Landels Latest 5.3.23

Important Dates to Remember

May 5        Spirit Day: Plushie Day - bring in your favorite stuffed animal

May 5          Superintendent’s Community Check In 3:30 pm – Register

May 8-12   Teacher & Staff Appreciation 

May 9-10   CAST Testing grade - 5 Science

May 10     PTA Meeting, 8:30am - MUR

May 16     iReady Testing – Math

May 17     Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15 am - MUR

May 18     iReady Testing - ELA

May 18    5th grade CSMA music concert 11am - MUR

May 25    Principals Coffee/ELAC meeting 8:30am - Staff Room

May 26    Last day of 3rd trimester (minimum day)

May 29    Memorial Day (no school)

June 5     5th grade promotion ceremony 3pm - MUR

June 6     Last day of school (minimum day)

Aug 9      First day of school for 2023-24 

Roar Recognitions

Adam R. - Room 16

Alan F. - Room 1

Arthur A. - Room 3

Baylin Y. - Room 4

Emily J. - Room 22

Eli G. - Room 8

Elody F. - Room 18

Emily H. - Room 2

Emma G. - Room 6

Hannah C. - Room 13

Illya K. - Room 7

Matthew I. - Room 11

Sam B. - Room 5

Sebastian B. - Room 9

Shreyas N. - Room 14

Victoria H. - Room 10

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

We need your help filling 2-3 seats on Landels’ School Site Council. SSC is composed of five parents and five staff members. The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Landels’ School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA or site plan in short). They must also approve the site plan before it goes to the board. If you are interested in running to be a member of our SSC, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form by Friday, May 12th. More information about SSC can be found here

The time commitment involves approximately six 1-hour meetings during the school year at an agreed upon day and time, with some outside reading time in the fall when the Site Plan is created. The term for the newly elected members will begin the first meeting of the next school year (late August or early September).


Thank you for all your support with testing. Today was the last day of state testing for our 3rd and 4th graders, unless they still need to finish one or more assessments. Our 5th graders will take their science assessment next week. All students (K-5) will take their end of year iReady assessments on May 16th (Math) and 18th (Reading).

Summer construction projects in MVWSD

Please click on the link to learn the latest about upcoming construction projects at our school. Construction has been scheduled to minimize disruptions for students, staff and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your patience. We appreciate your support of our schools. 

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans


Thank you to our many volunteers

Each year we ask for volunteers to support the many programs and special events in our school. And at the end of the year we are amazed at the number of volunteers and the number of hours Landels parents contribute to making things happen!! 

We would like to recognize our volunteers at the volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30am in the MUR. All volunteers are invited. Please see attached invitation.

Reclassification Ceremony

It's time for our annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations last week to the event to take place at Crittenden the evening of May 11, 2023. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!


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

Lando Art and Design (Grades 1-3, max 16 students)
Tuesday, May16, 3-4pm, Room 13

Design and build a bridge that can hold 50 pounds using LEGOs and other materials!

Make a Bouncy Ball (Grades 3-4, max 12 students)
Tuesday, May16, 3-4pm, Room 15

Make your own bouncy ball using chemistry (the study of matter) instead of rubber!

Dolphin Tank (Grades 1-5, max 16 students)
Friday, May5, 3-4pm, Room 16

Come up with a great business idea and win one of four $25 gift cards to launch it!

Paper-Making (Grade 5 only, max 8 students)
Tuesdays, May2 and May9, 3-4:30pm, Room 9

Make sheets of paper out of plant material, including banana peels and corn husks!


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. 

Some of the topics include:

  • Resolutions for Teacher and Classified Staff Appreciation weeks

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, May 5

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register:

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption!
Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/ Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/the parcel tax. For application and details, visit

Free and low cost summer programs

Summer is around the corner, so it’s time to explore ways to keep your children engaged when school ends! Check out InPlayKid’s free online search service sponsored by Santa Clara County and our school district. You’ll find thousands of local and affordable programs that will challenge, inspire, and entertain your children to minimize summer brain drain.

Health and Wellness Parenting tip: Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we must understand and bond with our children to maintain a close connection. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that starts early in life. It affects social communication and interaction and is accompanied by repeating and narrow patterns of behavior or interests. As parents, we are a part of our child’s treatment. 

