Landels Latest, Nov. 18, 2020

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 20            Community Check-In   Register Here

Nov 25-26-27 Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

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


·      Peter M. - Rm. 11

·      Damian Y. - Rm. 7

·      Cruz S. - Rm. 9

·      Jake B. - Rm. 10

·      Anya S. - Rm. 12

·      Rishaan A. - Rm. 17

·      James R. - Rm. 7

·      Fernando M. - Rm. 3

·      Summer S. - Rm. 9

·      Nolan P. - Rm. 1


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

November is the time of year when we reflect and think of those whom we are grateful for. Teachers, school staff and parents all have an important role in the success of all our students. MVWSD would like to show our gratitude to everyone for their dedication and commitment over the past several months. 

On Tuesday, November 24th, MVWSD will have a district-wide staff / team building day.  To accommodate this, Tuesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous day for students. This means that, instead of live lessons, we’ll have a day that looks more like our typical Wednesdays. Students will still have morning check-ins, art, music, and PE classes that are live sessions and have been previously scheduled. The rest of the day will feature fun learning activities that students can do at their own pace. 

The intention is that this day of thankfulness is a little more fun and relaxed, and starts off our Thanksgiving holiday during which we will count our many blessings for health, family, friends, and all who support us in every way.

Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and staff.  We appreciate you.

See you at the Parent University tonight at 5:30 p.m.!!  I’ll be speaking and you’ll be participating regarding how best to help your children at home with math!


Heidi Galassi


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.



Community Check-In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:


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. For our school, the link for this meeting is

·       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:


Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at


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


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 online book fair is here!  The book fair will take place from November 16th through November 29th.

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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