Landels Latest, Jan. 6, 2021

Jan 8               ELAC/Principal’s Coffee – 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Register Here

                         How to have a successful parent/teacher conference

Jan 11-15       Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference week – MINIMUM DAYS – dismissal at 11:35am

Jan 12             Landels Perimeter Fences Meeting– 4:00-5:00 p.m. Register Here

Jan 12             ELPAC Information Session

 5:00-5:30 in English:

 5:30-6:00 in Spanish:

Jan 18             NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 18-22       Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 school year

                         (email will be sent to parents)

Jan 20             Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Register here:

Jan 20             PTA General Assoc.  Meeting – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Zoom Link

Jan 27             Parent Workshop: How to build academic language with Kate Kinsella –

                         6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Register:

Jan 28             Using Your SEL Tools with Ms. Galassi, Part 2 – 5:30-7:00 p.m.



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Landels News

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday break and are ready to start the new year!  It’s time to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021.  At our staff professional development meeting on Monday, we discussed words that we can use this year to focus our energy.  We came up with courage, hope, acceptance, and thrive which has the acronym C.H.A.T.  We will be reminding our community of this acronym and discussing how to use it throughout the year.

We also have a new initiative this year… Monday Meditation.  There is a plethora of data that supports the use of meditation and its many benefits to our health.  Therefore, every Monday, we will practice a short meditation from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join!  Hope to see everyone there (students, teachers, parents, grandparents, pets, etc.)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 4914 3213

Passcode: 125837


Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Next week is a minimum week for students due to parent-student-teacher conferences.  Please remember to include your child in his or her conference at some point during your scheduled time so he or she is included in their educational goals.  

Your child’s schedule will reflect a minimum day schedule with the day ending at 11:35 a.m.  There will be no afternoon zoom check ins or work assigned.  Your child can work on finishing up missing assignments on their Google Classroom/SeeSaw or work on any of the apps on their Clever account. This is also the perfect time for them to practice their math facts or their high frequency words. Don’t forget to sign up for a slot with your child’s teacher if you haven’t done so already. 


Upcoming events:

Principal’s Coffee/ELAC Meeting

Please join us this Friday at 8:30 a.m to discuss parent-student-teacher conferences and learn how to read your iReady results located in your parent portal in Power School.


Community Meeting Re: Perimeter Fencing

We want to make sure #MVWSD has heard all of the considerations about perimeter fencing at Landels so that we can further improve the proposed plan and build consensus around a design that works for stakeholder groups.

* Please join us online at a meeting: January 12th, 4:00-5:00 pm. 

Register at

You may have received this in your mailbox (or will soon).  Click here for the postcard:

To learn more about the project, visit > Landels Elementary Construction


Reporting Absences

During distance learning students are expected to attend the Zoom meetings and submit assignments in order to be considered present.  If your child is absent, please email Barbara Dolan at or leave a message at 650-526-3520, press #2.  Please include your child’s name, room number or teacher, reason for the absence and the date of the absence.


Reminder from SCC Public Health: Travel = COVID-19 quarantine for 10 days

For people who have 1) come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or 2) traveled more than 150 miles: you will need to quarantine (stay home) for 10 days and continue to closely watch for symptoms for 4 more days after you leave quarantine. Get tested immediately if you have symptoms on any day. If you don’t develop any symptoms, get tested on day 6 or later. 

For more information about how to quarantine, as well as resources to help you stay home, visit


Getting Ready for the ELPAC information session: Jan. 12

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is administered every year to our English Learner (EL) students. To learn more about this assessment, the role it plays in the education of every EL, and how to help your child prepare, please join for the following meeting: 

·       January 12

5:00-5:30 in English:

5:30-6:00 in Spanish:


Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. 

Join us on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. for our next Parent University event: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. While this event is geared toward parents of children ages 10 to 18, all are welcome.

The presenter, Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC), has been in place for 46 years in the Bay Area and addresses the academic, social and mental health needs of the at-risk youth and families.  This important workshop will include such topics as:

·           Overview of trending substances used by youth (vaping, marijuana, alcohol, opioids, etc.)

·           Signs and symptoms

·           Why teens are using and the impact of COVID-19

·           How families can discuss substance use and support their children

·           Alternatives for substance use and ideas for prevention

·           Resources

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Register here:


Tester and Interpreter/Translator positions available

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to administer English Language proficiency assessments to the district’s K-8 English language learners. To find out more, click here:

Can you speak or write in a language other than English? MVWSD is always looking for qualified interpreters and translators. If you enjoy helping families and children and are fluent in English and one of the languages below, click on (interpreter) and (translator). We are currently looking for the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese.


Info meeting next week: MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool

Is now enrolling for full-day and part-day for the 2021-22 school year. Join us for an informational meeting online on January 14 @ 3:00 pm at Please see the attached flyer or for more information.


Enrollment for 2021-22 school year begins this month

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:


Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 

Virtual presentation on January 27 at 6:00 pm

Hosted by Huff, Landels and Jose Antonio Vargas elementary schools


Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. will talk about: 

           After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses

           Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K-12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading, and writing skills to be career and college ready. 

For more information, please visit


CSMA offers Virtual Art Club Live Zoom Sessions for Elementary students

Afterschool art for grades Grades K-5 from January 19-April 22, 2021. See the attached flyers or click here to view and register:


CHAC offers free mental health support to parents and students

For parents: CHAC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible mental health services, supports parents in several ways. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

For students: PLUGGED IN - Social and Emotional Learning Skills Programs

CHAC is excited to offer two new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills Programs to 3rd and 5th grade students.  Both programs are a fun and enriching way to help students navigate the unique challenges they face in these extraordinary times.

1.         CHAC's Weekly Virtual Group meetings focus on social interaction between participants.  Through collaborative lessons and fun activities students will learn emotion regulation skills, problem solving skills as well as healthy coping and self-care skills. 

2.         CHAC's Independent SEL Curriculum teaches students essential social and emotional learning skills through entertaining video lessons and a variety of fun activities that students complete independently. 

The parents who request the PLUGGED IN Independent Curriculum will have it emailed to them immediately.  

The parents who would like their child to join a PLUGGED IN virtual group, will be contacted about scheduling options and asked to complete an online permission slip.  Groups are expected to start in early January. 

Click here to learn more about PLUGGED IN- CHAC’s new SEL Programs:


MV Library presents: Raising Kindness and Awareness in Children

Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm - 8 pm. Learn about fostering “kindness activism” in your children. Aila Malik, author, parent activist, social justice warrior, and kindness advocate will present practical ideas and engaging perspectives on activating humility, empathy, action, and togetherness within your family. Free. Flyers attached. Registration is required.


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Tuesday, January 12th

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.

Please note: 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:               Tuesday, January 12th

            Time:              7:00 - 8:00 pm
            Location:         Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)




Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7pm, “Navigating School During Uncertain Times” with Challenge Success - Laura Easley.  For other offerings in January and February, please see the attached flyer. Cost: free. For more information and to reserve your seat visit


MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Professional School Counselor Phyllis Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they’ll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, acting as their own advocates, and more. To answer parents’ most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, she combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

Audience:  Parents of kids grades 4 - 8

Register:  To register for this free event at



January CAC Events

Happy New Year! 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

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

Parent Chat, 10 am January 12 - 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.

January 13, 10 am Morning 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 or sign up on Eventbrite

February 1, 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 or sign up on Eventbrite


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