Landels Latest, Oct. 31, 2019

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 15             Report cards go home

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

  • Max H. – Room 1
  • Sadie B. – Room 5
  • Ariana X. – Room 9
  • Gabriel P. – Room 8
  • Dorothy W. – Room 2
  • Eris B. – Room 17
  • Maya R. – Room 7
  • Arlo L. – Room 8
  • Kaysan V. – Room 10
  • Gabriel G. – Room 17
  • Ibrahim A. – Room 16



*Friday, November 1st is a MINIMUM DAY*


                                       Daylight Savings Time                               

                                Sunday, November 3, 2019

             Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night. 


Hello Landels Families! 

Assessment and Report Cards 

The end of the first trimester is tomorrow, Friday, November 1st! We will have a minimum day and we will be working diligently looking at data and working on report cards.  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.


Site Plan 

As you know, our site plan includes goals for both math and ELA.  Therefore, in line with this, Landels will be hosting a Parent U at Crittenden Middle School next week on Wednesday, November 6  at 6:30 p.m.  Our instructional coach, Karen Gordon, and I will be presenting a plethora of strategies that you can use to improve your child’s reading skills and math literacy.  Please join us for more information.


Toolbox - Social/Emotional Tools

 Coming Soon!  

Our main office will be housing all of our home-school connection activities for you to complete at home, if you’d like!  The activities are great for social-emotional learning and can be done as a family or one on one.  They will be located on the wall as you walk in to the right.  Look for this information in the next couple of weeks. 

In November, Landels will be hosting a parent night with your children to talk about the Toolbox Tools, what they mean and how to use them.  Look for a date in an upcoming newsletter! 

Heidi Galassi



College Week Winners

Lunch with Ms. Galassi



Gaius T.  - 1

Ella S. – 2

1st Grade

Ruby M. – 4

Kyara K. – 6 

2nd Grade

Noah H. – 9

Piper F. – 9 

3rd Grade

Austin C. – 7

Teresa N. – 17 

4th Grade

Rayyan K. – 18

Andrew X. – 18 

5th Grade

Mariam A. – 15

Cadence D. - 16


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.

LEAP Classes 

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 Nov. 1 **

American Sign Language (Grades 4-5)

Fridays, Nov 8 - Dec 6

3:00-4:00pm, Room 9

Grades 4-5, max 15 students

Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture from a professional Deaf instructor in an immersive environment!

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 31


Punkin' Chunkin' I (all Grades)

Tuesday, Nov 12

3:00-4:30pm, Room 17

Grades K-5, max 24 students 

Learn about leverage and how to use it to launch objects as far as possible! 

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Oct 31


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.



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:



Want to learn more about programs funded by the Mountain View Educational Foundation to enrich your child's education at Landels? Ania Mitros is a Landels mom and MVEF board member. If you would like to learn more about MVEF or help out at the upcoming MVEF phonathon, please contact Ania at or 206-619-1500, or attend an MVEF general meeting. Donations from parents like you support CSMA art and music class instructors, Living Classroom lessons, and environmental science field trips for every 4th and 5th grader at Landels. Learn more about these programs and donate at


Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP) and Dashboard. State law requires MVWSD to send a letter to parents after three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes.   Letters also inform parents of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly. The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for students to be in school as often as possible.  Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate.  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 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

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


Crittenden Music Fundraiser

The Crittenden Middle School music program is hosting a mattress sale fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Crittenden M.U.R. The mattress company will be bringing a variety of quality name brand mattresses of all sizes to the M.U.R that day. There will be 30 different mattress displays to try out. The company can take your mattress order, provide mattress delivery and then haul away your old mattress. Some mattresses will be on sale for up to 50% off regular retail price. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the students attending the annual Music Department Los Angeles trip.

If there’s a mattress in your home that you need to replace, please check out this great opportunity to buy a brand new, name brand mattress, save money, and support the Crittenden Music Department! Thanks in advance for your support!


School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here: 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.


PTA Announcements

Reminder: Walkathon Pledges Due November 1st

Please get your pledge sheets and collected donations into the office as soon as possible!

**The class with the best participation in submitting pledge forms (any amount raised!) will get a popsicle party**


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  


Community Announcements                    

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.


SELPA 1 CAC and Decoding Dyslexia events for November:

General CAC meeting. Monday November 4, 9:00 am at MVWSD Office on Montecito Blvd.

Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group. Tuesday Nov. 12 10am-12pm, Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods in Los Altos.

Parent Chat, Support group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Tuesday Nov 12, 7-8:30. Los Altos Library.

 >>>>Parent Education event Adolescent Wellness Series with Dr. Moira Kessler.

November 13 and November 20, 6:30-8 pm. Springer Elementary.

    Session 1 on 11/13: Learn tools on how to communicate effectively with your child, how to validate yourself and your child, and how to increase desirable behaviors and decrease undesirable behaviors
    Session 2 on 11/20: Learn about typical and atypical adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in teens, and about risks factors for and protective factors against suicide

Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group November 20, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.

Please see attachments:

* November Menu

* Chipotle Fundraiser

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* MVWSD – District Kindergarten Information Night

* MVWSD - Preschool

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

* Crittenden Middle School – Shrek Jr, The Musical

* Crittenden Middle School – Music Fundraiser

* Mountain View High School – Turkey Trot

* CAC Parent Education Event

* Decoding Dyslexia Support Groups

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