Landels Latest Sept 23, 2020

Sept 24           School Site Council Meeting – Virtual – 4:00-5:00PM

Oct 7               Parent U – Raising Digitally Resilient Children and Teens during Quarantine

Oct 12             NO SCHOOL – Recess Day

Oct 21             PTA General Assoc. Meeting – 6:30PM

Oct 22             ELAC Meeting - Virtual


·      Irene M. - Rm. 11 

·      Tori D. - Rm. 9

·      Oliver N. - Rm. 4

·      Vaisioa H. - Rm. 7 

·      Althea R. - Rm. 12

·      Evangeline S. - Rm. 17 

·      Benjamin B. - Rm. 22 

·      James R. - Rm. 7

·      Dylan H. - Rm. 8 

·      Maya M. - Rm. 1


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

Last week you received the reopening survey that will allow us to plan for students to come back on campus. We ask that you pick the choice that best fits your family situation. We cannot plan without having the data so please submit as soon as you can. Currently, we are at 67% survey completion.  We absolutely understand this is a complicated decision and we would like to help support you.  Please feel free to email me or set up a meeting to discuss.  You can refer to our district website for more information.

Once all surveys have been received, we will plan our next steps.  We will do our best to keep continuity among students and teachers.  Our number one concern is creating safe, stable cohorts. 


Stage 3 Reopening Preparation

On the topic of safety, as we prepare for Stage 3 reopening we are making plans for socially distanced entry and exit procedures, staggered recesses and lunch periods, and hallway procedures.  As you come to campus, you may have noticed a few changes. Our staff is hard at work preparing for the safe return of our students, once it is determined by the state and local public health guidance that it is safe to do so. 

·       Staff training on COVID safety, Protocol and our Response Process

·       Increased signage reminding everyone to maintain physical distance, regularly wash hands, and wear face-coverings

·       All staff supplied with a reusable face mask and face shields

·       An increased cleaning and sanitizing schedule

·       Employees Required to complete COVID Screener before coming to campus 

·       Outdoor sanitizing stations set up and ready for the return of students to campus

·       New no-touch soap, no-touch paper towel and hand-sanitizing dispensers

A message from our Landels 5th grade safety team

Dear Landels Community, 

            We are pleased to inform you that the Pride Team is hosting an engaging and fun event for all Landels students! This event is called The First Annual Landels Recyclable Art and Science Fair. What we are asking is if you can gather a whole bunch of recyclable materials like cardboard boxes, plastic water bottles, paper and old plastic containers. If you don't know what's recyclable you can ask a family member or a trusted adult.

  Once you have gathered all of these materials you can put them together however you like, there is no wrong answer to this. You could stack cardboard on paper and then attach a water bottle. Your project doesn't even have to be an art piece you could make a cup cozy or a water filter even something you could use around the house.

When you have completed your project the pride team will be setting up a padlet for everyone at Landels, when the padlet is released on October 5th you can post pictures or videos of your art, you with your art, or you using your creation then you can submit your video to the padlet and look at others’ creations. We will close submissions on October 30th.   

 This project is meant to teach kids a bit about recycling. We have put a recycling chart down below to show kids what’s ok to recycle and what isn't.

 If your child keeps making these art pieces it could be beneficial to you and the environment; For example if your child is continuing to make the pieces your house would be filled with your child's creativity and logic, and with the amount of recyclable materials he or she would be using the environment will be so much cleaner!

The Pride Team hopes your child will participate in this fun event and hopefully learn more about recycling and the environment from this activity.

Stay safe, The Pride Team     


A message from our Landels 5th grade activities team

Today is Inside Out Day!  Wear your shirt inside out or wear your pants inside out or your socks or your hat… well, you get the picture.  Have fun with it!  See you on ZOOM!


Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! 

This month marks the beginning of a monthly offering towards MVWSD’s equity goals titled Together We Are a Better MVWSD. Each month you will receive an infographic in both English and Spanish that offers educational tools and community guidance inspired by a national diversity calendar. The format of the calendar will remain consistent. The theme is guided by the calendared events that are taking place that month. 


