Landels Latest 9.14.23

Important Dates to Remember

Sept 18-22 Fall Book Fair

·       Mon Tue Fri 3-4pm

·       Wed 3-6pm

·       Thurs 12:10-3pm

Sept 19      6-7pm Parent U Extension Encouraging Literacy at Home – Building Foundations for Reading

Kinder and 1st grade parents - MUR

Sept 22      Spirit Day - Pajama Day

Sept 27      8:30am ELAC/Principals Coffee – Staff room

Oct 6          3:30-4:30 Community Check-in - Zoom

Oct 10       Picture Day

Oct 12       Teacher Service Day – No School

Oct 13       Recess Day – No School

Oct 20       3pm Walkathon

Roar Recognitions

Abir S. – Room 12

Alan F. – Room 4

Alexa A-H. – Room 5

Amabelle C. – Room 2

Darian R. – Room 10

Eesa S. – Room 14

Emi T. – Room 13

Emmett G. – Room 1

Ilya K. – Room 9

Jesus A. – Room 18

Kento U. – Room 8

Max DV. – Room 7

Michelle M-M. – Room 11

Naomi M. – Room 17

Samarth P. – Room 6

Shreyas N. – Room 16

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

Over the past few weeks, our staff, ELAC and School Site Council have been reviewing Landels’ data to measure the effectiveness of our programs and to draft our Site Plan for the upcoming school year. There is a lot to celebrate and also opportunities for improvement. I’m excited to continue on this journey and to work with staff and the community to build the best Landels for our students.

Parent U Extension Series for Kinder and 1st Grade Families

All Kinder and 1st grade families - Please join us on Tuesday, 9/19 from 6-7pm in the Landels MUR for an engaging presentation on early literacy. Jaime Koo from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will provide information and strategies for building skilled readers at home. Childcare will be provided for those families that need it.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15th to October 15th. During this month, we will recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the Hispanic and Latino community. Interested in learning more? Check out these PBS programs.

Thank you!


Pieter Dolmans


Now hiring: Noon Duty Assistant

Landels families, we are hiring for help with morning, recess, and lunchtime supervision. If you are interested, please apply now at

Pedestrian and Bike Safety 

On Wednesday, September 20th, our students will participate in the city’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The program provides our Lions with lots of good information on walking and rolling to school, including these safety tips and rules for riding. If you or your child are walking or rolling to school, the Safe Routes to School website includes a map for Landels, which highlights the suggested routes to school. Remember to wear your helmet!

Encouraging Literacy at Home – Building Foundations for Reading

Kinder to 1st Grade

Ever wonder how you could help your child build a great foundation in reading? This workshop will provide practical, fun, tried-and-true tips for parents to increase their child’s confidence in

* mastering letter recognition

* understanding phonics

* recognizing word families

* getting the most out of phonics readers

* navigating leveled readers

For Kinder and 1str grade parents

Tuesday, September 19 - 6:00-7:00pm

Landels MUR

Water Bottles and Other Student Property

Students continue to become more familiar with our daily school routines, but we continue to see lunch bags, water bottles and clothing left behind.  Please take a moment to check our lost and found cart for any missing items.

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.

Short-Term Independent Studies

If you are planning on scheduling family vacations, please make every effort to schedule around our instructional calendar. You can also find minimum days outside our regularly scheduled early release Thursdays for scheduling appointments for your scholar.  If your plans include your child missing 3-15 days of school, please notify the front office to discuss a short-term independent studies contract to minimize the impact of missed school days.


Attendance Awareness Month: What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?

Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.

Better Together: September

This month, #BetterTogether explores identity and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which are both essential components of fostering inclusive and enriching schools in MVWSD. Recognizing and respecting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities of students not only promotes a sense of belonging and allyship but also encourages a more comprehensive and meaningful learning experience for all. Hispanic Heritage Month, in particular, provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich tapestry of Hispanic/Latino cultures, their contributions to society, and the stories of Hispanic/Latino students within our own community. Celebrate with us this month! We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit

Volunteer badges: New, easy-to-follow chart

If you think that you will be volunteering on campus more than 3 times this school year for more than 10 min each visit, or plan to be an overnight trip chaperone, now is the time to apply for your volunteer badge.  Please check the easy-to-follow chart here to help you get started. There are more steps to complete the first time you apply. After that, renewals are easier. Thank you for helping to protect our students' safety and to ensure MVWSD complies with state law. We are grateful for parents willing to help us at school!

