The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of December 5,  2011     
In This Issue
From the Principal
No Dogs at School Please
Important Head Lice Information
English Language Advisory Committee
Las Lomitas League
Open Positions: Secretary & Webmaster
Apple for the Classroom
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

  • 12/6 K Tour for new families 9:45-11 a.m. Call the office to reserve a place, 854-5900.
  • 12/7 Holiday Workshop


Coming Soon

  • 12/13 DELAC Mtg. 6 p.m. - LE room 51
  • 12/14 School Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - La Entrada MUR
  • 12/15 K Tour for new families 9:45-11 a.m. Call the office to reserve a place, 854-5900.
  • 12/23 Winter Break begins
  • 1/9/12 School resumes
  • 1/16/12  Registration begins for LLL classes 


From the Principal



Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Las Lomitas School functions like a large family to reach our vision of meeting the needs of each individual student. Each "family member" contributes to an environment where all may succeed. There are many opportunities for involvement, including direct work with students as volunteers on campus.


In a typical week, more than 150 parents, grandparents or community volunteers support student learning by working in the classrooms, tutoring, staffing the publishing center, leading literature discussions, leading "Fun Friday" activities or being guest readers.


We appreciate the time and energy spent by volunteers, but must remind everyone of the need for confidentiality when working on campus. School personnel are mandated by state law to keep all information about students absolutely confidential. As a volunteer, you work under this mandate as well, whether you are on campus regularly, or for a one-time event.


Please remember:

  • If you have a concern about a child, report your concern to the teacher and/or         administrator; do not contact the family.
  • Never discuss a another child and/or your concerns outside of the school.
  • If a parent calls to ask you about the classroom/school program or share a problem he/she feels the child is experiencing, do not comment: the parent should call the teacher and/or an administrator to discuss these concerns. 

Please keep in mind that what you see as a volunteer is a snapshot. All children have strengths and weaknesses, good days and days when they are tired. Thank you for helping us make Las Lomitas a campus where parents and professionals continue to work in an open, collaborative environment for the betterment of our children.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



Safety Tip:  When displaying your child's name in the car window, print it boldly so it can be seen from a distance.  More name cards are available in the office.


PLEASE Leave Dogs at Home


PLEASE! Leave your dogs at home.  They are not permitted on school property without prior permission.  Dogs are particularly a safety risk at the flag pole area during dismissal times.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Important Head Lice Information 


Dear Families,


Good news! The number of students identified with head lice has declined at Las Lomitas since a new "home check" policy was instituted at the end of the last school year. In our ongoing effort to lessen the chance that students will have to deal with a lice infestation, we are requesting that all families conduct home checks over the Winter Holiday break. You will be asked to return the attached form confirming that this has been completed. It is due on the day your child returns to school - Jan. 9, 2012.  


Why were home checks initiated? After reviewing both the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policies regarding head lice control measures in schools, we learned that careful checks at home were the best method by far for controlling head lice at school....and everywhere else. This is because "wet combing" (as opposed to "dry combing") is more easily done at home. Liquid slows the movement of lice, so a combing check when the hair is wet is a much more effective way of spotting the creatures.


Please carefully review all of the materials at the below link, then sign and return the form. We will request that you conduct wet-combing checks at home two more times this year. We are confident that communication and a proactive approach between school and home will further lower the possibility that these pesky bugs will show up on campus. Should you encounter nits or lice when performing a home check please explore options and begin treating your child immediately. If you have additional questions when school resumes, our school nurse will be happy to speak with you.  

Please keep in mind that the presence of lice in no way means that you or your child has poor hygiene habits! Anyone can get lice - even people who shampoo their hair and clean their houses everyday!


Do you have questions about this issue? I encourage you to speak with the principal at your child's school or call me directly at 854-1215. Otherwise, please return the form to your child's teacher by Jan. 9, 2012.


Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and schools focused on learning!


Robin Spindler-Director of Student Services



Please click here to print the brochure and signature form. 


