The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 19, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
Parents of Third Graders
PTA News
Las Lomitas Foundation News
Class Group Pictures
Hot Lunch FAQs
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
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This Week

  • 3/21 Science Wonders 6 p.m. - Cano Hall 


Coming Soon

  • 3/28 SSC - 3 p.m. - room 7
  • 4/4 PTA Bd. Mtg. 9 a.m. - room 20B
  • 4/4 School Bd. Mtg. 7 p.m. - LE MUR
  • 4/5 Incoming 4th grade Parent Orientation - 7 p.m. LE Library
  • 4/6 3rd grade visits La Entrada
School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Las Lomitas has a legacy of exemplary programs in the arts. Music, visual arts and dance instruction have been part of the school curriculum for many years. In spite of financial downturns in the local and state economy, our district remains committed to providing students a rich arts program from the day they enter school. Today's article is about the visual arts program here at Las Lomitas.


Our teachers bring a variety of depth or experience teaching the visual arts elements of line, color, shape/form, texture, value and space. They each provide students with multiple experiences to develop artistic expression, creative expression, historical and cultural understanding and authentic valuing. The current state-adopted program that provides the foundation for art education used in the classrooms is Adventures in Art by Davis Publications.

For the past several years, we've been fortunate to have a way to provide ongoing staff development for teachers while enriching the visual arts program for students through the Artist-in-Residence program. Returning for her second year as our Artist-in-Residence, Donine Ettinger provides lessons to enhance the classroom arts program. She schedules lessons with the teachers in drawing, painting, printmaking and clay sculpture. Lessons include experience in screen printing, intaglio printing, relief printing, still life, and self-portraits. Clay lessons focus on pinch pots, plaques, picture frames, animals and glazing.

Donine is an experienced educator and professional artist. She meets with teachers prior to each session to plan the lesson. Teachers select lessons that best fit their students' needs and allow them to learn new strategies and techniques to incorporate into their classroom program. It is an ideal arrangement - students learn while teachers learn! The Artist-in-Residence program enhances the core art program at Las Lomitas and provides training for future years.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor




Safety tip: Always use the crosswalks!  Remember, you are a model for your child.  


Parents of Third Graders



Parents of Third Graders:

Save these dates regarding 4th grade orientation to La Entrada!


As you are well aware, third graders will be off to La Entrada in the fall. Several activities have been organized to address questions that you and your child may have about their "new school."


In an effort to make the transition to La Entrada comfortable for everyone, we invite you to attend the following events:



All parents are invited to an orientation session on Thursday, April 5th from 7 - 8 p.m. in the La Entrada Library. Larry Thomas, Principal and La Entrada staff will provide information about LE and the 4th grade program in particular, so that your transition will be smooth and comfortable. The evening will allow ample time for your questions. Refreshments will be served. Please Note: This evening is for parents only. Students will visit La Entrada for their own special orientation the next day.



On Friday morning, April 6th, third graders will take a field trip to La Entrada. The students will already have corresponded with current 4th graders via a pen pal program. They will get to meet their pen pal and participate in an orientation planned by La Entrada staff and students to help your child become more comfortable and excited about his/her new school.


LA ENTRADA OPEN HOUSE - Thursday, May 24th

La Entrada teachers will hold Open House in their classrooms on Thursday, May 24th beginning at 6:30 PM. Incoming 4th graders and their families are welcome to attend this event. It's a great opportunity to meet the fourth grade teachers: Ms. Goldman, Room 30, Ms. Cummins, Room 31, Mrs. Strom, Room 40, Mrs. Montalvo, Room 41 Ms. Thelen, Rm 32 and Mr. Olds, Rm 34.

(NOTE: Next year's teacher assignments have not been determined as of this date.)



Questions? Call Kathy Ruwe, school counselor at Las Lomitas ext. 267 or Emily McDonough, school counselor at La Entrada, ext. 215.


PTA News


Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to Linda Mills and Janelle Martin and their wonderful crew of volunteers for putting together another successful Pancake Breakfast!  623 plates were sold for Saturday translating into 623 full bellies walking away from Las Lomitas to enjoy the rest of their weekend.  

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 of 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.


If you'd like to volunteer to support one of the many events and programs the PTA sponsors each year, contact Cindy Tipton (  We have volunteer opportunities to suit almost everyone's interest and availability.   


Science Wonders - It's not too late!  The big night is almost here.  Thank you to everyone who has let me know that your child will be participating.  Don't worry if you haven't RSVP'd though.  You can still email or just show up at registration on Wednesday.  Some important times to know:

Wednesday, March 21 - 2 - 5 p.m.: Set up projects in Cano Hall;  6 - 8 p.m.: Science Wonders Exhibition.  All projects will be on display for our young scientists and their friends and families.  It's an informal event and there are no formal presentations.  Make sure your child stops by the certificate table to pick up his/her certificate of participation. 

Thursday, March 22 - 2 - 4 p.m.: take down projects.  All projects must be picked up from Cano Hall.  First Session kindergarteners can get their projects earlier that day.  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





The Ahwahnee Hotel Sunroom Suite

Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Getaway to Yosemite


It's time to check off another bucket list item: "Climb Half Dome in Yosemite!"

Oh, that 14 hour climb is not on your list? No worries, who says you have to "rough it" to truly experience the jewel of our National Parks anyway?

We've got another option:  Relax in the privacy of your own luxurious suite on the top floor of the world famous Ahwahnee Hotel, and enjoy unobstructed views of majestic Half Dome and Glacier Point through your own incredible floor-to-ceiling windows. Is this more your style?

