The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of January 30, 2012     
In This Issue
From the Atherton Police
From the Principal
Las Lomitas League
PTA News
DELAC Meeting and Technology Night
Memory Book Cover Contest
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

  • 2/1 PTA Bd. Mtg. - 9 a.m. - room 20B


Coming Soon

  • 2/6 Las Lomitas League classes begin
  • 2/7 DELAC Mtg. - 6 p.m. - LE - Computer Lab 
  • 2/8 School Bd. Mtg. - 7 p.m. - LE MUR
  • 2/20 - 2/24 President's Week - NO SCHOOL


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

From the Atherton Police




On Jan. 18, the Atherton City Council approved a recommendation to place a "NO STOPPING/PARKING" sign at 273 Alameda de las Pulgas effective for 50 feet in each direction from the signs.  Atherton Police Department will be vigorously enforcing the law.  Thank you for  your cooperation.


School News



From Kathy Ruwe, School Counselor


Social/emotional learning is a big part of the first grade curriculum at Las Lomitas. To assist with the teaching of those "hidden" critical skills, the first grade team is implementing a new program called Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success. This curriculum is beautifully aligned with a 21st century learning model and will address many of the strategies currently being considering for the district's new strategic plan. Specifically, it prepares our students to understand, engage with and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.


Second Step is a multi-leveled curriculum which promotes school connectedness, a safe and respectful school climate and school success. The program is divided into four units including:


  • Skills for Learning: students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self talk to stay on task and be assertive when asking for help.
  • Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students also learn how to take another's perspective and how to show compassion.
  • Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings such as anxiety or anger.
  • Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in positive way.

The curriculum is accompanied by some furry puppet friends who are a big hit with the kids as well as songs, posters and plenty of opportunity to role play and practice skills. Be sure to ask your first graders about "Impulsive Puppy" and "Slow Down Snail."




Please do not use our neighbors driveways for U-turns.  Also, please be sure not to park blocking their driveways.  Thank you for being aware of their needs.  


Las Lomitas League


Registration for Las Lomitas League (LLL) after-school classes closed last Friday Jan 27th. Please note that classes start week of Feb 6th and we no longer accept late registrations. 

The only LLL class that is still accepting students is Chorus. Parents have until Feb 24th to preview the class on Tuesdays at 3:35 p.m. and register. Please contact the instructor Pam Donkin directly to arrange for a preview.

For parents who have registered for an LLL class, here is some important information to take note of: 
  • You will receive a welcome email from your LLL instructor before the end of this week requesting for the dismissal instruction form to be completed. It is mandatory that parents submit the dismissal instruction form directly to the LLL instructor before class starts.  All LLL classes start the week of Feb 6th.  
  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or CCLC as usual.
  • Please report your child's absence from an LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for LLL classes.
  • Please be punctual to pick up your child after an LLL class or sport at the designated class location, and not at the flagpole.  If you are going to be late, please let the LLL instructor know in advance and with written notice with the name and contact number of the adult authorized to pick your child up. The LLL instructors cannot stay late to supervise your child. If parents are repeatedly late, the student may not be able to continue in the class as a possible consequence.
  • For parents who have registered on a wait list, you will only be notified via email IF a space becomes available - we appreciate your understanding that admittance is not guaranteed. 

For more information on dismissal and procedures, please refer to our FAQ on our website at

For a weekly reference on LLL classes taking place, please refer to our online LLL calendar at

PTA News



When? Friday, February 10, 2012


What? Wear pajamas to school to celebrate the end of the Read-A-Thon.  Each class will have special reading activities.  If we reach our school goal of reading 400,000 minutes, the classrooms will receive their new books to read on Pajama Day!


Why? To celebrate everyone's efforts to read, read, read during the Read-A-Thon. 


How? Wear pajamas. Bring a stuffed animal too if you like! Please wear PE shoes if you have PE on Fridays. Wearing pajamas is completely optional. 



We have one more week! The Read-A-Thon ends Sunday, February 5 so KEEP READING.  It's never too late to start reading if you haven't already.


  • Report your student's minutes!  The sooner you report reading minutes, the faster we can reach our school goal of 400,000 minutes! 
    • Report online at, or 
    • Report using the paper slips in the Read-A-Thon packet.
    • You can report previous weeks' minutes at any time.
  • Turn in your packets including pledges and reading calendars beginning Monday, Feb. 6.



Calling ALL Las Lomitas Parents!


We have wonderful events coming up at Las Lomitas this spring! We are looking for additional volunteers to help with the following activities:


* Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, March 10. We need parents to help set up and clean up, flip pancakes and serve breakfast. Come join the fun! Contact Linda Mills at


* Science Wonders - Wednesday, March 21. We need parents to help publicize, organize or set up for this special science fair event. Contact Diana Sunshine at


* Grandparents Day - Friday, June 1. We need parents to help with this wonderful family event. Contact Kelly Holzrichter at


We also have an URGENT need for additional parents to help our Green Team with composting during lunch.   Any shift is appreciated, however we would love to find one or two more people to help on Mondays. Contact Monica Albers at to help keep our school green!


