Landels Latest 10.11.23

Important Dates to Remember

Oct 12       Teacher Service Day – No School

Oct 13       Recess Day – No School

Oct 18       Unity Day – Wear Orange

Oct 19    Walkathon spirit day dress like a Rockstar

Oct 20       3pm-6pm Walkathon

Oct 25       8:30am Principals Coffee - MUR

Nov 3        End of the 1st trimester – Minimum day

Nov 10     Veterans day holiday – No School

Nov 20-24 Thanksgiving Break – No School

Nov 27      3:15pm – 4:15pm School Site Council Meeting

Nov 29    Picture retakes

Roar Recognitions

Ananyaa G. - Room 12

Geunhu K. - Room 4

Jaycob N. - Room 17

Josue F. - Room 5

Lucas I. - Room 11

Lucy M. - Room 7

Mathew C. - Room 18

Natalie D. - Room 14

Otis W. - Room 1

Patrick H. - Room 13

Rana K. - Room 10

Saki M. - Room 2

Sam C. - Room 6

Steve K. - Room 9

Vyom C. - Room 8

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

October is Safety Month in MVWSD. In the event of an emergency, it’s possible that circumstances are not safe enough for us to release students as we typically do at the end of the school day. In an emergency, parents should not rush to school, but instead wait for updates from email, social media and text/phone calls. So we know all students are accounted for, our schools will release students systematically to authorized adults when it’s safe. Please review our parent-student reunification procedures here. Students will be released at the front of the school (Dana St. side). Student reunification is in the grassy area by the Kindergarten gate. 

You can help us by reassuring your child that drills, like the earthquake drill we'll have on Oct. 19, are our way of practicing for an emergency.  These things may never happen, but if they do, we’re better protected and are more able to help ourselves and others. 

Student vision and hearing screenings coming up.

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Landels on October 24 and 25.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500 ext. 1050.

Thank you,

Pieter Dolmans


October 18 is Unity Day-Wear Orange

Watch this video.

Unity Day is an annual event occurring during National Bullying Prevention Month that promotes joining together to create healthier communities through kindness, acceptance of difference, and inclusion. It was started by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in 2011 and is now celebrated around the world.

Unity Day is a day when we can come together in one giant, ORANGE message of hope and support. The call to action is simple: wear and share the color orange. This vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, showing support for students who have been bullied and for bullying prevention. 

A few FAQ’s

Why unity? 

For years, our culture justified bullying with expressions such as, “Bullying is a natural part of childhood,” “Some kids just deserve to be bullied,” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” The goal of the day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community. 

What is the call to action?

 The call to action is simple—wear and share the color orange—as a visible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

 Why the color orange?

 Unity Day is held during October, and orange is a color commonly identified with that month and season. It is also a color associated with safety and visibility. Orange is described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes a strong statement. It was also a color that was not being used by another widely known cause.

Winter Clothes Donations

It's finally time to get the warm clothes out of the closet!  If you find items that are too small for your kids, or you just don't want them anymore, please bring them to the Landels office and we will find them a good home.  Baby and adult clothes are also needed.
Clean and gently used clothes only, please.  Nothing with stains or permanent damage.   We will donate these items to families in need in our community.  We will be collecting donations until Friday, November 3, 2023.  Thank you!

Right at School : ENROLL NOW! (K-5)

Every day in Right at School is a chance to engage in fun disguised learning activities, right after school! RAS provides a safe and meaningful experience in extracurricular units taught throughout the year! Our program focuses on homework help, social and emotional learning, and having fun! Kids of all ages come home from Right at School with bigger smiles, new friends, and skills learned at our afterschool program. Enroll now:  Right at School Registration


October no-school days

Thursday, October 12 is a staff development day, which means no school for students and no work for 10-month classified staff. (Oct. 12 is a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.) Friday, October 13 is a recess day (no school/work for everyone except 12-month employees).

Drafts available: Single Plans for Student Achievement

Each year, our schools create Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs or “site plans”) that guide the work for the coming year. These plans help us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. In the fall, elected parent representatives from School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees work with principals and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  Parents and staff members may give feedback through Oct. 26 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.

Parent University Speaker Series Presents

Parenting in the Digital Era - Supporting Dialogue and Strategies for Building Healthy Tech Habits

Date and Time: October 24, 2023, 5:30-7:00 pm  Registration Link:

One of our favorite nonprofit organizations is back! The staff of My Digital TAT2 will be delivering a workshop that will empower parents with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of raising tech-savvy, digitally responsible children. We will address common tech issues such as digital “perfection”, misinformation, and things you might not know about popular apps and platforms.

Parents will gain crucial strategies that will support open dialogue and cultivate healthy tech habits among all family members.

To submit questions prior to the event, go to We will do our best to address your questions during the session.

MVWSD Preschool Enrollment

MVWSD’s award-winning preschool has a limited number of part-day state preschool spaces still available at Latham.  These spaces are free for all 3- and 4-year-olds living within the Castro Elementary School boundary.  Families can get an application at, stop by the preschool office (1850 Latham St.) or call 650-526-3560.

