Landels Latest 3.29.23

Important Dates to Remember

March 27- April
7 Elective Selections for 5th grade students

April 4     Parent University: Preparing for Middle School - 5:30-7:00 pm Zoom

April 5     PTA Meeting 7:00 pm - Staff Room

April 7     Community Check In 4:00-7:00 pm Zoom

April 10 -14 Spring Recess – No School

April 20    PTA Multicultural Festival 4:00-7:00 pm

April 24-28 PTA Bookfair

April 25    School Site Council Meeting 3:15 pm

April 25-27 CAASPP Testing - grades 3-5 ELA

April 28     CSMA Music Concerts grades K-4

May 2-4      CAASPP Testing - grades 3-5 Math

May 9-10    CAST Testing grade - 5 Science

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

We had such a great turnout at the Open House. Thank you to the Landels staff, PTA, MVEF and all our current and future Landels families for making it a huge success! I look forward to our next event - Landels Multicultural Festival on April 20th. More details to come. 

I covered CAASPP testing (grades 3-5) in the Principal’s Coffee last week. Here are the slides in case you missed it. The dates for CAASPP testing are on slide 7. I also mentioned a few of our upcoming events, including the CSMA music concerts for K-4 and 5th grade. The concerts will be held in person. Here’s the schedule:

K-4 Music Concerts on 4/28

K - 10:20 - 10:40

1st - 10:45 - 11:05

2nd - 11:10 - 11:30

3rd - 11:45-12:05

4th - 12:10-12:30

5th Grade Music Concerts on 5/18 @ 11:10am

Look forward to seeing you there. 

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans


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

Watercoloring (Grades 3-5, max 15 students)
Friday, Mar31, 3-4pm, Room 15

Learn watercolor techniques and how to paint a simple picture.
** Please bring a pencil and a snack.**

H.I.T.S. Tennis (Grades K-1, max 12 students)
Thursdays, Mar16-Apr27, 12:30-1:30pm, Blacktop

Learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games, and gain life skills like Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship.

Roar Recognitions

Amani H. Room 5

Asher P. Room 14

Bariyan D. Room 10

Bera O. Room 7

Brooklyn C. Room 6

Claire P. Room 10

Daria B. Room 8

Daniel Z. Room 4

Emanuel V. Room 16

Everett W. Room 6

Jesus A. Room 11

Joshua H. Room 8

Josue F. Room 1

Julian L. Room 9

Julissa R. Room 10

Liam S. Room 11

Marie V. Room 4

Mila C. Room 2

Nathalie L. Room 9

Oren P. Room 5

Rohan P. Room 7

Safa S. Room 1

Sebastian R. Room 18

Sidharth N. Room 3

Theo K. Room 2


Electives selection for grades 5-7 is open now

All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by April 7, 2023 through the PowerSchool portal. Fifth- through seventh-grade parents, please look for an email in your inbox dated March 24 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you have not confirmed your child's enrollment for the 2023-24 school year, elective course selection will not be available.

Get important text messages about your school!

We send text messages infrequently for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information, such as we did last week during the power outages. Make sure you are signed up to receive them. You can subscribe to receive text messages from the District at any time by texting "Y" or “YES" to 67587 using the cell phone number that the District has on record.
Fuel for the Future: National Nutrition Month

Make tasty foods at home.

Cooking together as a family can be a fun and tasty way to help our children learn about nutrition and develop healthy eating habits. Learning to cook is an important life skill that fosters independence and confidence. It’s also a great way to spend time together!

Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Homes (USDA)

Snacktivities (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)

Parent University: Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: April 4, 2023  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Link:

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to


On April 21, 2021 MVEF and the Crittenden Middle School PTA will be co-hosting a welcome potluck for incoming 6th graders and new students who enrolled during the current school year. To register, please click here:

Tickets to the MVEF Gala are still available! Ticket sales end 4/23 or when they are sold out. To purchase Gala tickets, click here:

MVEF Gala Raffle Tickets are now on sale! Need not be present to win. Click the link below to view raffle items. Email [email protected] to purchase raffle tickets.

MVEF still needs to raise an additional $240k to achieve the goal of $1.2MM by June 30, 2023. If you haven't made a donation yet during the current school year, please donate ASAP to help your school site achieve the goal to get an average of 10 new donors per school by April 15!  Donations of any amount are meaningful in helping to reach the goal!  Click here to see ways to donate. 

Living Classroom: Docent Training Date Change

Do you enjoy spending time with kids and being outdoors? Volunteer with us to teach fun, engaging STEM-based lessons in your local school! Living Classroom teaches science by using our school gardens as our classroom. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Bring a friend and join the fun!

Come to our training sessions from 9am-12pm in Heritage Park, 771 Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View:

April 17, 2023 rescheduled from March 6, 2023 (Kinder & 1st Grade Lessons)

For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Anxiety Curve

Stress is a subjective sensation and is commonly misunderstood as a negative feeling. However, it’s not always bad. Of course, stress differs among all individuals, and stress management is no one-size fits all solution either. A study found that low-to-moderate stress has been found to benefit individuals in terms of resiliency, decreasing their chance of distress. This was tested with the anxiety-performance curve in mind. 

Here is a visual of the anxiety-performance curve:

Anxiety-performance curve shows that performance and arousal — that is, stress and motivation — rise in tandem to an optimal level called eustress (think of it as the “sweet spot” for stress). Additional stress beyond that peak tips into distress and impaired performance.

Here are some ways to utilize the anxiety curve when you are going into distress

1.     Set realistic goals and deadlines. Consider what you realistically can get done. 

2.     Seek out a challenge that interests you. This can be related to your career, an exercise goal, or a hobby. Make sure it gives you the motivation to engage. 

3.     Setting time-sensitive goals. Setting time-sensitive goals ensures you are accountable to others, which is an excellent way to engage that stress “sweet spot.” 

To learn more, click here.

These tips came directly from the free online website of Big Think, reviewed by Kevin Dickinson.

PTA News

Multicultural Festival - April 20 4-7 pm

The Landels PTA's annual Multicultural Festival is coming just after Spring Break and will celebrate the theme "How do you say Friend?" 

Art Contest

· Submissions are due back to the main office by End of School Day, Friday March 31.

· All Art Contest entries will be added to a padlet and shared with our families.

· The art work may be used on the handout that students will be given at the MCF April 20, 4-7pm.

· PTA will pick at one winner from K-2 and one winner from grades 3-5; they will receive a certificate for 1 free book, up to $20, from the Spring Book Fair.

· If you want to encourage your child to enter, this year's MCF Theme is "How do you say Friend?".  Entries should incorporate or represent that theme in some way.

· Attached is a soft copy of the entry form in case you need an extra.

Call for Table Hosts

The Multicultural Festival is an annual outdoor event open to the Landels community, celebrating the rich diversity of the school. There is no cost to attend or to host a table. We are currently looking for families who would like to share their culture by hosting a table.

Table ideas include: serving samples of food, wearing traditional clothing, demonstrating song/dance, showcasing important holidays, and teaching a craft, game or language. No need to limit yourself to country boundaries - imagine sharing Appalachian music, Jewish holidays, how a mixed family celebrates holidays, a Fourth of July parade, k-pop…there’s no limit! “Culture” can mean many things to many people - personal identity, country, language, religion, family traditions…we want to celebrate it all!   

We'll need our community's participation to make it a success. Is there something special from your culture that you'd be willing to share with our community? Please let us know by completing the table host form.

Please feel free to share this form with our extended community including our Landels Alums, grandparents, friends & neighbors.

Questions? Contact: [email protected]


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Art contest for MCF - PTA

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