Landels Latest, Nov. 12, 2020

Nov 13            Principal’s Coffee – 8:30AM  Register Here

Nov 16             School Site Council Meeting – 4:00-5:00PM Register Here

Nov 18            Parent U – Supporting Math at Home – 5:30-7:00PM Register Here

Nov 18             PTA Association Meeting – 7:00-8:00PM  Click Here

Nov 20            Report cards to be sent home electronically

Nov 25-26-27 Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

Dec 9               Kinder Info Night – 6:00 p.m.


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

Report Cards will be available for parents via your PowerSchool portal on Friday, Nov. 20th. At our Principal's Coffee tomorrow morning we will discuss the report card format and answer any questions you have about distance learning in relation to the grades. We will also review the steps for parents to see in Google Classroom and SeeSaw how their child is doing each week. 

Also, bring your most recent iReady results.  We will support you in reading the results and how best to utilize these results at home with your child.


Principal’s Coffee 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Nov 13, 2020 08:30 AM

Register in advance for this meeting:

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


School Site Council

At our last School Site Council meeting, we discussed an overview of our school site plan.  Next week at our meeting, we will be taking a deeper dive into our math data as well as discussing our math instruction.  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Nov 16, 2020 04:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting: 

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


Rhythm and Moves Wednesday voluntary on-campus physical education classes

At the end of the day Wednesday, November 11th, sign-ups for our on campus voluntary Rhythm and Moves Wednesday program closed.  We will be providing sessions for each grade level as well as two session times for 4th and 5th grade students due to the fact that our 5th graders have art or music already scheduled on Wednesdays so as to not limit their opportunity.  Additionally, you will notice the schedule does not allow for some grade levels to either check in or check out.  This will not be figured into attendance as we know you will be attending PE class on campus.  All teachers will be alerted to students who are included in on-campus PE on Wednesdays.

Most importantly, due to students being on campus for PE, this is a reminder that our school campus is closed during school hours on a daily basis.  We will be enforcing this rule to keep our students safe while on campus.  We have signs posted as reminders, as well.  Please feel free to spread the word and ask all to not use our campus during the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Thank you for your support and understanding with this.


Powering Down your Chromebooks

Reminder to please power down your child's chromebooks daily. Powering down Chromebooks daily or every other day helps the system update and run smoother. Please remember to close all tabs then shut down.


Reporting Absences

During distance learning all absences must be reported. Please email the secretary, Barbara Dolan at or call the attendance voicemail line at 650-526-3520, press #2 if your child is absent.  Please include your child’s name, room number or teacher, reason for the absence and the date of the absence.


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

·       Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

·       Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

·       Support your child at home with math homework

·       Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

·       Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here:


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit for a list of these events and for login information.

·       District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link:

·       School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 

·       If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

·       If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:


Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present this talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  

Register at


Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at


MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. 

Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys.  

Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to



MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

See the attached flyers for registration information.


MVLA Holiday Tree Lot

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


PTA News

Hello Landels parents! We're excited to announce the Landels book fair is starting on Monday!  The book fair will take place from November 16th through November 29th and it will be entirely online.

Once the fair starts, you can access it at Here you can browse the book catalog and also set up an eWallet for your child so that they can pick out what interests them - you can also have family and friends contribute.

Note that the book fair runs through Thanksgiving weekend – we encourage you to take the opportunity to buy some holiday gifts! Free shipping on all book-only orders of $25 or more.


Chris Ferejohn and the Landels PTA


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