Construction Update

At last week’s board meeting, our district provided an update on the Measure T Priority 1 construction projects. I am excited to share the construction updates that will be occurring or are in consideration for Landels Elementary. Please visit our district website for more information on Landels Measure T Priority 1 updates.

· Gates (Perimeter Controls) - Gates are being installed in order to secure campuses and make COVID screening more efficient. Multiple gate areas will be installed for a more fluid, socially distanced entry of our students. The gates will be self-closing with automatic locks. Access to Landels field will continue to be open to the public outside of school hours. 

· Site Lighting - Each school will be surveyed to determine lighting needs. The lighting will be the style of bollard lights to make for safe nighttime pathways on campus. Each campus will have a photometric survey to determine the location of the bollard lights

· Solar Panels - There are plans to have a solar panel installed in our courtyard. This will also be used as a shade structure for our students in the courtyard.

· Surveillance Cameras - Placement of between 16 to 36 surveillance cameras per site (quantity varies based on size and layout of site) and associated network-based security monitoring and recording system. The quantity of cameras is subject to change once board policy is established.

· Outdoor Learning Spaces - Our school district also recommended the project of Outdoor Learning Spaces to be included in priority 1. We will be connecting with our school community to begin receiving input and feedback on providing schools with outdoor learning spaces.


Learning Options Registration – Parent Survey – Due Friday 9/25

Please don’t forget to submit your response to the parent survey that was sent to you by our District. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (650) 903-6952. Or join my Principal Hours today at 4pm Register Here.


Lunch Application – Due Friday, 9/25

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. 25th. 

If you need help, our office staff is available to help you.  Please email

School Site Council Meeting

We are actively seeking members for the school site council for this year.  We need parents to join in and have a voice.  I have included a brief description of the council and would love for as many of you to join as possible.  Our first meeting will be held on September 24 at 4:00p.m.  Hope to see you there!

Purpose of meetings:  The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.  Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate the school’s progress toward those goals.  We really appreciate the input of all members of our community including our parents.  It makes a cohesive partnership.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Sep 24, 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.


Strategic Plan Survey is open now

MVWSD is working on a new Strategic Plan. We want to ensure this new six-year Strategic Plan 2027 builds on the strengths and assets of our school system, while addressing the most promising opportunities to enhance our work. 

We need your help! Parents, students and staff members will be asked to engage in several steps during the strategic planning process in meetings, focus groups and surveys. 

Here is your first opportunity to give input.  Please take 10 minutes to respond to this survey by midnight on Sept. 24.

The survey is managed by a third-party consultant.  All responses will go directly to them and will be anonymous.  

Next steps: This information will be used to shape our future strategic direction. In October you will have the opportunity to see your efforts materialize in the resulting strategic plan framework and to provide feedback.  

Thank you for taking the time to inform our future. 


Planning for school reopening: Learning Options survey

Thank you for supporting your children in “Connected 100% Distance Learning” due to COVID-19. As you know, planning for potential school re-opening has been ongoing since March.

Our tentative plan: MVWSD is considering in-person learning beginning with the first group of our youngest, specific special education students and our at-risk students. However, we will not open schools if the process poses too great a risk to our students’ or employees’ health and safety. 100% Distance Learning will remain an option. Click here to read more about the two options:

In order to proceed, we want to hear from you. Many of the specifics of what school reopenings will look like in the future depend on our families’ responses. Please complete the updated Stage 3 Learning Options Registration survey (sent to you in email on Sept 18) before Sept. 25. Your survey link is unique to each of your students and can be completed only once. 

More information is in Dr. Rudolph’s update to the Board of Trustees on Sept. 17. (The video is posted here . Tune in at timestamp 2:33).


Parent University: Raising Digitally Resilient Children and Teens during Quarantine

Kids are online more than ever in this post-COVID world, with increased use of digital technology for academics, entertainment, and social connection.

Join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative webinar at the MVWSD Parent University event on Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Hear how young people are affected by the latest news, trends, and data from the world of technology. Get tips and strategies for how to teach responsibility and balanced and healthy use of the internet and social media.

Click here to register for this event on Zoom.

