Landels Latest, September 4, 2018

Important Dates

Sept 5              New Families Orientation – 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. – Tonight!

Sept 5              Back to School Night – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Tonight!

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

Sept 7             Ice Cream Social – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sept 10           School Site Council Meeting – 3:15 p.m.

Sept 11           MVLA Parent Education – 7:00 p.m., Mountain View High School

Sept 12           Parent University – 6:00 p.m., Super Readers! – Crittenden Middle School

Sept 13           ELAC Meeting – 8:30 a.m.

Sept 18           Picture Day

Sept 21           Movie Night

Sept 26           PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Oct 4               Principal’s Coffee – 8:30 a.m., MUR

Oct 8-12         Parent/Teacher Conferences – MINIMUM DAYS


Landels News


Back to School Night - Tonight!

All parents are invited to Back to School Night on September 5, 2018 at 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  This is an orientation for parents only. You will meet the teachers and learn about the academic standards your children will be mastering this year. See you there! 

Childcare will be provided by YMCA,  $10 per child from 6:00 to 7:30pm (pasta dinner is included). Sign up now in the YMCA, space is limited. First come, first serve. Younger siblings are welcome as long as they are potty trained.

5:00 – 5:50   Orientation for new Landels families, MUR (Multi Use Room)

                     (Childcare provided in the Staff Room from 5:00 – 5:50pm)

6:00 – 6:35  Classroom presentations:

                     Kinder (in MUR)

        1st and 2nd grade 

6:40 – 6:50  Staff Introduction

6:55 – 7:30  Classroom presentations:

                     3rd, 4th, 5th grade


Principal’s Coffee

Please join us on Friday, September 7 at 8:30am for the Principal’s Coffee.  You will learn about ELAC, PTA Project Cornerstone, LEAP and CHAC.


Hearing and Vision Screening

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 your child's school site, Landels Elementary on September 25th, 2018.

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 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.


Picture Day

Picture Day is coming up on September 18!  We are looking for 3 volunteers to help from 8:10am-12:10pm.  You will check students’ appearance, pass out name cards or get kids from classrooms.  If you are able to help out during that time, please talk to Mrs. Dolan in the office or you can send her an email at


Dogs on Campus

We really love dogs but this is a friendly reminder that dogs (big or small) are not permitted on campus during drop-off, pick-up, or during the school day (7:30am-3:30pm).  This is to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of our students and community.  Thank you for your understanding.


After-School Programs

Please see the attached flyers for more information about the after-school programs at Landels.

Expiration of Free & Reduced Eligibility Status!

MVWSD uses an online application process for free or reduces price meals.  Just as in the past you will need to reapply annually.  Please apply online for the National School Lunch Program by going to

The 30-day grace period for last year’s eligibility status for Free & Reduced students expires at the end of September!  Unless students have submitted an application, they will be charged the full price for breakfast and lunch by the expiration date.  Please submit your applications online, please go to

For more information, please see Bea in the office.


School Site Council

We are actively seeking out members for the school site council for this year and we need parents to join in and have a voice.  I have included a brief description of the council and would love for as many of you to join in as possible.  We sent out a survey regarding time and day for our monthly meetings and per our survey results the meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month at 3:15 p.m.  Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 10th.  Hope to see you there!

Purpose of meetings:  The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.  Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate the school’s progress toward those goals.  We really appreciate the input of all members of our community including our parents.  It makes a cohesive partnership.

Absence and Tardy Policy

During the school year, if your child is going to be absent for any reason, please call Barbara Dolan 650-526-3520 ext. 0 or email her at

Excused absences are limited to illness, doctor/dentist appointments, and bereavement. All other absences including travel will be considered unexcused. Once you have accrued three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies over thirty minutes you should expect a truancy letter from the school district.

A tardy (arriving late to school) over 30 minutes without a doctor’s note or not due to illness is considered unexcused.  Once a student accrues five unexcused absences or tardies, parents will be contacted by a district liaison for an attendance meeting.


Visitors and Volunteers

Anyone coming on the school grounds after 8:15 a.m. must check in at the office.  You will sign the visitor/volunteer log and get a name badge to wear while on the campus.  This is for your child’s safety.  Also, in order to avoid interruptions of messages to the classroom, please send your child with everything they need for the day: homework, lunch, snack.  Also, please make sure that your children know who is picking them up when they come to school in the morning.  Students must be picked up on time. 



For the safety and privacy of our students, the bathrooms on the corridors are for student use only.  Adults should not enter these bathrooms.

Please use the bathrooms located in the MUR. 


Safe Community: Parking Lot

For safety reasons, we would like to remind you of the following parking lot rules.

Following these rules will ensure everyone’s safety during morning student drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

Please do not use cell phones when dropping off or picking up your child.

