The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 21,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
Las Lomitas League
Holiday Workshop
Lost and Found
Art Notecards
LLESD Governing Board
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

  • Thanksgiving Holiday November 23, 24, 25
  • No Las Lomitas League classes this week 


Coming Soon

  • 12/7 Holiday Workshop
  • 12/14 School Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - La Entrada MUR
  • 12/23 Winter Break begins
  • 1/9/2012 School resumes


From the Principal











The Las Lomitas Education Foundation would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for living in a district that provides a great education to our children.  But most of all, we are thankful for your generosity. We have raised $1.3 million to date.  We are well on our way to reaching our fundraising goal of $2.8 million, but we need your support now!


If you have not yet donated, please give now by clicking on and join the growing list of Foundation supporters by the end of November.





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Las Lomitas League

Registration for Las Lomitas League Winter/Spring 2012 classes opens on Jan. 17, 2012, so remember to put this date down in your calendar. The Winter/Spring 2012 class offerings and schedule will be up on our website in the next few weeks so parents can start planning ahead, so stay tuned!   


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!


Lost and Found


The Lost and Found will be donated Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.


Art Notecards


Packaged Notecards Are Going Home!

The Art Notecard project was once again a big success! Teachers will receive mini-grants for art enrichment from our proceeds. Thank you for supporting the arts at Las Lomitas and thanks to our budding artists for creating such remarkable works of art!

Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped with the drawing sessions in the classrooms, tallying orders, and packaging the notecards. We would also like to thank former district parents, Kris Bobier and Tom Coates, for their stupendous support and contributions to this project. We couldn't have done it without you! Much appreciation, as always, to Beverley and Carol for all their assistance in the office (especially when all the notecards were delivered!). And finally, extra special thanks to our wonderful classroom coordinators Maria Lind (3rd), Jane Worden (2nd), Sook Jung (1st) and Wendy Wall (K) for their time and effort organizing all the volunteers. 


This year our printing was done by American Printing in Menlo Park.

Questions? Please contact Sook Jung (, Jane Worden
( or Ginny Rader  ( 

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.

  • Friends of the Menlo Park Library Book Sale is Sunday, December 4.  It will be from noon to 4 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room, 800 Alma Street in Menlo Park.  Great books!  Great prices!  Great cause!!! 
  • 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


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

Dance Connection's 13th Annual NUTCRACKER BALLET tickets are now available online through our website at 140 Dance Connection dancers will be performing on Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m. All performances are at Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Tickets are reserved seating, priced between $14-$25 in advance online, and an additional $5 -$10 per seat for remaining seats at the door. This is an excellent production for children which lasts just over 1.5 hours with an intermission. Beautiful costumes, scenery, and excellent dancing---starring many dancers (and parents) you may know! Including Las Lomitas 3rd grader Abby H.!


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.


Carillon Preschool, located at 850 Portola Road, PV is accepting applications for our fall 2012-2013 school year. We have openings in our 3's program and in our Young 5's program. Tours are available.  Please contact Lynn Sowers, or (650) 529-1335. 


Holiday Camp Menlo Aquatics Day Camp  Three to choose from: Dec. 19-22, Dec. 27-30, Jan. 3-6.  Fun times at the pool and in the gym during vacation! Three 4-day camps are offered for ages 5-10, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Swimming in the warm pool under the dome includes one 45-minute lesson per day plus free play. Camp includes indoor and dry land activities, athletic games, and structured play. Come join us the Burgess Park Pools in Menlo Park.


Menlo Action Academy Holiday Day Camp  Introducing an exciting blend between academics and sports. Exploration! Movement! Insight!  Three camps to choose from: Dec. 19-22, Dec. 27-30, Jan. 3-6.  Join us for a unique land-based camp that uses games and physical exercise to teach personal skills and develop character. Exercise performed in a playful environment is fun for children and play is the way they learn. Each day at camp, physical activities are preceded and followed by a discussion of a special  development topic. We create a fun environment in which sports surround this theme for the day. Three 4-day camps are offered for ages 5-10, 8:45 a.m-1 p.m, indoors at the Burgess Park Recreation Center in Menlo Park.




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.


Attention Soccer Players! Juventus Sport Club will be holding tryouts on Dec. 3, 2011 at McGarvey Field at Red Morton Park in Redwood City. This is a great opportunity for children ages 5 to 14 to become involved in year around sports. No need to RSVP for this event. Please call Monica Linnell (650) 868-0187 or visit this website for more detailed information                                 

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