Landels Latest, Mar. 10, 2021

Mar 12           Principal’s Coffee – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Register Here

Mar 12           PTA Career Speaker Series – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.   Register Here


Mar 22           School Site Council Meeting – 4:00 p.m.  Register Here

Mar 23            Parenting Workshop #2 with Dr. Bunge and Dr. Park – Palo Alto University

                         8:30 – 9:30am (Save the dates: April 6 & 20)   Zoom Link

Mar 23           Superintendent Coffee with Landels School, 9:30-10:30am  Register Here

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



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Landels News                                             

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

This week we will be continuing to look at the survey results and finalizing student placement. Your child’s placement letter will be in PowerSchool on March 15 at 3PM. In a separate email, we will share more information as well as an invitation to a required parent and child meeting for each grade level to discuss logistics and important information. These meetings will be held by grade level the week before school reopens.

Kinder - 2nd grade → Parent and Child Meetings the week of March 15th

3rd - 5th grades → Parent and Child Meetings the week of March 22nd

This week’s schedule includes an extra asynchronous day (Friday 3/12) to allow teachers the opportunity to start prepping their classrooms before students return. Next week we have a teacher professional development day on 3/15 (no school) and an asynchronous day (3/16). 


Principal’s Coffee

Our next Principal’s Coffee is one I recommend you do not miss as we will cover everything you need to know about reopening. It will be an opportunity for you to learn about how life on campus will look like once we are back and ask clarifying questions. We can’t wait to see our K-2 students on March 18th and our upper grades on March 29th. 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Mar 12, 2021 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

Heidi Galassi


Upcoming Parenting Workshop

Drs. Eduardo Bunge and Alayna Park at Palo Alto University would like to support students and parents at Landels Elementary School. Starting next month, they will be offering four biweekly synchronous classes on tools for improving your child’s behavior, increasing your child’s compliance with your requests, and strengthening your relationship with your child. They will also provide information on how you can access a free, online program with more techniques for making parents' typical day in the home easier. Join the next class on Tuesday, March 23, from 8:30am-9:30am PST:  

Save the Dates: April 6 and April 20


Here is a great Parenting TIP to elicit desired behaviors at home: 

Shaping behavior: 

· Rewarding small behaviors that resemble or build towards the final behavior you wish to see.

1.     Identify the behavior you are working towards: 

o   Child spends one hour working on homework.  

2.              Specify one small step to start:

o   Child works on homework for ten minutes. 

3.              Choose the consequence you will use (e.g., praise, reward):

o   Great job working on your homework for 10 minutes!

§  *Affectionate touch on shoulder* OR

§  You have earned a 5-minute break to play! 

4.              Praise the small steps whenever you see them:

o   Great job gathering all the materials you need for homework! 

o   Great job finishing your first math problem! 

5.              Slowly increase the requirement:

o   Once the child is able to complete homework for ten minutes consistently (e.g., four out of five days), increase the duration to 20 minutes. 

Shaping behavior takes time! Repeated practice builds habits. 

These tips came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To learn more parenting tips click here.  

Safety Team


Just published: 2021-22 school year calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the 2021-22 school year calendar. Please click here to view and download it.


MVWSD is on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram to stay connected and updated with all that is going on in the district!


MVWSD seeks parents & staff members for Health and Wellness Committee

Committee and task force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. Applications are due by March 24 and found here: More information is at

Health and Wellness Committee: Task: To align District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment.

Interested applicants would have some experience, knowledge, or interest in the content as described above. We are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated representative per school site and 3 community-based organization representatives.

Time commitment is approximately one meeting a month during the school year, beginning in April, but is dependent on the work. Meetings are online during the 2020-21 school year.


Your Donations to MVEF at Work!

MVEF is proud to fund both (New!) sessions of the Rhythm and Moves Optional fitness classes at the elementary schools.  We are also funding CSMA music and art, TechSmart, Living Classroom, and environmental education programs at the elementary level.

MVEF funds the Middle School Elective wheel including apps, music books, art supplies, robotics and TechSmart at both of the middle schools.

Thank you to all our Mountain View Educational Foundation donors for your support during this school year of remote learning!  If you haven't donated yet this year, there is still time to donate to support the MVWSD schools right now.