To learn more parenting tips, click here

Here are some ASD signs to look for: 

  1. Mobility. Examples of mobility can include but are not limited to, using only a few gestures (waving, clapping, pointing), unusual ways of moving the hands, fingers, or whole body, and rituals such as repeating things over and over or lining up objects
  2. Sensory Sensitivity. Sensory sensitivity includes, but is not limited to, delayed speech, not responding when someone calls their name, being very focused or attached to unusual objects, and unique sensory interest.
  3.  Interpersonal difficulties. Interpersonal difficulties can include avoiding eye contact, not sharing enjoyment or interests with others, little to no imitating others or pretending, forming friendships, and not knowing how to act in different social situations

No two people with ASD have the same signs and symptoms. Many things, such as language delays, thinking and learning problems, and behavioral challenges, can play a role. For this reason, autism is described as a "spectrum."

These tips came directly from the free online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr.Treadwell-Deering, MD. 

To view more resources on parenting and other topics, click here.

CHAC summer sessions for students

CHAC is offering fee-based classes in July for students covering topics such as healthy friendships, anxiety management and play-based social-emotional learning. For more information, see the attached flyers or click on

The View Teen Center: May Events

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 the upcoming events and programs in May or visit their webpage for more information.

PTA News

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Landels is next week, from May 8th to May 12th, which is when we make an extra effort to show our gratitude for the hard work and dedication that teachers and staff bring to Landels every day.

 Here are the Theme Days and what you can do to participate: 

· Mon 5/8 - Wear Your Teacher's Favorite Color

· Tue 5/9 - Photo Day for Teachers & Staff (no action required from families)

· Wed 5/10 - Class Gift Day

· Thu 5/11 - Bring a Thank You Card... or two or more!

· Fri 5/12 - Wear Landels Blue & White for our staff

Questions about favorite color or class gifts? Ask your Room Parent for details.  

The Appreciation Committee is also organizing some teacher and staff Treat Days for the week, including catered lunches, a coffee cart, bubble tea, and an on-site farmer’s market. For any questions, please contact Nadja Togasaki, our Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lead at [email protected].

Your generous donations to PTA make events like these possible and successful!  Thank you and let's get ready to celebrate our teachers and staff!

PTA News

PTA had a very busy April and so I wanted to take a minute to thank all the volunteers who helped to make things happen for our community!  If you see any of these amazing individuals, please give a high-five, fist-bump, elbow-bump or thank you for helping to organize events that add so much to our community.  We had many parents help out at these events, and to you, we say: we know that we couldn't do it without you; you have our sincerest gratitude!

· Our Spring Book Fair and all its adjacent activities such as the Essay Contest, Character dress up day and the K-2 Author Assembly were organized by Katarina Ling and she was assisted in giving out a free book to every student and providing extended after school shopping hours by many of you who helped staff the book fair.  We are looking forward to our next PTA-funded Assemblies: Wild Minds Rainforest Animals on May 12 and Lawrence Hall of Science later in the month.

· Thanks also to Chris Ferejohn, Maya Weltman-Fahs and Christina Wu Ly for planning and organizing the Multicultural Festival, Art Contest and for helping to organize all of our amazing table hosts.

· Thank you to Jenn Bernat for helping us bring back Walk and Roll after an extended hiatus and we look forward to another event May 19.

· We also took a minute to celebrate our students' support of the Ronald McDonald House charity by hosting an ice cream party for them after lunch one day.  Gratitude to Christina Wu Ly and the parents that helped prepare and serve.  It was wild!!

· Thank you to Sam Perkins for helping deliver all the donations to the Ronald McDonald House.

· Last but not least, thanks to Lanny the Lion for getting up early last week to high-five, hug, and cheer our 3-5 graders into their state testing.  We love you Lanny!!


May Lunch Menu

2023-24 School Calendar

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

 CHAC Summer

 CHAC summer sessions for students

The View Teen Center eNewsletter – May Events

 Free and low cost summer programs - InPlay

Landels PTA Meeting Schedule 2022/2023

PTA Appreciation Week Treat & Theme Days

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