Landels Latest Aug 12, 2020

Aug 12             Parent U – Mental Health – 5:30-7:30PM  Zoom - Register here.

Aug 13             New Families Orientation – Virtual – 3:00PM Contact the office for the zoom link
Aug 13             Kinder Orientation -Virtual – 4:00PM

Aug 13             Parent U – Distance Learning Resources – 5:30-7:PM  Zoom Register here.

Aug 14             Chromebook and Materials Distribution (see details below)


Aug 21             Principal’s Coffee – Virtual – 2:30PM

Aug 26            Back to School Night – Virtual – 6:00-7:30PM

Aug 28             Principal’s Coffee – Virtual – 2:30PM

Message from our principal:

Hello there Landels Families!

Our first day of school is approaching, Monday, August 17th, and although school will look, feel and sound different, we are excited and ready!  We will be starting the year with a plethora of training for our students and their families.  Some of the trainings will be live and some virtual.  Please feel free to use these training videos we created. We also will be focusing on team building and classroom community for the first week.  We planned some engaging activities so ask your child about his or her activities after each day. 

We realize it is a different world virtually and need to be build a strong community so we can all get connected.  Therefore, we will be conducting a principal’s coffee once a week on Fridays for the first of month of school in order to have an open line of communication.  As I mentioned in my principal’s coffee earlier this week, please communicate with us via email or phone regarding your needs and struggles.  We are here to help and know that every family has a different situation.  I was raised in a big family of five kids and I can only imagine how that would have worked if this occurred when the five of us were in elementary school.

We are going to continue using our 12 social-emotional tools that we have in our toolbox.  A virtual training on how to use these at home will take place the third week of school.  A number of strategies to use your tools at home will be provided as well as a template to make your own lanyard of tools at home.

Every day at Landels Elementary we are committed to providing the best education for your child including the 21st century skills that our students need to be successful in life.  Some of these skills include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, problem solving, and ethics.  We are excited to build these skills within our curriculum work in the classroom.  We cannot do the work without you, and each year we want to strengthen our home-school partnership.  

Thanks for making our Landels community great!  Please review the following information carefully as it will help prepare you for the start of the new year! 

Heidi Galassi


Morning Assemblies

Our first morning assembly will be Monday, August 17th!  Please join us virtually!

Grades K-2 9:45am-10:15am Contact the office for the zoom link

Grades 3-5 10:30-11:00am Contact the office for the zoom link

Retirement News

As you may know or not know, two of our long-time kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Milos and Mrs. Spence have retired.  They will be greatly missed as they were an invaluable resource to our Landels community.  We wish them all the best! 


We would like to welcome our new teachers!

Erin Luehmann - Kindergarten

Dorothy Lau - Kindergarten

Kate Schnalzer - Kindergarten

Clare Rankhorn - 4th Grade

Ryan Startz - 5th grade

Jeannie Son - STEAM

Our New Landels Schedule for 2020-2021


Materials for our students

Please plan to pick up your child’s materials during the following time blocks on Friday, August 14, 2020 outside your child’s classroom.   

Kinder – 10:00-11:00AM

1st Grade – 10:00-11:00AM

2nd Grade – 2:00-3:00PM

3rd Grade – 3:00-4:00PM

4th Grade – 1:00-2:00PM

5th Grade – 1:00-2:00PM


Please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal account to look up your child’s classroom number and the name of his/her teacher.


Before coming to campus please do the following Self-check:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition? 

• Fever or chills         • Recent loss of taste or smell    • Cough      • Sore throat 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing      • Congestion        • Fatigue       • Nausea or vomiting      • Muscle or body aches   • Diarrhea     • Headache 

2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on). 

3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days? 4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.

First Day of School

Monday August 17, is our first day of school. Please login to your class’s Zoom link at 8:15am to take attendance.  For a demonstration on how to login into Chromebook for the first day of school, Click here. Remember to check the Dashboard and Google Classroom for the Zoom Link.

Your family may find these tutorials helpful as well:

Logging on to Google Classroom

Google Classroom

Please remember that based on our calendar the first day of school is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 11:35am.


Attendance and Participation

Positive school outcomes are directly related to student attendance.  Like in physical school, students are expected to attend school daily. School starts at 8:15am and attendance will be taken during our regular morning meetings.  If you are absent or have an appointment, please know that you will need to follow our normal routine of reporting absences. You can report by calling our front office at 650-526-3520 or emailing our secretary by 8:30am at Similarly, school work and participation are not optional. Teachers will be completing participation grades daily. If your child is having difficulty with distance learning, our staff is available to support your family.


Gift Card Donation

Thank you to all of the families that have already donated a gift card!!

I hope you and your families are staying healthy during this unprecedented time    As you may know, there are several families in our district that need help to meet some basic needs.  The district is providing 2 meals a day M-F.  With kids being home from school, some families need more support for providing dinner and weekend meals.  There is a critical need for gift cards for these families to use for food.  If you are able, please consider donating a gift card to families in our own district.  Thanks so much for your help!  Let’s show these families how strong and supportive our Landels community really is!

Things to remember:

Gift cards should only be for Safeway and should be electronic.  (

Electronic gift cards should be sent to our school and community engagement facilitator, Ms. Bea, at

Families are welcome to donate more than 1 gift card. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bea at


School & Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF)

As part of Landels’s plan, we have a School and Community Engagement Facilitator who will work to ensure that every student, family, and community member will feel valued and supported while working, learning, and partnering with our school. Here at Landels, Bea Claas is our School and Community Engagement Facilitator. She specifically focuses on students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or English learners and works to organize parent education, provide translation services, and support positive student behavior. Bea’s overall goal is to increase parent education and engagement, support our PTA and ELAC parent groups, and form strong relationships with students and families. She can be reached at the office at (650) 526-3520, ext. 3404, and at


Meal Pick-up at Landels

Landels will be providing grab and go meals Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, August 17th from 11:20am - 12:20pm in the MUR.


EZ Meal Application Help

Free or reduced price meal benefit status from last year can be used to pay for lunches until Sept. 30. We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program and can process applications quickly. Applications are at  Deadline is Sept. 21st. 

Full price meals will be available for students who have paid in advance online at or have sent a check (including child’s school, child’s name, grade, teacher) to Food Service, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043. Please call at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions.


MV Parent University is back!

We are proud to present two sessions to prepare families for a school year like no other. Join us on Zoom for two critical topics. Spanish translation will be provided. (See the flyer here)


Childcare Registration is Open

During the time of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, MVWSD has partnered with providers Right at School, YMCA and Newton to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare with prioritization for the children of full-time essential workers. MVWSD students in grades TK-5 may enroll. 

Please note that these are District partners, not MVWSD programs. You may contact the providers with specific questions about their programs and their health and safety protocols. Childcare subsidies may be available for parents through the state of California. Please ask Right at School, YMCA and Newton at time of registration. 

Registration for these programs is open the week of August 3, 2020. For registration information, please click on


Free COVID testing at El Camino Healthcare

El Camino Healthcare District is offering free COVID-19 testing in Mountain View for anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the healthcare district. You do not need to have insurance to get tested or provide proof of residency.  

Note that this is NOT the antibody test. This is a test that tells you whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 on the day of the test. Tests are required to be scheduled in advance and are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 650-940-7022 to schedule your free test. For more information on testing and locations, go to



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