The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                            Week of October 24,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
Leadiing Education
Grandparents Group
Third Grade Basketball
Eighth Grade Fundraiser
Las Lomitas League
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

  • 10/26 - 11/2 Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • 10/27  NO WIZBOTS
  • 10/28  CHESS will meet in room 9 TODAY ONLY 

Next Week

  •   10/31 - 11/2 Book Fair - Cano Hall
  •   10/31 - Halloween Parade - 10:45 a.m.
  •   10/31 - Basketball registration closes
  •   11/3   6:30 p.m. Mandatory Basketball Coaches Mtg.
  •   11/5 & 11/6  Basketball Evaluation Days (see below)

 Coming Soon

  • 11/7 (Monday) through 11/10 (Thursday) are Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher conferences.  All children attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • 11/9 - School Board Mtg. 7 p.m. - D.O.
  • 11/11 - HOLIDAY
  • 11/16 - Evening with the Principal 6:30 - 7:30 - Library






By now you have received your Community Report and know that the Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign has launched. Eleven percent of our parent and staff community has already responded. Our deadline is Nov. 23, right before Thanksgiving - only four weeks away!  


You can give now by clicking on  If you have any questions regarding your gift, please contact your Foundation Ambassador.  


Giving now makes a big difference.  In addition to helping the district plan quickly

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and efficiently, giving now reduces the number of volunteer hours needed to complete the campaign and helps everyone relax before the holidays. We did a great job last year...let's do it again!!!



Check out our full listing of Events and Adventures at Tickets for all open events are on sale now!


Don't miss out on Mother/Son Bowling, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.  Last week, we published a flier that incorrectly stated the date as Nov. 18.  Please note the correct date. Details are posted on our website at Don't miss out on this annual tradition where moms and sons have a blast bonding with each other and friends! Outreach assistance is available for this event.
From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Halloween is a special day for children. It is a day they get to dress up in a variety of costumes and take to the streets, knocking on doors in search of special treats.


On Monday, Oct. 31, we will have our Halloween parade at 10:45 a.m. on the blacktop. We ask that children not wear masks (they impede vision), bring weapons or wear blood as any part of their costume. Children will be seated in a large oval with their class. Four to five classes will parade at a time so all can see and be seen. We ask that parents stand outside the oval. Please do not wear masks.


I also want to remind you about our policy regarding photographs. You should only take photos of your child. No photos of children other than your own may be shared over the internet, either by email or through websites such as Shutterfly. Many families have specifically asked that their child's photo not be distributed in any publication other than in the classroom. It is important that everyone honors this request.


In the interest of encouraging wholesome fun along with safety, I am suggesting the following:

  • A responsible adult should accompany all young children on their rounds. Be sure older children trick or treat with a friend. If the rounds take place after dark, flashlights, glow sticks and reflective clothing are recommended.
  • Be sure to accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Doorbell ringing should be limited to homes that are well lighted in anticipation of visits by little goblins and ghosts.
  • Be sure you are familiar with every house and all people from whom your children receive treats. Children should be cautioned NOT to enter any home without parental permission.
  • Children should be cautioned not to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • Always cross streets at intersections after carefully looking both ways.
  • Children should be forbidden to eat any gifts of food until they have returned home. All the treats should be carefully inspected. Candy that is broken, unwrapped or wrapped loosely should be discarded. Popcorn in any form is a "no-no."
  • Costumes should be made or bought with care. Make sure they are flame-retardant without loose folds to trip over. Reflective tape should be applied.
  • Masks can be hazardous because they limit a child's vision. A suggested substitute is colorful make-up based on a child's own design of how he or she wants to be disguised.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents and/or the proper officials.
  • Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Parents should use care in lighting jack-o-lanterns with candles. They should be out of reach of children.

We ask you, too, to please not send candy to school for snack or lunchtime. By following these simple suggestions, we can make sure that our children enjoy a safe and colorful Halloween.


Until next time,
Sue Sartor, Principal


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TIP OF THE WEEK: Please do not wait in the hallways during dismissal - wait in the flagpole area.  This allows the students to pass safely in the corridors.


