Landels Latest 10.18.23

Important Dates to Remember

Oct 19      Walkathon spirit day dress like a Rockstar

Oct 20       3pm-6pm Walkathon

Oct 24       5:30-7:00 pm Parent University - Parenting in the Digital Era - Register

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

Dec 4-8     Parent Teacher Conference Week – Minimum days all week

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,


October is Safety Month in MVWSD. Don’t forget that the districtwide earthquake drill is tomorrow. We have reviewed our procedures, and we are ready to practice. Parents, since students will be outside for approximately one hour, please plan to apply sunscreen to your child in the morning and have them bring water and a hat if they are sun-sensitive. 

Please reassure your child that drills 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.

After the earthquake drill, teachers will also review what to do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus. Practice at the elementary schools means students will view an age-appropriate “dangerous intruder” video (which you may preview here) and talk with their teacher on how to stay calm, follow directions, and listen to trusted adults in the event of an emergency. 


We will have an optional Halloween costume parade on October 31st at 8:20am (weather permitting). Students who would like to participate may come to school dressed in their costume. The students will parade on the blacktop. If you would like to watch the parade, you will need to sign in at the front office and present your ID. In order to avoid a huge crowd, please sign in and present your ID the day before so we can pre-print visitor passes. Guests are asked to observe the parade from the designated area on the map. We will have an alternative space for any students that do not wish to participate. 


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 or 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.

Thank you!

Pieter Dolmans



It’s never too early to talk about college!


At Landels we celebrate College Week





MONDAY 10/23        -  Scavenger Hunt at school

TUESDAY 10/24        - For a bright future  WEAR YELLOW

WEDNESDAY 10/25  - Your future is out of this world WEAR BLUE

THURSDAY 10/26      - WEAR COLLEGE ATTIRE or the Landels t-shirt

FRIDAY 10/27            - Dress like a boss!



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!

Short-Term Independent Studies

If you are planning on scheduling family vacations, please make every effort to schedule around our instructional calendar. You can also find minimum days outside our regularly scheduled early release Thursdays for scheduling appointments for your scholar.  If your plans include your child missing 3-14 days of school, please notify the front office to discuss a short-term independent studies contract to minimize the impact of missed school days.


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

·       Off Schedule 4% Payment

·       Equitable Access to Choice Schools Lottery Update

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

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! Information presented by My Digital TAT2 will empower parents 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.

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!

Mentor Tutor Connection: Volunteer Info Session

MENTOR TUTOR CONNECTION - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION - Wed., Oct. 18, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Rd, Mountain View. Please join us and learn about becoming a mentor and/or a tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Help a local student to a brighter future! To register go to  - or email [email protected].

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.

PTA News


Hello Landels Rockstars!!!  Great job with those donation requests, we just passed the halfway mark on the way to our fundraising goal, but we need to keep pushing! Get out there and share your fundraising links with friends, family and social media. Tag @LandelsPTA in your posts and if you don’t know who to donate to, your favorite mascot Lanny the Lion has his own fundraising page:

Paper pledge forms are in the office for offline donation collection. Turn in your forms and collected pledges to the office before Nov 17. 

Email [email protected] to have offline pledges added to your 99pledges account for participation tracking!

Walkathon Spirit Day

This Thursday, dress like a rockstar and show your school spirit and excitement for the walkathon!  

Participation Challenges:
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!

2.Top 4 classrooms by participation earn 10 minutes of extra recess!

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.

Walkathon Volunteers

Volunteers on campus before 3pm must stop in the office with a volunteer badge or ID before entering campus. Then you’ll proceed to the volunteer check-in table for vest and assignment details.  Sign up for a job in advance here ( ) and save time Friday by filling out a volunteer waiver ( in advance.

Pizza My Heart Fundraiser: Wed, Nov 1, 4-8pm

Help the PTA raise money for Landels by ordering dinner from Pizza My Heart! Order for Dine In, Take Out or *Delivery (*does not include DoorDash or other 3rd party orders) and they’ll donate 30% back to Landels PTA! Online Order Code: EL111. Only applies on Nov 1, 4-8pm.

Pizza My Heart: 1037 El Monte, Mountain View, CA


Family Fun Night: Diwali on Wed, Nov 8, 5-7pm

We invite everyone at Landels to come celebrate and learn about Diwali!

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

·       Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, and we will be celebrating on Wednesday 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 View Teen Center: October

Mentor Tutor Connection: Volunteer Info Session

City of MV Monster Bash

Fundraiser: Pizza My Heart

Family Fun Night – Diwali, a Festival of Lights

October Lunch Menu

2023-24 School Calendar

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