Landels Latest, January 9, 2020

Jan 13             Open Enrollment Begins for 2020-2021 School Year

Jan 14             ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m., Staff Room

Jan 16             Family Math Night – 6:00 p.m., MUR

Jan 20             NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 22             PTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Staff Room

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

Jan 27             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m., Staff Room

Jan 31              Landels Talent Show – 6:00 p.m., Graham Middle School

Feb 5               Principal’s Coffee – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Feb 14             End of 2nd Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

Feb 17-21       NO SCHOOL – Winter Break


  ROAR Recognitions

  • Leonardo M. – Room 8
  • Yajaira R. – Room 1
  • Minu S. – Room 8
  • Benjamin O. – Room 2
  • Sierra F. – Room 10
  • Petter H. – Room 12
  • Irene M. – Room 10
  • Anders L. – Room 7
  • Alexander X. – Room 3
  • Ashton R. – Room 16


Hello Landels Families!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and did whatever they needed to rejuvenate.  I have heard winter break stories, both exciting and relaxing, from several members of our community.  I’m so glad!  I visited my huge family back in Chicago and my stories are both exciting and relaxing as well.  Also, it was between twenty and thirty degrees Fahrenheit most of the time I was there visiting.  That’s a bonus!


Author’s Visit Friday 1/17/2020

Next week on Friday, we are fortunate to have L. Kobie Wilkerson visit our school. 

L. Kobie Wilkerson a.k.a L. Kobie Da Wiz is an award-winning author, poet, speaker, presenter, storyteller, edutainer, master teacher, and powerful transformer of schools and organizations. He ingeniously converts resistance to change into receptiveness for growth. He is a leading authority on helping schools and organizations cultivate relationships that support a healthy culture and climate. Kobie works with schools and organizations where it is his goal to see them systematically operate at their best, so they can effectively impact those they serve.

Your child will be receiving a flyer in their home folder (flyer also attached below) regarding pre-ordering books from the author.  If you decide to purchase a book(s), the book will be provided on the day of the author visit and will be signed by the author.  Please return all book orders to either your child’s teacher or the main office.

Message from Author

I’m super excited about being with you all. I am an author, but I’m also an educator and I don’t know what your previous author visits have been like, but this one is full of music, movement and memorable stories. Here is what you can expect in the L. Kobie Da Wiz experience.

Family Math Night at Landels (Thursday, January 16th)

We have received some feedback from families regarding needing support with our current math curriculum and strategies.  As educators, we completely understand the frustration at times with the different strategies and approaches we use to teach math in a conceptual way.  Therefore, we are holding a Family Math Night next week to address these issues.  We will be discussing our Eureka math curriculum, how it works and how to help at home.  We will be providing you with additional sites to support you at home.  Finally, we will be providing you with examples of the curriculum including how to read and use it at home and engaging math games to support deep understanding of the concepts.  Please join us in the Landels MUR at 6:00 p.m. and bring your child as they will benefit from this information, as well.


Abilities Awareness Week

The Learning Challenges Committee of the PTA Council is excited to bring Ability Awareness Week to Landels Elementary School the week of January 21st.

What is AAW?

  • A fun-filled and inspiring program designed to build empathy, understanding, and respect for the challenges of all students
  • Targets the whole school community
  • Yearly event integrated into the school culture

    What does it look like?

  • For 1st and 4th graders
    • Grade-specific activities designed to simulate different challenges (e.g. learning disabilities, ADD, physical disabilities, autism…)
    • For the first year, consider including 5th graders to catch up with same activities as 4th.
  • For all other grade levels
    • A short talk about the Rainbow of Abilities supported by an age-appropriate book reading and discussion
    • Fits well with the Project Cornerstone framework

Volunteers are needed to lead activities. Please let the office or your child’s teacher know if you can help. We’ll train you with everything you’ll need.


Heidi Galassi



Girls on the Run is coming to Landels Elementary this Spring!

Girls on the Run is an after-school running and life skills program that culminates with the Girls on the Run 5K at Vasona Park in MayFor more information, click on this link.

Volunteer Coaches Needed!

Click on this link for more information and online coach application. 


LEAP Announcements 

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

Paper Folding (Grades 3-5)

Monday, Jan 13

3:00-4:30pm, Room 6

Grades 3-5, max 15 students

Learn how to make a dodecahedron from paper that is very strong and perfect to draw on.

-- Sign-ups are open (9 spots left)


You may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at


Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

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:

To make sure you're ready, please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now. On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

* Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. 

* If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

Beginning January 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.


MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!   

MVEF’S Winter Gala and Auction is on Saturday, February 8th! You don't want to miss this fun evening as MVEF goes Full STEAM Ahead to support all MVWSD schools. Attendees will celebrate the new dedicated STEAM classrooms and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!

The event will be held at the new Mountain View Community Center from 5:30-10:00 pm.

·       Doors open at 5:15 pm, followed by champagne, appetizers, and silent auction preview.

·       Sit-down dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by a live auction, and paddle raise for STEAM.

·       The evening concludes with silent auction bidding and dancing until 10:00 pm.

The menu is incredible, and the live and silent auctions are filled with amazing items, experiences, and one of a kind opportunities. MVEF anticipates a sellout event so get your tickets today!

All admission tickets are for the entire evening. Gather your friends to make a table, purchase individual tickets or if you know a teacher or staff member who you would like to send, you may choose a Teacher/Staff Ticket and send their name to Melissa, at

Learn more and purchase tickets here!


You may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at


Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents.  We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 


Community News 


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

   Date:             Wednesday, January 15th

   Time:            12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

   Location:      El Camino YMCA

                         2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 

      Register:    REGISTER ONLINE



Come to the 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair, a joint project between SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee.

The Fair is on January 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

All families are invited! We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more!

Please let everyone know! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond!


Please see attachments:

* January Menu

* Family Math Night

* Author Visit – Book Order Form

* Landels Talent Show

* Girls on the Run

* Chess – After School Class

* Run for Fun

* CSMA - After School Art Class (Grades 3-5)

* MVWSD – Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

* Learning Challenges Resource Fair

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