PTA News


This Thursday and Friday the Las Lomitas Book Fair Committee will welcome teachers and students to the Book Fair preview.  This will be an exciting visit:  The walls will be decorated, and our rich supply of new books from Hicklebee's will be displayed.  This is the time when Las Lomitas teachers create "Teacher Wish Lists" for their classroom libraries.  Reading is essential to success in our society.  Although classroom libraries come in all shapes and sizes, teachers agree that having access to books makes it easier for our students to become independent and proficient readers, especially if the books are right in the classroom.   Please help our teachers create a population of kids who can (and want to) read well --  Ask one of our volunteers to point out your teacher's "Wish List."   Together, by donating one book at a time, we can fill their classroom shelves with a rich and varied selection of books. ~Anna Plume

(Please see for complete details on the following events)

Wednesday, Oct. 26 - open 2 - 6 p.m.
> Bring in student Book Art poster to enter the $12 raffle!
> Submit one or more Book Reviews to enter the $12 raffles!
> 9:45 a.m., Volunteers come be trained to conduct Book Talks during class room visits. All welcome.
> 2:15-2:45 p.m., Girl scouts will come and read to kids while parents shop

Thursday, Oct. 27 - open 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.
> Book Art raffle winners (3) announced
> Submit one or more Book Reviews to enter the $12 raffles!
> 3:45 p.m., Book Talk by Hicklebee's- All invited, come learn about the books we will have at the Fair
> 3:45-4:15 p.m., Girl Scouts will read to kids while parents shop or listen to Book Talk

Friday, Oct. 28 - open 3:30 - 6 p.m.
> 1st Book Review raffle winners (2) announced
> Submit one or more Book Reviews to enter the $12 raffles!
Saturday, Oct. 29 - open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
> Submit one or more Book Reviews to enter the $12 raffles!
Monday, Oct. 31 - open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
> 2:15pm, Parent discussion with Shelly Moran, Las Lomitas Reading Specialist
> 2nd Book Review raffle winners (s)  2 announced
> Submit one or more Book Reviews to enter the last $12 raffle!
Tuesday, Nov. 1 - open 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
> 2:15 and 3:45, Stacy May reads her father's book: The Four Little Children
> 3rd Book Review raffle winners (s)  2 announced
Wednesday, Nov. 2 - open 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
> Last chance to come to the Book Fair!  


Leading Education

21st century 






What is 21st century learning?  How can parents learn more about this District initiative?


Visit our Leading Education web site: This site contains some wonderful background, links to resources, and lists of upcoming events. And if you missed any of the events we've hosted this fall, go to the web site's "Events" page and scroll down to read summaries. We hope you will join us in helping to shape the future of your child's education in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District.


And speaking of events, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.,  considered one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity, innovation, and 21st century learning, will appear at Sacred Heart School in Atherton on Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Part of the Common Ground Speaker Series, Robinson will present on the topic "Creative Edge: Inspiring Innovative Thinkers." The promotional materials describe the presentation as follows: "A witty and incisive speaker, he challenges parents and educators to rethink their expectations for today's youth and to embrace a new paradigm of passion-based learning that enhances talent, achievement and a sense of personal fulfillment. Sir Ken's visionary plan includes practical steps to help families and schools harness the power of creativity and innovative thinking." His books include The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything and Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. The cost to attend is $20/ticket. For more information, click here: 


Thanks for supporting our District students.


Grandparents Group



The latest edition of the Grandparents' Newsletter was sent last week via email. Due to resource constraints, we are no longer sending hardcopies of the newlsetter in the mail. If your parent has not yet subscribed, please send their name, email address and grandchildrens' names to If your parent (or grandparent!) does not have an email address, go here ( for the newsletter archive. Please print the newsletter and send it to them. Thank you!

Grandparents' Day will be held at Las Lomitas on June 1, 2012. This day is an opportunity for grandparents to visit their grandchildren at school and see what they have learned during the year. It will be a fun, interesting and activity packed morning. There will be more details to follow in the coming months.

Shari Guggenhime and Kelly Holzrichter
Grandparents' Group Co-Chairs 

Third Grade Basketball Season and Registration


Basketball registration is now open. It closes Monday, October 31 (Halloween!) at 7 p.m. and we cannot accept late registrations. Please be sure to register during the open registration dates. 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 31st (Monday) at 7 p.m.: Basketball registration closes
Nov 3rd (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 5th (Saturday) & Nov 6th (Sunday): Basketball Evaluation Days

Evaluations are held in order to create fair and balanced teams, which is required for Burgess League participation. The schedule is listed below.If your child has a conflict with their scheduled evaluation time, please notify Inger Rarick or Sue Bartalo of their absence so they can still be placed on a team.


