Landels Latest 4.3.24

Important Dates to Remember

April 5 Spirit Day – Cozy Day – Wear your coziest clothing - no stuffed animals

Apr 8-12 Spring Break - No School

Apr 19 3:30-4:30pm Community Check-In - Zoom

Apr 22 3:15pm - School Site Council Meeting

May 2 4-7pm Multicultural Festival

May 3 3:30-4:30pm Community Check-In - Zoom

May 8 5:30-6:30pm Science Night

May 9 11am 5th Grade Music Concerts

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

Thank you to all the families that participated in our first Math Festival. The same organization (Julia Robinson) has partnered with the Santa Clara County Office of Education to host a Math Festival with even more games! You can find all the details below. 

CAASPP Testing (Grades 3-5)

CAASPP testing begins when we return from spring break. Here is the testing schedule:

April 17th-April 18th - Science Testing for 5th Only

April 23rd-April 25th - ELA Testing for 3rd-5th

April 30th-May 2nd - Math Testing for 3rd-5th

All students will test first thing in the morning (8:30am-10am). Please avoid scheduling appointments during these times. 

Below are some tips you may find useful to help prepare your child for the CAASPP assessment:

· Explain to your child that it is important to do their best. 

· Provide positive reinforcement and encourage your child each day.

· Keep the test in perspective. We want students to do their best, but please make sure they understand that it is only one test. Remind them that if they are doing their best, you are proud.

· Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test.

· Make sure they arrive on time each day.

· Have your child eat a healthy breakfast.

· Keep a positive attitude about testing around your child. Remind them that this is a time to show what they know.

Smart Watch

Smart watches have increased in popularity and have become very distracting to the teaching and learning at Landels. As with cell phones, we ask that all smart watches remain at home or in students’ backpacks during school hours. Thank you in advance for helping to support a productive classroom environment. 

I hope you all have a restful break spent with family and friends. Take good care.


Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans


Dogs on Campus

Just a friendly reminder that dogs are not permitted on campus during drop-off, pick-up, or during the school day.  This is to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of our students and community. Thank you for your understanding.

Summer Reading Books Needed!

We all know how important reading is to academic success. It is especially important for all of our students to keep up their reading over the summer. Do you have books that your family has outgrown and that you can donate to other families at Landels for summer reading? If so, then bring them to Ms. Bea in the office. She will make sure that they find a good home for the summer. All levels of books are needed. We’ll be collecting books until Friday, May 10th. Thank you for your generosity.

Volunteer Reminder

Please remember to register in the office with your photo I.D. Unfortunately, children who do not attend our school are not able to accompany volunteers during school hours.


MVWSD Preschool Program: Apply now for August

Explore our flexible, low-cost and convenient options for all families in our high-quality preschool program. *New this year* Lower tuition and an 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. class, in addition to extended/full-day class until 3 p.m. and part-day (3 hour) classes.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development. Children who will be 3- or 4-years old are eligible (Minimum age: 3 years old by December 2, 2024. Maximum age: 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2024.) 

Preschool is currently located near Castro/Mistral Elementary Schools (1850 Latham St.) and Theuerkauf Elementary (1625 San Luis Ave.)

All 3- and 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

For more info go to or call 650-526-3560.

Better Together: April

In April, MVWSD is recognizing National Volunteer Month and the #BetterTogether monthly theme of advocacy. This presents our district with an opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of volunteers in our community but also an opportunity to highlight the significance of advocacy in supporting volunteer efforts. Through advocacy, volunteers can advocate for causes they are passionate about, promote volunteerism within their communities, and advocate for systemic changes that create a more inclusive environment for all. By recognizing the importance of advocacy within the context of National Volunteer Month, we empower volunteers to not only lend their time and skills but also to be agents of change in building a better, more equitable society. We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit

MVWSD Child Nutrition Focus Group

MVWSD's Child Nutrition Services Department is seeking parents and staff members to join a focus group to discuss menus, meal service, etc. in an informal focus group setting. We will hold a meeting in April. Please enter your information here to express your interest. Questions may be directed to Food Service Director Debbie Austin at [email protected]

21st Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament

The 21st Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, sponsored by your PTAs, will be hosted by Landels Elementary on Sunday, April 21st, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at, and the deadline for registration is April 20. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at [email protected].

InPlay: Find camps and afterschool activities

Spring break and summer vacation are just around the corner. Looking for activities or camps for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.

