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The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter 
                                                                                  Week of September 5,  2011     
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In This Issue
School News
Help Us Make Dismissal Safe and Efficient
PTA News
Foundation News
From the Governing Board
Family Picnic
Cub Scouts
Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting
Extracurricular Classes
Spirit Wear
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
Mon. Sept. 5     HOLIDAY
Wed. Sept. 7     PTA Board Mtg. 9-11 a.m., Rm. 20B
Fri. Sept. 9        New Family Neighborhood Parties
                          6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 14   Morning w/the Principal 9-10 a.m., Cano Hall

  STAR Testing - Parent Information Meeting
     has been CANCELLED and will be


Thurs. Sept. 15   Family Picnic - 5:30-7 p.m. - Las Lomitas  

                            field - see article below 


PLEASE NOTE:  MOST of the extracurricular classes at Las Lomitas begin the week of Sept. 12.  
School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Welcome to September! I hope you enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. I want to thank all of you for a smooth start to the school year, especially our Hot Food and Compost crew! They have really made a difference! I encourage all of you to review the myriad opportunities to participate in school activities through the PTA, Las Lomitas League or Foundation. Parent involvement is one of the components that makes Las Lomitas a great school.


As mentioned in my first Roar article, we have 12 new faculty and staff members this year. For the next few weeks I'll be writing short pieces about their background. This week I'd like to introduce our three new third grade teachers:

  • Nicole (Nikki) Montre received her Master of Education and teaching credential from the University of Michigan. She taught there for several years before moving to the west coast. She has taught a variety of grades over the past eleven years with six being in third grade. She has been a mentor teacher and is fluent in French.
  • Judy Harney has taught 1st through 4th grades over the past seven years. She is a "local gal" from Belmont, so she knows the Peninsula very well. She was a National Science Foundation Merit Scholar at SF State University so it's not surprising she is very interested in math and science.
  • Robert (Robbie) Christensen recently completed his teaching credential program at Monterey Bay. He has taught in a variety of grades including a 5th grade at an International Baccalaureate school in Los Gatos. He is fluent in Italian and spent the past two summers teaching English at summer camps in Italy.

We welcome these three talented professionals to our staff! Be sure to introduce yourself if you see them at the Family Picnic.


Speaking of the Family Picnic, please be sure to keep a close eye on your children during the picnic. As written in the Roar article by Joyce Massaro the first week of school, we had a serious accident this summer on the play structure. Although our equipment is safe, running or playing tag games in the play structure area is very dangerous. We want the Picnic to be enjoyed by all and need your help to keep your children safe.


Finally, parking is at a premium on campus so many of you park on neighboring streets and walk to events. That is much appreciated! Please be courteous of our neighbors and do not block driveways! Your behavior reflects on all of us. We work closely with the San Mateo Sheriff's Department to manage traffic and parking to keep our students safe. Be advised that you will be ticketed if you block driveways or park in "no parking" zones.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor, Principal


Help Us Make Dismissal Safe and Efficient


While in the drive-up lane, place your child's name card on the visor of your car -- that way it can be read from a distance.


PTA News


Why Join the PTA?


100% of your membership contribution directly funds all the enrichment programs at Las Lomitas. Please sign up online by Sept. 9: PTA enrichment programs include:  Science Wonders, Holiday Workshop, Junior Great Books, School Wide Assemblies, Art Notecards, Art Supplies, Family Picnic, Fun Fridays, Annual Art Exhibit and Young Authors. Check out our PTA website for a full listing: 



Las Lomitas Family Picnic


The Family Picnic is right around the corner: Thursday, Sept. 15 - 


Thanks to our Co-chairs, Stacey White and Lindsay Alsadir, for planning for this year's picnic!  You don't want to miss it. For new families, it's a fabulous opportunity to meet your child's new friends, get to know their teacher and meet other Las Lomitas families. For those of us returning families, it's always great to catch up with one another and meet some of the new families. WE ALWAYS NEED VOLUNTEERS! It is super easy, only 30 minutes, and a great way to meet other Las Lomitas families. Even if you have young kids, they can hang out with you while you help!  Please contact Stacey White at to sign up!



