Dear Las Lomitas Families,
Improving School Climate has been an area of focus at Las Lomitas for the past two years. Last year we made significant changes in our infrastructure with new playground striping, climbing structures, sandbox, Peaceful Playgounds and equipment. This year the faculty is considering curriculum and instruction to teach social skills that dovetails with our conflict resolution program.
As we've researched various programs and systems, I've been reminded of how important it is for students to be able to independently engage in appropriate play.
Today I'd like to share some suggestions I read in the Elementary School Parents Newsletter (November 2010) that urges parents to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative play, free of media, that you can facilitate at home:
- Bake something together: Bake cookies and take some to a neighbor or an older relative.
- Tell stories: Tell your child a true story about a time when you made a mistake - the more hilarious the better! Share stories of when your family over-came challenges or hardships.
- Play catch: Even if you can't get outside, toss a beanbag or a soft ball. If you can go to a park, try kicking a ball as well as tossing it.
- Collect objects from nature: Leaves can be gathered, placed between paper towels and pressed with a heavy book to preserve. Rocks, sticks, seed pods are also very entertaining. Find a box to decorate and carefully store these treasures.
- Sing: Start with old favorites like "Row, row, row your boat." Sing songs you remember from you childhood. Let your child sing songs to you that were learned in music class with Mrs. Lampert. Make your own instruments using items you find around the house.
- Read aloud: Children never tire of being read to. Take turns and let others in the family do the reading.
Whatever you do, the important thing is to take time to be with your child without the day-to-day distractions and contestant media blitz. Time is a gift you can freely give all year long.
Until next time,
SAFETY TIP OF THE WEEK: Do not park on the south side of Camino al Lago. Doing so blocks the flow of traffic, makes for dangerous crossing and leaves you open for a citation.
CRIME PREVENTION ALERT: There have been several burglaries in the area recently. Menlo Park Police Department's website, http://www.menloparkpolice.org, provides information under the heading Crime Information. There are crime statistics, crime prevention and you are encouraged to register for Crime Reports through their Crime mapping link. The Department also provided us with a crime prevention brochure. Please click the above link for more information.
CHECK LOST AND FOUND BEFORE FRIDAY!
All Lost and Found items will be donated this Friday, Feb. 17. Thank you for checking for your missing jackets and lunch boxes beforehand.
READ-A-THON A SUCCESS!
The kids did it! Students read more than 400,000 minutes school-wide, setting a new Las Lomitas record. We have already counted 407,297 minutes, and we are still collecting forms and tallying minutes.
It's not too late to return Read-A-Thon forms! Please collect your sponsorship money and return all forms and checks in your red envelope to your classroom or the office.
You can still report minutes online at www.laslomitaspta.org/readathon.
Congratulations readers, and thank you for your tremendous reading effort this month. We will have the final results to report after February break.
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|Las Lomitas Spring Auction|
Las Lomitas is Going for Gold!
Citius, Altius, Fortius: "Faster, Higher, Stronger!"
Let the Olympic Creed inspire you on May 19 at the 2012 Spring Auction, where we will be GOING FOR GOLD! The road to London and Olympic Glory begins at Portola Farms. Join us for the biggest party of the year, featuring music from last year's hit band, Pop Rocks!
This year we celebrate the spirit of the Olympic Games, which recognizes that "the most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." Live the Creed, join the fun, and give it your best - at the bidding tables and on the dance floor. Help us bring home the gold for our schools!
Join the spectacle by channelling your inner Michael Phelps, Misty May, or Bruce Jenner. Come as an athlete, a torch runner, a Royal, a London local, or sport the Opening Ceremony digs from the country of your ancestors. The global village will come together as one. Get ready to rock the night away at Portola Farms in Woodside on May 19, 2012. See www.llef.org for more information.
Let the games begin!
|Flip Out for the Pancake Breakfast!|
SAVE THIS DATE FOR HOT CAKES: 3/10/12
Join us for the 30th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 10th, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. This Las Lomitas tradition is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your friends and family. Great food, coffee and entertainment! Tickets are $5 each, but must be purchased by March 2. Please register online at: http://www.laslomitaspta.org/programs/pancakebreakfast.html
Look for the flyer in the Monday envelope for additional information. If you haven't signed up to volunteer for this fun event and would like to, please contact Linda Mills at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ScienceWonders is Coming!|
CALLING ALL YOUNG SCIENTISTS: IT'S TIME FOR ScienceWonders!
ScienceWonders is the Las Lomitas version of a Science Fair. The completely voluntary, non-competitive event is open to any Las Lomitas student. To participate, students should think of a question (I wonder...), look for an answer by experimenting or researching (I did...), and create a display with their findings (I learned...) to share with their friends and families.
The displays will be presented in Cano Hall on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. More information can be found at http://www.laslomitaspta.org/programs/sciencewonders.html and an informational guide can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Diana Sunshine, email@example.com
|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!
Box Tops 4 Education Chair
|LLESD Governing Board|
The Governing Board web page (www.llesd.k12.ca.us.board.html) 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 www.keplers.com 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.
- SUMMER CAMPS at Studio Rincon - Dance and Yoga Camps scheduled and ready for online sign ups for ages 3 - Teen. Eight different camps to choose from with amazingly talented and fun instructors. All Camps are offered in the afternoon, providing a healthy snack and a lot of fun. Online sign ups now open at www.studiorincon.com, youth summer camp 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.DecathlonSportsClub.com.
The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses.
Is your daughter interested in trying the great sport of Ice Hockey? Hannah O. in first grade plays for the San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls' U8 team and loves it. Here is a free and easy way for your daughter to check it out! Saturday, March 3, 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at the Sharks Ice in San Jose girls only! For girls ages 5 to 12, equipment is provided. To register, please click Here: and follow these instructions: press "Click Here to Register" Youth League link, From the "Season" drop down menu select "Girls Hockey a Try," from the "Level" drop down menu select time, click "Continue."
Alpine Strikers FC Spring and Summer Soccer Programs
Alpine Strikes FC offers a variety of fun developmental soccer programs for school age (and preschool) kids. The spring after-school soccer program begins the week of February 27th. Summer soccer camp registration is also open now for 6-10 year-olds! Visit www.alpinestrikers.org
for more information and to register online.
Silly Shenanigans Ski Week Camp for grades 1-8, Feb. 20-24, 9 a.m. - noon. You can register
online at www.pvtc-ca.org; 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.
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: www.eteamz.com/alpine
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 www.ctcinc.org.
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 KirkS@jfcs.org
. 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, email@example.com or 650-529-1335.
The Lion's Roar is published every Monday. To submit items for inclusion in the newsletter:
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Please note: Community announcements are for local children's events only. The title, date and contact number will be listed with a one-two sentence descriptor.