Volunteer with MVEF!
MVEF needs 1-3 additional volunteers at each school in MVWSD. MVEF school representatives help the families at their school understand what MVEF is and why it exists so that they are inspired to donate and spread the word about the impact of MVEF funding. MVEF also needs volunteers to help with planning our annual Gala and other community events. To learn more, visit:

The View Teen Center: September

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 flyer for details about upcoming events and programs in September or visit their webpage for more information.

Understanding Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience: Sept. 20

Youth and adults are invited to a panel discussion about teen mental health and well-being on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre

(201 Almond Ave). County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate a panel of mental health providers and students who will share about how to support mental health, how to check in and talk with youth, and describe locally available resources. Sign up for the free event:

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27

The MV Public Library will host a parenting presentation, “The Best You for the Best Them,” on  Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom. Research shows that teens' and parents' emotional well-being are highly entwined. With support from author and parenting coach, Laura Cleary, set aside time to acknowledge your need as a parent for selfcare, and receive concrete ideas and support to model this for your teen and uplift your relationship. Register here.

PTA News

Walkathon: Fri, Oct 20

Walkathon Planning is in full swing and we sure could use more volunteers planning, and volunteers signed up for the day of the event Friday, 10/20 for big chunks of the day. Check out the volunteering opportunities here.

Mendocino Farms Fundraiser: Tues, Sept 19, 2:00-9:00pm

Help the PTA raise money for Landels by shopping at Mendocino Farms! Order online for pickup or delivery using the promo code "GIVEBACK" or show the flier in the restaurant and they'll donate 30% back to us!

Mendocino Farms:

401 San Antonio Road #64, Mountain View, CA 94040

Fall Book Fair: Sep 18 - Sep 22

Shopping Hours: Mon & Tues 3 - 4 PM, Wed 3 - 6 PM, Thurs 12:10S - 3 PM, Fri 3 - 4 PM.

Thanks to your continued support, students will get to “shop” for a free book (valued up to $15) during their class visit. Students who earned a free book through the summer challenge will get to select an additional free book! Preview the book fair at -

Volunteer for the book fair here

Landels Game Night: Thurs, Sept 28, 5:00-7:00pm

Join us on Thursday, September 28th from 5 to 7 pm for an evening of games and family fun! 

We will have a variety of board and card games for kids of all grades, including cooperative and strategy games. Bring a picnic to enjoy, reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. Siblings welcome! MUR and blacktop.

Would you like to lead a game? We need volunteers to host game tables and help with this event, please sign up here or contact Anna Botelho at [email protected].

Diwali planning group

We are very excited to host a Diwali celebration at Landels this year, and welcome volunteers to be part of the planning committee. If you would like to help plan the party, please contact Anna Botelho at [email protected] to be included in the kick off meeting. 

LEAP classes will be back next month! 

LEAP is a free, parent-led, 1-hour after school program where parent volunteers teach an activity of their choosing. We've had parents teach ice-cream making, Chinese brush painting, 3-D printing, tennis, and knitting--just to name a few! Please contact Tara Whiteside at [email protected] if you're interested in teaching a class. 

Would your child like to participate in a LEAP class? Just look for the class descriptions here in the Landel's Latest and have your child sign up in the yellow binder in the office! Check out the flier attached for more detailed info.

Family Science Night: Oct 6, 5:30-7 pm

Come join us for an evening of interactive science in the MUR! Students will rotate through various Mad Science stations, including Dry Ice, Slime, Magnets, and Bouncy Balls. There will be something to take home from each station!
A taco truck will be on site starting at 5pm. You may also bring your own dinner.
We only have capacity for 150 students -- please 
reserve your spot here.


September CAC and LCC Events

The View Teen Center: September 

Understanding Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience: Sept. 20

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27 

Mendocino Farms Fundraiser

Game Night


September Lunch Menu

2023-24 School Calendar

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