The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of January 16, 2012     
In This Issue
Las Lomitas League
From the Principal
New Process for 3:30 Dismissal
PTA News
Green Team in Need of Compost Volunteers
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

  • 1/16 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 


Coming Soon

  • 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. 

Las Lomitas League

Registration for Winter/Spring 2012 LLL after-school classes is now open!

For a full listing of the classes offered, please visit our website under "Classes," under "Las Lomitas" and register directly on our website.

Registration will only be open for two weeks so hurry, register your child for a LLL after-school class before registration closes next Friday Jan 27th!    


From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


The Read-a-thon is up and running! Is your child keeping track of minutes read? We are hoping to reach our goal of 400,000 minutes! I want to thank Ally, a third grade student in Mr. Christensen's class for reading a poem to all of us last week. Did you child guess who the Mystery Book Character was? It was the Cat in the Hat! Stay tuned to hear about this week's reader and Mystery Character. We all appreciate your support and enthusiasm for this school-wide event. I also encourage you to read the Op-Ed piece by Thomas Friedman that was printed in November about how important it is for parents to read with their children. The research is remarkable about the lasting impact reading has on a child's academic success. I hope you will not be put off by the title. It is actually about great parents! You can access the article at


As many of you know, the funding for transitional kindergarten programs was eliminated in Governor Brown's proposed budget. At this point, we are unsure of what will unfold as the budget is debated in Sacramento. We will continue to register students for the Young Fives program, but are encouraging parents to have a Plan B in place should we not offer Young Fives next year. If the program is not offered, only those students who turn five before November 2nd will be able to attend kindergarten.   I will keep the community informed through the Roar and the district website.


Thank you for being prompt to pick up your children after school. We have noticed a difference already! Also, please do not bring your students early to school. 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 must arrive early, students must wait quietly with a parent in the flag pole area until the bell rings. Thank you for your cooperation to help us keep students safe and school environment conducive for learning.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor




Safety tip:  Please be sure to use the crosswalks at all times!


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.


PTA News



Report your Read-A-Thon minutes today!

Use the online form at or the paper form in the Read-A-Thon packet.  All minutes reported today will be included in the school-wide banner update tomorrow.

It's not too late to start reading!

- You can count reading time starting January 9th even if you have not secured all your sponsorships.

- If you need a new Read-A-Thon packet, which includes the Pledge Form and Calendar Tally Sheet, please go to and download the forms today!  Forms are also available iin the school office.
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A PSA From Your PTA - Keep Kids Safe & Secure


Effective January 1st of this year a new California Booster Seat Law went into effect.  The new law focuses on a child's height not weight as past laws have.  Any child under the age of 8 years old or under 4'9" tall must be properly secured in a "child passenger safety restraint."  That means that most of our elementary school students will be in a booster seat.  Children under the age of 8 years old that meet the height requirement, are at least 4'9" tall, are not required to use a booster seat.  For additional information, please refer to the California Highway Patrol website:


Green Team in Need of Compost Volunteers


Our very successful Green Team Composting Program is need of a few more lunchtime volunteers.  Please consider helping the kids and our planet out during the lunch hour (12:10 - 1 p.m.).  By doing our part, we are diverting 25 bags of biodegradable waste per week from the landfill.  Shifts are available monthly and weekly.  Please contact Monica Albers, Green Team Chair at for more information.  


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.


 Community News


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


Kuk Sool Won(tm) of Menlo Park is hosting a Stranger Safety Workshop on Saturday, 1/21/12 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Arrillaga Recreation Center in Burgess Park (700 Alma St.).  This is a free workshop for children ages 5 to 9.  Please call 650-787-2226 to reserve a space.

Parents Place is offering Social Skills Groups for children in PreKindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade.  These groups are for children who are experiencing difficulties in social settings such as play groups, school or the playground.  Ten weekly sessions begin quarterly at Parents Place in Palo Alto or San Mateo.  For more information or to schedule an intake interview, please contact Kirk Stuepfert, 650-688-3049 or Flyers are in the Las Lomitas office.  


Ladera Community Church Preschool is holding its annual Open House on Saturday, January 28th, from 10 - 11 a.m. Bring your children to meet our fantastic teachers and visit our preschool in a lovely rural setting at 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. We welcome all families with children 2 years to 5 years old. To find out more, please visit our website at or contact Director Sandi Snider at 854-0295.

Watch Charles the Clown, award winning entertainer and recording artist, perform his hilarious become-a-clown routine at the Menlo Park Library Friday, January 20, 6:30 p.m..  The show features Biscuit the Dog puppet, balloon antics, silly magic and comic rhyming.  A language-rich experience for pre-readers and readers, this is a show that is in love with the library!  Made possible by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.


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 <>.
More info:  Flyers are available in the Las Lomitas office.


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


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