Landels Latest 12.7.22

Important Dates to Remember

Dec 9     Community Check in 3:30pm Zoom

Dec 12   School Site Council Meeting 3:15pm Register here

Dec 14    PTA Meeting 6pm -Staff room

Dec 15    Principals Coffee - 8:30am

Dec 16    Landels Winter Holiday Fair 4:30-6:30pm, MUR

Dec 19    ELAC Meeting 8:30am

Dec 22-Jan 9 December Break – No School 

Roar Recognitions

Ellie C. - Room 9

Jayleen A. – Room 14

Kento U. - Room 7

Lillian G. - Room 4

Oren P. – Room 6

Parker H. - Room 3

Saretta E. - Room 5

Sophie C. - Room 11

Theo K. - Room 2

Vincent M. – Room 17

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

Thank you for your participation and engagement in Parent-Teacher Conferences this week! One question that we are often asked at conferences is how you can support your child at home. I am sure your child’s teacher has shared some resources with you, but here are some general suggestions:

Building Background Knowledge: When students have varied experiences, they can apply that knowledge to better understand books, math problems, etc. One way to build background knowledge is to expose your child to different experiences by visiting places. This is not always possible or practical. However, a relatively easy and accessible way to build background knowledge is to watch educational television or read informational books together.

Reading: Reading means reading the words, listening to the words, reading the pictures, or retelling a story. So even if a child is not yet reading on their own, they benefit greatly from listening to a story or looking through picture books. Our students check out library books from the Landels library every week. In addition, students have access to lots of books through their Clever account and apps like razkids or Epic.  

Math Fluency: Math fluency means knowing your math facts (i.e. quickly knowing that 9x5 is 45), and also being able to decompose and compose numbers accurately (45 is 9 groups of 5, or 45 is 40 and 5 more).  A great way to build math fluency is through simple card and dice games. Here are some examples

Behavior: I believe parenting is the toughest job there is. My little ones definitely test my patience - I am often reflecting on how I can be a better parent and promote positive behaviors. The next time your child is misbehaving, talk about how their behavior is impacting you or others and brainstorm more productive ways to communicate needs. “It’s hard for me to hear/understand you when you yell and it also hurts my ears. I’m here to help - what is it you are needing?”

Although we only have formal parent teacher conferences once a year, teachers are always available to discuss your child’s progress.

Thank you!


Pieter Dolmans


Gift Cards

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 (Costco, Gas, Target, Walmart) to provide to some of our families. Please consider buying a gift card and dropping it off in the Landels office. We really appreciate our wonderful and generous community! We’ll be collecting gift cards until Wednesday, December 21.


Discuss the LEAP classes with your student and have him/her sign up in the office if interested.

Holiday Faire Decorations (Grades 1-5, max 20 students)
Monday, Dec 12, 3-4pm, Room 12

Create decorations for the upcoming Holiday Faire!

The Landels Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP) is a collection of after-school enrichment classes taught by volunteers (e.g., parents, teachers, high-school/college students).  For additional information, please contact Tushar Moorti at [email protected].


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Some of the meeting topics include:          

·       Acknowledge the Retirement of Trustee Ellen Wheeler       

·       2022-2023 First Interim Report 

·       Bylaws of the Board 9322(b) Agenda / Meeting Materials   

·       County Staff Housing Update (231 Grant)    

·       Open Enrollment / School Marketing Process Changes

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Dec. 9

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register:

Better Together: Exploring Differences

For the month of December, we explore how our experiences are similar to and different from those of people from different backgrounds. We will also explore Disability Awareness while building literacy around this important topic. The resources linked through the digital copy of this infographic (attached) help you and your students explore themselves and others respectfully and meaningfully with activities meant to enlarge our perspectives about people with disabilities. Please see

i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores available Dec. 2

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at under “Parent Reports” for each of your students. To learn more, you can view the Parent U session on “Accessing Your Child's CAASPP and i-Ready Scores” at this link (English).

The View Teen Center: December

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming December events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Instructions

We give our kids dozens of instructions each day: Get ready for school. Wash your hands before you eat. Do your homework. Sometimes our kids follow our instructions, and sometimes they do not. One way to increase follow through is to give effective instructions. For example, making eye contact with your child and gently telling them to turn off the TV is likely to be more effective than yelling at them from another room.

