Landels Latest, October 23, 2019

Oct 29
             Coffee with the Principal – Special Education, 8:30am - MUR

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 18             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

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 

  • Ryan J. – Room 16
  • Ekambir L. – Room 3
  • Bart M. – Room 11
  • Makenna P. – Room 7
  • Laura A. – Room 2
  • Chase E. – Room 1
  • Piper F. – Room 9
  • Joe F. – Room 10
  • Arturo T. – Room 12
  • Eliza F. – Room 8


Hello Landels Families!

Assessment and Report Cards

It's hard to believe that we are just about one week away from the end of the first trimester which is Friday, November 1st! Your child is completing our district trimester assessments that include reading and writing for their grade level in the next week or so. Please talk with him/her about giving their best effort! You will be receiving their report card November 15th. 

In addition to these district assessments, the next iReady math and reading diagnostic assessment will be given in the month of December.  These data results, along with several other measures of your child's success, are used to guide our instruction and meet the needs of each child.


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.  


Toolbox - Social/Emotional Tools

As stated in last week’s Landels Latest, we are using Toolbox as our social-emotional curriculum this year.  Along with our 12 tools that we practice on a daily basis, we are also providing lessons to complete at home.  The first lesson I’d like to provide deals with naming your feelings.  Identifying and naming feelings is central to a child’s ability to understand themselves and others.  This is a critical skill for success in school and in life.  The attached flyer includes a home connection activity you can complete and discuss with the whole family.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our main office.

Heidi Galassi



Parent Coffee for SELPA I CAC

Are you concerned about your child? Want to find out more about resources available for help? Want to meet other families who may be dealing with similar concerns?

Please come to our Parent Coffee for SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee! These are two organizations in Mountain View that help families of students with accommodations or who receive special education services. We also put on Ability Awareness events, have parent education events, support groups, and resource fairs.

Come find out more: Tuesday, October 29 at 8:30 AM in the Landels MUR


Lost and Found Cart

Our Lost and Found cart is overflowing with jackets, sweaters and lunch boxes. Please check the Lost and Found while you are on campus. We’ll donate all unclaimed items to a local charity by Nov. 1st.



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.


Punkin’ Chunkin’ Double Chunk (Grades 3-5)

Monday, Nov 4

3:00-4:00pm, Room 14

Grades 3-5, max 16 students

Learn about spring forces and compare their launching power to that of gravitational force harnessed through leverage.

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 24


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 left-hand column. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact your school secretary for assistance.


MV Parent U presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy" on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden MUR.

Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library; Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal; and Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach.

Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:
•       Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement
•       Creative ways to encourage and support writing
•       Ideas for math games that build math skills
•       Practical ways to use math in everyday life

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:
•      Ebooks and online library resources
•      Information on library programs and services for the entire family

RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Childcare provided.

Click here to RSVP for this session:



Are your children enjoying the Community School of Music and Art lessons at their elementary schools? Do you love watching your child compete in middle school sports? These are just two of the programs funded by the Mountain View Educational Foundation- all thanks to donations from parents like you. MVEF’s annual phonathon is just around the corner and they need your support. Save them a call and donate today at Your donation ensures that your child, and every child in the district, have access to these programs as well as Living Classroom, environmental science field trips and more. Donate today!


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. 


Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 18th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at


Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with annual distribution of District policies requirements, below are links to the MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs, at 650-526-3500.

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or

Policy Links--
5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment
5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures
1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment 


Non Discrimination Policy


PTA News

Silent Auction Activities and Parties

There are still spots available for many activities and parties.  You can sign-up and drop off payment in the office. 


Dinner Fundraiser: 

Join us at Chipotle on 11/12. Show the cashier the attached flyer or mention Landels Elementary School PTA and 33% of proceeds will be donated to Landels!

When: 11/12 4-8 pm  

Where: Chipotle located at 1039 A El Monte Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040  



The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher

The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Join us as Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, discusses the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 

Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.

The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

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.


Please see attachments:

* ToolBox – Knowing and Naming our Feelings

* Chipotle Fundraiser

* CSMA - Chorus

* MVWSD - Preschool

* Parent U – Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy

* Crittenden Middle School – Shrek Jr, The Musical

* City of Mountain View – Monster Bash


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