Landels Latest, Feb. 10, 2021

Feb 12             End of 2nd Trimester – MINIMUM DAY – Dismissal at 11:35am

Feb 15-19       NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK

Feb 24             Parent University – The Special Education Team – 5:30-7:00pm Register Here

Mar 5             Report cards going home


Mar 24           PTA General Association Meeting – 6:30p.m.    Zoom Link



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Landels News


          Winter Break -  February 15 to February 19, 2021

Friday, February 12 will be the students' last day of school before the winter break. It's a MINIMUM DAY.  There will be no school from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19.  We hope all of you have a very safe and enjoyable break!

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

This Friday marks two-thirds of our school year completed.  We have grown so much with our strategies and learning and continue to grow every day increasing our 21st-century skills.  This includes me, as well!  I have come a long way with my technology skills and continue to do so on a daily basis.  Thank you for your patience and support during this learning time.

MVWSD is currently planning to reopen schools for in-person learning 14 days after Santa Clara County passes into the Red Tier. Because this reopening target is based on the numbers of COVID-19 cases, we don’t have the specific date Santa Clara County will pass into the Red Tier, but we are preparing as if it’s soon. 

Learning Options Survey due Feb 28
: We’ll need to collect updated information on your preferences for your students’ learning options for the rest of the school year. You will still have the option to keep your children at home in distance learning, or you may tell us you’d like them to return to campus when schools reopen. Please look for the survey to come to you by email on Friday. 

We wanted you to have ample time to review it, which is why you received it before February break.  Please answer the survey with as much certainty as possible, and if you have questions, we can help you the week of Feb. 22. Information is available on

Our reopening hinges on COVID cases continuing to drop. Please remain vigilant about wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and curtailing travel. 

We appreciate you for supporting our school and students.

Heidi Galassi


LCAP survey closes on Friday. We want to hear from you! 

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

We want to hear from you: Please click here - - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office at 650-526-3520.

More information found here:


From Our Pride and Safety Team:

Hello Landels Lions! This week is Kindness Week. Check out our Bingo Card attached below with many things you can do to be kind and make someone feel good. The reward for finishing the bingo card is that you will feel happy and content. Helping others is a way of helping yourself! Complimenting someone or just smiling at them can light up their day. Stay happy, stay safe, and stay kind! We can’t wait to see how you show your kindness this week!


Open House Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, our schools will not be holding Open House events this spring, as we traditionally do in April. This year is different since our students’ work has been done at home, and gathering in groups at school is not permitted. We certainly will miss seeing all of the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.

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.



Winter break meal schedule

MVWSD's free, multi-day to-go meal packs for children will be distributed at Castro Elementary only from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 for meals for Feb. 12 through Feb. 17. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, meals will be available at Castro Elementary for Feb 17 through Feb. 21. Regular meal service will resume on Monday, Feb. 22. 

Black History Month

Even before children can talk, they are learning about the world and about race through the words and actions of others. Parents, teachers, and caregivers have the unique opportunity to frame their child's first attempts to understand and talk about race. Talking about race matters because (1) everyone has a racialized identity, (2) racialized identity significantly impacts a person's life, and (3) race is a defining social construct in America.

This Black History Month, use the Better Together infographic to begin racially-focused conversations with children acknowledging that conversations about race will look different for each family and classroom and there is no single way to talk to children about race. Have honest conversations with your students about the history of privilege and oppression as it relates to Black History and, where appropriate, connect this to local community and larger global issues.

Together, we can explore Black History. Together, we can become anti-racist.

For a closer look at the graphics, click on the attached flyers or visit


February 10

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 10, 7 pm - 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 12

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 24

Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students.
Arianna Mayes (Director) and Acantha Ellard (Coordinator) of MVWSD's Special Education Department will facilitate a panel discussion with Special Educators and professionals who support MVWSD schools and students. The discussion will include who and what the team does and how students are supported both in-person and during distance learning. Additionally, you can submit your own questions beforehand via this Google Form

Zoom link: Register in advance for this meeting:

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

**Please also take a look recordings and materials from our previous Parent University sessions at

February 25

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, February 25th

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 about what we do. 

Please note: Our 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:               Thursday, February 25th

            Time:              12:00 - 1:00 pm

        Location:            Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

            Register:   REGISTER ONLINE




March 6

MVEF Virtual Gala - March 6, 2021  - Get your Tickets Today!   

While we are not able to gather in person, we hope you will join us for a lively evening of trivia, toasts to our teachers, and fundraising for our schools. Now more than ever, the programs funded by your donations to MVEF help to create a well-rounded education for our children that includes art, music, technology, and science exploration. A significant portion of MVEF funding this year is being directed to support distance learning. All funds raised from the Gala help us meet our goal of raising $800,000 this school year.  Help  us to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!

You may join us for only the trivia OR enjoy the addition of appetizers and drinks (wine or cocktails)  delivered to your home.  Food and drink delivery is only available to Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto.

Reservations for food and drink deliveries MUST be made before Friday, February 26th.  Ticket sales for trivia close Wednesday, March 3.

To purchase tickets, For questions, please contact Dena Seki ( or Andrea Maes (

We also have a raffle going on if you would like to take your chance at one of 4 great prizes! The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win.



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