The Ahwahnee is fit for a king or queen - and it has hosted both. Queen Elizabeth II slept here, as did U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  Live like royalty yourself for three wonderful nights over the coming Memorial Day holiday weekend.  This coveted 6th floor suite is nearly impossible to get, but it can be yours... for the bidding!

The beautiful Sunroom Suite boasts two bedrooms which adjoin a large sitting room, and sleeps up to 7 people. This package also includes reservations in the grand Dining Room, with its dramatic 34-foot beamed ceilings, for your breakfasts and dinners. During lunch, you'll certainly be out exploring the wonders of Yosemite. There are endless activities and breathtaking sights for all ages and fitness levels. As for Half Dome, well, there's always next year!


What:  3 nights for up to 7 guests at the Ahwahnee Hotel

When:  Friday, May 25, 2012 - Monday, May 28, 2012

Value:  $6,000.00

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


Revel in Yosemite's splendor...

Make this Memorial Day the most unforgettable yet!


The LLEF expresses tremendous gratitude to our very generous underwriters, Michelle and Gary Dillabough



Class Group Pictures



If you have already received a class group picture, you will be receiving a replacement today in the Monday envelope.  The lab printing quality of the first picture was not up to our photographer, Bud White's, standards.  Late orders are not included and will arrive shortly.  Thank you.    


Hot Lunch FAQs


Hot Lunch FAQ
The Hot Lunch Program is a service of the Las Lomitas PTA, offering lunch five days a week to students in 1st through 3rd grades. A new FAQ has been added to the PTA web site to provide parents with more detailed information about the program and about the menus and features provided by our vendor, Choicelunch. For example, did you know that you can set up your account to automatically order lunches for your child, either by day or whenever their favorite foods are available? Have you ever used the Feedback feature, designed so your child can let our lunch vendor know which entrees are the yummiest? Are you interested in signing up as a hot lunch volunteer to help serve lunches to Las Lomitas students? Read the FAQ for information on these questions and more! 

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 Partners 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. 
  • Panthers Camp - Summer 2012  Looking for a summer experience that inspires movement and builds confidence - Panthers Camp is an ""All Sports"" camp held at Corte Madera School and directed by Dan Flahavan during the 2012 summer.  For more information and to register, the link to the Panthers Camp website is   I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.  For any questions, please email Dan Flahavan ( 
  • Aspire Lacrosse  Aspire Lacrosse is building the ultimate off-season lacrosse training and player development program in the West for youth players of all abilities.  This summer, we're bringing our four day camps to Menlo College June 18-21 and July 16-19, running 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily (with a half day option for beginners) for boys and girls ages 5-15. We are excited about our great line-up of instructors being added every day - all who were great players and are even better teachers of the game.  Our camps are teaching camps, focused on player development with innovative, up-tempo drills for maximum touches, personalized attention, low coach to player ratio, in a fun and stimulating environment. Register by March 31st  to take advantage of our Early Bird Rates! Visit or contact us at or 888-995-5155.
  • All Sports Spring Speed & Agility Clinic Powered by The Performance Science Training Institute  ATTENTION: All Parents and Coaches of Young Athletes ...
    Former Stanford University Athlete Turned Speed Training Expert Reveals
    The Speed Training Secrets to Unlock the Potential in Your Young Athlete To Run Faster, Move Quicker, And Jump Higher Using PSTI's Revolutionary ""Xplosive Functional Training"" System. Go here for more info:
  • Player Capital Summer Tennis Camps:  Player Capital Tennis runs tennis camps for Pre K and up at beautiful Canada College overlooking the Peninsula.  Students will learn the rules and etiquette of tennis, proper technique, and developmental coordination.  In addition students will engage in a different cross training activity each day.  Please visit our website for more information and registration.  Also, you may also contact us at or 650-275-3027.

Community News


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


Registration for Spring Classes is now open!  Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory's spring classes will travel to surprising settings starting on March 26! We offer classes Monday-Thursday for students PreK-8th grade. Check out our exciting, magical, crazy, fun classes and register online at today!
SOLO Aquatics Swim Team
Children Ages 3 - 18, Burgess Pool and MA High School Pool, Menlo Park. Serving Menlo Park families for two decades, SOLO swim team is unique from all other swim programs because of the outstanding quality of its coaching and instruction, the individual attention each swimmer receives, the focus on technique, and its commitment to inspiring kids to fall in love with swimming.  Led by SOLO Head Coach Tom McRae whose educational background is in Physical Education specializing in developmental motor patterns in children, our experienced coaching staff will help children learn outstanding stroke technique, endurance, and personal accomplishment in a safe, FUN environment!  Check out our Summer Sharks, Racer and Dynamo programs for young children aged 4-8 on our website:  For more information contact or (650) 851-9091.


Can Technology Successfully Assist Our Schools in Closing the Achievement Gap? 

Tuesday, March 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside.

Join us for an intensive discussion on this compelling and timely topic with some of the nation's EdTech leaders. Doors open at 6:30; seating is first-come, first-served. No charge for admission.   


  • Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
  • Neeru Khosla, Founder, CD-12 Foundation
  • Alan Louie, Partner, Imagine K12
  • David Reilly, Principal, Woodside High School
  • Betsy (Elizabeth) Corcoran, Co-founder, EdSurge; Moderator  

This special event is hosted by Peninsula College Fund and sponsored by Woodside High School and Kepler's Books. The Peninsula College Fund,, is a non-profit dedicated to serving low income, first generation college students.


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