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The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter 
                                                                                  Week of September 26,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
School News
21st Century Learning
CAMPUS Presents...
Apple for the Classroom
Girl Scouts
Third Grade Basketball
LLESD Governing Board
Las Lomitas League
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links


For Las Lomitas League class schedules, please see their website at


This Week 

  • 9/27 Parent and Community Forum - 7-9 p.m., Cano Hall
  • 9/30 Challenge Success Speaker - 7-9 p.m., 

    Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University 

Next Week

  • 10/3 Girl Scouts Parents' Info - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Cano Hall
  • 10/3-10/14 donate Halloween costumes, flagpole
  • 10/5 International Walk to School Day
  • 10/5  PTA Board Mtg - 9 a.m., room 20B
  • 10/6 and Fri. Oct. 7 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Days

 Coming Soon

  • 10/10 Basketball registration opens 7 p.m.
  • 10/12 School Board Mtg. - 7 p.m. - D.O.
  • 10/20 Dr. Michele Borba - 7-9 p.m., Menlo Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts 

  • 10/31 Basketball registration closes 7 p.m.
From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


It's hard to believe, but we've been in school for a whole month! When I visit classrooms it is apparent that routines and expectations are being taught so the classroom provides an optimal environment for learning. Las Lomitas teachers focus on teaching routines and expectations as carefully as they do lessons on math concepts or reading comprehension skills. The time spent now on modeling and practicing learning behaviors will pay off a thousand-fold over the course of the year. Learning time is maximized when reminders are minimized.


Teachers work hard at this. How can parents support learning routines and expectations at home?

  1. Use a system: Be sure backpacks are in a designated location. When homework is finished, or take-home books are read, be sure they are placed in backpacks and ready to go to school.
  2. Keep a calendar: Record field trips, special events, before/after-school classes on a calendar your child can reference. Be sure your child knows it is important to give permission slips or change in dismissal notes to the teacher.
  3. Create a study space: Provide a quiet, comfortable space for your child to do homework. Be nearby to supervise and set a good example by reading or taking care of your home responsibilities while your child is working.
  4. Acknowledge that school is your child's "job." Support, but don't do the work for him/her. If your child forgets to pack a homework assignment, don't rush it up to the school. Let your child experience the consequences for being unprepared.
  5. Praise your child for completing homework or packing up materials independently. Ask how it feels to be successful and responsible. Celebrate each step toward independence!

Education is more than knowledge. It is learning to be a successful, contributing member of society. Being independent and responsible at school is essential to reaching this goal. Thank you for supporting your child's teacher in developing these important skills.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor, Principal


PTA News

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to join and support the PTA!                  70%goal 

We've already had 360 families contribute so far but we continue to need your support!


The recent school-wide Jump-Rope assembly was just one example of how the funds were used by your contributions to the PTA. Remember, the PTA funds many of the programs that go directly towards your child. The school directory will be coming out soon and is yet another thing your membership goes towards.

Las Lomitas needs every family to join the PTA in order to continue to provide the quality programs your child enjoys throughout the year. So far, 
68% of you have contributed to the PTA but we know there are more of you out there who can help us achieve our goal of 90% participation!  


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information at or visit us at the PTA site link at


School News



Drivers must remain in the car when in the pick-up lane.




Many parents in the Las Lomitas community have attended the fall Challenge Success conference in the past. This year's program is going to equally as engaging and informative as past sessions. I encourage everyone who can attend, to set aside Friday, Sept. 30 from 7-9 p.m. to enjoy a thought provoking evening titled: One Size Does Not Fit All. See additional information and links to the website below:


We would like to invite you and members of your community to spend the evening with nationally-renowned experts discussing academic stress, engagement, and well-being. Keynote speaker, Ken Ginsburg, M.D., and Challenge Success co-founders Denise Pope, Ph.D., Madeline Levine, Ph.D., and Jim Lobdell, M.A., will lead an interactive discussion about the meaning of success and how families and educators can help youth thrive in the fast-paced world in which we live. This event is hosted by Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford University School of Education.


Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University

Free and Open to the Public, (Suggested Donation $10/Individual, $15/Family)


The link to the registration is

The link to the flyer is 




October 5 is International Walk to School Day. Plan to join your child and set out a few minutes earlier for some fresh air and exercise at the start of your day! Walking to school encourages healthy habits, and healthy children learn better in school. Thank you for supporting this initiative from the County Office of Education, the San Mateo County Health System and the Get Healthy San Mateo County School Wellness Committee. 


21st Century Learning


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This Monday, Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., all parents and community members are invited to attend a Parent and Community Forum to provide ideas for our new Strategic Plan. The Forum will take place in Cano Hall on the Las Lomitas Campus. To help us plan an effective meeting, please RSVP (if you haven't already) by clicking here: 

The format for the evening will include small group discussions and reporting out on the following topic:


"What are the features of an educational program for the LLESD that will best prepare our students for college and career success in the 21st century?"


