Landels Latest 9.21.22

Important Dates to Remember

Sept 29           Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am

Sept 29          Family Science Night (register in advance), 5:30pm-6:30pm

Oct 3-7          Book Fair

Oct 7              Community Check-In, 3:30pm-4:30pm Zoom

Oct 11           Picture Day

Oct 12           PTA Meeting 6:00pm Staff Room            

Oct 13           Teacher Service Day – No School

Oct 14           Recess Day – No School               

Oct 28           Walkathon

Roar Recognitions

Adriano A. - Room 4
Atakhan G. - Room 5
Damian Y. - Room 13
Gabe M. Room 7
Lindsay C. - Room 16
Luke M. - Room 6
Jasmina A - Room 9
Jesiah B. - Room 8
Jonathan S. - Room 13
Kara H. - Room 11
Ruby M. - Room 17
Saoirse N. - Room 14

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

This month, we are bringing awareness to student mental health with All The Feels September! Whether you are a parent, student, or school staff, it’s normal for the start of the school year to bring some anxiety and other challenges to our mental health. When those challenges become too big for us to handle on our own or when we worry about a friend’s mental health, talking with a trusted friend or adult can be difficult.

Even though it can be awkward, initiating conversations about mental health with trusted adults can make a big difference for ourselves and others. offers older children and adults tools for recognizing the signs someone is struggling and tips for starting and engaging in conversations about mental health.  

When we face challenges that are too big to handle on our own, we need the care and support of one another! 

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans


Discuss the classes below with your student and have him/her sign up in the office if interested.

Slime (Grades K-2, max 20 students)

Friday, Sep 30, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 24

Calling all chemists!  Come learn about mixtures and states of matter while you make OOEY, GOOEY SLIME!  Decorate yours with glitter, sprinkles, or GOLD!

- Sign-ups open Thursday, Sep 22

H.I.T.S. Tennis (Grades 2-3, max 10 students)
Thursdays, Oct6 - Nov17 (ex. Oct13), 12:30-1:30pm, Blacktop

Learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games, and gain life skills like Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship.  (Bring or request school lunch to have before start of class.)

- Sign-ups open Thursday, Sep 22

Volleyball (Grades 3-5, max 12 students)

Mondays, Sep 26 and Oct 3, 3:00-4:00pm, Landels Field

Learn the primary skills needed to feel comfortable on and around a volleyball court such as forearm passing, setting, spiking, and overhand serving.

- Sign-ups are open

Succulents (Grades K-5, max 10 students)

Friday, Sep 23, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 24

Learn about succulents — how to pot rootless succulent in soil and how to propagate succulent leaves and stems.

- Sign-ups are open

The Landels Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP) is a collection of after-school enrichment classes taught by volunteers (e.g., parents, teachers, high-school/college students).  For additional information, please contact Tushar Moorti at [email protected].


Board meeting: Sept. 22

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Please click here for the agenda:

Topics include:

* Newly Permanent Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year 

* Resolution In Support of National Hispanic Heritage Month 

* School Plans for Student Achievement: 2022-23 Process

There will not be a Superintendent’s Community Check In on Sept. 23. 

EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

Attendance Awareness Month: September

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?
Illness (including staying home for COVID-like symptoms), doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused. Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

Family Health and Wellness Fair: Sept 24 

There will be a free Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman and in partnership with El Camino Health and MVWSD on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mariano Castro Elementary School (500 Toft St). 

Come for free screenings and vaccines, free school supplies, backpacks, kid’s masks, diapers, period products, bike repair and healthy snacks.


*  Kids’ health screenings: dental, vision, heart, mental health, and nutrition screenings

* Free school supplies and backpacks

* Healthy snacks

* Fun activities for kids

* COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

* Hands-on science with NASA

* COVID-19 test kits

* Fire and garbage trucks up close

* Art projects

* Bike raffle and repair 

* Casework services

For more information, please call (650) 324-0224 or visit http://ASMDC.ORG/CP-FHWF.

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 2022-23 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways: 

Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.
Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.
Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.
Technical work like automation and data migration.
Visual designs, graphic design and layout.
Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families.  To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

Elevate MV: Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Applications open September 16th for the Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program, which will give direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This pilot program will be a part of a national research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income Research. For eligibility requirements and details about the program, including how to receive assistance with the application, click here.

MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater ⧫ 3535 Truman Avenue

We are lonelier than ever. Two-thirds of Americans are lonely and the average person hasn't made a new friend in the last five years. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships are vital to our health and happiness. But why can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive as an adult—especially as parents? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends?  Join us as Adam Smiley Poswolsky, workplace belonging keynote speaker, and author of the recent book, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships.  In this talk, Smiley will share practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, be a Minister for Loneliness in your community, prioritize real-world experiences, and deepen your relationships at work and outside of work. With warmth and inspiration, Smiley reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in adult life.

Audience:  Grade TK -  12 parents, caretakers, teachers, and counselors

Register here for this free event

PTA News 

Book Fair
The Landels Book Fair is coming up on Oct 3-7, and we are in need of volunteers to help with the cash register and set up, particularly for after school hours. Students will be allowed to preview the book fair with their class, during which they'll be able to choose a free book sponsored by the PTA, but any shopping will be done with their families after school. If you can help, please sign up here.

Membership Drive
Did you know that PTA membership comes with perks? Joining the PTA not only funds programs for our kids at Landels, but it also comes with some great benefits for you and your family. Here are some of our favorites:

· 20% off Farm Fresh to You

· 20% off Hertz Car Rentals

· 30% off Tynker 

· 10% off Dell products

· Discounted admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific

Find more offers and details by using the links below. and

Membership is $10 for the year and you can join anytime using this link:

Book Fair -- Author Assembly
As we are approaching Book Fair Week Oct 3-7, Landels and the PTA will be hosting Dungeoneer Adventures authors Ben Costas and James Park for a visit for 3-5th graders on Friday Sep 30. If you would like to read more about the authors or pre-order the first book in the series, Lost in the Mushroom Maze, you can do so here:

It’s time for the Landels PTA Membership Challenge
We need you - parents, teachers, staff, friends, and families - to join the Landels PTA! See flyers for details.

The 3 classrooms with the highest percentages of members will win:
1st place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair AND a popsicle party
2nd place: Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair

3rd place: Popsicle party

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