The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                           Week of November 7,  2011     
In This Issue
PTA News
From the Principal
Leading Education
Holiday Workshop
Online Education with Stanford EPGY
Dreamweaver Assistance Needed
Donate Old Electronics to M-A Students
Calling All HP Parents
Eighth Grade Fundraiser
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
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This 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.
  • There are no extra-curricular classes this week
  • 11/9 - School Board Mtg. 7 p.m. - D.O.
  • 11/11 - HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL


Next Week

  • 11/15 - Make up picture day
  • 11/16 - Evening with the Principal 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Library


Coming Soon

  • Thanksgiving Vacation Nov. 23, 24, 25
  • Holiday Workshop December 7

PTA News


This year's Book Fair was a success by every measurement thanks to Anna Plume, her outstanding committee, and the many volunteers who dedicated time to the event.


Early results indicate that we have matched sales from last year in excess of $30,000!  Donations to Willow Oaks for their literacy program books far exceeded expectations and the number of books adopted for the school library eclipsed our goals thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.  Due to that charitable donation, the PTA will be able to complete the purchase of all the books on teacher wish lists. 


I'm looking forward to Anna's detailed report to the community in next week's Lion's Roar!


Donna Hall

PTA President 

From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


School Site Council (SSC) is a group of faculty and parent representatives who meet over the course of the year to address areas of program quality under the School Based Coordinated Program. The Council's primary responsibilities are to review and monitor our Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Program budget.


Last spring I solicited interested parents to serve on the SSC. Sherman Hall had to step down from serving and Eric Ver Ploeg was willing to fill the position. Current members are:

Staff members Sue Sartor (Principal), Barbara Porro (K), Maria Marchi (1st), Catherine Wedge (2nd), Robbie Christensen (3rd); and parent representatives Bill Steinmetz, Eric Ver Ploeg, Rebecca Deutscher, Andrea Turner and Christy Heaton.

All meetings dates are listed in the Roar and parents are welcome to attend. Please feel free to contact me or another representative if you have questions or interest in serving on the School Site Council.


Arrival and dismissal safety are priorities at Las Lomitas. I have written several columns and post weekly reminders about dismissal protocols. This week I want to thank a parent for contributing the article below regarding drop-off protocol. I fully support her points and encourage all of you to take them to heart. How devastating it would be to have a child injured due to rushing, talking on cell phones, or dropping students off across the street and expect them to pass safely on their own! It is so very important that we model courtesy and pedestrian safety. We are working on supervising drop-off, but YOU are the ones who have the most impact. Please, think about the following carefully. Your children are precious. Guard them as the treasures they are.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor, Principal





  • Everyone used the handicap spot for drop-off?
  • Everyone dropped off in the bus zone?
  • Everyone talked on their cell phone while driving at school?
  • Everyone got out of their car in the car line?

Your children are watching you. Are you showing them that the safety rules apply to everyone?



  • Your child was hurt while running across the street?
  • You hit another child while you were talking on your phone and driving?
  • The bus could not deliver students safely and on time?
  • Someone truly needed the handicap parking spot?

Will it take a tragedy for us to respect the safety rules?



  • We all left home 5 minutes earlier so they weren't rushed at drop-off?
  • We all put down our phones while driving at school?
  • We all dropped off only in the designated car line zone?
  • We all demonstrated good safety rules to our kids?

Let's make Las Lomitas a safe school!



  • Stay in your car in the carline. Be ready to unload.
  • Unload curbside only.
  • Park if you need to get out of your car. This may mean parking a block away, or arriving early.
  • DO NOT use handicap parking spots, or the marked zone next to the handicap parking spot, for drop-off.
  • DO NOT drop off in the bus unloading zone.
  • Do not park or drop-off on the residential side of Camino al Lago.
  • Use crosswalks at all times.
  • Turn off cell phones while driving at school.







LET'S DO IT AGAIN!!!                             


A big THANK YOU to the families who have already donated to the Foundation this year!  For those of you that have yet to give, give now and join our growing list of donors.


Last year, we made a huge difference.  It was only through the shared commitment of all district families that enabled us to give the district $2.4 million.  We hope you see and feel the difference: smaller class sizes; and more music, art, and language classes. 


We have less than three weeks before we break for Thanksgiving and we need everybody to give before the holidays.

Next week launches our Giving Week where our parent volunteers will be calling families who have not yet donated.  
Please GIVE NOW BY CLICKING ON and save yourself a telephone call!






MOTHER/DAUGHTER HOLIDAY TEA - Please join us for the event of the season! Dress in your finest attire for an afternoon of festivities as mothers, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers celebrate the holidays in style at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. Champagne and hot cider will greet our guests at the door as music of the season fills the air. Surprise entertainment will precede an elegant tea and hot chocolate service with a menu that will include every treat of the season imaginable. Valet parking is included.  Outreach is available for this event.  Donors: MJ Crousore, Julie Clugage, Manprit Lalia, Lisa Reid  Date: Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2-4 p.m.



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.


Holiday Workshop


Holiday Workshop needs your help!


Bring your paper shopping bags (with handles) to the office for the Holiday Workshop.  The kids use these to bring home all the beautiful projects they will be making that day.  We need around 685 this year!  Keep them coming!


November 16 - Come to our Prep Day in Cano Hall from 9 a.m. - noon.  We will be getting the art supplies ready to be assembled by the children.  Come ready to cut, fold, sort, and chat with the other parents!  Feel free to drop in at any time during these hours.

Online Education with Stanford EPGY



EPGY is a continuing program at Stanford University dedicated to enhancing learning for students of all levels of interest and ability through multimedia, computer-based distance-learning courses. Through School Open Enrollment, students benefit from EPGY's courses in K-7 Mathematics and Language Arts and Writing Courses, with the option of adding Beginning Algebra and/or Reading and Writing about Literature.  Students learn at home, with parents providing tutoring support and
guidance. Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle School have been added to the Stanford EPGY Open Enrollment Program under the Las Lomitas Elementary district, and interested families may now register their children at the web page. The 2011-2012 session runs from June 1 through May 31. For more information, please contact Gudrun Enger,


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


Calling All HP Parents!


HP's Employee Product Giving Program reopened on Tuesday, Nov. 1.   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 ( Thank you!


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



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 and remember Kepler's has a Storytime every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

 Community News


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   



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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