Landels Latest, Jan. 20, 2021

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 25             School Site Council Meeting – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Register Here

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.



·      Vini M. - Rm. 17

·      Russell C. - Rm. 9

·      Aksh S. - Rm. 1

·      Harper W. - Rm. 4

·      Jay H. - Rm. 17

·      Soyoon L. - Rm. 10

·      Jack S. - Rm. 1

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

Every four years on January 20, the United States of America holds an inauguration ceremony for the incoming president and vice president of our country. Today will mark the first time that we will swear in a female, Black, and South Asian vice president in our nation’s history.  While each presidential and vice presidential inauguration is a historical occasion, it's important to recognize and celebrate what it means for millions of young people to see a person who looks like them in one of our nation’s most powerful positions. Please take a moment today to talk with your child about the historical significance of today.

We have a vacancy on our School Site Council.  This is a chance for you to be part of the decision-making team of parents and staff regarding programs, funding and goals.  Please email me if you would like to join.  The commitment is once a month for one hour.  Our next meeting will be January 25th, Monday, at 4:00 p.m.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Jan 25, 2021 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.


Message from our Pride Team

Hello Landels Lions! In honor of our recently inaugurated president, the pride team has decided to do a spirit week- or in this case a patriot week. We will have a week full of fun things to celebrate our country. We hope you enjoy it! 

Sincerely, The Pride Team


Perimeter Fencing Update

Thank you for your interest in the proposed school perimeter fencing project. Last week's community meeting was one of several input points for staff members, school parents and residents to view the plans and offer feedback. 

Here is the link where you can view the results of the online exchange of ideas at the meeting. These are the major themes that arose from community members:

· Requested MVWSD ensure students and staff can exit school grounds in an emergency. (Insides of gates will have pushbar hardware for easy exit)

· Expressed concerns about access to the back of campus. (Gates will open 20 minutes before school starts for students. Volunteers and guests may exit through the back, but will be required to enter during school hours through the front office gate, for safety.)

· Requested that school fields be available for community access during non-school hours. (Neighbors will be able to access school fields from 4 pm til 7:30 am.)

As a result of resident feedback and in compliance with state and educational law, these are the District’s recent revisions to the current plan:

· Added more gates for increased access points for pedestrians after school hours.

· Eliminated the planned chain link fence adjacent to the neighbors’ wooden fence near the field.

· Added signage with specific hours of use and contact information for afterhours issues with gates. (Neighbors can access school fields from 4 pm til 7:30 am. Gates will unlock 20 min prior to school start time for students.)

· Ensured teachers and staff members have access at any time.

The next step for the project is that District staff will present the revised plans to the Board of Trustees at an upcoming meeting. After that meeting, we’ll work with our contractor to set a construction start date. 

This additional dialogue is helping us to design fencing that both increases safety for students and staff while minimizing inconvenience for our neighbors.


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.



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.



Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:



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: 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:

Preschool Enrollment for 2021-22: Families who are interested in enrolling their 3 or 4-year-old in part-day or full-day preschool next year should submit an application to the preschool office by February 5th.  Please see for more information or contact the preschool office at 650-526-3560 or


Better Together: Poverty in America Awareness

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month and in the time of Covid-19 and the economic fallout, talking about issues surrounding poverty has never been more important. Words matter and our students know more than we often give them credit for. Talking about poverty with kids is not only possible, it's important. Explore the resources provided in this infographic (attached or viewable at to find an approach to talking about poverty that is most appropriate for your student(s). Ultimately, your conversations should reinforce that when it comes to making a difference in the world and caring for others in our community, we are #BetterTogether. 


English Learner Families: ELPAC is (mostly) remote this Spring

Most of our English Learners will be taking this year’s Summative English Learner Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC) remotely. Only a small segment of students will be invited to complete portions of the test in person (observing all health protocols). Your school will be in touch with the details. For more information, please look for a recent email sent from Geoff Chang, Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Programs, or contact your site principal. 

To understand more about the ELPAC and to help your child prepare, click here.


MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun

Save the date - March 6, 2021!

We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. Stay tuned for details!


My Digital TAT2's free Q&A session: Jan. 22

Digital TAT2, a non-profit that offers medis education and presented a highly engaging and informative webinar at the MVWSD Parent University this fall, is offering a free Q&A session with co-founders (and child/adolescent experts) Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Erica Pelavin on Friday, January 22. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration. You may also submit questions in advance to be answered during the webinar.


MV Library Valentine’s Celebration

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.


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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