Landels Latest, December 12, 2018

Dec 13
             Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 a.m., MUR

Dec 24 - Jan 7 NO SCHOOL – December Break

Jan 8               Students Return to School

Jan 10             ELAC Meeting, 8:30 a.m. – MUR

Jan 14             School Site Council Meeting – 5:30 p.m. – Staff Room

Jan 16             MV ParentU – Dolores Huerta, Labor leader, educator and community advocate

Jan 21             NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 23             PTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m.

Jan 31             Family Fun Night

Feb 7               Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 a.m., MUR

Feb 14             ELAC Meeting, 8:30 a.m. – MUR

Feb 15             Last Day of 2nd Trimester – MINIMUM DAY





  • Matvey G. – Room 3
  • Steven H. - Room 28
  • Adrian A. – Room 25
  • Cooper Ly. – Room 4
  • Ayan J. – Room 5
  • Illianna A. – Room 11
  • Diana Z. – Room 15
  • Stella G. – Room 22
  • Misha W. – Room 23
  • Vini M. – Room 27




Principal’s Message from Heidi Galassi

We are closing out the 2018 calendar year and reflecting on our first trimester.  We had some great growth by our Landels community and we have all contributed to the success.  I just want to take the time to thank you for your patience with all the changes that have been made and your participation in our community to continue to make Landels an awesome place to be!

We are continuing to strengthen our home-school connection by completing weekly home visits on Thursday.  You may be receiving a call from our office to set up a home visit for a Thursday afternoon.  During our visit, we can discuss anything from upcoming events at Landels to how to use technology at home to support learning for your child.

Reminder:  Tomorrow, Thursday, we have our principal’s coffee at 8:30 a.m.  We will be speaking about how to help your child with homework at home including using technology-based school programs at home.  Bring your at home technology device and we will walk you through the login process.  Our district technology coach will also be available to help.

Tip to help support learning at home:   Talk about and show growth mindset videos at home.  At school, we talk about how our brain is a muscle and we need to use it to make it grow stronger.  We also enforce here at school that when you struggle with something, it means you’re learning.  The following is an example of a growth mindset video:

 If you have not yet set up your parent portal account, you should have received another email 2 weeks ago informing you to do so.  If you need help, please call or visit the office and we can assist you.




If your student is interested in a class, please have him/her sign up in the office.  If you would like to add the class to your calendar, please scan the 2-D bar (QR) code on the sign-up sheet after your student has signed up.


** Scratch Programming series extended through Friday, Dec 14


Outbreak!  Investigating Epidemics, Jan 14 (Monday)

Learn how infectious agents can spread from person to person, and learn ways to prevent disease outbreaks.

Grades 4-5, max 14 students

Monday, Jan 14, 3-4:30pm, Room 23

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, Dec 13






A Warm Welcome from Landels PTA

Landels PTA would like to welcome families transitioning from Bubb to Landels next school year. Landels has around 140 families transitioning out of our school to Vargas in Fall 2019, and around 95 incoming from Bubb. We recognize that this is a time of change and while some families may feel anxious about leaving their existing school, others are excited.

Landels PTA would like to help ease this transition. We have started a “circle” on our parent portal (called SimplyCircle).  This is a place where you can ask questions, message, or connect with other transitioning Bubb families. To join the SimplyCircle, please go to and enter the invite code VMWDT9. This “circle” is a private group solely for Bubb parents transitioning to Landels. If you would like to join the “Landels All School” circle, where we share information regarding upcoming events, news and PTA meetings, you can use code 44WXUW. You may join both circles if you wish. 

Going forward we plan to invite our incoming Bubb families to all Landels events. Our next event is our Holiday Movie Night on Friday, December 21 in the Landels MUR (details to come).  We hope to plan some Bubb specific socials in the new year and continue to welcome new families to Landels. 

Landels PTA is in the process of electing our nominating Committee for the next school year.  Bubb parents are encouraged to be part of our committee.  If you are interested in participating on the nominating committee, or have any further questions, please contact Claire Blake, PTA President 

We look forward to our new united community. 