To provide effective instructions:

Think about a few things that you would like your child to do and try using these tips to provide effective instructions.

Instead of saying…                                      Say….

“Don’t bother me.”                                           “Please work on your homework.”

“TURN OFF THE TV!!”                                   “Please turn off the TV.”

“I told you to stop playing video games.”       “If you don’t stop playing video games in the next 5 

minutes, then you won’t be able to play tomorrow.”

These tips came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To learn more parenting tips click here

MVHS Spartans Tree Lot

MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday November 25 at 10 AM for the 2022 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to:

Ravenswood Immunization Clinic

The Ravenswood Family Health Network is hosting Immunization and Flu clinics at their Mountain View Location (900 Miramonte Avenue), by appointment only. The Immunization Clinic occurs on Monday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and has a variety of vaccines available, and the Flu Clinic is held on Monday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Limit of 2 siblings per parent per visit. Vaccines are free for children with Medi-Cal, HealthyKids, or no health insurance. Call (650) 330-7400 for more information or to set up an appointment.

PTA News

Walkathon Results

As you may have seen in our Konstella message, we have effectively hit our Walkathon goal for this year! You can see the number to continue to rise by visiting our pledge site:  While we aren't quite at 50K there, we did spend about $4000 less than we budgeted for decorations and other expenses and we anticipate additional money coming in from pledge matching and donations for the parent-led events.

The money raised here let's PTA continue to support our students, classrooms, teachers and community through funding of things like teacher supplies ($800/teacher), field trips ($11,000/year), and the Playworks on campus leadership program ($18,000).

Everyone at the PTA just wanted to say *Thank You* for everything to our volunteers, students and families that participated and helped make the walkathon a success!

Holiday Fair - Volunteers Needed!

The holiday fair is coming up fast December 16th at 4:30-6:30pm in the MUR. We are still looking for some volunteers to help make the event a success.  If you're willing to help with any of the following, please reach out to [email protected].

· Hot Chocolate - 2-3 people

· Gear Sales - 2 people

· Pizza Sales - 2 people

· Book Exchange - 2 people

· PTA Led Crafts - 2-4 persons

· General PTA Info Table /Door Prize - 2 people

Holiday Fair Cheer!!!

At this years holiday fair we'll have a few extra things going on to help spread cheer...

1.Holiday Fair Door Prize!

Everyone entering the Holiday Fair will get a ticket they can use to enter a drawing for 1 of 3 Farm Fresh to You Gift Cards ($37 value).  FFTY gives back 10% of every delivery to our PTA when you use code LANDELS.

2.Holiday Fair Book Exchange

In order to make sure our kids have plenty of new and interesting reading options for our upcoming school wide reading challenge, we're going to have a book exchange at the Holiday Fair. Come and find your kids next favorite book! If you have books you'd like to donate, please drop them at the office some time before December 16th.

3.Food Drive to Benefit CSA (Community Services Agency)

PTA is collecting food to donate to CSA after the Holiday Fair. 

Drop off food donations at the office anytime, or bring them to the holiday fair. Preferred items include:

Oatmeal (3 lbs or less), Cereal (low sugar), Shelf stable milk, Shelf stable soy milk, almond milk, rice milkPop top non-condensed soup, Pop top spam, Regular sized Instant coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, Regular sized crackers, cookies

and snacks

Don't forget to bring cash if you want to buy some amazing food, crafts and treats!


A reminder from Landels PTA --  when you shop through, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Landels PTA—no fees for us, no extra cost to you. 

1. Simply set it up on your browser and/or on your phone’s Amazon App and select Landels Elementary PTA as your AmazonSmile charity. 

2. Activate AmazonSmile on your browser AND on your phone app if you shop using both.

3.You need to renew your charity choice twice a year.

Reading Challenge

Coming soon - The Landels Winter Reading Challenge! Students who read over the winter break can help their class win a holiday party sponsored by the PTA. Get excited!


December Lunch Menu

MVHS Spartans Tree Lot 

Ravenswood Immunization Clinic

Better Together: Exploring Differences

Mountain View Public Library - Bookmobile 

Food Drive

Winter Holiday Fair

FFTY Fundraising Partnership

Landels PTA Meeting Schedule 2022/2023

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