MVEF: Gala Auction

Attending the Gala is a great way to connect with members of the Mountain View community who strongly support public education through their leadership and philanthropy. Gala Event attendees can participate in the Live Auction! But whether or not you attend the Gala, there is something for everyone (and anyone can bid) in the online auction! There will also be a Raffle, participants need not be present to win. Learn all about the Gala here

Survey: City of Mountain View wants to know about your journey to school

Next week, schools throughout Mountain View and Los Altos are participating in the City of Mountain View Safe Route to Schools (SRTS) evaluation project by collecting in-school and in-home information on how students travel to and from school. Students will take a brief survey about their commutes to school during the week of April 1. Parent participation is essential in helping the City of Mountain View develop plans to enhance safety and promote responsible travel behavior for both adults and children on our city streets. The City invites you to take part by completing a brief survey to help us understand your household’s perspective on the journey to school. This survey linked here will be open until April 25, 2024. 

The View Teen Center: April

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. (April Adjusted Hours, Open 1-6 p.m.: Spring Break Apr. 8-12), 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 April or visit their webpage for more information.

City of MV: Earth and Arbor Day Photography Contest

The City of Mountain View has launched a photography contest for its first joint Earth and

Arbor Day Celebration! The Mountain View Earth and Arbor Day Photo Contest is open to all

Mountain View community member amateur photographers, with three age categories: K-8, High School, and 18+. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2024. This year’s theme is “Rooted in Our Environment.” We encourage images that depict the beauty, biodiversity, and resilience of the environment in and around our City. Click here to learn more and submit your photo.

SCCOE: Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Santa Clara County Office of Education invites you to the first ever county-wide Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m taking place at the Ridder Park Office, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131. Students in grades TK-8 can discover the fun and joy in mathematics by playing games, and solving puzzles with family and friends! We are also looking for volunteers to help with the festival. Parents, educators, high school students and anyone in the community are welcome! Community service hours are available upon request. For registration, volunteer sign-up & more information, please visit

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Dates:

·       April 5: First Fridays PTA Social, 8:30am, back gate

·       April 17: PTA Association Meeting (election), 6pm virtual

·       April 19: Landels Fiesta, 5pm, MUR

·       April 21: Chess Tournament, MUR

·       April 27: Campus Clean-Up Day, 11am

·       May 2: Multicultural Festival, 4pm

We are always looking for volunteers to make these special programs and events happen. Please consider signing up here


The 2023-2024 Landels Yearbook is only $22 until April 19 for 80 pages of memories. To ensure your student gets a copy by the last week of school, order online today. You may also bring a check or exact cash to the front office. If you need financial assistance, please contact the front office. Photos to be considered for the yearbook may be submitted to [email protected] (checked by volunteers Katarina and Alicia) by Friday, April 5.

Campus Clean-Up Day: Sat, April 27, 11-12pm

Join other Landels families for an hour of community camaraderie and environmental stewardship at our Campus Clean-Up Event! Let’s unite for a cleaner, greener environment. Meet at the picnic tables. PTA will provide disposable gloves, trash bags and reward snacks or prizes. Please wear close-tied shoes and bring trash bags, trash grabber, sturdy gloves if you have them.

Landels Fiesta: Arts and Crafts Party and Potluck

Save April 19th, 5 - 7 pm, to join us for Family Fun Night: Fiesta!

·       Do you want to learn to make paper flowers? 

·       We will be gathering for a paper flower making pre-party to make decorations for this event. Email Anna at [email protected] if you want to join the fun. 

·       Fiesta will be a potluck, sign up here to bring a dish

o   We welcome everyone to participate with an entree, side, dessert, drink, or useful items such as plates, cutlery, napkins, etc.

o   All food is welcome! We love to see traditional foods from Central and South America, but food from all traditions is welcome, even lasagna or chicken nuggets.    

Chess Tournament: Sun, April 21, 10-4pm

The 21st Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be hosted by Landels Elementary on Sunday, April 21st, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy some friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at, and the deadline for registration is April 20. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at [email protected]

LEAP Classes

FREE, sign up at the front office, classes are 3-4pm unless otherwise noted.

·       4/15: Chess Club. 1st-5th. (New)

·       4/22: Hindi Storytime. K-5th.

·       4/29 & 5/1: Ancient Egypt. Includes optional field trip on 5/4. 2nd-5th.

·       Outdoors! TBD.


The View Teen Center: April

SCCOE: Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival 

April Lunch Menu

2023-2024 MVWSD Calendar

2024-2025 MVWSD Calendar

Latin Fiesta

Landels Campus Clean Up Day

Chess – Leap Class

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