The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                            Week of October 31,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
Leading Education
Grandparents Group
Dreamweaver Assistance Needed
Donate Old Electronics to M-A Students
Boxtops for Education
Third Grade Basketball
Calling All HP Parents
Eighth Grade Fundraiser
Las Lomitas League
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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For Las Lomitas League class schedules, please see their website at



This Week

  • 10/31 - 11/2 Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • 10/31 - Halloween Parade - 10:45 a.m.
  • 10/31 - Basketball registration closes
  • 11/2 - PTA Bd. Mtg.- room 20B- 9-11 a.m.
  • 11/3 - 6:30 p.m. Mandatory Basketball Coaches Mtg.
  • 11/5 & 11/6  Basketball Evaluation Days (see below)

Next Week

  • 11/7 (Monday) through 11/10 (Thursday) are Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher conferences.  All children attend school 9 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • 11/9 - School Board Mtg. 7 p.m. - D.O.
  • 11/11 - HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL

Coming Soon

  • 11/16 - Evening with the Principal 6:30 - 7:30, Library
  • Thanksgiving Vacation Nov. 23, 24, 25
From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


The first parent-teacher conference is designed to better familiarize the classroom teacher with your child, to recognize your child's strengths and needs, and to coordinate school and home support. In fact, it is a sharing time whereby parents and teachers discuss and plan how best to assist the child in the learning process.


This year, conferences will be held November 7-10. November 11 is Veteran's Day - no school that day. We will be on a minimum day schedule on the four conference days. All grades K through 3 will begin school at 9 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. that week.


Conferences are scheduled in time blocks set by the teachers. Some teachers may schedule appointments before these minimum days. We ask your cooperation in being prompt to your conference time and date so there will be maximum time to talk about your child. Please note that there is to be no tape recording at parent conferences unless you have notified the teacher in advance and have the teacher's written permission.


Please consider the items below before the conference to help with your conversation with the teacher:

  • What are your child's strengths and needs?
  • Does your child enjoy reading and/or writing?
  • Does your child have an interest in math and/or science?
  • How does your child show interest in art, drama and music?
  • What physical activities does your child enjoy?
  • How do you support school learning at home? How often do you read with your child?
  • Is there educational, family, and/or medical history that may affect your child's education growth that should be shared with the teacher? (This information will be kept confidential.)


It is customary here at Las Lomitas for other school personnel (i.e. counselor, principal, reading specialist, etc.) to attend parent-teacher conferences. We believe that by working as a team and sharing information we are able to better support your child.


Research shows that parent involvement in a child's education is a critical factor in determining the degree to which a child will be successful in school. Please make attending the parent/teacher conference one of the ways you will be involved in your child's education.


Together we can make a difference.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor, Principal



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TIP OF THE WEEK: When crossing the drive-up lane on foot, please use the crosswalk!








The Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing.  A big thank you to the 15% of families and 53% of faculty and staff who have already given!  We appreciate your early support.  Coming home soon in your children's backpacks is our first donor honor roll thanking everyone who has given so far.  We are making a difference!


Remember, your Foundation gift helps:

  • Reduce class sizes - without the Foundation, your child's class would have 6 to 7 more students in it!
  • Ensure an enhanced curriculum - our children at Las Lomitas and La Entrada enjoy music, art, drama, physical education, computer, four foreign languages and geometry classes that are supported by the Foundation.

We need everyone to participate now!


For those who still have not given this year, please give now by clicking on  Thank you in advance for your support!



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.


PTA News



This week I hope you will come to visit the Book Fair to take home a book for your
shelf.  Not because reading is important, or because books in the home give children an educational advantage, or because reading enhances children's social skills.  No:  Take home a book because reading is fun.  See you at the Book Fair!  -- Anna Plume
If you would like to Know why Reading Matters click here for an article titled "If You'd Like to Know Why Reading Matters," by Barbara Freedman-De Vito: 
If you would like to learn how to Build your Home Library click here for an article titled "A Fresh Look at Your Home Library," from Ed Extras:

Mon. 10/31 2:15 p.m. - Parent discussion with Shelly Moran, Las Lomitas Reading Specialist
Tues. 11/1 2:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. - Read aloud: "The Four Children:  A Likely Story"
(Please see for complete details of Book Fair hours & events.)


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 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 

Dreamweaver Assistance Needed


Know Dreamweaver well? ...1 hour of tech assistance/guidance needed :)
If you are comfortable with Dreamweaver and could possibly help with a few questions regarding the District website (and debug a few issues), it'd be greatly appreciated ... Any hour, any day to your convenience! contact Suzanne Mitchell ( thank you :)  

Donate Old Computers, Printers etc. to M-A Students


WANTED:  old computers or parts, working or not, for M-A High School PTA computer donation program. Your old computer equipment will be securely erased, refurbished, and sent home with a needy, hard-working student.  Our goal is for every student at M-A High School to have a working computer at home to assist them with their homework.  We welcome donations from individuals or corporate donations from companies that are upgrading their equipment.  Donations are tax-deductible.  We also need other types of electronic gear, such as USB flash drives and digital cameras (include manual, battery charger and memory card if you have them).  For more detailed information, visit or contact Sue Kayton (650) 853-1711 or email


Boxtops for Education


Congratulations to the four lucky winners of the BoxTops for Education drawing!


Jessica (Room 28), Matthew (Room 6), Dylan (Room 32), and Molly (Room 31) each will receive a Kepler's gift card.


Many thanks to the Las Lomitas parents who helped with preparing the box tops for submission: Alessandra Biral, Nalin Decker, Rebecca Deutscher, Deirdre Dougherty, Laura MacLean, Sarvi Naderi, Judy Nayebi, Carroll Sesnon, and Laurel Timpson. Together, we trimmed and counted almost $600 worth of Box Tops coupons!


Keep saving and submitting those box tops! Write your students' names and room numbers on the back. We will have another drawing in February.


Don't forget that your everyday online purchases can also help Las Lomitas! Visit the Box Tops web page at, and designate Las Lomitas as the school you wish to support. Then, every time you shop online, as long as you enter through the Box Tops web page, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to our school! Please remember us as you do your holiday shopping.


Thank you!


Margie Stehle

Boxtops for Education Chair


Third Grade Basketball Season and Registration


Basketball registration closes Monday, October 31 (Halloween!) at 7 p.m. and we cannot accept late registrations. 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: 

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!!!  Please contact Inger Rarick or Sue Bartalo if you are available to coach.


Calling All HP Parents!


HP's Employee Product Giving Program reopens on Tuesday, November 1st .   Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to donate HP products at 25% of list price to the Las Lomitas and La Entrada schools!   Funds are available on a first come, first served basis so you'll need to apply quickly.  The school is particularly looking for HP TouchSmart 9100 PCs for the classrooms.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Mitchell [] or Bob Wrenn (


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 



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.


Twas the Night Before Christmas - Tickets on Sale Now!  Come support your fellow students! 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 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be given at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Sunday Dec. 4Saturday Dec. 10and 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., Sarah E., Greta H., Madeline O., Amelia T., Caroline T., Katie T., and Sasha W.


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 at 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.




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.


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


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