The Forum will be facilitated by Cathy Townsley and Barbara Young, consultants from Pivot Learning Partners. Also assisting with the Forum will be the District parent representatives to the Strategic Planning Committee. Ideas expressed at this Parent and Community Forum (as well as those expressed at the faculty and student forums also held this month) will be shared with the entire Strategic Planning Committee at their next meeting on Sept. 29.  In January 2012, the Strategic Plan will be presented to the Governing Board, and it is anticipated that the Board will adopt  the new Strategic Plan at its February meeting.


Parents are encouraged to learn more about "Learning for the 21st Century" at the LLESD's Leading Education website. Click here: 

To learn more about the members of the Strategic Planning Committee, the agendas, meeting notes and timeline for Strategic Planning, click here: 

We look forward to seeing you at the Parent/Community Forum.


CAMPUS Presents...



CAMPUS Presents: 


Internationally renowned parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba. Ed.D


Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 - 9 p.m.

Menlo Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts


Does it seem as if your children are forced to shortcut today's freedom for tomorrow's success? Would you like them to have the space to enjoy unstructured exploration and discovery without fear of losing ground? Don't miss Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning author, speaker and educational consultant, as she shares specific skills to help you teach your children how to survive and thrive in today's play-deprived and standards-driven world. With the same warm, humorous, realistic and straightforward approach you've seen in her appearances on the Today Show, Dr. Phil, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, Dr. Borba will help you learn simple, effective, research-based strategies to prepare your children for the future without sacrificing their well-being or your own.


CAMPUS -- Consortium of Atherton & Menlo Park United Schools - is pleased to sponsor Dr. Borba's presentation to our community without charge. No reservations so please come early as seating is limited. For further information contact Jennifer Le at or

The CAMPUS program features outstanding speaker presentations on a variety of parenting issues. CAMPUS programs are hosted at Menlo-Atherton High School and sponsored by a consortium of public schools in Menlo Park and Atherton, including the La Entrada PTA.  The CAMPUS program is distinct from the LLESD's "Learning for the 21st Century" program which is hosting speakers, book discussions, and forums to help our LLESD community explore ways to improve curriculum, teaching, and learning within our District schools.  









It's sizzling HOT in glamorous South Beach, Miami. . .


Step on out to The Fire Lounge, where you'll find the hippest party in town!

A lucky few still have the chance to feel the heat as the party moves and grooves to the latest Latin beats and hip-hop sounds.


Feast on the delectable flavors of Cuba, and cool off with luscious cocktails . Come early and stay late, the party won't get started without you!!


Saturday, October 1 - in the evening, $125 per person


Go to the Event Sign Up page on the LLEF website to see full event details and purchase tickets.  Below is a quick list of additional events that are fast approaching and you might not want to miss!!


Father/Daughter Dance

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm, $75 per pair & $25 for each additional daughter


Mother/Son Bowling

Friday, November 18 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm, $75 per pair & $25 for each additional son


Gentlemen's Texas Hold'em (Gentlemen Only)

Saturday, October 15 - from 7:30pm 'til late . . . $100 per player


Square Dancing Party (Adults Only)

Friday, November 4 - from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, $50 per person


Build Community.  Raise Money.  Have Fun!




Sign up for eScrip and almost 100 area merchants donate to our school when you shop with them. On average this is worth $30 per sign-up - amounting to more than $25,000 last year.


Register for FREE now:

  1. Go here:
  2. Type in "LAS LOMITAS" and click the search button
  3. Click the orange link Las Lomitas Education Foundation  (Group ID 125674428)
  4. Click the Next button and complete the forms.

That's it! 


Any questions?
Contact Gerald Wluka 




Volunteers Needed for the Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, Oct. 14. Please help make this "event of the year" for our daughters a grand success!  We need volunteers for the following areas:


Set-up (3 - 6 p.m., all or two shifts)
Check-In (6:30 - 9:30 p.m., all or two shifts)
Assist Photographers (6:30 - 9:30 p.m., all or two shifts)
Food Area (6:30 - 9:30 p.m., all or two shifts)

Please respond to Glynnis Krappe ( to volunteer. Thanks!


Apple for the Classroom


Are you looking for a way to help further enrich your children's experience at Las Lomitas?


The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to support their children's teachers directly. All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that would help to further enrich their classrooms. Wishes may include art supplies, gift cards, books, or donations toward a special activity or field trip. These lists, along with instructions, have been placed in the red Apple for the Classroom binder located in the office.


The next time you are on campus, please stop by the office and pick an "apple" from a wish list. All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available upon request. Thank you for supporting our teachers!


Questions? Please feel free to contact Julie Chandik at


Girl Scouting at Las Lomitas



Interested in learning more about Girl Scouting at Las Lomitas?  Please attend an informational meeting Monday Oct. 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Cano Hall. This meeting is intended for parents, as we will be discussing opportunities to start new troops to serve the girls at our school. If you will attend please RSVP to


Thank you! 

