Landels Latest, Oct. 7, 2021

Oct 2 -15        Virtual Scholastic Book Fair  Book Fair website

Oct 8               Superintendent’s Community Check In – 3:30pm

Oct 11             Recess Day – No School

Oct 12             Staff Development Day – No School

Oct 13             Parent University - Supporting Math at Home Grades 3-8, 5:30-7:00pm

                        Registration Link:

Oct 13             PTA Association Meeting – 6:00pm.  link here

Oct 14             School Site Council Meeting – 12:30pm  register here

Oct 28             ELAC Meeting – 8:30am

Nov 5              End of 1st Trimester – Minimum Day

Nov 9              Picture Retake Day



·      Aviva F. – Room 8

·      Colin L. – Room 11

·      James B. – Room 1

·      Gretchen W. – Room 18

·      Isamart C. – Room 12

·      Julian L. – Room 5

·      Caroline A. – Room 11

·      Caleb M. – Room 9

·      Ahrom A. – Room 13

·      Mason P. – Room 5


Principal’s Message:

Hello Landels Families,

In case you missed our morning meeting this week, we discussed the importance of using our apology tool when we make mistakes or harm others. We also talked about the difference between a student calling another student a name one time vs bullying, which is the repeated and unwanted use of aggression or intimidation. At Landels, we take bullying very seriously and work to educate students to make better, kinder decisions. If you feel that your child is being bullied, please reach out to the classroom teacher or myself. 


Mistakes are incredibly valuable. Research from Jo Boaler (short video) states that individuals actually learn more when they make a mistake - “your brain is on fire”. We encourage students to take healthy risks and make mistakes so that they can learn and grow from them. Like everyone else, I am imperfect and will frequently make mistakes. For instance, in last week’s newsletter, I shared some info regarding after-school programs, which should not have gone out.

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning after school or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision. 

District provides as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.

School Site Council Elections

Landels’ School Site Council is composed of five parents and five staff members. The School Site Council helps develop and monitor goals and actions for Landels’ site plan. They must also approve the site plan before it goes to the board. More information about SSC can be found here. Nominations for School Site Council were solicited from the community on 8/18, 8/25 and again on 9/1. Please take some time to vote for School Site Council members using the following form. In order to limit individuals to voting once, you will need to sign in via google although your email address will not be collected. You can also vote in person if you wish. Voting will end on 10/13 @ 11:59pm. Elected members will be announced in the Landels Latest. Our next SSC meeting is on 10/14 @ 12:30pm (register here). We will continue to discuss the site plan at that time. 


All our music programs operate outside when students are singing/playing. Students are wearing special instrument masks, using bell covers and social distancing - even when outside. Inclement weather or poor air quality may force us to hold classes indoors, where we will also require/enforce the instrument masks, bell covers, and social distancing.

Pooled Testing

The Concentric pilot tests on 10/5 were a huge success! We are ready for the start of full-scale testing (expected to begin 10/18)!


We have noticed that some parents are not wearing a mask when coming to pick up students. This is a reminder that all students and parents are expected to wear a mask when on campus. It is also recommended that all students bring an extra mask in case they break or lose their first mask.  


We will be holding a small Halloween parade on campus on 10/29. While we cannot invite parents on campus to join in on the fun, we will either be streaming the event live (if technology allows) or recording pieces of the event and playing it during the morning meeting on 11/1. There will also be a space for students that do not want to participate. More information to come. 

Thank you for your support!




Board meeting Preview: Oct. 7

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

·       Equitable Access to Choice Schools

·       Learning Recovery Plan Update 

·       Enrollment Update

·       ESSER III Expenditure Plan and Safe Return Plan

Agenda and meeting details are: 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, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates: In case you miss it, a video recording will be posted on this webpage.


Free Tdap vaccination clinic for grades 6-8 on Wednesday

Has your middle school student been vaccinated for Tdap? Vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis (Tdap) is required by 7th grade in order to attend school. 

For the convenience of parents, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is hosting a FREE Tdap vaccine event:

Wednesday, Oct. 6
4-7 p.m.
at the Crittenden Middle School multi-use room

The vaccine is available regardless of immigration status. No insurance needed. For more information on immunizations needed for school, please see


Better Together: Seeking Multiple Perspectives

The focus of October’s Better Together infographic is “Seeking Multiple Perspectives.” When individuals examine issues from a different point of view, they are able to think more critically and question dominant beliefs. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit


Online Wellness Center and October Wellness calendar

MVWSD now has a Virtual Wellness Center on At, there is information on physical health, as well as resources for families, students, and employees about sustaining well-being and for accessing care when it is needed.

