The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 14,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
Holiday Workshop
Food Drive
Online Education with Stanford EPGY
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

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


Next Week

  • Thanksgiving Vacation November 23, 24, 25
  • 12/7 Holiday Workshop  


Coming Soon

  • 12/14 School Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - D.O.
  • 12/23 Winter Break begins
  • 1/9/2012 School resumes





LET'S DO IT AGAIN!!!                               


A big THANK YOU to all of you who have donated so far.  Because of your LLEFapple treegenerosity, we have raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to date.  We are on our way to reaching our fundraising goal of $2.8 million.  We all know what this means: smaller class sizes, more music, art and language classes. 


We have less then two weeks before we break for Thanksgiving and we need everybody to give before the holidays.  This 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!


Join the growing list of Foundation supporters and Let's do it again!







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.  Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Questions?  Contact Lisa Reid at  Buy your tickets now at


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


From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,

My first Evening with the Principal is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Several parents asked to have an evening gathering since day meetings conflicted with work schedules. I plan to share information about our Conflict Resolution programs and fill you in on plans for a Young Fives (Transitional Kindergarten) for next year. This evening will be open forum to hear your questions, too. I hope you can join us.


Below is an article from music teacher Martha Lampert. Mrs. Lampert is the only teacher on campus who sees all 673 students every week! This week you will have an opportunity to see a music class in person; it won't be a "per-formance", but an "inform-ance." I encourage you to come and see what your children are learning in the Music Room.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



Tip:  Please keep the cross walk at Barney Avenue clear so students are easily seen by oncoming traffic.




Hello! My name is Martha Lampert and I am the music teacher at Las Lomitas School. I have taught music for many years, and I have played violin and viola professionally. My classroom curriculum is based on the Kodaly method, which uses folk songs to teach the fundamentals of music. Let me tell you what goes on in music class.


Melody: Students have been learning to identify and sing the notes in songs. I teach my students to use solfege, a scale containing the notes do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. (Yes, just like the Sound of Music song.) Students are learning songs that use these notes; they are also combining the notes in different orders and with different rhythms they have learned; and they are figuring out how to play these notes on xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels. And the older classes are learning to write and read notes and melodies on a staff.


Rhythm: All the music classes spend time distinguishing between the beat (a steady pulse), and rhythm (the number of sounds heard on each beat). Students are learning to read, identify and use different rhythms.


Part work: Students have learned a mix of songs, and now we are accompaniment to our music. Some songs we sing are rounds. Other songs have an ostinato accompaniment, a rhythmic pattern we sing or play over and over as we sing. And some songs have two parts, a melody and a melodic accompaniment.


Instruments: We have been playing on the instruments in music class, too. We have an assortment of xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels and students play them almost every week. We also use drums for rhythmic work and dynamics, which means how loudly or softly we perform our music. And we have a variety of instruments to shake, scrape, rattle and whack as we sing.


Movement, Literacy and Fun:  Music makes you want to move and students are definitely moving in music class.  Second and third graders have been working on a lot of clapping games.  Kindergarten and first grade always end with a story we can sing, and I encourage the children to find these books at the library.


Informance Week:  You are invited to come watch your child's music class the week of November 14-18 in room 41.  This is an opportunity to see what we do in music class - what songs we sing, how we learn, what skills we practice.  All informances are held in the music room, room 41.  To see your child's specific time, please visit the Las Lomitas Music website at


Questions?  Contact Ms. Lampert at or 650-854-5900 x 289   


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.

Food Drive


Nothing Else Matters When You're Hungry.

On Monday 11/14 through Friday 11/18  Las Lomitas Cub Scouts will be conducting a Food Drive to help Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) with their quest to end local hunger.
How can you help?
A SHFB food collection barrel will be located in the flag pole pick-up area all week.  One (or more!) days this week, donate a bag of food while you are dropping off or picking up the kids.  Better yet. . .  get your sons and daughters involved and have them bring a bag of food to donate and drop off each day!
Last year our community collected and donated an incredible 1,882 pounds of food.  This year our goal is to collect over 2,000!!  Will you help us?!
The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods.  For a complete list please look for our flyer in your Monday envelope or go to and look for their list of most needed foods.

Visit the SHFB website with your child and learn about what they are doing to help feed people in need in our community - many of whom are children. 
Together WE can make a difference by giving what matters.

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,


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.

  • Kepler's is hosting some wonderful picture book authors all in ONE WEEK!  Join us for Story Time with Oliver Jeffers, author of Stuck, Thursday, Nov.17, 6 p.m., Story Time with Jon Muth, author of Blowin in the Wind, Saturday, Nov. 19 11 a.m. and Story Time with Elisa Kleven, author of The Friendship Wish, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.  Each author will read from their book.
  • 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



Sequoia High School presents "Cinderella" in their Carrington Hall Theater, Nov. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.  Choreographed by a La Entrada parent, this is fun for the entire family!  Tickets can be purchased online at   


Winter Classes at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory!  Looking for a place to act out onstage? Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory announces an exciting winter theatre class schedule for students in PreK-Grade 8. Visit our website for descriptions, times, and registration at Classes start the week of January 9, 2012.


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


Alpine Soccer Club
Soccer teams for almost all ages!   Alpine FC will have tryouts for Spring 2012 for U8-U20 competitive soccer teams starting now.  For dates and locations check Alpine Strikers' website at:  Please pre-register your player online. 


Hi-Five Bay Area Sports Club will hold thei first K-2nd Basketball League for boys and girls beginning January 8, 2012 at the Arrillaga Family Gym.  Space is limited.  You can register and find more information at or contace Nate Birnbaum at 510-710-3656.


Newsletter Submissions


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