Sat., Nov. 5

LE Gym


Sun., Nov. 6

Jensen Hall

5th grade Boys

12:50 - 2:00


3rd grade Boys

11:50 - 1:00

6th grade Boys

5:50 - 7:00


3rd grade Girls

12:50 - 2:00

7th grade Boys

1:50 - 3:00


4th grade Boys

1:50 - 3:00

7th grade Girls

2:50 - 4:00


4th grade Girls

2:50 - 4:00

8th grade Boys

3:50 - 5:00


5th grade Girls

3:50 - 5:00

8th grade Girls

4:50 - 6:00


6th grade Girls

4:50 - 6:00



COACHES ARE NEEDED!!!  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 or Sue Bartalo if you are available to coach.


Eighth Grade Fundraiser



To all Las Lomitas and La Entrada Families:

The 8th grade class is raising money for their trip to Washington, D.C. Please support this worthy cause by eating at Amici's East Cost Pizzeria on Monday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 10- p.m. Dine in or Takeout only (no deliveries.)


MONDAY, 11/7, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

880 Santa Cruz Avenue

Menlo Park



Las Lomitas Sports and After-School Activities League




The Las Lomitas Sports & After-School Activities League, an independent, non-profit organization, offers sports and after school classes to students in the Las Lomitas School District.  The League is seeking a parent volunteer to join the board as Secretary for the current 2011/2012 school year.  Position responsibilities include: attendance at monthly League meetings, minutes, and overseeing the OutReach Program for both the Las Lomitas and La Entrada campuses during registration periods.   
For additional information, please contact Renee Baker ( or Susan Suesser (
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.  


Business Sponsors News


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 6% back to our school. Please check the website for upcoming events.

 Community News


Come and enjoy some of the exciting events going on as part of the Bay Area Science Festival from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6!  Many science museums, universities and science-related organizations are planning events for adults and children. For more information and a calendar of events, go to 



Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker," this is a holiday tradition you won't want to miss. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Sunday Dec. 4, Saturday Dec. 10, and Sunday Dec. 11. Tickets are available at or by calling 650-323-5292. Dancers from Las Lomitas are Juliana B., Sophia C., Riley J., Leben K., and Tedi P.  La Entrada dancers are Sophia B., Annie C., Sara E., Greta H., Madeline O., Amelia T., Caroline T., Katie T., and Sacha W.



On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., come see the stars at the Menlo Park Library!  Ed Pieret and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society will be providing telescopes and starry information.  Please join us on the Library lawn weather permitting.


On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., come enjoy space-themed music with John Schott and Michael Dionne at the Menlo Park Library: 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Mars Needs Guitars and John Schott and Michael Dionne have them. John and Michael will perform space-themed songs like "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Space Oddity." Join us in the library's downstairs meeting room for an afternoon of space music. Part of this year's One Book One Community festival - San Mateo County reads "Packing for Mars". More events and info at


ATHERTON DAMES' CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN PARTY 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 prizes; enjoy our gourmet coffee and candy bar.  For more details or to make reservations, email HalloweenParty@AthertonDames.orgAll proceeds benefit Holbrook-Palmer Park.  


Join us at the AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW  at Christ's Church in Los Altos, Nov.11-12 to benefit Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.  Shows are 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Refreshments will be served.  For reservations and tickets see or email   


EPGY at Stanford University is dedicated to enhancing learning for students through multimedia, computer-based distance-learning courses.  Open Enrollment offers access to three courses; K-7 math course, beginning algebra course and elementary language arts and writing.  Visit to learn more. En Espaņol:



We have found an African grey parrot near Las Lomitas School at the beginning of September.  It was walking down a pathway and was unable to fly.  We are caring for the bird, but want to return it to its rightful owner.  Please contact: if you have any information about who this bird might belong to.  



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



Is your child excited about soccer? So are we! Alpine Strikers FC offers professionally coached preschool and kindergarten soccer classes. Session 2 will start the week of Oct. 17 at Burgess Park in Menlo Park and Rossotti's Field in Portola Valley. Please click here for program information and registration details.  We hope to see you on the field!



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.



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.


Newsletter Submissions


The Lion's Roar is published every Monday. To submit items for inclusion in the newsletter: 


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