Protect your family: Dangers of illegally-made synthetic drugs

It's important that you and your children know the dangers of illegally-made synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs created in illegal labs, like Fentanyl, have ingredients that are impossible to know, and carry a high risk of overdose and death. Some are tasteless and odorless—even small amounts can cause an overdose. ANY pill bought through social media or even from a friend can contain deadly amounts of fentanyl. Learn more at

BOC & PTOC Seeking Representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee and the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District.

Apply at the links below.



Applications can be returned to the district office by mail or emailed to [email protected].

Better Together: October

Cultural appreciation is an acknowledgment and celebration of the rich and diverse tapestry of human heritage that exists around the world. Indigenous Peoples' Month, observed in various regions, highlights the unique cultures, traditions, and contributions of indigenous communities. It serves as an opportunity for all of us to learn, respect, and honor the invaluable knowledge, customs, and wisdom that indigenous peoples have preserved for generations. We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit

MVEF Community Survey

MVEF is seeking input from the community via the annual online survey, which will be open throughout October:

As a community-funded foundation where over 70% of donations come from families, your input is a very important part of the planning process for future MVEF-funded programs. If donations to MVEF approach the annual goal of $1.2MM by December 31, 2023, MVEF may be able to add additional programs in 2024.

MVEF has raised just shy of $400,000 -- donate today if you haven't already: THANK YOU MVEF donors and volunteers!

October CAC and LCC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out

The Learning Challenges Committee is looking for members!

Are you interested in helping students with learning challenges? This can include students who receive special education services, students with a 504 plan, or any student with a learning challenge.

The Learning Challenges Committee of the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council (LCC) helps provide teachers and school staff in Mountain View and Los Altos schools with supplies in their classrooms related to learning challenges. We need a variety of parent and student voices to help us best decide how we can help teachers and students about these issues. 

Can you attend 2-3 meetings per year to help make these kinds of decisions with the LCC? Please email [email protected]. We need more voices to help students with learning challenges. We need you!

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet

October 11, 7 pm Evening Let’s Talk  - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register at:                      

Missed our Parent Education events last year?

We have a YouTube channel with many of our past events including last year’s Inclusive Fun Fair for summer camps and recreational activities, Anxiety and Depression in Children with Learning Challenges, SMART Goals and IEP Troubleshooting, and more. Channel is here:

The View Teen Center: October

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m. (on no school days or minimum days, The View Teen Center is open 1-6 p.m.), and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs in October or visit their webpage for more information.

Celebrate Shoreline: Oct. 15th

The City is hosting Celebrate Shoreline, a free event for the community to celebrate Shoreline ’s 40th anniversary. The family-friendly event is taking place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Shoreline at Mountain View regional park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. The event will feature live music, self-guided tours, carnival games, food, and more! Visit for more information.

PTA News



Sign up to volunteer and Rock the Walk in your own way at your own time! Sign ups now available on Konstella. Make sure to complete your volunteer waiver.

Walkathon Pledge Challenges

Participation Challenge
If 50% of your student’s classroom gathers at least one pledge each, your teacher will get to throw water balloons at Principal Dolmans. Pledges of ANY amount ($1, $5, $10) count!

Current Leaderboard:
Chatterjee 58%
Wooten 46%
Parry 38%
Vertemara 29%
Bowler 25%
Ruggio 23%
Lynch 21%
Stevenson 21%

Fundraising Heroes Challenge

At the walkathon, the top 10 pledge earners in the school will get to wrap Principal Dolmans up like a Zombie with toilet paper.


If your friends and family want to pledge with cash or check, that’s fine! Drop at the main office in an envelope with your student’s name and classroom number and we’ll make sure the offline pledge gets added to your student’s page on 99Pledges.

Check out Lanny's fundraising page here:

Family Fun Night: Diwali on Nov 8

Are you planning to come to Landels Family Fun Night Diwali on November 8? We invite everyone at Landels to come celebrate and learn about Diwali!

Click HERE - Please let us know so we can plan ahead for the correct amount of food.

·       Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, and we will be celebrating on Thursday evening, November 8 at Landels. 

·       A very important part of the celebration is super yummy food, drinks and desserts!

·       You can also volunteer to help plan this fun family event.


The Landels Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP) is a collection of after-school enrichment classes taught by parent volunteers at no cost to students. For additional information, click here or email [email protected].

Ready, Set, Walkathon Training!

Tuesday, Oct 17, 3-4 pm, blacktop (grades K-2, 20 students)

Want to train and practice for the walkathon? The walkathon is around the corner and it’s time to get your mind and body ready to log as many laps as possible! We’ll challenge our endurance and stamina with games, obstacles, and relays. 

Discuss the class above with your student and have him/her sign up in the yellow binder in the office if interested. Spots still available.

Math Olympiad Club

Math Olympiad is back at Landels for 4th and 5th graders! This is an after school math club that parent volunteers host on Mondays 3-3:45 pm from Oct 23 to Mar 18. Students will prepare for and compete in monthly international math contests provided by

For more information, please have your child pick up a packet from the Math Olympiad basket in the Front Office. To participate, we ask that students submit an application with parental consent and a completed math contest by Oct 16.

Post-Event Survey - Science Night

Hope you all enjoyed Science Night! The PTA is always looking for feedback, so if you have 30 seconds, please fill out our post-event survey here.


October CAC and LCC Events

City of MV Monster Bash

Celebrate Shoreline: Oct. 15th 

The View Teen Center: October

October Lunch Menu

2023-24 School Calendar

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