The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of January 9, 2012     
In This Issue
From the Principal
New Process for 3:30 Dismissal
Important Head Lice Information
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Lost and Found
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

  • 1/9/12 Read-A-Thon begins
  • 1/10 DELAC - 6 p.m. - Room 19
  • 1/11 PTA Bd. Mtg. 9-11 a.m. - room 20B


Coming Soon

  • 1/16 Registration begins for LLL classes - 7 p.m.
  • 1/16 HOLIDAY - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1/17 School Bd. Mtg. 7 p.m. LE Multi-use room
  • 1/25 Class Pictures 
  • 1/25 SSC Mtg. 3 p.m. - room 27
  • 1/27 Registration closes for LLL classes 

PLEASE NOTE:  Las Lomitas League classes begin the week of February 6th. 

From the Principal



Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and are ready to get back into the school routine.


The Las Lomitas Read-a-thon starts today! Each student received an information packet today in the Monday envelope. Please read the instructions carefully, set a daily reading time and start soliciting pledges. You can begin reading today even if you have not secured all your sponsorships. If you need extra copies of the materials you can download a packet at If you have questions, please contact Dana Nunn at This year we've planned some special activities to keep enthusiasm high. Each Wednesday a student will read aloud to all of us over the school intercom, and I will give some clues about a book character. Each Friday I will come dressed at that week's book character. It should be a lot of fun! Please support your child, and the school, by reading each day. We may even break our lofty goal of 400,000 minutes!


In December's Roar, I outlined the process to request a session change. If you have questions about that, our new Young Fives program or kindergarten registration, please go to and click on New Students.


As we return to school, I want to remind you about arrival times. Supervision for first session students begins at 8:30. Students should not arrive before 8:30 unless you are here for a meeting or there are unique circumstances. Supervision for second session students begins at 10:15. Again, you should not arrive early unless there are unique circumstances. If you do arrive early, students must wait quietly with a parent in the flag pole area until the bell rings. Classes are in session; please do not disturb. No students are to be dropped off at the flagpole before 10:15 without an adult to supervise. Thank you for your cooperation to help us keep students safe and school environment conducive for learning.


Until next time, 


Sue Sartor




Safety Tip:  Thank you for leaving your pets at home during arrival and dismissal.  Your cooperation makes a big difference - we noticed!


New Process for 3:30 Dismissal


Starting on Jan. 9, 2012, we will be consistently closing the office at 4 p.m. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., however, staff often stay over contracted hours to stay with students who are waiting for parents to pick them up after school or for the bus to return them to school.


Our new process will be:

  • If your child is not picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m., the secretary will call to remind you to pick up your child.
  • Students who are still waiting at 3:50 p.m. will be walked over to the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC) on the northwest corner of campus. The secretary will provide CCLC staff with your child's emergency information and their staff will supervise your child until you arrive. CCLC's fee is $2 per minute.
  • Students who are on the 3:30 p.m. bus and need to be returned to school will be driven to the District Office at 1011 Altschul Ave. instead where district staff will supervise until a parent arrives. You can call the district office directly at 650-854-6311 to confirm your child is there.
  • If you need to confirm your child is on the bus, you should call 650-854-6311 and speak with a district office staff member who will contact the bus driver directly. Do not call Las Lomitas secretaries to contact the bus drivers after 3:30 pm. It is more efficient for the district office staff to radio the drivers.


This process applies only to the 3:30 p.m. dismissal. Thank you in advance for promptly retrieving your child after school and being respectful of our office staff's working hours.


Important Head Lice Information 


Dear Families,


Please remember to send in your signed head lice monitoring form to your child's teacher. See below for the information that ran in December Roars. 


Please click here to print the brochure and signature form. 


PTA News



Ready, Set, Read!!

The Las Lomitas Read-A-Thon starts today!  Each student should have received an information packet in their Monday Envelope. Please read the instructions carefully, set a Daily Reading Goal and start soliciting pledges.  Remember that all reading outside of school counts for the Read-A-Thon, including reading aloud to your child, daily required reading, and audiobooks.  Participation from all grades makes a huge difference.  If you need extra copies of the materials, please go to and download the packet.  Let's read! 


