Landels Latest, Oct. 22, 2020

Oct 23             Check-in with the Superintendent – 3:30PM  Register Here

Oct 26             ELAC Meeting – 4:00-5:00PM  Register Here

Nov 6              End of 1st Trimester – Minimum Day

Nov 11             Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL


·      Francis S. - Rm. 11

·      Brandon R. - Rm. 1

·      Isabella C. - Rm. 4

·      Myrah S. - Rm. 17

·      Tori D. - Rm. 9

·      Micah P. - Rm. 12

·      Felix P. - Rm. 13

·      Dhruvan D. - Rm. 8

·      Nalini B. - Rm. 10 

·      Aastik S. - Rm. 11


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

November and the end of the trimester are fast approaching.  The trimester ends on Friday, November 6th, and will be a minimum day ending at 11:35 a.m.  Our students are currently being assessed from now until the end of the trimester regarding reading and writing.  Each child will be assessed on their reading and comprehension as well as writing.  This will be via computer similar to the iReady assessment except shorter in time and length.  Here are a few reminders of ways you can support your child:

·       Resist to assist.  We need real data to inform our future instruction.

·       Make sure your child has a distraction-free area to take the assessment.  The reading and comprehension assessment is online and will be recording your child reading.  The program picks up background noise and we do not want this to interfere with your child’s score.

·       Encourage your child to stay steady, focused, and do his/her best.

I would like to thank all of you for supporting us at school by being on time with your ZOOM sessions.  It sets the tone for the classroom and there are less interruptions during instruction.  We know the timing can be difficult and would like to support you in any way.  Please contact us for ideas and/or strategies to use for a timely entrance into ZOOM.  : )

Stay Safe!  Wash your hands!  Wash and wear your masks!  See you on ZOOM!


ELAC Meeting

Our next ELAC meeting will take place via ZOOM on Monday, October 26th, at 4:00 p.m.  We will discuss reclassification and ELPAC assessment information and strategies along with our site plan and iReady data results.  All parents of English Learners are invited. 

Hi there, 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Oct 26, 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.


Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students

Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.

Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.

If you are already qualified, you may view jobs and apply online on our website. For information, call 650-526-3555.


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.



Check-In with the Superintendent on Oct. 23

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions.  Click here to register:


Parent University

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION!

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 a special edition on the Nov. 3 election.

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. We celebrate the upcoming election cycle by publishing materials for teachers and parents that promote civic engagement amongst students and give resources to parents about how to secure their participation in this year's election. Both the links and QR codes will take you directly to the recommended resources.

For a closer look at this graphic, please see attached flyers or


How you can protect yourself from COVID: Know the signs and symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is an important step to quickly getting care to people who need it, and in isolating those who are ill, preventing further transmission. Our own MVWSD school nurse Daniel gives important tips in this video. Please review and practice with your family.

  Video -    Signs and symptoms of COVID-19


Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom:

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see


Application help for free healthcare coverage

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

·       Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

·       No appointment needed

·       All are welcome regardless of immigration status

·       No cost

·       Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

·       Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing. Get a COVID-19 test at the same time!

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood

·       HealthMap Vaccine Finder

·       If you have health insurance, you can also visit your regular doctor.


MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses.

Living Classroom brings environmental education for students in elementary and middle school.  Living Classroom started teaching students on 9/8 and taught 62 online lessons in September. 

Living Classroom continues to maintain the school gardens for when garden-based outdoor learning can return to MVWSD, making education come alive and deepening students' connection with nature. Living Classroom lessons empower the next generation by growing environmental champions, inquisitive learners, and healthy eaters.  There are over 200 lessons planned for the fall in our schools.

Your donations to MVEF bring Living Classroom to every school in MVWSD! Donate today!

Library Fall Festival: Oct. 23

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Fall Festival for families with young children on Friday, October 23, on Zoom. The festival includes live music with Charity Kahn, storytime with librarians Alex & Sharon, craft & snack activity and costume parade. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration details. 


CHAC Invites You to Virtual Stress Management for Parents and Teachers During COVID

“How to Keep Calm and Carry On” on Thursday, October 22nd 5 to 6pm

CLICK HERE to pre-register or join the event on the day of at

Please email your questions in advance to This event will be translated into Spanish.

In this talk, followed by Q&A, Dr. Jodi Cushman and Dr. Angela McBride will help us understand the toll that the stress of the coronavirus pandemic is taking and offer strategies that may help us cope more effectively during this time.


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online   

Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life. 

Audience:  Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to  

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


MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording

We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend.  It will be available for six weeks.  

The link is


 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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