The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 7, 2012     
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
School News
PTA News
Appreciation Week
Dance Festival
Menlo Park Library News
Calling All HP Parents
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

  • 5/7 Volunteer and Staff Appreciation Week
  • 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 

 Coming Soon

  • 5/16 Dance Festival - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop
  • 5/18 Dance Festival raindate
  • 5/19 Spring Auction
  • 5/23 Spring Sing - 9:30 - blacktop
  • 5/25 Spring Sing raindate
  • 5/28 Holiday - No School
  • 5/31 Open House and Student Art Exhibition
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News




Spring Auction 2012 - The London Olympics!

Just 12 days left till the party of the year!

Buy your tickets NOW, before we sell out!  Click here to buy.

The Auction Catalog is coming home TODAY!

This incredible collection of over 620 items is bigger and better than ever!  The physical catalog is coming home today in your youngest child's backpack.  It is also posted online at, along with pictures of getaways and other auction previews. So start making your wish list!  Also, remember that it's easy to share the cost of group items with other bidders.  Split bid forms and instructions are included in the catalog.  We know you want to start planning your strategies now!


The Online Auction begins THIS Thursday, May 10

There are 330 fabulous items in this year's remarkable online auction, including Teacher and Staff Treasures; Kids Lessons, Camps and Parties; Expert Services, Theater and Museum Tickets; Spa and Beauty, Shop Local, Family Fun, and much more!  The online event will open at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, and end on Monday, May 14, with a "rolling close" from 8 - 11 p.m. All items are listed and described in the full auction catalog this year - so start browsing! 


Early Bird Check-in at 4:30 p.m.

Start the party on May 19! Be one of the first to fire up your super-cool "BidPal" device (details in your catalog) and buy your Events & Adventures tickets right away!  The entire Silent Auction, the Lion and Leopard Pub, and the Olympian Wine Bar will be open too!


Volunteers Needed: 

It is an Olympian effort to produce this event - please help us! Volunteers are needed at the following times:

  • Saturday, May 19, Set-up from 9 a.m. - noon, and noon - 3 p.m.
  • During the party, for check-in, check-out, Live Auction and FAN "Spotting," etc.
  • Sunday, May 20, take-down - from 9 a.m. - noon.

Many hands make light work, and this is a great way to get to know people in a quick two- or three-hour time slot. Kids who are ready to work are welcome to help, too! 

Please contact Valorie Friedsam at if you can help out!


Live Auction Highlight: 

French Laundry and Napa "Crush" Weekend

This getaway is certainly one-of-a-kind, and probably once in a lifetime. Your home-away-from-home for the weekend will be the beautiful Napa Valley Lodge in the heart of Yountville. The weekend begins with a bang: a romantic dinner for two at what many consider to be "the best restaurant in the world, period."  That's right; you'll be dining at The French Laundry, the world famous recipient of three Michelin Guide stars every year since 2006.  We've also arranged for a sitter to care for your precious children, so wave goodbye and stroll three blocks away to The French Laundry for your incomparable nine-course tasting menu with outstanding wine!

On Saturday morning, you will rise early with your children for grape picking, sorting, and breakfast with your hosts, Pamela and Eric Stang, at the exclusive Napa Valley Reserve, an 80-acre private vineyard and wine club founded by Bill Harlan. Later that morning you'll enjoy the annual Children's Harvest celebration, followed by a delicious lunch and fabulous wines.

Your adventure continues Sunday morning at the renowned Silver Oak Cellars, with a VIP Tour and Wine Tasting with your own personal guide. Silver Oak will present tastings of its Current Release Wines, several Library Vintages and wines from its sister winery, Twomey Cellars. This is a weekend you'll never forget.


Be a Champion for our Schools!  Bid Faster, Higher, Stronger!










Las Lomitas Education Foundation Fun Run 2012


Please bring your entire family and join the Las Lomitas Education Foundation's first ever Las Lomitas Education Foundation Fun Run, which will be held 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:

  • A short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants
  • A medium-distance road course (approximately 1 mile) on the beautiful streets of Atherton for older kids wanting a bigger challenge
  • A 5K run/walk:  a flat and fast road course through the beautiful backstreets of Atherton.

Mark your calendars and start your preparations today!  The events aren't just for runners:  walkers and those pushing strollers are welcome too.  Register at now! 



School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


May is a very busy month! Be sure to mark your calendars for all of the upcoming events.


As we head into these last few weeks of school, I'd like you to look forward to next year and consider serving on one of the PTA committees, help with LLL before-after school program planning or take part in events sponsored by the Foundation. All of these parent organizations support the students and are much appreciated by all of us here at Las Lomitas.