Questions? Please contact:

Dana Nunn (






The 2012 SPRING AUCTION is just around the corner on Saturday, May 19 and WE NEED YOU to help make it the best event ever! 

Help us create a fantastic auction portfolio by soliciting or donating wonderful items, events or experiences to the live, silent and online auctions.  All item donations are tax deductible. 


Donating an item is easy and can be done via our online donation form at our website.  Click on to donate now.


Need some ideas to help kick start the brainstorming?  Here are a few:


*Tickets from your season subscription: sports, concerts, theater, etc.

*A week or weekend at your cabin, condo or vacation home

*Sponsor a one-of-a-kind event or getaway that we can't get for free

*Host a parent or kid party - and get your friends to co-host with you!

*Set up a behind-the-scenes experience somewhere you work or at an organization you support

*Use your cooking skills and host a dinner party for 4 people or more 

*Share your hobby or passion by taking a group sailing, geo-caching, mountain biking or on any adventure you especially enjoy

*Ask a business you frequent to give a gift certificate.  If they say yes, we can send them a form or give them our online web address.  (Think restaurant, fitness gym or personal trainer, hair or nail salon, retail store, house cleaner, dog sitter...)

*Teach a skill in which you are an "expert," such as baking, pitching, photography, knitting, soap making and so on.


The opportunities are endless.  And don't forget, it's not what you know but who you know ... hit up all your friends, family, business associates, neighbors or anyone else you can think of that might have something unique and wonderful to share.


Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!


If you have questions or want to talk over an idea, contact Auction Solicitation Chair 

Pamela Stang at or (650) 996-6991. 


Las Lomitas League


Registration for LLL Winter/Spring 2012 classes opens next week at 7 p.m. on January 16th and closes at 7 p.m. on January 27th.  Classes will commence February 6th.


Please register directly on our website   

Lost and Found


The Lost and Found will be donated THIS Friday, January 13, 2012.


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 the Superintendent's Secretary 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.
    Directed by Jim Heebner, USPTA Certified. "I teach solid tennis fundamentals and it's fun." Menlo Park Recreation offers a variety of classes and days for ages 5-14. Also, offering four classes and four different ability levels for 10-14 year olds. (Beginning through tournament levels: Red Level, Green Level, Blue Level and Black Level). You may sign up online at or for further information call or email Jim at 650-814-6734 or
  • We'll Pay You to Lose Weight  
    Powered by C.J. Easter and the Performance Science Training Institute <== Click to see the AMAZING BEFORE/AFTER PICS AND VIDEOS
    Join our Human Billboard Semi-Private Personal Training Fat-Loss Program in the month of January and we'll pay your $10 for every pound that you lose in the first month.  Refer a friend and we'll pay you $15/pound.  It's simple really: You'll workout 3x per week in 30 min sessions with us and we'll customize a nutrition plan for you and before you know it, the fat will be melting off your body. Call or text C.J. Easter at 650-799-9045 to set up an initial consultation.

 Community News


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


Free Ragazzi workshop for boys, ages 7-10.  Sat. Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Redwood City: 
SingFest! registration is now open for Ragazzi Boys Chorus' free half-day minicamp. No previous singing experience is required. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are held during the camp. First rehearsals: week of Jan. 23, 2012. Ragazzi offers a complete music education through a proven, award-winning choral program. Boys begin with one evening per week of choral singing and progress through a full course of choral/vocal and theory instruction. Ragazzi has its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring Giant's game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. SingFest! registration: 650-342-8785. Contact: or LL Moms Eve Schooler <> or Mary Cavendish <>.


Come see the 'Spirit of Uganda' 
This is an amazing performance for the whole family, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m. at the Performing Art Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.  Come see this talented and inspiring group of children from Africa (age 11-18) perform riveting dancing, drumming, and singing from East Africa.  This performance is organized by and benefits Empower African Children (, a non-profit organization working to help the young people of Uganda develop leadership skills, get educated and tell their own stories through the arts.  "Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy." - The New York Times.  Purchase your tickets on-line now at http://spiritofugandamenlopark2012.eventbrite.comTickets will not be sold at the door.  This is the only local performance as part of their 4 month tour of the United States.  Questions? Please email


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 9-11:45 a.m.  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


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


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