Landels Latest, Oct, 8, 2020

Oct 7               Parent U – Raising Digitally Resilient Children and Teens – 5:30-7:00PM  Zoom Link

Oct 9               Principal’s Coffee – 2:40-3:30PM  Register Here

Oct 12             NO SCHOOL – Recess Day

Oct 13             School Site Council – 4:00-5:00PM Register Here

Oct 15             ELAC Meeting – 3:00-4:00PM

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


·      Vincent M. - Rm. 9

·      Lucas B. - Rm. 17

·      Orion H. - Rm. 12

·      Emma G. - Rm. 4 

·      Kellen H. - Rm. 1

·      Jocelyn S. - Rm. 9

·      Amy Z. - Rm. 10

·      Will R. - Rm. 17

·      Adrian A. - Rm. 17 

·      Brandon R. - Rm. 1

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

We are now deep into distance learning and I am really impressed with how most of our students and families are adjusting to the new ‘classroom’.  We are still making adjustments to the plan, some noticeable and some less noticeable.  We continue to read the feedback and we are so glad you feel comfortable to reach out for help, when needed.  We are here to help our students and families be successful during these times.  In order to make this a smoother transition into our new learning environment, the following suggestions will contribute to the success of your child and our community.  If you need support implementing some of these ideas, please feel free to contact us to set up a meeting.

- Read the classroom teacher's weekly newsletter and/or watch the videos either through their email or the classroom site.  This contains valuable information needed for the week.

- Gather the materials needed for the week per teacher's list/video/picture sent.  This is a huge time saver when starting a lesson.

- Check the week's schedule to know which small group your child belongs to, which Zoom link they need to join, and the time they need to log on.  This is another time saver as your child enters the ZOOM meeting on time.  If you have questions, please reach out.

- Remind your child to completely shut down their chromebooks each day (not just close it) so software is updated accordingly. 

- If there are any technical difficulties with their Zoom, Google Classroom, etc., please contact our Tech Department at or call 650-526-3252


School Site Council

Our next School Site Council meeting will be next week on Tuesday, October 13th, at 4:00 p.m.  We will be discussing and getting input for our new strategic plan.  Please review our goals and bullet points and be ready to give some glows and grows.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Oct 13, 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.

Thanks to all who attended our first School Site Council meeting.  We discussed the duties of our school site council team, we reviewed our school site plan from the 2019-2020 school year, and discussed membership for our school site council voting rights.  

California state law requires that we hold an election for School Site Council voting membership.  Therefore, please vote for our five School Site Council members who will be voting to approve our school site plan as well as other voting situations that may occur during the 2020-2021school year.  

Please note:  Everyone is welcome to attend our school site meeting to discuss and problem solve issues together.  Although our five school site council members will be the ones who vote.

Principal’s Coffee

Our next principal’s coffee is this Friday, October 9th, at 2:40 p.m.  We will be discussing and getting input for our new strategic plan.  Please review our goals and bullet points and be ready to give some glows and grows.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Oct 9, 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.


A message from our Landels 5th grade safety team

Hello Landels Lions!

I hope you have been collecting your recyclable items at home to create art or science projects, because on Monday, October 5th, you can start submitting your creations on your grade level Padlet link! You can make anything you want with any recyclable item that you find- paintings, sculptures, murals, experiments, and so much more!  Have your families check their emails or the Landels Facebook page for more information about different types of recyclable items, the link to the Padlet, and more!  The Padlet closes on October 30th, so you have lots of time to create amazing things! We can't wait to see!

Padlet Link


A message from our Landels 5th grade activities team

Thanks to all who have shared their favorite book!  I am really enjoying getting ideas with all your pictures and videos on our padlet.  We are going to keep this padlet open so keep sharing!

Favorite book/Spirit Day Padlet


Technology Support 

If you are having problems with the chromebook, you can contact the Tech department via email or phone (650) 526-3252.


How you can protect yourself from COVID: Hand washing

Washing your hands is the single most effective way you can protect yourself from germs, like the COVID-19 virus. Our MVWSD school nurse Jennifer gives important tips in this video:  Please review and practice with your family.


Free Student Meals:  *New* Pick up meals for multiple days

Free meals are again available to all children in the Mountain View Whisman School District age 18 and younger. No IDs required. 

