Landels Latest 6.1.23

Important Dates to Remember

June 2     5th grade Picnic

June 2     Community Check-In, 3:30pm - Register

June 5      Spirit Day – Wear Landels gear or blue or white

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 (minimum day)

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

It’s the last full week of school…what a year it has been! I am so thankful to you, the staff, and most of all, the students for all their hard work and perseverance. Students (and staff) have shown tremendous growth and I am so proud of all that they have accomplished!

On Monday, we are asking all students to wear blue and white in celebration of our 5th graders moving on to middle school! 

Important reminders for our last week

Minimum Days:

· Tuesday, June 6th - Last Day of School Minimum Day - Dismissal at 12:10pm

Check out:

· Please return your child’s Chromebook if you are a 2nd grader, 4th grader or will not be returning to MVWSD next school year.

· 2023-2024 School Year: If your child will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, please contact Ms. Ann at [email protected] or by calling 650-526-3520 to request the student withdrawal form that needs to be filled out and turned in.

School Site Council

Thank you to those that voted for our School Site Council representatives. The following individuals will serve on the Council, as elected by the community:

James Perkins

Michael Andre

Rachel Burstein

Eve Young

Dean Chu 

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Pieter Dolmans


Staffing Updates

We will bid fond farewells to some of our staff at the end of this year as they move on to new life adventures. Thank you for everything you do to support our students, Ms. Nicolino and Ms. DeRitis, Ms. Lubow, Ms. Ghiya, Ms. Simonovich, and Ms. Heap. We will miss you next year! 

While Mrs. Thornton will no longer be at Landels, she will continue to work at different locations within the district as a reading intervention teacher! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication and good luck in your new role! 

Landels will also have some familiar faces in new places. We’re excited to have Ms. Vertemara move to 2nd grade, Ms. Malashevitz move to 4th grade, and Ms. Parry move to 5th grade. We know they will do great work!

A message from Ms. Lubow

Teaching at Landels the past 5 years has been an absolute pleasure. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful staff, incredible families, and most importantly, amazing students. My husband and I are relocating to the East Bay, so this is unfortunately my last year at Landels. No matter where life leads me, and where I teach next, I’ll always be a Landels Lion. Wishing you all the best! 

Based on our enrollment, we are currently planning on the following classroom configurations for next school year:

  • Two Kinder classes
  • Three 1st Grade classes
  • Four 2nd Grade classes
  • Three 3rd Grade classes
  • Two 4th Grade classes
  • Two 5th Grade classes
  • One SDC class

Enrollment continues through the summer so it is possible that these projections can change. I will continue to monitor enrollment and staffing throughout the summer.

Summer Play Dates sponsored by the PTA

The PTA will be hosting several summer play dates and will continue to message information out through Konstella. See attached flier for more information.

Summer Learning

Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of outdoor play, family time, and daily academic practice!  We know from brain research and our own lived experiences that skills that are not practiced, or periodically reviewed, can be forgotten.  Students have worked so hard this year to learn and grow. We want to make sure they maintain these skills over the summer!  We know that convincing students to do daily academic practice may be tricky, so we’re helping with an optional Summer Learning Menu

  • Students can complete i-Ready Reading or Math, Zearn Math, or Khan Academy lessons.  The self-paced i-Ready lessons are tailored to students’ individual levels, based on their third trimester diagnostic assessments.
  • Students can read.  Daily reading is the most effective way to become a better reader. We read by reading the words, reading the pictures, retelling familiar texts, and listening to others read. We also read a variety of text types: picture books, novels, newspapers, magazines, blogs, graphic novels, comic books, etc.
  • Students can complete Math Fluency Activities. Students can play a math fluency card game with a deck of cards, practice with some flashcards, or complete a math learning game on i-Ready.
  • Students can complete STEAM or Profile of a Graduate challenges.  Students can complete these challenges on their own, with a friend, or with their families!