English Language Advisory Committee




The English Advisory Committee (ELAC) was established to advise the Governing Board on programs and services for English Learners. A majority of the Committee must be parents of English Learners. This committee meets five times a year to review and monitor programs that affect our English Language Learners. Among its responsibilities are:


* to also serve as a member on the District English Language Advisory Committee

* to assist in developing school plans for English Learners

* to conduct an annual needs assessment

* to prepare an annual language census

* to advise the District regarding redesignation procedures


Daniel Li joined the ELAC last year and is serving the second year of a two-year term. His family is from Taiwan. He has a son in first grade. Ingrid Abild-Pedersen is also serving her second year on the committee. Her family is from Denmark and she has a third grade student.


This year we have one vacancy on the Committee. At the start of each year we ask for interested parents of English learners to serve on this committee. Tatiana Morante-Catacora volunteered to serve. Tatiana's family just moved here this year from Denmark. She has a son in first grade.


Please vote below to confirm Tatiana for the position, or you may write in another parent's name to serve. If you write in a name, please be sure you have that person's permission first.  


_____ Yes, I approve Tatiana Morante-Catacora to serve on ELAC


_____ I would like to write in __________________________ to serve on the ELAC.



Please return your completed ballot to the school office by Wednesday, Dec. 7.


If you have any questions, please call Lesli Leong at Las Lomitas (854-5900 x219).






Escuela Las Lomitas 


El comité consejero del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (ELAC) fue establecido para dar consejo a la Mesa Directiva sobre los programas de los alumnos aprendiendo inglés. La mayoria del comité consejero tiene que ser de padres de familia de alumnos aprendiendo inglés. Este comité se junta un vez al mes para aconsejar, examinar y comentar sobre los servicios y programas que la escuela le ofrece a los alumnos EL. Algunas de las tareas son:


* Tomar una silla también en el comité consejero del distrito del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (DELAC).
* Ayudar en establecer un plan educativo para los alumnos EL.
* Conducir una evaluación de necesidades para cada escuela.
* Preparar el censo annual de lenguaje.
* Examinar y comentar acerca del procedimiento para la reclasificación.


Este año, dos padres, Satu Mielikainen e Ingrid Abild Pedersen, han ofrecido como voluntarios para servir en el programa de ELAC. Ingrid Abild-Pedersen es de Dinamarca. Ella tiene un estudiante en segundo grado. Este es su primer año en Las Lomitas. Satu Mielikainen, de Finlandia, está volviendo a su tercer año en el comité. Ella tiene tres estudiantes en el distrito, una en el cuarto grado, uno tercero y uno en el kinder. Gracias a estos voluntarios de ELAC maravillosos.

Todavía estamos buscando un voluntario para servir de ELAC. Si usted tiene algunas preguntas, o esta interesado/a en el servicio, por favor llame a Lesli Leong en la escuela de Las Lomitas, 854-5900 x219.








We are in our final stretch of the Annual Giving Campaign.  We have done it before...


Right now, our participation rate stands at 45%. We need to hit 80% by December 31st.  Here is the participation rate by grade level.  As you can see, all grades need many more people to donate in order for us to reach our goal. 


Pre-K 25%
Kindergarten 55%
1st Grade 46%
2nd Grade 49%
3rd Grade 51%
4th Grade 54%
5th Grade 45%
6th Grade 49%
7th Grade 35%
8th Grade 38%


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW!  You can give online by clicking on  Give today and you will not be contacted again...except to thank you! 

When you start your holiday shopping, make your first stop Why?

By starting at our website, THEN clicking through to any of the sites you use for your regular online shopping (Amazon, Tiny Prints, iTunes, Nordstrom...and more), a percentage of your total purchase (2 - 9%) will be donated to the Las Lomitas Education Foundation by the retailer, at no cost to you!

It is that easy to help your kids while your shop!


Las Lomitas League


Registration for Las Lomitas League Winter/Spring 2012 classes opens at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2012, so remember to put this date down in your calendar. 


The Winter/Spring 2012 class offerings and schedule is already up on our website so parents can start planning.  


Open Positions: Secretary & Webmaster


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 parent volunteers to join the board for the current 2011/2012 school year. There are two positions open:


Secretary: 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.


Webmaster: Position responsibilities include attendance at monthly League meetings and maintaining the LLL website. If you can use Word, you can maintain the website. This is a great way to volunteer "at home."


