Landels Latest 12.20.23

Important Dates to Remember

Dec 22       Spirit Day - Pajama Day

Dec 25-Jan 8 Holiday Break - No school

Jan 9         Students return to school      

Jan 10        6:30-7:30pm Landels School Info Night - Zoom

Jan 15       Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school

Jan 17        8:15-9:30am ELAC Meeting – ELPAC information

Jan 18     6:30-7:45pm Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era – Zoom

Jan 22       Open Enrollment for current and new students - Register

Jan 24         8:30-9:30am Principals Coffee – Staff room      

Jan 29         3:15-4:15 School Site Council Meeting

Feb 16         End of 2nd Trimester – Minimum day

Feb 19-23    Winter Break – No school

Roar Recognitions

Aiden A. – Room 6

Alexander A. – Room 9

Alex P. – Room 10

Christopher S. – Room 16

Cristian P. – Room 22

Evan Z. – Room 17

Isaiah P. – Room 5

Jasper C. – Room 13

Megha M. – Room 7

Nima A. – Room 8

Salma A. – Room 11

Sejal C. – Room 8

Sidharth N. – Room 4

Sloane M. – Room 2

Sofia B. – Room 14

Thea A. – Room 12

Theo G. – Room 1

Landels News

Dear Landels Families,

As this year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to recognize some of our accomplishments in 2023:


  • Students made tremendous gains in both reading (proficiency up 15%) and math (proficiency up 17%)
  • We aligned our 3-5 small group block to maximize instructional time while still providing targeted reading and language support for ELs
  • With the help of the Landels PTA, we held multiple events (science night, walkathon, Diwali, holiday fair and United Against Hate Week) to bring our community together
  • We continue to build a more inclusive recess and lunch environment thanks to Playworks, our junior coaches and our recess supervisors
  • We’ve come together to support our community and local groups by organizing clothing and toy drives

Thank you to our teachers, staff, parents and students for making it happen! Looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

We will be closed for Holiday Recess from December 23rd to January 8th. Teachers will be spending January 8th participating in professional development and planning for the start of January. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school when we resume on January 9th!

Let the Landels Winter Reading Challenge begin! 

The classroom with the highest participation rate wins a holiday party. Use the Challenge form that came home in your student's backpack (or print your own from the e-version attached) to help them keep track of each day they read over winter break!

Wishing all families a happy, healthy and safe winter break. See you in the New Year!


Pieter Dolmans


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 2024-25 district calendar is available

The school-year calendar for next year is now available online here. 

Open Enrollment for 2024-25 starts in January

In January, the Mountain View Whisman School District will be opening student enrollment for next fall.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

For families enrolling NEW students: Please check for details about virtual school information meetings held in January (, how to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9. Virtual school information nights will be held on Jan. 10 (neighborhood schools) and Jan. 11 (choice schools). The transitional kindergarten meeting is on Jan. 18.  In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites are on Jan. 17 at Theuerkauf Elementary and on Jan. 24 at Mariano Castro Elementary.  


Join us for a lively volunteer event, and learn how you can become a mentor and/or tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Wednesday January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Find out how you can help a local student to a brighter future. To register go to  - or email [email protected].

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here

Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel

PTA News


Girls Who Code: An introduction to coding through scratch block coding. 

When: Every Wednesday and Friday for the first 4 weeks of 2024 from 3:15PM - 4:15PM

Dates: January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, February 2

Participants: Twelve students, 4th & 5th grade

Materials Needed: student's chromebook (bring it to the class) 

Instructors: 3 MVHS students 

Register in the front office.

*We need one badged volunteer per session to supervise. No coding knowledge required. Students of volunteers are GUARANTEED enrollment. 


Save the date for Lunar New Year Celebration: Friday, Feb 2, 5-7 pm

Save the date for our next Landels Family Fun Night: Lunar New Years!

·       Lunar New Years is an important holiday in many Asian cultures. We’d like to share this cultural tradition with everyone at Landels. Please join us for food, music, performances, crafts, and more. 

·       Does your child like to sing or dance, and want to learn about traditions from China, Korea, and Vietnam? 

o   We will be practicing 2 Lunar New Years songs and 1 short dance for the kids to learn and perform at the festival. 

o   Students of all genders and nationalities are welcome to join. 

o   No experience necessary, there is no cost to participate, classes will be taught by parent volunteers. 

o   Sign up here if your child is interested.

·       Would you like to help organize this event, or volunteer day of? To join a planning committee email Anna at [email protected], or sign up for a day of role here.


After School Enrichment Classes

Want foreign language classes? The PTA is happy to bring after school language classes to Landels if you would like. Please help us to know our parents’ wishes here:


Holiday Fair

Thank you to the 300 or so of you and your families that came and shopped or participated as vendors at the Holiday Fair Tuesday evening. All of our vendors had such lovely items for sale and the tables looked beautiful. We were very impressed by all of you but especially by our students’ passion for entrepreneurship and Mr. Paul Hammer on piano!  Check out @LandelsPTA on Facebook for some pictures of the event last night.


Also, while the event is fresh in your mind, please provide some feedback so that we can continue to improve our event offerings by filling out our post-event survey here.




Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era

Landels Winter Reading Challenge

Afterschool Enrichment Classes

2023-24 School Calendar

December Lunch Menu

January Lunch Menu

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