Students can complete the summer learning log and bring it to the office in August for a chance to win a prize. 

Most students will continue to have access to their school-issued Chromebooks this summer. 2nd and 4th graders can still access their Clever dashboard from any non-school issued device. Please see “Accessing your Clever dashboard from a non-school issued device”. Teachers will provide clever badges for students that need it. 

Thanks for supporting your children with maintaining their skills over the summer!

Volunteer Badge

Volunteer badges will expire at the end of the school year and need to be turned in to the school office. To renew your badge for the next school year, follow the guidelines on the MVWSD website.


* Medicine – If your child has medicine in the nurse’s office, please make sure to pick it up from the office before school is out.

Lost & Found – Is your child missing a sweater/jacket, lunch box, water bottle or umbrella? Our lost and found cart is overflowing with many items.  Please take a moment after school or on the weekend to check out the lost & found cart located beside Room 6. Any leftover items will be donated 6.9.23.


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

·       Teacher of the Year Recognition

·       Classified Employee of the Year Recognition 

·       Honoring Employees' Years of Service and Retiring Employees

·       School Safety Update and Recommendations

·       Strategic Plan Update and Dashboard

·       Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) update

·       California Dashboard Local Indicators

·       Public Hearings: Budget Overview and Adoption

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, June 2

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. This is the last check in for the 2022-23 school year! Click here to register:

Check out the MVWSD “Summer Menu” for learning activities you can do at home this summer.

Click here - - for information about free meals and a handy list of resources for students to practice their academic skills this summer.

Summer meals at schools and on the move

Free meals provided by MVWSD and Second Harvest Food Bank are available to everyone throughout the summer at these locations. No questions. No age limit. No IDs required. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session.

Rengstorff Park

June 12- July 28, 2023 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

(No Meals June 19 &  July 4)

Mistral Elementary 

June 7 -July 28, 2023 

11:30 AM -12:45 pm

(No meal pick on June 19 & July 4) 

505 Escuela Ave., Meal pick up in front of school

MVWSD+ Afterschool Applications for 2023-24 School Year

Free MVWSD+ Afterschool childcare will be available for qualifying students next school year. To learn more about the program, including whether your child may qualify, go to Applications have now been sent to qualifying students’ families via email. Please respond promptly to ensure a spot for your child starting on the first day of the new school year! If you have any questions, please contact your school’s office, SCEF, or email [email protected].

Look Around, Look Within: Mental Health Awareness Month

This month we’ve been sharing about ways to prioritize our mental health. As we look toward summer, strong connections with our neighbors can play a vital role in supporting our mental health. Building a supportive and inclusive community helps reduce feelings of isolation and fosters a sense of belonging. Get involved with local events, volunteer opportunities, or simply start a conversation with a neighbor. 

The City of Mountain View offers a variety of opportunities to contribute your time and skills to your community. Learn more here:

VolunteerMatch is an additional resource for learning about volunteering opportunities in and around our community: Volunteer Opportunities in Mountain View

Let’s prioritize mental health and connectedness in our communities! 

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 InPlay’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.

With days left in the school year, MVEF has raised 95% of the stretch goal!!

This year, and every year, MVEF-funded programs have enriched the experience of every student in MVWSD. As the last day of school approaches, student performances are wrapping up, art portfolios are coming home, final papers are being written, and garden beds are being prepared for the summer.

With 95% raised and just $55k left to go, we are SO CLOSE to achieving the $1,200,000 stretch goal for 2022-23! Can you help us pass the finish line?

MVEF Volunteers needed for Summer and Back-to-School Activities

MVEF is seeking additional volunteers from every MVWSD school and in every neighborhood. Volunteering with MVEF is a great way to learn more about Public School Funding in California and to meet families from every neighborhood in MVWSD! MVEF volunteers work collaboratively with PTAs, school communities, and neighborhoods to ensure that information about our mission and impact reaches everyone in the right way. We are coordinating training for MVEF volunteers so sign up soon! To learn more:

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Youth Depression

All children feel sad or moody at times. But when a sad or bad mood lasts for weeks or longer — and when there are other changes in how a child acts — it could be a sign of depression. If you think your child is depressed, talk with them. Let them know you want to understand what they are going through. Listen if they want to speak.

