Landels Latest, Apr. 27, 2022


May 2             Landels Monday Morning Meeting – 8:30-8:45am  ZOOM

May 6             PTA – Landels Spirit Wear Sale – 1:30-3:30pm, in front of school

May 6             Superintendent Community Check In, 3:30pm.  ZOOM

May 9             Landels Monday Morning Meeting – 8:30-8:45am  ZOOM

May 12           Multicultural Festival – 4:00-7:00pm, Landels blacktop

May 16           Landels Monday Morning Meeting – 8:30-8:45am  ZOOM

May 23           School Site Council Meeting – 3:15pm

May 27           End of 3rd Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

May 30           Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

June 2             5th Grade Celebration, 1:30-2:30pm

June 3             Last day of school – MINIMUM DAY

 

ROARS

·      Johnwayne S. – Room 1

·      Nijika K. – Room 5

·      Uthraah D. – Room 9

·      Presley R. – Room 17

·      Mason P. – Room 5

·      Jay H. – Room 16

·      Kento U. – Room 3

·      Sofia B. – Room 7

·      Youngseo K. – Room 14

·      Caroline A. – Room 11

·      Ben D. – Rm. 4

·      Aviva F. – Rm. 8

 

Principal’s Message:

Dear Landels Families,

It’s been an incredibly busy week for our students. We had a successful start to state testing. Our 3rd-5th graders worked incredibly hard - I am proud of all that they have accomplished this year. We also had a successful start to the book fair, had a blast making balloon car racers at Science Night and received lots of good information from the city’s Safe Routes to School program, including these safety tips and rules for riding. Make sure to follow the Landels Instagram or Facebook page to see all the exciting things happening on campus!

 

Upcoming Events

Book Fair - 4/28-4/29: If your child wants a book but they forgot to bring money, they can come to the book fair with a parent today after dismissal from 12:30pm-2:30pm (parents need to wear a mask) or students can go to the book fair on Friday during their lunch.

5th Grade Celebration - June 2nd from 1:30pm-2:30pm: We will be celebrating the accomplishments of our 5th graders and wish them luck as they embark on a new journey to middle school. Families are welcome but will need to wear a mask when indoors. We will have a teacher/student video playing in the MUR on loop so families can go in and out. Food will be served outside and yearbooks will be handed out during the school day so students can sign each other's yearbook at the celebration.

 

Indoor Masking

We are seeing a rise in the number of positive cases at a number of schools. Therefore, the district has decided to reinstate the indoor mask mandate. All individuals (students, staff, etc.) are required to wear masks when inside. Please be sure to send your child to school in a well-fitting, high-quality mask. Mandatory indoor masking will continue through May 13, and possibly longer, depending on case numbers. Outdoor masking continues to be strongly recommended. Please reach out if you have any questions.

 

Class Placement

In the upcoming weeks, the Landels teachers and I will be collaborating to create class lists for the next school year. Decisions we make with regard to your child’s future placement reflect our best professional judgment as to where they will be the most successful. When grouping students, we strive to create a positive learning environment for all students and consider many factors, including academics and special needs. If there is additional information that you feel would be helpful for us to know, please fill out this survey by May 10th. Please note that we are NOT accepting requests for specific teachers.

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans

 

School Site Council (SSC)

We are beginning to recruit for next year’s School Site Council. Landels’ School Site Council is composed of five parents and five staff members.  The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Landels’ School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA or site plan in short). They must also approve the site plan before it goes to the board. If you are interested in running to be a member of our SSC, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form. More information about SSC can be found here

Construction

We have a number of construction projects planned for this summer. Most of these updates have been shared at one point or another but please reach out if you have any questions. Most of the projects will have minimal impact on the community's ability to use the campus. 

Gates

Last year, new fencing and gates were added in order to completely enclose the campus and to match existing fencing. This summer, pending material availability, a lock management system will be added to the gates. With the installation of the automatic locking/unlocking gates, the public will continue to have access to fields in the evenings and on weekends. The purpose of the perimeter controls is to limit points of entry during school hours and secure campuses during school hours when students are present. Additionally, this fall, staff members will be able to access classrooms and offices using key cards, instead of keys.

Library HVAC

Pending availability of materials, HVAC will be replaced in the Library. The existing HVAC system has already been updated to include MERV-13 filters, which is the highest-grade filter available for our units.

Lights

New lights and/or bollard style light posts will be installed to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots. The light locations were determined by photometric survey data. This additional lighting is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons.

Park Restrooms

A prefabricated, standalone toilet building will be installed on the southeast side of the field near the gate from Mercy Street. The unit will be maintained by the City and may be used after school hours by the public; not by students during the school day. This is an important security measure to ensure adults are not mixing with children in student restrooms. The restroom's design and placement were determined through a community input process held in Spring 2021. Construction is tentatively scheduled for the summer but may be delayed until the fall.