Open Volunteer Positions


In addition to volunteering for Family Picnic, please consider joining the Green Team to help with lunchtime composting.  It's a great way to check out what your own child is actually eating (or throwing out!) of their own lunch. You can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule may allow. Please contact Monica Albers ( for more information.

Foundation News





Friday, September 9, 2011,  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Welcome to the Las Lomitas School District.  We are thrilled to have your family join our school and participate in our community.  Whether you are new to the District or have a Kindergartner, the Las Lomitas Education Foundation is pleased to invite you to a New Family Neighborhood Party.  Come join us to connect with parents in your neighborhood and learn about our outstanding district. 

Please select one of the following parties to attend:

Sharon Heights/Stanford Hills - Doug & Suzy Galen's home 
University Heights - Mike & Diane Spath's home 
Ladera - Eric & Christy Chin's home 
Woodside/Atherton - Eric & Pamela Stang's home 
Las Lomitas School Library - Hosted by Debra & Eric Ver Ploeg and Kristin Jones

Please note that these are adult-only gatherings with the exception of the Las Lomitas Library where childcare will be provided. Wine, refreshments and light appetizers will be served. 

Please R.S.V.P. today with location preference & number of adults (and children for Library) to Debra Ver Ploeg at
From the Governing Board


21st Century Learning & Strategic Planning Initiatives


This Thursday, Sept. 8, the District's Strategic Planning Committee ("SPC") will hold its first substantive meeting in the process of developing a new plan for our District. The SPC will base many of its discussions on the ideas raised in the book The Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner, who writes about "why even our best schools don't teach the new survival skills our children need and what we can do about it."  We encourage all parents to read the book too. It is available at  local bookstores, or through Amazon at: And please plan to attend the SPC's Parent Forum on September 26th, at 7  pm in Cano Hall.  This will provide a chance for parents to come together as a group to share wishes and hopes about the future of our children's education.


To learn more about our the District's Strategic Planning process, you can see the following web page:

In addition, the Strategic Planning Committee membership includes several District parents:  Todd Alamin, Lori Brockman, Larry Kelmar, Leslie King, Rita Popat, Christy Story, and Diana Sunshine. Also, Governing Board members Maria Doktorczyk and Ann Jaquith, District parents, are members of the Strategic Planning Committee. You should feel free to contact any of these parent representatives to share your input as the Strategic Planning process moves forward this fall.   


Finally, be sure to mark your calendar for the kick-off 21st Century Learning Speaker Series presentation which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Cano Hall.  Dr. Ira Lit, Associate Professor, Director of Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) Elementary, will discuss ways that K-8 educators can and are re-imagining teaching and creating the sorts of learning environments that our children need to thrive in the 21st century.   


Thank you for your support of our schools. 

Family Picnic





WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Las Lomitas Field


Your family will not want to miss this wonderful back to school event! Join your child(ren), their teachers, new classmates and their families for a fun picnic on the Las Lomitas field.


Pack your own dinner OR make life easy and sign up for a delicious all-you-can-eat Round Table Pizza buffet (pizza, salad, fruit and drinks) that the entire family is sure to love.


Please place your Pizza Buffet Dinner orders online using this link:  or by check . . . just complete the family picnic flyer in this week's "Monday" envelope and submit it to the front office as requested.
All orders must be placed by Tuesday, Sept. 13.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We need you!!! This is a great opportunity to help with an event while getting to know other parents. It is an easy job, roughly 30 minutes of time needed to help set up, serve food, check in guests or take down.  Please contact Stacey White @  if you can volunteer. 

QUESTIONS: Contact Stacey White at or Lindsay Alsadir at
Cub Scouts




New dens are forming for the 2011-12 year of Cub Scouts. If your son is in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade and is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Jeni Mahon at or come join us for Water Rockets, Water Balloon Launching and Ice Cream Sundaes for ALL! 


PACK 222 Cub Scout 2011 Kick-Off Event


When:  Sunday Sept. 11, 2011
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Where:  Oak Knoll School Upper Playground (rear)


Bring the family and join the fun!


Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting


Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 9 a.m. - Room 22


Would you like to help plan for the Holiday Workshop? Do you have an idea for a craft that you would like to share? Come join us at our opening meeting to prepare for this fun event. If you have an idea, bring a sample along to share. Please contact Tracie Nelson if you have any questions.

