Landels Latest, Aug. 25, 2021

Aug 28            Superintendent’s Community Check In – 3:30pm http://mvw.sd/a714Q

Sep 1               Parent University: Mental Health: Care and Support, 5:30pm  mvw.sd/pu090121

Sep 2               ELAC Meeting – 8:30-9:30am - register here

Sep 6               LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

Sep 8               PTA General Assoc. Meeting – 6:00pm.  Click Here

Sep 13             Principal’s Coffee – 8:30-9:30am. register here

Sep 16             School Site Council Meeting – 3:00pm  register here

 

Principal’s Message:

Hello Landels Families!

It’s been another great week of learning here at Landels! We have finished up iReady testing for 1st-5th grade and will now be using that data to help inform instruction, especially as it relates to our Response to Instruction (RTI) block. Our STEAM classes are in full swing - students are setting up their STEAM notebooks for the year and learning how to create scientific sketches. Music classes will begin next week for 5th grade. Here are some other updates:

Summer iReady lessons and reading:

We are gathering data on our summer incentives and will be recognizing students that completed iReady lessons and summer reading. More to come!

Lunch:

Out of an abundance of caution, we have made some adjustments to the recess/lunch schedule in order to accommodate a distance of 6+ feet between all students. The benefits are that students can sit near their friends for extended periods of time (15+ minutes) while they finish eating. The one drawback is that some students now need to sit on the floor. While some students prefer sitting on the floor, students may bring a towel if that would help make the seating more comfortable.

Monday Assemblies:

We will begin holding schoolwide assemblies via Zoom on Monday mornings as a way to spotlight students/classes and provide general information on school procedures and upcoming events. We will also recognize some students that have received a ROAR for following the Landels Way (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible) or for using their Toolbox Tools. The goal of our Monday assemblies is to build community and promote inclusivity. 

 

Here are the upcoming meetings:

  • Our first ELAC meeting will be on 9/2 @ 8:30am (register here).
  • We also have another principal’s coffee scheduled for 9/13 @ 8:30am (register here).
  • Our first SSC meeting will be on 9/16 @ 3pm (register here). 

If you have any questions you’d like to submit beforehand, please fill out the attached form. We will do our best to address all questions.

 

SSC and ELAC:

Landels is looking for any parents that are interested in joining either our School Site Council (SSC) or English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in self-nominating for SSC or ELAC, please read the information below and fill out the self-nomination form. 

School Site Council (SSC) Meetings and Parent Elections

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 site plan. 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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meetings and Parent Elections

Every public K-12 school in California that has more than 21 English Learner students must have an ELAC. The ELAC consists of parents and teachers that work together to support English Learner students with their education. ELAC's purpose is to advise the principal, school staff, and the School Site Council on programs and services for English Learners. They also work with the school to provide information to the parents and give a voice to the English Learner community so that these families' questions and concerns can be carried back to the principal, school staff, and School Site Council. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form. More information about ELAC can be found here

If you have any questions about ELAC or SSC, please contact Principal Pieter Dolmans at pdolmans@mvwsd.org or (650) 526-3520 or SCEF Bea Claas at mclaas@mvwsd.org.

 

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.

 

i-Ready Scores (1st Grade – 5th Grade)

This is just a quick reminder that families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal starting August 30th, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students. Steps for accessing reports on PowerSchool Parent Portal: Accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports. If you have difficulty logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact the Landels office. 

 

Free Snack and Lunch

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD and qualify for benefits

Please apply, whether you need it or not. It helps your school get more money for student programs!

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 https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ or call your school office.  If you need help, our office staff is available to help you.  Please email Ms. Bea at mclaas@mvwsd.org

MVWSD News

Special Board Meeting Preview: August 26

The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. The Board will be discussing air quality guidelines and COVID safety and testing protocol. For agendas and meeting information: http://mvw.sd/agenda. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

 

COVID Safety:

We have been working hard to address the details of student and staff COVID testing and quarantine procedures. While we are still working out some of the details, please visit this webpage for the latest information on quarantines and testing. For all of our COVID resources, please visit mvwsd.org/returntolearn.

 

Air Quality:

The 2021 wildfire season is upon us; a situation that we are all too familiar with, unfortunately. This year with COVID, the impact of poor air quality is even greater.  While we understand that there are multiple online tools to measure air quality (Breezo, Purple Air, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, etc.), MVWSD uses the EPA’s AQI monitoring tools at AirNow.gov. Please click here to learn more: mvwsd.org 

 

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/a714Q

 

Parent University: Mental Health: Care and Support

Date: September 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu090121

Join us to learn about mental health care and support. We will share a wide range of information from basic wellness to seeking mental health treatment.  Presenters include representatives from MVWSD, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health, and local agencies or organizations. 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

 

Parent University MVWSD Orientation: Recording Available

In case you missed it, Parent University’s first event, "MVWSD District Orientation: What you need to know to be informed and connected this school year," is available for viewing. This talk covered resources available to families through the district and your individual school. Recordings are here: https://vimeo.com/588962500 (English) and https://vimeo.com/589005046 (Spanish). For a list of this year’s Parent U dates and past recordings, head to mvwsd.org/parentu.

