The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 12, 2012     
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School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas Foundation News
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

  • NO LLL classes this week
  • 3/14 Evening w/ the principal 6:30-7:30 - Library
  • March 14, 15, 16 are MINIMUM DAYS for conferences. All children attend school 9 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


Coming Soon

  • 3/21 Science Wonders 6 p.m. - Cano Hall
  • 3/28 SSC - 3 p.m. - room 7
School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Parent/Teacher conferences are this week, which means minimum day dismissal. The flag pole area will be especially congested. Thank you in advance for:

  • Leaving pets at home
  • Staying in your car in the pick-up lane
  • Displaying your child's name tag in the windshield
  • Parking only in designated spaces
  • Being patient. 


Kindergarten and first grade students will be clustered in designated areas at the flag pole, so please watch for signs. If you can walk, bike or bus to school on minimum days, it would help with traffic congestion.


The next Evening with the Principal is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. It will be open forum for any topic you'd like to discuss. I look forward to seeing you there!


Update ~ the bathrooms have been working just fine all week!  Thank you for your support!


The following article is about one of our support programs for English Learners. We are very fortunate to have this class available for students who are limited-English proficient. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Leong if you have questions. There is also a lot of information on the district's webpage under English Learners.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor




Tip of the week:  Do not park on the south side of Camino al Lago.  It blocks traffic from flowing smoothly and makes crossing dangerous.



What is The Language Lab?


Las Lomitas has a special classroom just for English Language Learners. Located in room 19, the Language Lab provides intensive English Language Development (ELD) lessons for all K-3 students who are working toward acquiring English proficiency.


Nearly 60 children attend our ELD program and speak native languages which include Korean, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Portuguese, Tongan, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Farsi, Finnish and Vietnamese. We are a very international school community!


Teaching in the Language Lab is ELD specialist, Lesli Leong. Working alongside her are bilingual paraeducators Olivia Betancourth (Spanish), and Grete Santucci (Norwegian). Together they provide leveled small group instruction designed especially to meet the needs of English learners. Correlating with state ELD standards, the lessons focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Developing vocabulary and oral language skills are high priorities.


Our Language Lab provides a warm and friendly educational setting where English learners strengthen their English skills, make new friends, and learn alongside other language learners. It is one of the many important support programs here at Las Lomitas which help our students to thrive and succeed both socially and academically.


PTA News


Join the PTA Board!  Would you like to make a difference at Las Lomitas? Meet new parents?  Work with other parent volunteers and the school administration to plan enrichment programs for our children?  Have you been wondering how to get "more involved" at school?  We are looking for a couple parents to join the PTA Board next year. It is a wonderful opportunity to make a big impact for our children and school community.  Please contact Kelly Holzrichter ( for more information.   


Calling All Young Scientists!  It's time for Science Wonders!  Science Wonders 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information can be found at and the packet at  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Diana Sunshine,


ORDER YOUR LAS LOMITAS MEMORY BOOK ONLINE TODAY!  It's time to order your Memory Books (the books will be distributed the last week of school). Please use our new online ordering form at:  Books are $25 each if ordered by March 24th (books will be $30 each if ordered after March 24th).


Las Lomitas Foundation News











Grandparents' Day is an opportunity for children to share their Las Lomitas experience with their grandparents for a morning.  This Foundation event is a favorite...grandparents who have attended in the past loved meeting the teachers, participating in fun activities, and getting to know other grandparents!   Grandparents' Day alternates each year between the two schools in our district, and this year's event is for grandparents of students in grades K-3 at Las Lomitas.  Now is a good time to let out-of-town grandparents know to mark their calendars for Friday, June 1st so they can start making travel plans!  We're also looking for parent volunteers to help out on the day of the event - please contact Julie Herlihy ( to sign up. Further details about Grandparents' Day will be announced soon via the Lion's Roar and the Grandparents' Group Newsletter. 






Pack your bags because YOU could be going to the 2012 Summer Olympics!

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It's time to check off a bucket list item . . . . You know the one, it says,

"Go to the Olympics!"  

(Yes, of course you really wanted to go as an athlete, but this is the next best thing!) 

Join us on May 19th - bid faster, bid higher, bid stronger and you too can bring home the gold by turning that dream into a reality!


When:  August 8-13, 2012.

Where: 5 nights at the elegant Sloan Square Hotel in Chelsea/Knightsbridge.

What:   Tickets for 2 for the following premier Olympic Events!

  • Track and Field - Finals
  • Men's Beach Volleyball - Finals
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics- Finals
  • Freestyle Wrestling - Preliminaries
  • Synchronized Swimming - Preliminaries
  • Men's Platform Diving - Preliminaries
  • Field Hockey - Preliminaries                     

Olympic Glory can be yours...make this summer one you'll never forget!  

For more information and package details, please visit the LLEF website 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. 

Community News


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


Carillon Preschool is hosting an "Open House" Saturday, March 17 from 10-11 a.m. Children are welcomed to come explore our classrooms and play yards and teachers will be available to meet you and to answer questions. We are located on the Christ Church campus at 815 Portola Road, PV.  Call 529-1335 or visit


FRIENDS OF THE MENLO PARK LIBRARY  Book Sale!  Exceptional quality books for the entire family will be featured at the Sunday, March 18th Book Sale. Sponsored by The Friends of the Menlo Park Library the sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. and located in the downstairs meeting room.   Fiction, mystery, literature, biography, history, religion & philosophy, art & collectible, children's and young reader's titles will be included along with a wide variety of other subjects.  If you cannot attend this book sale, please drop by the Friends Bookstore located inside the library and open during library hours.  It is restocked daily with a wide selection of books for all ages and interests.  Please remember to donate your gently-used books to the Menlo Park Library.  Books may be dropped-off at the Alma St. door during library hours.  The Friends of the Menlo Park Library are in need of volunteers.  If you love books and have a few hours a week to give, please call 330-2521 for more details.


LADERA RECREATION DISTRICT MEMBERSHIPS Generations of families have found a fun, family friendly and casual atmosphere up at the Ladera Rec during the summer. Here, your kids can become water safe, join a summer swim team, learn how to play tennis or just mess around with friends. This year we are offering an early-season discount to non-residents who register before March 15th.  Our non-resident rate prior to March 15th is only $1,490 for the year.  (This increases to $1,540 on March 16th.)  There isn't a better deal on the Peninsula!  If you have questions, please e-mail us  or call 650-843-3242. 
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


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