Landels Latest, October 9, 2019

Oct 7-11         Parent/Teacher Conferences – MINIMUM DAYS

Oct 7-11         Book Fair – Thursday, 12pm-3pm & 6-8pm, Friday, 12-3pm

Oct 10             Family Fun Night – Lawrence Hall of Science, 6:30pm-8:20pm

Oct 14             Spirit Day: Stuffed Animal Day

Oct 14             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room

Oct 16             ELAC Meeting – 8:30am

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


    ROARS Recognitions 

  • Ethan E. – Room 3
  • Gretchen W. – Room 12
  • Soloman P. – Room 2
  • Kyara K. – Room 6
  • Aiden R. – Room 16
  • Florimar R. – Room 9
  • Isamart C. – Room 4
  • Celina H. – Room 1
  • Alex G. – Room 17
  • Jessica T. – Room 7


Hello Landels Families!

As stated in my previous newsletter, Landels Elementary sets goals every year in regards to academics and social-emotional behavior.  We call this our site plan.  After much data analysis, the following information shows our findings from our goals we set last year.  Spoiler alert… we met and/or exceeded all our goals but one!!  This is due to a lot of hard work from our entire Landels community team.  We want to thank you for all your support!

2018-2019: Academic Achievement: 

English Language Arts- Increase from 68% to 71% met/exceeded. Goal exceeded at 78%

Math- Increase from 64% to 68% met/exceeded. Goal exceeded at 69%

Reduce the number of “At-Risk” English Language Learners by at least 1 student as measured by California “At-Risk” criteria. Yes, we reduced the number of at risk LTEL students by 2.

Increase from 84% to 86% in the number of Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students meeting or exceeding standards in ELA as measured by District Assessments (K2) and CAASPP (3-5). No, we decreased from 84% to 78%

Staff will collaboratively develop and implement instructional rounds as evidenced by norms, feedback forms, and logs.  Staff observed in other classrooms and completed discussions around data afterwards. 

We will increase our attendance rate to 97% as measured by school and attendance data and we will maintain zero suspensions.  We had 96.64% attendance rate. We had zero suspensions.

Please join us on Monday, October 14th, at 5:30 p.m. for our next school site council meeting where we will finish up our discussion around our new 2019-2020 site goals and vote to approve them.

Heidi Galassi



New After-School Classes

There is a new after-school French class starting on November 9.  Also, CSMA Chorus will be starting Oct. 10.  Please see attached flyers.


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.  


Back to School Night for Room 22

Join Room 22 for our Back to School Family night to celebrate our new classroom at Landels Elementary.  We will share all the fun and exciting things our students get to learn every day, including the awesome New Motor and Sensory Room.  Snacks and beverages will be provided!  Please come celebrate this amazing program with us!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Room 22


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 11 nor Oct 18 **

** Tennis class IS still on for Oct 10 **

Tie-Dyed Shirts

October 21 (Monday)

3:00-3:45pm, Landels Field

Grades K-5, max 16 students

Learn how to mix colors and make patterns to tie-dye shirts!

** Wear old clothing that is ok to get dye on **

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 10


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 begin Thursday, Oct 10


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. 



Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences? Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents.  We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 



MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child!


PTA Update

Walkathon & Silent Auction

There are less than 2 weeks until Landels Elementary transforms into Candyland for the 2019 Walkathon and Silent Auction! 

Preview the Silent Auction

You can now preview the silent auction items at

This week your child will bring home a Silent Auction packet with a list of the silent auction items and instructions on how to bid. Also, look around campus for posters of featured parties and experiences. 

What you need to know about the Silent Auction

As in years past, the Silent Auction will coincide with the Walkathon on Friday, October 18th. While the students are walking, you will find the silent auction items displayed on tables on the blacktop. However, this year we’re trying something new: bidding will be ONLINE ONLY. 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. See Frequently Asked Questions about the online auction below.

The silent auction includes amazing items that were generously donated from organizations and individuals that support our Landels community. You’ll find a wide assortment of items including passes for camps and activities, tickets to performances and attractions, gift cards for local restaurants and merchants, books, 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. 

Got questions? Please contact

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Bidding

How can I view the silent auction items?

Go to Click on the green button “View All Items”.

How can I view just the parties? (or camps? or dining gift cards? or …)

You can filter for a particular category of items by clicking on the “All Items” link in the horizontal navigation. 

When can I bid?

Bidding begins at 3pm on Friday October 18th and ends 3pm on Monday October 21st.

How do I bid? 

You must create an account on https After logging into, navigate to the page of the item you want to bid on and enter your bid. 


I see an item at the silent auction table that I want to bid on, how can I find it online so I can bid?

Search for the name of the item on to find the item and place a bid.


On the silent auction tables, all items will have a display sheet with a description of the item. In the bottom corner of the display sheet, there will be a QR code. Use your mobile phone to scan this QR code to be directed that item’s page in the browser.  From there you can place a bid. 

Can I make a proxy bid?

Yes.To make a proxy bid, select the “Proxy bid” button on the item page. By making a proxy bid, you specify the maximum you want to pay for an item and the system will automatically increase your bid to that amount if you are outbid.

How do I pay for and collect an item I have won?

After the auction ends, you will receive an email with a link to the invoice for the auction items you have won. ou may pay for your winning items online and then you can collect your items at the checkout times (see below). Alternatively, you can come to the checkout times and pay directly (in cash, check, or debit/credit card) and pick up your items at that time. (If it’s the same to you, we prefer you pay directly to avoid auction service fees)

Checkout times:

  • Fri Oct 18 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm at the Walkathon (for Buy it Now items only)
  • Tue Oct 22 - 8:00 - 8:30am in the MUR
  • Wed Oct 23- 8:00 - 8:30am in the MUR
  • Thu Oct 24 - 8:00 - 8:30am in the MUR
  • Fri Oct 25- 8:00 - 8:30am in the MUR


    Create your Walkstarter account and avatar!

    Walkstarter is a great way for you and your child to gather pledges and donations for the walkathon, especially from friends and relatives who live far away! 

    To create your custom donation page and avatar:

  1. Go to and click Login.
  2. Login using a Google or Facebook account or create a password by selecting Sign Up.
  3. Click for detailed information on creating participants and avatars (this can also be accessed by clicking the Guide button).
  4. Once you are done, you will have a custom page that you can send to friends and relatives to ask them to donate. They will be able to choose to donate by lap or as a flat amount.

Happy Fundraising!


The Fall Book Fair is here!  

We will be open from 12p-3p all week and during the Family Fun Night scheduled for 10/10.

New this year: You can use an eWallet to pay for the books.  Fill it up, let your child know, and they will be able to spend that amount of money at the Book Fair.

For more information, and to sign up for the eWallet, go here:

We need volunteers!

We need help setting up on Friday 10/4, staffing the desks through the week, and taking it all down on Friday the 11th.  Please sign up to help - we can't do it without you!

Here's how it works:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thanks, and looking forward to making the Book Fair a huge success!


Fundraiser Description: 

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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