On the Virtual Wellness Center landing page, you will find Community Resources and monthly Wellness Calendars. The printable October wellness calendar features a tip a day to help you and your family stay well.

In the Physical Health section: Health Screenings, Teen Health Education, Vaccinations, Health Insurance for Children, Health Resources and Forms, as well as various other physical health related information.  

In the Mental Health section: Info on immediate mental health crisis needs, mental health literacy, and information on how to take charge of your mental health.

Parent University: Supporting Math at Home Grades 3-8

Date and Time: October 13, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Registration Link:

Join Principal Heidi Galassi (former math teacher and coach), Instructional Coach Ranen Bhattacharya, and our friends from YUP, the on-demand online math tutoring app, to learn about how you can better support your young mathematicians at home. The math seed you plant now will blossom and help them to succeed in life whatever path they choose!

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


COVID updates: Testing and PowerSchool uploads

Upcoming testing: The supply of test kits and personnel is increasing. As a result, we anticipate that we can start full-scale testing on campuses by mid-October. In the meantime, you may see our schools practicing testing procedures in preparation. Click here for a video showing what student testing will look like.

PowerSchool Uploads: Parents can now upload to PowerSchool the important COVID documents that will help expedite students’ return to school after a COVID exposure. Please take a moment now to upload your documentation. After logging in to, parents will be able to click on the “COVID reporting” icon to upload 1) students’ proof of COVID vaccination and 2) Past positive COVID test. Here’s how to upload. Let us know if you have trouble accessing PowerSchool.


No school for students on October 11 and 12

Monday, October 11th is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Tuesday, October 12th is a staff development day, which means no school for students but a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.


Up the effectiveness of kids’ COVID masks
Please click here for tips. 


MVEF Relies on Parents Like You!

Please donate to MVEF to help us reach our annual $800,000 fundraising goal and raise an additional $300,000 to fund two ELA teachers to reduce class sizes at the middle schools in 2022-23. Please see the website at for more information and to donate online. You can use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  


Disaster Preparedness: Make a Plan

It’s important to take time to prepare for community disasters and emergencies. Asking a few questions of yourself will help guide the creation of an emergency plan:

1.     How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

2.     What is my shelter plan?

3.     What is my evacuation route?

4.     What is my family/household communication plan?

5.     Have I updated my emergency plans due to COVID-19?

As you make your emergency plan, be sure to stay informed. Getting verified information from trusted sources is extremely important before, during, and after an event or emergency. Sign up to get free text or email alerts from AlertSCC, the County of Santa Clara’s official emergency alert and warning system.

Planning for the unexpected begins with the whole family and should be a household conversation. provides age-appropriate tools for parents and teachers to teach emergency preparedness to both kids and teenagers.


Joint Letter from county officials Dr. Cody and Dr. Dewan

Santa Clara County Health Officer and Director Dr. Cody and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dewan emphasize the importance of in-person learning for our youth and offer ways to stay healthy. Click here for the letter.


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 University of Massachusetts Global.

What: Parent Education Event and Discussion

When: Tuesday, October 19, 7-8:30 PM

Where: On Zoom, email [email protected] for link


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, October 14th

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, October 14th

Time:             5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:       Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    [email protected]



Eviction Help Center at MV Public Library

The City of Mountain View hosts a help center at the MV Public Library with city staff, CSA, and Project Sentinel to provide residents with rent assistance, eviction help, legal resources, and other support services. There are multiple representatives that speak Spanish. The help center is available every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library on the 2nd Floor, Room 205. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit


MV Public Library Event: Learn + Explore with Science Comics Author Jason Viola

On Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m., join the MV Public Library for an interactive look at how Science Comics are made with graphic novel author Jason Viola. Recommended for children ages 7-12. Registration required:


PTA News

Virtual Fall Book Fair

Hello Landels Lions! 

The Fall Book Fair is coming, from Saturday, October 2nd through October 15th. To keep our kids and staff safe, the book fair will once again be entirely online but we know you will still be able to find a few new wonderful books! For every book you buy our school earns Scholastic dollars that our teachers and library can use to purchase new books for our school!  All purchases of $25 that are entirely books include free shipping!

Here's how to participate:

* Parents, in advance of or during the book fair, go to and create an eWallet for your child. This is an account you can fund to allow your child the chance to find their new favorite books on their own!

* Starting October 2nd, you and your child can browse the online store together.

* Share our Book Fair link to encourage friends and relatives to shop for gifts for upcoming birthdays or the holiday season. You'll get some gift purchasing out of the way, and you'll be helping the school at the same time!

We've set a modest goal of selling 250 books between Oct 2 and Oct 15 – please help us smash this goal!

Once again, visit the Landels Book Fair website starting October 2nd and get shopping!



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