Landels Latest, May 7, 2021

May 7             Community Check-In with the Superintendent, 3:30pm   Click here to register

May 12           PTA Career Speaker Series #8 – 9:00am – 9:45 a.m.  Click Here (same link as assembly)

May 19           PTA General Assoc. Meeting, 6:30 p.m.     Zoom Link

May 21            PTA Virtual Talent Show – 6:30 p.m.  (see attached flyer)

May 28            End of 3rd Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

May 31            Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

June 2             Virtual 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.

June 4             Last day of school – MINIMUM DAY



·      Aiden R. - Rm. 7

·      Samarth M. - Rm. 7

·      Teresa N. - Rm. 17

·      Chelsea M. – Rm. 15

·      Kylie R. - Rm. 17

·      Aria G. - Rm. 11

·      Regina A. – Rm. 15

·      Aryana A. – Rm. 11

·      Amor C. – Rm. 12

·      Brandon P. – Rm. 10

·      Adaly G. – Rm. 1

·      Abir S. – Rm. 1


Message from our principal:

Hello Landels Families!

This is staff appreciation week, and our teachers and staff members are truly feeling the love! Our PTA provided lunch on Monday! We filled up our bags with delicious strawberries, oranges, chard, and beets we received from our PTA! Our district office sent over pizza, salad, and cookies for Thursday! And finally, today we had donuts for breakfast! Thank you for all your support and lovely gifts you provided to all our staff. We truly feel appreciated and loved!

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? Our school district is prioritizing Mental Health by asking us to contribute a moment of our time to the StigmaFree Campaign put together by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This campaign is NAMI’s effort to end negative stigmas and stereotypes and create hope for those affected by mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift  the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. Please join me in taking the pledge so that we can be #bettertogether. Click here to take the pledge! 

Heidi Galassi



Last Week, our district held a socially-distance, drive-through celebration for our recently reclassified students. Reclassified students are English Learners who have demonstrated proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in English as well as achieved proficiency at grade-level standards. We are proud of our students! Way to go......

Abir S. Jocelyn S.

Luka M. Aidakhon J.

Michael V. Leonardo M.

Junxian Z. Rafael M.

Soyoon L. Sebastian R.

NirvaanS. Lionel W.

Gretchen W. David A.

Helena B. Yanni H.

Alexia L. Thejesh S.

Making Asynchronous Days Easier

Positive Opposite is a technique that you can use to reduce unwanted behaviors (e.g., playing video games non-stop, bothering you during your work time).

A positive opposite is the opposite of the unwanted behavior - one that you want to see.
To use this technique:


1. A behavior that you want to change may be your child playing games instead of completing their asynchronous work.

2. The positive opposite would be your child working on their asynchronous assignments.

3. Praise your child whenever they work during the asynchronous days.

Make sure to pay close attention to these positive behaviors as it can be easy to spot the negative behavior and ignore the positive.

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

To learn more parenting tips clickhere.




Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/


Mental Health Month: Finding your Tools2Thrive

Last week we identified topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive which include recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others

When it comes to your feelings, it can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel. By looking for opportunity in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally. Access a Mental Health America Tips for Success to learn more.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But Mountain View Whisman School District wants everyone to know that mental health challenges and conditions are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.

Discover your #Tools2Thrive by listening to Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary discuss our superpowers we are born with and how to transform our biologically natural anxiety so that we are empowered by it. You can access this 18 minute conversation in English at NPR How To Help Your Kids Reframe Their Anxiety — And Reclaim Their Superpowers


MVEF is hiring: Content Writer

Mountain View Educational Foundation is Hiring a Content Writer to Help MVEF foster growth, optimize outreach, reach a wider audience, persuade the reader, and inspire action through the power of the written word. 

Can you get people excited about the work that MVEF is doing? Do you write compelling, engaging and meaningful content in a concise newsletter, post web page or direct mail? Are you a superb storyteller that can capture people’s hearts and communicate the data? Is your style personable, specific, and easy to read?

MVEF needs a writer with these skills to enhance communication, marketing, and fundraising letter solicitations. The ideal candidate will help MVEF communicate with donors and parents, meet current fundraising goals, find new funding, spread awareness, and help donors understand the full impact of their donation. 

This is a flexible, part time position.  We need you to write Bi-monthly (sometimes monthly) updates for newsletters, website, and/or social media to keep supporters, donors, and volunteers educated about the impact on the community.  We also need help with back to school marketing presentations and fundraising letters for all levels of donations.  

Please send questions, email and/or resume to


El Camino Health Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

El Camino Health is continuing to administer free COVID-19 vaccines – by appointment – for those aged 16 and up who live or work in Santa Clara County. Vaccines are administered at El Camino Health’s Sunnyvale Clinic Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit to make an appointment.

See attached flier for information and scheduling assistance available in Spanish and Mandarin. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment online, please call 408-871-7460, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The County of Santa Clara announced that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines. Same-day appointments and some drop-in locations across the county are available at 


May 7

Community Check-In with the Superintendent

Please join us for an informal, online conversation with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation is available. Click here to register


May 12

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.

May 12: Self-Empowerment Through Expression: The Crucial Role of Mental Wellness in Motivating Tomorrow’s Leaders

May 19: Parenting Teens Doesn’t Have to be Painful!

May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities

For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to:


May 16

District Chess Tournament Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, to be held online again due to COVID-19 on Sunday, May 16, from 12:00 to 5:00.  The registration form and complete instructions can be found at, and the deadline is May 14.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at


May 19

Parent University: Preparing for High School

Date: May 19, 2021  Registration Link:

Is there a rising high school freshman in your home? Do you want to learn a bit more about the habits, traits, and skills students should develop to be ready for high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year as we meet members of staff and students at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District to hear them talk about this ever-important topic! 

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

And if you missed any of our content this year, have no fear: has recordings of all of our Parent University sessions this year! 



MVLA Speech & Debate Summer Camp

The Mountain View - Los Altos High Schools Speech and Debate Team is holding our annual summer camp from June 14–18 and June 21–25! The camp will be completely virtual, and students will learn about fundamental concepts in speech and debate in order to help them become more persuasive speakers and stronger critical thinkers. Additionally, we’re offering three different courses to accommodate for different skill levels and allow students to build off of their existing knowledge. For more information about pricing and registration, visit our website at


PTA News

Career Speaker Series  - May 12

We are so excited about this new program! Through a series of sessions in March, April and May, 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.  Our next Speaker Series is on Wednesday, May 12 from 9:00am-9:45am, directly after the morning assembly. 

Parents, if you are interested in being one of our speakers, please email Bea We’ll have 2-3 speakers every Wednesday from 9:00-9:45 a.m..  Please email Bea with your name, your student’s name, your career/job and the date that you are available to present. The students will love learning about your job!  Thanks! 


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