 

Positions available with MVWSD: apply today!

Want to make a difference in the lives of students and their families? MVWSD is looking for talented individuals to join our team! See below for available positions and application links:

Instructional assistants: http://mvw.sd/AiVGD

At Risk Supervisors: http://mvw.sd/XCMHv

Substitutes for clerical staff: http://mvw.sd/ZC4Sv

Food Service: http://mvw.sd/YIW55

 

District seeking Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member

MVWSD is seeking a Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member. Selected 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. The PTOC is composed of representatives from the local community, including the business community, District homeowners, parents or guardians of a student in the District, or the community at large.

Applications are available for download at http://mvw.sd/PTOC.  Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View 94043, faxed to 650-964-8907 or emailed to rwestover@mvwsd.org.

 

MVEF: Please Support Our Students!

MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding.  Help us fund programming for your child and every child in the district!  We hope you saw the MVEF brochure (which doubles as a donation envelope) or watched the video during Back to School.  Please see the website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online.  Use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  Please consider joining our team of volunteers. Email us with any questions at contact@mvef.orgThank you for your support!

 

Intro to SELPA1CAC and upcoming events

The Special Education Local Plan Area 1 Community Advisory Committee (SELPA1CAC) is made up of parent volunteers, special education staff, and community members and offers resources available to help families of students with learning challenges. Click for more information on what the SELPA1CAC provides, “Let’s Talk”, an IEP/504 troubleshooting support group, and “Parent Chat,” a support group of parents of teens with mental health challenges. For more information, head to https://www.facebook.com/selpa1cac or www.selpa1cac.org.

Upcoming Events for the SELPA1CAC:

General CAC Parent/Community meetings

All are welcome. Monthly updates from Special Ed. Directors & Staff, to plan programs and parent education.

Aug 30th at 4pm, Oct 4th at 9am, Nov 1st at 4pm, Dec 6th at 9am, Feb 7th at 4pm, Mar 7 at 9am, May 2nd at 4pm

Parent Education Talks

SMART Goals – Creating and Troubleshooting IEP Goals that Work. IEP Goals are written in very specific language and it can be difficult to see how the goals relate to concrete skills and goals for your child. Learn more about SMART Goals and how they work with Professor Anne Spillane of Brandman University.

            Tuesday, October 19th at 7pm on Zoom

Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group on Zoom

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome; participants must respect confidentiality.

Sept 21st at 10am, Oct 13th at 7pm, Nov 16th at 10am, Dec 8th at 7pm, Jan 11th at 10am

Parent Chat, Support for Parents of Teens with Mental Health Challenges

Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child?  Peer to peer support for parents of teens with mental health challenges.

Second Tuesday of every month, 10-11am on Google Meet

 

Volunteer Community Navigator Training with Community Services Agency (CSA)

Interested in helping others in the community navigate the Community Services Agency’s (CSA) programs and resources? Join CSA for Volunteer Community Navigator Training on Zoom from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th or Thursday, September 16th (every 3rd Thursday of the month). Please register at 650.669.9551. For more information, contact Sandra Luna, Community Resource Coordinator, at sluna@csacares.org.   Flyer – Aug  

 

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, September 9th

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future! There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

            Date:               Thursday, September 9th

            Time:              12:00 - 1:00 pm

            Location:         Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

            Register:          REGISTER ONLINE

            Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

            Information:    MentorTutorConnection.org

 

PTA News

Welcome back from the Landels PTA!

The Landels PTA is excited to have our community back together again on campus for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to exploring new ways to build community despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, starting at our first association meeting on Wednesday September 8 at 6pm.

 

What is the PTA and what does it do?

We are an enthusiastic non-profit group of teachers, staff, parents/guardians, Landels alumni, extended family, and community members who strive to build up and support each and every pillar of our school community.  We help organize room parents, host community building events, and support our classrooms with classroom supplies, field trips, movie nights, ice cream parties, assemblies, and more. We kicked off the year by welcoming back our teachers and staff with coffee, snacks, and lunch. 

 

Sounds awesome, sign me up!

· Join the PTA online via Totem: https://jointotem.com/ca/mountain-view/landels

· Stay informed through the PTA and room parents communication tool, Konstella: https://www.konstella.com/cd/GNJQU9

Association Meetings

We welcome you to join us for our virtual association meetings at 6pm the 2nd Wednesday of every month for the duration of the school year.  We currently have open Officer, Chairperson and Event Lead positions and invite you to reach out if you have a little time to help us out in either a leadership role or to let us know you're available to help out on a smaller scale.  Imagine the impact we could have on our childrens' school year if we all gave just 3 hours?

Visit our website for details and any updates to the meeting schedule.

 

School Spirit

Show your school spirit with some Landels Gear for the whole family (or with a cash donation) through our online store.  Keep an eye out for in-person Gear Sales and fresh inventory!

 

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