Substitute teachers and noon duty supervisors needed

MVWSD is seeking substitute teachers. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!

We have increased the full-day substitute teacher rate from $170 to $220 per day (From March 5 to June 4, 2021) for any substitute who will commit to working daily in the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We appreciate your commitment to our students and community, especially in this time of COVID-19.

Requirements to become a substitute teacher:

* A Bachelor’s Degree 

* Pass the CBEST test 

* Substitute permit or a valid California teaching credential. 

* Complete required background check. This can be done by appointment in the MVWSD Human Resources Department. 

* A negative tuberculosis test

You may apply online:  For information, please email Noemi Herrera at  

Interested in a fun and flexible job while connecting with kids? MVWSD is looking for people interested in working a couple hours during lunchtime as noon duty supervisors. We need you to help us provide safe, consistent supervision of students during recess and lunch periods.  $22/hour. Please apply here:


Groups for Spanish Speaking Parents

CHAC is offering two groups for Spanish Speaking Parents: one is a support group for women (Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and the other is a parenting class (Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m). Both groups are free, and take place over Zoom. See attached flyers for registration information.



Women’s History Month

In the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History. BetterTogether recognizes the people, movements, and ideas that challenge expectations and gender stereotypes that negatively affect us all. From women’s suffrage to the gender equality movements of modern day, it has become clear that when we all fight gender inequality, we all win. Celebrate this month by having meaningful conversations with your students, your children, and your fellow s(heroes). In addition to the infographic, this month we will also be highlighting amazing women from our organization and learning about the s(heroes) that have inspired their own commitment to gender equality.

For a closer look at this month’s infographic, click on the attached flyers or visit



March Wellness Series for Educators and Families

Educators and families are invited to attend the free 2021 Wellness Together Spring Event Series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education. Webinars will take place on Thursdays in March, and include topics such as social media usage, building emotional resilience, and parenting. For more information and registration, head to


March 12

MVWSD Read Aloud: Storytime with the District Office Staff

Friday, March 12th from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Who doesn’t like a good read aloud story on a Friday evening? March is National Reading Month and we would like to invite you and your family to join some of the MVWSD District staff members for a virtual storytime/ read-aloud with our community. We will be discussing the importance of this month and reading books aloud together.

Register at:


March 16 – April 20 (Tuesdays)

Spanish Storytime at Mountain View Public Library

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a virtual Spanish-only Storytime on Tuesdays from March 16 - April 20 from 10:00-10:30am. The program (for 3-5 year olds) will include stories, fingerplays, music and more. Zoom registration is at:


March 17

Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes

Date: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30pm  Register here:

As we prepare for transitions and changes to our routine, join district Health and Wellness Coordinator Karin Jinbo and our partners from CHAC and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health on a journey of self-awareness as we learn about self-regulation, mindfulness and self-care activities. Participants will receive activities or strategies to support children with Hybrid Learning and 100% Distance Learning. 

Submit your questions before the session here:


March 17

Wolves of Yellowstone: Mountain View Public Library Event on Mar. 18

Join the Mountain View Public Library for a free Zoom talk on March 18th from 4:00 - 4:45 pm with wolf expert and author Rick McIntyre to learn about these mysterious creatures. For children ages 7-12, and registration is required at

PTA News

Career Speaker Series starting on March 12

The Landels Career Speaker Series starts tomorrow Friday, March 12! We are so excited about this new program! Through a series of sessions in March and April, students will learn about various careers and occupations from in our very own community. Our speakers will share about what is involved in their job, things they enjoy about their job and any training and education that was necessary.  They will also share their experiences, challenges and rewards.


Friday, March 12

5:30pm – Ms Galassi will welcome our families and speakers. Register Here


1.     Leah E. – Family Therapist

2.     Ernie B. – Venture Capital

3.     Marcus H.- One of the creators of the Guitar Hero Video Game series and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree

Parents, if you are interested in being one of our speakers, please email Bea We’ll have 3-4 speakers every Friday starting at 5:30pm on March 12.  Please email Bea with your name, your student’s name, your career/job and the date that you are available to present.  (Friday 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23). The students will love learning about your job!  Thanks! 

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