Extracurricular Classes


Registration closed on Friday Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. However, it's not too late! For those after-school classes that have space, you can still late register at Classes begin the week of Sept. 12. Late fee applies.  

Spirit Wear


No more order forms in the Monday packet. No more desperate emails from Beverly and Carol to please collect your spirit wear from the front office. Simply place your order online with your credit card or PayPal account! The order will be shipped directly to your home.

Go to and click on the "Order Las Lomitas Spirit Wear" link. 

There are great products to choose from: sweatshirts, t-shirts, baseball jerseys, caps, food thermos, stainless steel water bottle, bags, and more! Contact with any questions.
LLESD Governing Board

The Governing Board web page ( now lists all scheduled Board meetings and their location, and includes links to agendas for upcoming meetings and approved minutes for past meetings. The site is updated when new information is available, so please visit it regularly. Materials discussed at Regular Meetings (held monthly) are available in both school offices Monday through Wednesday prior to the meeting. Materials from past meetings are available at the District Office by contacting Karen Hiatt at 854-2880.  


Community Resources


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses.

  • Remember to mention Las Lomitas at the register and Kepler's donates 10% back to our school.  Please check the website for upcoming events.
  • Circle of Friends Pre-School  Looking for a great little pre-school in the Las Lomitas neighborhood?  Come see our developmental play-based program where children have opportunities to create, problem-solve, practice skills and concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands-on supportive environment.  8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Debbie 650-854-2468,
  • Great Clips  NEW Great Clips Haircuts at Sharon Heights Safeway (located right behind Starbucks) - Mention Las Lomitas for a 10% discount for you and we will also donate 10% of your purchase to the school. Not valid with any other offers. Applied to one customer purchase per day. Offer good through 9/10/11.



Community News


  • Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.  The Friends of the Menlo Park Library present Mr. Horsefeathers A.K.A Steve Koehler. Please join us at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., for this fun show of magic, juggling and comedy. 

  • You're Invited to the Menlo Park Library's Book Fair Sept. 17 - 18


    Parents, looking for a way to expand your children's reading horizons, while keeping your budget in check?  Teachers, seeking an economical way to add your classroom library?


    Select from a broad assortment of gently used children's books, including hard cover picture books and volumes of children and teen fiction and nonfiction at the Menlo Park Library's fall Book Fair, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 - 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.


    In addition to the children and teen titles, the 30,000 book selection will include a wide variety of genres and subjects, such as fiction, mystery, science fiction, romance, cookbooks, psychology, business, computers, and much more. You name it, there's something for everyone!


    Sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, the Book Fair will be on the library lawn at the Main Library, 800 Alma Ave., near the intersection of Ravenswood Ave. and Laurel St. in Menlo Park.


    Prices start at just 50 cents, and most books are available for $2 and under. On Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., all books are offered at half price and customers can purchase a bag from the Friends for just $5 and fill it to the brim with books on sale.


    All of the proceeds go to support the programs and collections of the Menlo Park Library.


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses.

  • Ladera Fall Swimming   Come swim with the dolphins at Ladera Rec Pool (not REAL dolphins)!  Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays:  4:15-5 p.m. for swimmers 8 and under and 5-6 p.m. for swimmers over 8 or more experienced. The practices for beginning swimmers will focus on technique while practices for more experienced swimmers focus on technique, speed and endurance. Sessions begin 8/31 and end 10/26.  Go to or call 845-3242.
  • SIGN UP NOW -- SOLO Aquatics Swim Team  SOLO Aquatics offers a year-round program in which swimmers learn excellent swim / stroke technique through outstanding coaching in a fun environment. SOLO, a non-profit USA Swimming organization, has been serving Menlo Park for over 19 years and has over 100 year-round swimmers ranging in age from 5 to 18. Swimmers are grouped by age and ability levels. For practice schedules and fee information, please visit our website at or call us today at (650) 851-9091.
  • USA Swimming at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club  Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club in Portola Valley offers a year-round, USA Swimming, youth swim team. Ladera Oaks USA Team offers great coaching in a fun environment for children 6 - 18 years old. For more information or to schedule an evaluation for your swimmer, please contact Head Coach Andy Clifford at (650) 787-8854 or email to
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