Barrie Shapiro

Las Lomitas school coordinator for Girl Scouts

Please donate your gently used or new costumes for the children of the Haven Family House homeless shelter in Menlo Park (infant through adult sizes needed). The Girl Scout Troops of Las Lomitas will be collecting costumes in a bin at the Flagpole from Oct. 3-14. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Stang,
Third Graders: Basketball Registration and Season Info


Basketball registration is quickly approaching. This is a very popular winter sport at La Entrada that is open to all students in 3rd through 8th grade. All children registered are guaranteed a place on a team. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:  


Oct. 10 (Monday) at 7 p.m.: Basketball registration opens
Oct. 31 (Monday, Halloween!) at 7 p.m.: Basketball registration closes
NOTE: We cannot accept any late registrations. Please be sure to register during the open registration dates.

Nov. 3 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.: Basketball Coaches Meeting in the La Entrada library. Required for all coaches. We will choose practice times as well as go over rules, expectations, evaluations, etc. Practice times will be selected based on coaches' availability and a lottery system.
Nov. 5 (Saturday): Basketball Evaluation Day in LE Gym for 5th Boys, 6th Boys, 7th Girls & Boys, and 8th Girls & Boys

Nov. 6 (Sunday): Basketball Evaluation Day in Jensen Hall for 3rd Girls & Boys, 4th Girls & Boys, 5th Girls and 6th Girls


Evaluations are used strictly to split up each grade level into fair and balanced teams. Your grade will be assigned a specific time closer to the date.  Please check the LLL Basketball webpage later in October.   



This activity is run by parents. We need parent coaches so we can offer fair playing time to all the kids. (Fewer coaches mean fewer teams with a lot of players. The larger the team, the less playing time for each player.) You do not need a lot of experience to coach; we can pair you with a more experienced coach. Also, we provide a coaching clinic.  Please contact Inger Rarick at or Sue Bartalo at if you are available to coach. 


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.  


Las Lomitas League



All grades are welcome. We are singing Tuesdays 3:35 - 4:20 p.m., in Cano Hall. It's not too late to register. To arrange a preview, contact Director Pam Donkin at 415-308-4432.



Please go to  for the Las Lomitas League calendar.



Please contact the extra-curricular class teacher if classes have been rescheduled or if  your child will be absent. Thank you.




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.
  • Studio Rincon is now offering Tap Class on with instructor Anthony Locasio. Other classes include Teen Hip Hop, Int/Adv Teen Hip Hop, All Boys Hip Hop and Kids yoga. Email  or go to with questions or to sign up!
  • Young Fives/Transitional Kindergarten  Little Man School House is a new Young Fives program located in the Las Lomitas neighborhood. Taught by a credentialed teacher with 15+ years K-2 classroom teaching experience, Mr. T. knows what it takes to prepare children for today's Kindergarten. Class times, M-TH 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.



Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., hear Sandra Aamodt, PhD., author of "Welcome to your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College." This book helps you know when to worry, how to respond and when to relax.

Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. come hear Marilyn Wedge, author of "Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative." This book reframes how parents, health professionals and society can respond to problems of childhood in a considerate and respectful fashion. 



Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7:30 - 11 a.m., Join the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, the Menlo Park Firefighters and the Stanford Park Hotel for the 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast Benefit at the fire station at 300 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park. Proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. 


ALL STUDENTS MATTER is a grassroots organization working as part of the Ravenswood Education Foundation to serve East Palo Alto students and we need your help!  Volunteer in a 2nd-4th grade classroom weekly or bi-monthly. Tutor children after school at Green Oaks Academy, a K-4 school. Volunteer opportunities for both students and adults. Visit our website for more informtion:, or please contact Ann Carter at or Sharon Purcell at



Sunday, Oct. 30,  2 - 4 p.m. at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a fun-filled ventriloquist show.  Win exciting child and adult drawing prizes; enjoy our gourmet coffee and candy bar.  For more details or to make reservations, please email HalloweenParty@AthertonDames.orgAll proceeds benefit Holbrook-Palmer Park.  



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



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.



Is your daughter interested in trying the great sport of Ice Hockey? Hannah Onderdonk in first grade plays for the San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls' U8 team and loves it. Here is a great opportunity for your daughter to check ice hockey out, for free!


SATURDAY, Oct. 2 at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

East Rink, Sharks Ice San Jose

1500 South 10th St., San Jose, CA 95112


For girls ages 5-12. Skates, sticks and hockey equipment are provided. Space is limited, so CLICK HERE to register today!



Registration is now open at This Redwood Chapter is starting its 9th year and many former players are playing for area High School teams including St. Francis, MA, and Menlo School. Come join us this year for a positive experience in competitive basketball. We offer a rookie league (D4) for grades 1-2 with the ability to form your own team (note friends during registration).  There are no boundary restrictions for D4/rookie league. For grades 3-8 we offer 3 leagues D1 (grades 3-4), D2 (grades 5-6), and D3 (grades 7-8). D1-D3 utilizes a draft to ensure equality on every team and players are restricted to Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, or East Palo Alto. All teams are parent coached and the league affords pre-season coaching clinics. All Divisions (D1-D4) will play a 9-game schedule with a one or two weekend playoff.




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