The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of February 6, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
DELAC Meeting and Technology Night
Box Tops 4 Education
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

  • 2/6 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 
  • 2/10 Read-A-Thon Pajama Day
  • 2/10 Memory Book Cover Contest, Submissions Due


Coming Soon

  • 2/14 Valentine's Day
  • 2/15 SSC - 3 p.m. - room 30
  • 2/20 - 2/24 President's Week - NO SCHOOL
School News



Dear Las Lomitas Families,


The Read-a-thon ended last Friday, so be sure to turn in your minutes so we get a final calculation before Pajama Day on February 10th. I want to thank Ally in Room 30; Brian in Room 27; Max in Room 13; and Aaralyn, Lily and John in Room 7 for reading or reciting poetry to the school over the course of the month to keep us inspired! I certainly enjoyed being the Mystery Book Character on Fridays and want to thank Janet Holbrook, Becca Holland, Rebecca Grant, Julie Herlihy and Stacey White for providing costume pieces. I think this was the best Read-a-thon ever!


The next Morning with the Principal is this Wednesday, February 8th at 9 a.m. in Cano Hall. The primary topic will be the new Strategic Plan. Governing Board Trustee, and Strategic Planning Committee Member, Maria Doktorczyk will join us to share highlights about the Plan and answer questions. As always, there will be time for open forum, so please bring your questions or topics of interest.


Be sure to read the following article about Safety Week by our fabulous PE teachers, Linda McGhee and Carol Hedges. It has all the details about what is in store for their 1st-3rd grade classes this week.


Until next time,



SAFETY TIP:  Please leave your dogs at home~they are especially risky to have in the flagpole area at dismissal.  Thank you to those who follow this request to keep your children safe.  




This week, the first, second and third graders will be taking part in a Safety Training during their Physical Education classes.  The specific areas emphasized are safety in and around the house, safety during fires and other disasters, and stranger awareness.  Be looking for information to be sent home with your child on household and fire safety.


The first day of class will be spent on household safety.  There will be a discussion about what kinds of things can be dangerous in and around the house, and what to do when those items are found. 


During the second day of this unit, the children will be learning about fire/disaster safety.  Words and phrases that will be talked about during the fire/disaster safety training include smoke detectors, windows, doors, escape routes, 911, low crawling and a safe family meeting place.  The Menlo Park Fire Department will be presenting this information using their safety trailer which will be parked on our campus for part of the week.  For more information about this presentation, you can go to the Menlo Park Fire Department's website:  Click on the public education link and then on the safety house link.


The last safety session will be on stranger awareness as well as what to do when separated from parents (as in a department store or park).  This will iinclude discussion and role playing.


If  you have questions or concerns, please contact the Physical Education teachers, Carol Hedges or Linda McGhee, or your child's classroom teacher.


PTA News




The Read-A-Thon has ended.  Congratulations to all our readers!  Thank you for your tremendous reading effort this month.


Please report your reading minutes as soon as possible.  We want to know if we have reached our 400,000 minutes reading goal before the Read-A-Thon Celebration Pajama Day this Friday, February 10.

1. Return your paper reading calendar with your sponsorship money.


2. Report online for any/all weeks of the Read-A-Thon:


3. Report using the paper slips in the Read-A-Thon packet.


Please collect your sponsorship money and return all forms and checks in your red envelope to your classroom or the office by the end of this week.   


The Read-A-Thon Celebration Pajama Day is this Friday, February 10.  All students may wear PJs to school to celebrate reading!
Las Lomitas League (LLL)


LLL classes start this week. For class details (room, day/time, no-class dates etc), please visit

Please be reminded that we no longer accept late registrations.   


The only LLL class that is still accepting students is Chorus. Parents have till Feb 24 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:  
  • It is mandatory that parents submit the dismissal instruction form directly to the LLL instructor before class starts. If you have not done so, please submit the form as soon as possible. We thank you for your cooperation.   
  • 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 bycontacting 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  


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.  


Box Tops 4 Education


Have you been saving your Box Tops? Turn them in now, and your student may win a prize!


Here's how to enter the drawing: 

1. Write your name (first and last), and room number on the back of each Box Top. 

2. Put Box Tops into the cereal box located in the school office by Tuesday, Feb. 14.

3. The drawing will be held later that week, and the lucky winners will receive gift certificates to local businesses! 


Even if you miss the deadline, Box Tops submissions are welcome at any time!


Good luck!

Margie Stehle

Boxtops4education chair


Memory Book Cover Art Due This Week!


The contest for this year's Memory Book cover is almost over! If your child would like to enter the contest with an original work of art, please make sure it's dropped off at the school office by the deadline this Friday, Feb. 10. You can find the contest guidelines in last week's Lion's Roar.


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 such as Story Time with Jennifer Fosberry (Isabella: Girl on the Go) Sunday, Feb. 19, and Story Time with Alexandra Day (The Fairy Dogfather) Sunday, Feb. 26.  Storytimes are 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. 


Come support My New Red Shoes with a special Valentine's Party at U-Me on Tuesday, February 7th from 2-5 p.m. My New Red Shoes is a charity organization, founded by a Las Lomitas mom, that provides new clothing and shoes to homeless kids in the Bay Area. Bring the kids for card and cookie decorating, cupcakes and games! 20% of proceeds will be donated to My New Red Shoes. U-Me will also be collecting new children's shoes for the organization ... look for the bin!


Classroom and Tutoring Volunteers Needed in Ravenswood District

ALL STUDENTS MATTER is a grassroots organization working as part of the Ravenswood Education Foundation to serve East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park elementary school students and we need your help!  Volunteer in a specific classroom weekly or bi-monthly. Or, tutor children after school.  We have volunteer opportunities for both students and adults.  To sign up, please visit our web site and click on contact us. Have questions? Contact Ann Carter at


Silly Shenanigans Ski Week Camp for grades 1-8, Feb. 20-24, 9 a.m. - noon.  You can register
online at; Tuition is $180.  Shel Silverstein's goofy rhyming lines will inspire games and performances for this quirky mid-winter camp. Performers will create a short collaborative show using tableau, movement, voice, and improvisation. Final performance Friday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. 
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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