The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 9, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
Food Safety Alert
PTA News
Music Informance Week - April 9-13
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
LLESD Governing Board
From Beverley and Carol
Challenge Success Courses
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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For Las Lomitas League class schedules, please see their website at



This Week

  • 4/10 DELAC - 6 p.m. - LE room 51 

Coming Soon 

  • 4/26 Incoming K parent orientation - 7 p.m. - Cano Hall
  • 4/27 Kindergarten Round-Up - 10 a.m.


There is no school next week.  Spring Break.


Articles for the Roar the week of April 23rd are due THIS WEDNESDAY, April 11.

School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


At the start of this year, I wrote about all the changes on campus: nine new faculty members, four new portables, a growing enrollment and updated playground facilities. We continue to see changes, particularly in faculty and staff. Jenny Waddell, first grade teacher on leave and Maya Giamona, second grade teacher on leave, will not be returning next year as expected. Their resignations were regretfully accepted, but they were for all the right reasons, and I hope to see them back at Las Lomitas some day.


Another change is that Beverley St. John, our office secretary for the past 12 years, is retiring at the end of this month. We will miss her smile and attention to detail. We'll especially miss her wonderful sense of humor ~ particularly around Halloween time! We have posted the position and will be conducting interviews beginning next week. Hopefully, we will have a replacement prior to her departure on April 30th, but if not, we'll have a temporary secretary fill in until we find the right person. We wish Beverley all the best, and I'm sure she has many happy hours on the golf course ahead of her!


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



Food Safety Alert



Many students bring pre-packaged seaweed to school for lunch or snack. Inside the package there is a small packet of silica gel that might be mistaken for candy or topping for the seaweed. Please remove this silica gel packet before sending the seaweed to school with your child. Thank you.


PTA News



Fun Friday Volunteers Needed!  Do you have any time on Fridays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.? Please consider volunteering with other 1st-3rd grade parents on the playground for "Fun Fridays" at Las Lomitas.  One child described this as "the highlight of their week" and another said it was "like a carnival".  Come see what the fun is about!  We do obstacle courses, play capture the flag, fun jump rope games and more.  Contact Mehridith Venverloh ( for more info, or just meet us on the "big kids playground" on Friday.


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.   


Did you remember to order your Memory Book?????  There is now a binder in the office of all orders we have received to date.  If you have questions or a problem please contact Kristin Spindt (   Thanks you in advance for your cooperation.
The Memory Book Committee  


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.



Music Informance Week - April 9-13


Please come to school to watch your child's music class. This is an opportunity to see what we do in music class - what songs we sing, how we learn, what skills we practice.


All informances are held in the music room, Room 41.   To see your child's specific time, please visit the Las Lomitas Music website at 


Contact Ms. Lampert at or

1-650-854-5900 x 289


Las Lomitas Education Foundation News







Look for your invitation in the mail this week to the biggest party of the year, featuring music from last year's hit band, Pop Rocks! 


Join the spectacle as the "Global Village" comes together as one for a raucous and jolly good time!  Come as an athlete of any era or country you choose:  be modern (Misty May), retro (Bruce Jenner), or historical (East German anything).  Add British flavor to the scene as a Royal, a bobby, a beefeater or a cricketer.  Sport your Opening Ceremonies finery, come as a torch runner, or the Dream Team. . . the opportunities are endless.  Just get your creative juices flowing and have fun - this is the world's stage! 


Citius, Altius, Fortius: "Faster, Higher, Stronger!"


It's training time, Olympians! Prepare to raise the medal count and

rock the night away  - like a Champion - at Portola Farms on May 19, 2012.


GOLD MEDAL TIP: Get a jump on the competition and BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW at  This is one night you won't want to miss!













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!



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.  


From Beverley and Carol



If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line, 854-5900 ext. 1 with the information.  If you email the teacher, the information is not always transferred to the office.


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We are in need of sweatpants for really tiny bodies - kindergarten sized.  Thank you! 

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.


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
  • Player Capital Tennis offers tennis camps for PreK and up at Canada College.  Students learn the rules and etiquette of tennis, proper technique and developmental coordination.  Please visit our website for more information and registration, or call 650-275-3027.

Community News


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



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!    


Ladera Community Church Preschool still has openings in the Threes MWF class and the Pre-K classes (MWF and T/Th) for the 2012-2013 school year. We are a NAEYC-accredited preschool for children ages 2 - 5 years, and we're located in a lovely setting in Portola Valley. LCC Preschool excels at creating stimulating, developmentally appropriate curriculum in an engaging play-based environment. Come observe our teachers and visit our wonderful facility at 3300 Alpine Road in Portola Valley. To find out more, visit our website at or contact Director Sandi Snider at 854-0295.


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.


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.


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