Landels Latest 8.9.2022


Aug 10            First day of school – MINIMUM DAY – dismissal at 12:10pm

Aug 10            Parent University – MVWSD District Orientation – 5:30pm  ZOOM

Aug 12            Superintendent’s Community Check-In, 3:30pm   ZOOM

Aug 25            Back to School Night – 6:00-7:30pm

Sept 5             LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

Sept 9             Superintendent’s Community Check-In, 3:30pm  ZOOM

Sept 12           School Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm

Sept 14           PTA General Association Meeting

Sept 22           ELAC Meeting, 8:30am         


Landels News

Principal’s Message:

                                               
Hello Landels Families,

We are so excited to welcome students on campus tomorrow! Our teachers have spent the last week analyzing data, discussing various ways to support students’ social-emotional development and academic language acquisition, and setting up their classrooms. Now all we need are the students! 

MVWSD is providing at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families and staff members so that you may test before returning to campus after a school break. A box containing one test will be sent home with each student on Wednesday so that you may test your student Wednesday evening.  Please see this letter for what to do after testing. Thank you for participating in this safety measure to help ensure all of our students and staff stay healthy. 

Please check this graphic for an overview of our COVID protocols.

Just a reminder that indoor masks are required at school currently and while CDC data shows our community transmission level as “High." Please be sure to send your child to school in a well-fitting, high quality mask.

There are a number of changes this year, including:

I’m happy to announce that all our tables have been placed under the solar panels to provide our students with much-needed shade while they eat. In addition, grades K, 1 and 2 will now be having snack and lunch together while grades 3, 4, and 5 will have their snack and lunch together. The schedule is as follows:

 

K-2 snack:

9:50-10:10

3-5 snack:

10:10-10:30

K-2 lunch:

11:35-12:20

3-5 lunch:

12:25-1:10

 

The parking lot tends to get very congested during dismissal, especially on minimum days. Please make sure you are being safe and only pick up students in the pick-up zone. There is enough room for 2 rows of cars to pick up students (highlighted in yellow) while the 3rd row in red drives exits. This only works if all cars pull up to the pick-up zone. Please also make sure you do not block the bike lane while pulling into the school on Dana St. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kinder parents are asked to park and walk up to the Kinder gate for dismissal (1:45pm on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and 12:10pm on Thurs). See slide 2.

Parents are allowed on campus in the morning before school starts and after school ends. To ensure student and staff safety, Landels is a closed campus between the hours of 8:10am and 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (8:10am-12:15pm on Thursday). We do encourage parents to drop students off at the front gate as this promotes student independence and has proven helpful with the transition to school. Please also make sure to stay clear of the after-school programs while on campus in the afternoon. 

Looking forward to a very successful first day and a very successful school year!

Pieter Dolmans

Reporting an Absence

School starts at 8:15am and attendance will be taken during class check-in.  If your child is absent, please call the attendance line at 650-526-3520 x. 2 by 8:30am or email Stefani at [email protected]. If we do not know the reason for the absence, your child will be marked unexcused.  If you are late or you have a dentist or doctor’s appointment during class time, please call the school office.

 

Childcare

MVWSD partners with providers Right at School and YMCA to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare. Registration for these programs is happening now. Please click here for information on sessions, cost and registration. 

 

Free Snack and Lunch

School meals are free.  MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students in the 2022-23 school year. Snack and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition. There will be a vegetarian option each day. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 

  

Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office during our first week of school and return ASAP (we cannot administer any medication without the form).  Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.   

 

LEAP

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).  Classes are usually one hour long after dismissal and cover a variety of topics such as art, science, sports, history, finance, etc.

We are currently planning to restart LEAP this year and are looking for volunteers to teach classes.  If you have one spare hour and an activity that you think students will enjoy, please volunteer to run a LEAP class.  Look for an announcement of the kick-off meeting after school starts.  For additional information, please contact Tushar Moorti at [email protected].

MVWSD News

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Aug. 12

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC812

 

MVWSD Job Fair: Saturday, Aug. 13

MVWSD is hiring! Join us at our job fair on Saturday, August 13 from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. at Stevenson Elementary (750 San Pierre Way). We are seeking Substitute Teachers, Instructional Assistants, Noon Duties, BTB After School Tutors, and more! See mvwsd.org/jobs for more details about open positions.

