Landels Latest, Oct. 14, 2021

Oct 2 -15        Virtual Scholastic Book Fair  Book Fair website – last day is Friday!

Oct 18             Landels Morning Meeting – 8:30-8:45am  ZOOM

Oct 20             Cafecito con el Superintendente, 5:30-6:30pm.

Oct 22             Superintendent’s Community Check In – 3:30pm  ZOOM

Oct 27             Parent University – Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8, 5:30-7:00pm.

                        Registration Link:

Oct 28             ELAC Meeting – 8:30am

Nov 1              Principal’s Coffee – 9:00-10:00am

Nov 5              End of 1st Trimester – MINIMUM DAY

Nov 9              Picture Retake Day

Nov 11            Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL


Principal’s Message:

Hello Landels Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Teachers used the teacher development day to dive into data and determine next steps for their instruction. We are carefully monitoring every student to ensure they are making progress on priority standards and providing additional support for the students that need it most. Here are the updates for the week.


School Site Council

Thank you to those that voted for our School Site Council representatives. The following individuals will serve on the Council, as elected by the community:

James Perkins

Jamsheed Agahi

Nadja Togasaki

Michael Andre

Alvaro Martinez Echevarria



We will have a Halloween parade on 10/29 at 1:05pm for K-2 and 2:05pm for 3-5. We will attempt to live-stream the event if our technology allows us to do so. There will be a supervised classroom with alternative science activities for any students that do not wish to participate. 



The Kinder and First grade students may wear their costumes to school. All other students are expected to bring their costumes with them and put them on top of their school clothes before the parade begins. We encourage students to be creative with their costumes and have fun with the spirit of the holiday. All regular Landels dress code policies apply - please ensure costumes are appropriate and follow the guidelines below:

  • Only masks to prevent the transmission of COVID are allowed.
  • Violence – no pretend “prop” weapons such as guns, knives, or swords. We would like to promote costumes that align with our values of being kind and inclusive. 
  • Appropriateness – costumes cannot promote violence of any kind. Costumes may not be offensive or inappropriate in any way.

Students who wear costumes that do not conform to the costume guidelines listed above will not be allowed to participate.  


COVID Testing

COVID pooled testing begins on Monday, October 18, 2021. All students who have parent consent will be tested on Mondays between 10-2 with their classes.

Here is our process:

*Students line up outside on socially distanced marks. Everyone sanitizes hands.

*Students lower their masks one group of 3-5 students at a time. Students are handed a sterile swab and swab their own noses, 4 times in each nostril.

*Students place their own swab into the collection vial.

*Students sanitize and go back to class.


If a class’s pool test comes back positive:

*Parents will be notified by email immediately.

*Students who have testing consent and are asymptomatic may return to school and will be re-tested individually on Wednesday morning. If the test comes back negative, students may continue to attend school on a modified quarantine, but must not attend any extracurricular activities (including after school care on campus).

*Students who do not have testing consent may NOT return to school until parents provide proof of a negative COVID test.

*Students who test positive and students who are symptomatic must stay home and will receive quarantine and isolation instructions.

There are several benefits to consenting for pooled testing: You help slow the transmission at school and if there is a positive case in your child’s class, your child will miss fewer school days because they can test at school. If you would like to update your consent, please contact the front office. We pull names for each week’s pooled testing the Wednesday before.

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans



·      Complete the OK to Reopen Screener BEFORE children come on campus

·      Pack a filled water bottle

·      Send everything your child needs for the day: snack, lunch, filled water bottle, homework, instrument



K-2 STEAM could use the following items that you may be tossing out or donating!  Donated materials can be dropped off at the Landels' office.