Daily breakfast and lunch at 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. 

Come to Graham Middle School between 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to pick up meals for multiple days. Food items will be different from what is served during daily pickups. On Monday: Pick up for four days. On Friday: Pick up for three days.

Walk, drive or roll up to grab a free meal and go! For menus and information, please see


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.

NEW ZOOM LINK (no registration required)

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:


“Enriching the Learning Experience” Symposium

The Santa Clara County Office of Education Parent Engagement team is pleased to announce our FREE virtual event "Enriching the Learning Experience: Vision for 2020 and Beyond" which will be held from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday, Oct 17 and 24, 2020. Together with 6th District PTA, we are putting together a Parent Engagement symposium for parents, students, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and liaisons to focus on student success. We have lined up a number of dynamic speakers and 10 workshops each day of the symposium. Here's a sneak peak of our workshops: 

Dr. Joyce Epstein, professor of education and director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University. She has over one hundred fifty publications, including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, 4th edition (2019). Her Keynote will address school administrators in the area of parent engagement and her Workshop will address teachers and how they can involve parents in homework. 

Ruby Ibarra, local bay area COVID-19 researcher and hip-hop recording artist. Her Keynote will address parents and share her inspiring story of how to channel obstacles into opportunities. She will present a Spoken Word Writing Workshop for students! 

Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist of American Born Chinese, Secret Coders, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Superman. In 2016, he was the Library of Congress's 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; he was also the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in that same year. His workshop for teachers will address adopting a rich, diverse reading curriculum for the classroom. 

A Financial Literacy Workshop series “Understanding Debt and How to Improve Your Credit Score,” “Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis,” and “Learning the Value of a Dollar” by Excite Credit Union will give good money management tips for students and adults alike.  

Registration is open! Visit “Enriching the Learning Experience” event Website to see all 10 workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and registration form. 


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Together We Are a Better MVWSD: National Coming Out Day

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is October's topic:

Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or an ally, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ+ equality this Coming Out Day! Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality. Inspired by National Coming Out Day on October 11th, this month’s calendar provides resources for the MVWSD community around the topic of LGBTQ+ and gender identities. Developmentally appropriate lesson plans have been provided for teachers, while articles and parenting guides appear this month in the parent section of the calendar. Check out the literature section at the bottom of the calendar for age-appropriate literature to support your discussions in school and at-home.

For a look at this month's graphic, please see attached flyers or


MVEF news: Did you know that your donations to MVEF support CSMA art and music for your student?

Fifth grade art and music started on 9/23! TK-4 art and music started the week before! All TK-4th students will have virtual art and music classes led by a teacher from CSMA. This year 5th grade students chose instrumental music or art with CSMA.  We thank the CSMA teachers for sharing their engaging and FUN talents as well as filling a need for creativity and active learning on Zoom.

MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding.  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!


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Wednesday, October 14th

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 what we do. 

Please note: Our 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:               Wednesday, October 14th
Time:               10:00 - 11:00 am
Location:         Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)


October CAC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email or check out

October 5, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, For the Zoom link for this meeting, email

October 6, 9:30 am - Alternative Dispute Resolution training from SC County. BUILDING POSITIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS. (Active listening, question strategies, `I’ messages). This two-hour training will provide parents with strategies for holding effective and productive conversations with teachers, service providers and administrators who work with their child(ren). Sign up here:

October 7, 7 - 9 PM - College with Mental Health, Learning or Developmental Challenges with Dr. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer. Dr. Leventhal-Belfer, PhD is the author of, “College on the Autism Spectrum“. Contact for Zoom link.

October 13, 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact for Google Meet invite.

October 14, 7 pm - Evening Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact for the Zoom link for this meeting.

October 19, 7:30 pm - Decoding Dyslexia meeting on Zoom. Melissa Baten Caswell, PAUSD board trustee and parent of dyslexic child. Register in advance for this meeting:

October 24 10am - 12 pm - IEP Goals & Progress Monitoring Webinar Presented by Disability Rights California and organized by Palo Alto CAC. Topics: – IEP Process -Your Rights at an IEP Meeting -Goals & Objectives – FAPE and LRE -Related Services -Assistive Technology -Transition Services/Vocational Services  Zoom link at


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!


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