Thank You Landels! 

Landels families, thank you so much for your enthusiastic contributions to the Family Giving Tree! We dropped off over 80 gifts and filled two full containers--please see our contributions in the attached image. 

We also received several donations for our own community. In the spirit of giving, we've decided to leave the giving tree in the office with tags for Landels families in need. Please bring your kind donations of Safeway and Target gift cards to the office before December 21st and we will make sure they help a family have a better holiday season.

 Thank you! 


Dine & Earn at Panda Express!

Enjoy dinner at Panda Express on Friday, December 14 and they will donate 20% off all sales to Landels PTA! Eat in or take-out between 11am and 9 pm at the Panda Express on El Camino & California.  Show attached flyer, or pick one up in the office.  Flyers can be shown on a digital device. 

Panda Express 

1035 El Monte Ave.

Mountain View, CA



Holiday Movie Night!

Celebrate the last day of school before the holidays with your friends and some holiday cheer! Bring the whole family for Landels Holiday Movie night. Join us on Friday, December 21 at 6:30pm.  We will be showing the Holiday Classic “Elf” in the MUR.

$10 per person, price includes 2 slices of pizza, and hot cocoa or lemonade.  Kids 3 and under are free.  A sign-up sheet is in the office.


Holiday Shopping with AmazonSmile!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Landels Elementary PTA when you shop online with Amazon Smile! Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.


Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated at our recent Books Inc. Shopping Night and Holiday Faire! A special thank you to Sylvia for organizing the Holiday Faire, and to Landels Choir, Crittenden Glee Club, Graham Choir and MVWSD Madrigals for their wonderful performances! 


Upcoming Events:

December 14: Panda Express Dine and Earn

December 21: MUR Holiday Movie Night

January 23: PTA Meeting 8:30am





 The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) wishes you the happiest of holidays this season. Please think of MVEF for your end-of-year giving. Your donation funds Community School of Music art and music classes, Living Classroom, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, middle school athletics and more. We need your help to ensure that your child, and every child, has access to these amazing programs. Make your tax-deductible donation today at


Let’s Talk … Boundaries

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and 
let us know what you think. 

The third topic is boundaries. What changes will be made for the 2019-20 school year and who will be affected. 

Click here to view the video. 

To check how boundary changes may affect you, please click here to view your child’s school of residence.

Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child or confirm your child’s enrollment for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here:


Uniform Complain Procedures (UCP) Annual Notice 2018-2019

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints 
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures 

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment 
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment 

0410 BP- Non Discrimination in District Programs and Activities 


School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she 
may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK).

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to


Please click here for a complete list of these events. 

Choice school meetings (for families considering applying for choice schools during open enrollment beginning Jan. 7)

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are coming up on:

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM

Stevenson: Parent and Child Teacher: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

Gabriela Mistral Elementary- Spanish/English Dual Immersion

Families of incoming Kindergartners are invited to visit with Tabitha Miller, principal of Gabriela Mistral.

* Information Night: December 17 @ 5:30 PM (Presentation delivered in both Spanish and English)

* Classroom tours for incoming students and new kinders: January 11 @ 8:45 AM

* Mistral Presentation Table at Landels, November 30 @ 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Stevenson Elementary - Parent and Child Teacher

Stevenson Elementary will share information about the program and answer any questions you may have.  Stevenson focuses on Project Based Learning in partnership with parents to prepare students for the 21st century.  

* Kinder Info Nights on December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM and January 10 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

Please visit for a list of all events.



When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  For more information, click here.



 Please see attachments:

* Panda Express Fundraiser

* December Menu

* Enrollment for 2019-20 School Year

* 2019-2020 Enrollment Presentations

* Transitional Kindergarten Information

* CSMA – After-School Art Club

*Athena Chinese Language School

* Run for Fun

* Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training

* English Classes for Parents

* Dance Outreach – Free Children’s Workshop


* CSMA – Art Camps

* CSMA – Art & Music Classes

* Spartans Sports Camp

* Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) Annual Notice 2018-2019

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