Landels Latest, Mar. 24, 2021

Mar 26             Principal’s Coffee, 8:30-9:30am.     Register Here

Mar 26             PTA Career Speaker Series #2 – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.   Register Here

Apr 6               Parenting Workshop #2 with Dr. Bunge and Dr. Park – Palo Alto University

                        8:30 – 9:30am (Save the date: April 20)   Zoom Link

April 12-16     Spring Break – NO SCHOOL



·      Kyara K. - Rm. 10

·      Illianna A. - Rm. 11

·      William R. - Rm. 17

·      Will F. – Rm. 12

·      Sophia B. - Rm. 12

·      Yajaira R. - Rm. 6

·      Adam R. – Rm. 11

·      Aria G. – Rm. 11

·      Cooper L. – Rm. 8


Landels News                                          

Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We appreciate your continued support and patience as we Returned to Learn. This week has been amazing, and I can’t express how exciting it is to see our students at school learning, playing, and enjoying recess and lunchtime in a safe manner. We have been fine-tuning some of the processes on a daily basis, and we are very fortunate to have an amazing classified and certificated staff who are willing to troubleshoot and adapt to last-minute changes.

We also need your continued support with our drop-off procedures. In order to expedite drop-off and not cause a backup in the parking lot or on Dana street, please minimize the time by staying in your car and having everything ready to go.

As we transition our third through fifth graders back to school next week Monday, do know that if you want your child to bike or walk to school, you need to send an email to his/her teacher authorizing them to do this. This is very important for us to ensure the safety of our students. Help us remind your child about the importance of wearing a mask at all times, watching their distance, and washing their hands.

Landels families join me for tomorrow’s Career Speaker Series from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  

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, April 6, from 8:30am-9:30am PST:  

Save the Date: April 20


Here is a great parenting tip for increasing desired behaviors at home.

Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing and seeing the behavior of others. To model desired behaviors:


For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

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



Student meals

If your student is returning to campus, you might be wondering about lunch. Due to federal funding, MVWSD is able to provide free breakfast, snacks and lunches to students on campus daily. Breakfast and snacks are cold. Lunches will be hot. Students will be able to pick up lunches at their classrooms. Menus and nutritional analysis are posted at A count of those taking school lunch will be taken at the beginning of the school day. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches, if desired. MVWSD continues to provide free grab and go meals at each school (Stevenson and Theuerkauf are combined) during lunchtime for students who continue in distance learning and for young children in the community.


MVEF Gala Feedback and Fund a Need

Thank you to the many who joined us at the first ever Virtual Gala Trivia Night. We want to know your thoughts about the event. If you attended the Virtual Gala, please go here and fill out this survey to share your thoughts with us:

If you haven't had a chance to donate to Fund a Need, please donate here: Every gift helps MVEF meet our fundraising goal of $800,000 this school year. If your donation went through, we automatically sent you a receipt, but we are happy to double check your donation status for you.  


Registration Open for Afterschool/Care Programs

The District’s partners who provide parent-paid afterschool care and distance learning support are opening registration for the rest of this school year. 

Afterschool care

Right at School has opened registration for their afterschool programs and asynchronous support on Wednesdays. Please follow the link below to access programs for Landels, including asynchronous support on Wednesdays located at Crittenden.


YMCA is also providing aftercare at school sites. Contact for more information and availability.


Distance Learning Support

Additionally, Right at School will continue to offer distance learning support for families that opt out of in-person learning. Registration can be found at Distance Learning Support.

YMCA will have "Y Learning Labs for Super Scholars"

Locations: Bubb, Monta Loma and Theuerkauf Elementary

Hours of Operation: 7:45am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Fee: $280 per youth per week ($20 per week non-refundable deposit) 

Sessions: Set in three week sessions. Session 14 is four weeks in length.

Registration: Available online via our website at

Questions: Please email


In case you missed it: Parent University videos and materials are available online

Check out for English and Spanish recordings on topics such as wellness, mental health, supporting your child’s literacy and math at home, our special education team, the impact of drugs and other substances on adolescents, and many more.


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.


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 29

Resilience Pause Series starts March 29

The 30-minute, online Community Resiliency Model Resilience Pause sessions for adults (parents and staff members) are scheduled during this transition in our school year to assist participants with building resilience throughout return to in-person instruction. Participants can learn strategies on Mondays and build habits towards resilience during the week.  These sessions are designed to teach life-long habits that help us to self-regulate during stressful moments.  

March 29, 4pm: Tracking Sensations

April 5,  4pm: Grounding 

April 19, 4pm: Resourcing 

April 26, 4pm:  “Help Now!” A Reactive Strategy

Sessions can be drop-in or attended in a series. To join:


March 31

CAC Parent Education Event - Mental Health for the Whole Family - with Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D Wednesday. March 31, 7PM - 8:30 PM. 

Join us for a much needed discussion of mental health and mindfulness for the whole family. After the year we’ve all experienced, we all need to learn techniques to evaluate and improve our mental health and that of our families. Professor Thierry Kolpin of Brandman University will discuss the challenges we are facing and how every member of the family can improve their mental health. Special attention will be paid to the additional challenges in families of students with learning challenges. Prof. Kolpin is an Assoc. Professor at Brandman University and specializes in school counseling and mindfulness in counseling. Email for the link to the event.

*presentation at event will be recorded and available at, Q&A will not be recorded to protect personal information


April 8

Parent University: A Conversation with Haben Girma, the Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Date and Time: April 8, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m.    Registration Link:

Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for disability justice. She was the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. As a community, we are all tasked with resisting ableism, racism and other forms of oppression. We face the choice to accept oppression or advocate for justice. Come and be inspired by Haben, who has received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. 

President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change.  Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


PTA News

Career Speaker Series  - March 31

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.

Wednesday, March 31

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


1.     Joseph Moerke – diplomat with the State Department posted at the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand

2.     Heidi Galassi – Landels Principal  

3.     Thomas LowMountain View Police Officer


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 19.  Please email Bea with your name, your student’s name, your career/job and the date that you are available to present.  (Friday 4/2, 4/9). The students will love learning about your job!  Thanks! 

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