for the next school year become available?
A. The school board usually votes on the school calendar sometime in the spring. 

Q. What does my child need to bring for the first day of school?
A. A healthy snack, a backpack, and a readiness to learn! The first day of school is a minimum day and school lets out at 12:10pm.

Q: What about supplies?
A. Supply lists will be posted in the office window, coinciding with the class list posting.  Donation of these supplies is voluntary, not required.  English  Spanish

Q. What are the school hours?
Please see the Bell Schedule.

Q. What do I need to do if my child will miss school?
A. To report an absence, you have two choices:  
  1.     Call 650.526.3480 x2   OR
  2.     Email the school secretary, Mrs. Dolan, at bdolan@mvwsd.org.
Please provide the following information:
  • Your child's name and room number
  • Your name and relationship to the child
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
Q. What if my child will be late for school?
A. Come to the office to get a tardy slip before going to class.

Q. How does lunch work?
A. Bring your own, or $3.50 for hot lunch. See the Food Service page for more information.

Q. What if my child forgets his/her lunch?
A. The school will call parents to bring a lunch or get permission to have hot lunch that day, and notify the parents they owe $3.50.

Q. Can I help out in the classroom?
A. Absolutely! Sign up in your child's classroom on Back-to-School Night, which usually takes place on a weeknight a week or two after school begins. Every time you volunteer, please check in at the office and wear a volunteer badge/sticker.

Q. How can I help if I can't do so during the day?
A. There are several ways to help, even if you can't be there during school hours. Many teachers have jobs for parents at home. They will ask for volunteers for these jobs at Back-to-School night. If you don't see these jobs on a Sign-up Sheet at Back-to-School night, let your teacher know that you're willing to help from home and he/she will contact you when a need arises.

Q. What is Spirit Day?
A. Every Friday is Landels Spirit Day, on which we encourage all students to wear Landels gear to show their school spirit.  You may purchase Landels gear online and the item will be delivered to your child's class.

Q. What is Monday Assembly?
A. Every Monday morning the entire school meets on the blacktop. This is your chance to hear the latest news directly from the principal, staff, and PTA parents.