Landels Latest, December 4, 2019

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 Faire – MUR, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Dec 23-Jan 6  December Break – NO SCHOOL

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

Jan 22             ToolBox Info Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR


    ROAR Recognitions

  • Brandon P. – Room 4
  • Jonathan S. – Room 3
  • Saoirse N. – Room 5
  • Karl U. – Room 16
  • Daniele C. – Room 2


Hello Landels Families!

.I hope everyone had a great break doing whatever you needed to rejuvenate for the month of December.  We have had so many great community events thus far, including our first Family Science Night with the Children’s Discovery Museum.  I want to thank all of our volunteers who came out to help and also all of our participants!  We had such a great time interacting with so many different conceptual science projects!  Since we had such a great response to this event, we are going to host another one on May 7th of 2020.  


Toolbox - Social/Emotional Learning

We will also have our first ever Family Toolbox Information night at Landels on January 22nd of 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  We will create Toolbox lanyards for home and discuss strategies and social-emotional lessons to use at home, as well.  Please feel free to bring the whole family!


iReady Diagnostic

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Starting this week, 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



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 Dec. 20th.


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.



If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office. 

** LEAP Tennis (Thurs, Dec 5) will be in MUR in case of rain **


Origami (Grade K)

Friday, Dec 13

1:50-2:50pm, Room 3

Grade K, max 10 students

Make a Christmas decoration such as a Santa Claus, star, candle, and more!

-- Sign-ups begin Dec 5


Origami (Grades 1-5)

Monday, Dec 16

3:00-4:00pm, Room 17

Grades 1-5, max 10 students

Make a Christmas decoration such as a wreath, Santa Claus, star, candle, and more!

-- Sign-ups begin Dec 5



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:



Thanks to parents like you, MVEF is making great progress towards their $800,000 fundraising goal. Don't miss your chance to do your part to bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child in the district.There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to MVEF this year.  The more MVEF raises, the bigger the impact! Last year, MVEF exceeded our fundraising goal, enabling us to fund science materials for the new elementary science classrooms and professional development for teaching staff. Help MVEF surpass their goal and make your tax-deductible donation today!



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

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for neighborhood elementary schools. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.
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.

The District has two choice schools:  Spanish-English dual immersion at Gabriela Mistral School and a parent participation program at Stevenson Elementary School.  These schools can be requested when you register your child. Gabriela Mistral's information night is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson's information night is Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. 

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

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


PTA Update 

Tonight!! - Books Inc. Fundraiser - Wednesday, Dec. 4

Support your community bookstore and favorite school!  Wednesday, Dec. 4 is Landels Night at Books Inc.  Come anytime from 4 - 9 pm to purchase books for holiday gifts or for yourself.  Books Inc will donate 10% of the total sales to Landels PTA.  In addition to that, some of Landels 5th graders will be on hand to wrap your books/gifts from 6 - 9 pm.   All donations from the gift wrapping will go towards the 5th grade yearbook and end of year celebration.  

Tonight! Crepevine Fundraiser on Castro Street!

Dine with us ALL DAY at Crepevine.  Show the attached flyer or mention Landels and Crepevine will donate 24% of your order value to Landels! 

            When: 12/4 7:30am - 11pm

           Where: Crepevine located at 300 Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. 

Shop with us at Books Inc. Show the attached flyer or mention Landels and Books Inc. will donate 10% of your total purchase to Landels! 

When: 12/4 4pm - 10pm

Where: Books Inc. located at 317 Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. 


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.


Community Events 

Right at School: Winter Break Camp

Right at School is offering Winter Break Camp from December 23 - January 3 from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, hosted at Stevenson Elementary. There is no camp 12/24, 12/25 ,12/31 & 1/1. Cost is $45/day. You are not required to have a child currently enrolled with Right at School to participate in winter break camp. See for registration and information.


Please see attachments:

* Books Inc. and Crepevine Fundraiser

* PTA - Talent Show

* CSMA - After School Art Classes

* Parent U – Navigating Mental Health

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* YMCA - School Break Day Camps

* Right at School – Winter Break Camp

* 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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