 

Board meeting preview: Aug. 18

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. 

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: mvwsd.org/trustees

 

Puberty Talk for Fifth-Graders 

MVWSD provides 5th grade students with a unit on human growth and development. The District continues to use the Puberty Talk program. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend parent information sessions about the online program and its content.  Please click here to register for an MVWSD parents, guardians only information session on August 31 at 6:00 pm. Parents who cannot attend the August 31 preview can choose to attend a general preview session on September 1 at 5:30 pm. More information about the program and organization is available at https://www.health-connected.org/. An FAQ document is available here for families.

 

CAASPP scores are now available

CAASPP student (ELA, Math, CAA) score reports (from the Spring tests) are now available for parents on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To learn more about how to understand your child’s CAASPP score report, go to the Starting Smarter website at https://www.ca.startingsmarter.org/.  If you need assistance with logging on to the Powerschool Parent Portal, please contact your student’s school. 

 

School meals are free, but fill out the EzSchool Meals application to help your school

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.

We ask you to please Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family.

This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more.

Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school.

If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ or call your school office.

Notice: National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs

The Mountain View Whisman School District today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2022-23 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following site: Mariano Castro Elementary School.

Additionally, in 2022-23, all students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge through California’s Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) at the following sites:

Bubb Elementary, Crittenden Middle, Graham Middle, Amy Imai Elementary, Landels Elementary, Gabriela Mistral Elementary, Monta Loma Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, Theuerkauf Elementary, Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

For additional information please contact: Deborah Austin, Director of Food Service, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043, 650.903.6965, [email protected].

Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA

office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of

the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)       Mail:   U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2)       Fax:    202-690-7442

(3)       E-mail: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Why MVEF Matters

Thanks to financial support from parents like you, the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) ensures your child will have access to a competitive, well-rounded education that would not be possible without this additional funding.  MVEF is a volunteer-driven, non-profit that raises funds to bring essential programs to all Mountain View Whisman School District schools. State and local school funding is not enough. School funding supports salaries, facilities, and core academic programs that meet state standards. MVEF funding creates the well-rounded, robust learning environment that our kids deserve including art, music, hands-on environmental science programs from Living Classroom and Environmental Volunteers, and middle school athletics and English Language Arts teachers. Please see the website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online.

 

PTA News

Welcome Back Landels Families!

The Landels PTA leadership is excited to see you all back on campus for the 2022-2023 school year and we look forward to our first PTA Association meeting September 14, 2022. Visit our website for details and any updates to the meeting schedule as agenda, location and time will be posted on our calendar soon. 

What is the PTA and what does it do?

Our mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families in our community and to build up our community and come together - from the classroom to the grade level to all classes and teachers, staff, parents, alumni and even our future Lions.

Everything we do is in service of that mission, from popsicle parties and teacher appreciation events to funding assemblies and teacher supply budgets to hosting big events like our Multicultural Festival and fundraising events like our Walkathon.

For your calendar:

·       PTA Association Meeting: Sept 14

o   Association Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month

·       Cali Classico Soccer Match at Stanford: Sept 24

·       Book Fair: Oct 3-7

·       Walkathon: Oct 28

Excited to learn more?

·       Join the PTA online via our sign up portal, Totem: https://jointotem.com/ca/mountain-view/landels

·       Stay informed by signing up for the PTA’s communication platform, Konstella: https://www.konstella.com/cd/GNJQU9

·       Engage with us on Facebook: @LandelsPTA

Volunteering Opportunities

PTA is looking to fill a few positions on our Board: Secretary, Parliamentarian, Auditor with some flexibility to swap roles if there is something else you’re interested in such as Financial Secretary or Historian.  The commitment there is one Board meeting per month.

We are also looking for volunteers to take on roles to have immediate impact such as Room Parent, Room Parent Lead, Project Cornerstone, Walkathon, Book Fair, Make It Mondays (and Thursdays), and Playworks.

To learn more, reach out to [email protected]

 

School Spirit

Show your school spirit with some Landels Gear for the whole family (or with a cash donation) through our online store.  Keep an eye out for in-person Gear Events and check out our fresh inventory!

 

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