1.     Legos or Duplos

2.     empty cottage cheese, yogurt plastic containers

3.     Blocks of any kind


Better Together: Seeking Multiple Perspectives

The focus of October’s Better Together infographic is “Seeking Multiple Perspectives.” When individuals examine issues from a different point of view, they are able to think more critically and question dominant beliefs. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, October 14th

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.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:             Thursday, October 14th

Time:             5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:       Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    [email protected]


SMART Goals - Creating and Troubleshooting IEP Goals that Work

IEP Goals are written in very specific language and it can be difficult to see how the goals relate to concrete skills and goals for your child. Learn more about SMART Goals and how they work with Professor Anne Spillane of University of Massachusetts Global.

What: Parent Education Event and Discussion

When: Tuesday, October 19, 7-8:30 PM

Where: On Zoom, email [email protected] for link

Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, October 20, 20215:30 – 6:30pm

This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here:


MVLA Speaker Series with Dr. Michael Bradley

The MVLA Speaker Series continues on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00pm. Join us for an evening with clinical psychologist and author of Yes,Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind, Dr. Michael J. Bradley. Dr. Bradley’s respect-based philosophy is at the heart of the presentations he has given to thousands of parents who are seeking ways to communicate with their adolescent children. He takes you inside your teenager’s head and shows you why teens think and behave the way they do, and gives parents real-world advice, strategies, and methods to use. Register at:


Parent University: Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8

Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:00pm 

Registration Link:

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” - Joseph Addison. 

Join Instructional Coaches Melanie Stanley, and Katie Stern share creative tips and strategies to better support your child in their literacy skills. By supporting your child’s literacy you can take part in developing their reading ability, comprehension, and language skills.  To submit questions prior to the event, go to We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Note: While this presentation is tailored towards families with children in third grade and above, all are welcome. If you’d like to see a presentation that is aimed more toward families with younger students, check out the recording of last year’s literacy-focused Parent University event.


Health and Wellness: Parenting Series

It is natural for us to pay attention to behaviors that are irritating, worrisome, or make us want to disappear from embarrassment. Usually, when our child is calm, quiet, and self-entertained, we breathe a sigh of relief. However, this inadvertently teaches our child that they can get our attention by being disruptive. The good news is that we can reverse this pattern by paying attention to our child’s positive behaviors.

To praise positive behaviors:

Try praising something positive that your child is doing each morning and evening (for example, “Good job sharing with your sibling”). We are used to noticing disruptive behaviors, so praising your child’s positive behaviors will take some practice and patience – but will ultimately benefit both you and your child.

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

To learn more parenting tips click here


MVEF Relies on Parents Like You!

Please donate to MVEF to help us reach our annual $800,000 fundraising goal and raise an additional $300,000 to fund two ELA teachers to reduce class sizes at the middle schools in 2022-23. Please see the website at for more information and to donate online. You can use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  


Eviction Help Center at MV Public Library

The City of Mountain View hosts a help center at the MV Public Library with city staff, CSA, and Project Sentinel to provide residents with rent assistance, eviction help, legal resources, and other support services. There are multiple representatives that speak Spanish. The help center is available every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library on the 2nd Floor, Room 205. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit

PTA Updates

Virtual Fall Book Fair

Hello Landels Lions! 

The Fall Book Fair is coming, from Saturday, October 2nd through October 15th. To keep our kids and staff safe, the book fair will once again be entirely online but we know you will still be able to find a few new wonderful books! For every book you buy our school earns Scholastic dollars that our teachers and library can use to purchase new books for our school!  All purchases of $25 that are entirely books include free shipping!

Here's how to participate:

* Parents, in advance of or during the book fair, go to and create an eWallet for your child. This is an account you can fund to allow your child the chance to find their new favorite books on their own!

* Starting October 2nd, you and your child can browse the online store together.

* Share our Book Fair link to encourage friends and relatives to shop for gifts for upcoming birthdays or the holiday season. You'll get some gift purchasing out of the way, and you'll be helping the school at the same time!

We've set a modest goal of selling 250 books between Oct 2 and Oct 15 – please help us smash this goal!

Once again, visit the Landels Book Fair website starting October 2nd and get shopping!




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