Landels Latest 1.17.24

Important Dates to Remember

Jan 18    6:30pm - TK Info Night -

Jan 18    6:30-7:45pm Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era – Zoom

Jan 22   For 5th Grade Families: Graham Middle School Info Night at 6:30 pm - Zoom

Jan 22-26   The Great Kindness Challenge Week

Jan 22- Feb 9 Enroll your student for next year! Register

Jan 24   2pm In-Person Choice Schools Event at Castro. Info:          

Jan 29   3:15-4:15pm School Site Council Meeting

Jan 31   8:15-9:15am ELAC Meeting/Principals Coffee – Staff room

Feb 9     3:30-4:30pm Community Check-In

Feb 16   End of 2nd Trimester – Minimum day

Feb 19-23    Winter Break – No school

Roar Recognitions

Cooper K. – Room 10

Corrine L. – Room 1

Eli G. – Room 14

Emily H. – Room 4

Jesiah B. – Room 4

Julian L. – Room 13

Junior T. – Room 9

Karla O. – Room 18

Luka M. – Room 17

Maddie H. – Room 16

Maddy C. – Room 8

Marisa A. – Room 7

Michael. – Room 6

Nalini B. – Room 11

Sam W. – Room 2

Serah P. – Room 5

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

I look forward to seeing you all tonight at our Parent University: Parent Education for Setting Healthy Boundaries Around Technology Use. Landels and Vargas will be hosting this insightful session for families to support responsible, mindful, and healthy use of the internet, social media, and gaming. Click here to register!

Book Mobile Coming to Landels!

The City of Mountain View Public Library has a new Book Mobile, which will be coming to Landels starting Thursday, January 25th from 11:45-1:00pm, and every three weeks thereafter (see calendar). Students can check out books from the Book Mobile with their library card. As a full-service Library on wheels, the bookmobile brings free access to education, knowledge and entertainment. The Book Mobile will be parked directly in front of the school in the Landels parking lot (see map). If your child plans to visit the Book Mobile after school on Thursday AND you are picking them up by car, please plan ahead and make sure to park your car so as not to hold up the pick-up line. As a reminder, no cars should be picking up students in the bus lane. 


Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open this Monday. You can find more details below. Please remember that both new and returning students need to register for next school year. 

If you need in-person help to register your child, Sign up at and attend any of the help sessions:

Castro Elementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Crittenden and Graham will be holding their School Information sessions for incoming 6th grade families on January 22nd (see details below). Please use the link below to join!

Transition to Sixth Grade / Transición al Sexto Grado

This is a good opportunity to learn about 6th Grade for the next year. / Esta es una buena oportunidad para aprender sobre Sexto grado para el próximo año escolar

School/ Escuela

Day Visitations / Visitaciones de Dia

Parent Information Nights /

Noche de Información


1175 Castro St.


5th Graders will visit the middle schools in May

January 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Zoom link:


LCAP Survey

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey coming soon!

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). The input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. An email with a link to the survey will come to your inbox on Jan. 29. More information found here:

I will be presenting LCAP information on the following dates:

SSC Meeting: January 29, 2024 from 3:15-4:15pm (Zoom)

Principal’s Coffee and ELAC Meeting: January 31, 2024 from 8:15-9:15am (in person)

We will also use that time to discuss Landels’ data on the California School Dashboard.

Thank you!



Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open in two weeks.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

Please encourage families who are enrolling NEW students in grades TK-8 to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings:

·       Jan 17: At Theuerkauf Elementary, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: In-person school exploration event for Kindergarteners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.

·       Jan: 18: Virtual school information night for Transitional Kindergarteners (Meeting link:

·       Jan 24: At Castro Elementary, 2-4 p.m.: In-person school exploration events for Kindergarteners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.

For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:

Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9.   

Do you need in-person help to register your child? Sign up at and attend any of the help sessions:

CastroElementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.

For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22

Please join us at this fun and informative virtual event. It is an opportunity for you and your fifth-grader to learn about middle school life. You will have the opportunity to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have. Future 6th grade students are encouraged to join!

Date: January 22, 2024

Crittenden at 5:30 p.m. Meeting link:

Graham at 6:30 p.m. Meeting link:

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here:

Better Together: January

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sometimes, being a good ally might mean standing up to our friends to protect someone else. In the month of January, MVWSD students will explore the essential question: How do I have a difficult conversation with someone? A thoughtful ally finds a way to express themselves respectfully and with an open mind. For more information about Better Together, visit

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 23-24 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways: 

·Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.

·Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.

·Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.

·Technical work like automation and data migration.

·Visual designs, graphic design and layout.

·Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families.  To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM.Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel?Submit here

Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out ourYoutube Channel

The View Teen Center: January

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. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 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 upcoming events and programs in January or visit their webpage for more information.

City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy

The City of Mountain View is seeking your input to create a Homelessness Response Strategy to address homelessness, assist the unhoused and respond to community needs. Take part in defining a clear vision and action plan to guide decisions about goals, actions, funding and programs!

The City is hosting two community forums to give all community members the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our community and the City's planning process. The forums will be January 18 (In person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.) and January 25 (via Zoom, register here).  For the January 18 in-person forum, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Interpretation services are available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian for both meetings.

PTA News

Family Fun Night: Lunar New Year on Fri, Feb 2, 5-7pm

Lunar New Year is an important holiday in many Asian cultures. We’d like to share this cultural tradition with everyone at Landels. 

·       Sign up here to bring a dish to the potluck! We will highlight foods that are traditional for Lunar New Years, but also happily welcome food from any traditions (pizza to chicken nuggets, or fruit or drinks).

·       There will be a performance by Landels students at 6 pm, mark it on your calendar!

·       Do you like crafts, decorating, or just having fun? If you want to volunteer to be part of this event, please sign up here.

Wushu Martial Arts One Time Class

As part of the Lunar New Year celebration, all Landels students are invited to participate in a one time class to experience the Martial Art of Wushu (also known as Kung Fu, take a look!).

·       Teachers will be professionals from Wushu Central.

·       Class will be Friday, Feb 2, from 4 - 4:45 pm in the MUR.

·       Sign up here, the class will be limited to 16 participants.

LEAP: Chinese Brush Painting

Come learn this fascinating painting technique.   Let the brush do all the work!

·When: Monday, 1/22/24

·Participants: 3rd - 5th graders

·Instructor: Ms. Sharon Hicks

·Sign up in the office, see flyer

LEAP: Girls Who Code 

Girls Who Code: An introduction to coding through scratch block coding (pending sufficient enrollment)

·When: Wed & Fri - Jan 19, 24, 26, 31, Feb 2 from 3:15PM - 4:15PM

·Participants: 4th & 5th graders

·Materials Needed: student's chromebook

·Instructors: 3 MVHS students

·Volunteers needed

·Sign up in the office, seeflyer

Erik’s DeliCafe Fundraiser: Wed, Jan. 31

Do you love sandwiches and supporting Landels? Get lunch or dinner at Erik's DeliCafe on Wed, Jan. 31 and they will donate a portion of your sales back to Landels PTA! (No need for a code, all sales that day count!) 


After School Enrichment Classes

Mathletes: Fun and Games starts Tuesday 1/23. All other classes started this week! 

Run for Fun on Tuesdays still available:

$200 per child, or contact [email protected] for scholarship or financial aid.


The View Teen Center: January 

City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy

LEAP: Girls Who Code

Family Fun Night: Lunar New Year

Chinese Brush Painting

Erik’s Deli Café Fundraiser

January Lunch Menu

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