Landels Latest, Aug. 12, 2021

Aug 13            Superintendent’s Community Check-in – 3:30pm.

Aug 16            Principal’s Coffee – 8:30-9:30am.

Aug 17            Parent University – MVWSD District Orientation – What you need to know

                        to be informed and connect this school year - 5:30pm.

Aug 19            Back to School Night – 6:00-7:30pm

Sep 6               LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL


Principal’s Message:

Dear Landels Families,

We have two very successful days of school behind us! I was able to get into almost all the classrooms - teachers and staff are thrilled to have students back on campus. 

Here are just a few reminders:

1.     Make sure you complete the OkToReopen screener before your child arrives on campus.

2.     Make sure your child brings a full water bottle every day.

3.     Make sure your child knows where they are being picked up (or if they are walking/biking home).


Back-to-school night: Thursday, 8/19 is our virtual back-to-school night. Teachers will be sharing information about what you can expect for the 2021-22 school year. There will be two opportunities to meet your child’s teacher, in case you have more than one child that attends Landels. The first session is from 6:00-6:40pm and the second session is from 6:50-7:30pm. You can choose to log in to either session if you have only one child attending Landels. Teachers will be sharing google meet links (very similar to zoom) with all their families. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Pieter Dolmans


We would like to welcome our new teachers and office staff!

Brittany Thornton - Kindergarten

Vanessa Bui - Kindergarten

Shalini Ghiya – 5th Grade

Melanie Sherman – Special Day Class

Natalie LaRosa – Instructional Coach

Omar Lorenzana– At-Risk Supervisor


Join me for our next principal’s coffee on Monday, August 16 at 8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:40  Welcome – Pieter Dolmans, Landels Principal

8:40-8:50  L.E.A.P (Landels Enrichment Activities Program)    - Tushar Moorti

8:50-9:00  MVEF (Mountain View Educational Foundation) – Dena Seki

9:00-9:10  PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) – Samantha Perkins, PTA President

9:10-9:20  ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee ) – Monica Cadenas, ELAC President

9:20-9:30  Project Cornerstone – Anne Spillane


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting


iReady Assessment

Our grade 1-5 students will be taking the iReady Reading assessment on Monday 8/16 and Math assessments on Wednesday 8/18. The initial assessment for the school year helps us to establish a baseline for a student’s growth for the school year. The i-Ready data helps us monitor student progress throughout the year. It also helps us identify standards that students have already mastered, as well as areas of focus during first instruction. It is important that each child does her/his best in order to provide teachers with the most accurate information.

Families, below are some tips you may find useful to help prepare your child for the diagnostic assessment:

· Explain to your child that it is important to do his/her best.

· Remind your children to work out their problems and pace themselves

· Make sure that your child is well-rested and has breakfast the day of the assessment.

· Please make sure to encourage your child.

o    This is a diagnostic test that covers information that may be beyond their current level. Please reassure them that they should try their best even through difficult questions.

School & Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF)

As part of Landels’ plan, we have a School and Community Engagement Facilitator who will work to ensure that every student, family, and community member will feel valued and supported while working, learning, and partnering with our school. Here at Landels, Bea Claas is our School and Community Engagement Facilitator. She specifically focuses on students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or English learners and works to organize parent education, provide translation services, and support positive student behavior. Bea’s overall goal is to increase parent education and engagement, support our PTA and ELAC parent groups, and form strong relationships with students and families. She can be reached at [email protected]


At-Risk Supervisor

Omar Lorenzana is Landel's At-RiskSupervisor. As a part of our school's mission, the Supervisor is a member of the staff who will work directly with students, teachers and families to ensure their emotional and academic success by utilizing uniquely designed behavioral models. These techniques are centered around positively motivating our students to fulfill and exceed their individual goals.

Omar will be working directly with our Principal, Pieter Dolmans, and School Community Engagement Facilitator, Beatriz Claas. We want to ensure that our students and families know that we are there to support them on a daily basis, readily available to provide services that can benefit our community.

Omar can be reached at the office, at (650) 526-3520 and at [email protected]



Welcome from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)!

Thanks to the Mountain View Educational Foundation, your child will have access to essential educational opportunities that would not be possible without the support of parents like you!  The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is a volunteer-driven non-profit that raises funds to bring essential programs to all Mountain View Whisman School District schools. State funding is not enough! We raise and distribute critical funds that the government does not provide, ensuring that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education.

If you are interested in learning more or you want to donate, please click here. (and in Spanish)


OktoReopen Health Screener

The screener needs to be completed first thing in the morning BEFORE children come on campus. Since it is so important for everyone's safety on campus.

Within the OK to reopen platform, parents can adjust the settings to receive text or email only. Additionally, questions can be answered for more than one child within the same window, using the drop-down menu at the top right. It is not necessary to download an OKtoReopen app. Please click here for Pro Tips.


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 [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 Mrs. Dolan.


Right at School

MVWSD partners with Right at School to offer after-school care to students. Here’s a flyer with more information. You can also find more information and register directly on the website



All students and staff are required to wear masks while on campus. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas. Our staff has masks for students who forget them.  Mask breaks will be provided on an as needed basis. Please ensure your child knows how to properly wear a face mask. For more information on facemasks, click here to watch this video. 



Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect germs from entering our bodies. Students will be expected to wash hands before and after eating, after using the restroom, and when sharing common materials. For information on correctly washing hands, please click here to watch a video on effective handwashing protocols. In cases where handwashing is not available, students can use hand sanitizer.  Please practice washing hands with your child prior to the start of school. 


Free Snack and Lunch

School meals are free.  MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students in the 2021-22 school year. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on There will be a vegetarian option each day. Gluten free lunches are not available. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. 

This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at

If you need help, our office staff is available to help you.  Please email Ms. Bea at [email protected]


Medication Forms

If your child requires medication to be kept at school, please pick up medication release forms from the office during our first week of school and return ASAP (we cannot administer any medication without the form).  Please note that all medication, even over the counter ones, need a medication form signed by your doctor.   



Board meeting Preview: August 12

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Aug. 12. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

·       Revisions to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

·       Learning Recovery Plan update

·       Community Facilities District Planning and Boundaries Options

Agenda and meeting details are here: The meeting is also streamed on


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:


Parent University: MVWSD District Orientation - What you need to know to be informed and connected this school year 

Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m.     Registration Link:

It’s a district “Back to School Night”! - an orientation to everything parents and caregivers need to know to kickoff the school year. A great reminder of the resources both the district and your individual schools have, as well as a thorough introduction for new families to the district. Who would you go to for help with the school meal application? How do you access information regarding your child’s assessments? Come and hear answers to these questions and more!

We encourage you to submit questions prior to the event: please click here


Bond Oversight committee seeks community representatives

MVWSD needs your expertise to support the Measure T bond program. The District is seeking a member at large and parent representative/PTA member to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure T Bond Program.

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to [email protected].

Link to Application: Bond Oversight Committee

For questions, please call Dr. Rebecca Westover at 650-526-3500.

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