Landels Latest, October 15, 2019

Oct 18             Walkathon and Silent Auction

Oct 23             PTA Meeting, 8:30am, Staff Room

Oct 23             Parent U – Mental Health Basics, 6:30-8:00p.m. – Graham Middle School, MUR

Oct 29             SELPA-1 CAC Coffee with the Principal

Oct 29             Picture Day Retakes

Oct 31             Halloween Parade – 8:15am

Nov 1              End of 1st Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

Nov 6              Parent U – Improve your Child’s Reading and Math Literacy – 6:30pm – Crittenden

Nov 8              Spirit Day – Pajama Day

Nov 11            Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Nov 12            Principal’s Coffee and ELAC – How to Use Clever, iReady, EurekaMath, 8:30am

Nov 20             PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Nov 21             Science Night – 6:00 p.m. – MUR (Children’s Discovery Museum)

Nov 27-29       Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL


    ROAR Recognitions 

  • Jesse P. – Room 6
  • Kees M. – Room 7
  • Rose K. – Room 1
  • Nick G. – Room 2
  • Lana R. – Room 3
  • Adriana A. – Room 11
  • Erna O. – Room 4
  • Ansh K. – Room 5
  • Adini P. – Room 9
  • Elise B. – Room 16


Hello Landels Families!

Assessment and Report Cards

It's hard to believe that we are just three weeks away from the end of the first trimester! Your child will be taking the district trimester tests for their grade level in these next weeks. Please talk with him/her about giving their best effort! You will be receiving their report card in November. These results, along with several other measures of your child's success, are used to determine report card grades.


Halloween Parade

Please join us on Thursday, October 31 at 8:15am for our Halloween Parade.  Students will wear their costumes to school.   Please keep in mind that costumes should be appropriate for school.  This means no masks, weapons, or gore.  If your student doesn't celebrate Halloween, we will provide an alternative activity. Please contact the office if you have any questions.  


Site Plan Information

Our school site council met this week and discussed our site plan goals.  At the end of the meeting, our current site plan was approved by our five council members.  Thanks to all who participated and provided input.

As stated in my previous newsletter, we accomplished all but one of our site goals from last year.  Therefore, I would like to highlight our goals from last and this year in each of the subsequent weekly newsletters to come.

I’d like to start with the following goal:

Site Plan Goal Information:  Inclusive and Supportive Culture

Landels includes teachers, students and families who are working hard every day to make each other feel included and supported.  The following are some key strategies we incorporate at Landels to facilitate this feeling:

  • We hold Monday morning assemblies, recognize students using Landels ROARS, and hold an expectation assembly per grade level every trimester 
  • Our SCEF and principal proactively check in with students for both social/emotional and academic struggles and track data 
  • We develop a school wide sense of community, positive climate, and inclusivity using Toolbox curriculum including the 12 tools everyone needs to practice and use on a daily basis


Heidi Galassi





10/22- 10/25


 Don’t forget to look at the posters hanging up around the school next week.

TUESDAY 10/22         - For a bright future  WEAR YELLOW

WEDNESDAY 10/23  - Your future is out of this world WEAR BLUE

THURSDAY 10/24     - Dress like a boss

FRIDAY 10/25           - WEAR COLLEGE ATTIRE or Landels t-shirt


Open House - Right at School

Right at School, a before and after school care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22 in the library. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD's afterschool programs, please visit:



If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office.  New classes are added to the LEAP binder every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.  Also, check out the LEAP poster on the office window for upcoming classes.

** NO Scratch programming class on Oct 18 **


Origami (Grade K)

Friday, October 25

1:50-2:50pm, Room 3

Kinder, max 12 students

Let's enjoy folding paper into Hallowe'en decorations like pumpkins, ghosts, and more!

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 17


Origami (Grades 1-3)

Friday, October 25

3:00-4:00pm, Room 3

Grades 1-3, max 12 students

Let's enjoy folding paper into Hallowe'en decorations like pumpkins, ghosts, and more!

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 17


Ultimate Frisbee

Monday, October 28

3:00-4:00pm, Landels Field

Grades 1-3, max 10 students

Ultimate is an exciting, dynamic sport that is growing rapidly.  Come learn game basics such as throwing/catching, cutting, and defense!

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 17


Egypt:  Pharaohs, Treasures, Gods 

Monday, Oct 21 and Wednesdays, Oct 23 and 30

3:00-4:30pm, Room 11

Grades 3-5, max 20 students

Egypt -- the Gift of the Nile. Learn about King Tut, the pyramids, and life during the time of the pharaohs!

