Landels Latest, November 6, 2019

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

Dec 4               Parent U – Navigating Mental Health Support, 6:30pm - Graham

Dec 11             Kinder Information Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Dec 12             School Tours for Incoming Kinders & New Students, 8:30am

Dec 13             Holiday Fair – MUR, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Dec 23-Jan 6  December Break – NO SCHOOL


  ROAR Recognitions 

  • Peter M. – Room 2
  • Arthur Y. – Room 1
  • Olivia P. – Room 3
  • Salma A. – Room 5
  • Teoman L. – Room 10
  • Robi S. – Room 11
  • Gabby M. – Room 8
  • Elsy M.B. – Room 9
  • Laly M. – Room 16
  • Wesley C – Room 18


Hello Landels Families!

Assessment and Report Cards

You will be receiving your child's report card on Friday, November 15th. It will be in an envelope in the backpack. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grades, as always, please arrange to talk with the teacher so the teacher can give you more details. If you need interpretation, please let us know in the office and we will gladly help you.

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.


Toolbox - Social/Emotional Tools

This week during our Monday morning assembly, we talked about using your apology and forgiveness tool for not only others but for yourself.  If you make a mistake, you need to forgive yourself and learn from your mistake.  Too often do we see students at Landels who have a difficult time when making mistakes.  Please reiterate with your child the importance of making mistakes in the process of learning.  At Landels, we ask… What does it mean when you’re struggling?  You’re Learning!


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



PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

The time for you to confirm your child’s enrollment for the next school year is coming up. Beginning Jan. 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

By mid-November, you will be receiving an email containing your username for your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with instructions. Many middle school parents currently use PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection and grades, assignments and attendance monitoring. Some elementary parents have accounts from past student enrollment processes. 


Winter Clothes donation (we'll collect clothes until Monday, December 2)

It's finally time to get the warm clothes out of the closet!  If you find items that are too small for your kids, or you just don't want anymore, please bring to the Landels office and we will find them a good home.  Baby and adult clothes also in need.

Clean clothes please.  Nothing with stains or permanent damage. We will donate these items to families in need in our community. 
Thank you.


Noon Duty Supervisors

Part-time job available to supervise students before and after school and during lunch time.  If you are interested, please Apply Here or if you have any questions, please stop by the office.


LEAP Announcements

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.


American Sign Language (Grades 4-5)

Fridays, Nov 8 - Dec 6

3:00-4:00pm, Room 9

Grades 3-5, 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 are open (5 spots left)


History of the Tortilla (Grades K-1)

Friday, November 15

3-4pm, Room 10

Grades K-1, max 10 students

Learn the origins of the Mexican tortilla, the importance of the nixtamalización process, and how to cook them from scratch.

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Nov 7


H.I.T.S. Tennis (Grades 4-5)

Thursdays, Nov 14 - Dec 19

12:30-1:30pm, Blacktop

Grades 4-5, max 10 students

** Bring lunch or order hot lunch to have before class **

Learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games, and gain life skills through HITS (Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, Sportsmanship).

-- Sign-ups are open



Donate and Dine Out to support MVEF!

MVEF’s Phonathon is just around the corner!  Donate today at and help MVEF reach its $800,000 goal. Your donation funds art, music, science, athletics and more for your child and every child in the district.  On November 13, take a night off from cooking, and head to PIZZA MY HEART, at the corner of El Camino and El Monte (1037 El Monte), in Mountain View from 4pm to 8pm!  Mention MVEF and 30% of your bill goes to MVEF!


What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.  All other reasons are not considered excused.  Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.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 Mattress Fundraiser for Music Program

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 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  

Community News 

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:

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:

* Chipotle Fundraiser

* Landels Family Science Night

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* MVWSD – District Kindergarten Information Night

* 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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