Please do not use the bus lane to drop off students.

Do not park your car at the apartments across the street from Landels or along Dana Street in front of the school.  You may park in the neighborhood behind Landels – on Mercy St., Frances Way or Eldora Drive.

Please do not park or use the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up your child.

When entering the parking lot in the afternoon, please form two lines of cars.  You must stay in your car.

Please do not leave your car unattended during drop-off or pick-up, unless your car is in a parking space.



Enrichment Activities Program


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 for GirlsSep 7 - Dec 7 (Fridays)

Use an interactive platform called "Scratch" to learn essential programming concepts such as variables, conditionals, and loops.

Grades 4-5, max 10 students

Fridays, Sep 7 - Dec 7, 3:15-4:15pm, Room 16

-- Sign-ups are open


Kitchen ScienceSep 11 (Tuesday)

Use common household items to explore scientific concepts such as buoyancy, diffusion, acids, and bases.  Science doesn't have to be dangerous to be fun!

Grades K-2, max 12 students

Tuesday, Sep 11, 3-4:00pm, Room 18

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, September 6


Girls' Soccer SkillsSep 14 (Friday)

Learn a range of basic to intermediate soccer skills in a fun, no-pressure environment!

Grades 2-5, max 12 students

Friday, Sep 14, 3-4:30pm, Field

-- Sign-ups begin Thursday, September 6


The Landels Enrichment Activities Program is a collection of after-school classes that give students a "hands-on" way to learn material beyond the standard curriculum.  Classes are free to Landels students.  2017-18 was another record year for the LEAP program as over 180 students participated in LEAP classes!


PTA announcements

Ice Cream Social:

The PTA invites all Landels families and staff to our annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 7th from 6:00-7:30pm

Come and enjoy this informal, FREE event on the Landels Blacktop!

The suggested donation for this event is one topping of your choice per family. Please send your topping to the school office in advance of the event, or simply bring it with you that night. Possibilities for toppings include chopped fruits, sprinkles, candies, chocolate chips, crumbled cookies, or syrup of any flavor.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Harder .

Would you like to help out for half an hour with set-up, scooping, or clean-up?  Please sign up at Simply Circle here:  or email 


PTA Meeting:

If you weren’t able to make it to our first PTA meeting, please join us at the end of this month!  Our next evening meeting is at 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 26 in room 8. We alternate between morning and evening meetings to allow more people to attend depending on their schedule. We even provide free childcare and dinner for the children through the YMCA.  We hope to see you there!


Keep Informed:

SimplyCircle is the best way to keep informed of what’s happening at school:

Follow these easy steps to join:

1 Go to

2 Click “Sign Up” and select “I want to join a circle”

3 Enter the Landels PTA code: 44WXUW.




Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Director Mallory Traughber at

We will be holding four spring training sessions: 

Monday, September 10th, 17th and 24th

Sessions on how to lead or assist with our lessons

Mountain View Whisman School District
1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View
Conference Room C
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 1st

Session on positive and effective Classroom Management

Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 **Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **



MV Parent University

MV Parent University presents “Super Readers! Growing Your Child’s Skills, One Book at a Time” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Crittenden Middle School – Multi-Use Room.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


·  Interpretation (Spanish)

·  Child Care

·  Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)


MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

MVLA Parent Education Speakers Series presents “Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price” with Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college journalist, speaker, educator, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue. Admission: Free. Register:


Spanish Interpreters Needed

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish.  You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm between October 1 -12th for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam ( for more information. 


Community events


MVEF news and Hobee's Give Back Day Sept. 6

As the schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their children's educations.  Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you!  The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy!  Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!  


Spend your Saturday with your family, eating out and giving back to your schools! If are looking for an excuse to eat some of Hobee’s famous coffee cake, head to Hobee’s on Saturday the 6th. Hobee’s Mountain View will be donating 20% of your bill back to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer! 



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 12th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

  Date:              Wednesday, September 12th

       Time:            12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

        Location:      El Camino YMCA

                        2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA 

      Register:       REGISTER ONLINE




Please see attachments:         LL Flyers 9.05.18 ENG.pdf 

* Lunch Menu

* PTA Ice Cream Social

* PTA Waiver

* PTA Calendar

* Parent University

* MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

* Living Classroom

* MVEF – Fundraiser

* CSMA – Fall Art

* CSMA – Art Club (Grades K-2)

* CSMA – Art Club (Grades 3-5)

* Run for Fun

* PYT – School Play in a Box

* Chef Koochooloo

* Basketball – After School Hoops

* Bay Area Chess

* Athena Chinese Language School

* Spartan Fall Basketball

* SeLPA 1 CAC Fall Family BBQ

* Let’s Talk – How to Advocate for Your Child

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