The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 23, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
Food Safety Alert
PTA News
PTA Executive Board 2012-2013
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
From Beverley and Carol
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
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This Week

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

 Coming Soon

  • 4/30 STAR Testing Begins
  • 5/2 PTA Bd. Mtg. - 9 a.m. - room 20B
  • School Bd. Mtg. LE MUR - 7 p.m.
  • Volunteer and Staff Appreciation Week begins May 7
  • 5/9 Morning with the Principal - 9 a.m. - Cano Hall
  • 5/9 School Bd. Mtg. - 7 p.m. - LE MUR
  • 5/11 Appreciation Luncheon
School News



Dear Las Lomitas Families,


I get many questions this time of the year asking how we create classes for the next academic school year. This article outlines the placement process.


In May the faculty spends three afternoons putting together the following year's classes. Each grade level team makes up the classes for the next grade. The Placement Committee members place incoming Kindergarten students into classes.


The teachers work carefully to create classrooms that are evenly balanced in terms of:

  • Gender
  • Sessions (K-2)
  • Academics - high, medium and low performing students
  • Special needs - students who work with our many specialists such as Language Lab, Speech & Language, Resource Program, Reading Recovery, Reading Groups and Math Lab.
  • Health and other special factors


Teachers' names are not assigned until after the class configurations are complete.


In order to maintain balance in class size we often have multi-graded classes. This year we have K/1st multi-grade class. We also have job shares on our campus. This is when two teachers decide to co-teach a single class. Multi-graded classes and job shares at Las Lomitas are of the same high caliber as all other classes. These classes are formed using the same process described above.


In August, the teachers on the Placement Committee volunteer to come in to review and finalize class lists to accommodate students who have enrolled or moved away over the summer.


We put tremendous effort into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of all our students. We are continually refining the process and are proud of our results. I will review this process and answer questions at the last Morning with the Principal on

May 9th at 9:00 in Cano Hall. I hope you can attend to discuss this and any other topic of interest you would like me to address.


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



Kindergarten RoundUp - Friday, April 27th 10 a.m. -12 p.m.  If you have an incoming Kindergartner or know someone who does, please make sure you have RSVPed for this event! Send your RSVP to Questions? Contact


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.



PTA Executive Board 2012-2013



The 2012 PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to present the new slate for the 2012-13 PTA Executive Board:


President: Cindy Tipton

1st VP: Christy Chin                                                 

Treasurer: Julie Herlihy

SecretaryLinda Mills

2nd VP, Volunteer Coordinator: Cindy Anderson

3rd VP, Hot Food:  Stacy May

4th VP, Membership:  Jennifer Williams

Parliamentarian:  Donna Hall  

Please click here (hyperlink Click here to: to vote to approve the 2012-13 PTA Executive Board

A HUGE thank you to the 2012 PTA Nominating Committee:
Melissa Almgren
Shari Guggenhime
Cynthia Norris
Cindy Tipton


Las Lomitas Education Foundation News









Don't know with whom to sit?  We know you have lots of friends - maybe too many to choose from! Or, you might be a newer member of our family, in the process of getting to know other people.  Never fear!  The Auction team is here to help you!  It's just fine to buy tickets for yourself, or specify another couple or two as tablemates; we'll place you with some other fantastic parents in the district. Also, feel free to tell us what grade your child is in when you buy your tickets now and we will seat you with other families from the same grade...and even from the same class or neighborhood if possible.


Not sure what you will bid on?  Get psyched, because this auction is offering some incredible items of Olympic-level greatness!  Auction catalogs will arrive a few weeks before the it as soon as it comes home and make your list!  Don't forget to regularly visit our website at to see the Auction Previews sections - exciting items will continue to be added.

Take a look at these Auction Highlights...yours for the bidding!

        Trip to the London Olympics with tickets to 7 premiere events, August 8-13, 2013

        Three nights at the Ahwahnee Hotel Sunroom Suite for Memorial Day Weekend

        Trip for four via private plane to your choice home football game of #1 ranked USC Trojans

        Jet Fighter Pilots for a Day! Dog fight your pal in the sky! (All real, just no guns!)

        Ski-in/Ski-out Luxury Deer Valley Condo for the Sundance Film Festival

        Round of golf for three at Pebble Beach with former NFL star Harris Barton

        Fisker Karma Luxury Hybrid car for weekend escape to Meadowood Napa Valley

        Andrew Luck personalized autographed jersey and football

        Four tickets and limo service to "Outstanding in a Field" gourmet beach dinner

        And so much more . . . . . .

Want to volunteer at the auction? We have many areas with which we need help:  Check-in, check-out, party set up, party clean up, etc. Please contact Valorie Friedsam at if you'd like to be a part of this awesome team!


Buy your tickets NOW at  This is one night you won't want to miss!












Please bring your entire family and join the Las Lomitas Education Foundation's first ever Fun Run, Saturday, May 12 starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Las Lomitas Kindergarten playground.  Three separate run/walk events will be held, and everyone is invited to participate in:

  • The short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants
  • The 1 mile road course on the beautiful streets of Atherton for older kids wanting a bigger challenge
  • The 5K run/walk road course through the gorgeous, flat backstreets of Atherton

Mark your calendars and start your preparations today!  Strollers are welcome!  Registration details will be available soon.   


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! 


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

Community News


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



Take the 2012 Drive Less Challenge!
April 22 - May 5th, 2012
The Drive Less Challenge is a fun way that you can try alternatives to driving your car to work, school, shopping, and other local places.  Walking, biking, and taking transit instead of driving are great ways to improve your health, protect our environment, reduce car traffic (the largest source of CO2 emissions in the Bay Area). and to promote local commerce.  Use our on-line Challenge application to share your stories, and to join or form groups - including friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others - to compete for fun and prizes from local businesses.
Participate, volunteer, or sponsor the DLC at:


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.


Vision Volleyball Club "Futures" Spring Session  Vision Volleyball Club is proud to announce the return of our "Futures" volleyball program. The Vision "Futures" program is designed to introduce and teach young, beginning players (girls ages 7-12 years old) the sport of volleyball in a fun and positive environment by experienced Vision coaches. All events will be held at Los Gatos High School gymnasium.
Dates: Every Sunday, April 15 - May 27 (excluding May 13)
Times: 2pm - 4pm (April 15th session will be from 6pm - 8pm)
Fees: $225 - Fees will be prorated if joining a session already in progress. Each participate will receive a camp T-shirt. Registration can be done online at or may be completed on the first day of camp. Space is limited and will be offer on a first come first served basis. For additional information go to or contact Joe Ripp at (408-356-9181.


AYSO Region 25 provides soccer for grades K-12 in the communities of Portola Valley, Woodside, La Honda, Ladera, and Las Lomitas.  Registration for Fall-2012 is online only Apr-15 thru May-31 at  For up to date details, you can also find us at, or call Commissioner Don Yates at 650-851-2690.  AYSO is an all-volunteer organization.  Safe, fun, affordable, and memories that last a lifetime.  Every child plays at least half of every game.



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