Landels Latest 9.28.22

Important Dates to Remember 

Sept 29          Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am - In front of the school

Sept 29          Family Science Night (registration is closed), 5:30pm-6:30pm

Oct 3-7           Book Fair – Family shopping hours:

                       Mon Oct 3, 3-4 pm

                       Wed Oct 5, 3-6 pm

                       Thu Oct 6, 12:15-1:15 pm

                       Fri Oct 7, 3-4 pm

Oct 5             5th grade Science Camp information night 5-6pm Zoom

Oct 7              Community Check-In, 3:30pm-4:30pm Zoom

Oct 11           Picture Day, MUR

Oct 12           PTA Meeting 6:00pm Staff Room            

Oct 13           Teacher Service Day – No School

Oct 14           Recess Day – No School               

Oct 28           Walkathon

Nov 4            End of first Trimester – Minimum day

Nov 11          Veteran’s day – No School

Roar Recognitions 

Alex M. - Room 7

Ananyaa G. - Room 9

Brandon C. - Room 10

Dulce R. Room 16

Dylan H. - Room 14

Ezekiel R. - Room 17

Lucy M. - Room 6

Minu S- Room 18

Olivia S. - Room 11

Oliver N. – Room 8

Rubens V. – Room 1

Sejal C. - Room 4

Theo K. - Room 2

Landels News 

Dear Landels Families,

I’ll be hosting my first in-person Principal’s Coffee tomorrow (Thursday, 9/29) @ 8:30am outside of the office by the Kinder gates. Grab some coffee, hear an update on what is happening at Landels, and meet some other Landels families. Hope to see you there!

Social Media Challenges

I want to make you aware of unhealthy and disruptive “social media challenges” your students may have seen online that are being replicated at some schools. There are social media videos that suggest students bring and eat incredibly spicy chips while at school, which often makes them ill. Please speak with your children about the dangers of participating in these social media challenges and monitor their social media usage at home. We want our students to be safe and healthy, and to focus on their academics while at school. Thank you for your support.

PTA Membership Challenge

The PTA Membership Challenge ends this Friday. Room 6, 14, and 7 are currently in the lead! See the attached flyer for more information on how to join the Landels PTA.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

One of the best ways we can support student mental health as a school community is by routinely modeling, teaching, and practicing kindness and empathy toward others. 

For years, the book “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” has been a valuable resource for teachers and families to help students develop an understanding of empathy, kindness, and interdependence. This year, MVWSD has purchased enough copies that ensure each classroom has access to their own copy and that each school has a version in Spanish.

As a parent, there are many ways to access mental health care for your child. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health that impacts their functioning at school, resources for support include your student’s teacher, our School Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF), and myself. At any point you can access care through your pediatrician and/or health insurance. An additional resource for parents is Mental Health America (

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans


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


Slime (Grades K-2, max 20 students)

Friday, Sep 30, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 24

Calling all chemists!  Come learn about mixtures and states of matter while you make OOEY, GOOEY SLIME!  Decorate yours with glitter, sprinkles, or GOLD!

- Sign-ups open Thursday, Sep 22


H.I.T.S. Tennis (Grades 2-3, max 10 students)
Thursdays, Oct 6 - Nov17 (ex. Oct13), 12:30-1:30pm, Blacktop

Learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games, and gain life skills like Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship.  (Bring or request school lunch to have before start of class.)

- Sign-ups open Thursday, Sep 22


Volleyball (Grades 3-5, max 12 students)

Mondays, Sep 26 and Oct 3, 3:00-4:00pm, Landels Field

Learn the primary skills needed to feel comfortable on and around a volleyball court such as forearm passing, setting, spiking, and overhand serving.

- Sign-ups are open

Succulents (Grades K-5, max 10 students)

Friday, October 7, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 24

Learn about succulents — how to pot rootless succulent in soil and how to propagate succulent leaves and stems.

- Sign-ups are open


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].


EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

Attendance Awareness Month: September

Are Vacations / Travel Excused?
Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This sometimes comes as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

Upcoming October no-school days

Friday, October 14 is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Thursday, October 13 is a staff development day, which means no school for students and no work for 10-month classified staff. Oct 13 is a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.

MVEF has raised over $300k! Make your donation soon to achieve the goal of $1.2M

Thanks to the generosity of new donors, repeat donors, corporate matching, and grants, MVEF has already raised over 25% of this year’s $1.2M funding goal. Thank you to all who have donated so far! It’s a fast start on a big climb: MVWSD will begin planning for next year’s budget during the winter trimester. When MVEF is on pace to meet or exceed the funding goal early in the school year, it gives confidence that we can continue funding the current priorities and potentially add new priorities to next year’s budget.

To become an MVEF donor or renew your gift for the current school year, click here.  A recurring monthly donation of $100 per month (made in September) will contribute $1000 towards the current year’s goal! Gifts of any amount are important to help us meet our goal. Each school site has a big green sign in the parking area – keep your eye out for the new goal markers that indicate our progress towards funding art, music, environmental science, athletics, clubs, and smaller class sizes now and in the future!   
MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater ⧫ 3535 Truman Avenue

We are lonelier than ever. Two-thirds of Americans are lonely and the average person hasn't made a new friend in the last five years. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships are vital to our health and happiness. But why can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive as an adult—especially as parents? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends?  Join us as Adam Smiley Poswolsky, workplace belonging keynote speaker, and author of the recent book, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships.  In this talk, Smiley will share practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, be a Minister for Loneliness in your community, prioritize real-world experiences, and deepen your relationships at work and outside of work. With warmth and inspiration, Smiley reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in adult life.

Audience:  Grade TK -  12 parents, caretakers, teachers, and counselors

Register here for this free event

County MedAssist Program

The MedAssist Program aims to improve health outcomes and medication adherence for select individuals who reside in Santa Clara County. Qualified patients will receive financial assistance in the form of a grant designed to off-set high out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications such as anti-diabetics, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. For more information and application, visit

PTA News 

Book Fair

 The Landels Book Fair is coming up on Oct 3-7, and we are in need of volunteers to help with the cash register and set up, particularly for after school hours. Students will be allowed to preview the book fair with their class, during which they'll be able to choose a free book sponsored by the PTA, but any shopping will be done with their families after school. If you can help, please sign up here.

Membership Drive

Did you know that PTA membership comes with perks? Joining the PTA not only funds programs for our kids at Landels, but it also comes with some great benefits for you and your family. Here are some of our favorites:

· 20% off Farm Fresh to You

· 20% off Hertz Car Rentals

· 30% off Tynker 

· 10% off Dell products

· Discounted admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific

Find more offers and details by using the links below. and

Membership is $10 for the year and you can join anytime using this link:

Book Fair -- Author Assembly

As we are approaching Book Fair Week Oct 3-7, Landels and the PTA will be hosting Dungeoneer Adventures authors Ben Costas and James Park for a visit for 3-5th graders on Friday Sep 30. If you would like to read more about the authors or pre-order the first book in the series, Lost in the Mushroom Maze, you can do so here:

It’s time for the Landels PTA Membership Challenge

We need you - parents, teachers, staff, friends, and families - to join the Landels PTA! See flyers for details.

The 3 classrooms with the highest percentages of members will win:
1st place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair AND a popsicle party
2nd place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair

3rd place: Popsicle party


MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult 

County MedAssist Program 

September Lunch Menu

2022 Autumn Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

Landels PTA Meeting Schedule 2022/2023

PTA Membership Challenge


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