Landels Latest, September 5, 2019

Sept 6
            Ice Cream Social – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sept 10           ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) Meeting – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Sept 16           School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room

Sept 18           Parent University – 6:30 p.m., Social Media – Crittenden Middle School

Sept 20           Movie Night

Sept 25           PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m., Staff Room

Sept 27           Picture Day

Oct 7-11          Parent/Teacher Conferences – MINIMUM DAYS


Hello Landels Families!

We have had a successful two weeks!  This week from our social-emotional toolkit, we learned about using our ‘Garbage Can’ tool and using our ‘Using Our Words’ tool.  Ask your children about how and when to use these tools. 


Math Curriculum

All students in our district use Eureka math as their math curriculum.  This curriculum is very conceptual and focuses on the ‘why’ of the math and using strategies and problem-solving skills.  Because of this, the strategies and ways in which to problem solve may be different than what we are used to from our schooling.  So, the following is a helpful on-line tool to help your children with math.


What are the Eureka Math Digital Homework Helpers?

The Eureka Math Digital Homework Helpers illustrate problems similar to those assigned in class and demonstrate an example of the thinking that supports each problem. They contain similar, not identical, problems with detailed solutions and thought bubbles to model how students might successfully think about the math in each example. The Homework Helpers are arranged in the same sequence as the student homework, making it easy for parents to follow along with their children’s progress.


How do you provide parents with access?

Attached is a Digital Homework Helpers PDF guidecontaining instructions for accessing the resource. There will be a print out of the following directions sent home with your child. 



Once you have the Digital Homework Helpers with the Product Key, what do parents do next?  


  1. Loginor Sign Upfor a free Great Minds account
  2. Click on My Dashboardin the orange menu bar near the top of the page:
  1. Click on the Product Keybutton under Recent Resources
  2. Copy or enter the Product Key (8010H000001Y07UQAS) located on the PDF document and press Submit
  1. Click on the box that says Homework Helper EBooks K-12 (2019/2020)and press Select
  2. This will add the Digital Homework Helpers for Grades K-12 to the Great Minds Dashboard
  3. Click the Go to My Dashboard button and pin this resource to your Recent Items for easy access by pressing the pin located at the top right-hand corner of the resource 


We also use iReady and Zearn as supplemental on-line math programs.  iReady is a personalized learning system and each student has 20 personalized lessons in their queue that can be completed during school or at home.  Zearn is directly linked to our Eureka curriculum and is used as a pre and/or post review of any Eureka lesson. Your children know how to use both of these programs.  Please ask them to show you how it works. 


Heidi Galassi



Expiration of Free & reduced Eligibility Status!

The 30-day grace period for last year’s eligibility status for Free & Reduced students expires on September 27!  Unless students have submitted an application they will be charged the full price for breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, September 30.  Please submit your applications online, please go to



ELAC Meeting


ELAC – English Learner Advisory Committee

All parents of English learners are invited to join us in our first ELAC meeting.The purpose of the ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners.

Please join us onTuesday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m. in the MUR.


School Site Council

We are actively seeking members for the school site council for this year.We need parents to join in and have a voice. I have included a brief description of the council and would love for as many of you to join as possible.Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m.Hope to see you there!

Purpose of meetings: The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate the school’s progress toward those goals. We really appreciate the input of all members of our community including our parents. It makes a cohesive partnership.


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.

LEAP is looking for volunteers to run after-school classes.  It's simple, and it makes an outsized impact on Landels students' education!  Please e-mail Tushar Moorti at to get involved.


Scratch Programming for Girls 

Sep10 - Nov19 (Tuesdays)

3:15-4:15pm, Room 13

Grades 4-5, max 10 students

Use an interactive platform called “Scratch” to learn essential programming concepts such as variables, conditionals, and loops.  Bring a snack to have before class. 

-- Sign-ups are open (8 spots left)


My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, California is monitoring and working to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.


Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent.  If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state.   For more information, click here.  


Meal payments
If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help.  We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program.   The 2019-20 online application deadline is September 27, 2019.  No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually.   Please go to the following website to apply online today. (or applications are available at your child’s school office). 

Meal payment:  Full or reduced price meals can be paid online throughout the year at  For 2019-20, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).  You can pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. 

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions. 

Lunch menus

Menus are found here:


MV Parent University 


Mountain View Parent University presents a discussion and showing of “Like,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? How can parents and students gain the skills to self-regulate? 

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 PMat Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

After the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff. Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel, and the film will have Spanish subtitles. Child care will be provided. To RSVP prior to the event, and to view live streaming on the internet during the event:


CAASPP student score reports are in! 
If your child is currently in grade 4-8, you may access your child's English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool ( 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.


The PTA invites all Landels families and staff to our annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 6th from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy this informal, FREE event on the Landels Blacktop!

Ice cream topping donations (e.g., chopped fresh fruit) are optional and can be brought directly to the event. 

There will be an opportunity to purchase Landels Gear and PTA memberships during the Social.

Would you like to help out for half an hour with set-up, scooping, or clean-up?  To sign up, please go to: 

Questions?  Please contact Susan Harder ( 


Project Cornerstone

Hello Landels Lions!  Looking for a few more readers and other volunteers to help with Project Cornerstone.  Our first meeting will be coming up soon!  Email if you can help volunteer at:




As our schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their child's education.  Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View, that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts, middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you!  The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy!  Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!  


SELPA 1 CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC is here to help families of students with special education and learning challenges through awareness, support and education.

Here are upcoming events for late August and September: 

General Meeting:Monday 8/26, 9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mountian View

Next meeting is on Oct 7 (same time, same place) 

Decoding Dyslexia Support GroupWednesday 8/28 7-8:30 pm Willow Room Mountain View Community Center, 201 Rengstorff Mtn View. Next meeting is on September 25.    

Parent Chat Support Groupfor parents of teens with mental health challenges. Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 PM Los Altos Library.

Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group Tuesday September 17, 10am -12pm in front of Whole Foods Los Altos.

Fall Family BBQ- September 21 11-2 pm, Rengstorff BBQ area. A fun event to meet parents and staff involved in special education. More info: selpa1cacinfo@gmail.comFREE burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options will be provided. Please bring a beverage or snack to share.


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th 

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. 

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:             Tuesday, September 10th

Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location:     El Camino YMCA

                        2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE



Please see attachments: 

* Eureka Math – Accessing Homework Helper eBooks

* PTA - Ice Cream Social

* September Menu

* Parent University – Impact of Social Media

* SELPA Family BBQ

* After School Program - Basketball 

* After School Program – Run for Fun

* After School Program – CSMA Art

* Spartans Sports Camps


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