Landels Latest Aug 20, 2020

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

Sept 3             How to use your 12 Tools – Virtual – 4:00-5:30PM

Sept 7             NO SCHOOL – Labor Day


Message from our principal:

Hello there Landels Families!

We are now in the middle of our first week and I have had the pleasure to visit most of our virtual classes.  It was exciting to see our students connecting with each other, sharing stories about their summer, and starting to learn how to use their Chromebooks and associated programs for distance learning.  Seeing our students online and adapting to this new virtual classroom makes me proud and happy to be part of this community!

Our amazing teachers and staff have worked really hard to open up the school year. We will continue to learn and grow together as a community to support our students and families with virtual learning.  As with any change, we know there will be struggles along the way.  Please use your 12 social-emotional tools and ask for help.  We can set up a meeting and discuss ways to support you and your family.  If we work as a team, we can create big and small successes along the way.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all our Landels staff and parents on a supportive and successful start to a new school year with Distance Learning!  We couldn’t do it without the support of all!  


Tips For How To Do School At Home

  • Use the time timer app or purchase a time timer.  This way, your child can see the time that is passing and knows the session time is decreasing. 

·       Use if… then… statements.  For example, 

·       If you sit here and use your listening tool with the teacher, then I will get you some water to drink

·       If you finish two more sentences of writing, then you can take a 2 minute break of coloring (use time timer)

·       Set up a space in your house or yard so your child can use his or her quiet/safe place tool.  If you see your child escalating in unwelcomed behavior, ask them if they need to use their quiet/safe place tool for 2 minutes.  They can then go to their quiet/safe place. (use time timer)

Join Landels Facebook page to watch videos that include more tips on how to do school virtually. 


Tip for accessing Zoom links:

If you can't see the zoom link for a particular session, try the following:

1.  Login to the Google Classroom for that class.

2.  Click on the "Classwork" button once they are in the Google Classroom.

3.  Click on the "Google Calendar" button at the top of the page.

4.  They should get a pop up window that asks them to "Add" the class to the calendar.

5.  Click "Add" and then the links should now show up on the calendar.


Join me for our next principal’s coffee on Friday, August 21st at 2:30 p.m.!!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Aug 21, 2020 02:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, August 26th from 6pm to 7:30pm. It will be synchronous (live sessions). This event is for every family. You will meet with your child's teacher and they will talk about what this year will look like for your child. We will hold two repeat sessions to accommodate parents with two children. One session is 6:00 - 6:40 p.m. and will be repeated for the second session at 6:50- 7:30 p.m. If you have only one child you can choose to log in to either Zoom session.  We will send detailed information about how you can access Back to School Night soon.


We will have our first ‘How To Use Your 12 Tools At Home and School’ virtual session on Thursday, September 3, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Please join us!!!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Sep 3, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Heidi Galassi


Our New Landels Schedule for 2020-2021


What you need to do every morning

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


Like in physical school, students are expected to attend school daily. School starts at 8:15am and attendance will be taken during class check-in.  If your child is absent, please call the attendance line at 650-526-3520 x. 2 by 8:30am or email If we do not know the reason for the absence, your child will be marked unexcused.

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.


ELPAC Language Assessment

Mountain View is a beautifully diverse place where hundreds of languages are spoken. In some instances, children from households where a non-English language is spoken need additional help at school to become fluent in English. To make sure that we identify all such children, all public school districts in California are required to do an initial language assessment called the Initial ELPAC. (English Learner Performance Assessment of California).

A letter was sent out last week to all families with children who meet the criteria for the Initial ELPAC. The letter describes the rationale and details for the assessment and invites families to follow up with any questions they may have. Additionally, the following link is a helpful resource for parents/guardians to understand the test better and to help prepare their children.

A Parent Guide to Understanding ELPAC Initial English (also contains information about the Summative ELPAC, which is a similar test at the end of the school year.)

We understand that the beginning of the school year is a busy time, especially under these extraordinary circumstances. Based on current guidance from the California Department of Education, the Initial ELPAC this fall will be administered remotely. Details to come. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Claudia Navarrete via email at


Digital resources for parents to help students

Stuck on how to use Google Classroom? Wondering how to best support your student in Distance Learning? This summer, we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page full of tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. 

These resources are designed by and curated by MVWSD teachers to be most useful for  our parents. 

Technology How-To Videos (on Chromebooks, SeeSaw, i-Ready, Clever, Zoom and more)

Supporting Distance Learning (Tips and resources)

Mental Health Tips (Managing anxiety and stress at home)

All are available in English and Spanish at


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


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th

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.
Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!
There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about they we do.
Please note: Mentor Tutor programs are currently remote and will remain so until students are back in school and the school district permits volunteers in the classroom
All volunteers must be high school graduates.  
  Date:             Thursday, September 10th
      Time:           5:00 - 6:00 pm
        Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)
  Register:     REGISTER ONLINE







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