-- Sign-ups are open (10 spots left)


Preschool Openings - Spaces available in MVWSD's preschool program

There are still spaces available this year in MVWSD's award-winning preschool program (flyer attached). 

Registrations are being accepted for fee-based, full-day spaces located at Preschool at Theuerkauf for children who will be at least 3 years old by December 2. The full-day session is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

MVWSD Preschool is a high quality, award-winning, early education program

* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient 
* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating
* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

For information, cost and applications, please see or call (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844.


CAASPP results: Paper reports

If your child is currently in grade 4-8, your child’s 2018-19 CAASPP score result report in paper form will be sent to you at home the week of Oct. 21.

Your child's report has been available online. To access the English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool, click on After logging in, click on "score reports" in the lefthand column. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact your school secretary for assistance.


Living Classroom

Living Classroom lessons kicked off this month and students took to the garden! Kindergarteners explore the garden and learn how to become stewards of their environment, first grade students learn about the parts of a plant and plant seedlings, second graders will plant winter wheat to be harvested in the spring. According to Cornell University Research, “A primarily qualitative study presented in Australia showed that “school-based community gardens represent a significant opportunity to embed nutrition, physical activity and environmental sustainability into mainstream curricula.” Living Classroom provides fundamental opportunities for your child to learn standards-based curriculum while also developing a love of their environment! Learn more about our programs by visiting our website at


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 



Did you know that your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days? That works out to just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it. So get your children off to a good start.  For more information, click here. 



MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Your donation brings art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more to every child in the district! Donate now at or contact MVEF at if you would like to help at the upcoming Phonathon! Your donation makes a difference for your child and every child in our schools.


Important Walkathon and Silent Auction Information. There are changes. PLEASE READ.

By the time you read this, the Walkathon and Silent Auction is less than 1 week away. We have made some changes since we sent home the packets, so please please read this and share it with any other Landels parents you can.

The Walkathon and Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It helps to fund field trips, assemblies, after-school events, and curriculum support for our teachers. We have other things we'd love to fund, including expanded lunch time activities, and more support for our wonderful teachers. Please consider helping us out!


T-shirts will be used for Lap Counters This Year

This is a change! We will be marking laps on the back of the Walkathon shirts this year.  

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Especially for morning setup. Updated form!

Please take a look at the updated volunteer form here: There have been some changes, which unfortunately means that some people who had signed up previously have had some slight changes to what they committed to (we've changed from 30 minutes slots to hour slots). If you have previously signed up, thank you and please check the form again

If you have not signed up, please consider seeing if you can come help - if you can take the early morning off of work, we always need some help in the morning. If you have older kids or friends who may be available to help in the afternoon, please ask them to help us! 


Help your kids collect Pledges!

If you have not yet signed up at (click Login), please consider doing so. It's an easy way to create a page that you can send out to ask your friends and relatives to support us. Your child will also get to create an avatar that we will be posting up around the school (you can see many of them already up just outside of the office!).


Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will coincide with the Walkathon on Friday. While the students are walking, you will find the silent auction items displayed on tables on the blacktop. A reminder that bidding is ONLINE ONLY this year. All items are now displayed on our auction site ( You may preview the auction items now and you can start bidding at 3pm on Friday October 18th and can continue bidding until the auction ends on Monday October 21st at 3pm. This means that you will have the opportunity to bid for auction items remotely from your computer or mobile phone whether you are doing laps with your kids, stuck at work, out of town, or just don't get around to it until the weekend. 

In the Silent Auction, you’ll find a wide assortment of items including books, passes for camps and activities, tickets to performances and attractions, gift cards for local restaurants and merchants, and unique Landels experiences for kids, adults, and the whole family. You are sure to find something useful and inspiring. Browse and bid! All proceeds go to the Landels PTA to support our teachers and students. 


Walkathon Day of Schedule

8:15AM - 1:00PM: Setup (see to help!)

1:00PM - 1:30PM: Kickoff, Kinders walk.

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Grades 1-5 walk.

2:30PM - 3:00PM: All kids back to classrooms for dismissal.

3:00PM: Games and food open. Silent Auction bidding begins. Walking continues.

6:00PM: Walking ends.

7:00PM: Food and games end. Silent Auction checkout for Buy it Now items ends. 


Dinner Fundraiser: 

Dine with us at Chili's on Wednesday, October 16. Present the attached flyer when you order and Chili's will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to Landels! 

When: 10/16 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Where: Chili's located at 2560 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Here is a link to the flyer


Exciting Parent Education Event!

Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Springer Elementary Multi

1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

Max Stossel

Education in the Age of Distraction
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA

Join us as Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, explores the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.

To register for this free event, go to 

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Debbie DeSoto Kundrat


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