These are all great opportunities for you to interact with students, staff and families. If you have already signed up to volunteer for these events, no need to sign up again. Please e-mail if have questions or need details on any of the volunteer positions.


Thank you!

Cindy Anderson

PTA Volunteer Coordinator


DELAC Meeting and Technology Night


The District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) invites you to our DELAC Meeting and Technology Night Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the La Entrada Computer Lab.  The evening begins at 6 p.m with the DELAC meeting. Then, at 7 p.m., ELD teachers and Suzanne Mitchell will demonstrate how technology is used in ELD classrooms.  Childcare is available and refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to Lesli Leong at Las Lomitas, or 854-5900, ext. 219, if you need childcare.  Please click here to view the flyer.  


Memory Book Cover Contest




Submit your Artwork by Friday, Feb. 10


The Memory Book team would like to invite all Las Lomitas students to submit artwork for the cover design of this year's Memory Book. We can't wait to see your creativity! Please only one submission per student.


Contest rules:

  • Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use 8 by 11 inch sized paper. (Slightly larger is OK.)
  • Drawing should be in "portrait" format, meaning it should be taller than wide.
  • Be colorful! Don't leave the background blank or white.
  • Include the "Las Lomitas" school name and make it stand out.
  • Include the school year "2011-2012" as part of the drawing.
  • The edges may be trimmed slightly, so don't put anything important close to the edges.
  • Be sure to write the artist's name, room number, and teacher's name on the back of the drawing. Use a pencil for the name and write lightly so the writing doesn't show through the artwork on the front side. Do not use Post-it Notes as they can fall off and become lost.
  • Please see Memory Books from prior years in the Las Lomitas library if you need ideas for your cover art.


Entries should be placed in the Memory Book bin in the Las Lomitas office no later than Friday, February 10th. All contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book. They will also be displayed at the Student Art Exhibition during Open House. Artwork will then be returned when yearbooks are distributed in early June.


Questions? Contact Kristin Spindt 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 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.
  • Studio Rincon  New Classes Offered on Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Teen YogaRok (ages 10-14) & 4:20 p.m. Youth YogaRok (ages 6-10), a fun-based, music inspired Athletic Yoga with teacher Lauren.  Integrate a healthy lifestyle to decompress after a busy week.  Online sign ups now open at, youth classes button.
  • Decathlon Sports Club  Decathlon Sports Club is registering girls and boys, ages 6-12 for its 32nd summer of fun!  We offer virtually every sport under the sun PLUS Capture the Flag, swimming, arts & crafts, dance, and more. Special Friday events include field trips, carnival games, pizza, and prizes.  Camp will once again be held at Woodside High School from 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Extended care is also available from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information and to check on availability for your child's age group, please email or visit   

 Community News


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



Las Lomitas grad and Stanford Junior Sam Knapp as well as two other Stanford students are interested in creating a new website called CoachBook. It would be a website that aggregates information about all sports coaches/personal instructors in the Bay Area and allows users to sort by price, availability, location, reviews, etc.
Please fill out this survey to help! Thanks:
Register your daughter for the Alpine-Menlo-Atherton Girls Softball League!  Registration is open through February 3rd.  Information and a link to registration are found at Softball offers a great team learning experience for girls ages 5 to 12.  With a focus on fundamentals, girls learn individual and team skills and have great fun at the same time.  Games are on Saturdays.  Practices are once or twice a week, depending upon age level.  For more information about what to expect, see  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the league commissioner, Jeff Lokey, at
Registration for 2012 Spring Alpine/West Menlo Little League and AMA Softball is now open. Hurry, as teams are being formed within the next few weeks.  Details can be found on our website at:

California Theatre Center specializes in plays for young audiences.  Summer Theatre Conservatory classes begin in June.  The Junior Conservatory is a half-day program for 5 to 8 year olds and the Core Conservatory is for ages 8 and up.  For more information, call 408-245-2979 or visit the CTC website


Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m., Puppet Art Theater Company will perform Hansel and Gretel at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street.  This event is tailored to dads and their children, but all are welcome.  Please join us!


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. 


Carillon Preschool, located on the Christ Church campus at 815 Portola Road, PV, is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Class ratios are 14 children and 2 teachers. We currently have openings in our 3's program and our Young 5's program. Tours are available.

Please contact Lynn Sowers, or 650-529-1335.

Newsletter Submissions


The Lion's Roar is published every Monday. To submit items for inclusion in the newsletter: 


Email submissions by noon, Wednesdays, to Carol Clark at

 Include a brief description of the item in the subject line of the email.
Please include the text (in 10pt Arial) in an attachment to your email.
Flyers will be summarized briefly in the email newsletter, with a link provided to access the complete flyer. Flyers must be provided electronically to enable online access.


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