The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 2, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
Challenge Success Courses
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

  • 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


Coming Soon

  • 4/10 DELAC - 6 p.m. - LE room


There is no school the week of April 16 for Spring Break.

School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


April is here and we are on the fast track! There are so many exciting activities planned in the next several weeks, be sure to keep a close eye on the Lion's Roar and website calendar so you don't miss out on anything!


Third-to-fourth grade transition activities start on Tuesday when a panel of expert students and teachers come to classes to share information and answer questions. On Thursday parents will attend an evening presentation and on Friday all third grade students will travel to La Entrada for a tour. Third and fourth grade teachers work collaboratively to ease the transition "jitters" for both students and parents. I hope all third grade families will attend the informational meeting on Thursday evening, April 5th.


Incoming Kindergarten students will enjoy the Round-up at the end of the month. If you know families with children who will be eligible for kindergarten in the fall, encourage them to pick up a registration packet and attend this event. There is a parent orientation scheduled for the evening of April 26th. Our Kindergarten teachers have prepared a wonderful, detailed presentation. I look forward to meeting some of our new incoming class of students on April 27th!

Mrs. Lampert is opening her classroom the week of April 9th for Spring Music Informances. This is an opportunity for you to see the music program up close and personal! I'm sure you will be impressed with the breadth and depth of music skills the students have learned this year. I enjoy sitting in on music classes to see the children singing, playing and creating music. I'm sure you'll see plenty of smiles on proud faces.


Finally, we are currently interviewing for a new Assistant Principal. First round interviews are completed and the second round will take place this week. If all goes well, we should have a decision within a couple of weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!


As you can see, there is never a dull moment at Las Lomitas! Thank you to all of you who help making all of these events and activities possible.



Until next time,



Sue Sartor







We need your help to ensure a quiet learning environment for all students.  Second session does not begin until 10:15 when morning recess begins.  Please do not arrive on campus, or drop your student off prior to 10:15.  There is no supervision for students between 9:00 and 10:15.

Early arrival at the flagpole is noisy and disruptive to classes in session.  We appreciate your cooperation to make Las Lomitas a place where safety and learning come first.



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 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.   


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 $30.


Las Lomitas Education Foundation News








We want to THANK YOU for donating and soliciting so many fantastic items for our event this year!  We are so pleased with the offerings, and are now completing the most extensive and exciting auction catalog yet!


You've seen some of the incredible getaways - to the London Olympics and the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite - but we want to share some of the other amazing items being offered through the auction - thanks to you!

  • Two lucky winners get to be Fighter Pilots for a day! Practice formation flying, basic maneuvers, and "G-pulling" dogfights - everything is real except the guns!
  • Football passing clinic for twenty with Chad Hutchinson & Todd Husak, former NFL players and Stanford QB stars.
  • Sailing adventures on San Francisco bay with Las Lomitas parents.
  • Girlfriends Getaway to Pebble Beach!
  • Personalized Andrew Luck autographed football and signed jersey!
  • San Jose Sharks Tickets including a ride for one on the Zamboni!
  • Valuable gift certificates for camps, lessons, classes and kids parties.
  • Great tickets to the 49ers, Giants, A's, Warriors, and Stanford events.
  • The finest wines, gourmet dining and fabulous wine-tasting events.
  • Golf Rounds at these exclusive (and mostly private) golf clubs:  Olympic Club, Pebble Beach, Sharon Heights, Lake Merced, Palo Alto Hills, Cordevalle, Mayacama, Stanford, Green Hills, and the incredible Nanea Golf Club on the Big Island in Hawaii.

And...keep an eye out for your invitation to the Auction coming Monday, April 9.  Be sure to buy your tickets right away to secure your spot at the greatest party of the year!  Olympic glory can be yours...bring home the Gold for Las Lomitas!

  Visit our Auction Previews page at










Registration is open for Grandparents' Day 2012, to be held on the morning of Friday, June 1st at Las Lomitas!  This Foundation event is a favorite... grandparents who have attended in the past have loved meeting the teachers, participating in fun activities, and getting to know each other.  Invitations were mailed last week to members of the Grandparents' Group who have grandchildren in grades K-3, so please check with the grandparents in your family to make sure they received an invite, and to encourage them to register soon at
Registration closes on May 4th.  Extra invitations are coming home in today's Monday envelopes, and available in the school office, in case you'd like to send one yourself.  We can't wait to celebrate with the Las Lomitas grandparents!



Challenge Success Courses


Research-Based Parent Education Courses from Challenge Success:


How much help is too much when it comes to homework?

How do I decide which extracurricular activities are best for my kid?

Is it okay for my 13-year-old to be on Facebook every day?


If you're not sure how to answer these questions, you're not alone.  At Challenge Success, we hear regularly from parents who are trying to be the best parents they can be, but who aren't always sure what to do.  Our first series of classes, Raising Well-Balanced Children in a Fast-Paced World, is now available in one of our in-person workshops and online. If you are the parent of an elementary or middle school-aged child and are wondering how to raise healthier, happier kids and help your family feel more connected, then these are the classes for you.


Our interactive online course allows you to work at your own pace or you may join us in person for a six week workshop.  Our next course begins at Stanford on April 25th.  Please visit our website at for more information.


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. 
  • 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.
    Jeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon doubles champion.  His morning camps offer the beginning/intermediate level player the opportunity to develop their skills in a child friendly and fun environment.  His afternoon camps are geared towards improving the performance of intermediate to advanced players.
    Grades: 1st through 12th at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ten one week sessions beginning June 11 and ending August 17.  For more please go to
  • Legends Summer Baseball Camp is a unique summer experience where your child
    will be immersed within an intimate, enthusiastic and exciting baseball environment!
    Ages: 6-12 (all levels) at  Nealon Park, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, CA
    Camp Director:  David Klein at 650-387-4427 or
    For more info go to 

Community News


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



Creative Art for Young Children is offering spring classes at the Portola Valley Town Center.  Registration forms are available at the Town Center, 765 Portola Road, online at or call 851-1700 ext. 200. 


Come into the Las Lomitas office and visit our new Parent Information Corner!  You'll find lots of information about programs for children such as Camp Galileo, iD tech Camps, Hi-Five Sports Club, Bulldog Sports and Fitness, Las Lomitas Summer Program and many more!    


Newsletter Submissions


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