Landels Latest, Jan. 13, 2021

Jan 18
            NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

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 26             Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 

                         5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

Happy conference week! I hope you are enjoying your time talking to your child and your child’s teacher and getting to know his or her areas of strength and growth. This is a great opportunity to continue working as a team towards each student reaching their full potential.  If you would like to continue the conversation regarding your child’s education, please reach out to your teacher and me and we can set up another meeting to further discuss the next steps for your child.

Heidi Galassi

Author Visits

Over the past couple of days, our students have had the wonderful opportunity to attend two virtual author visits. On Monday, 3rd-5th grade students were able to join Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights. Over 900 students joined this author visit! Then, our 1st-3rd grade students enjoyed a visit from Julie Berry, author of Happy Right Now. Julie Berry read her story with a message about emotions and mindfulness. Another special thank you to one of our Librarian specialists, Sarah Donahue, and all the librarians throughout our school district to make these author visits possible for our students.

Our Courage Tool

One of our tools we use at Landels is the courage tool.  This connects deeply with Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up on Monday, January 18th, I feel it is important to consider MLK Jr.’s quote, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  It takes courage to do what is right.  As parents, it would be fantastic to have a conversation with your child about ways they show up at school and at home and exhibit courage, such as, speaking up for those whose voices are silenced or bringing to someone’s attention when someone is being wronged or completing a project or an assignment when you don’t want to or don’t think you can.


Monday Meditation 11:30-11:45am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 4914 3213

Passcode: 125837


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.



Info meeting: 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.



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




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:



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.



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



Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 

Join us on Tuesday, January 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for “Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home (K-5 Families)” 

Members of MVWSD Instructional Team will share takeaway strategies to support your child's reading comprehension, connections, and applications at home. 

  • Wondering how to support your child with their Reading grade level standards and curriculum? 
  • What questions should I ask to build my child's reading comprehension?
  • What does standard progression look like over grade level spans?  
  • Takeaways to support your child who is reading above grade level 
  • Learn new ways to enrich, deepen, and create a joy for reading

Zoom Registration:

In order to make this interactive webinar most meaningful for you, please send your questions beforehand to Interim Director, Swati Dagar via this Google Form  by Friday, January 15th. 

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

Link to flyer is 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



Fifth Grade Parents: Middle school info night on Jan. 28

Crittenden and Graham both will be welcoming 5th grade families to an Incoming 6th Grade Information Night on Thursday, January 28 at 5 p.m. held on Zoom. Each site will host its own information night, and parents will receive an email from their students' assigned school with meeting login information.

This is a great opportunity to learn about our Middle Schools’ academics, a chance to meet our staff, and learn about the exciting opportunities your incoming sixth-grader will have at Crittenden or Graham.

Please contact Crittenden ((650) 903-6945) or Graham Middle School ((650) 526-3570) if you have any questions.


Enrollment for 2021-22 for *NEW* students is open now

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is now through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year here:

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22. Please look for an email from Student Services with a request to log on to the Powerschool Parent Portal: Please note: School offices will be closed on Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enrollment support for returning parents will be available beginning Jan. 19.


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:


February 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

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


Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay

Even during COVID, there are fun and educational afterschool programs for kids happening now. Spring break camps are coming up, too. MVWSD partners with the non-profit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including those that are FREE and reduced cost, are nearby and online and can be found through this free, searchable website. Check out


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