Another way you could participate in school planning is to join the School Site Council (SSC). We have parents willing to continue for another term next year, but I want to be sure that anyone who is interested in joining the SSC has an opportunity to learn more about it.


The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of faculty and parent representatives who meet over the course of the year to address areas of program quality under the School Based Coordinated Program. The Council's primary responsibilities are to review and monitor our Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Program budget.


Each member serves for two years. We meet once a month on Wednesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. This year's faculty representatives were Barbara Porro (K), Maria Marchi (1st), Catherine Wedge (2nd), Robbie Christensen (3rd) and Sue Sartor (Principal). Parent representatives were Bill Steinmetz, Christy Heaton, Eric Ver Ploeg, Rebecca Deutscher and Andrea Turner.


If you are interested in joining this group of dedicated parents and educators who monitor the school plan, make sure the budge supports the plan and care deeply about children and education, please join us. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to work with and learn from teachers and the administration.

If you would like to serve on the School Site Council or learn more about it, please contact me at 854-5900 ext.261 or by email at



Until next time,


Sue Sartor





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Emergency Card Reminder  

All students should have received their 2012-2013 Student Emergency Card via mail (if LE) or the Monday packet (if LL). This needs to be updated once a year. It documents important information about your child and also serves as a registration form for the next year in our District. Please check that all the information is current, all missing information completed, edit where appropriate, sign and return. We find that parent's emails addresses changes are most often overlooked, so we ask you to double-check that and all information for needed changes.  If any information on this form changes during the next school year,  please update the school office.  Even if you are not returning to the District, please check the appropriate box at the top of the form and return the form to your child's teacher. PLEASE Return the Student Emergency Form, updated and signed, to your child's teacher by May 18thThank you.  


PTA News


Would you like to lead or co-lead
any of these PTA committees?


We are so grateful to the committee leads that contributed their time and enthusiasm to make these programs so special this year - thank you!


As these folks move on, we are seeking new volunteers to lead or co-lead a program. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the school, build friendships with new families, but most importantly make your child's school experience more special (kids LOVE to see a parent volunteer at school)!


The PTA Volunteer Coordinator will make sure you have all the volunteers required to execute the program, we just need you (and a co-lead, if desired) to facilitate!
Family Picnic
Fun Fridays**This is a great opportunity for Dads to get involved""
Hot Food Days Chair
Junior Great Books
Pancake Breakfast**This is a great opportunity for Dads to get involved""
Picture Day
Young Authors
Spiritwear""This is a great opportunity if you have La Entrada-aged kids to help sell at events""


If you would like to learn more about any of these programs, contact Cindy Tipton ( or visit the PTA website for a brief description

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Last day to order Memory Books is May 16th!


Appreciation Week






Get excited for a very special week!  Las Lomitas Appreciation Week honors our entire staff and our parent volunteers.  Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11...our Appreciation Luncheon will be from noon-1 p.m. in Cano Hall and all are invited!  RSVP to for this adult-only event.

We are looking for volunteers to cover the front office and the playground while the staff is attending the luncheon.  You can help out by emailing Kristine Westerlind at  It's only one hour of your time, and yet a very impactful way to show your gratitude to the staff for all their hard work and commitment to our children!

Desserts for the luncheon are provided by parents potluck style.  Go to and sign up to drop off a dessert between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11th.  
Questions about Las Lomitas Appreciation Week?  Contact MJ Crousore at  
Dance Festival



2012 Dance Festival

Please mark your calendars for the school wide Dance Festival!

May 16th @ 9:30.


Menlo Park Library News



The Menlo Park Library will be closed to the public for four weeks from Monday May 21 through Sunday June 17, 2012.  The library will be remodeling its Circulation area as it updates its data storage and retrieval system by implementing radio frequency identification (RFID).  In addition to this update in technology, the carpeting throughout the Library will be replaced.  

The Library is part of the Peninsula Library System, a consortium of libraries up and down the Peninsula that share materials thereby expanding each individual library's collection.  Member libraries of Peninsula Library System are converting to RFID technology because the implementation of RFID boosts productivity, improves collection management and enhances customer service.  As a result of these changes, patrons will be able to check out materials more quickly and more staff can be focused on enhanced customer service.


Calling All HP Parents


HP's Employee Product Giving Program reopened on Tuesday, May 1st .  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to donate HP products at 25% of list price to the Las Lomitas and La Entrada schools!   Funds are available on a first come, first served basis so you'll need to apply quickly.   Details on how to donate are available at the following link  (    The school is particularly looking for HP TouchSmart 9100 PCs for the classrooms.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Mitchell [] or Bob Wrenn (


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. 
    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 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Ten one week sessions beginning June 11 and ending August 17.  For more please go to
  • 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. 


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. 



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