Landels Latest, Sept. 8, 2021

Sep 10             Superintendent’s Community Check-in – 3:30pm

Sep 13             Principal’s Coffee – 9:00-10:00am. register here

Sep 15             Parent University – Supporting Language Development – 5:30pm

Sep 16             ELAC Meeting – 8:30-9:30am

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

Sep 28             Picture Day

Sep 30             ELAC Meeting – 8:30-9:30am

Oct. 4              Principal’s Coffee – 9:00-10:00am.

Oct. 11            Recess Day – No School

Oct. 12            Staff Development Day – No School


Principal’s Message:

Dear Landels Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Our students came back energized and ready to learn! 

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This Friday, all classes will participate in a moment of reflection to commemorate both the individuals that lost their lives and those that risked their lives to help others. Teachers will support by providing age-appropriate context and/or follow-up. I’d like to encourage all families to continue the conversation at home. Where were you when you first heard about what happened? What were you feeling at the time? I was in my economics class with Mr. Conway and remember feelings of disbelief - my whole school continued to watch as the horrific events unfolded. Thank you in advance for your partnership in remembering 9/11.


Math Olympiad

Landels Math Olympiad Club will begin on 9/20 immediately after school in Ms. Son’s classroom. Please read the flyer if you are interested in being a virtual volunteer OR would like to sign up your student for Math Olympiad.  


Landels is celebrating the success of its English Language Learner students!

Reclassification is a distinction that all English Language Learners (ELL) in the Mountain View Whisman School District strive to achieve. This process involves becoming proficient in English, based on language assessments.  Congratulations to the following students who reclassified:

Brandon R.
Isabella F.
Karla O.
Gopal S.
Mia R.
Christopher S.
Xinena W.
Louise D.
Saku K.
Kelley G.
Marisol L.
Julie M.
Arturo T.
Jacob M.

We held a small celebration for students at school yesterday. 



Morning Meeting

Don’t forget to join our next Morning Meeting (link) on 9/13 from 8:30-8:45am. In addition to recognizing students that received a ROAR, we will also recognize students that completed summer reading assignments. In order to maintain student confidentiality, please do not take any screenshots or recordings during the meeting. We also ask that parents keep their cameras turned off so the focus can be on the students. See you there!

Pieter Dolmans



Board meeting Preview: Sept. 9

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9. Some of the meeting’s topics include updates on:

·       Construction

·       Monta Loma greenspace project

·       Student growth

·       Air quality protocols

·       Honoring newly tenured teachers

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, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:


Securly: Keeping students safe on the Internet

MVWSD provides a tool that allows parents to be aware of their students' online activities and to help keep them safe on their school-issued devices. 

Securly ( allows you to see what choices your student is making online while at home so that you will be alerted to potential issues and can guide your student. Please note: Securly is for school-issued devices only. Check your email for these weekly reports, and you may also download the Securly app. For more information, please see

Better Together: Appreciating Differences

This is the first issue of #BetterTogether’s second year in circulation. This past summer, the Tokyo Olympic games had us transfixed. Though there is still a way to go, these past games had the most culturally and racially diverse Team USA in history. Just before the start of the school year, the release of the US Census data also confirmed for all of us that we are one nation, more beautifully diverse than ever. This month, Mountain View Whisman School District is celebrating our diversity with resources for teachers, parents, and community partners to aid in the transmission of our message: our diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a nation, as a city, and as a school district, where all are welcome. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit


Health and Wellness tip: Modeling behavior

As we settle into our back-to-school routine as best as possible, we might be experiencing some challenges at home with unwanted or undesired behaviors.  Our partners from Palo Alto University, Dr. Alana Park and Dr. Eduardo Bunge, have provided us with some information to support our parents as the school year progresses. Here is a great tip from our partners at Palo Alto University to promote desired behavior at home: 

Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing your actions and the actions of others. To model desired behaviors:

For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin. To learn more parenting tips click here


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 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 [email protected]Thank you for your support!


Register for 2021-22 Parent U Events

Register in advance for this year’s MVWSD Parent University events. For more information about Parent U and event dates, see attached flyers or head to


Parent University: Supporting Language Development

Date: Wednesday, September 15th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Link:

Consistent development of language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is one of the keys to a child’s overall academic success. What habits can parents develop to support English language development in the home, especially in a multilingual household? Join two of our district experts, Principal Arline Siam and Instructional Coach Karen Gordon, as they explore this complex topic and offer ideas for families to use daily.

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


Returning District Hotspots

Families, if you still have a district-issued internet hotspot from last year that you are no longer using, please return them to your school’s office. Thank you.


InPlay: Afterschool activities

Looking for afterschool activities for your student? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.


Local Covid Vaccine Clinic: Sep. 25th- Gift cards for first doses!

Santa Clara County is hosting several upcoming Covid-19 vaccination clinics at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula and Saint Athanasius Church in Mountain View (160 N Rengstorff Ave). Vaccinations are free. Gift card incentives will be provided for first doses.

· 1st/2nd dose on September 25th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. (This is a 1st dose clinic for Saint Athanasius Church Second Harvest Food Distribution Event, those who received a vaccine on 9/3 can get their second dose on 9/25.)

· 2nd dose October 16th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. (This is a clinic for those who received a first dose on 9/25)

For more information about COVID vaccinations in the area, please visit


Mayor for a Day contest with City of Mountain View

Do you have an elementary or middle school-aged student who would like to be the mayor of Mountain View (at least, for one day in October)? The Mayor for a Day contest is an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about local government and civic issues.

Students are invited to write up to a 500-word essay about what Mountain View would be like if they were mayor for a day. Mountain View’s mayor will select the two winners, who will each present their essay at a City Council meeting in October.

For more details, including contest rules and how to submit your entry, visit All entries are due by Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

Discovery Education Hands-On STEM event: Tuesday, Sep. 21

You're invited to Discovery Education’s upcoming Hands-On STEM event on Tuesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. PST! This action-packed virtual session empowers the next generation of STEM Solution seekers, equipping them with the skills they need to take on some of the planet's greatest sustainability challenges.

Join host Brandon Okpalobi, President of Siyanse, a STEM organization helping kids to create, think, and innovate. During each Hands-On STEM, Brandon will identify a local or global issue, explore why it's happening, introduce interesting people who are working to find solutions, and inspire your students to uncover their own potential with exciting hands-on STEM activities. 

Register at: If you have any questions about this event, reach out to Nina Sclafani at [email protected].


PTA News

PTA Membership Challenge!

It’s time for the Landels PTA Membership Challenge. We need you - parents, teachers, staff, friends, and families - to join the Landels PTA! The PTA pays for classroom supplies, teacher appreciation, recess equipment, assemblies, and more!

The 3 classrooms with the highest percentages of members will win:

 1st place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair AND a popsicle party

2nd place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair

3rd place: Popsicle party

Join online at:


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