Landels Latest, Mar. 10, 2022

Mar 11           Principal’s Coffee, 9:00am  Zoom

Mar 11           Report cards sent via email

Mar 11           Superintendent’s Community Check In, 3:30pm  Zoom

Mar 14           Teacher Development Day – NO SCHOOL

Mar 14           School Site Council Meeting – 3:15pm  Zoom

Mar 21            Landels Monday Morning Meeting – 8:30-8:45am  ZOOM

Mar 25           Superintendent’s Community Check In, 3:30pm 

Apr  1             Spring Picture Day

Apr  11-15      Spring Break – NO SCHOOL


·      Micah P. – Room 17

·      Cooper L. – Room 13

·      Nyra A. – Room 5

·      Colin L. – Room 11

·      Emika K. – Room 1

·      Nate C. – Room 17

·      Sahir E. – Room 18

·      Salma A. – Room 13

·      Malhaar M. – Room 2

·      Mac H. – Room 10

·      Abhi S. – Room 9


Landels News 

                            Daylight Savings Time                                                     

                           Sunday, March 13, 2022

             Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward 1 hour Saturday night.


Principal’s Message:

Dear Landels Families,

Many of our programs are now in full swing, including Make-It Monday and One Yard. We will also be introducing a “Peaceful Place” - a space where students can draw, read or listen to calming music while they chat with friends. All these programs are aimed at increasing student engagement and meeting students’ social/emotional needs. We are already seeing the impact - there have been less behavioral issues during recess as students are too busy having a good time! If you haven’t already done so, check out the Landels Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages to see the great things happening on campus.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our students safe and learning at school.  At Thursday night’s Board Meeting and Friday afternoon’s Community Check In, Dr. Rudolph will give an update on MVWSD’s COVID mitigation measures. Please join me at the Principal’s Coffee on Friday, 3/11 @ 9am (Zoom link), where I will talk about what the COVID mitigation updates look like at Landels. Please also join our School Site Council meeting on Monday, 3/14 @ 3:15pm (Zoom link), where we will discuss progress towards the goals set in our site plan and measuring the effectiveness of our school programs (agenda). 


Important Reminder:

No school on Monday, March 14

There is no school for students on Monday, March 14 due to a Teacher Professional Development Day.

Thank you,

Pieter Dolmans


Water Bottles

Please send your child to school with a water bottle daily.  Because of our COVID precautions, we do not allow students to drink directly from our water fountains. They can refill their water bottles, but we do not have extras to hand out. Please write your child’s name on the bottle so it can be returned if misplaced.



No school on Monday, March 14

There is no school for students on Monday, March 14 due to a Teacher Professional Development Day.

Board meeting Preview: March 10

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

·       COVID update

·       Summer programming and extended learning

·       Learning Recovery Plan update

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 11

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings.


March Better Together Infographic

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit


The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.

You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at:


Update on mask mandate

Even though the state will be downgrading face-mask requirements to a strong recommendation for indoor areas (with some exceptions) beginning on March 12, our students will still be required to wear masks for the near future. To learn more about the timeline and factors MVWSD is considering to determine when/if we make changes to the mask requirement, please click here.


Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.

Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 

To belly breathe:

1.     Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.

2.     Place one hand on your belly.

3.     Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.

4.     Hold your breath while you count to five.

5.     Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.

You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.


Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at or


March CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out

Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.

3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here:


Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop

CHAC Family Resources Center is holding a free online Self-Care and Resilience workshop for parents and caregivers on Fridays from March 4th to April 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM. This course will provide participants guidance and strategies regarding how to guide children to express their feelings in a nonaggressive way, be more resilient, and teach children to build up relationships. To register, contact Lin Xu at [email protected] or (650) 967-4813.


MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event.


MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18th

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information:


LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.


PTA News

School Spirit

Show your school spirit with some Landels Gear for the whole family (or with a cash 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.

Prefer to see the gear before purchasing it? Our next in person sale will be held on Friday, April 1st at the front of Landels during pickup time. The sale will be masked, socially distanced, and with lots of hand sanitizer.

We will have our Square App to accept card payments. You may also place an order through our online storeand 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.

Future in person sales:
Friday, May 6th (last in person gear sale for the school year!)

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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