Recommended for all adults who support youth and want to learn thoughtful and supportive ways to navigate media with children. For more information about My Digital TAT2 and their mission, please visit:


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Hispanic Heritage Month (Flyers attached)

We are excited to announce that this month marks the beginning of a monthly offering towards MVWSD’s equity goals titled Together We Are a Better MVWSD.  Each month you will receive an infographic in both English and Spanish that offers educational tools and community guidance inspired by a national diversity calendar. This month is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

You’ll see:

·       Lessons provided by grade level that are designed to be used by teachers to enhance work they are doing in the classroom. 

·       Activities provided to parents, which are meant to help bridge the gap between lessons at school and conversations at home. 

·       Organization spotlights to help us engage with our community and learn more about organizations doing equity work.

·       Children’s books by authors who have either the lived experience or scholarly background to contextualize this topic for children and adolescents.

Please see


Distance Learning Tip: 

What’s the easiest way to help my child upload pictures of student work?

First, create a child’s folder in a parent’s Google Drive (only has to be done once. Requires parent to have a gmail account.)

-download google drive app on smartphone

-create a folder with child's name (ie "Emma’s Schoolwork”)

-share the folder with child’s school email address. (Note: Students in grades TK-5 will not get an email notification of this share. The child does not have to access his/her email account. The folder automatically will appear in student’s “shared with me” folder on their Drive after parent “shares” with the student’s email address.)

After that set up, its as easy as this:

-open google drive app

-open the shared folder

-push + button and select “use camera” to take picture (this uploads it automatically)

-child now has the pic on his/her school drive in the parent/child shared folder (under "shared with me" in child’s drive). They can also upload these images to other programs, such as SeeSaw.


Free Student Meals Available Again

The free meal program has been extended! (flyers attached) During Distance Learning, free meals are again available to all children in the Mountain View Whisman School District age 18 and younger. No IDs required. Locations: All schools, except Stevenson (pickup for Stevenson is at Theuerkauf). Times: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the elementary schools. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the middle schools. Walk, drive or roll up to grab a free meal and go! Parents should continue to go here to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program, if needed. 


Please Support Our Students and Teachers!

MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. We hope you saw the MVEF brochure with your school supplies or watched the video during Back to School. Please see the website at for more information and to donate online. Please consider joining our team of volunteers or emailing us with any questions at Thank you for your support!


PTA News

Join our new communication tool, Konstella

We wanted to invite you to join our new communication tool, Konstella. For returning parents, this replaces Simply Circle. For new parents, this tool will allow you to receive communications from the PTA as well as from other parents in your room. You can choose how and when you would like to receive updates after signing up. Being a member of the PTA is not required. You can join using this link:

Thank you!


Community News

Mountain View Public Library presents “Sea Otters” (Flyer attached)

Mountain View Public Library presents “Sea Otters: Author Talk for Kids” (ages 7-12) on Wednesday Oct 14 - 4-4:30 pm. See attached flyer. Free. Sign-up at


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Jeff Selingo on "Who Gets In and Why:  A Year Inside the College Admissions Process" on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online | Zoom

Join us for an insightful evening with journalist and higher education expert Jeff Selingo, as he dispels entrenched notions about the college admissions process. 

While many have long believed that college admissions decisions are driven largely by merit, Jeff presents a more complicated truth.   Embedded in three distinctly different admissions offices — a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus — Jeff closely observed college admission officers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions.

Based on a year of reading applications and sitting through committee meetings where up and down votes were taken, Jeff reveals what really matters to the gatekeepers and how their ultimate decisions are often based on a college’s priorities.  Following interviews with students, testing agencies, marketers, and ranking organizations, Jeff also shares practical advice and helpful strategies for navigating the confusing, chaotic, and often-times stressful college application process.  

Audience:  High school parents and students; teachers and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to

Book:  Jeff's new book, Who Gets In and Why, will be released Sept. 15th and is available with free shipping from Books, Inc.  Jeff is generously offering our community a 30% discount + free shipping for pre-orders made directly through him. If interested, use code MVLA30.

Event Login:  We will send the Zoom link via Eventbrite email, Thursday afternoon, October 1st. 
If you have not used Zoom before, please make sure to allow a few extra minutes before the event to download the free Zoom app.    

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.





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