Landels Latest, November 20, 2019

Nov 21             Science Night – 6:00 p.m. – MUR (Children’s Discovery Museum) – Tonight!

Nov 27-29       Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

Dec 2               School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room

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 12             ToolBox Info Night – 6:00 p.m.

Dec 13             Holiday Faire – MUR, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Dec 23-Jan 6  December Break – NO SCHOOL

Jan 14             ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m.


 ROAR Recognitions 

  • Violet P. – Room 1
  • Marisol L. – Room 12
  • Renata S. – Room 8
  • Yuta H. – Room 3
  • Maciej O. – Room 11
  • Gaius T. – Room 1
  • Effren H. – Room 2
  • Ken P. – Room 11
  • Arturo T. – Room 12
  • Sakura M. – Room 2


Hello Landels Families!

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. That is a perfect reflection of what I have experienced during my time at Landels. Every day, I am moved and inspired by what I see.  I marvel at the incredible devotion of our staff and their unique ability to teach and inspire our children.  I celebrate the amazing support of our parents and community.

I believe that the success of our school is built on a foundation of mutual respect and inclusiveness.  Dedicated teachers and staff nurture a caring culture using our 12 ToolBox tools, all focused on the goal of providing a safe learning environment for our students and families.  Landels is committed to continuing this focus and supporting our families during the school day and beyond.

I am thankful that Landels continues to strive for excellence in each and every classroom, to grow stronger by our diversity, and to cultivate an open and positive school climate.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our children’s lives. 


iReady Diagnostic Assessment

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. After Thanksgiving break, students will be taking i-Ready Diagnostic #2. i-Ready diagnostic assessments are administered three times a year in place of the district benchmark assessments used in the past. 

New, and important for parents to know:

  • In January, parents will receive four reports (two for math and two for English language arts): One report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August (take a look here), and a detailed report (look at the report here) will show how your student performed on each grade-level standard, in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.
  • Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning (exception: i-Ready instruction is not available at home during diagnostic testing). These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready. 

    Please visit to view sample reports and frequently asked questions. Thank you for your partnership with us in your student’s success.

     Heidi Galassi



     Science Night at Landels – Tonight!

     Please join us for a fun Amusement Park Science Night on Thursday November 21 at 6:00pm in the MUR.  Sponsored by the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum.

    Children and parents together will:

    ·      experience the power of springs as they make their own pinball machines

    ·      explore gravity as they create miniature roller coasters

    ·      test their strength while learning about air and water power

    There will be a Taco truck selling food starting at 5:30pm.

    Do you love science? Please consider volunteering for this event, contact Mrs Poor at


    *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 need anymore, please bring them 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.


    Thanksgiving Break – No school

                           Wednesday, Nov. 27

                             Thursday, Nov. 28

                               Friday, Nov. 29

    Students return to school on Monday, Dec. 2


    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.


    Latch Hook Rugs (Grades 2-5)

    Tuesdays, Dec. 3 – Feb. 25

    3:00-4:00pm, Room 7

    Grades 2-5, max 20 students

    Choose a pattern and make a small latch hook rug to keep or to give as a gift!

    -- Sign-ups open November 21


    MVWSD News

    Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion" on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.

    Christine Wang, EdM, Heard Alliance
    Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D Professor, Palo Alto University, Director, Master of Science in Psychology
    Dr. Moira Kessler, Md Clinical Assistant, Professor Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Alicia Carter, MVWSD School Counselor, Crittenden Middle School
    Kristin Castillo, Student Services Coordinator, Los Altos High School

    Explore these topics, questions and more with our panel of experts:
       What is typical development and behavior?
       Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety
       Mental health at different developmental stages
       What are the schools doing to reduce stress, provide support, and promote mental      
       If a child/adolescent is experiencing an issue, how can you determine if it’s a typical    
       behavior or something more serious?  When should a parent be concerned?
       How can parents have an open conversation on difficult topics with their kids?
       What types of wellness strategies can parents use at home?

    Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:


    Resources for helping students with math homework

    Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on

    To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math



    The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking Mountain View residents to serve on a committee of community leaders: Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

    Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, and include an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

    Applications are due December 9, 2019. Applications can be mailed to Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043, or faxed to 650-964-8907. Applications are available online at

    Questions? Please call Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500 or email


    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 

    Holiday Faire: Call for Vendors

    The Landels Holiday Faire will be held on Friday, December 13th in the MUR after school, from 3-5:30pm

    This annual event features musical performances by our own Landels choir as well as performances by Crittenden, Graham and the MVHS Madrigals. There will be cocoa, crafts, shopping and plenty of holiday cheer!

    Please contact Shannon Lundin if you are interested in selling food, art, jewelry, or crafts.  You can also sign-up in the office.

    Cost $5 per table for students, $10 per adult and $30 for outside vendor. Space may be limited depending on demand. Please request a table by December 6th.


    Theatre Games with Peninsula Youth Theatre Tuesdays at Lunch

    We are excited to welcome Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT) to Landels for a lunch recess program on Tuesdays throughout the year starting on November 19th. Students in grades 1 - 5 will be selected by their teacher to attend during their midday recess and participate in acting games and improvisation exercises. These theatre activities not only help to improve their performance skills, but also build self-confidence, quick thinking, ensemble skills, and are a whole lot of fun! Thank you to the Landels PTA for sponsoring this program.


    PTA Membership Drive—win a party for your kid's classroom!

    Hello Landels Families, 

    With the Walkathon and Halloween behind us, we'd like to focus on increasing our membership!

    Every classroom that reaches 70% PTA membership will have a hot chocolate or Krispy Kreme party in December!

    Benefits of joining the PTA:

    • Be a part of supporting your kids and their teachers
    • Know about how our budget benefits Landels and our community 
    • Get to know other parents and families
    • Participate as much as you want—from simply joining to volunteering and running events

Congratulations to rooms 3, 5, 7, and 10 for already hitting their goal! Here are how many memberships each other room needs to hit their goal:

Room 1: 12

Room 2: 3

Room 4: 5

Room 6: 1

Room 8: 8

Room 9:10

Room 11: 6

Room 12: 5

Room 14: 10

Room 15: 13

Room 16: 7

Room 17: 5

Room 18: 12

Sign up by December 13th in the Landels office or by going to questions? Contact Membership Chair Hilary Ferejohn at

Many thanks,



Please see attachments:

* Landels Family Science Night

* PTA - Talent Show

* Parent U – Navigating Mental Health

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* MVWSD – District Kindergarten Information Night

* Mountain View High School – Turkey Trot

* City of Mountain View – Write a Letter to Santa

* City of Mountain View – Breakfast with Santa

* City of Mountain View – Tree Lighting

* City of Mountain View – Jingle Ball



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