To learn more about depression, click here.

Here are some signs that your child may have Depression: 

1.     Negative outlook. Children who feel depressed may be hard on themselves or on others. They might focus on failures and setbacks. It may be hard for them to see the good parts of things, or the good parts of themselves.

2.     Low energy, effort, interest, enjoyment. Your child may lose interest in things they used to enjoy. They may not seem to care. They may put less effort into schoolwork or tasks at home. Things seem to take too much effort. Nothing seems fun or enjoyable.

3.     Doing poorly at school. When a child feels depressed, schoolwork can seem harder. They may not complete their work, show effort, or study as much for tests. Their grades may drop.

4.     Pulling away from friends and family. Your child may spend more time alone, less time with friends, or seem distant.

Keep in mind that these are NOT ALL the signs of Depression. There are many more signs that a parent can find in their child. Identifying the signs of Depression is the first step to understanding our child. If your child is thinking or talking of suicide, please visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website, call 1-800-273-8255, or call or text 988.

To view more parenting tips, click here. These tips came directly from the free, online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr. D'Arcy Lyness, Ph.D.

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

MV Public Library: Summer Reading Program & Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the Mountain View Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1-July 31, 2023. Read, learn and earn rewards! Register the whole family for this free program here.

Upcoming Public Library events include a Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert on June 3 and a Chibis and Monsters Drawing Workshop on June 7. Visit for more events and information.

MV Technology Showcase: July 20th

The City of Mountain View in partnership with Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 8th Annual Technology Showcase on Mountain View Civic Plaza on July 20th, 2023 starting at 11:30 am.  This free event is open to the public and it’s a great opportunity to see technology in action with interactive product demos, panels, food vendors, and more. Click here for more information.

The View Teen Center: June Events and Summer Hours

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. 2023 Summer Drop-In Hours (June 5 - August 5) are Monday - Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flier for details about the upcoming events and programs in June or visit their webpage for more information.

CSA's Back to School Event

CSA is seeking donations to purchase gift cards for this year’s Back to School event in July. Unhoused families will receive gift cards to buy what they need most so their children can have a successful school year. You can drop off Target gift cards in $25 denominations to our office at 204 Stierlin Rd or donate on our website at

PTA News

Help PTA celebrate our 5th Graders!

Calling all Kindergarten through 4th grade families! It is a tradition at Landels for the younger grades to help out with the 5th grade graduation activities. We need your help so that our 5th graders (and their families) can enjoy their graduation celebration. 

Please consider signing up to bring breakfast or helping at their ceremony:

Monday, June 5

· Potluck Sign-Up

· Graduation Volunteer Sign-Up

PTA Year End Survey

What a year it's been! We invite you to give us feedback on the PTA in order to plan for next year. 

English Survey

Spanish Survey

Summer Playdates

Saturday, June 24

-Incoming Kinders come at 10am

-Grades 1-5 come at 11am


Thursday, July 20

-Everyone welcome at 5pm


Sunday, August 6

-Incoming Kinders come at 1pm

-Grades 1-5 come at 2pm


MVWSD’s Summer programs start soon 

Summer meals at schools and on the move 

Free and low cost summer programs

CHAC summer sessions for students   

MV Public Library: Summer Reading Program & Upcoming Events

MV Public Library: Chibis and Monsters Drawing Workshop

MV Public Library:Summer Reading Program All together Now

The View Teen Center: June Events and Summer Hours

MV Technology Showcase: July 20th

Summer Learning Log

May /June Lunch Menu

2023-24 School Calendar

PTA Summer Playdates

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