Security Cameras

Security cameras in public areas will be installed at all school sites as a way to increase safety for students and staff members by deterring misconduct and preventing vandalism. Members of the schools’ communities were engaged in a series of feedback meetings in Winter 2022.

LANDELS HELPS OUR COMMUNITY

Ronald McDonald House gives families with a sick child what they need most—each other.

Their mission is simple: provide critically ill children with communities of support, access to medical care and the healing power of family and home. Their objectives are clear: ease the emotional and financial burden families endure.

Landels is asking for donations to create care kits for families

Remember: All items must be new and in original packaging.

  • Toiletry Kits:  (Travel-sized)
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Bar soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
  • Snack Packs:  (Individually packaged, non-perishable snacks)
    • Pretzels
    • Fruit snacks
    • Granola bars
    • Cookies
    • Chips
    • Small waters/drinks

Please bring your donation to the office by Friday, May 20th.
We have a box for each grade level.

 

MVWSD News

Mandatory indoor masking starts again on April 27

Mandatory masking indoors for MVWSD students and staff starts on Wednesday, April 27. This is being implemented as a safety measure as we are seeing increases in positive COVID cases across the district. We will keep the masking mandate indoors until May 13, and then we will re-evaluate. Outdoor masking will still be optional. Please be sure your student comes to school wearing a well-fitting mask. If you need help getting masks for your students, please let us know. For more information, please see our COVID protocols at https://www.mvwsd.org/returntolearn.

 

Please share and rate thoughts before May 4: Safety ThoughtExchange

As our community is still reeling from the recent student tragedy, many of us are asking the question of “how can we make school commutes safer for our students?” The Mountain View Whisman School District is recording these organic conversations in an online exchange of ideas, with the goal of involving all of the organizations and people who have a role in making our community safer.

Please click here to participate in a ThoughtExchange about safety: my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/545040823. Your participation is confidential. Please share and come back often to rate new ideas until the exchange closes on May 4.

 

Interpreters and Translators Needed!

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? Are you bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or ASL (Sign Language)?  MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to become interpreters and translators for school and district events, documents, and parent meetings.  To find out more, click here: http://mvw.sd/translators

 

Upcoming Parent University Event

High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu051122

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

 

MVWSD Celebrates Its Reclassified Students!

It's time for our annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all of the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations this week to the event to take place at Crittenden the evening of April 28. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!

 

April Better Together Infographic

This April, we herald in Autism Acceptance Month and celebrate our neurodiverse community. MVWSD is a district that aims to provide an identity-affirming, empowering space for all of our students. We strive to challenge biases and champion change that makes our world more equitable, accessible, and just. Check out this month's infographic for ideas and resources to spark a conversation about autism acceptance and about the gifts our neurodiverse people bring to our community. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

 

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:

* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;

* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or

* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit https://www.mvwsd.org.

 

Health and Wellness Tip: Changing Your Thoughts

Everyone has upsetting thoughts from time to time, which can make us feel angry, sad, or frustrated. This is normal! It is often our emotions that drive these upsetting thoughts, not the facts of the situation. By catching our upsetting thoughts, checking the facts, and changing our thoughts based on those facts, we can start to have more helpful thoughts and improve our mood.  

Watch this video and learn more about how to change upsetting thoughts to be more helpful.

To change your upsetting thoughts: 

1.     Catch it. When you feel upset, pause and ask yourself, “What words or phrases are running through my mind right now?”

2.     Check it. Consider whether the thought you are having is helpful or not. 

3.     Change it. If you are having an unhelpful thought, consider other ways of looking at the situation. Reframe your thought to one that is more helpful.

Catching, checking, and changing your thoughts takes practice. By noticing your unhelpful thoughts and reframing them based on facts, you can improve your mood.

 

Día de los Niños with MV Public Library

Día de los Niños/Día de los libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Books) will be celebrated with a performance from Raices de Mexico, a Mexican folkloric dance company that will perform regional dances from Mexico, on Saturday, April 30 from 11-11:45 a.m. in Pioneer Park. The event is open to all ages, and no registration is required. Click here for more information.

 

PTA News

Spirit Wear!

PTA is hosting another in person gear/spirit wear sale on Friday, May 6th at the front of Landels during pickup time (1:30 - 3:30).

We will have our Square App to accept card payments. You may also place an order through our online store and pick it up in person if you don't want to wait for delivery through your student's classroom. Please indicate on your order that you will pick up during the in-person sale.

There will be a PTA table where parents can sign up and/or ask any questions. Parents who sign up for additional information and/or join the PTA will be entered into a raffle to win some free Landels gear!

If you cannot make the in person sale you can still purchase Landels Gear or make a donation through our online store. When you place your order, please indicate your child’s name, classroom #, and teacher’s name on your order to ensure a smooth delivery to your child at school.

Any questions or special requests in advance, reach out to [email protected].

Thank you for supporting Landels! We look forward to helping you show your school spirit!

 


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