For additional information, please contact Renee Baker or Susan Suesser


For information about the Las Lomitas League, please go to

Apple for the Classroom


Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift?


The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to support their children's teachers directly. All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that would help to further enrich their classrooms. Wishes may include art supplies, gift cards, books, or donations toward a special activity or field trip. These lists have been placed in the red Apple for the Classroom binder located in the office.


The next time you are on campus, please stop by the office and pick an "apple" from a wish list and help to further enrich your children's experience at Las Lomitas.


All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available upon request.


Thank you for supporting our teachers!


Questions? Please feel free to contact Julie Chandik at


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.
  • 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.-1:00 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.
    Info and registration (
  • 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.-1:00 p.m., indoors at the Burgess Park Recreation Center in Menlo Park.
    Info and registration (
  • Future Stars Hoops Academy
    Brings You Its 4th Annual Christmas Youth Basketball Clinic 
    Hosted by: Coach Moseley and Coach Thurston of Woodside Priory School 
    Dates: December 19 - 23, Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Woodside Priory School 302 Portola Rd. Portola Valley, CA 94028  Please RSVP with an email addressed to:
    **Registration email should include the following details of your Child(ren)** Name, Age (6-13), Gender, and Emergency Contact Information.
    Just $350.00 for 30 hours of fun and expert instruction! *Discount available for sibling registration*
    Portola Valley Town Canter, Jan. 10 - March 31
    Kids will fantasize rolling out giant snowballs as they mold their own little snowmen out of white salt dough, topping them off with acorns for hats and sticks for arms; which then transmute into simple line drawings of snowmen. The journey continues as we turn the corner to meet Keith Haring and his lively, one-line, characters in bold colors. Their childlike appeal will inspire the kids to paint their own. As we move from one project to the next the kids will learn to make connections as an element from one project carries over into the next; weaving a continuous thread as we go...the older kids will be challenged to draw the transformation of a common object into something else; for example a pair of scissors into a butterfly. Japanese brush painting and dragon puppets are just a few of the other things we will be doing...ending with our ever popular and much loved ART SHOW!
    More info on Town's! Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 851-1914
    Classes for ages 3 years to 5th graders!
    Register with the Town online or call Teresa or Cindy @ (650) 851-1700 (ext. 200) Sign-ups start Dec. 5 for P.V. residents, Dec. 19 open registration.

Community News


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


FREE Kids' Christmas Musical, Arrest These Merry Gentlemen! at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.  There will be sheep, shepards, angels and a detective?  For more information, contact Heather Poliszuk, 323-8657 or

The Giving Tree - Supplies needed in Ravenswood School District  The public schools in the Ravenswood district have an on-going need for school supplies.  All Students Matter, a grassroots volunteer organization, has an easy way for you to help the schools get those much needed materials - the Giving Tree.  When you sign up for the Giving Tree, you will receive a quarterly email "wish list" for needed supplies which you can purchase to support the schools.  Supplies can be dropped off in Menlo Park or Palo Alto.  There are no meetings, only email, and this commitment is not intended to exceed $100 over the course of the school year.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact Linda Knoll at To learn more about All Students Matter which operates under the Ravenswood Education Foundation, please visit our web site

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 4:00 p.m. will be given at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are available at or by calling 650-323-5292.  Dancers from Las Lomitas are Julia 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.

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. 


Windmill School in Portola Valley has limited spaces available in the 2's/3's program for 2011- 12 school year.  Our play based Program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-11:45 AM.  Children who turned two years old by May 2011 are eligible for enrollment.  If you are interested please contact Thankamma: email, or call 650-851-0771.
Please visit our web site for more information on the school


Holiday Movie Night and Pajama Party on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5 - 8 p.m. Where: Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley. We will entertain and feed the kids while you take the opportunity to shop, dine, or relax off campus. Proceeds benefit Carillon Preschool Scholarship Fund.

RSVP at and follow the link for HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT/PAJAMA PARTY OR CALL (650) 851-0224.


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 Pre K-Grade 8. Visit our website for descriptions, times, and registration at Classes start the week of Jan. 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. 



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